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The Volvo V40 – Assault Of The Premium Hatchback

The Volvo V40 - Assault Of The Premium Hatchback

The all new sleek and sexy Volvo V40 was launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year with production starting having started in May. The new Volvo V40 replaces the Volvo S40 and the Volvo V50 models. The introduction of the Volvo V40 as a premium and sporty hatchback clearly indicates Volvo’s intentions of competing with the likes of the BMW 1 series, the new Mercedes A-class as well as the Audi Sportback. The Volvo V40 is planned for introduction in South Africa early in 2013.

The new Volvo V40 offers high levels of safety features and aims to get the full 5 Star Euro NCAP rating. The plethora of safety features, one of which happens to be Volvo’s groundbreaking Pedestrian Airbag Technology, is sure to appease current and future customers, on Volvo’s high level of dedication for enhanced passenger and pedestrian safety.

Styling wise the front end of the car features a low and wide high gloss grille which enhances the sportiness of the Volvo V40.  Inset on the lower corners of the front end are the Daytime Running Lights which sweep upwards from direct front view. The sportiness is further enhanced by the low slung roof. The rear of the car has the the distinctive design  features which we have seen on the Volvo C30 which are of the tail rear lamps which are positioned high and follow the curvature of the shoulder as well as the hexagonal tailgate.

An additional feature will be the fixed panorama glass roof that stretches from the front windscreen to the backrest of the rear seats.

The enhancements to the exterior also stretch to the interior. The interior of the all new Volvo V40 is designed around people with a strong emphasis on ergonomics, comfort and an engaging driving experience.

The key interior features are; the floating ultra slim centre stack, frameless interior rear-view mirror, foldable two cup holder integrated in the centre of the rear seat cushion, Electrical heating is available in both the front seats and the outer rear seats, Seven different mood light options which make use of LED lights, an illuminated gearshift knob, 40/60 split rear seats and a Two level luggage floor.

From a safety perspective, the main Safety features that the Volvo offers, in addition the Pedestrian Airbag technology,  are the Park Assist Pilot – making parallel parking easy, Lane Keeping Aid – active help to stay on course, Enhanced Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) – for better visibility, Cross Traffic Alert which alerts drivers to traffic at the rear,  Road Sign Information which provides information to the driver on the instrument display, Adaptive Cruise Control & Distance Alert, as well as Collision Warning and auto brake – with full braking power.

The ride and handling on the V40 is setup to offer an enhanced driving experience without compromising on ride comfort. Two chassis setups will be available the Dynamic and Sport chassis., of which the Sport Chassis will be 10mm lower with firmer spring and shock absorber settings.

The Volvo V40 has an Electrical Power Assist Steering (EPAS) system which uses an electrical motor to support the steering rack and the driver can choose between three levels of power assistance; Low, Medium and High, each offering progressively different levels of power support. The EPAS system enables integration of safety and driver support functions that involve the steering, such as Lane Keeping Aid and Park Assist Pilot.

For enhanced ride and handling safety the V40 also comes equipped with Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system as well as a Corner Traction Control system.

A number of engine derivatives will be available on the Volvo V40 ranging from a 110kW 1.6 litre four cylinder T3 turbo petrol engine to the range topping 2.5 litre five cylinder T5 turbo petrol engine churning out 187kW of engines are available for the V40. Three diesel engine derivatives will also be available. However we have not confirmed the specific engine derivatives that will be available for the South African market.

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