Volvo’s new premium hatch, the V40 will be available for test drives at all Volvo dealerships from 15 October, and will go on sale from 15 November 2012.
Initially, Volvo will be launching with the all-new V40 in T3 manual, T4 manual, D2 manual and D3 Geartronic derivatives. The remainder of the local line-up, including the Volvo V40 R-Design, will be available from March 2013.
V40 Recommended Retail Pricing.
Includes VAT and Emissions tax
V40 T3 Manual Essential R 281,200
V40 D2 Manual Essential R 283,200
V40 T3 Manual Excel R 299,300
V40 D2 Manual Excel R 301,300
V40 T3 Manual Elite R 313,200
V40 D2 Manual Elite R 315,200
V40 T4 Manual Excel R 316,800
V40 T4 Manual Elite R 330,700
V40 T4 Powershift Excel R 332,600
V40 D3 Geartronic Excel R 339,800
V40 T4 Powershift Elite R 346,500
V40 D3 Geartronic Elite R 353,700
V40 D3 Geartronic R-Design R 363,300
V40 T5 Geartronic Excel R 373,700
V40 T5 Geartronic Elite R 387,600
V40 T5 Geartronic R-Design R 397,100
The Telegraph in the UK says of the new V40 “Volvo’s new V40 is a serious rival to the Audi A3, BMW 1-series and Ford Focus.”
It is actually built on the Focus platform, which is a pretty good start for any car.
The Telegraph continues by saying:
With the Focus’s MacPherson-strut front and control-blade independent rear suspension, Volvo has painstakingly engineered the system to new heights with a small team of just four engineers. They have strengthened the steering column and fitted expensive Tenneco monotube dampers at the rear. It’s been worth it, with an uncanny ride quality which maintains its chassis composure whatever you throw at it and recovers from road undulations faster than almost anything in the class.
The electronically assisted steering combines the Focus’s accuracy with a calmness and linearity, but at a small cost in feedback to the wheel. It drives almost as well as it rides. Whisper it, but this is the best-handling Volvo for years.