The Garage – Volvo V40 T4 Luxury – EFTM

The Garage – Volvo V40 T4 Luxury

The Swedish executive hatch is back with more space, more tech and quite frankly better looks. It’s quirky, offers a world first pedestrian airbag along with tempting pricing. After...

The Swedish executive hatch is back with more space, more tech and quite frankly better looks. It’s quirky, offers a world first pedestrian airbag along with tempting pricing. After sampling a diesel version in Sweden recently, in the EFTM Garage this week is the Volvo V40 T4 Luxury hatch.

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photo 3 (18)Make: Volvo

Model: V40

Variant: T4 Luxury

Engine / Transmission: 2.0-litre five-cylinder turbo petrol engine / 6-speed Adaptive Geartronic with Neutral Control and Sports Mode

Vital Stats: [email protected],000 rpm / 300Nm @2,700 – 4000rpm

Volvo Claimed Fuel Economy: 7.6l / 100km

EFTM Claimed Fuel Economy: 10.1l / 100km

MRRP Price: From $34,990, as tested $53,115 (Plus on roads)

Options Fitted: Driver Support Pack, metallic paint.

Wow Factor: Clever and unique interior design, one of the most elaborate digital instrument clusters you’re ever likely to see. Features a world first pedestrian airbag hidden under the bonnet. The V40 also offers probably the world’s longest list of acronyms to describe the numerous safety systems.

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Most Impressive: The Driver Support pack includes some great tech. Blind Spot Information System (BLISS) and Cross Traffic Alert, Driver Alert System (Road Sign Information and Lane Keeping Aid), Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Full Auto Brake plus Park Assist Pilot.

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Least Impressive: The Collision Warning System involves a red warning lamp which reflects onto the windscreen, it glows more intensely if you tailgate. It’s annoying and goes off like a poker machine jackpot when it sense danger. As far as the drive itself goes, the V40 is not as dynamically engaging as the big German three offerings, slow for my liking.

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Early Verdict: Different with interesting design and admirable safety tech, but ultimately not a driver’s car.

 

 

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Chris works at Australia's leading radio station 2GB. He's worked on three radio Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012. Deep down Chris harbours ambitions to one day sit behind the microphone himself. Aside from radio his other great passion is the motor car. Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers. Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney's North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company.
One Comment
  • Michael Aulia
    20 August 2014 at 10:05 am
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    That dashboard! Pretty sleek. That collision warning system looks like it’s going to be an annoyance but from your shot, it looks like it can be turn off, thankfully

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