The new Volvo V40 range announced in 2012 is the final collaboration with its previous incumbent, Ford. Based on the 3rd generation focus platform it offers excellent dynamics with decent size and space for an average British family. It offers five doors including a rear hatchback offered for the first time since the old 400 series models of the 80's. It is an incredibly stylish vehicle offering something distinctive compared to the usual hatchback offerings of late. Its dynamics are up there with the best having been design and specifically tuned in keeping with British roads from the outset. The interior carries on the
ethos of simplicity and minimalistic Swedish design including the floating console first seen in the updated S40 range of cars in 2004. It recently achieved the highest rated NCAP crash test mark for any car with regard to pedestrian safety, as it incorporates a pedestrian air bag which comes into being when it senses a collision has occurred. Furthermore it also has many other safety features now found as standard throughout the developing Volvo range including pedestrian safety braking and anti collision braking, all sensed when the vehicle is travelling at speeds lower than 22mph.

There is adaptive cruise control when travelling at higher speeds. The interior also boasts another first for Volvo with a dynamic active crystal drivers display with illuminated gear shift lever. The range has just been boosted by the R-Design and also recently the Cross Country (Shown right) which includes a T5 All Wheel Drive version with hill decent control at the top of the range. All models have protective body panels as standard and increased ground clearance. The range of petrol and diesel engines are all 4 cylinder based bar the T5 which is the 2.4 petrol 5 cylinder version

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