Petrol engines are also split according to their transmission; T2 and T3 engines with manual gearboxes are 2.0-litre units, while automatic transmission-equipped T2 and T3 cars come with a 1.5-litre engine. Despite the difference in capacity, all figures remain the same between the engines, including claimed fuel economy of 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 127g/km on manual cars and 129g/km on automatics, on both T2 and T3.
The facelifted V40 was revealed at the Geneva motor show, with styling and interior tweaks bringing it in to line with the rest of the current Volvo line-up.
Exterior upgrades include a new grille mesh incorporating the Volvo iron mark and Volvo’s new T-shaped LED headlights, taken from the Swedish manufacturer’s S90, V90 and XC90. There are also five new exterior colours.
A total of eight new wheel designs across the V40, R-Design and V40 Cross Country models are available.
A new City Weave upholstery, taken from the Volvo Concept Estate, is also available on the V40. A new Charcoal/Blond steering wheel option, new interior panel trims, including Milled Aluminium, Black Grid Aluminium and Stealth Aluminium, and trim-coloured door inserts with contrasting stitching are among the other new features.
Black headlining will be made available as an option and Volvo’s On Call technology also gets an update. The system already delivers connectivity to Apple Watch and Android Wear, but is now compatible with Microsoft Band 2 connectivity, enabling voice control when using Windows 10-based smartphones. A calendar integration function is now included, connecting your personal calendar to the app and allowing calendar appointment destinations to be sent to your sat-nav, while a Flic button function has been added to perform tasks, such as locking the car and start/stop pre-heating.
Volvo’s CleanZone technology is also featured, ensuring outside air is finely filtered before entering the cabin, removing pollutants and aiding allergy sufferers.
Volvo's sales and marketing boss at Volvo Car Group, Bjorn Annwall, said: “The V40 is the best-selling Volvo model in Europe and the second most popular Volvo model globally, making it a very important car for the company. With the updates for 2017 model year we make this already very successful model even more attractive to customers in the segment.”
Sales of the facelifted V40 begin in early April.
See what we made of the Volvo V40 T3 R-Design here
See what we made of the Volvo V40 D2 Cross Country here