The Volvo V40 was presented in 1995 as a Combi version of the contemporary S40. The 1st gen. V40 was discontinued in 2004 after being replaced by the V50; in the same year, the more successful S40 was renewed. In 2012, an all-new (pictured) V40 was presented as the only heir to the S40, whose production ended that year. The 2nd gen. V40 has the same solid structure as the S40, C30, Mazda 3, and Ford Focus, thanks to which, as the five-star rating at the Euro NCAP crash tests proves, it guarantees impeccable passenger safety; it’s interesting to note how Volvo, in the V40, has adopted protection systems not only for drivers and passengers but also for pedestrians: External airbags located near the bonnet open on impact to protect also those who are out. The dimensions are 4,36 x 1,80 meters and the basic capacity of the trunk 335 liters; it becomes 1032 liters if the rear seat is reclined. The range of engines, which on the pre-facelifted version varies from 115 to 254HP, is rich, and many motorizations are of Ford derivation. Starting from 2013, the V40 is also available in a “Cross Country” version. The Cross Country is very similar to the standard model but presents an SUV setting and a more masculine design. In 2016, a facelift of the 2nd gen. V40 arrived on the market: the aesthetics were modernized and new LED headlights were implemented. On the 2016 facelift, the engines are all made by Volvo and range from 122 to 245HP. Between 2019 and 2020, Volvo stopped producing the V40 as it hadn’t enough resources to manufacture it. Before it was discontinued, the V40 represented a good alternative to other premium cars such as the Audi A3, Mercedes A-Class, and BMW 1 Series.

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🏎️ Volvo V40 II
📍 Sweden
🛠️ 1.6 D2 270NM 115HP
💨 12,3 seconds
🔝 190km/h
💶 No longer on sale
Our votes:
⭐⭐⭐⭐️(4/5) for the 1st gen.
⭐⭐⭐️⭐️⚡ (4,5/5) for the 2nd gen.