Volvo has unveiled an updated V40 for 2015 and has taken the opportunity to introduce high-powered petrol and diesel versions of its all-new modular four-cylinder Drive-E engine family into its smallest model.
Buyers can now choose a £28,000 V40 D4 powered by a 188bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel, or a 242bhp V40 T5 with a twin-turbocharged petrol-burning engine.
Like many of the Drive-E engine family, the D4 version uses a new, Denso-developed system of injector pressure sensors that allow better fuel metering for smoother running and cleaner exhaust emissions.
In manual form, the D4 emits only 99g/km and offers a claimed combined fuel consumption figure of 74.3mpg — statistics currently in line with rivals at least 25 per cent less powerful. The V40 D4 has a top speed of over 140mph and can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 6.8sec.
Releasing these models is Volvo’s latest and most significant step on a journey to replace its entire suite of ageing and bought-in engines with a clean, own-design modular family of petrol and diesel power units under the Drive-E umbrella.