Published on March 1st, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Volvo Retires The V40 Hatchback. Buy It Used Today
A used Volvo V40 might just be the car for you.
In January 2019 Volvo announced that the V40 will not have a replacement model for the showroom.
Then in July last year the last Volvo V40 rolled off the production line in Belgium, where the XC40 is also being made. The V40, was first released in 2012, and it was Volvo’s answer to the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class.
In those seven years, Volvo managed to make 667530 units of the V40s and V40 Cross Country’s, meaning that while it didn’t earn any awards for amazing sales, it was a decent enough car, that people liked. Even 7 years later the Volvo V40, on the outside at least, looked better than the new 1 Series and was more interesting than the Audi A3. But, its interior was starting to show its age, with its button-filled center console screaming ‘Happy last year”. It was, after all, a car based on Volvo’s past design language, and one that also was the oldest model Volvo was currently making.
In June 19th 2017, Volvo Cars Malaysia brought in the final facelift of this unappreciated hatchback at a selling price of RM180,888.
Volvo Car Malaysia has unveiled the new face of the V40 by launching the V40 T5 Inscription, bringing the popular hatchback visually closer to Volvo’s new 90 Series cars.
The most prominent feature of this new update is the new Inscription grille mesh cradling the new Volvo Iron Mark and the ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights which results in a confident new look.
“In Malaysia, the V40 is our best-selling model after the XC90 making it a very important car for the company. We hope that the new updates in the V40 T5 Inscription will make this very successful model even more attractive to customers within this segment,” said Lennart Stegland, Managing Director, Volvo Car Malaysia.
Other additions to the exterior look includes the new Inscription “rank mark” which was first introduced in the XC90. Inscription denotes the highest trim level (Kinetic, Momentum, and Inscription) within the Volvo product range.
On the interior, Milled Aluminium replaces the Shimmer Graphite inlay and a new Inscription tread plate added. The new Volvo Iron Mark update will carry across the entire car including the steering wheel, Sensus display, and the key fob.
Volvo’s continuing leadership in interior air quality is highlighted in the V40 T5 Inscription with the inclusion of the CleanZone logo on instrument panel air vents. Volvo’s award-winning CleanZone technology ensures that outside air is effectively filtered before entering the cabin, removing harmful pollutants that are increasingly common in large urban areas. CleanZone technology reflects Volvo’s ongoing work to improve the in-car experience, covering incoming air, interior emissions and odours, interior surfaces and contact allergies.
The V40 T5 Inscription will maintain its class-leading Drive-E powertrain which outputs 245hp and 350 Nm of torque which is managed by an 8-speed gearbox. This translates to an acceleration time of 6.3s (0-100km/h).
While no direct replacement has been announced, I can bet that it will be yet another SUV, that will sit below the Volvo XC40 (a XC20 perhaps?). We also know that it will have only hybrid and full electric variants, as that’s Volvo’s policy, and that it will be designed according to Volvo’s gorgeous new design language, both inside and outside.
Nothing is known about the V40’s replacement officially. The production line in Belgium has switched to full production of the XC40, Volvo’s answer to the X1, GLA and Q3.
Today, a 2015 model sells used for between RM65,000 to RM85,000 and we suggest it is best to look at the Cross Country T5 with the added crossover like stance.