DESIGNED TO THRILL
The Volvo V40 R-Design
Exclusive design and materials for a luxury experience in the city.
The driver's choice
The V40 R-Design is for those that love to drive. A range of distinctive design details enhance the car’s striking and sporty road presence. It’s an expression that catches the eye from every angle and hints at the promise of an energetic drive. Supportive R-Design seats and bespoke interior trim set the tone for a car that has dynamic appeal at its core.
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R-Design trim in detail
Designed for the drive
A distinctive black grille, door mirror caps finished in Bright Silver, twin chrome tailpipes and a rear diffuser create a sporty, athletic feel.
The optional lowered sport chassis has been tuned for sharper handling and steering response, with less body roll through corners.
Stealth Aluminium decor inlays, Charcoal headlining and seats upholstered in part-leather give the cabin a technical, cockpit-like feel.
Unique alloy wheels are available in 17-inch, 18-inch and 19-inch sizes, giving your V40 R-Design a striking on-road presence.
Make it yours
Create your perfect Volvo V40. Choose from a wide range of colours, specifications and accessories designed to fit your life and your style perfectly.
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Bound by sound
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