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Our Fleet Test Drive: Volvo V40 - 12th Report

Date: 24 January 2014   |   Author: Jack Carfrae

Give it a brake: the V40 was the first car in Volvo's line-up to be fitted with City Safety as standard
Mileage: 8280
P11D price: £25,015
Our average consumption: 48.2mpg
Official combined consumption: 78.5mpg
Forecast CPM: 51.3p

It is the most recent all-new Volvo, and the V40 has set the benchmark for other models in the company's range. 

The lower medium model was the first in the line-up to have as standard the firm's City Safety system, which applies the brakes automatically if, at town speeds, it detects a pedestrian walking out in front of the car or another impending object to shunt.

The popularity of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems has been gaining. They've been acknowledged as a force for good by the insurance industry, and if a car is fitted with one as standard it will have its premiums lowered as a result.

Off the back of the success of City Safety in the V40, Volvo has now  made it standard fit across the rest of its new cars, instigating a range-wide drop in insurance groups. That's not a bad bit of influencing from a car that only joined the range last year.

I can't say I've ever experienced the AEB on our V40 - for which I'm ultimately grateful - but it's comforting to know it's there. I have tried it in an upper medium S60 on a test track, though. Weird as it was to have the car slam on the anchors with no input from me, it dutifully halted in front of the (dummy) pedestrian I was aiming for.


  • Safety system sets benchmarks
  • Not the most spacious lower medium hatch