What is it?
The most powerful petrol unit in Volvo's new range of hotter engines, badged under its Drive-E family.
We've already rated the updated V40 highly when coupled with the new D4 diesel powerplant, so this is Volvo's chance to prove that it can accomplish the same feat of extracting impressive performance while maintaining super-frugal emissions from a petrol variant.
Our test route comprised the famous hill climb course at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. We tried one of two of the new V40 models to have so far arrived in the UK. Alongside the D4 model we've already tested it's the first V40 to be powered by one of Volvo's own modular engines.
The T5 is only available coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which seems to suits its nature. In plush R-Design Lux Nav trim, our test car also came equipped with Volvo's integrated navigation system and posh leather sports seats.
The car costs £31,900, but a long list of options including Volvo's Driver Support Pack – which includes safety systems like collision assistance and adaptive cruise control – heated front seats and steering wheel, rear parking camera and a panoramic sunroof raised the total cost of our model to £39,050.