Few vehicles have received the kind of gradual, bit by bit roll-out that – intentionally or otherwise – the new Volvo V40 has. The Swedish premium hatchback has been the subject of teasers, spy shots and leaks aplenty – including two video clips and a batch of sixteen images that surfaced just yesterday – but they’ve all lead up to this, its full reveal. (Well, this and its official unveiling next week.) Scandinavia’s answer to the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series – and a potential replacement not only for the C30 but also the S40 and V50 – the new V40 is shaping up as quite a looker, but now we’ve got the details to go with it.
For starters, the V40 will be available with the cleanest diesel Volvo’s ever offered, anchored at the other end of the spectrum by a 254-horsepower turbo five good for a 6.7-second sprint to 62 mph. Not too shabby, and the entire range – whether mated to manual gearbox or automatic – is equipped with start-stop engine management and regenerative braking, ensuring that, whichever powertrain is selected, it’s running at optimal efficiency. Being a Volvo, the V40 also incorporates the latest in safety features, including not only low-speed collision avoidance and pedestrian detection with full auto brake but the world’s first pedestrian airbag.
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