In all its premium aura, The Volvo V40 Cross Country is very honest - it manages to perfectly deliver what it promises in its name, being an excellent crossover. The car is brilliant inside the city, good on the open road and decent when you run out of tarmac.
This juggler personality is the best part of the Volvo V40 Cross Country. This is also what makes us recommend the car compared to the standard Volvo V40. As a bonus, the crossover genes also make this one the prettier of the two non-identical twins.
The V40 Cross Country also seems like a better choice than the V40 R-Design. Whereas the latter feels a bit too tight for the Volvo badge, the Cross Country is a perfect representation of the brand. It’s also one that makes it a good alternative to what the Germans have to offer.
Things become a bit complicated when talking about the competition though, as Audi and BMW make you choose between compacts and crossovers, while the V40 Cross Country offers the best of both worlds. The car offers all the advantages of such a vehicle, but in a package that feels more compact and “car-like”.
As for the worst part of the car, this is the fact that it also likes things premium when it comes to the price. The V40 Cross Country starts at a little under EUR27,000, but our T5 AWD test car, which was about as loaded as possible, costed almost EUR40,000.
You can solve the problem by opting for a D2 or D3 diesel powerplants, but none of the oil burners, not even the more potent D4, come with all-wheel drive. Volvo is hoping that you won’t care about this and has also thrown in a well-sorted interior to please you.
The Volvo V40 Cross Country is its own distinctive class and entering its world makes one feel confident and relaxed.Continue reading