The Volvo V40, which is the Swedish company’s best-selling model has received a major facelift for this year.
The Volvo V40 is a substantial premium hatchback that has already set new standards for safety, quality and performance in its segment. The new face-lifted V40 promises all the goodness of the old car, along with some major facial changes and design updates.
The most significant update is the new grille mesh, that features a redesigned and more visually striking Volvo Iron Mark. Along with an improved front and rear bumper design, it gives the car a sleeker and a refined profile. Another interesting (and our favourite) update is the new “Thor’s Hammer” headlights that is essentially a new headlamp housing, featuring Day time Running LEDs integrated with HID lamps. The new lights give a very sophisticated look to an already handsome car. Volvo is also adding five new paint schemes to the existing portfolio which would include three brand new colours and two more that are already featured on other Volvo models.
Powering the new V40 would be the same 2.0 inline-5 turbo diesel motor that produces a class leading 150 HP and 350 Nm of torque. The new face lifted car definitely inherits its predecessor’s performance, especially considering that the Euro spec car comes with a 4 pot diesel that is down on torque.
The new Volvo V40 takes cues from the award-wining Volvo Concept Estate in terms of interior and upholstery design. Volvo has provided an array of new interior panel designs along with intricate stitching details on the fabrics to keep customers engaged. The R-design package will now include new tread plate designs and an updated key fob with a new Volvo logo.
Volvo has been working very diligently in researching towards improved in-car user experience, and this has resulted in an updated Volvo-On-Call smartphone application. The app allows remote access and control to a wide range of in-car features and is compatible with the Apple Watch and Android Wear based devices. The major updates include calendar integration that allow the mobile app to send calendar appointment destinations directly to the navigation system along with improved graphic interfaces. The new V40 will also benefit from Volvo’s CleanZone technology that focuses on interior air quality. The award winning tech effectively filters air, removing harmful pollutants and other particulate matter. The new system aids improved interior air emissions and reduced odours. (We see some inspiration from the Tesla Model X.)
To sum up, the Volvo V40 is a fabulous hatch and these recent updates have definitely cemented its place in the premium hatchback segment. The new car looks fresh and in sync with the current style trend of the XC90, S90 and V90. In the Indian market, the V40 is a big winner, eclipsing its rivals – the Mercedes-Benz A-class and the BMW 1-series by a big margin in terms of style, safety, practicality and performance.