Volvo has announced UK pricing for its all-new five-door V40 hatchback. Set to rival the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series competitor, the V40 is available from £19,745.
The V40 builds on the firm’s reputation for car safety, featuring some clever new technology.
Volvo V40 has pedestrian airbag
The V40 includes a world first in the form of a newly developed pedestrian airbag system.
The new technology is part of a two-stage system, popping the car’s bonnet up at the rear and deploying an airbag at the base of the windscreen to cushion pedestrian impact with the car’s A-pillars.
Another smart feature is Volvo’s city safety aid, which scans the road ahead and automatically applies the brakes at up to 31mph to help avoid or reduce the impact in a crash.
Priced from £19,745
The V40 is available in three trim levels – ES, SE and SE LUX.
Prices start at £19,745, and equipment in ES trim is fair – entry-level spec gets the city safety and pedestrian airbag systems as standard, as well as Bluetooth and climate control.
Upgrading to SE trim will cost £635, but adds cruise control, steering wheel controls and keyless start, while top-spec SE LUX cars – starting from £23,345 – have leather inside, alloy wheels and xenon headlights.
Stop-start for all engines
There’s a choice of three turbodiesel engines – an entry-level 113bhp 1.6 and a 2.0-litre unit in either 148bhp or 175bhp guise.
Two 1.6-litre petrol turbos are on offer, producing 148bhp or 178bhp, starting from £20,380 and £23,480 respectively – the latter is only available in SE and SE LUX trim. All engines have stop-start technology.
The V40 can be ordered now, but customer deliveries don’t begin until September 2012.