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by Tim Beissmann

The 2016 Volvo V40 has arrived with a pair of new entry-level engines and enhanced specification across the range.

The updated V40 line-up continues to kick off with the D2 Kinetic from $36,990 plus on-road costs, though there’s now a larger engine under the bonnet. The old 1.6-litre makes way for a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel. Power and torque rise 4kW and 10Nm to 88kW at 3750rpm and 280Nm between 1500-2250rpm.

Performance improves noticeably, with the new V40 D2 more than 1.5 seconds quicker from 0-100km/h (now 10.5 seconds), while combined cycle fuel consumption also improves marginally to 4.1 litres per 100 kilometres.

The new model also farewells the old dual-clutch transmission, replacing it with a conventional six-speed automatic.

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The D2 Kinetic now matches the rest of the Volvo V40 range with a 62-litre fuel tank, up 10L from before, and also gains larger 17-inch alloy wheels (up from 16s).

Brand new to the line-up is the Volvo V40 T3 Kinetic, which becomes the new entry petrol model in the range. It effectively replaces the old T4 Kinetic, which has been discontinued, but has a far more appealing $37,990 starting price (down $4K on the T4).

It’s powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 112kW at 5000rpm and 250Nm between 1700-4000rpm. The new T3 claims to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds and use 5.6L/100km on the combined cycle.

Both the D2 and T3 Kinetic variants are identically specified, with equipment highlights including LED daytime running lights, auto headlights and wipers, electric folding mirrors, reverse-view camera, rear parking sensors, City Safety autonomous emergency braking system, digital instrument cluster display, 5.0-inch central display screen with eight-speaker audio system, electric driver’s seat adjustment with memory, cruise control, and dual-zone climate control.

Unlike before, the entry models can now be optioned with the Driver Support Pack, which adds blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, driver alert system, adaptive cruise control with full auto brake, and park assist pilot. The pack is available across the V40 range for $4000 (it was previously $5000).

For a limited time, Volvo is offering both the D2 and T3 variants for $33,888 driveaway, which represents savings upwards of $6000 on the brand-new models.

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In a simplified line-up, Volvo has also dropped the D4 Kinetic variant.

Through the middle of the range, the $45,990 T4 Luxury and $46,990 D4 Luxury are unchanged in both pricing and powertrains (T4: 132kW/300Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol; D4: 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel).

The flagship 180kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol T5 R-Design is likewise unchanged mechanically, though its price rises $590 to $50,990. Each of the T4, D4 and T5 variants gains internet connectivity, in-car web apps, and connected service booking.

Over the D2 and T3 models, the T4, D4 and T5 add a larger 7.0-inch display with navigation, electric passenger seat, active bi-xenon headlights and the interior lighting package, among other features, while the R-Design also gets a number of unique sports enhancements.

The updated, 2016 Volvo V40 Cross Country range is now also available, with that model gaining a new, more efficient 2.0-litre turbo engine.

 

2016 Volvo V40 pricing (plus on-road costs):
D2 Kinetic $36,990 (no change)
T3 Kinetic $37,990 (new model)
T4 Luxury $45,990 (no change)
D4 Luxury $46,990 (no change)
T5 R-Design $50,990 (+$590)




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