Volvo V40 – XCAR

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Don’t roll your eyes, the new Volvo V40 is a very important car. It marks the end of the C30 and V50 while also bringing Volvo back to a segment it’s not been in for many, many years, the land of the five-door hatch.

Y’see what ‘ol Volvo’s done is take to niches and, unlike the Audi et al, merge them into one rather than mercilessly exploit them. The top brass in Sweden realised that where two cars would suit a small group of buyers each, one could sort both out as well as enticing a whole new audience to its dealers. A smart move, if a little ‘all our eggs in one basket’.

Volvo’s design team has done a very good job with the V40, too. It’s curvaceous in all the right places and doesn’t have a single ungainly line on it. There are some neat touches in there — the triple windscreen washers are a particular highlight, as is its shapely rear end.

As well as Swedish design, efficiency is a Volvo ‘thing’. Hyper efficient engines pepper the range, though if you’re feeling particularly fruity you can opt for the auto-only T5 — the closest thing you’ll get to a V40 hot hatch (for now).

To drive the V40 is delight. Its controls are all easy to use and it offers excellent visibility. Perfect, then, if you’re an idiot or a bit slow on the uptake. Similarly, if you’re looking for something engaging you won’t be let down. While the Volvo name may not be synonymous with massive grins in the twisties, the V40 will slap a wry smile on your face if you fancy some illicit fun.

Ride comfort is a particular highlight — its very smooth over pretty much any road.

Volvo hopes that buyers will take a look at the VW Golf, Audi A3, Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1 Series, then head over to a Volvo dealer to see what this new V40 thing is all about. I hope they do too, because as an underdog in an arena of hardened hatch hounds it’s got enough fight in it. Is it enough to coax people away from ze Germans? Time will tell…

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20 thoughts on “Volvo V40 – XCAR

  1. 99subigt says:

    hmm volvo on a focus chassis and suspension? idk if i like that, then again my 2005 saab arc has a gm motor.

  2. Abe Lincoln says:

    This is the perfect Volvo. I must have it & I like it better than the Audi. I'm going to go tomorrow to go buy… Oh wait, they don't sell these in the US. Thanks Ford, instead of the V40, we get your stupid inferior Focus. Woohoo. The guys at Ford are really Friggen Ossholes Ruining my Day.

  3. ultimatemtb says:

    Volvo for life :-)

  4. What was rubbish ? I didnt understand please

  5. crux314 says:

    V40 looks awful with those tiny wheels, bigger wheels should std equipment. Volvo need to stop being such a cheap b#%stards.

  6. 420apache657 says:

    wow its a nice looking car, take that Koreans and it has a 5 cylinder engine, which sound much better then 4 cylinder ones

  7. croustibat09 says:

    I discovered your channel recently and your reviews are really pleasant to watch. Keep on that way ;)

  8. lol @ the outro clip!

  9. such a low number of people who drives them, intresting to see something to see something.. "normal"

  10. Carfection says:

    Do have a look through our channel – we've got a film on the BMW E30 M3 and the super-rare E92 M3 GTS, Lotus Exige, Porsche Boxster, BMW M1, Bentley Continental GT Speed, Jaguar XKR-S & F-Type and loads more.

    There's plenty of rare and fast stuff in there, don't fret. But there's no shame in looking at the less tyre-shredding stuff every now and then…

  11. iNDIGO says:

    hey i really like your videos and reviews', but you need to get your hands on some more exciting and rare super-cars, like Paganis, Amg Mercs, nd BMW m series.. Just my 2 cents

  12. J waves says:

    you slightly remind me of Richard Hammond

  13. Tom Major says:

    while i think that is crazy stereotypical, i can see the point you are trying to make

  14. AR Taken says:

    This guy is British, they all hate Germans and esp Vettel, why? b/c he is better than their own country men who are F1 drivers. like Lotus over Porsche? The best sport car company in history is least favored over Lotus? lol

  15. GAMEOHOLIK says:

    too small wheels :/ in almost every new car

  16. Im starting to like volvo a lot now. To bad they scrapped the c30, but they do now hav the s60 polestar!

  17. RMAGEDN740 says:

    volvo's have been growing on me since the introduction of the new s60 a few years ago. i think the c30 is one of the coolest new hatchbacks on the market.

  18. bitumen83 says:

    Can anyone tell me what is name of the song at the end of the video 3:44

  19. matt jacobs says:

    could you guy try testing a polestar volvo please i think it would make for an interesting take on it??

  20. bitumen83 says:

    Volvo je dobar..jebem li mu dete, DOBAR JE !

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