Safety is another area where Volvo has traditionally been top of the class, and the V40 is no different. The D4, which packs a big punch and 0-62mph time of 8. However, unlike the firm but fun handling , the Volvo fails to make up for its stiff set-up with an entertaining chassis. The V40 Cross Country suffers from the same cramped rear quarters and shallow glasshouse as the standard car, meaning rear space and visibility is tighter than the exterior proportions suggest. Two diesel engines, a 1.
But no: for years, Volvo has missed the premium five-door hatch target, giving us small saloons, small estates and small three-door coupes instead. From a distance it requires a knowing eye to tell them apart. Stick to the regular model, ignore the temptation to turn it into a quasi-crossover, and put the saved money towards one of the lustier engines. Three diesel engines, a 1. It launched in 2012 with a world-first pedestrian airbag that inflates around the base of the windscreen and its pillars for a softer landing.
This could be down to the slightly laboured nature of the eight-speed gearbox, although looking at the stats, it should be quicker than the manual. The new V40 has a style of its own, plus a finesse that should set it apart in this crowded market. Check tire pressure and check tires for damage 4. In terms of refinement, at idle or shuffling around in traffic the engine is quite noisy, but once the motor spins up the noise becomes less apparent and morphs into a fairly generic diesel thrum. Check the Engine for oil and water leaks 6.
It also has radar and camera-based pedestrian detection systems, which apply the brakes if someone steps into the path of the car. Think of it as it's own little niche, and it makes more sense, although the price and running costs still count against it. How much further off road will I get in a Volvo V40 Cross Country? Drain condensation from the fuel filter 11. As of January 2015, these engines are available in the new V40 D4 replacing the previous five cylinder D4 and V40 T5 replacing the petrol five cylinder T5. This showed between 50- 70mph in fifth and sixth, where the V40 was seven tenths and 2. This pack also adds lane keep and blind spot assist with cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise. This is a vital car for the brand.
. By the law of averages, it was bound to stumble across a winning recipe at some point: the launch of the five-door V40 hatch is it. Reset the service reminder indicator to zero. Every one year or 30. At pretty much any speed, on any road, this car amplifies bumps to the extent that apparently shallow ripples become canyon-like when the tyres crash over them.
Volvo has a broad range of engines to choose from and has worked hard to squeeze as much fuel economy from each as possible. Image 2 of 14 While the V40 Cross Country looks different to the standard hatch, thanks to its raised ride height, roof rails and extra plastic body cladding, in reality it's just a high-spec version of the V40 that fills a gap where a hot hatch variant could possibly be the flagship of the range. The load lip is a bit high, however. I bet it feels no different to drive than a regular V40. Replace the passenger compartment ventilation filter 10.
Battery — check the pole pieces, electrolyte level and battery mounting 14. In reality, the Cross Country should be considered as an upmarket variant of the standard V40, especially as there is no dedicated hot hatch version on offer. Cross Country spec is well equipped, even if you go for the smallest engine option. Most are channelled via an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the T3 and the diesel engines can be had with Volvo's slick six-speed manual. It does prompt the question 'why does the V40 Cross Country even exist? Of course, you could save a bit of cash and go for the standard V40, although the shorter suspension means it won't be as comfortable.
Its T4 and T5 petrol variants feature Haldex Gen-5 All Wheel Drive as an option, along with. That engine has 152bhp, while the diesels start at 120bhp for the D2, 150bhp for the D3 and 190bhp for the D4. Expected residual values of 37. Along with its high score for seat comfort, Volvo also recorded a good result for build quality in Driver Power 2016. However, the standard V40 with the same D2 engine returns 83. The extra 40mm of suspension height makes a small difference, helping the car to float over small imperfections and round off bigger jolts. Fortunately, Volvo has integrated the additional bodywork into the design well.
Doing this adds a seven-inch colour display, voice control and connected services that allow you to save points of interest to the nav system from the Internet using your mobile data connection. Check drive shafts for play and rubber damage. This comes with the eight-speed auto as standard and is the only Cross Country model to come with four-wheel drive. Check seats belts function and signs of wear 16. Considering the minimal mechanical changes, the Cross Country is essentially all about style. Additionally every two years or 60. You get a raised ride height, and some rugged body trim for £1000 over a — we drove the entry-level D2 diesel version to see if the Cross Country is the pick of the V40 range.
All the diesel models are front-drive. As for the engine range there are three petrol options, a 1. Front suspension, Rear suspension and steering system — check for signs of wear. That means despite an 18 per cent tax banding, a higher rate company user would pay £2685 a year. Archived from on 2 March 2012. If your car is an older 5 cylinder engine engine code starting by D52 or older Ford 4 cylinder Diesel engine engine code starting by D416 or D4204Tx, with x lower than 5 , check our for the correct plan.