2017 Volvo V40

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Volvo V40 2018 review - CarsGuide

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Volvo offers world's first Amazon Prime Now test drive service for V40

Swedish brand will bring cars to customers' doors for 45-minute test drives

Volvo has continued its push to offer alternative means into car ownership by launching the world’s first test drive service through Amazon’s Prime Now.

For some weekends during June and July, customers in four major UK cities — London (9-10 June), Birmingham (16-17 June), Manchester (23-24 June) and Edinburgh (30 June-1 July) — will be able to test drive a V40 booked through Amazon’s online delivery service.

Bookings are being taken from today, with a limited number of slots available. Customers who reserve one will have a car driven to their address by a Volvo employee, before being offered a 45-minute test drive on local roads. If the customer is then interested in purchasing a V40, they can continue the process at a Volvo dealership.

Volvo UK boss Jon Wakefield said of the new service: “At Volvo, we aim to make people’s lives easier. Our Prime Now test drive offer does just that, allowing potential customers to try our V40 on their terms and in familiar surroundings.

“We’re proud to team up with Amazon to deliver this unique initiative — the first of its kind in the UK and the latest in a range of offerings from Volvo designed to take the hassle out of running a car.”

A company spokesman told Autocar that the service is only confirmed for the aforementioned dates and there are no plans to extend it. However, the spokesman added that if this stint is a success, it could be adopted for other models in the Volvo range.

Volvo launched the Care by Volvo subscription service earlier this year that turns the full ownership package of a car into monthly payments with no upfront cost.

Its new electric performance division, Polestar, will offer its cars, such as the 1, exclusively through a subscription service like Care by Volvo. The system trades a traditional dealer-focused method of selling cars for a model more closely aligned to those used by Netflix, Spotify and city centre rental bikes.

Volvo and Polestar are not the only brands to experiment with ways to reach new customers. Ford and Chinese online commerce giant Alibaba introduced a car vending machine in China that allows users to access cars in an unmanned and robotised tower — built like a giant vending machine — that they can test drive and even buy.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/...first-amazon-prime-now-test-drive-service-v40
 

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Volvo SA quietly adds new entry-level models to V40 range

Volvo Car South Africa has quietly added new entry-level derivatives to its V40 five-door hatchback range.

Whereas the local line-up previously kicked off with the T3 Kinetic (at R421 939), the introduction of the new T2 Kinetic (R399 892) sees the starting price fall back below the R400 000-mark.

The T2 model – which can also be had in Momentum (R429 392), Inscription (R452 092) and R-Design (R461 692) guise – employs the Swedish brand’s familiar turbocharged 2,0-litre petrol engine, but detuned to deliver 90 kW and 220 N.m. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission as standard, Volvo says this unit is good for a 9,8-second sprint to three figures.

The standard equipment list for Kinetic models includes six speakers, dual-zone climate control, a leather steering wheel, a pair of 12-volt power outlets, alloy wheels, a frameless electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, daytime running lights, a roof spoiler and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Also new to the range is an automatic version (manual V40 models are no longer offered locally) of the D2 Kinetic for R419 900. This variant uses a 2,0-litre turbodiesel sending 88 kW and 280 N.m to the front wheels, with this powertrain also offered in Momentum, Inscription and R-Design form (priced at R449 400, R472 100 and R481 700, respectively).

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/volvo-sa-quietly-adds-new-entry-level-models-v40-range/
 

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Volvo primed to replace V40 with SUV-coupe

Volvo will replace its family hatchback with a higher-riding, sportier model

The Volvo V40 will be indirectly replaced by an SUV-coupé in the next three years, in reaction to falling sales and the need to accommodate electrification.

Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo's European boss, confirmed to Autocar that the V40 will not be replaced directly but said that it would be superseded by a higher-riding model.

He is confident that Volvo can achieve its sales goal of 800,000 units with its existing three-pronged approach of the 40, 60 and 90-series cars, but added: “We probably need another bodystyle in the next two to three years in the 40 Series.

“We need to something more creative, which is why we decided not to replace the V40 [directly].”

While Kerssemakers didn't describe the incoming car as an SUV-coupé, he did confirm that it will be higher-riding than the V40, allowing for easy, high ingress and egress.

A higher car will also more easily allow for electrification, a version of which all of Volvo’s new cars will offer. “We can’t launch a car that isn't equipped to be fully electrified,” Kerssemakers said.

The V40 is the only remaining Volvo model that is not based on Volvo’s CMA or SPA platforms, which accommodate petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric powertrains. It uses Ford’s Global C platform, which dates back to 2003 and doesn't allow for electrification.

Kerssemakers confirmed that design of the new car is currently underway and said he hoped it would be ready in the next two years, using some of the same panels as other Volvo models.

Referencing that production of the V40 will stop this year, he said: “We can’t wait too long to introduce the new car. We don’t want to lose our space in the segment. We are still confident that we can cover certain parts of the market, although not the die-hard hatchback fans.”

To that end, the new model is likely to sit slightly lower than the XC40 SUV and have a sleeker roofline, helping to appeal to existing hatchback owners while ensuring enough differentiation from the XC40.

It's possible that the design might be in a similar vein to the forthcoming Polestar 2 electric car, which is expected to be a production version of the Concept 40.2, a concept that Volvo showed in 2016.

Last year, 77,587 V40s were sold, a drop of 23% on 2017. By contrast, the XC60 sold 189,459 units in 2018 and the XC40 is expected to sell 150,000 in 2019, its first full year of sales.

Kerssemakers noted that Volvo has seen many customers move from a V40 to an XC40, echoing the ongoing SUV trend of the last few years.

Despite the popularity of SUVs, he added, referring to the 60 and 90-series saloons and estates: “We will continue to offer low cars. We believe there will be a market.”

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volvo-primed-replace-v40-suv-coupe
 

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Volvo to axe V40 hatch, fill space with ‘more creative’ vehicle

The head of Volvo Cars in Europe has revealed the Swedish automaker will axe the V40 when its lifecycle comes to an end, although adds the hatchback will ultimately be replaced by something “more creative”.

Lex Kerssemakers, who heads up Volvo’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, hinted to Autocar the V40 would be succeeded by some sort of high-riding vehicle.

“We probably need another body style in the next two to three years in the 40 series. We need to do something more creative, which is why we decided not to replace the V40 [directly],” he told the British publication.

Autocar speculated the new vehicle – which Kerssemakers said would likely be revealed within the next two years – would take the form of a coupé-style SUV so as not to tread on the toes of the XC40.

“We can’t wait too long to introduce the new car. We don’t want to lose our space in the segment. We are still confident that we can cover certain parts of the market, although not the die-hard hatchback fans,” he said.

Kerssemakers added the automaker wouldn’t “launch a car that isn’t equipped to be fully electrified”.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/volvo-to-axe-v40-hatch-fill-space-with-more-creative-vehicle/
 

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The Volvo V40 Was Too Good For This World

Volvo’s going to stop making the V40 sometime this summer, and with it, they’ll be done making a conventional hatchback, perhaps forever. This is sad not just because we’re losing yet another small car. It’s sad because the market is demanding it. What are they demanding, exactly? ****in’ SUVs.

Per Automotive News, the V40's replacement will be lifted a few inches higher than the current iteration. This is to reflect current consumer choice, but also for a practical reason: to accommodate batteries, as Volvo also plans an all-electric version of the as-yet unnamed car.

The V40’s replacement will be higher-riding because increasing numbers of buyers are switching to SUV-styled cars, said Volvo’s Europe head, Lex Kerssemakers.

The extra height also will help to accommodate batteries needed to create a full- electric version, he told reporters at an event here.

“There are two trends in society that we have to include. First is that people want to sit high and second is that if you launch a car, it needs to facilitate an electric variant,” Kerssemakers said.

A low-seat compact car would not offer enough space to accommodate a big enough battery to give the required 300 km (186 miles) range, he said.

The V40, of course, didn’t come to the U.S. because we’re trash humans who don’t deserve nice things, but we’re hoping its replacement does. Volvo is using its smallest cars to test out electric waters, a move which would make a lot of sense, since it’s likely that electric cars will be most useful in urban environments, as 186 miles of range isn’t going to get you very far.

It also makes sense because small cars require less power to move, and thus batteries go further than they would in, say, an electrified XC90. I can almost also convince myself that American buyers might be into a small crossover-ish Volvo, or at least enough to convince Volvo to bring it over.

It will never fully replace the V40 though. The V40 is dead. Long live the V40.

https://jalopnik.com/the-volvo-v40-was-too-good-for-this-world-1832206059
 

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sure fellows, im looking at getting 2014 Volvo V40 Cross Country D3 Excel on sale for R240,000 at 43500kms on the clock and wonder if it is a good buy. Buying a car like this, what can one look out for to ensure a good running car for the next 5 or so years,
 

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sure fellows, im looking at getting 2014 Volvo V40 Cross Country D3 Excel on sale for R240,000 at 43500kms on the clock and wonder if it is a good buy. Buying a car like this, what can one look out for to ensure a good running car for the next 5 or so years,
Automatic or manual? The automatic of that age was based on Ford Powersh1t transmission, its terrible, do not buy any car with this transmission.

Only buy a volvo if it is really cheap, they loose tons of value and not the cheapest to maintain.

I would honestly look at something else, 240k sounds too much to me.
 

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Automatic or manual? The automatic of that age was based on Ford Powersh1t transmission, its terrible, do not buy any car with this transmission.

Only buy a volvo if it is really cheap, they loose tons of value and not the cheapest to maintain.

I would honestly look at something else, 240k sounds too much to me.

it is automatic,
kinda figured with a lot of them being sold all of a sudden.
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sure fellows, im looking at getting 2014 Volvo V40 Cross Country D3 Excel on sale for R240,000 at 43500kms on the clock and wonder if it is a good buy. Buying a car like this, what can one look out for to ensure a good running car for the next 5 or so years,
Have a look online, the price is actually lower than what's on the market, also the D3's are Geartronic (made by Aisin) and not Ford's Powershift.

If you get a parts warranty from Hollard (because parts might require replacing at that age going forward) then I think it's a good buy . Also the Hollard warranty last's until the car turns 15 Years(If I remember correctly).
 

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Farewell! Volvo V40 and V40 Cross Country quietly exit South Africa

Volvo Cars South Africa has removed the V40 and V40 Cross Country model lines from its local range, with production having reportedly ended in 2019.

When the local arm of the Swedish automaker released its pricing bulletin for January 2020, neither the V40 hatchback nor the V40-derived Cross Country were included. Volvo Cars SA told CARmag.co.za the V40 was "officially discontinued" at some point in December 2019.

From what we understand, production of these vehicles ceased in 2019, with Volvo Cars SA likely now having run out of stock.

Before its exit from our shores, the local V40 range had comprised seven variants, ranging from the T2 Kinetic to the T5 Momentum (and including both petrol and diesel oomph). Pricing had started at R403 900 and ended at R534 700. The all-wheel-drive V40 Cross Country, meanwhile, was offered in four flavours (D3, D4, T4 and T5), priced from R497 600 to R582 450.


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Volvo Mulls V40 Replacement

Volvo is considering a replacement model for its V40 hatchback. But where would the model fit into the current portfolio?

Volvo globally and in South Africa are in a great space. The current arsenal are all highly-lauded products with most having either won a category or been a finalist in the #CarsAwards-powered by WesBank. It's interesting to note that while the majority of the range comprises SUVs, there are still some sedans and station wagons. The only model missing from the lineup is a hatchback and you may recall the V40 was discontinued back in 2019. Since that announcement, there has been no word on a new model and its understandable, given the push into SUVs and the popularity of the XC40.

 

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Has anyone here got one that is older than 5 years old, what has been some of the maintenance items that have gone after the motor-plan ended?

For interest, I got quotes to extend the motor-plan which seem a little crazy:
- 2Yr R40 000 something
- 3Yr R60 000 something
 

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Why This 20 Year Old Drives A Super Rare Volvo V40 T5 - JayEmm on Cars

 
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