The 2013 Volvo V40 is now on sale in Australia. The V40 is Volvo’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, BMW 1-Series, Lexus CT200h and Audi A3.
The smart looking V40 is the company’s first foray into the increasing popular premium five-door hatch segment. It is also a huge departure from previous Volvos in terms of design, sporting a sleek, cutting-edge design.
The V40 is available in four variants – the D2, D4, T4 and the performance oriented T5. Each model is powered by one of four different engines and is available in three main trim levels – Kinetic, Luxury and the R-Design.
The entry-level Kinetic trim is available in the D2, D4 and T4 guise, while the mid-range Luxury is available in the D4 and T4. The range-topping R-Design is available on the D4, T4 and T5.
In terms of engine, the entry-level D2 is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine that produces 84kW and 270Nm. The manual only D2 does 0-100km/h in 11.9 seconds while fuel economy is a class-leading 4.2L/100km. Engine Stop/start technology is standard on all V40.
Next up is the D4, it comes with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder producing 130kW and 400Nm. It sprints from 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds when paired with the 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 4.9L/100km.
Stepping up to the T4 buys a 2.0-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol that produces 132kW and 300Nm. It dashes from 0-100km/h in 8.4 seconds while offering an average fuel consumption of 7.6L.100km.
Topping out the V40 range is the T5. It comes with a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder that generates a class-leading 187kW and 400Nm (overboost). Century sprint is done in 6.1 seconds and it returns an average fuel economy of 8.1L/100km.
The headline act in the Volvo V40 is, of course, the world-first pedestrian safety airbag system. It deploys from the lower edge of the windscreen to reduce impact in a collision with a pedestrian. It is standard on all variants.
There is also the usual suit of smart safety technologies, like blind spot detection system, Cross Traffic Alert System which can detect cross-coming vehicles in a car park, and Volvo’s pioneering City Safety System which is now capable of monitoring the conditions ahead at speeds up to 50km/h, up from 30km/h in the first generation system.
|Model||Engine||Price (Excl. on-roads)|
|2013 Volvo V40 D2 Kinetic Manual||1.6 4-cyl turbo diesel, 84kW/270Nm||$34,990|
|2013 Volvo V40 D4 Kinetic Manual||2.0 5-cyl turbo diesel, 130kW/400Nm||$39,990|
|2013 Volvo V40 D4 Kinetic Auto||2.0 5-cyl turbo diesel, 130kW/400Nm||$41,990|
|2013 Volvo V40 D4 Luxury Auto||2.0 5-cyl turbo diesel, 130kW/400Nm||$45,990|
|2013 Volvo V40 T4 Kinetic Auto||2.0 5-cyl turbo petrol, 132kW/300Nm||$41,990|
|2013 Volvo V40 T4 Luxury Auto||2.0 5-cyl turbo petrol, 132kW/300Nm||$45,990|
|2013 Volvo V40 T5 R-Design||2.5 5-cyl turbo petrol, 187kW/360Nm||$49,990|