In-depth reviews

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.

Insurance groups

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.

­­­­­­­

Depreciation

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.

Most Popular

New all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 arrives to take on Tesla
Ioniq 5 - front
Hyundai

New all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 arrives to take on Tesla

The new Ioniq 5 – the first model from Hyundai’s all-electric sub-brand – takes design influence from the 45 Concept and will be offered with two batt…
23 Feb 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI ‘Edition 45’ anniversary model leaked
Volkswagen Golf GTI 'Edition 45' - front
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI ‘Edition 45’ anniversary model leaked

The Volkswagen Golf GTI will soon get a new special edition model to celebrate its Sapphire anniversary
23 Feb 2021
New Dacia Sandero Stepway Bi-Fuel 2021 review
Dacia Sandero Stepway - front
Dacia Sandero Stepway

New Dacia Sandero Stepway Bi-Fuel 2021 review

At just under £11k, the new Dacia Sandero Stepway is one of the best value-for-money cars on the market
24 Feb 2021