The V40 is a recent model and “futuristic” Volvo, which will leave aside the straight lines used to use and presents current and cars with more aggressive forms.
This model emphasizes the low consumption and safety related equipment that may have. In addition to more or less common items such as obstacle detection in the blind spot alert and lane departure, has a standard airbag to protect a pedestrian is struck She displays on the windshield and side pillars of it- and a system to avoid collisions acting on the brakes.
Currently you can choose from three versions of Diesel-D2 114 CV, D3 de 150 CV y D4 de 190 Hp and two petrol -T4 of 179 CV y T5 de 254 CV—.
The D4 Diesel engine version 177 CV has been replaced in July 2014 secondly with 190 CV. That of 190 Hp four-cylinder is 2 liter while that of 177 CV, displacement while sharing, has one cylinder. The current has an average consumption of 3,3 l / 100 km, 1l / 100 km less than the engine it replaces. It's difficult to find better consumption numbers, so the work is very creditable Volvo.
In the fall of 2012 Volvo went on sale two versions of V40; one, -called "Cross Country" - with minor adaptations for driving off-road easier and other, with a more 'sporty' aesthetic called 'R-Design'.
All versions come as standard with a manual six-speed gearbox, except for gasoline T5 254 CV, having an automatic torque converter («Geartronic»). This is optional for Diesel versions D3 and D4. Also, T4 variants 179 CV y D2 de 114 CV can carry a dual-clutch automatic transmission («Powershift») six relations.
All versions have four-cylinder engines online, except that it is five D3. The gasoline engine T4 179 CV and D2 Diesel 114 CV have 1,6 liter, while the remaining three -D3, D4 and T5- have 2,0 liters. Everyone has a system of stop-start engine in arrests.
The starting price is 23.590 €, for version D2 114 CV is less than its main alternative, which are the Audi A3, el BMW Serie 1 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. El Volvo V40 D3 diesel engine con the 150 CV is available from 27.130 €, Priced between 680 and 2770 € less than the BMW 118d of 143 CV, el A3 2.0 TDI de 150 CV and Class 200 CDI de 136 CV.
It is an engine with an approved low power consumption (3,4 l / 100 km), although there are other models that consume little less like the Peugeot 308 1.6 BlueHDi de 120 CV (3,1 l / 100 km), el Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion 1.6 TDI 110 CV (3,2 l / 100 km), el Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra de 110 CV (3,2 l / 100 km) or the SEAT Leon 1.6 TDI Ecomotive de 110 CV (3,3 l / 100 km).
There are six trim levels: "Basic", «Kinetic», «Momentum», "Kinetic", «R-Design Kinetic» y «R-Design Momentum». The former is specific to the D2 Diesel version 114 CV. The latter two involve slight changes in the exterior and interior. In all cases the pedestrian airbag, Active Bonnet and automatic braking system - "City Safety" - are standard.
In case of violation, the hood is raised in the area closest to the windshield, creating a protective space between the plate and the engine and allowing it to deploy the airbag on the windshield and pillars. This system remains active between 20 and 50 km/h.
The "City Safety" system tries to avoid rear-end crashes if the speed difference is the obstacle to 15 km / h and reduce its consequences if it is between 15 and 50 km/h. For this device to detect vehicles in addition pedestrians, must purchase the option called "Pedestrian detection».
Novel is the use of rear radar to warn approaching another car leaving a parking battery. You can also have an automatic parking system can park the car without the driver operate the wheel. For this, It just needs a hole 1,2 times the length of the car.
The automatic notification in case of accidents 'Volvo On Call' allows to download an application for mobile phones of the latest generation with various functions, how to locate the vehicle on a map displayed on the phone screen, opening or closing the door locks, start preheating the engine by a common external heater -that some cars sold in climates very fríos-, access the trip computer information or receive a warning on the phone if the alarm vehicle.
Optionally available is a multimedia system with seven-inch touch screen called "Sensus Touch Connected». It has the peculiarity that can be operated with gloves, which may be useful in colder climates. The multimedia system can be linked to a mobile device and connect to internet using data card.
A good option that competes with Audi, BMW or Mercedes you to you.
Adrián Osés, Locos Engine.