VOLVO is now going to fit its economical and powerful new new D4 Drive-E engines to its popular V40 hatch.
The Drive-E power-trains have already won plenty of praise in Volvo’s big cars so they seem likely to represent attractive options in the smaller V40 as well.
Combined fuel consumption is estimated at about 86mpg
Previously, the business-friendly choice in the Volvo V40 range was the 115PS 1.6-litre diesel D2 model, which already had CO2 emissions of just 88g/km.
The Drive-E two-litre D4 diesel offers a huge advance on those figures, though – 190PS combined with even lower emissions of 85g/km for manual cars, numbers that will have most of the competition worried as well. Combined fuel consumption is estimated at about 86mpg, so Volvo appears to have upset previous industry rules of thumb about the trade-off between economy and performance.
According to Michael Fleiss, Vice President Powertrain at Volvo Car Group “The Volvo V40 D4 offers a massive 80hp more driving pleasure than other cars in the segment with CO2 emissions at that level. This is yet more proof that the Drive-E powertrains take efficient driving pleasure to a new dimension”
A second new-generation Drive-E engine will also be available in the V40 – the four-cylinder petrol turbo T5 with 245PS and 350Nm of torque. Preliminary combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures for eight-speed automatic cars are about 49mpg and 136g/km.