Volvo V40 1.6 T4 R-design Review
Rebel in blue

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
3 Aug 2013
 

Introduction

R-design to Volvo is what S-line and M Sport is to Audi and BMW. The concept is simple. The manufacturer takes a bog standard model off the production line and jazzes it up with some in-house bodykits to take some of the dreariness away.

Usually these upgrades only involve visual changes to the model with little or no mechanical upgrades. The V40 R-design is Volvo’s way of reimagining their latest hatchback for the younger sportier band of their demographics. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1596cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 180bhp @ 5700rpm
Torque 240Nm @ 1600rpm
Power to Weight 125.4 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 8.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 225 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.4 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Powershift
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4369 x 2041 x 1420) mm
Wheelbase 2647 mm
Turning Circle 12 metres
Kerb Weight 1435 kg
Boot Capacity 324 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 62 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs