Volvo V40 (2012–)

Model History

February 2012

Volvo revealed all-new V40

Available with fixed panorama glass roof that stretches from the front windscreen to the backrest of the rear seats.Interior of the all-new Volvo V40 is designed around people with a strong emphasis on ergonomics, comfort and an engaging driving experience.

All-new V40 features Volvo's iconic ultra-slim centre stack, now in a more sculpted version than in previous models. The centre stack comes as standard in charcoal. Modern Wood, Shimmer Graphite and Centre Court (tennis-inspired look with a red stripe) are options.

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 button and gearshift gaiter.

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

The two-piece, 40/60, rear seat backrest can be easily folded in different ways when carrying long objects. There is a practical hanging load net in the load compartment.

The V40 is available with a new, fully graphic instrument cluster. This active TFT (Thin Film Transistor) crystal display brings the interaction between car and driver into a new dimension. The instrument cluster expresses emotional functionality, always displaying the most important information in any given situation right in front of the driver.

The five-cylinder 2.5-litre turbocharged T5 engine has a power output of 254 hp and 400 Nm of torque, including 40 Nm overboost delivered during acceleration. To achieve low fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions, internal friction has been reduced.

The T5 comes with automatic transmission and acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 6.7 seconds. Fuel consumption is 35.8 mpg (EU Combined). The mid-range offer includes two versions of a 1.6-litre GTDi engine: T4 with 180 horsepower and T3 with 150 horsepower.

The 180 hp engine offers maximum torque of 270 Nm, including 30 Nm overboost. This gives excellent drivability throughout the speed range. The torque curve is relatively gentle, resulting in a particularly comfortable driving experience. The 150 horsepower T3 engine offers 240 Newton metres of torque. Volvo's engine experts have managed to bring fuel consumption down to 48.7 mpg. This corresponds to CO2emissions of 134 g/km.

The T5 version comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the T4 is available in combination with the automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. The T3 comes with a manual gearbox. Powershift operates in principle as two parallel manual gearboxes with separate clutches, a system that provides quick and fuel-saving gear changes.

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 177 hp and has torque of 400 Nm across a wide rpm range. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 8.3 seconds with the automatic gearbox (8.6 sec with manual). Fuel consumption and CO2emissions is 62.8 mpg (119 g/km) with a manual gearbox and 53.3 mpg (139 g/km) with the automatic (EU Combined).

In addition there is the 2.0-litre D3 producing 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Both turbodiesels are available with a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.

The D2 version of the Volvo V40 comes with CO2emissions as low as 94 g/km - corresponding to fuel consumption of just 78.8 mpg. The 1.6-litre diesel engine has 115 hp and 285 Nm of torque, including 15 Nm overboost. The D2 engine is combined with a six-speed manual gearbox and start/stop function. Other details such as smooth underbody panels also contribute to low fuel consumption and low emissions. The 1.6-litre diesel engine can also be mated to the six-speed Powershift gearbox.

Engine range

Petrol engines Displacement Configuration Output Torque
T5 2.5 5-cyl in-line 254 hp 360 Nm + 40 Nm overboost
T4 1.6 4-cyl in-line 180 hp 240 Nm + 30 Nm overboost
T3 1.6 4-cyl in-line 150 hp 240 Nm
Diesel engines Displacement Configuration Output Torque
D4 2 5-cyl in-line 177 hp 400 Nm
D3 2 5-cyl in-line 150 hp 400 Nm
D2 1.6 4-cyl in-line 115 hp 270 Nm + 15 Nm overboost

February 2012

Volvo V40 R-Design and Cross Country prices revealed

The V40 R-Design is available in the striking launch colour, Rebel Blue, unique to R-Design, along with six other colours. Prices start from £22,295 for the D2 R-Design, still benefiting from class leading CO2 emissions of 94g/km, up to the T5 Geartronic R-Design Lux Nav, available from £31,390.

The V40 Cross Country is Volvo's answer to those customers that want a small 5-door hatchback but with a more 'off-road' and rugged look. As standard, the Cross Country SE is offered with autofolding door mirrors with ground lights and black mirror covers, 16" alloy wheels, rain sensor, textile/T-Tec upholstery, tread plates and silver roof rails.

The Cross Country can be further enhanced by specifying the Cross Country Lux version. This includes the ample specification of the SE, plus leather-faced upholstery, active bending xenon headlights, 17" alloy wheels, LED day-running lights, rear reading and theatre lighting.

The V40 Cross Country is available from £22,595 for the D2 Cross Country SE, up to the T5 Geartronic Cross Country Lux Nav with All-Wheel Drive, from £33,875. Both models are available to order now and first customer deliveries will start to take place in January 2013.

Volvo V40 Cross Country Wheel and Tyre Sizes are:

16-inch with 205/60 R16 tyres.

17-inch with 225/50 R17 tyres.

18-inch with 225/45 R18 tyres.

April 2012

Volvo announced the pricing for V40

Starting at £19,745 on the road, the all-new Volvo V40 enters the premium hatchback segment with a class-leading set of innovative high-tech features.

Volvo's first new model to be fully developed according to its human-centric, Designed Around You strategy, the car is the first in the world to feature a pedestrian airbag, an innovation which helps reduce the severity of pedestrian injuries in the event of an impact. The all-new V40 is also the only model in its class to fit City Safety as standard and offer Pedestrian Detection, effective at speeds of up to 22mph.

The luxury hatchback will be available in ES, SE and SE LUX trim with Bluetooth fitted as standard across the range. Customers are able to place orders now with production starting in May. Volvo expects the first customer cars to be delivered in September.

September 2012

V40 R-Design launched

The unique R-Design front features a silk-metal framed high-gloss grille with re-profiled front bumper and day running lights. The sporty stance is further enhanced with an ironstone rear diffuser, silk-metal finished details and twin exhaust tailpipes. The five-spoke diamond-cut wheels (standard with 17" or can be upgraded to 18") complete the stylish, dynamic look. The interior also gains from unique features such as the embossed R-Design leather/T-Tec upholstery, TFT instrument display, sports steering wheel, sports pedals and unique aluminium inlays.

Those wishing to further enhance their vehicle can upgrade to the R-Design Lux which adds additional features, such as embossed full leather-faced upholstery, active bending xenon headlights with headlight cleaning system, rain sensor, cruise control, keyless start and rear theatre lighting.

On top of the Rebel Blue livery, the V40 R-Design buyer has a choice of six other exterior colours. Prices will be announced in early October with dealers being able to take orders immediately. Customer deliveries are expected to start during January 2013.

March 2013

New low emission D2 automatic and T2 petrol introduced

V40 D2 and V40 R-Design D2 can be ordered with dual clutch Powershift automatic. CO2 emissions (EU Combined, preliminary figures) are 102 g/km (72.4mpg) in the standard and R-Design versions and 108 g/km (68.9mpg) in the V40 Cross Country.

Manual versions of the V40 D2 and V40 D2 R-Design (115hp) now come with reduced CO2 emissions, down from 94g/km to 88g/km (EU Combined), which translates to 83.1mpg. Corresponding figures for V40 Cross Country with the D2 engine are 99 g/km (74.3mpg).

New T2 engine with 120hp Available on the V40 and V40 R-Design, Volvo Cars has added a new variant of the four-cylinder, 1.6-litre engine to the range of direct-injected petrol engines. The Volvo V40 T2 has 120 hp and 240 Nm of torque. CO2 emissions with the manual gearbox are 124g/km (EU Combined, which translates into fuel consumption of 53.3mpg.

February 2014

99g/km 190PS/400Nm torque Volvo 2.0 litre 4 cylinder D4 diesel and 245PS 2.0 petrol engines added to V40 and V40 Cross Country engine line-up. To order in the UK from March 2014, but production of D4 not until September 2014.

Initially, the V40 can be equipped with two engines from the four-cylinder Drive-E engine family: the 245PS petrol turbo T5 and the turbo diesel D4 with 190PS. An 8-speed automatic gearbox contributes to the refined drive. The D4 engine features world-first i-ART technology with pressure feedback from each fuel injector instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail.

EC lab test Fuel consumption for the manual D4 190 is 74.3 mpg (EC Combined), which corresponds to CO2emissions at 99 g/km. The figure for the V40 Cross Country is 70.6 mpg (104 g/km) with the manual gearbox. The four-cylinder petrol turbo T5 has 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption in a Volvo V40 with the 8-speed automatic is 54.3mpg (136g/km). All figures are preliminary. 27-3-2014: New D4 available with Geartronic gearbox

Also joining the new D4 in the V40 is the 245PS T5 FWD (front-wheel-drive) from the new Drive-E engine family. Fitted as standard with the new 8-speed automatic gearbox, CO2emissions have decreased to just 137g/km (representing a £350 saving on vehicle tax from the previous T5), giving fuel consumption in the combined cycle of 47.9mpg.

D4 and T5 are available to order in March 2014, however production start of the D4 will be September. A number of new options are now available, giving greater opportunity to personalise and enhance V40s.

September 2014

2.0 litre 245PS/350Nm Drive-E petrol turbo engine and 8-speed paddleshift automatic transmission made available in the AWD Volvo V40 Cross Country. UK orders taken from January 2015.

April 2015

All manual diesel Volvo V40 and V40 R-Design models (120hp to 190hp) now with sub-100g/km CO 2 emissions thanks to the arrival of the new Drive-E engines. New 1.5-litre petrol auto option introduced. New colours Magic Blue and Onyx Black replace Caspian Blue and Black Sapphire.

V40 Diesel


CO 2 g/km




D2 1,969cc




Power increased by 5hp over previous D2.

D3 1,969cc




CO 2 emissions and fuel consumption both improved (by 15gkm and 8.6mpg respectively) over previous D3.

V40 Petrol


CO 2 g/km




T2 Auto




New 1.5-litre T2 Auto (6-speed) engine introduced.

T3 Auto




New 1.5-litre T3 Auto (6-speed) engine introduced.

Two new four-cylinder diesel Drive-E engines introduced on V40 Cross Country with enhanced power, emissions and fuel consumption. D2 and D3 manual variants both now with sub-100g/km CO 2 emissions. New colours Magic Blue and Onyx Black replace Caspian Blue and Black Sapphire.

V40 Cross Country Diesel


CO 2 g/km




D2 1,969cc




Power increased by 5hp over previous D2. Emissions cut by 3g/km to 96g/km.

D3 1,969cc




Manual models now with sub 100g/km CO 2 emissions - cut by 18gkm with 10.1mpg fuel economy improvement compared to previous D3

July 2015

The gradual transition to Volvo's new range of in house DRIVe engines is confusing. Here is the current line-up for the V40:

T2 turbo petrol manual: 1,969cc 4-cylinder, 122PS, 220Nm from 1,100-3,500rpm

T2 turbo petrol auto: 1,498cc 4-cylinder, 122PS, 220Nm 1,600-3,500rpm

T3 turbo petrol manual: 1,969cc 4-cylinder, 152PS, 250Nm from 1,300-4,000rpm

T3 turbo petrol auto: 1,498cc 4-cylinder, 152PS, 250Nm from 1,700-4,000rpm

T5 turbo petrol auto: 1,969cc 4-cylinder, 245PS, 350Nm from 1,800-4,800rpm

D2 turbo diesel manual and auto: 1,969cc VEA 4-cylinder, 120PS, 280Nm from 1,500-2,250rpm

D3 turbo diesel manual and auto: 1,969cc VEA 4-cylinder, 150PS, 320Nm from 1,750-3,000rpm

D4 turbo diesel manual and auto: 1,969cc VEA 4-cylinder, 190PS, 400Nm from 1,750-2,500rpm

D4 AWD turbo diesel auto: 2,400cc 5-cylinder, 190PS, 420Nm from 1,500-3,000rpm

February 2016

Volvo V40 and V40 Cross Country mildly restyled for 2016

New LED ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights give it a new look shared with Volvo’s new XC90, S90 and V90. The V40 and V40 Cross Country are the first models in the segment to get full LED headlights as standard across the range. Also new are grille meshes featuring an updated Volvo Iron Mark.

Exterior update includes the addition of eight new wheels and five new colours to the V40 range, including the completely new Amazon Blue and Denim Blue, as well as three colours already used by other models in the Volvo Car UK portfolio: Bursting Blue, Mussel Blue and Luminous Sand.

Volvo has reduced CO2 emissions on its D2 manual powertrain to just 89 g/km in all trim level and wheel options.

The V40's trim structure has also been changed in line with the new XC90. Grades Momentum, Inscription R-Design and Cross Country.

A new upholstery called City Weave is added. Several new interior panel trims will also be offered: Milled Aluminium, Black Grid Aluminium and Stealth Aluminium. New tread plates will be added for the R-Design and Inscription trim levels, and an updated key fob with the new Volvo logo will be available.

The Volvo On Call smartphone app, which allows remote access and control over a wide range of in-car features, receives a substantial update. Volvo On Call already delivers wearable connectivity (Apple Watch/Android Wear), and the new Microsoft Band 2 connectivity now enables voice-control for certain features when using Windows 10-based smartphones.

Other updates to Volvo On Call include a calendar integration function that connects your personal calendar to the mobile app, allowing it to send calendar appointment destinations directly to your navigation on request. For 2016, Volvo On Call will broaden its scope and provide support for up to 10 Volvo vehicles, giving access to all the usual functions across a fleet of cars.

Volvo also introduces Flic button compatibility with Volvo On Call. Flic allows you to program a single physical ‘smart button’ to perform several tasks, such as locking your car, and can be used as a shortcut to Volvo On Call services.

Volvo now also offers support for Windows 10 with a new version of the Volvo On Call application that can be used on regular PCs and tablets to interact with your car.

August 2019

Volvo announced installation of Vodafone data SIM car in all 2020MY Volvos. Allows car and occupants to be fully connected, with a WiFi hotspot, access to apps, real-time traffic information and safety alerts. Access to up to 100GB of data, independent of the user's own SIM-enabled devices. Operation is seamless across 42 European countries and territories. Available for up to 12 months for no extra charge on top of the car's initial purchase price, after which customer has the option to extend the agreement and continue to use the service by way of purchasing a data plan from Vodafone. SIM card available on all Model Year 2020 Volvo models, with a simple retro-fit option for cars already purchased.

What does a Volvo V40 (2012) cost?

Contract hire from £222.56 per month