VOLVO V40

good-looking front of the Volvo V40

 

Inspired around the individual, the Volvo V40 recently made its debut in South Africa.

The Swedish car manufacturer spoilt journalists to a lavish cruise in their new offering around the beautifully lush Knysna and Brenton-on-Sea.

The drive from George Airport to The Turbine Hotel was done in a Passion Red T3 (1.6 petrol turbo), and initially, I could not find fault with the car, except maybe the fact that this particular variant didnít have GPS navigation. Sitting in the driverís seat for a few kilometres whilst a fellow journalist from Blaque magazine drove, I was impressed by how smooth the ride was. Nothing is overwhelming but neither is anything boring. A very modest and somewhat understated car. Everything is made to work around you whilst not interfering with your driving experience.

and the rear-end is even better

 

One of the most surprising features, which went unnoticed at first, was the sunroof. The tint and design is done in such a way that it creates a near perfect ambience in the car without the usual bright and distracting, headache inducing sunlight over-load provided in many other cars.

In terms of safety and features, Volvo seems to have done it again as a class leader. The V40 is the safest car Euro Ncap have ever tested. A world first, the V40 series is fitted with a pedestrian airbag, designed to cushion the impact at key points on the front of the car. The V40 is the first Volvo that features an upgraded City Safety system. This system is now active at speeds up to 50 km/h (previously 30 km/h). City Safety keeps an eye on traffic in front with the help of a laser sensor that is integrated into the top of the windscreen at the height of the rear-view mirror. The car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops, or if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast.

The menu system is easy to navigate and allows the user to change the colour of an interior lighting system to suit the userís mood. The instrument cluster can also be customised in three modes. In the Elegance theme, the dials are set to an amber colour creating a relaxed mood.

nice hotel, better colour, on the best little Volvo

 

In the Eco theme, the dials change to an environmentally conscious green and an eco meter is shown on the left. Also displayed is the current and accumulated fuel consumption. If economical driving is at its optimal, a green light is shown.

The Performance theme replaces the centre speedometer with a tachometer and has red background illumination. The vehicles speed is shown digitally in the centre of the tachometer. On the right, a power meter is displayed which shows the driver how much power is available and how much is being used.

we stayed at the Turbine Hotel and Spa,

but the Volvo V40 miles was better

 

My choice in diesel spec is the D2 with a 1.6 turbo engine that delivers 87 kilowatts of power and 270 Nm of torque. The smaller diesel power plant delivers power more smoothly and evenly throughout the RPM range whereas the D3 felt like it had a power band. The D3 also had a noticeably more noisy engine than the D2 both at idle and at speed.

I could live with this baby :-)

 

When it comes to the numerous petrol variants, my choice is the T4 which has the same engine as the T3, but is tweaked to deliver a very noticeable 22 extra kilowatts (whilst providing the same amount of torque). It must be noted though that the T5 model with a 2.5 five-cylinder turbo engine will come out later in the year. This coupled with the R-design styling kit will most likely be a winner in aesthetics and performance.

Words and photos by Dylan Slater

 

Thanks to Volvo South Africa

for the drive in their very nice Volvo V40

I absolutely love the V40