Sometimes when you reach a certain place, be it a room or maybe a new continent, you just feel like you belong there, like you could perfectly adapt starting from day two. This is exactly the feeling you have when you enter the Volvo V40 Cross Country.
We rarely get to see a good car with interior styling cues that are bolder than those on the outside, but this Volvo is definitely one of them. The design uses strong lines, but somehow the atmosphere is warm.
And the ergonomics are excellent. It’s almost as if your mother broke into the design offices just before they released the final project and made sure that you have everything you need, where you need it. On her way out, she also made sure that, despite the complex angles of the car, the visibility is good.
Of course, being a mother, she overdone things a bit and we’re talking about the cluttered button arrangement on the center console
here. Even so, we have to notice that this doesn’t take long to get used to and it does leave the rest of the dash free. We’ll just cover it with a nice little poster and everything will be fine.
The driving position is... surprising. Volvo is no stranger to the aviation industry and they probably couldn’t resist making you feel a bit like a pilot. The seats give you the necessary support and comfort without too much fuss and there’s a shifter that you could swear is taken straight from the concept.
However, the real aircraft treat comes in the form of the digital dashboard
. We’ve got a 3D, convergent layout that’s both pleasant to look at and easy to read. This comes with three modes and while all of them are nice, the dynamic one is where you’ll want to keep it.
In a dogfight of the digital dashes, the Volvo V40 would eat cars like the Range Rover
and the Mercedes S-Class alive, with its arrangement feeling much more natural. Amusing.
As for your passengers, the one on your right has a pleasing amount of space, while those in the back receive a decent treatment from this point of view.
When it comes to your luggage, this can be stowed in many ways thanks to an intelligent space- splitting solution, but you’ll be forced to stick to just cubic feet (335 liters). We don’t want to be around when you’ll be explaining this to your female friend.Continue reading