Volvo’s latest designs are moving further and further away from their previously somewhat conservative shapes. Today with cars like the new S60 and new V40, Volvo is offering sleek, dynamic and of course very safe motorcars, which also seem to be attracting a younger audience.
The new V40 then is a premium hatchback to rival the likes of the BMW 1 series, Audi A3 or indeed main streamers like the Ford Focus upon which its chassis and suspension is based.
The car on test this week is the Cross Country version, which in styling terms is differentiated from its stable mate by a number of cosmetic details and a suspension that is raised by 10mm over the standard V40.
My test car is powered by a 2.0 litre 150 bhp turbo diesel.
The style of the V40 Cross Country is sleek and elegant and during my tenure managed to get quite a few admiring glances. The front end echoes the Volvo family line with the traditional Volvo grille while the whole shape looks really aerodynamic.
The CC also boasts unique dark 17inch alloys, aluminium look front and rear skid plates, very attractive side sills and chrome roof rails.
The whole effect works very well. This is a distinctive new car.
Slip inside and you will find a cabin that is no less impressive than the exterior. It is roomy and the car will seat four adults in comfort though the low sloping roofline does restrict rear headroom for tall passengers. The boot is just adequate rather than generous in size. The digitally generated instrumentation is all new and despite containing rather too much information (do i really need a power meter?) it all works very well. I particularly like the fact that one can change the readout from performance (rev counter in the centre, to Eco normal speedo with rev counter to the right). Nice idea!
The multi-function steering wheel, and very neat centre console, with that unique storage space behind it all gel very well together.
The driving position is excellent, with height adjustment for both front seats.
Standard equipment is equally impressive. The V40 CC SE Lux on test had automatic climate control, cruise control, auto wipers, auto lights, DSTC, ABS, side, front and curtain airbags, drivers knee airbag, collapsible pedals, SIPS, and WHIPS, a pedestrian airbag (deployed if a pedestrian strikes the car violently), two tone leather upholster, lovely alloy wheels and metallic paint. Other worthy standard features are City Safety, with auto braking to a standstill at speeds below 31mph if a crash is detected, and pre crash warning.
Powered in this case by Volvo’s 2.0 litre 150 bhp 5 cylinder diesel turbo and mated to a superb 6-speed auto gearbox this combination proves excellent.
Performance is very good indeed and the lovely growl emitted from this 5 cylinder unit is just wonderful. This Volvo is really quite quick and a lively performer.
On the economy front I returned an overall test average of 6.8 litres per 100km. Roadtax is just €280.00
Prices for Volvo’s Cross Country version of the V40 start at €29,095. The V40 CC SE
Quite simply the new Volvo V40 CC is one of the better new cars I have tested of late. I highly recommend It!