• Volvo’s take on the upmarket hatchback
• Priced from £19,745
• Low CO2 model available for road tax exemption

Volvo has announced prices and specification for its latest model, the Volvo V40.

Described as a premium five-door, five-seat hatchback, the V40 is Volvo’s entrant into the successful upmarket hatch arena. It will do battle against the popular Audi A3 and BMW 1-series, as well as newcomers including the Lexus CT 200h.

Volvo has made the V40 as appealing as possible to private and company car buyers alike. The D2 model is capable of returning up to 78.5mpg on the combined cycle thanks to its efficient 115bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine. It is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and features stop and start technology.

Low CO2 emissions (94g/km) mean the D2 version benefits from strong BIK figures at £43 and £85 for 20 and 40 per cent tax payers respectively. Private buyers will benefit from road tax and London congestion charge exemption.

The V40 will be available with a range of other engines, with enough power to suit most tastes. Included are the 180bhp T4 petrol unit and a 177bhp D4 diesel.

Three trim levels are available: ES, SE and SE LUX. ES models are well specified, coming with City Safety (Volvo’s collision detection and mitigation technology), a (world first) pedestrian airbag, Bluetooth connectivity, electronic climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, stability and traction control, electric windows and a leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob.

SE trim adds ‘T-Tec’ upholstery, graphite dash inlays, cruise control, steering wheel remote controls , electrically folding door mirrors and keyless go.

SE LUX tops the tree with leather upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and active bending xenon headlamps with an integrated cleaning system.

Go for a Nav model and your V40 will also come with a voice activated sat-nav with European mapping, a 7” colour display and a DVD player.

Production of the new Volvo V40 begins in May. Orders books are open now, with the first customer cars expected for delivery in September. Prices start at £19,745 for a D2 diesel in ES trim, and rise to £26,680 for a T4 petrol in SE LUX Nav spec.

By Daljinder Nagra

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