Volvo V40 (2012-present)

The Volvo V40 is a smart, safe and efficient premium family hatchback

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Very high Euro NCAP safety scores
Handsome styling, inside and out
Highly efficient D2 diesel engine

Weaknesses 

Automatic gearbox disappoints
BMW 1 Series better to drive
Poor residual values
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Volvo V40 Diesel Hatchback d3 [4 cyl 150] cross country pro 5dr geartronic

Total RRP £30,650

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For families who want class-leading safety with Swedish style, the Volvo V40 is the only car that fits the bill. 

It’s strong and efficient, offers up-to-date technology, and has a smooth, flowing design that starts off at the front with Volvo's signature hammer-shaped daytime running lights, which boost the car's visibility when the headlights are off.

The V40 is a less common alternative to upmarket German hatchbacks, including the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class, as well as more mainstream - and cheaper - cars such as the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.

Back in 2012, independent crash-testers at Euro NCAP named the V40 as the safest car they had ever crash-tested, and although standards have become even higher since then, you can still trust the V40 to look after you in a crash.

The Volvo was one of the first mainstream cars to incorporate a range of active safety technology such as lane-departure warning, which sounds an alert if you stray out of your lane, automatic emergency braking that can stop the car to avoid a crash, and a pop-up bonnet with an airbag to help reduce pedestrian injuries.

The engine range includes some efficient diesels that also offer good performance but it's not the car to choose if you want sporty performance, and nimble changes of direction in corners: that's more the style of the BMW 1 Series, or Mini Clubman

Instead, the V40 is more like a Mercedes A-Class or Audi A3, with soft suspension that soaks up bumps and potholes effectively, offering more comfort but losing a sense of sharpness when you steer. The smooth ride is less impresive if you opt for the larger 18in or 19in wheels, which make the car more unsettled over bumps.

The Volvo's sense of comfort is boosted by the supremely comfortable seats - which are cosseting enough in standard fabric, let alone the leather facings of Inscription models. The interior is well finished but the button-strewn dashboard is more fiddly to use than the minimalist design of more recent Volvos, such as the V90 and XC90, as well as many rivals.

In particular, the dashboard screen is small and lacks the clarity that you'll find in a Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3, Mazda 3 or Hyundai i30.

An update in 2016 did bring some minor software updates, and introduced the hammer-shaped lights at the front of the car, but the interior space was left unchanged, which makes the V40 more cramped in the back than a Volkswagen Golf or Renault Megane.

Boot capacity is below average too: at 335 litres, it comes in a little below that of the Mercedes A-Class (341 litres) and significantly behind the Audi A3 (365 litres).

Another downside is the ‘Geartronic’ automatic gearbox, which is neither as smooth nor as efficient as Volkswagen and Audi’s. What’s more, the Volvo's high prices aren’t reflected in strong used values, so it pays to search out Volvo V40 discounts to reduce finance payments or reduce the amount of money that you lose when you come to sell it.

There's also a V40 Cross Country model, that's offers four-wheel drive and is slightly higher off the ground, to help it tackle off-road surfaces such as muddy fields and dirt tracks more effectively. It's a type of crossover, which combines the qualities of a hatchback and off-roader, but doesn't offer the high driving position of cars such as the Nissan QashqaiVolkswagen TiguanBMW X1 and Audi Q3

Last Updated 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 15:00

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Two years/unlimited miles
Boot size: 
325 litres
Width: 
1,802mm
Length: 
4,369mm
Height: 
1,445mm
Tax: 
£120 to £200 in first year, £140 thereafter / Pre-April 2017 cars: £0 to £130

Best Volvo V40 for... 

Volvo V40 D2 Momentum Nav Plus
Volvo’s D2 diesel engine has reasonable performance, with an official fuel economy figure of over 70mpg. You should only expect 50mpg in normal driving, but that still makes this V40 relatively cheap to run.
Volvo V40 D3 Momentum Nav Plus
Unless you’re really pinching the pennies, it’s worth moving up to the slightly more powerful D3 diesel, which is smoother when accelerating and quieter on motorways and engine for a more relaxing driving experience, particularly on motorways. Momentum Nav Plus adds parking sensors, sat-nav and cruise control to the basic specification.
Volvo V40 T5 R-Design Pro
The fastest standard V40 takes 6.4 seconds to accelerate from 0-62mph, which is quick for a family hatchback, but not quite at the level of hot hatchbacks, such as the Audi S3. R-Design Pro trim brings a sportier design with lower bumpers, plus more supportive sports seats.
Volvo V40 T2 Momentum
If you're paying the higher price for a Volvo V40, then you might as well feel the benefit. This entry-level version just has a sense of cost-cutting: for less than £1,000 more, you can opt for a Momentum Nav Plus car that has sat-nav, cruise control and parking sensors that aren't fitted to the lesser car.

Volvo V40 History 

  • April 2012 All-new Volvo V40 hatchback goes on sale
  • September 2012 Sporty R-Design trim level joins the range
  • March 2013 Lower-emission D2 diesel and T2 petrol engines added to range
  • March 2013 Recall of 1,500 Nov ’13 - Mar ’13 V40s for software malfunction
  • February 2014 Further emissions and fuel economy improvements
  • June 2016 Updated design introduces the hammer-style lights at the front of the car, and brings some minor software updates, plus more wheel and interior design options. ES and SE trim levels are replaced with Momentum and Inscription.

Understanding Volvo V40 car names 

  • V40
  • Engine
    D2 [120]
  • Trim level
    Inscription
  • Gearbox
    Geartronic
  • Engine
    Volvo’s petrol engines are prefixed ‘T’ and its diesels ‘D’, with higher numbers indicating more power.. The engine's horsepower is often given too (show here in brackets). It could be written as hp or PS, which are both the same measure.
  • Trim level
    The amount of standard equipment fitted to your V40 will depend on the trim level that you choose. Momentum is the most basic, followed by Inscription, R-Design and then R-Design Pro.
  • Gearbox
    The V40 is available with either a manual gearbox or Volvo’s six-speed automatic transmission, which it calls Geartronic.

Volvo V40 Engines 

Petrol: T2, T3, T5 Diesel: D2, D3, D4

The vast majority of Volvo V40s sold are diesel, and a quick glance at the figures reveals why. Even the entry-level D2 gets from 0-62mph in a respectable 10.5 seconds, and has an official fuel economy figure of more than 70mpg, as well as company car tax-friendly CO2 emissions of under 99g/km.

As usual, you should discount the official mpg figures to work out how much the Volvo will cost you to run: the Equa Index, which is based on real-world testing on public roads, suggests that you can expect around 50mpg, which is a respectable - if not spectacular - figure.

Officially, and in real life, the more powerful D3 and D4 diesel engines offer similar fuel economy but better performance, so choosing them is simply a matter of deciding whether faster and smoother acceleration is worth paying extra for.

Until recently, the V40's petrol engines looked a little redundant next to the impressive diesels, but the prospect of extra diesel charges and taxes in the coming years, makes them more appealing.

As with the diesels, you can discount the official 50mpg figure: the Equa Index estimates that all of the petrol engines will return around 35mpg. It's a considerable drop from the diesels, but these V40s are cheaper to buy in the first place. Low mileage drivers, in particular may find that the lower purchase price outweighs the extra fuel cost.

The T2 and T3 engines feel very similar to drive, with little performance difference, but the more expensive T5 is rapid, with acceleration from 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds.

Fuel

Official fuel economy [Auto]

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

T2

Petrol

50.4 mpg [51.4]

122hp

9.8sec

118mph

T3

Petrol

50.4mpg [51.4]

152hp

8.3sec

130mph

T5

Petrol

[47.9mpg]

245hp

6.4sec

149mph

D2

Diesel

78.5mpg [72.4]

120hp

10.5sec

118mph

D3

Diesel

74.3mpg [68.9]

150hp

8.4sec

130mph

D4

Diesel

74.3mpg [67.3]

190hp

7.4sec

143mph

Volvo V40 Trims 

Momentum, Momentum Nav Plus, Inscription, R-Design, R-Design Pro

If you believe Volvo's claims about the V40 being a premium car, then you might be a little disappointed if you see it in entry-level Momentum specification, with its mini 5in dashboard screen.

You do get 16in alloy wheels, climate control, a leather steering wheel, digital radio and Bluetooth for connecting a phone wirelessly, but it feels a little sparse. Even if, underneath the surface, every V40 is equipped with a raft of safety systems, including seven airbags - including one for pedestrians, an automatic emergency braking system and Isofix mounts for safely securing a child seat in the rear two seats.

For less than £1,000 more, Momentum Nav Plus cars increase the size of the screen to a more legible 7in, adding sat-nav, cruise control and parking sensors, all of which you might expect as standard on any car costing over £20,000, plus an upgraded sound system.

Inscription cars, costing an additional £2,000, start to feel more luxurious, thanks to their leather-faced seats and aluminium interior panels. A front centre armrest, rear reading lights and automatic windscreen wipers are included. Alloy wheels are also increased in size to 17in.

R-Design cars look sportier, thanks to their lower bumpers and silver highlights outside. More supportive fabric sports seats are added, but the lack of leather, sat-nav, parking sensors and cruise control make these cars slightly cheaper than Inscription versions.

At the top of the range, R-Design Pro cars are fitted with those missing features, including leather sports seats, and have bigger 18in alloy wheels too, for a premium of just over £2,000.

There are plenty of further options to upgrade your V40 with options packs, The winter pack, costing between £500 and £600 fits heated front seats, heated windscreen nd headlight cleaning.

The expensive £2,000 pack includes powered front seats that can be adjusted at the touch of a button, a panoramic sunroof, rear camera and self-parking system.

For a simialr price, Intellisafe Pro upgrades the Volvo's technology package, and inclues adaptive cruise control, which maintains a set distance from the car in front, an improved auto matic emergency braking system that can detect pedestrians and cyclists, limited self-steering to nudge your car back intio its lane and a camera that can detect the speed limit of the road you're on.

Volvo V40 Reliability and warranty 

Volvo projects an image of solid Scandinavian durability, which is borne out by customer experiences with the V40. The car was praised highly in the 2015 edition of Auto Express magazine’s Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, being rated 16th out of 200 cars for reliability, 30th for build quality and 16th overall.

It’s slightly disappointing, therefore, to find that Volvo offers no more than the industry standard three years or 60,000 miles of warranty cover. Fortunately, the V40’s very solid reliability record means there should be little chance of unexpected bills, even if you do decide to keep the car after the guarantee has expired.
 

Used Volvo V40 

The Volvo V40 depreciates sharply in its first year on the road – this is the case for almost every new car, but the effect is particularly pronounced here. Depending on exact mileage and condition, year-old V40s can be purchased for a remarkable two-thirds of their original list price. The curve flattens out after that, which points to the 12-month mark as being the smartest point to buy a used example.

If you’re after a petrol, you could be looking for a while, as diesel V40s outsell petrols by a significant margin, so there are a lot more of them to choose from on the secondhand market. The same is true of the higher trim levels: it is possible to find a high-spec used V40 for a good price, but many new buyers stuck to the better-value ES and SE versions, so R-Designs and SE Luxes are few and far between.

Prices below show typical BuyaCar discounts for our pick of new and used models. Scroll down further for the very latest new Volvo V40 deals or search for all new and used Volvo V40 offers.

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Best for performance

Volvo V40 D4 [190] R DESIGN Nav 5dr diesel hatchback

Price

£26,695

£24,221

£18,590

£15,975

£13,835

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9%

30%

40%

48%

Best for families

Volvo V40 D3 [150] SE Nav 5dr diesel hatchback

Price

£24,720

£22,321

£16,260

£14,075

£12,170

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10%

34%

43%

51%

Best for economy

Volvo V40 D2 [120] ES Nav 5dr diesel hatchback

Price

£22,145

£20,039

£15,095

£13,125

£11,325

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32%

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49%

Volvo V40 Prices

Volvo V40 Cross Country

d2 [120] cross country 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,636

You could save up to: £5429

d2 [120] cross country 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,950

You could save up to: £5600

d3 [4 cyl 150] cross country 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,743

You could save up to: £5572

d3 [4 cyl 150] cross country 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,057

You could save up to: £5743

t3 [152] cross country 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,415

You could save up to: £5525

Volvo V40 Cross Country Nav Plus

d2 [120] cross country nav plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,389

You could save up to: £5526

d2 [120] cross country nav plus 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,703

You could save up to: £5697

d3 [4 cyl 150] cross country nav plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,495

You could save up to: £5670

d3 [4 cyl 150] cross country nav plus 5dr geartron

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,809

You could save up to: £5841

t3 [152] cross country nav plus 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,167

You could save up to: £5623

Volvo V40 Cross Country Pro

d2 [120] cross country pro 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,159

You could save up to: £5756

d2 [120] cross country pro 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,473

You could save up to: £5927

d3 [4 cyl 150] cross country pro 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,265

You could save up to: £5900

d3 [4 cyl 150] cross country pro 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,579

You could save up to: £6071

t3 [152] cross country pro 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,937

You could save up to: £5853

Volvo V40 Inscription

d2 [120] inscription 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 84.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,066

You could save up to: £5049

d2 [120] inscription 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,380

You could save up to: £5220

d3 [4 cyl 150] inscription 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,172

You could save up to: £5193

d3 [4 cyl 150] inscription 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,486

You could save up to: £5364

t2 [122] inscription 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,424

You could save up to: £4831

t2 [122] inscription 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,698

You could save up to: £5002

t3 [152] inscription 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,530

You could save up to: £4975

t3 [152] inscription 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,844

You could save up to: £5146

Volvo V40 Momentum

d2 [120] momentum 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 84.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,543

You could save up to: £4722

d2 [120] momentum 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,857

You could save up to: £4893

d3 [4 cyl 150] momentum 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,650

You could save up to: £4865

d3 [4 cyl 150] momentum 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,964

You could save up to: £5036

t2 [122] momentum 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,902

You could save up to: £4503

t2 [122] momentum 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,176

You could save up to: £4674

t3 [152] momentum 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,008

You could save up to: £4647

t3 [152] momentum 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,322

You could save up to: £4818

Volvo V40 Momentum Nav Plus

d2 [120] momentum nav plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 84.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,296

You could save up to: £4819

d2 [120] momentum nav plus 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,610

You could save up to: £4990

d3 [4 cyl 150] momentum nav plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,402

You could save up to: £4963

d3 [4 cyl 150] momentum nav plus 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,716

You could save up to: £5134

t2 [122] momentum nav plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,654

You could save up to: £4601

t2 [122] momentum nav plus 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,928

You could save up to: £4772

t3 [152] momentum nav plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,760

You could save up to: £4745

t3 [152] momentum nav plus 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,074

You could save up to: £4916

Volvo V40 R Design

d2 [120] r design 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,393

You could save up to: £4962

d2 [120] r design 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,707

You could save up to: £5133

d3 [4 cyl 150] r design 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,499

You could save up to: £5106

d3 [4 cyl 150] r design 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,813

You could save up to: £5277

t2 [122] r design 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,751

You could save up to: £4744

t2 [122] r design 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,026

You could save up to: £4914

t3 [152] r design 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,858

You could save up to: £4887

t3 [152] r design 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,172

You could save up to: £5058

Volvo V40 R Design Nav Plus

d2 [120] r design nav plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 84.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,145

You could save up to: £5060

d2 [120] r design nav plus 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,459

You could save up to: £5231

d3 [4 cyl 150] r design nav plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,251

You could save up to: £5204

d3 [4 cyl 150] r design nav plus 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,566

You could save up to: £5374

t2 [122] r design nav plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,504

You could save up to: £4841

t2 [122] r design nav plus 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,778

You could save up to: £5012

t3 [152] r design nav plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,371

You could save up to: £4954

t3 [152] r design nav plus 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,924

You could save up to: £5156

Volvo V40 R Design Pro

d2 [120] r design pro 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 84.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,473

You could save up to: £5232

d2 [120] r design pro 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,787

You could save up to: £5403

d3 [4 cyl 150] r design pro 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,579

You could save up to: £5376

d3 [4 cyl 150] r design pro 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,893

You could save up to: £5547

t2 [122] r design pro 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,831

You could save up to: £5014

t2 [122] r design pro 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,145

You could save up to: £5185

t3 [152] r design pro 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,937

You could save up to: £5158

t3 [152] r design pro 5dr geartronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,252

You could save up to: £5328