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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 27-01-2014, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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D2 vs D3

New Poster and prospective V40 owner here - hi!

I test drove a D2 over the weekend and to be honest, after getting back into my old i30 (same engine size) I was surprised at how much more sprightly the older car felt. So when I got home, I checked it out - and sure enough, the D2's 0-60 is slower than my current car, which is not exactly quick. I have two reasons for the speed - firstly off the line as my daily commute involves some awkward junctions I have to nip out of pretty swiftly, and secondly around 40-60mph as a lot of my journey is B roads and I need to promptly get round all the slow ****s in my way!

So, I don't really know whether what I perceived as a lack of pace in the D2 is a result of the D2, or just my inexperience in driving it and getting the best out of it. I thought I might give the D3 a try and see how that felt.

So my questions! - Firstly, how much quicker is the D3 than the D2. Do any D2 owners feel I am being unfair and that the lack of pace is due to my lack of experience with the car?

Secondly, in real world terms, how big is the difference in MPG between the D2 and the D3?

Any help anyone can offer is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 27-01-2014, 10:41 PM
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Sounds like you want a d3 or even a d4 to me (not sure about the little d2 but the d4 needs to be at 2,000 rpm before it starts pulling like it should)
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post #3 of 35 (permalink) Old 27-01-2014, 10:46 PM
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I don't think you are being unfair in how you see the D2. It is not a performance car. It's frugal alright, but it is not going to light up your world if it is performance you want.
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I have a D3, it is fairly quick, and I have been getting around 50mpg, although I don't drive it very hard. The technicians at the dealer reckon the D3 is better.
My previous was a 2.4i V40 Sport. On paper it is quicker, but the D3 V40 feels faster off the line.

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An important consideration you might not be aware of is the boot space - the D2 has a single exhaust and a normal sized boot (flexible load floor is optional), while the D3 upwards, including all r-designs, loses some boot space due to the double exhaust. This isn't mentioned in any review I've seen but was explained by my dealer.

My 2 cents: D2 is plenty fast enough - I have no trouble shifting when I need to, but still get 65-70mpg on most journeys.
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post #6 of 35 (permalink) Old 28-01-2014, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks a lot all - very helpful insights. There is nothing quite like hearing from people who actually own the car and use it day in day out!

Based on what was said I think I'll get back in touch with the dealer and see if I can try out a D3 - still a bit worried about the economy drop though, its always a trade off isn't it!
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Don't get me wrong the D2 is a fine motor. I personally got a D2 on the reputation of its economy. I just wanted a car that would pull high mpg for my drive to work and back which is just about all motorway. This is how I get mpg in the high 70's. But this is not for everyone. It's a good car and a good engine. But for economy there is a trade off.
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Very true - most of my route is B road and honestly poor for economy, lots of twists and turns, slows, hills, etc. I can get 60 from my i30 on the motorway but never get more than 45 on my commute. Part of my economic reasoning for getting the new motor is the money I'll start to save in fuel, so I don't want to jeopardise that too much. Also, hard budget means going up an engine results in going down a spec. But at the same time, the last thing I want is to feel underpowered all the time! So much to consider!
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My drive to work is 23 miles. Less than 2 miles at either end of this journey are on "normal" roads the rest of this half hour journey being motorway. I sit it on the motorway at about 56 mph. The car then returns me around 78 mpg. But it's the motorway that really helps this and getting the car in 6th gear. I find the D2 will give good economy on B roads, but obviously never the same as my drive to work.

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post #10 of 35 (permalink) Old 29-01-2014, 05:56 PM
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I have come to volvo from a 2.0tdi sport vw jetta. I test drove both the d2 and d3 before deciding on the d3. For all the d2 was perfectly adequate, i felt it was slower and less responsive than my jetta where as the d3 felt and was quicker then the Jetta. And as i didn't want to take a step back in performance i choose the d3.
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