The Volvo V40 Cross Country is essentially a toughened-up version of the classy and handsome Volvo V40 hatchback, which competes with cars like the Audi A3, Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1 Series.
The V40 Cross Country’s raised ride height and chunky bodykit make it look like a SUV. It’s the perfect car for people who don’t really want or need an SUV and the security of 4WD!
The Volvo V40 Cross Country, featuring a unique blend of ruggedness and expressive elegance,
The driver rides 40 mm higher in the V40 Cross Country than in the standard V40. This capable impression is enhanced by a number of unique Cross Country details, including wheels up to 19-inches in diameter, a front with dark, contrasting bumper, honeycomb mesh grille and upright DRL-lights and the contrasting rear bumper with integrated skid plate.
The five-door, five-seat premium all-roader features refined off-road inspired details such as the anodized, black high-gloss frame around the greenhouse, the black rear-view mirror housings and the sleek rails floating over the roof.
The V40 portfolio includes three new exterior colours (Osmium Grey, Ocean Blue II and Power Blue) as well as the new 19-inch grey diamond cut Damara wheel.
Like the outside, the inside isn’t much different to that of a conventional V40. The seats are comfortable and it’s easy to get a decent driving position in what is essentially a premium-feeling cabin, helped by little touches such as the textured soft-touch dash and, at least in the car we drove, a copper-finish veneer on the centre console.
The interior of the Cross Country is designed with a strong emphasis on ergonomics, comfort and an engaging driving experience.
The wide instrument panel, together with the fluidity of the door design, creates a spacious, “large-car” feeling. The interior is designed to offer the driver and passengers a spacious and relaxing atmosphere with a true Scandinavian flavour.
The V40 Cross Country is available with a fully graphic instrument cluster that expresses emotional functionality, displaying the most important information in any given situation right in front of the driver. The driver can choose between three graphic themes: Elegance, Eco and Performance.
The cloud-based services allow the driver to find and pay for parking from the car, discover new restaurants at the destination, stream favourite music seamlessly and much more. The driver can also have text messages read out aloud without taking their hands off the wheel. It could help when you are driving at high speed !
The brand new app Connected Service Booking is only a first step in making the dealer workshop fully integrated into the digital eco-system. The car will not only tell the driver when it’s time to visit the garage but also suggest an appointment at the Volvo dealership.
The V40 Cross Country also includes an improved Premium Sound system with a 5x130W amplifier with the next-generation sound enhancement software Dirac Live and up to 10 loudspeakers
The Volvo V40 Cross Country hatchback’s diesel engines are impressive. Although there are only two petrol engines available, one of these is the powerful T5, which gives the V40 Cross Country a 0-100KM/h time of just 6.1 seconds – faster than some hot hatchbacks and sports cars.
The new D4 Drive-E turbo diesel 4 moves from five to four cylinders, but despite the loss of a pot, Volvo has been able to squeeze out more power, all channelled via a standard six-speed manual, or, in the case of my test car, an eight-speed automatic gearbox. On paper this engin offers the 0-100km/h figure of 7.3 seconds.
The Volvo V40 Cross Country hatchback is sensible rather than fun to drive, but it’s capable in fast corners. The raised suspension and high-quality interior are great for long distances. It’s also extremely well isolated from the body with no vibrations filtering through to the cabin. This, allied to low levels of wind and tyre noise, makes the V40 Cross Country a relaxing motorway cruiser.
And for those who didn’t drive yet once a recent Volvo car, there is lot of improvement technologie makIing you safer when you are driving.
The Park Assist Pilot makes parallel parking easy and precise by taking over and operating the steering wheel while the driver handles the gearbox and controls the car’s speed.
Lane Keeping Aid helps the driver stay in the lane. This feature applies extra steering torque to the steering column when the car gets close to a lane marking and is about to leave the lane. The system is active at speeds between 65 km/h and 200 km/h.
The V40 Cross Country offers the enhanced Blind Sport Information System (BLIS), which is radar-based. The technology can now also monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles up to 70 m behind the car. Of course it still informs the driver about vehicles in the blind spots on both sides.
Cross Traffic Alert uses the radar sensors at the rear end of the car to alert the driver to crossing traffic from the sides when reversing out of a parking space. This is especially helpful in tight and crowded areas where the side view might be limited due to infrastructure, vegetation or other parked cars.
Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road signs in the instrument display. Road Sign Information can be combined with the Speed Alert function, which provides the driver with a visual warning in the speedometer if the speed limit is exceeded
The V40 Cross Country can be equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which promotes comfortable driving by using radar to automatically maintain a set time gap to the car in front. The Queue Assist function on cars with automatic gearbox maintains the set gap all the way down to standstill.
New advanced software, including more rapid vision processing, has also made it possible to extend Volvo Cars’ present detection and auto brake technology to cover certain cyclist situations as well.
The Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake is equipped with an advanced sensor system that scans the area ahead. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car as it approaches from behind and collision is imminent, there is an instant warning and full braking power is applied.
The technology also detects if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can warn and automatically activate the brakes. The V40 Cross Country can also detect, alert and automatically brake if the car risks colliding with another vehicle in front. In order to mitigate the consequences if a collision with a pedestrian is unavoidable, the Volvo V40 Cross Country is available with a Pedestrian Airbag, a world first.
The Volvo Cross Country benefits from Volvo’s excellent interior design and quality, which makes it a really luxurious car to sit in, particularly for this kind of hatchback. The car feels well constructed, solid, and has intuitive ergonomics, again enhancing overall safety.
The Cross Country is more expensive than the standard V40, partly because it only comes in mid and high-spec SE and Lux trims.
If you’re looking at a well-specified V40, it’s worth checking out the Cross Country to see if you like its chunky looks and raised driving position. The V40 CC offers thrill-seeking customers the right versatility to bring both friends and gear along on an open-ended adventure. Fancy something a bit different for your next car? The Volvo V40 Cross Country could be for you.