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2017 Volvo V40 with Polestar Performance Kit Review

5 years ago

Good points

  • Polestar kit looks incredible
  • Rapid but efficient diesel
  • Luxurious, comfortable interior

Needs work

  • Fairly punishing ride
  • Wide turning circle
  • It's tight in the back
A 2017 Volvo V40 in motion

Want a stylish and luxurious European runabout? Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to buy German. The Swedes will sell you something much more unique – and in our eyes, even more appealing. It’s the 2017 Volvo V40, and this year it’s come in for a facelift and some interesting new engine options – including the closest thing we’ve seen to a Volvo V40 Polestar.

Our Denim Blue V40 might have started life as a mid-range diesel Inscription model, but an additional $10,000 spend meant it was delivered with the optional Polestar Performance Kit that transforms the character of the car.

First, it’s meaner – the snowflake Polestar wheels and fierce rear-end exhaust and diffuser treatment takes care of that.

Second, it’s meatier. The Polestar pack isn’t just visual – it takes this two-litre D4’s outputs to 147kW of power – up 5% on stock, and the torque to 440Nm – a substantial 10% boost.

Performance diesels are a rarity in Australia, and this “Polestar diesel” immediately conjures up memories of the now-gone Volkswagen Golf GTD. Come to think of it, the V40 with Polestar Kit would be a compelling upgrade for GTD owners lamenting Volkswagen’s decision to kill the fast diesel here.

It’s well established at Chasing Cars that we like the V40. It’s an antidote to the A-Class, 1 Series and A3 that seem to be everywhere. With new turbo engines, a great cabin and handsome looks, the smallest Volvo has already gained our trust.

But the new question is whether a steep $10,000 Polestar upgrade on a $45,000 car is money well spent. Over ten days with the car, this question was at the heart of our testing.

The rear end of a 2017 Volvo V40

Key specs (as tested)

Engine
Capacity
2.0L
Cylinders
4
Induction
Twin turbocharged
Power
147kW between 1,500rpm and 3,000rpm
Torque
440Nm between 1,750rpm and 2,500rpm
Configuration
Conventional
Power to weight ratio
99kW / tonne
Fuel
Fuel type
Diesel
Fuel capacity
62L
Consumption
4.2L/100km
Average Range
1378km
Drivetrain
Transmission
Automatic
Drivetrain
Front wheel drive
Engine configuration
In-line
Gears
8
Dimensions
Length
4.37m
Width
1.86m
Height
1.42m
Unoccupied weight
1485kg
Cargo space seats up
335L
Cargo seats down
1032L

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