Pricing confirmed for Volvo’s new V40

2012 Volvo V40
Volvo claims the new V40 is full of high-tech equipment.

FOLLOWING on from its debut at last month’s Geneva Motor Show, Volvo has confirmed the UK pricing for its new V40.
The five-door, five-seat hatchback is aimed at the premium end of the hatchback car market. Volvo claims the all-new V40 has a class-leading set of high-tech features and prices start at £19,745 on the road.
This is Volvo’s first model to be fully developed according to its human-centric, Designed Around You strategy, the car is the first in the world to feature a pedestrian airbag, an innovation which helps reduce the severity of pedestrian injuries in the event of an impact.
The all-new V40 is also the only model in its class to fit City Safety as standard and offer Pedestrian Detection, effective at speeds of up to 22mph.
Company car users will benefit from strong Benefit In Kind (BIK) figures, with the V40 D2 at £43 and £85 for 20 per cent and 40 per cent tax payers respectively.  The V40 D2 offers the best BIK figures of all the premium 5-door hatchbacks, beating the BMW 116d ED (£45 and £90) and the Audi A3 1.6 TDI (£48 and £97).
The luxury hatchback will be available in ES, SE and SE LUX trim with Bluetooth fitted as standard across the range. Customers are able to place orders now with production starting in May.  Volvo expects the first customer cars to be delivered in September.
With CO2 emissions as low as 94 g/km, the D2 version of the Volvo V40 boasts a combined fuel consumption of 78.5 mpg with 205 tyres and on the combined cycle. Its 1.6-litre diesel engine has 115 hp and 285 Nm of torque and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and start/stop function. This means V40 drivers will benefit from improved running costs and the lowest vehicle tax bands (starting at £0 and subsequent years’ vehicle tax of £0 on the Volvo V40 D2 model).
The entry level ES comes with a host of features as standard, including Volvo’s innovative City Safety technology; the world’s first pedestrian airbag; Bluetooth with music streaming; high performance audio with 5″ colour display screen; Electronic Climate Control; 16″ Matres alloy wheels; Dynamic Stability and Traction Control; power windows; leather steering wheel and gear knob; and textile floor mats. In addition, all Volvo V40 Nav models include a fully integrated satellite navigation system with voice-activated control, a 7″ colour display screen and DVD player.
As well as full European mapping, two complimentary annual map updates are also included.
Nick Connor, acting Managing Director at Volvo Car UK said: “The V40 generated a huge amount of excitement and interest when it was launched at the Geneva Motor Show last month. Early signs show that the vehicle’s residual values will be strong, and we are confident that consumer finance packages and contract hire rates in the business sector will prove to be extremely competitive.”