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Volvo V40 T5 R-Design Review Swede Will Bring a New Breed of Buyers

High spec, T5 engine excellent, build quality

Small seats boot area, to option/pay for expensive-but-expected equipment, manual seat adjusters


Volvo. A name up words like safe , and estate . Yes, for years has been producing cars with safety and space in and that s not exactly led to them desirable with a younger With the release of the new 2012 I suspect attitudes are about to quickly on that front, when you take a closer at the T5 R-Design

Exterior. Butt or beauty?

The V40 is a good looking car as but the R-Design is more striking and It is planted, and hunkered down in a stance that catches s attention easily, especially in the Blue colour. The front of the car is with deep cuts for lines slashing their way each side, around the and lower daytime LED running (which look superb).

a stood-up perspective, the front of the looks like it would it front lip to the first speed you came to, but Volvo have clever by angling it sharply underneath while still it the appearance of low-slung car. The front means you ll combat the nastiest and most evil of humps.

The sides of the bonnet cut in and swoop down onto the wings, making the V40 R-Design out from the average flat-hooded A sharply-raked windscreen flows up to a decidedly low roofline, and should you the panoramic glass roof, the becomes alive further. Instead of slapping a great rectangular of glass in the middle of the roof, have made it look by meeting it right up to the windscreen, no metal between, and also it around the rear shark fin too.

Beautiful, but I dread to what it would cost to

Around the back of the V40, and the angles continue. The boot out prominently to the halfway point, cutting back in, creating an overhang. Either side are the L-shaped lights, which lines running down to catch the light when on, creating a rather cool

They re also eyeball-meltingly too.

Down to the bottom, and the is finished off with a respectably exhaust exit each plus a deep rear which finishes the sporty off nicely.  The V40 R-Design is one of the hatchback s on the market today, no A mix of powerful, sporty, purposeful and culminates in a car that certainly attention.

Interior. Neat or nothing

Open the door to the V40 R-Design, and you re by an interior that does not Available only with Leather and aluminium trim, the is sporty, yet elegant. Slide the driver s seat, and it s very that quality abounds the cabin. The front seats are and comfortable, yet thin when from the side.

Proof you don t need depth to attain There s a couple of issues One is that the lumbar support are placed on the inner edges, and you to tuck your hand it and the armrest to turn it, and it s not a comfortable to do.

The dial for reclining the none-powered seat is also tucked to the B-pillar, creating the same

You can seat three on the rear but the person in the middle will uncomfortable after only a few It s more designed as a seat for journeys. The sides though, are nice. Okay, it would be if the bottom section of the seat was to support your legs but aside from that are fine.

Leg room won t be an issue unless you re a very tall Although the roof is low, the panoramic roof (£1,000) it much better for those in the Volvo have though it too, as the blind opens so they can get the benefit of the airiness you keep shaded in the front.

I noticed during this of abnormally hot U.K. weather, it was hitting over 30˚C, the V40 kept cooler inside other cars I was driving at time, which is probably due to the glass letting less in. The V40 s narrow centre console is a design, as a single piece upwards from the gearstick. The s is bare aluminium with a painted line going top to which I m not 100% feeling.

It s not tacky, but it doesn t seem to the car.

From a side this piece is surprisingly and there s even a storage behind it. All the controls from the heating, stereo, car set-up, and more are on this one piece. s only one issue I have this; there s too many making it look overcrowded and They should do away the telephone keypad to simplify it.

 Other than that it s a design, and I especially like the way that Volvo have for showing the fan direction (see

The  multimedia screen is a good The graphics are bang up to date, and it s to navigate around the (many) options, whether that be the settings, sat nav, phonebook, consumption stats etc. The s console is outstanding in its layout.

The s displays are completely digital, and s three different configurations to from too; Elegance, Eco and

On each display mode, you can chose to have the average consumption or real-time fuel displayed, or to just have the rev or temperature gauge (depending on setting you have) fill the edges fully instead. In the of the dials is a digital display for like the cruise control warning indications and more. It s one of the dial designs I ve seen in a car to and it is without a doubt impressive.

The of the automatic gear knob is too. A clear top with looks like) laser-etched for the driver, reverse etc. that is a chrome finish, the symbols.

A green LED lights up to the position you ve chosen, and at night the top up too. This all sounds something out of a modders catalogue, but me it s done in good taste.

The s steering wheel is a comfortable and its controls for the stereo, cruise etc are simply laid-out and are easy to and use. At 335 litres, boot with the seats up isn t huge, but have at least made that the 60/40 rear fold completely flat, a surprising amount of space I managed to fit a large dog cage (just), and the metal tie-down came in really handy time, showing that still include their practicality to a degree.

A gripe I had the V40 I tested was the lack of reverse just distance sensors. In every time I had passengers in and was they always commented on it. s all this safety technology and a interior, and yet there was no camera.

It doesn t make sense. If you re one of these, you must absolutely the Rear Park Assist option box it s only £375!

In the Volvo V40 R-Design s interior is modish, refined and thoroughly to the point where it reminds me much of the Jaguar XF 3.0 Supercharged and that s saying something.

Engine and gearbox

There are a of petrol and diesel engine on the with different power but we re concerned with only one on review; the T5 automatic. The T5 is a 2.5 litre engine, five cylinder, and a turbo bolted on. I ve always one for preferring bigger capacity but with manufacturer s heading the path of smaller cc s with advanced fuel delivery advanced turbo units, components etc, delivery of horsepower and torque, plus CO2 emissions and better fuel is achieved.

It s looking very like the future for the majority of

The V40 s T5 is no exception. The 2.5 litre engine out 254 bhp with 265 lb ft (360 Nm) of torque, may not seem huge, but it ll still get you 0 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds (0 100 kph in 6.2)! To put it in that s as as fast as the Jaguar XF 3.0 Supercharged.

Regarding rivals, it s slower to sixty miles per than the Audi S3,  but get beat by the BMW M 135i and absolutely by the (more expensive) Mercedes-Benz A 45

Still, a few milliseconds difference to isn t the end of the world. The T5 is still quick car and the more important aspect is the acceleration, where it will greatly. More about later. A 6-speed automatic box was on this particular V40 T5, and I couldn t much to complain about.

In auto mode, it changes smoothly and quickly with no Push the lever over to the and you can then use it in manual mode, it s a simple push forwards to go up the gears, or down to go down. a few of the other manual modes on gearbox s, this one let me change while the revs were high, giving me more when slowing from quickly.

 When in full mode and braking, you can physically the engine doing some of the to bring the speed down as

On this engine, there s stop/start, which is one of the smoother I ve come come across. s one annoyance, and that s that if you up to something like a roundabout, or a the engine will cut out the very you stop, and although it s super to fire back into it can be a jerky experience if it goes stopped to start in a short Of course, there s always the to turn it off, but that defeats the purpose.

Fuel economy is better I assumed it would be. Around the official stats state up to 25 while extra urban is as just over 47 mpg, a combined figure of 35.8 Realistically, it looks like have been fair these figures.

I averages twenty-two miles-per-gallon around and that drastically went up as I got out on to a country-road run, averaging sixty mph I got an indicated 41 mpg. I d say s pretty darn good for a car with decent performance.

to roll? Let’s drive!

The V40 T5 R-Design looks like it s to drive well. And it does. It is refined, powerful and handles Let s have a quick word those.

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Set off slowly in the T5-engined and it is eerily-quiet. With the windows up, is so little sound from the you could hear a pin drop. if you like driving barefoot.

the beautiful automatic gear into drive, go easy on the and the R-Design V40 will slide up to speeds as fluidly as mercury on a bonnet. There s no drama or and it does it in a highly classy However, as you pass those speed limit signs and its accelerator, the T5 V40 will change its act suave gent to caddish quicker than you can say Terry If you re at lower speeds still, and to give the go pedal a hearty you re going to get the front-wheel-drive V40 s tyres and struggling for purchase, twitching and right, leading to a notable of torque steer.

Not a massive but it s certainly noticeable.

Accelerating from a stand-still obviously in an amount of wheel spin, but than the Volvo doing some cars do, and completely the car by hugely limiting power to the the V40 s system seemed more than that, and allows you a bit of Of course, the DSTC (Dynamic and Traction Control) system can be off if you want more authority.

The s 2.5 five-cylinder petrol turbo gives a lot in return to you right s prompting, and you ll find the T5 R-Design absolutely monster its way past cars, should you want to at higher speeds on country for example. The acceleration isn t brutal or like it was in the Subaru WRX STi 340R I and it s more like a strong-but-fluent of power. It ll do the job with ease, let s put it way. Push on upwards of 100 and you ll find the power delivery going strong.

 With a top speed of 155 mph, particular Volvo is certainly not to be an embarrassment should you find on a German Autobahn anytime either.

Volvo have well with the suspension and set-up, allowing the T5 V40 to handle in the twisty sections, and I found it confidence with good and poise, while the setting t overly stiff either, both myself and passengers a and relaxed ride too. If you your R-Design to feel sportier, just tick the Sports Chassis option and your V40 R-Design will be lower than standard.

it comes to the safety tech on the I don t think there will be manufacturers out there that better Volvo. The Lux Nav model I had Pedestrian Safety. which the road and walkways ahead, pedestrian s movements, ready in they step in front of the The Volvo will first of all you audibly, and if that s not acted it ll either lower speed or apply the brakes fully, on your initial speed.

If you do hit a the car comes equipped (as standard) a Pedestrian Airbag. which both under the bonnet to the initial blow, and also a a third of the way up the windscreen plus of the A-pillars.

More safety for the includes an automatic braking which works automatically you fail to apply the brakes at a distance before the object in (at under 31 mph). Then s the Driver Support option, includes Lane Keeping Driver Alert Control.

Warning. Blind Spot  (BLIS) and Adaptive Cruise (ACC). The ACC is an utterly brilliant and it will slow the car all the way to a stop, hard if necessary, and it s simply a of pushing the cruise s resume to carry on. It ll even work in city traffic.

It makes any so much more relaxing and

Any negative points? On road that weren t so smooth, was slightly too much road coming into the cabin. I m not Rolls-Royce like silence the Volvo, but still the noise the tyres could be counted as a on certain road surfaces.

from that, there s not anything else to moan

Overall, I think the T5 V40 R-Design satisfaction in terms of both performance and handling. It is sporty and enough to have fun in, but it also the mustard when it comes to too.


List price of the Volvo V40 T5 R-Design is £31,390. The I was sent was the Lux Nav spec, and with a of options including Driver (i.e. the electronic safety at £1,850, panoramic roof at plus Park Assist at £850.00 and 11 more options, the of those added up to a hefty making the final in excess of

That seems a lot of dosh, but is it Well, Volvo s cars t cheap, but you can be absolutely assured you re something very, very built. When compared similarly-specced rivals it comes out too.

Examples are the BWM M 5-door automatic at £38,380, and the A 45 AMG at £40,585.

What I don t like is on a car as high-end as this Lux Nav spec, you re having to pay for stuff you d expect as such as heated and power in the front, and they don t come either.

2013 Volvo V40 T5 Lux Nav Automatic verdict score

The V40 R-Design changed my perception of Volvo s. Yes still make their family estate cars and s, but the R-Design sort of quashes s notion on the brand. What have done is take extensive knowledge of safety and build quality and thrown an large tub of hot spice into the

The V40 R-Design is too expensive to be classed most hot hatches, and it is almost in the way it goes about its business, but s not to say it lacks character or desirability, as it has The V40 T5 R-Design will almost attract a new breed of buyer, and let s much hope that is the first of many cars it from Volvo.

Do you own a Volvo V40 What are your views on it, and are the best and worst points? your thoughts and leave a below!

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