2014 Volvo V40 Review
With the 2014 Volvo V40, Volvo has got its sights firmly fixed on those motorists looking for car lease deals on a nicely sized premium hatchback. If you’ve done your homework on this class, you’ll no doubt have cast your eyes over the likes of the Audi A3 – and perhaps even the BMW 1 Series.
So what does the 2014 Volvo V40 bring to the table? Volvo’s offering happens to measure up very well against those big German names. A combination of four things makes the 2014 Volvo V40 worthy of serious consideration: a premium quality build; a pleasing driving experience, excellent safety features and sensible running costs. If you’re interested in car leasing deals on a quality family hatch, the Volvo V40 is definitely worth a test drive.
Attractive and practical design
Think ‘Volvo’ and a rather boxy looking estate might spring to mind. At least, that’s what used to be the case. In fact, with its low bonnet line, it has the kind of sleek coupe-type looks to rival and perhaps even surpass those of the Audi A3 or BMW 1 Series.
The design of the interior is just as impressive. The tradition evoked by Volvo is one of a combination of safety and comfort. Taking this into account, it comes as no surprise that the 2014 Volvo V40 features incredibly comfortable accommodation both at the front and at the rear – where there’s plenty of room for two adults to travel in style (the middle seat’s fine for children but a grown-up might struggle on long journeys). If you’re the driver, comfort in Volvo’s eyes means giving you access to a truly intuitive infotainment system. Unlike with some other manufacturers’ systems that sometimes come across as rather halfhearted, Volvo’s offering in the 2014 Volvo V40 is comprehensive; enabling you to control more or less everything (including phone, sat nav, audio and alerts) easily and with the minimum of distraction.
You get a pretty respectable 335 litres of boot space and this can be extended to 1,032 litres with the rear seats folded down.
A pleasing driving experience
The engine range starts with a four-cylinder 115 bhp 1.6-litre diesel (the D2). This will get you from rest to 60 in 11.7 seconds with a top speed of 118 mph. This will prove to be perfectly adequate for most family users. Frequent motorway drivers or those motorists in the market for something with a little more get up and go are probably going to be more interested in the 150 bhp D3 or the 177 bhp D4 2-litre diesels. For those for whom only a petrol model will do, there’s a choice between two 1.6-litre units or else the flagship 254 bhp T5 variant: capable of 155 mph. Whichever version you opt for, you can be sure of superb handling, plenty of control (thanks in no small part to a three-mode power steering system as standard). That comfortable cabin also guarantees a smooth ride.
If you want absolute reassurance for the safety of you and your family, the 2014 Volvo V40 is sure to impress. In fact, it’s probably ‘best in class’ when it comes to overall safety. Probably the most innovative feature is an airbag positioned actually under the bonnet to provide protection to a pedestrian in the event of an impact. There are, of course, front and side airbags, a knee airbag for the driver, a roll-over protection system, a dynamic stability and traction control system, stability assist and engine drag control systems – and even a system to help minimise the risk of whiplash injuries in the event of a collision.
Sensible running costs
The figures for the V40 are certainly impressive. By way of example, the entry level and extremely popular D2 diesel delivers an incredible 78.5 mpg. This also keeps emissions down to 94g/km of CO2 which means if you’re looking at car lease deals on it, you won’t have to pay road tax or the London congestion charge. Even the 150 bhp D3 manages a highly respectable 65.7 mpg on the combined cycle.
The final word
Are the safety features on the 2014 Volvo V40 enough for it to leapfrog the likes of Mercedes, BMW and Audi on your wish list? Let us know what you think…leave us a message on our contact form 01903 538835 now and find out about our Volvo leasing deals today!
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