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Published on August 4th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Volvo V40 ‘Designed Around You’

This is the all-new Volvo V40. It is a sporty five-door hatchback that sets new ride handling, fuel efficiency and safety standards in the compact luxury segment. Its eye-catching coupé design, which uses styling cues from the classic P1800ES Volvo, is sportier and sleeker than the competition. Special attention has been given to handling, steering feel, agility and ride comfort. Volvo engineers believe that the Volvo V40 is now the class benchmark for dynamic fineness. The all-new Volvo V40 comes with two petrol engines.

All engine and gearbox versions have start/stop technology, to boost economy and reduce emissions. Driving pleasure was a priority. Ride comfort was also crucially important. The damping – a key quality in comfort and driver interaction – was mostly calibrated by testing on European village and small town roads, which are extremely demanding roads, which is why so many cars struggle on them. These roads are brilliant for damper tuning, which in turn improves ride comfort, steering response, handling and agility.


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