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Volvo V40 gets a Thor inspired makeover

Volvo V40 gets a Thor inspired makeover

A perineal underdog in the premium hatchback segment, Volvo Cars South Africa has given its V40 and off-road inspired V40 Cross Country a mid-life facelift with revised styling and slight interior alterations.

Unveiled four years ago as a replacement for the S40 and to an extent the three-door only C30, the Belgian built V40 now gains the Swedish marque’s acclaimed Thor's Hammer LED daytime lights that debuted on the smash-hit XC90, as well as a new grille and bumper, new alloy wheel designs, flared wheel arches and tailgate badges for Inscription and R-Design derivatives.

In addition, the latter trim comes fitted with a revised body kit consisting of new front and rear bumpers, bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels, sport seats and different interior trim. Benefitting further, the Cross Country features a slightly raised ride height, black bumper and door cladding, roof rails and a different front clip.

Inside, the changes are less dramatic with upgraded materials, new instrument cluster and a unique fabric option known as City Weave, which matches a tweed-like pattern on the seats with a two-tone beige and charcoal interior finish.

Mimicking the trim level designations of the XC90, the V40 range now consists of 24 models and four spec levels, with the option of three turbodiesel and five turbopetrol engines as well as a single manual and two automatic gearbox choices.

Starting the petrol range off, the base T3 comes fitted with Volvo’s 2.0-litre Drive-E engine, although models with the optional six-speed Geartronic automatic employ a 1.5-litre unit related to Ford’s EcoBoost that powers the Focus and Fusion.

Power however remains the same with both producing 112 kW and 250 N.m of torque. Likewise, top speed is rated at 210 km/h with the 0-100 km/h dash taking 8.3 secs. Fuel consumption comes in at 5.5 L/100 km with emissions at 127 g/km for the six-speed manual and 129 g/km for the automatic.

Moving one up, the T4 employs the same Drive-E engine as the T3 but returned to produce 140 kW and 300 N.m of torque. Transmissions are unchanged with top speed pegged at 210 km/h although standstill to 100 km/h now takes 6.9 secs. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.5 L/100 km and emissions at 127 g/m for the manual and 128 g/km for the self-shifter.

Completing the range, the flagship T5 churns out 180 kW and 350 N.m with drive going to the front wheels, or all four in the case of the Cross Country, through an eight-speed Geartronic box. Top speed is rated at 240 km/h with 0-100 km/h taking 6.3 secs. Combined fuel consumption is a claimed 5.9 L/100 km and emissions at 137 g/km.

On the diesel front, the base D2 drops the previous Ford based 1.6-litre unit in favour of a 2.0-litre Drive-E with outputs rising from 84 kW and 270 N.m of torque, to 88 kW and 280 N.m. A six-speed manual remains the only transmission offered with Volvo claiming a 0-100 km/h time of 10.5 secs and top speed of 190 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 3.4 L/100 km and emissions below the 120 g/km limit at 99 g/km.

Upping the stakes, the D3 drops the previous 2.0-litre five-cylinder engine in favour of a similar sized Drive-E producing 110 kW and 320 N.m of torque. As before, only the six-speed Geartronic is offered with top speed being a claimed 210 km/h and 0-100 km/h taking 8.4 secs. Volvo claims a combined fuel consumption of 3.8 L/100 km and emissions of 101 g/km.

Rounding the range off, the D4’s Drive-E utilises a twin-turbo setup to produce 140 kW and 400 N.m of torque. Like the T5, only the eight-speed Geartronic can be specified with top speed being rated at 230 km/h and the 0-100 km/h dash over in 7.2 secs. Combined fuel consumption is a claimed 4.2 L/100 km and emissions at 109 g/km.

A five-year / 100 000 km warranty and Maintenance plan is standard on all models.





T3 Kinetic112 kW / 250 N.mR337 700 
T3 Momentum112 kW / 250 N.mR377 900 
T3 Momentum Geartronic112 kW / 250 N.m R396 500
T3 Inscription112 kW / 250 N.m R399 500
T3 Inscription Geartronic112 kW / 250 N.m R418 000
T3 R-Design112 kW / 250 N.m R407 600
T3 R-Design Geartronic112 kW / 250 N.m R426 100
T4 Momentum140 kW / 300 N.mR400 200 
T4 Momentum Geartronic140 kW / 300 N.mR420 300
T4 Inscription140 kW / 300 N.m R422 100
T4 Inscription Geartronic140 kW / 300 N.m R442 400
T5 Momentum Geartronic180 kW / 350 N.mR459 700 
T5 Inscription Geartronic 180 kW / 350 N.mR479 500
T5 R-Design Geartronic 180 kW / 350 N.m R489 100 



D2 Kinetic88 kW / 280 N.mR351 100 
D2 Momentum88 kW / 280 N.m R384 900 
D2 Inscription88 kW / 280 N.m R406 700 
D2 R-Design88 kW / 280 N.mR414 900 
D3 Momentum Geartronic110 kW / 320 N.mR432 400 
D3 Inscription Geartronic110 kW / 320 N.mR454 700
D3 R-Design Geartronic110 kW / 320 N.m R462 700
D4 Momentum Geartronic140 kW / 400 N.mR442 400 
D4 Inscription Geartronic 140 kW / 400 N.mR462 000 
D4 R-Design Geartronic 140 kW / 400 N.m R471 500


V40 Cross Country

T4 Momentum140 kW / 300 N.m R412 500
T4 Momentum Geartronic140 kW / 300 N.m R432 600
T4 Inscription140 kW / 300 N.m R434 400
T4 Inscription Geartronic140 kW / 300 N.m R454 800
T5 Momentum Geartronic AWD180 kW / 350 N.m R504 400
T5 Inscription Geartronic AWD180 kW / 350 N.m R526 900 
D3 Momentum Geartronic 110 kW / 320 N.mR452 700
D3 Inscription Geartronic110 kW / 320 N.m R475 300 
D4 Momentum Geartronic140 kW / 400 N.mR469 300 
D4 Inscription Geartronic140 kW / 400 N.m R492 000