Volvo Are On The Rise
Swedish Manufacturer Adds New Powertrains to V40 Range
Volvo have been springing a few surprises over the past year or so with updated models and concepts. The Geneva Motor Show saw echoes of the classic 1800 ES from the 70’s with the Concept Estate while the Concept XC Coupe also offered a vision of what might come from Volvo in the future.
SUV Model Gets A Refresh
The updated XC90 which was drip fed to the world through teaser images and videos over a few months was finally launched in August. With 1,927 First Edition cars available for sale online only, they were all bought up within 47 hours, with 55 bought by UK customers.
When they arrive in the UK in April next year, buyers can look forward to the XC90 being available with the new Volvo Drive-E powertrains and the striking tablet-like touch screen.
Compact Model Comes To An End
The Volvo C30 had its last hurrah last year and the final model rolled off the production line with almost 210,000 being sold worldwide since its launch in 2006. The sporty hatchback was aimed at younger buyers and it proved really popular. Volvo even ran a treasure hunt competition in the UK to win the last ever C30.
Power Meets Practicality
Volvo revealed another great collaboration with Polestar, their performance partner, when images were released of the S60 and V60 Polestar models. Producing 350hp from a six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 petrol engine, lucky buyers started receiving the iconic Rebel Blue cars in the summer.
New Volvo Engine Family
Introduced last year were Volvo’s new 2.0-litre, four cylinder Drive-E powertrains, to be built in-house in Sweden. With increased power but still highly fuel efficient the D4 diesel is now available in their popular V40 model range. The 190hp engine is ideal for the V40, a model which makes up 44% of total Volvo sales in the UK. The T5 engine which is the first petrol variant from the Drive-E family to be sold in the UK is also available to choose from.
The diesel is likely to become the best seller and driving it in the V40 it is a quick, powerful engine, has a top speed of 143mph, gets from 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds and driving both the 8-speed automatic and the 6-speed manual, it is better suited to the latter as you can really push it to reach the maximum revs.
Emissions emitted are 99g/km of CO2 and a 74.3mpg combined figure with the manual gearbox, so it will be highly efficient and running costs will be low. VED also falls in band A so will be free.
Volvo V40 prices are starting at £24,570 for the SE D4 model, with the T5 in R-Design Lux Nav trim from £31,900.