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2013 Volvo V40 T5 R-Design

Manufacturer’s List Price* for the all-new Volvo V40:

Model Variant Engine/Transmission Price* (MLP*)
Volvo V40 D2
1.6-litre diesel 4-cylinder
6-speed manual
Volvo V40 D4
2.0-litre diesel 5-cylinder
6-speed manual
Volvo V40 D4
2.0-litre diesel 5-cylinder
6-speed Adaptive Geartronic auto
Volvo V40 D4
2.0-litre diesel 5-cylinder
6-speed Adaptive Geartronic auto
Volvo V40 T4
2.0-litre petrol 5-cylinder
6-speed Adaptive Geartronic auto
Volvo V40 T4
2.0-litre petrol 5-cylinder
6-speed Adaptive Geartronic auto
Volvo V40 T5
2.5-litre petrol 5-cylinder
6-speed Adaptive Geartronic auto

Volvo V40 released

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28th February, 2013

Cutting-edge design, innovative driver support technologies, class-leading safety – including the world-first Pedestrian Airbag – and a dynamic driving experience sum up the all-new Volvo V40 which is now available in Australia.

Starting at just $34,990* and with free scheduled servicing for three years/60,000 kms, the all-new Volvo V40 has just raised the bar in the premium hatchback market in Australia.

“The All-New Volvo V40 is a car that offers extraordinary value for money, class-leading safety attributes, world first innovations, a stunning design and a truly dynamic drive,” said Matt Braid, Managing Director, Volvo Car Australia.

“Combine the incredibly sharp opening price point with the free scheduled servicing as standard, and we think it’s an extremely compelling offering to potential customers in what is going to be an exciting segment to watch.”

The All-New Volvo V40 enters the premium hatchback class featuring a luxury look and feel that emphasises the aura of a compact car with large-car content and characteristics. It is charged with all the elegant yet functional Scandinavian design virtues: clean lines; high-end materials and finish; and intuitive cutting-edge technology.

Low and wide front design

The classic V-shaped bonnet is further enhanced by bolder expressive lines. The high-gloss grille is low and wide in order to provide a sporty, close-to-the-ground feel.

The lower opening is surrounded at the corners by sculpted bodywork, stretching from one wheel arch to the other. The sculptured corners not only add character, they also direct the airflow to improve aerodynamics.

Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are set into the lower corners of the front end on the All-New Volvo V40 T5 RDesign, sweeping upward from direct front view. Horizontal DRLs set low in the front bumper section distinguish the rest of the All-New Volvo V40 range, while a horizontal ‘blade design’ of the front headlights provides an attractive light pattern in the dark.

Wide shoulder and dynamic profile

The wide shoulder line stretches back from the headlamp with a sharp line to echo the rising beltline. As it reaches the end of the rear door it sweeps up into an integrated ‘hook’, inherited from the legendary P1800.

The highlight continues rearward into a very full powerful section that resolves into the tail lamps. The roof silhouette contributes to the impression of a car leaning forward – eager to take off.

The car is finished with a dynamically sculpted rear to further emphasise its width and 'muscular' stance, with the lower area blacked out to achieve an athletic, low and wide look.

The distinctive design of the tail-lights is part of the Volvo 'DNA'. They are positioned high and follow the curvature of the 'shoulder'. The hexagonal tailgate, first introduced on the C30 and inspired by the P1800ES, is also a Volvo signature.

Exterior styling kit

The buyer of the all-new V40 can personalise the car with an exterior accessory styling kit. The kit provides an exclusive, sporty aura and improves aerodynamic efficiency.

The exterior styling kit includes deflectors, a twin-coloured rear diffuser, a striping kit and enlarged rectangular, chromed twin tail pipes. Diamond-cut 18-inch alloy wheels with contrasting grey detailing and a roof spoiler can be added separately.

Light technology

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) give the car an individual style and high-tech look and is used in the following areas:

  • Front position lights
  • Turn indicators in the door mirrors
  • Rear position lights
  • Rear number plate illumination
  • High level brake light
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)

Door mirrors

Integrated LED turn indicators offer improved visibility and give the car a modern look. The door mirrors can be automatically retracted when locking the car. There is also an automatic tilt function to make the kerb visible when reversing.

Panoramic glass roof

The All-New Volvo V40 is available with a fixed panoramic glass roof that stretches from the front windscreen to the backrest of the rear seats. The panoramic roof improves the feeling of spaciousness inside the car. It is tinted and designed to reduce infrared radiation into the passenger compartment.

An electrically-controlled fabric curtain is located under the roof. The curtain opens from the rear, which means the rear passengers can enjoy the light of the sun while the driver and front passenger are still shaded.


The interior of the All-New Volvo V40 is designed around people with a strong emphasis on ergonomics and comfort, and an engaging driving experience.

The wide instrument panel, together with the fluidity of the door design, makes a spacious, large-car feeling. The interior is designed to offer the driver and passengers a spacious and relaxing atmosphere with true Scandinavian flavour. The choice of materials and colours emphasises the luxurious feeling of quality and craftsmanship.

Ergonomics and comfort are key words in Volvo Car Group’s seat development. Just like the front seats, the outer rear seats are comfortably sculpted. The foldable two-cup holder integrated in the centre of the rear seat cushion is a smart feature that is discreetly hidden in the seat cushion when not in use, without affecting comfort for the middle rear seat passenger. Electrical heating is available in both the front seats and the outer rear seats.

The interior programme has three main colour themes: Charcoal, Charcoal/Blond, or Espresso/Blond. Leather seats are also available in a new Azure Blue accent colour.

Textiles are certified according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100, while leather surfaces are chrome-free. The ‘Clean Compartment’ scheme is recommended by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy organisation.

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Slim, floating centre stack

The All-New V40 features Volvo’s ultra-slim centre stack, now in a more sculpted version than before. The centre stack comes as standard in Shimmer Graphite – Modern Wood and Centre Court (a tennis court-inspired look with a red stripe) are options.

The centre stack has a Silk Metal Chrome finish frame that enhances the décor. The same finish is also found in the doors and on the instrument panel as well as around the centre display, outer air vents, start//stop button and gearshift gaiter.

Frameless interior rear-view mirror

Another interior gem is the new, frameless interior rear-view mirror, inspired by modern smartphone design.

Smart storage

Below the armrest is a storage compartment suitable for CDs and other small items. It also features a connector for either USB/iPod or AUX, depending on the audio system specified. A sliding armrest is an option (standard on the V40 T5 R-Design) and can be adjusted to provide extra support for the driver. Two cup holders and a 12V power outlet are integrated in the console in front of the armrest.

The glove compartment includes space for two soft-drinks cans or bottles that are kept cool with cold air from the Electronic Climate Control system.

Other convenient features include an optional sunglass compartment above the driver’s door, a pen holder in the glove compartment and handy storage compartments under the instrument panel and on the outside of the outer rear seats.

Seven different mood light options

The interior lighting is designed to give a theatre lighting feel. LEDs are used to light up strategic areas. The driver can enjoy a red-to-blue setting that adapts the light to the interior temperature – or choose between another seven mood themes. The reading lights front and rear can be dimmed.

Illuminated gearshift knob

The gearshift knob for the automatic and manual transmissions is transparent and LED-illuminated from the inside. The pattern is reflected to make an exclusive 3D illusion. There are also LEDs in the door panel storage pockets.

Two-level luggage floor

The two-piece, 40/60 split rear seats can be easily folded in different ways, while the front passenger seat can also be folded forward to provide even more space when carrying long objects. A soft luggage safety net is optional and a steel version is available as an accessory.

The All-New Volvo V40 is also fitted with an ‘extra floor’ in the load compartment (optional on the D2), making the floor flat when the rear seats are folded. This extra floor can be left in the upright position to expose additional integrated hooks for grocery bags, or left down to contain the concealed additional storage area.

The accessory range includes a Cargo Mat Organiser that keeps smaller items secure and in order, as well as a Load Organiser that includes a load compartment divider, a load belt and two floor rails.

Another practical new detail is that the fuel-filler pipe is self-closing – a smart design feature that makes refuelling easier since there is no longer a need for a fuel-filler cap.

Dynamic chassis standard

The All-New Volvo V40 has three distinct chassis set-ups, with the Dynamic chassis as standard. The rigid body and low centre of gravity promote an alert, quick-responding 'character' that focuses on the driving experience without compromising ride comfort.

The front MacPherson struts have the same 25mm piston rods as the Volvo S60 – the stiffness enables the structure to absorb lateral loads better. At the rear the V40 has monotube dampers, featuring compression and return damping via the same valve. This gives shorter, faster fluid flow, which in turn means that the damper responds more quickly.

The Sport chassis is standard on the T5 R-Design (optional on the other variants) and is 10mm lower than the Dynamic chassis. Springs and shock absorbers have a firmer setting, resulting in even more responsive driving pleasure with full control.

Finally, the fuel-efficient D2 variant leverages its already strong eco-credentials with a 10mm lowered version of the Dynamic chassis as standard. This assists the car in reducing drag, thus optimising fuel efficiency.

Steering with precise response

The steering column’s thick tubing and stiff insulator increase torsional rigidity. This also contributes to the enhanced feeling of direct contact with the wheels and the road.

The Electrical Power Assist Steering (EPAS) is the first steering system in a Volvo to use an electrical motor to support the steering rack. Electrical Power Assist Steering enables integration of safety and driver support functions that involve the steering, such as Lane Keeping Aid and Park Assist Pilot.

As an option, the driver can also specify EPAS with three levels of power assistance:

  • City mode – the system provides a high degree of power support, making manoeuvring easier
  • Normal mode – has somewhat lower power support to offer more road response at higher speeds
  • Sport mode – the setting for the enthusiastic driver, contributing to the car’s dynamic character

Upgraded Dynamic Stability and Traction Control

The Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system in the All-New Volvo V40 includes several sophisticated features that offer a unique blend of driving pleasure and safety.

Advanced Stability Control uses a roll angle sensor that makes it possible to identify any skidding tendency at a very early stage. This means that the stability control system can step in earlier and with greater precision.

Advanced Stability Control is a great asset in dynamic driving involving considerable lateral forces, improving handling and rapid avoidance manoeuvres.

Engine Drag Control prevents the driven wheels from locking during engine braking on a slippery surface. And if the car is equipped with a tow bar, Trailer Stability Assist helps dampen the snaking action that may occur when towing a trailer or caravan. The car is stabilised by braking one or more wheels and by reducing torque.

Torque vectoring allows the car to corner even more smoothly. The system works like an electronic differential brake. The car’s inner driven wheel is braked, causing more power to be transmitted to the outer driven wheel. This allows the driver to corner more tightly while reducing any tendency to understeer. This system makes it easier to smoothly maintain the desired line on winding roads, in roundabouts and on wet surfaces – and is a huge asset when exiting from a small side road to merge swiftly with faster traffic.

Range of eager petrol engines

A five-cylinder 2.5-litre turbocharged T5 engine is the most powerful engine variant available, with a power output of 187kW and 360Nm of torque. To achieve low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, internal friction has been reduced.

The T5 comes with automatic transmission and acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 6.1 seconds. Fuel consumption is 8.1 L/100km (combined).

A five-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged T4 engine with 132kW and 300Nm is also available. The T4 also comes with automatic transmission, and will hit 100 km/h in 8.7secs, with fuel consumption is 7.6 L/100 km (combined). Both the T4 and T5 versions come with six-speed Geartronic automatic gearboxes with sports mode.

Fuel-efficient diesels

The five-cylinder 2.0-litre D4 turbodiesel has been optimised for fuel-efficient driving pleasure. The piezoelectric fuel valves keep fuel consumption to a minimum thanks to exceptionally fast and precise injection pulses under high pressure. This results in efficient combustion. In order to give the car better driving properties, the turbocharger has been fine-tuned for high torque from low revs.

This engine delivers 130kW with 400Nm available from just 1,750 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 8.3 seconds with the automatic gearbox (8.6secs for the 6-speed manual). Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 4.9L/100 km (128g/km) with a manual gearbox and 5.3L/100 km (139g/km) for the automatic (combined).

The D4 Luxury is available with a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with sports mode, while the D4 Kinetic comes with the six-speed Geartronic or six-speed manual gearbox.

D2 version with CO2 emissions of 110g/km

The D2 version of the Volvo V40 comes with CO2 emissions of 110g/km – corresponding to fuel consumption of just 4.2 L/100 km. The 1.6-litre diesel engine has 84kW and 270Nm of torque. The D2 engine is combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, start/stop engine technology and brake regeneration which, along with details like the Dynamic Eco chassis, all contribute to low fuel consumption and low emissions.

Manufacturer’s List Price* for the all-new Volvo V40:

Model Variant Engine/Transmission Price* (MLP*)
Volvo V40 D2 Kinetic 1.6-litre diesel 4-cylinder / 6-speed manual $34,990*
Volvo V40 D4 Kinetic 2.0-litre diesel 5-cylinder / 6-speed manual $39,990*
Volvo V40 D4 Kinetic 2.0-litre diesel 5-cylinder / 6-speed Adaptive Geartronic auto $41,990*
Volvo V40 D4 Luxury 2.0-litre diesel 5-cylinder / 6-speed Adaptive Geartronic auto $45,990*
Volvo V40 T4 Kinetic 2.0-litre petrol 5-cylinder / 6-speed Adaptive Geartronic auto $41,990*
Volvo V40 T4 Luxury 2.0-litre petrol 5-cylinder / 6-speed Adaptive Geartronic auto $45,990*
Volvo V40 T5 R-Design 2.5-litre petrol 5-cylinder / 6-speed Adaptive Geartronic auto $49,990*

Volvo V40 trivia

Volvo Car Group anticipates selling 90,000 All-New V40s per year, with 85 per cent of the total volume going to European customers. The largest individual markets are the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, China, Switzerland and Australia.

The All-New Volvo V40 made its public debut at Switzerland's Geneva Motor Show in March 2012.

The V40 is made at Volvo Car Group’s production plant in Ghent, Belgium.


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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