The V40 is recognized by Volvo as its first new model that was developed based on the marquee’s human-centered “Design Around You” strategy. Made to delight its users day by day, this small Volvo family car got tons of character inside and outside. It delivers exceptional handling for daily commute around town or for family weekend getaways.
2012: Unveiling of the Volvo V40
Introduced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Volvo V40 has been on sale in the European market since May 2012. This small family car was built on the modified version of Ford’s C1 platform and was available with vast engine choices, including two petrol powertrains—a 1.6-liter EcoBoost I4 engine that cranks out 150 or 180 hp or a 2.5-liter Volvo B525 I5 that’s able to produce 254hp—and two diesel engines—a 1.6-liter Ford Duratorq engine cranking out 115 horsepower and a 2.0-liter Volvo diesel engine in 150hp or 177hp. In some markets, the V40 was outfitted with a 2.0-litre I5 engine generating 213 horses.
Since safety is Volvo’s longtime trademark, the V40 was fitted with the Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake as well as lane-keeping assist featuring steering feedback. Another feature to be proud of is the world’s first pedestrian airbag, which made its debut on the V40. These are all on top of the loads of safety features and components every Volvo comes equipped with. No wonder this vehicle was recognized as the Best Executive Hatch at the Scottish Car of the Year awards in 2012.
2013: The Volvo V40 Cross Country
The V40 Cross Country was a hatchback with increased ride height and rugged body trim. It can comfortably accommodate and transport a family of four in its well-appointed, comfy interior with adequate leg and headroom. This V40 model boasts of standard leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel featuring metal inlay, heated door mirrors that are electrically retractable and fitted with puddle lights, climate control, and 7-inch infotainment screen with satellite navigation. Also standard are rain-sensing wipers with tunnel detection as well as reversing camera and rear parking sensors, which make backing up and parking easier and safer. The Cross Country was aimed to compete with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.
Besides Pedestrian Airbag Technology and Pedestrian Detection, the Volvo V40 Cross Country was also equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control as well as City Safety, which brakes the car automatically in case of emergency at speeds of up to 50km/h. All of these features are part of Volvo’s IntelliSafe, the marquee’s complete approach to exceptional automotive safety.
Thanks to IntelliSafe and all its safety features, the V40 bagged the Auto Express Safety Award for 2013, which was given on July 2, 2013. The V40 was also Carsite.co.uk’s 2013 Car of the Year and 2013 Best Medium Family Car.