The German automakers currently dominate the Indian luxury car market, but this is changing. Italian SUVs, Japanese SUVs, British off-roaders, and Swedish off-roaders are all available. Volvo has a lot of zing and zang in its design after producing safe and utility-driven vehicles. Volvo’s current designs have a glam aspect that makes people take a second look.
Volvo is expanding its foothold in India by not just expanding its dealerships but also expanding its product offerings. The V40 hatchback is the most recent addition to the bandwagon. This model differs from the V40 Cross Country in that it lacks the body wrapping that gives it a fashionable and stylish appearance. We get our hands on Volvo’s newest hatchback. So, how does this high-end hatchback fare? We’d like to share our in-depth analysis with you. Continue reading to learn more about the mystery.
The V40 from Volvo can be used as a case study. The majority of luxury hatchback customers are young, and they want something that stands out. Scandinavian designers have made the hatchback fashionable with the V40. The style is enhanced by the Rebel Blue colour and the 17-inch alloy wheels. Following a thorough examination of the complete colour palette, the Rebel Blue is the finest choice. Instead of Rebel Blue, this should be Hot Blue. Reds accessible on competitive hatches are more intense. The other colours are illusive, but this one is intriguing and will turn a few heads.
The blacked-out front grille and a thin strip of chrome on the V40’s front appear sleek. The V40’s headlamps are designed like a hawk’s eye, and the fog lamps have a thin strip of LED. The V40 has a sleek appearance, and with its low profile tyres and machine-cut R-Design alloy wheels, it’s easy to drool all day. The black and blue style on the back is quite elegant.
The V40’s interior features black leather upholstery, which seems a little drab, especially after being wowed by the external style. The front seats were carved by an artist, and it is the only link between the V40’s extremely elegant outward appearance and its inside. The buttons and controls are ergonomically sized, and the instrument panel colours may be changed to suit different moods. The colours of the instrument panel do not change when you change modes. The instrument binnacles are available in three different themes: Comfort, Eco, and Sport.
The centre console has a cleanly followed design, yet it includes a plethora of buttons. The steering wheel is thick and comfortable to hold. There are brushed aluminium elements on the dashboard, but the interiors are mostly black. R-Design is mentioned inside as well, and it is quite tasteful without being loud. The centre screen is quite little, and we wish it were a little bigger. There is no reverse parking camera, and the only way to park the automobile is to use the sensors all around it.
The Volvo V40 has enough of space, especially in the front row. The front seats provide enough back, thigh, and side support, as well as ample headroom and legroom for tall people. When it comes to seating for two, the back row is adequate, but the thigh support could have been stronger.
The V40 is designed for those under the age of 30 who come from a family of luxury car owners. The boot may also accommodate three to four of their LV luggage. It’s an excellent choice for a weekend retreat with friends. There is park aid if they are driving in the city and need to park. It parks the hatchback with the help of sensors, and the driver only has to brake when necessary.
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The Volvo V40 is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 150bhp and 350Nm of maximum torque. This hatchback has the greatest power in its class and is coupled to a six-speed self-shifting transmission. The V40 is only available with a diesel engine, which has a number of drawbacks, one of which is its noise. The diesel clatter can be heard within the cabin, and it’s quite loud during cold starts. The noise decreases when the engine warms up.
When you press the throttle, the engine takes a while to respond. This is especially true in comfort mode, where the engine is calibrated for smooth travel. When you switch to Sport mode, the throttle response sharpens and gearshifts occur at higher engine rpm for improved performance. This is a comfy cruiser, but if you want to ride quickly, switch to Sport mode. The fact that even the top-of-the-line model lacks flappy paddles is frustrating.
The V40 has a supple ride that is neither stiff nor excessively soft. It smoothly glides over potholes without causing any problems. Although, because the underbelly can scrape on speed breakers, one must be cautious about ground clearance. The Volvo’s handling is good, and it has the same level of preparedness as its German rivals, but the steering feel is disappointing. At times, the steering feels disconnected, especially in corners, causing a loss of confidence.
The Volvo V40 is fashionable, powerful, and sleek. Volvo has delivered just what a luxury hatchback needs, and at Rs 28.8 lakhs (ex-showroom for the R-Design), it’s an excellent choice. Even the famous hatchback designs, which are also available at the same price point, pale in comparison to the V40’s design language.
Volvo is expanding its dealership network, but there are showrooms and service centres in major cities. The Volvo V40 is a good choice if you want something modern and unique.