The Volvo V40 with the 5 cylinder 2.0l petrol engine is a fantastic car with a few anoying design issues that you are likley to buy with your heart rather than your head.
The pros (for 2015my) are, great styling, very safe and feature packed, reliable, powerful enough & most of all a high level of saftey tech.
The cons are, bad turning circle, not so comfortable supension, and a tight cabin.
The performance from the 2.0l 5cylinder is at 6.9l/100 on a fairly easy run from Melbourne to Albury & back, otherwise travel in and around the suburbs is 9.3l/100, in normal driving, not sure how the published data is much lower for the suburbs, maybe lots of down hill driving??
The comfort level is supurb so long as you are on a smooth surface, otherwise a little to firm, however the luxury feel of being behind the wheel is something on an other level, good quality trim and finishes that appear to be well built & fairly timeless, in my opinion.
The thing that is difficult to expalin is the way it makes me feel when im driving it, It just puts a smile on my face & believe it or not, for the all the Volvo critics, the V40 is a sharp drive that urges you to push a little harder.
We took up the Polestar ECU enhancement pakage, which added a few extra kw's, now at 167kw, funnaly the torque remained the same at 300nm, Still nice smooth power.
Polestar claim greated accelleration for safer overtaking whilst maintaing no change to the fuel economy.
Dont believe it, when you get on the throttle, the fuel consumption is well into double digits,
My wife always asks me why the car has a chemical smell when i drive it, I simply change the subject.
From a technology point of view, it is up there with the latestred tech with self parking, lane assist/correction, adaptive cruise control, auto hi beams, turning lights, automatic emergeny braking, blind spot alert, cross traffic alert, lots of airbags & side impact protection.
At the time of our new purchase it was rated the highest in saftey ratings.
We have owned the car since new & have had no trouble at all.
The improvements that i would like to see would be a better turning circle, an option for smoother suspension and better interior packaging , buy then again I knew this when I bought the car and bought with the heart & not the head.
Purchasing a far more practical car with all the anoying complaints that i have mentioned above ironed out would not have been any fun or for that fact be able to put a smile on may face every time i drive it.
We have 2 other High end Euro cars with much more power, comfort, practicality, however for soem reason i always gravitate to the Volvo V40!