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Hello guys, hope all of you have a good year.

I'm here to ask you for information and personal opinions about this engine, the t3 (1.5 - 152hp)

Hope to hear from all of you.

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Dear AndreLX,
I bought 9 months ago a new Kinetic T3 with 1.5-152hp engine.
The car was initially slow on acceleration particularly when crossing busy
intersections and merging into fast moving traffic.
I took it back to the dealer and their garage reprogrammed the ECU.
Which fixed the problem.
Over all the engine is quiet and is a pleasure to drive on long trips.
Fuel consumption is so-so.I have not really exactly calculated it .
I fill up weekly and in US dollar terms I spend approximately
$20 to $30 each time.Both my wife and I drive it and we have done
a little over 12000 kilometers since March 2019.
We are retired and do most of our driving
in the town.
Overall at this stage I would say the car is fine for us.
A T4 is more powerful but how significant this is and if it is worth
the extra cost is hard to say and is probably a personal matter.
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I've got the T3 Geartronic (1.5) 152bhp Momentum Nav + since Dec 2018. It's a decent engine, but it all comes down to what you have driven before. As above, starting from the lights, it's not very explosive from standstill, (even with foot flat) but once past 2k revs, the turbo kicks in, and you get pushed into your seat. I'm comparing the engine from 2 previous Seat cars I've owned, a 110bhp 1.0TSI Ibiza, and a 2.0TDI 150bhp Leon. Off the line, the V40 is the slowest...but once the turbo kicks it, it will get past the 1.0TSI, but I still feel the 2.0TDI is more powerful.
City mpg, you can get perhaps around 28-35, very heavy traffic, expect around the 20mpg mark. free flowing roads of 40-50mph, you can get up to 50mpg. On highways, perhaps somewhere in the 45mpg mark, +/-.
Oh, and V40s tend to 'eat' tyres quickly, perhaps around the 12k mark, it's time to start looking for good deals on fronts.
 

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As said by KXL, it all depends on what you are used to. The higher torque of the 2.0 in the T4 is more fun of course, but I'm sure the 1.5 is a smooth and fun engine too. I was in doubt when ordering, the T3 1.5 or the T4 2.0, but I'm still very happy that I did go for the T4.
Remark on the tyres: when your front tyres are half way, swap the wheels front to back and back to front. Then you can replace all 4 in one go. That's what I did. Now all 4 are almost to be replaced at 22000 kms.
 

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As said by KXL, it all depends on what you are used to. The higher torque of the 2.0 in the T4 is more fun of course, but I'm sure the 1.5 is a smooth and fun engine too. I was in doubt when ordering, the T3 1.5 or the T4 2.0, but I'm still very happy that I did go for the T4.
Remark on the tyres: when your front tyres are half way, swap the wheels front to back and back to front. Then you can replace all 4 in one go. That's what I did. Now all 4 are almost to be replaced at 22000 kms.
I am coming up for my first service at 15000kms.Would it be wise to ask the garage
to switch wheels around as you you suggest?
What about wheel balance and alignment?
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Hello guys, hope all of you have a good year.

I'm here to ask you for information and personal opinions about this engine, the t3 (1.5 - 152hp)

Hope to hear from all of you.

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I agree with the others here, I have the 1.5 geartronic abd it's a nice drive but came from a fiesta ST, which was mental, the T3 is not in the same league....... but it doesn't try to be.
It's a lovely, well built car with a nice quiet and smooth drive and loaded with tech.
I really like it.
 

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I am coming up for my first service at 15000kms.Would it be wise to ask the garage
to switch wheels around as you you suggest?
What about wheel balance and alignment?
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Skfarblum
If your front tyres are more than half way, I would do so. Keep the left wheels on the left, and the right wheels on the right, I idn't notice any problems with balance or alignment. I did it myself using two wheel jacks on the same side of the car.
 

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What do you think about the possibility of a remap?
Does anyone here done it and shared the reliability of it?
 

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If your front tyres are more than half way, I would do so. Keep the left wheels on the left, and the right wheels on the right, I idn't notice any problems with balance or alignment. I did it myself using two wheel jacks on the same side of the car.
Good advice.Thanks
 

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My car has done 6k miles (about 10k km), and wanted to rotate/swap tyres round. The fronts still have 5.5mm ish, and rears about 6.5mm ish. The garage gently (but it's up to me if i wanted it done now) said they do not want to do it now, come back in about 3 months time when it's worn a bit more, then we can swap them round, and you should have about 4mm all round when you return your lease V40 end of 2020. These are Primacy 4 tyres that are 'suppose' to last a long time! The other two cars I returned at 10k miles / 2 years, both still had the same tyre tread left that the V40 has now, and I have still 11 months to go!
 

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My kia rio had 4 hankook changed them last year with 6 years and 80k still had 3mm but with the age I chose to replace them with 4 goodyear efficientgrip performance

Those hankook never had tyres that lasted this long
 

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80k and still 3mm left... that must be very hard rubber! (or a very slow car... :) )
It's a kia rio 1.25 cvvt not a fast car, haha
But 80k and still with "rubber" to go, I really was impressed with those tyres
 

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Hi,

I have V40 T5 and last month my Volvo dealer gave me T3 GT (Geartronic) while my V40 had front brake discs replaced, so I can share my experience with this engine. It was latest MY2019, so there was "new" 2.0 liter Volvo VEA engine inside, the same as T2, T4 and T5. A couple of years ago I had V40 T3 manual for a day but it was 1.6 Ford engine and that was a different story. I liked this T3 VEA more. I also owned D2 115 hp diesel manual before, so I have experience with 4 different engines in V40.

The dynamics was not bad at all, below 100 km/h it is quite flexible. Above 100 km/h you can feel some horses missing but that is probably because I am used to more power from T5 and I am rather a guy who does not hesitate to push the pedal to the metal. So in normal driving it is a nice smooth engine. The comsumption was disappointing though, or better to say surprising. With my T5 GT on 19 inches wheels I have 9 liters per 100 km (31 mpg) combined consumption and this was on 18 inches and the figures were about the same. But maybe it was because that one had only 5000 kilometers on odometer.

You can go with the Polestar upgrade for this engine which adds another 30 hp to 180 hp. The torque 240 Nm stays the same though.
 

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Sorry, I have just noticed you are going to get that T3 1.6 Ford engine. Well, in term of dynamics it was similar to this new VEA engine. The fuel economy seemed better but it was not as smooth as VEA. You can also do the same Polestar upgrade. I am just looking at the figures and 0-100 km/h acceleration improves from 8,8 secs to 7,7 secs. Not bad at all.
 

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Sorry, I have just noticed you are going to get that T3 1.6 Ford engine. Well, in term of dynamics it was similar to this new VEA engine. The fuel economy seemed better but it was not as smooth as VEA. You can also do the same Polestar upgrade. I am just looking at the figures and 0-100 km/h acceleration improves from 8,8 secs to 7,7 secs. Not bad at all.

I'm going for the 1.5, 152hp VEA
probably tomorrow afternoon will be in the garage 😜
 

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I was trying to find out what's the reference of the gearbox but tomorrow I'll find out
 

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I'm going for the 1.5, 152hp VEA
probably tomorrow afternoon will be in the garage 😜
****, I did not know there are three different T3's :LOL: I have just checked on Wikipedia and I have not driven this one. But I am sure it will be about the same as 2.0 or that 1.6 from Ford. Enjoy the car!
 
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