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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 22-07-2014, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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D2 or D4

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Its my first post here and I have to say that you are doing a really good job

Im interested to lease a new v40 but I haven't decide yet between D2 or D4. In the greek market the price difference is around 5000€ for the decent Momentum version.

My question is the following, should I go for the D2 with lots of extra options or I should follow the heart and choose the D4 for the driving experience, with just a NAV extra?

The fuel consumption with the new D4 drive-e engine is almost the same with D2 but the torque is double.

Waiting your suggestions

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 22-07-2014, 09:39 PM
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Hello v40ckor

You are not mentioning the tax burden of the d4 engine
The Greek tax legislation is harsh on anything bigger than 1600cc

The new drive-e engines seem really promising. Delivering such power with such low consumption sounds undoubtly excellent. I would worry that they are really new, meaning that ideally I would like to have them on the road for a couple of years. Volvo is highly reliable but again most cars have issues in their early years..

Nevertheless, if I could afford the extra 5k and the tax burden was not an issue for my wallet, I reckon I would go for the drive-e D4 rather than a more luxury D2 version.
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Thanks for your answer, Im thinking about D4 because as I mentioned I will lease the car and not buy it, so I dont have to pay extra taxes, insurance costs etc.

The fact that the engine is new is something to have in mind, but don't think will be a big issue. I haven't test drive D4 yet, but from the videos I have seen looks like reaaaally powerful than the D2, which is great & reliable, but hasn't got the extra spice when you want to "play"

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To me, more power is always better. Here we don't get the D4, unless you buy a CC, but you can polestar the D3 to a D4.
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I'm in the UK, recently ordered my V40. Looking at the stats before, I had decided on a D4, but they only had D2 and D3 to test drive. I tried them both, but decided on the D2 which was a touch cheaper, more economical, and smoother. As much as I'd like the extra power, I decided to think about things like tax, insurance, fuel consumption etc.

I'll have this for 3 or 4 years and then by then I'll probably upgrade to a D4!
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Forget mpg, go for the driving pleasure, the d4 (old 5 pot) has plenty of torque and goes pretty well.

The d2 is ok for the commute but not a 'drivers' motor
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I have tested the D2 as a rental car for a couple of days, and I tested the (old) 5-pot D4 at the dealership before I ordered my new car. They didn´t have the new 4-pot D4 yet.

The D2 is fine. It works well for everyday use. You will adapt to it´s performance and plan overtaking manouvers accordingly.
But if you testdrive the D4, you will forget all about the D2. The torque is just amazing. It feels lika a V8! I tested the D4 with an auto ´box, and in my mind, it adds to the premium feel of the car.

I also believe that the real world fuel consumption for the D2 and the new D4 will be similar. That´s why I opted for the D4 with auto ´box in my new car.
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That makes sense. Coming from the car I have atm, even the D2 had enough power for me. I'm a master of planning all manoeuvres in my 50 HP car I have at the moment. My only worry with the new D4 was that I wouldn't get the car for a longer period, which would cause me issues as my current car is being retired before the MOT!
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I had the same dilemma with my company car choice. I had to decide between an R Design D4 and R Design D2 Lux. I would ideally have liked a D4 Lux but the budget wouldn't stretch that far. My head said D2 Lux with 13% tax but my heart went for the D4 with 190bhp. No contest really....
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I cannot vote having driven the D2 it's a fine engine with enough performance for day to day use.
I went for a D4 as I commute to Germany or further 2 or 3 times a year so will have opportunity it's to stretch it's legs and enjoy/use the extra ponies. Otherwise I'd more than happily settle for a D2.
The deals on a standard D2 rdesign are hard to ignore.
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