Let's face it. When you think of a Swede, the rather shy image of the Volvo V40 isn't exactly what comes to mind. However, the V40 Cross Country is the kind of car that can turn heads, as we've seen during our test drive.
And it wasn't just the people on the street that liked the appearance of the V40 Cross Country, we did too. That's because it looks pumped-up, but not like a guy who spends five hours per day at the gym. It's more like a sleek Parkour athlete.
The Cross Country rides 1.57 inches (40 mm) higher than the normal V40, but that doesn't actually say much, because the latter is pretty low. Still, it's got an impressive stance, given by the combination between the ground clearance and the compact dimensions.
Sure, there are also body protection elements that help with this. Up front, we have a rock ballade-inspired bumper
, which features a honeycomb grille and vertical daytime running lights.
The side sills continue this theme and while they may never be given the chance to do their job and direct mud or stones away from the shiny paint, they do take out attention towards the rear of the car.
Here, we find an apron that features a skid plate
, so when you overtake some other car, it shouldn't even think about cutting the corner on the grass to overtake you back.
But the Volvo V40 Cross Country also uses softer decorative elements. Yes, the car has some more refined details that contribute to its image, such as the sleek roof rails or the black trim used around the side windows and for the mirror housings
All the aforementioned bits and pieces create a strong contrast to the body of the car, which makes it stand out. Continue reading
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