Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) has just unveiled the Volvo V40 facelift, bringing the 40-series model closer to their corporate image both in terms of visual and specs. It also comes in the Inscription trim as standard, which is as high spec as the V40 can get.

Visually, it wears the latest Volvo family face with a combination of the vertically-slated grille and Volvo Iron Mark as well as ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED headlamps. Elsewhere, it gets the same dual exhaust outlets, keyless entry, power folding side mirrors and 17-inch ‘Sarpas’ Silver Diamond Cut alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45 profile tyres.


NameVolvo V40 T5 Inscription
Engine1,969cc; inline-4 turbo, DOHC
Transmission8-speed auto
Max Power245 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Max Torque350 Nm @ 1,500 – 4,800 rpm
0 – 100 km/h; Top Speed6.3 seconds; 240 km/h
Price (OTR without insurance)RM180,888

Inside, it gets milled aluminium inlays and Inscription tread plate to replace the previous Shimmer Graphite trims. The Inscription package adds CleanZone dual-zone automatic climate control that filters harmful pollutants from the cabin. Standard equipment is about the same as before – leather upholstery, multifunctional steering wheel with paddle shifters, 7-inch Sensus infotainment system, 180W 8-speaker sound system, eight-way powered front seats with memory function and 8-inch Adaptive Digital Display instrument cluster.

Mechanically, the V40 facelift retains the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo Drive-E with 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Drive is sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h takes 6.3 seconds and on full whack the speedometer will read 240 km/h. Volvo claims the V40 consumes 6.1 litres per 100 km.

Safety features on this V40 is as impressive as any Volvo. Standard equipment reads six-airbags, ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), Ready Alert Brake (RAB), Fading Brake Support (FBS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Dynamic Torque Vectoring. Active safety assistance system include City Safety Collision and Mitigation (AEB), Blind Spot Information System and Cross Traffic Alert.

The Volvo V50 T5 Inscription is available in five exterior shades – Ice White, Onyx Black, Osmium Grey and Luminous Sand. Every purchase of the V40 comes with 5-Years Warranty and 5-Years Volvo On Call package. VCM has expressed that an entry level T4 variant will join the line-up in due course. A range of Polestar accessories is also available for purchase.

We’ve recently had a go in the pre-facelift V40 T5 fully kitted with all the Polestar Optimisation, no less. If a sleeper is your kind of thing, find out if the V40 is the car for you.