An uncomplicated driver experience is a key factor in the continuous development of the high-tech Volvo Sensus infotainment system.
In the Volvo V40, the driver-centric approach is enhanced with a new, fully graphic instrument cluster that allows the driver to personalise instrument layout and the information provided.
The connectivity features include a mobile application that keeps the driver in touch with the car when it is parked.
Fully graphic display
The V40 is available with a new, fully graphic instrument cluster. This active TFT (Thin Film Transistor) crystal display brings the interaction between car and driver into a new dimension.
The instrument cluster expresses emotional functionality, always displaying the most important information in any given situation right in front of the driver.
The driver can choose between three graphic themes:
• The Elegance theme
• The Eco theme
• The Performance theme
In control via the steering wheel
In Volvo Sensus, all information is presented on a five-inch or seven-inch colour screen in the upper part of the instrument panel. The integrated screen makes it easy for the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road.
All the functions can be operated from the steering wheel or via controls located directly below the colour screen. In addition there is a separate remote control.
Bluetooth with music streaming
The Bluetooth connection has been upgraded to allow not only hands-free phone conversations but also music streaming from your preferred Bluetooth-enabled portable music player.
The optional navigation system is integrated into Volvo Sensus. The voice control function allows safe and convenient handsfree use. A new feature is the turn-by-turn guidance, which is presented to the driver in the instrument cluster’s centre dial.
Mobile app with a wide range of features
The owner of an all-new Volvo V40 can use a mobile application to stay in touch with the parked car via a smart phone. The mobile application is an extension of Volvo On Call, which originally focused on direct access to a call centre in the event of an accident or other emergency.
The mobile app, which is free and downloaded via the application stores, is designed to offer the owner an intuitive, easy-to-use relationship with the car from a distance.
It includes a number of features:
• Car locator
• Remote door lock
• Remote heater start
• Vehicle dashboard. This feature gives the driver access to a wide range of information for example fuel level, average fuel consumption etc.
• Car check. The mobile app performs a “health” check of the car.
• Driving journal. Detailed data of each trip during the last 40 days can be downloaded and stored.
• Vehicle information. Basic car data such as model, registration number and VIN number are stored and can be displayed.
• Theft notification. If the car alarm is triggered, the driver is alerted via the mobile app.
Note: This upgraded Volvo On Call facility still includes all the safety and security aspects that were part of the first generation.