Volvo is very confident about its V40, telling us that the all-new V40 range has given its premium hatchback competition its toughest test yet, thanks to a unique blend of low-emission luxury with no restrictions on equipment or specification level.

Whether it's the comfort of the V40, the sportiness of a V40 R-Design or the rugged personality of a V40 Cross Country - all three variants are available with sub-100g/km CO2 emissions in a full range of trim levels, creating the widest possible choice for both retail customers and company car drivers.

The V40 is also the safest car in its class too, having achieved the highest score ever recorded by EuroNCAP in recent crash tests, thanks in part to pioneering technologies such as the world's first pedestrian airbag and Volvo's autonomous braking system City Safety.

There's no compromise either for customers who want to combine comfort with sports-inspired styling as the V40 R-Design is fitted as standard with the dynamic chassis and available with the optional sports chassis.

Adrian Yeates, Managing Director (Acting) of Volvo Car Ireland, said: "For years now, Volvo has offered the solution for drivers who want a premium vehicle experience with low emissions and low running costs, but who don't want to sacrifice equipment, styling or safety features... The V40 delivers unprecedented choice in the premium hatchback sector without compromise for the customer.

"Irish customers can enjoy low fuel costs and tax benefits thanks to sub-100g/km CO2 emissions and now with the addition of Bluetooth and high performance audio as standard customers receive a higher level of equipment - plus they get to choose from the V40, V40 R-Design or V40 Cross Country bodystyles."

The all-new V40 was launched in Ireland in July and is available with a choice of five engines, including an 180hp, 1.6-litre T4 manual performance model (0-100kph 7.7 seconds).

Meanwhile, diesel engines include two 2.0-litre units, D3 with 150hp or D4 with 177hp, both of which are available with a choice of manual or automatic gearbox and combine impressive performance with frugal fuel economy (up to 65.7mpg for manual versions on the combined cycle).

Rounding off the diesel engine range is the 1.6-litre D2 engine.

Available in all three bodystyles and a full range of trim level options, all D2 models feature sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.

The V40 range is priced from €26,995.