And as I watch the Volvo V40 being driven away, I was struck again by what a great-looking car it is… I will beat up anyone that says it’s an old person’s car (unless you’re an old person, because you would be pretty awesome).
With the V40 Volvo has done a fantastic job to change the perception that it is a car for conservative consumers. It is still an extremely safe vehicle, with more features to protect the driver, their passengers, and even pedestrians. And although it has been designed around the driver, the sweeping lines of the V40’s silhouette mean other road users can also experience its beauty – if only from a distance.
Aside from the horrendous two-accident commute on Monday, traffic the rest of this week was pretty decent, allowing me to get the eco positive feedback sign three times in two days. And despite delays I was comfortable and happy. Not many cars can boast being something fabulous to look at on the inside and outside.
It was the first time I undertook such a long drive in an automatic, and the first time ever I’ve driven a diesel. Personally I prefer a manual transmission, but that’s probably just because I’m used to it. I didn’t even really notice the whole diesel bit.
Something that took a bit to get used to, was the Eco DRIVe feature, that cut the engine when the car was stationary; it’s easy to toggle on/off so definitely not a deal-breaker.
My favourite features of the Volvo V40? That’s a tough question. I love that so many aspects of the car can be customised. I’d have loved to play with the “theatre lighting” (seven different light modes to create your desired ambience), but I couldn’t find any information on how to change that.
Most importantly – loads of storage space: boot space; increased boot space when the back seats are folded down; a hidey-hole under the central armrest in the front; a cubbyhole where you can probably store a month’s worth of groceries.
The petrolheads have probably given up reading by now, since I haven’t said anything about the V40’s performance yet. Honestly, I don’t have the words, only three letters: WOW. So I’m easy to please; the V40 pleases easily. It is responsive; when you put your foot down, it goes (and hugs you tightly because it loves you as much as you love it!). It’s not afraid of inclines or corners; in fact the only problem you might have is speed traps if you don’t keep a sharp eye on the speedometer!
I’d like to thank Lion’s Wing, Volvo, and everyone who made this past week’s driving experience possible. And if you ever need someone to babysit the V40 for a weekend, you know how to get hold of me 😉
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