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Car and Driving's Independent Used Review of the Volvo V40 (2014 - 2016) Range

BY JONATHAN CROUCH
Added 8th July, 2016

With this V40, Volvo brought its brand up to date. Fashionable styling clothes some serious safety in a very assured piece of design. Gothenburg has taken on the Germans before - but never like this. In the premium compact hatch segment, only BMW's 1 Series can out-handle this car - and that's only because of its rear wheel drive, a layout Volvo thinks is better suited to Silverstone than Surbiton. In any case, careful development of this car's dynamic Focus-inspired underpinnings has left us with a car an enthusiast might still enjoy. Which is a surprise. But then, much about this car is. Take the D4 Drive-E diesel engine that ideally, you'd really want to find beneath the bonnet of the 2014 to 2016-era models we've been looking at here from a used car perspective. Just how often have you come across a sensibly-sized car able to sprint to 62mph in under 7.5s that can also manage nearly 75mpg while putting out under 100g/km of CO2? As a result, this efficient yet characterful, stylish yet sensible car ought to appeal far beyond Volvo's core customer base. It ought to, but it may not. BMW, Audi, Mercedes - even Alfa Romeo customers: they're all pretty parochial. They shouldn't be. A drive in one of these would blow away quite a few prejudices. Whoever would have thought it?

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