Volvo V40: V is for verve

Drive the Volvo V40 T4 with concentration and conviction and the car will reward you with a sports car-rivalling performance.
Drive the Volvo V40 T4 with concentration and conviction and the car will reward you with a sports car-rivalling performance.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR
Drive the Volvo V40 T4 with concentration and conviction and the car will reward you with a sports car-rivalling performance.
Drive the Volvo V40 T4 with concentration and conviction and the car will reward you with a sports car-rivalling performance.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

Volvo's 2-litre V40 T4 R-Design is hotter than most hot hatches

In yet another example of how smaller engines may not always be cleaner engines, Volvo Cars has replaced its 1.5-litre V40 T2 with a beefier 2-litre engine.

It turns out that the bigger engine allows the V40 wagon to fall within the Vehicular Emissions Scheme's C1 banding ($10,000 tax surcharge), while the smaller unit would attract a $20,000 surcharge in C2.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2018, with the headline 'V is for verve'. Print Edition | Subscribe