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Nelson

Volvo V40

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news.../2016-volvo-v40-facelift-revealed

the kindest thing I can say is I really like the interior on these things, but they have totally ballsed up what WAS (emphasise 'was') a very attractive cohesive solid looking car with a lot of desirability, i'd have one over a Golf, Astra and the like, but that bland new front is now so yawningly boring, I can only describe it politely as now looking like an electric car with smooth lines for aerodynamics, but wow that's one of the least successful facelifts I've seen.
BeN

Re: Volvo V40

Nelson wrote:
http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news.../2016-volvo-v40-facelift-revealed

the kindest thing I can say is I really like the interior on these things, but they have totally ballsed up what WAS (emphasise 'was') a very attractive cohesive solid looking car with a lot of desirability, i'd have one over a Golf, Astra and the like, but that bland new front is now so yawningly boring, I can only describe it politely as now looking like an electric car with smooth lines for aerodynamics, but wow that's one of the least successful facelifts I've seen.


+1 in agreement.
PhilD

Calm down chaps, it's got slightly different headlights.
Frank Bullitt

That looks superb.

I'm in.
Michael

I can see the headlamps have changed but had anything else? It looks pretty much the same.
Nelson

PhilD wrote:
Calm down chaps, it's got slightly different headlights.


Having looked at the pics again it's the new 'Thor' headlights that totally spoil the look. I'm not convinced they suit the XC90 either.

That looks like a base 'L' model now. Do you know what it now reminds me of...a Mk1 Honda Insight. Stick a Volvo grille on that and there you have it.

Have a look at the second pic on Autocars story and tell me that doesn't look so devastatingly bland. Headlights, grille and acres of plastic

I'm angry as it really has spoilt a very attractive car, angry as it's one that was on my shortlist to look at in a few years...a pre-facelift might still be but not this now. It looks cheap
boc70

I like it.  Then again I liked the pre-facelift as well (apart from the 16 inch-wheeled models).  It's well-integrated, modern, 'on-brand' (sorry) and I suspect must be quite cost-effective.

Mind you the new 'City Weave' interior fabric they're offering looks disturbingly like something off a 1983 Passat...
PhilD

Nelson wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Calm down chaps, it's got slightly different headlights.


Having looked at the pics again it's the new 'Thor' headlights that totally spoil the look. I'm not convinced they suit the XC90 either.

That looks like a base 'L' model now. Do you know what it now reminds me of...a Mk1 Honda Insight. Stick a Volvo grille on that and there you have it.

Have a look at the second pic on Autocars story and tell me that doesn't look so devastatingly bland. Headlights, grille and acres of plastic

I'm angry as it really has spoilt a very attractive car, angry as it's one that was on my shortlist to look at in a few years...a pre-facelift might still be but not this now. It looks cheap


It's the same car with new new bulbs (shape of headlights is the same). I suspect LEDs are going to work well with Volvo's modern design language - the look good on the XC90 and V90 pics.

Any plastic acreage was there before, you just need to spec it right

Martin

That does look much better
Nice Guy Eddie

Looks alright to me
gooner

PhilD wrote:
Calm down chaps, it's got slightly different headlights.


I think that's all they've changed by the looks of it. We've got a few on our fleet and it's the tiny boot that needs sorting!
Grampa

I'm not generally a fan of facelifts - they usually mess things up (Scirocco, Fiesta, Focus etc), but I think this one works well.
PhilD

gooner wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Calm down chaps, it's got slightly different headlights.


I think that's all they've changed by the looks of it. We've got a few on our fleet and it's the tiny boot that needs sorting!


It's ridiculous isn't it?! I've crossed it off my list and replaced it with a 570GT
Nelson

PhilD wrote:
Nelson wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Calm down chaps, it's got slightly different headlights.


Having looked at the pics again it's the new 'Thor' headlights that totally spoil the look. I'm not convinced they suit the XC90 either.

That looks like a base 'L' model now. Do you know what it now reminds me of...a Mk1 Honda Insight. Stick a Volvo grille on that and there you have it.

Have a look at the second pic on Autocars story and tell me that doesn't look so devastatingly bland. Headlights, grille and acres of plastic

I'm angry as it really has spoilt a very attractive car, angry as it's one that was on my shortlist to look at in a few years...a pre-facelift might still be but not this now. It looks cheap


It's the same car with new new bulbs (shape of headlights is the same). I suspect LEDs are going to work well with Volvo's modern design language - the look good on the XC90 and V90 pics.

Any plastic acreage was there before, you just need to spec it right



Admittedly, that does look better, but I'm still not convinced about the detail to the lights. But I still can't understand why produce promo pics of what is no doubt the base 'eco' version, with it's bland styling. I do agree about the boot space though. A larger S60 sized hatch would be much better
PhilD

If you are buying used Nelson a top spec R-Design made today (with current style projector headlamps!) is going to be perfect for you in a few years time.
PG

When I had a V40 as a loan car I was hugely disappointed with it. Exterior wise it is OK and the facelift looks good, but the interior was a real let down. I expected some solid Volvo quality (like on the old 850's) but it just seemed plasticky and the dials rather naff.
PhilD

I really need to sit in one as they look jolly nice in the pictures.
Frank Bullitt

I thought the V40 interior was superb but it does get lifted by the TFT screen standard on the R-Design models, my colleague has a V60 D2 Business Edition lease car and it's still very nice but the dials are less appealing it has to be said. Having had a look around both I'd honestly say the V60 is basically an estate V40, I'm not sure if the wheelbase is much longer at all and the V60 doesn't have an especially large boot, it's probably the same size (under the cover) as a Focus hatch.

Either way I do like the V40 and I like this too - is it big enough for me, possibly not.

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