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Our fleet: Volvo V40 D4 SE Lux Nav auto - Jan 2015

Volvo
BIK List Price
£29,265
Volvo V40 BIK list price
BIK Percentage
17%
Volvo V40 BIK Percent
CO2
109g/km
Volvo V40 CO2
Combined MPG
67.3
Volvo V40 MPG

Review

Volvo’s compact cars have often relied on other manufacturers for diesel technology.

In the past, Volvo’s four-cylinder diesel engines have been designed and build as part of a partnership between Ford and PSA.

But as the Swedish company was passed from Ford ownership to Chinese automotive company Geely in 2014, it has gradually had to build for a future beyond the legacy of its recent history.

Just over a year ago Volvo introduced a new line-up of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Initially available in S60 and V60 models, they became available in the V40 hatchback in the second half of 2014.

We’ve recently taken a V40 using the new D4 diesel. It’s a 2.0-litre engine producing 190hp, and with the standard six-speed manual transmission has Co2 emissions of 99g/km – remarkable for a car with that power output.

Our car came to us a few months old as it had already been used by Volvo for media launch activity. We decided to choose the automatic version, which uses the acclaimed eight-speed ZF transmission already in service in various BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover and other models.

The penalty for the expense and comfort of an automatic is an extra 10g/km of CO2, although at 109g/km it’s still on a par with the manual Volkswagen Golf GTD Fleet News has on its fleet.

As someone who drives well over 20,000 miles a year, many of which will be in stop-start traffic, I’d rather pay extra for the convenience.

The V40 was launched in 2012 and became the first car to provide a pedestrian airbag as standard. It also comes equipped with Volvo’s City Safety autonomous emergency braking system as standard.

One of the options fitted to our test car – keyless drive and personal car communicator (£550) – has been playing up as the car sometimes refuses to detect the key on board. Volvo is checking it out and we’ll update you after we get the car back.

Top Speed
143mph
Volvo V40 Top Speed
VED band
B
Volvo V40 Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Volvo V40 Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £9,975
4 Year 80k : £7,675
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 44.88
4 Year 80k : 40.36

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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