VOLVO. There I said it. Never thought I would be typing the name into my blog but there has been some big changes with Volvo over the past decade and no it’s not just the fact that the Vampires from Twilight drive them, it’s the fact that the cars actually have shape and style now rather than just massive box shaped barges to keep old people safe.
Volvo really caught my attention with the C30 – which was a really eye-catching, sleek and ultra modern design, and now this new V40 shape which is even sleeker! I mean the lines and the symmetry out does Renault’s Megane RS and the cockpit is much more ergonomically equipped.
So when I picked up the V40 I asked the guy “What’s it packing?” and he said “187″ so I assumed, being a Volvo that it would have 187HP but no, no, no. I was completely wrong and found out after planting my foot and being thrown back. The way it slides through each gear is super smooth, the power just transfers evenly and fast all the way through to the point where you can’t even notice the gear changes at all.
This particular V40 being the R-Design does have some added features such as the 18″ rims, sports chassis, sporty leather interior, sports pedals and floor mats and of course, the 187kw 2.5 litre 5cyl turbo charged petrol engine.
Don’t get me wrong – the Volvo still has some obvious genetic safety disorders, and you soon find that out by going close to just about anything – it will make a buzz noise just to let you know that you might be getting too close to an object, which is great if you don’t know how to drive or you’re 300 years old and can’t see a thing. The great thing is you can disable the safety features after un-checking a load of boxes in the computer and away you go, buzz free.
So my final verdict after driving this viciously stylised, symmetrical, sleek, power house of a motor? It’s cool and bloody cool because you see it’s “unexpected”.
Volvo V40 T5 R-Design featured throughout
Photography: Micah Gianneli
Model: Jesse Maricic