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Volvo V40 Cross Country D2 SE Nav Review

Volvo V40 Gets Rugged

The Volvo V40 hit UK roads in 2012 and proved to be quite a contender in the medium hatchback segment and as with the smaller C30 model it took Volvo in a new direction and to a wider audience.

What does Cross Country add? 

The V40 Cross Country came along last year as a rugged version with protective panels added to the car, a darker front and rear bumper with integrated skid plate, a honeycomb style grille, roof rails and a higher ride height, 40mm more than the standard V40.

Volvo is etched on the door sills as you get inside the car and the cabin is where the manufacturer currently excels.  Comfort is something they Volvo have got just right, the T-Tec Charcoal seats make for a snug ride and add an illuminated gearknob, a frameless rearview mirror and the adjustable mood lighting provide a simple, Scandinavian interior giving you a feeling of serenity as you drive.

For me the floating console is still too cluttered with buttons but there are rumours it will be no more in future models.  USB connectivity is hidden in the arm rest with Bluetooth also available.  A screen displays all media and satellite navigation. 

There is enough room for four people and the rear seats offer a 40/60 split to add more space.  Rear visibility isn’t very good so the rear camera is a welcome addition.

My favourite part of the car is the instrument panel, with a TFT crystal display screen and digital dials it is cluster free, modern and as mentioned by one of my passengers, it looks as cool as the one in the McLaren P1.  Praise indeed.  Depending on the driving mode: Elegance, Eco and Performance the display has a different theme for each.

What’s it like to drive?

The D2 diesel engine delivers 115hp and 270 Nm of torque and the 6-speed automatic Powershift transmission takes 12.1 seconds to get from 0- 62 mph.  Not electrifying but where the D2 wins is on fuel efficiency.  I managed fuel consumption figures of 48.9mpg but Volvo reckon you can achieve 68.9mpg, 74.3mpg with the manual and emitting just 108g/km of CO2 running costs will be low.

When using the Powershift in full automatic mode it can seem a bit laboured as you go up the gears and so I recommend to use the semi automatic to get the full use of the rev range.

Out on the roads it is a pleasurable drive but not one that will ever really excite. However, it’s a firm, comfortable ride, but the steering does require more feedback.  On the motorway it is an ideal cruiser.

Volvo love safety

As we all know Volvo are leaders in pioneering safety technology and features on the V40 Cross Country include a Lane-Keeping Aid, Enhanced Blind Spot Information System, Road Sign Information (which keeps you to the speed limit), Cross Traffic Alert which alerts the driver to traffic at the rear should you be reversing out of a parking space, Active High Beam, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection technology, City Safety which will brake the car should the driver fail to decrease their speed should the car in front slow or stop, and a Pedestrian Airbag.  An impressive list.

The award winning Volvo On Call is a downloadable app for your smartphone that assists with making emergency calls, has crash and theft notifications and it can even track your Volvo if it gets stolen.  Ha!  Big Brother.

Price and verdict

The Volvo V40 Cross Country D2 SE Nav is priced from £24,320 and options include Park Assist Pilot at £850 and £1,485 for the Powershift Transmission.  I am a Volvo fan and love the V40 and although the Cross Country doesn’t really have any off-road abilities, it is an ideal runabout that is practical, safe and hugely reliable. likes on the Volvo V40 Cross Country:

Safety features

Instrument display

Reliability dislikes on the Volvo V40 Cross Country:

Cluttered centre console

Can’t see when reversing