The V40 competes with the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, but also compact executive cars like the Mercedes A-Class
It's one of the most understated cars in this area of the market
The latest Volvo corporate identity has been neatly applied to the V40
The distinctive rear hatch treatment harks back to the V40's illustrious forebear, the P1800ES
The rear lights and broad hips make the V40 instantly recognisable as a Volvo
The V40 isn't the sharpest car in its class, but can still entertain behind the wheel...
...It's more of a cruiser than a sprinter, though.
With similar mechanical components to the Ford Focus, it's no surprise the V40 acquits itself well on country lanes
It may not be as sharp as the Focus, but it strikes a good balance between comfort and fun
Subtle design touches abound on the outside
Scandinavian subtlety is the name of the game in Volvo design
A choice of alloy wheels add drama to the exterior
The petrol range consists T2, T3 and T4 models
R-Design models have bigger wheels, firmer suspension and a bumpier ride
The dashboard is distinctive but shows its age in a high button-count
Ergonomics are sound, all though the multitude of small buttons can be confusing
Comfortable, supportive seats are a welcome Volvo trait
The digital dashboard cluster is easy to read and looks fresh and modern
Infotainment system includes online connectivity
The instrument cluster is a very pleasing piece of design
The eight-speed automatic gearbox is occasionally clunky, but relaxing in use
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