Volvo V40 (2012-2019) review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Engine range is efficient to deliver decent running costs
Volvo's revised diesel engines deliver good fuel economy. The D2 manual has the best economy, and has company car tax-friendly emissions, too. The D3 and D4 are both rated at 74.3mpg, while emissions of 99g/km mean even the most powerful cars are attractive for business users. Add a six-speed auto to any engine and fuel consumption is a little poorer.
The petrol engines are also reasonably efficient, given their torquey turbocharged punch, while again the automatic models are slightly worse for fuel economy and produce higher emissions.
As for running costs, long service intervals and Volvo’s generally strong reliability should mean the V40 costs less to own than some of Volvo’s larger models. Driver Power owners’ experience is certainly encouraging: they vote the V40 the 15th best car for overall running costs, so there should be no nasty surprises for your wallet.
Perhaps reflecting its semi-premium status, insurance groups for the V40 are a little higher than the mainstream norm. A base T2 Momentum comes in at group 18, whereas a similar-power Ford Focus 1.0 Ecoboost starts at group 12. There's a bit of a step up in ratings from T2 to T3, which starts in Group 24 in R-Design trim.
It's a similar story for the diesels, as the D2 starts in group 19, moves to group 20 in R-Design trim, then the R-Design D3 starts in group 25. The Cross Country models are in similar insurance group, but it should be easier to repair their scuff-resistant panels.
Retained values for the Volvo V40 are reasonable, if not outstanding. There's a spread of around 38-46 per cent in retained values after three years, with the petrol cars being the best performers of the range. Interestingly, even though the used market craves an SUV, it's clear that buyers can look beyond the Cross Country's styling and see it's just a stylised hatchback. As a result, residuals are poorer for these models.
Compared to rivals, the V40 isn't a great performer. The equally ageing Audi A3 Sportback has better retained values in the mid-40 per cent region, while even the latest Ford Focus is a better-performing model.
In this review
- 1Volvo V40 (2012-2019) reviewThe Volvo V40 is a classy and economical alternative to the Audi A3 Sportback, as long as you don't need maximum boot space
- 2Engines, performance and driveEfficient D4 diesel packs a punch, but V40 is safe and secure rather than being exciting to drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingEngine range is efficient to deliver decent running costs
- 4Interior, design and technologyRefined and comfortable interior marred by over-complicated infotainment and fiddly sat nav
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe V40 is very comfortable, but cabin storage, rear seat space and boot capacity are all a little lacking
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe V40 has peerless safety credentials, while ownership should be relatively hassle-free