Don't worry: my R design is lovely and quiet, being a T3 petrol does help, my father has a D2 ES on 16" tyres which whilst being less quiet than mine is not to be considered noisy.
Thank you, I will take you up on that. My car is in the UK now and is awaiting transfere to Lipscomps, Canterbury. I cant pick it up until my present lease has expired on the 21st.@worm59...fear not! When you get your car, drop me a line and we'll go out for a spin and compare notes. Your car will probably be wearing Pirelli boots when it arrives, which I actually enjoyed having on. I have no wind noise issues, but rest assured having done 40k in a year, I'll be able to tell you if you've anything to mention to Lipscombs. My guess is you'll have none. Cheers
For me this car is quite while I drive on country roads, on motorway, with high speeds its not quiet As we see here, it depends on which roads do you drive, and what is your speed.Unless one drives on Motorways and dual carriageways all the time, then I couldn't possibly agree that the V40 is 'quiet'.
I have the 16 inch rims and still find the noise deafening. I am also convinced that people experience noise differently. I have a certain amount of tinnitus from experiencing a lot of shooting, hand grenades etc so i find the noise very hard to live with. However, i would challenge anyone to come on a drive around some of the Lincolnshire roads, A57 in particular, and say the car is quiet. Even the Volvo technician was embarrassed when he had to keep asking me to repeat myself when i took him on these roads.Sleek, comfortable, stylish, well constructed, safe, reliable etc etc etc... But quiet is isn't.
Reading the posts it is clear that if you have one of the entry models with smaller wheels and more rubber then you are far better-off noise wise than the low-profile 18+ inch wheel guys. It's just a great shame that these look so good but sound so bad. C'est la vie!