The Volvo V40 luxury hatchback has been launched in India, in two variants –the V40 Kinetic, priced at INR 24.75 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the V40 R-Design, priced at INR 27.7 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new car will be the manufacturer’s most affordable offering in the country.
On the exterior, the Volvo V40 hatchback is similar to its Cross country sibling, which was launched almost two years back. The front fascia looks similar, however 3 slat grilles and distinct horizontal daytime running LEDs can be seen to be provided. The car gets features like auto-bending headlights, sporty rear with gloss black diffuser, twin exhaust setup and 16-inch alloy wheels on the side. The top R-Design variant gets additional features like panoramic sunroof, rain sensors, keyless drive and sporty body kit.
Interior design is similar to the V40 cross country, and the car comes with an adaptive TFT instrument console,which changes colours as per the driving mode.Leather upholstery, mood lighting, park assist system with optional rear view camera are also provided.
The engine of both the Kinetic and R-Design variants is the same 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel unit, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This mill churns out maximum power output of 150bhp and torque of 350Nm. The V40 returns an ARAI certified fuel economy of about 16.8km/l . No petrol variant is currently on offer.
Safety being the top priority for Volvo, The V40 comes with eight airbags as standard fitment. Also on board are side impact, whiplash and driver-knee protection systems. It also comes with City Safety tech which arms itself at below 50kmph and provides automated braking for better safety. A pedestrian airbag system which is new to this segment, reduces impact to the pedestrian in case of a frontal collision by raising the bonnet and deploying an airbag over the windshield. Along with these, a host of other features are also provided.
The Volvo V40 hatchbach will be brought to India via the CBU route and will compete with cars like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class (also CBU) and BMW 1-Series (CKD) in the segment.