Volvo unveiled a premium facelifted version of V40 in 2017 especially meant for city rides at an unbelievable price tag of INR 25.49 lakhs. The car offers agile handling, smart interiors, use of innovative technology, along with strong built, and superb suspension. Currently, the price range of this car starts at INR 31.91 lakhs in India and available in two variants- V40 D3 R-Design and V40 D3 Kinetic. You get this hatchback in seven premium colours- Ice White Solid, Crystal White Pearl, Bright Silver Metallic, Onyx Black, Osmium Grey Metallic, Bursting Blue Metallic, and Passion Red Solid. Volvo launched this swanky hatchback for offering tough competition to BMW 1-series, Audi A3 Sportback, and Mercedes-Benz A-class automobiles.
The upgraded version of V40 comes with a few cosmetic makeovers like the inclusion of more sporty bumper, and Thor headlamps from the XC90. Otherwise, you find the trademark Volvo design of a drooping nose leading to the broad shoulder which ultimately culminates into a high tail. V40 also has vertically slatted grille with a large Volvo logo in the middle. The ground clearance is 133 millimetres, and the car has large chunky tubeless 16-inch alloy wheels with the tyre size 115/90 R16. You find a stylish panoramic sunroof, winged mirrors, LED taillamps; chrome-finished dual exhausts, and glossy black tailgate with the company logo.
The spacious and plush interiors of V40 present many premium features. The cabin is all-black with leather upholstery; the steering wheel comes with double stitching, and there is a unique memory function on the driver seat. The visibility of this car is excellent, and you may even fold the rear headrest if there are no occupants. You also get a big 5-inch infotainment system; steering mounted audio control, and three-zone climate control AC. Volvo never compromises on the safety feature, so the presence of multiple airbags, ABS and EBD with traction control, side impact protection along with whiplash protection, turn indicators on ORVM, and rain-sensing wipers are a standard in every model.
The 1984 CC engine of V40 produces a maximum power of 150 bhp@3500 rpm and a torque of 350 Nm for as low as 1500 rpm. The car gets powered by 4-cylinder 6-speed automatic gearbox. V40 can zoom from 0 to 100 Kmph in only 9.3 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 200 Kmph. It comes with superb MacPherson Strut front suspension and Multi-Link rear suspension. The fuel tank capacity is 60 litres, and the car has a fuel efficiency of 16.81 Kmpl. The vehicle has sturdy disc brakes on all the wheels. You also get an excellent push start and stop button and keyless entry in this vehicle.
There are several advantages of driving the facelifted version of V40.
• The car has a premium built and bold design to grab everyone's attention on the road. • The safety features like multiple airbags, ABS with EBD with tractional control, GPS navigation, and side impact protection are one of the best in the industry. • The all-black interiors along with leather upholstery offer a refined touch to the interiors. • The gearbox is very smooth, and it is easy to glide through the roads while driving this premium hatchback.
There are a few disadvantages of owning the V40 as well.
• The central console has too many buttons making it look cluttered. Many riders in India do not even understand the use of those advanced features. • The 5-inch touchscreen could have been upgraded to 8-inches like many other modern cars. • There are few service outlets for aftersales service. Volvo should work on this to improve the sales figure.
Finally, we can say, Volvo V40 has striking looks, swanky interiors, and best-in-class safety features. It is worth considering while buying a premium hatchback.