Six Interesting Volvo V40 Trivia
- The Volvo V40 was the last vehicle to be designed by well-renowned auto designer Peter Horbury before he moved to Chinese automaker Geely, Volvo's new owners. Named as Autocar's Designer of the Year for 1998, Peter Horbury contributed much to Volvo's car designs since he became the Design Director for the brand. The Volvo V40 was shown to the public during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, although Horbury's design stirred much online interest way before that.
- Always a pioneer when it comes to automotive safety, Volvo equipped the V40 with yet another safety breakthrough-the pedestrian airbag. When the seven sensors on the front of the V40 detect impact from collision with a human, the airbag deploys to protect the pedestrian from head injury caused by the A-pillars and the lower part of the windshield. At collision speeds of 12 to 31 mph, the V40's pedestrian airbag could reduce pedestrian fatalities by 5%.
- With the help of its pedestrian airbag technology, the new V40 helped Volvo achieve a record-high in terms of adult safety and pedestrian safety. With a score of 98% in adult safety and 88% in pedestrian safety, the Volvo V40 set new records at the Euro NCAP crash tests.
- The original Volvo V40 was first seen as part of the compact executive car segment. In 1995, Volvo introduced the S40 sedan and the V40 station wagon. The V40 station wagon was renamed as the V50 for its second generation in 2004. Both the sedan and the wagon was then replaced by the new V40 hatchback.
- The fresh Volvo V40 is the first five-door hatchback from Volvo since 1980's Volvo 440. With the release of the V40, Volvo aims to gain traction in the premium hatchback market and gain more shares in the compact executive car segment.
- Despite being new in the market, the Volvo V40 has already gained a couple of accolades. One of its honors is being given the title of the Best Executive Hatch during the Scottish Car of the Year awards show that was held in Glasgow in October 14, 2012.
Volvo V40 Problems
The Volvo V40 has been present in Volvo's lineup since 1995 as a station wagon companion to the S40 sedan. Recently, the old V40 station wagon and the S40 sedan were replaced by the all-new V40 hatchback. Although the V40 station wagon had a good, long run of 17 years and acquired quite a number of admirers, it still hit a couple of manufacturing and design lows. Here are some of the most commonly observed and reported problems with the Volvo V40 station wagon.
Most of the reported problems on the Volvo V40 had to do with the vehicle's braking system. In particular, many V40s have had issues with the service brakes wherein several owners had difficulties depressing the brake pedal and had to apply extreme pressure or use the emergency hand brake to stop the vehicle. There are also several complaints of the brakes not functioning during the cold weather where the weak brakes required more force exerted on the brake pedal and resulted to longer stopping distances.
In 2004, Volvo issued a hydraulic recall on the service brakes that affected a couple thousand Volvo V40s. The problem had to do with poor welding that can easily cause a vacuum leak.
Apart from braking issues, several complaints regarding the Volvo V40's engines have also been lodged. Many V40 drivers have experienced sudden acceleration when they were driving their V40s at lower speeds. At high speeds, this resulted to periodic jerking of the vehicle. Some V40 station wagons also had problems with engine stalling where the engine dies during idle or at stop lights. Most of these engine problems are coupled with an illuminated check engine light. Most of these engine problems have been diagnosed to result from faulty engine intake valves, leak detection pumps, and crankcase ventilation hoses.
Problems with the steering wheel and the transmission system that presented difficulties in steering control and shifting after 10,000 to 20,000 miles were also present in some V40s.
Externally, a few owners have complained about how the poor quality of the V40's windshield can cause obstruction or distortion of vision. The Volvo V40's audio system and stereo have also been called weak without the premium sound package.
Is it true the Volvo V40 was the result of collaboration? What is one unique feature of the Volvo V40 that no other automobile in the world can claim?
The V40 was indeed the result of a joint venture between Volvo Cars and Mitsubishi. The two companies built their own series of cars on a common technical platform side by side in the Dutch NedCar plant.
Similar to the S40, the V40 was available in many versions, adapted to the individual requirements of the customer who demands Volvo performance and characteristics in a compact car.
The V40 boasts the world's first pedestrian airbag. Should the vehicle veer towards someone, a pyrotechnic charge will blow off the hood's hinges, causing it to rise and deflect the pedestrian from crashing into the windscreen, while simultaneously activating an airbag to cushion any impact with the engine.
My Volvo seems to run rough as I'm idling and struggles while accelerating. What could be causing this?
If the spark plugs haven't been changed in the last 25,000 miles or so, replace them with new Volvo plugs. Otherwise, you'll need to have the codes pulled from the engine control module and perform the troubleshooting.
If you've replaced the plugs and still have the same problem, go ahead and replace the ignition leads as well. This should properly address the issue.
My heater blows out cold air even when it has a new thermostat. The engine temperature reads fine. What did I miss? What does this error code about timing mean?
If the engine temperature gauge is at the half mark, then the thermostat should be fine. This sounds like you have another problem. You may want to have a Volvo shop read out the diagnostic info in the climate control module and make sure the climate controls are operating normally. Most shops won't have the tools necessary to communicate with the climate control system, so it's important to find one that does.
This error code is basically an indication that cam position timing is incorrect. Possible causes of this include dirty oil or sludge built-up, low oil levels, the timing belt skipped a tooth that disrupted the timing, or the variable valve-timing unit is defective.
I had some work done on my Volvo V40 to pass the emissions test, and every time they hook up the test equipment, the machine says "not ready."
All the monitors in the ECM reset if power is shut down. The only way to get them up and running is to drive the vehicle until the ECM decides to automatically run the monitor test.
My diagnostics show nothing wrong, but my car often jerks while running. What's causing this?
One possible cause of this behavior can be attributed to non-Volvo spark plugs. Your car could jerk while driving or during hard acceleration using after market or third party spark plugs.
V40: The Human-Centric Volvo
The V40 is recognized by Volvo as its first new model that was developed based on the marquee’s human-centered “Design Around You” strategy. Made to delight its users day by day, this small Volvo family car got tons of character inside and outside. It delivers exceptional handling for daily commute around town or for family weekend getaways.
2012: Unveiling of the Volvo V40
Introduced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Volvo V40 has been on sale in the European market since May 2012. This small family car was built on the modified version of Ford’s C1 platform and was available with vast engine choices, including two petrol powertrains—a 1.6-liter EcoBoost I4 engine that cranks out 150 or 180 hp or a 2.5-liter Volvo B525 I5 that’s able to produce 254hp—and two diesel engines—a 1.6-liter Ford Duratorq engine cranking out 115 horsepower and a 2.0-liter Volvo diesel engine in 150hp or 177hp. In some markets, the V40 was outfitted with a 2.0-litre I5 engine generating 213 horses.
Since safety is Volvo’s longtime trademark, the V40 was fitted with the Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake as well as lane-keeping assist featuring steering feedback. Another feature to be proud of is the world’s first pedestrian airbag, which made its debut on the V40. These are all on top of the loads of safety features and components every Volvo comes equipped with. No wonder this vehicle was recognized as the Best Executive Hatch at the Scottish Car of the Year awards in 2012.
2013: The Volvo V40 Cross Country
The V40 Cross Country was a hatchback with increased ride height and rugged body trim. It can comfortably accommodate and transport a family of four in its well-appointed, comfy interior with adequate leg and headroom. This V40 model boasts of standard leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel featuring metal inlay, heated door mirrors that are electrically retractable and fitted with puddle lights, climate control, and 7-inch infotainment screen with satellite navigation. Also standard are rain-sensing wipers with tunnel detection as well as reversing camera and rear parking sensors, which make backing up and parking easier and safer. The Cross Country was aimed to compete with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.
Besides Pedestrian Airbag Technology and Pedestrian Detection, the Volvo V40 Cross Country was also equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control as well as City Safety, which brakes the car automatically in case of emergency at speeds of up to 50km/h. All of these features are part of Volvo’s IntelliSafe, the marquee’s complete approach to exceptional automotive safety.
Thanks to IntelliSafe and all its safety features, the V40 bagged the Auto Express Safety Award for 2013, which was given on July 2, 2013. The V40 was also Carsite.co.uk’s 2013 Car of the Year and 2013 Best Medium Family Car.