Volvo’s best-selling car in Europe is, astoundingly enough, not one of their wagon models, but a hatchback. The name V40 returned for 2012 after an eight year absence. The steady and subtle Volvo design quickly won the public over and turned the V40 into the most popular vehicle of the moment. Another part of the hatchback’s popularity is the fact that it is indeed a hatchback. Wagons are less popular among people with small or no families, whereas hatchbacks appeal to a much broader public. Obviously, that type of car is quite omnipresent, so the V40’s popularity is not only due to it being a hatchback. Volvo usually has a lovely, modern and modest design language, which stands out but is safe at the same time. The 2017 Volvo V40 is here to continue being a best-seller, while offering a range of new features as well.
The face of the 2017 Volvo V40 had some noticeable changes. The first outstanding characteristic are the car’s headlights. They are about the same size and shape of the predecessor’s headlights, but now contain Volvo’s “Thor’s Hammer” LED lighting. The headlights that are shaped like the letter T on its side are a reference to Swedish mythology. Seen before on Volvo’s 90 models, it now carries over the V40, we expect Volvo to adopt those on all their upcoming models too.
Furthermore, the grille underwent some changes too. Again, it retains the same shape and size of the predecessor’s grille, but features a new grille pattern. Instead of three horizontal and seven vertical stripes that created a rectangular pattern there are now 21 vertical stripes. Also, Volvo’s logo, which is the ancient chemical symbol for iron, received a facelift.
On the side of the V40 it’s clearly visible that the side windows are now larger and take some more room on the doors, making the V40’s side look much more streamlined. The lower crease on the sides is also more outspoken. The overall features on the V40’s rear haven’t changed, though the rear has been lifted and ends a bit higher now. The exhausts on either side of the car are more oval now instead of being plain round.
Five new exterior colours were added for the 2017 Volvo V40. Three colours, of which two blue tones, carry over from other Volvo models. Furthermore, two different shades of blue make their first appearance on the 2017 V40.
The interior offers nine different colour options. The base model only comes with a basic dark cloth, but higher trims have more options. In total there are four cloth options and six leather options, either uniform or with contrasting colours. Also, the buyer can choose four different panel inlays.
Another wonderful standard option on the 2017 Volvo V40 is CleanZone technology, which filters air before it enters the cabin. Heated seats are optional. The present clutch and gauges are inspired by those in the interior of the 2017 Volvo V90 estate wagon, which has a higher sale price, but also a much more upscale cabin.
Standard infotainment system features a five inch infotainment screen and Performance Audio. Optional is an additional TFT-screen to function as the instrument cluster and a seven inch infotainment screen. Also optional is the Sensus Connect High Performance Audio. This sound system comes with eight speakers throughout the cabin. Another option is a Harman Kardon sound system with ten speakers, an amplifier and the premium Sound experience.
For now, the 2017 Volvo V40 is only available in Europe, where it has a wide range of diesel and gasoline engines. The T2 gas engine is standard on the lowest trim and comes with either a manual or automatic transmission. The engine can make 122 horsepower. The D2 diesel engine is another option on the lowest trim and comes only with a manual transmission. Horsepower lies at 120.
Higher trims have the option of the T3 or T4 gas engines, good for 152 and 190 HP respectively. Both come with the choice of a manual or automatic transmission. Other diesel options on the higher trims are the D3 and D4, good for 150 and 190 horsepower respectively. The highest Inscription trim has another engine option, the T5, good for 245 horsepower and combined with an eight speed automatic transmission.
All these engines carry over from the last V40, so no change there unfortunately. For a more spiced up driving experience in a similar car, we advize to check out the review of the 2018 RS3, the 400 HP all wheel drive road-legal racing car by German brand Audi.
On to the technological department. To start off, Cruise Control is standard on all trims except on the lowest Nordic trim. Optional features include a navigation system, a WiFi hotspot with Volvo On Call. Also optional is electric climate control and a Parking Assist rear camera. Park Assist Pilot can let the V40 park itself with ultrasonic sensors.
Volvo’s Parked Heating allows the driver to remotely start the V40’s engine to warm up. This feature warms the engine in the most eco-friendly way. Driving with a warm engine is better for the engine’s longevity and less harmful for the environment.
Standard safety features on all trims include a pedestrian airbag under the hood. City Safety uses lasers to prevent a collision with the vehicle in front, if necessary by braking autonomously.
Unfortunately the 2017 V40 does not come with as wide a range of safety features as the gasoline and plug-in hybrid engine equipped 2017 Volvo S90, like Pilot Assist. Instead, all these features are combined in the IntelliSafe package. This package includes: Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross Traffic Alert, Driver Alert and Lane Keeping system. Also, Adaptive Cruise Control and Pedestrian Detection come in this package. Finally, Queue Assist and Stop-and-Go system are only available on the V40s with automatic transmission.
Price and sale date
The 2017 Volvo V40 is available for ordering in Europe. The US will have to wait a bit longer for the V40, Volvo is planning to release it at the end of 2017 or at the beginning of 2018. Luckily, the V40 Cross-Country is available in the States.
Prices for the V40 start at €23.750 for the lowest trim, Basis or Nordic. The Kinetic starts at €26.400 and the R-Design kinetic has a starting price of €29.000. Furthermore there’s the Momentum and R-Design Momentum, starting prices at €28.300 and €30.450. Then finally, there’s the highest trim, the Inscription, which has a starting price of €31.230 (all German prices).