Friday, 13 April 2012 12:47 PM
Volvo's latest foray away from the boxy and into cars that you'd actually want to be seen in - the V40 - is fairly competitively priced with a starting splurge of £19,745 OTR for the entry-level ES. It was launched last month at the Geneva Motor Show.
It's also a pretty responsible beast with the D2 variant emitting just 94g/km of CO2 and boasting a fuel economy of 78.5mpg.The D2 also has a1.6-litre 115bhp diesel engine, six-speed manual gearbox and stop-stop function.
It also has a pedestrian airbag fitted as standard, a world-first. A City Safety package and Bluetooth are also standard on this five-door, five-seat hatchback. The City Safety package includes pedestrian detection which is effective at speeds up to 22mph.
The entry level ES comes with high performance audio with five-inch colour display screen, air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, stability and traction control, leather steering wheel, gear knob and textile floor mats.
Benefit in Kind tax figures are low too - the V40 D2 at £43 and £85 for 20% and 40% tax payers respectively.