2013 Volvo v40 D2 R-design review

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Hello everybody,

Today I review the 2013 Volvo v40 D2 R-design.

General information

The Volvo V40 is a small family car, available in five-door hatchback form, that was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.It has been on sale in mainland Europe since May 2012, and the United Kingdom since August 2012.
It is advertised in the United Kingdom as being “Made in Sweden”, when, in reality, it is made in Belgium. Here in the Netherlands this car was a huge success, the diesel engines like the D2 and D3 have been labelled green due to low emissions. This made them popular in the leasemarket.


The V40 was designed by American Chris Benjamin, the interior is the work of Pontus Fontaeus, and is the last Volvo to be designed under British designer Peter Horbury before he moved to Volvo’s parent Geely. The car looks and feels grown up, when you sit in the car you feel the quality. The seats are outstanding, so people that do lots of miles and what a small car, I would suggest to take a look at this car as well.


It is built on the Global C platform with modifications to the electric power steering, and revised spring and damper settings.


The engine lineup ia Volvo models, with two petrol engines; a 1.6 litre EcoBoost I4 producing either 150 or 180 hp, dependent on specification, and a 2.5 litre Volvo B525 I5 producing 254 hp, and two diesel engines; a 1.6 litre PSA Peugeot Citroen / Ford Duratorq engine, which produces 115 hp, whilst only emitting 94 g/km of CO2, and a 2.0 litre I5 Volvo diesel engine available in two versions, 150 hp and 177 hp. In some countries, the V40 T5 uses a 2.0 litre I5 (B5204T9) producing 213 hp @6000 rpm and 300 nm from 2,700-5,000 rpm.

Later models & facelifts

From the 2014 model year, Volvo has begun fitting its in-house developed Drive-E (VEA) diesel and petrol engines to the V40. As of January 2015, these engines are available in the new V40 D4 (replacing the previous 5-cylinder D4) and V40 T5 (replacing the petrol 5-cylinder T5). From 2015 Volvo introduced a new D2 engine with a 2.0 litre engine producing 120HP. In 2016 a new face lift model was released.

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