Swedish car maker, Volvo has always been a synonym to safest cars in the business. They developed first safety cage in 1944, the first three-point seatbelt in 1959 and the first side impact airbag in 1994 but still the car maker have always been struggling to make good profits.So to boost their sales, they’ve launched another luxury car in the Indian market and this time it is hot hatchback competing against the likes of Mercedes Benz A-class, BMW 1-series and Audi A3 Sportsback and it is called- Volvo V40 that will be available in two trims – Kinetic and R-Design
The car is going to impress you straight away on the first look. Aggressive headlamps, curvaceous body, long bonnet and the bold Volvo logo will leave you spellbound. The roof rail on the picturesque body of the car gives it a very sporty look.
The R-Design is bound to get some extra features like new alloy wheels, improved front grille and a mighty panoramic glass roof.INTERIOR
Open the door to enter the plush two-tone upholstery of brown-and-beige with a lot of detailing using the silver. I personally loved the simple yet very significant electronic instrumental cluster of the car. V40 provides more than comfortable seating to four due to abundance of leg and headroom but don’t thinking of adding another person here. Electric-powered leather seats, climate control and rear wiper add a lot of ease to the driving.The sporty V40 boasts of 225/50 R17 Michelin tyres yet there isn’t much engine noise in the cabin. The sound and infotainment system is crisp and 320 litre of boot space is enough to carry heavy luggage.
SAFETY FEATURES (Expect a long list because it is a Volvo!)
- Volvo’s City Safe system which automatically brakes the car if it notices an obstruction
- ABS with EBD and ESP
- Traction Control
- Keyless Entry
- Pedestrians Airbags for the first time in production car.
- Rear camera with parking sensors
- Eight airbags
- Park assist (R-Design)
The V40 borrows engine from its elder sibling- V40 Cross Country. The power mill is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder D3 diesel engine capable of dissipating 148 bhp of maximum torque and 350 Nm of maximum torque.
The power will go to front wheels through attached 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox and hence it sprints 0-100kph in 9.3 seconds.
You can’t expect a car with so many amazing features and that promises such a power packed performance to be inexpensive. The Volvo V40 kinetic has been priced at Rs 24.75 lakh (ex-showroom) while you can own Volvo V40 R-Design for Rs 27.7 lakh (ex-showroom).
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