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One of the great assets of the car in terms of style, and generally it is functionally very impressive. I quite like the central console using buttons rather than the rotating controller of so many of the rivals. I agree the materials are excellent (Hello Mercedes) and seat comfort was a huge factor in choosing.

I've only had my car 2 weeks and I have one major irritation-the keyless drive. It really does not work terribly well having the key slot to store the key as any attached door keys etc just rattle against the facia. Sure you can bung the key anywhere (where it also rattles) but what is wrong with the old idea of an ignition? I'm sure I'll get used to it but for now I'm struggling to see much of a point. If it was keyless entry as well you could at least leave the key in your pocket/bag all the time.

Two other minor niggles. I'd like to be able to switch off the central screen, or dim it independently from the central dash. I'd be happy if it just came to life when a function is activated.

I'd also like to have a clock in the central display. I agree the TFT display is a (pretty) gimmick, functionally I actually prefer my standard display but I do wish it displayed the time somewhere.

Overall I think it is a great piece of interior design, and generally it manages the functions well. With a bit of tweaking the Premium audio set up is pretty good, iPod access via the steering wheel is as good as any I have used.
 

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uzbek said:
One of the great assets of the car in terms of style, and generally it is functionally very impressive. I quite like the central console using buttons rather than the rotating controller of so many of the rivals. I agree the materials are excellent (Hello Mercedes) and seat comfort was a huge factor in choosing.

I've only had my car 2 weeks and I have one major irritation-the keyless drive. It really does not work terribly well having the key slot to store the key as any attached door keys etc just rattle against the facia. Sure you can bung the key anywhere (where it also rattles) but what is wrong with the old idea of an ignition? I'm sure I'll get used to it but for now I'm struggling to see much of a point. If it was keyless entry as well you could at least leave the key in your pocket/bag all the time.

Two other minor niggles. I'd like to be able to switch off the central screen, or dim it independently from the central dash. I'd be happy if it just came to life when a function is activated.

I'd also like to have a clock in the central display. I agree the TFT display is a (pretty) gimmick, functionally I actually prefer my standard display but I do wish it displayed the time somewhere.

Overall I think it is a great piece of interior design, and generally it manages the functions well. With a bit of tweaking the Premium audio set up is pretty good, iPod access via the steering wheel is as good as any I have used.
I absolutely agree about the key comment. Keyless start is not of much utility as long as it is not combined with keyless entry and drive.
 

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I have the ES trim, so no keyless start for me. Rattling keys on the dashboard is a problem, at first I got rid of all but the most essential front door keys but the rattle didn't go away. The rest of my keys are at the bottom of the first cupholder, I haven't noticed any rattle from them since.
One interesting thing I have found with my ES trim V40, once it has been started with the key in the ignition, I can then remove the key and put it in my pocket. Once I've done this the car will run without the key in, I can even stall it and it re-starts itself without the key.
 

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I have discovered you can actually switch off the screen-using the screensaver setting. It then only comes to life if a function is used. Cool.

re the key slot; is this positioning a safety feature-ie moving the keys away from the drivers knee?

I think a better solution/positioning should not be hard to design
 

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Going off at a slight tangent regarding the key remote, my D2 SE has only been supplied with one key as the other was found to be faulty during the dealer PDI. Despite a return to the dealer it has not been possible to re-program a new key to the car. Volvo UK have been unable to come up with a solution to the problem so it has been referred to Volvo Sweden and the car will be going back to the dealer in the new year. Seems like I am the first owner in the UK to need a key programed. I suggest you don't lose or damage you keys in the mean time!
 

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Despite a return to the dealer it has not been possible to re-program a new key to the car. Volvo UK have been unable to come up with a solution to the problem so it has been referred to Volvo Sweden and the car will be going back to the dealer in the new year. Seems like I am the first owner in the UK to need a key programed. I suggest you don't lose or damage your keys in the meantime!
The owners manual says "Additional remote control keys can be ordered - up to 6 can be programmed and used for the
same car."

I have a phobia about losing keys so I intend ordering a third key at the same time as I order the car. It will be interesting to see what my dealer says.[hr]
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I've only had my car 2 weeks and I have one major irritation-the keyless drive. It really does not work terribly well having the key slot to store the key as any attached door keys etc just rattle against the facia.
The attached door keys keys used to rattle in my present Focus, but I solved the problem by sticking a piece of black self-adhesive Velcro tape (http://tinyurl.com/byqpfen) onto the part against which the keys rattled. The generous thickness and textured surface of the tape stopped the rattle. Fortunately it was out of sight. I'll have to rethink the problem/solution when I get my V40. I'm hoping that a piece of black Velcro tape on a black fascia won't look too unsightly.
 

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Hey guys .. whats better. V40 with leather or V40 without leather but with keyless drive ?
I test drove a V40 with leather seats and it didn't feel worth the extra money, so it was a simple choice.

I really like the keyless drive. It's one less thing to fiddle with when starting the car - particularly in the dark. The key stays in my pocket and so I have no worries about it clanking on the dash.
 

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Rattling noise on the dash would be a pain; however, I never have any other keys hanging from my car key so I will not have that problem :). As for 'leather or not'....for me, leather all the way. I love the smell and the feel (and no it is not a fetish) and overall think it is a lot more comfy. :thumbup:
 

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I'm loving my V40 and had it almost 3 months now. I do quite a lot of driving and can say that's it a pleasure to be in the cockpit of this car for such a long time.
With regard the key rattle, I just keep them in my pocket. I've only got two other pretty slim keys on there so it's not uncomfortable and the unlock button feels slightly different so I can lock/unlock my car without having to take they keys out of my pocket. I never put them in that slot on the dashboard.
The extra power socket in the center arm-rest is a big bonus too. I had a double adapter in my previous car.
I thought that the theater lights feature would look better than it does to be honest. The images showing it off seems to suggest that there were more spots of light other than just one up near the mirror. Quite disappointed with that.
 

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After 3/12 I'd say best thing is the crisp central display, and the nice screen interface/steering wheel control for music telephone etc. Just enough steering wheel controls-some cars are now festooned with them. Actually the very best thing is the brilliant seats. Overall the cabin is good functionally as well as aesthetically and mine has no squeaks or rattles whatsoever.

I agree the theatre lighting is rather unimpressive-but it is just a toy anyway. The handbrake position still annoys me-especially on RHD cars but strikes me it may not be great on LHD too. It seems a bit far forward and rather close to the gearknob when selecting reverse. On that subject (and being really picky) the press-down indent for reverse could be a bit more resistant. Maybe just me but when changing between forward gears I don't like the way the gear knob dips sometimes. It is a nice gearknob otherwise-and nice and warm vs the aluminium one on my other car!
 

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uzbek said:
I've only had my car 2 weeks and I have one major irritation-the keyless drive. It really does not work terribly well having the key slot to store the key as any attached door keys etc just rattle against the facia. Sure you can bung the key anywhere (where it also rattles) but what is wrong with the old idea of an ignition? I'm sure I'll get used to it but for now I'm struggling to see much of a point. If it was keyless entry as well you could at least leave the key in your pocket/bag all the time.
You don't need to put the key in the slot. It doesn't connect with anything. I keep mine in my pocket. No rattles and not forgotten!
 

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I have some creaking noises from the door or panel beside the door at both sides. I hear it when turning, and on uneven roads. Seems like something is rubbing against each other, but I cant find the source. Anyone else have this noise?

 

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I have some creaking noises from the door or panel beside the door at both sides. I hear it when turning, and on uneven roads. Seems like something is rubbing against each other, but I cant find the source.
I'll take a guess that the doors rub against the door seals as the car body flexes when it's being driven over uneven roads or during turning. All cars do this to one degree or another. A popular solution is to rub a silicone lubricant on the door seals. Try it and see. What have you got to lose?
 

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I test drove a V40 with leather seats and it didn't feel worth the extra money, so it was a simple choice.

I really like the keyless drive. It's one less thing to fiddle with when starting the car - particularly in the dark. The key stays in my pocket and so I have no worries about it clanking on the dash.
Though leather will give you way higher price if you ever sell/trade in your car ;). Keyless drive is a useless feature for many people buying a second hand car!
 

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You can keep the key in your pocket in all V40s.
Not true...at least in UK, I have a D2 RDesign and I have to put the key in the slot to start, I can remove the key after, but I don't.

To get round the rattle of other keys, I carry the v40 key separate to my other keys, only a very minor irritation compared to rattling on the dashboard.

On the original topic, I LOVE the V40 interior, it was one of reasonsi chose the car over others, I didn't originally like the central dashboard with its many buttons, but after driving it for a while I really appreciate the simplicity of it.

The only downside i can think of is the dip light indication, there is more than enough space to put the green dip light symbol in the beautiful LCD dash, but for some reason it's on the light switch panel on the lower half of the dash....strange? I have developed the 'dip dip' where I choose an opportune moment and dip my head to the right and down to check if I'm on DRL or Dip lights... Not exactly safe :)

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Well I'm in the UK!! I don't have to put the key in the slot. Actually it is only a holder and I found I can leave the key in my pocket. From another topic, it seems that isn't so any longer. Not sure why, unless Volvo have reduced the range of the sensor.
 

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Well I'm in the UK!! I don't have to put the key in the slot. Actually it is only a holder and I found I can leave the key in my pocket. From another topic, it seems that isn't so any longer. Not sure why, unless Volvo have reduced the range of the sensor.
Judging by your Sig, you have the LUX model, which I think comes with keyless, at least that's what I was told when ordering.....


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