Volvo Car Malaysia has unveiled an updated V40 T5 hatchback with Inscription trim. The most noticeable enhancement is the Thor’s Hammer lights that brings the car up-to-date with the newer models in Volvo’s lineup, as well as the Inscription trim’s grille mesh and new Volvo Iron Mark (badge).
The Volvo V40 was launched in late 2013 and its looks has stood the test of time; also standing firm is its price of RM 180,888 (on the road without insurance, after EEV incentives). This price comes with 5 years’ warranty and 5 years’ Volvo On Call service. A T4 variant is planned for a later release.
As mentioned, the V40 facelift comes with the Inscription trim, which is the highest trim available (the others being Kinetic and Momentum), and includes 17″ inch Sarpas silver diamond-cut alloy wheels and redesigned rear diffuser trim.
Inside, the center stack is now dressed in Milled Aluminum inlay instead of the previous Shimmer Graphite, and there’s a new Inscription scuff plate. The new Iron Mark is also found on the steering wheel, Sensus display and key fob.
Also included is the award-winning CleanZone air filtration system which removes pollutants and odors from the cabin, making the air inside the V40 cleaner than the air outside.
The V40 T5 received a powertrain update in 2016 to the Drive-E engine and 8-speed Aisin gearbox (with Geartronic and Sport Mode) and this pairing has remained. The 2-liter Drive-E engine has a maximum output of 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque, and is capable of a 0 – 100 km/h time of 6.3 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.1 liters per 100 km.
Also retained are the segment-leading safety features such as Blind Spot Information System, Cross Traffic Alert, Park Assist Pilot, regenerative braking, Ready Alert Brake, Fading Brake Support, electronic stability control with Advanced Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring, and City Safety which includes Front Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking.