Sportiness doesn’t have a great deal to do with power – some of the worst sporting family-sized cars pack a lot under the bonnet, then flounder on a country road.
But to the surprise of some observers, Volvo’s V40 has proved to be a satisfying drive, even in its humblest guises.
The kind of car indeed, that begs to be dressed appropriately, perhaps with the R-Design trim package that Volvo expects over 25% of UK customers to choose.
So, what will set your V40 apart if you opt for it in R-Design trim?
Well, let’s start outside where there’s a silk-metal framed high-gloss grille with re-profiled front bumper and daytime running lights.
The sporty stance is further enhanced with an ironstone rear diffuser, silk-metal finished details, twin exhaust tailpipes and five-spoke diamond-cut 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the interior gets a TFT instrument display, a sports steering wheel, sports pedals and unique aluminium inlays.
The seats feature a blend of black Nubuck textile and perforated leather, crowned by an embroidered R-Design logo with a blue “R”. Full leather seats are available as an option.
Those wishing to further enhance their vehicle can upgrade to the R-Design Lux level which adds additional features, such as embossed full leather-faced upholstery, active bending xenon headlights with headlight cleaning system, a rain sensor, cruise control, keyless start and rear theatre lighting.
You can order any V40 with R0-Design treatment. Which means that diesel buyers get a choice of either the 115bhp 1.6-litre D2 or the 2.0-litre 150bhp D3 or 177bhp D4 variants. Petrol-wise, there are 1.6-litre T3 or T4 models or the top turbo five cylinder T5.