Volvo are updating the new V40 for 2014 with new engine and gearbox options and a new 4WD option for the V40 Cross Country in Europe.
There’s a new petrol engine choice – to go with the existing T3, T4 and T5 – in the 120PS T2 petrol engine, a 1.6 litre which offers 53.3mpg and emissions of 124g/km, a good choice if you don’t like to hustle, don’t do big mileage and pay your own bills.
As well as a new engine option, Volvo are offering an auto option on the V40 D2 and V40 R-Design D2 which manages economy of 68.9mpg and emissions of 102g/km. Again, a good idea if you don’t live in London and pay your own bills.
But if you’re a London driver or run a company car then the latest V40 D2 with a manual ‘box – which was at Geneva along with Volvo’s mass range facelift – now comes with reduced emissions of just 88g/km and economy of 83.1mpg and can be had with the D2, D2 R-Design or D2 Cross Country (although the Cross Country is a bit thirstier).
Across Europe there’s also the option of 4WD arriving on the Volvo V40 Cross Country T4 petrol as well as on the T5 (the only option in the UK) which makes sense. Although it would make more sense to offer 4WD on the top end of the diesel engines too – and in the UK, please.
On the toys front, the V40 now gets Volvo’s latest Sensus Connected Touch which puts you online from a 7″ touchscreen that can even be operated with gloves on (Smartphone makers take note) and offers full browsing (although not when you’re driving) Internet radio, Google Maps, WiFi share and Spotify along with just about anything you can do online.
The new V40 options will get priced in April and be available immediately for new V40 orders.