Volvo V40 D2 SE Nav (2012 onwards)
Where does it fit?
In recent times, Volvos have tended to sidestep conventional market segments. The old S40 and V50 saloon and estate siblings were built on the same platform as the Ford Focus family hatch but were apparently set up to compete for business against larger compact executive models like the BMW 3 Series.
It was a similar between-the-lines tale for the Swedish brand's larger S60 and S80 models but with this new V40 hatchback Volvo is directly squaring up to the German competition. Brave? Foolish? That depends on the V40's talents but it's definitely about time.