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Volvo V40 DIESEL HATCHBACK D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr

Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
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Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr
Volvo V40 D2 [120] Cross Country Nav Plus 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG74.30
  • 0-62mph10.7 secs
  • Top Speed118 mph
  • C0299 g/km
  • BHP120
  • Torque207 lbs/f
  • P11D23%

Review

The improved Volvo V40 Cross Country model might just be the coolest looking hatch on sale in the UK. It's eye-catching, well engineered, well equipped and the prices aren't exorbitant either. There's just one downside; only the priciest petrol model is all-wheel drive. Still, with the introduction of clever, efficient, 'Drive-E' technology right across the range, there are now lots of reasons to justify ownership.

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Volvo's handsome V40 is even better looking in revised Cross Country guise. Just make sure you know what you're getting. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Qashqai-style Crossovers now fill our roads, family hatchbacks with a touch of the Outback about them. But is it really necessary for a brand to design a product from scratch in order to compete in this growing market niche? Volvo reckons not, bringing us this car, the improved V40 Cross Country. If the ordinary V40 didn't exist, you might see this as a very credible kind of compact crossover. As it is, we know that this is a V40 in a pair of hiking boots - though unlike some supposedly 'proper' Qashqai-class models, it does have the top-of-the-range option of 4WD. From Volvo's perspective, there's everything here that you need in a compact Qashqai-class Crossover - and nothing you don't. And the 'everything you need' bit includes class-leadingly efficient 2.0-litre petrol and diesel Drive-E engines. Let's put this Cross Country model to the test.

Driving Experience

First the bad news. There's only one all-wheel drive model in the V40 Cross Country range and it's the top 245bhp T5 petrol model. This variant gets one of Volvo's clever 'Drive-E' range of modern era engines, but it's still going to be of minority interest to UK buyers. So where does that leave us with the rest of the range? With a bunch of front-wheel drive hatches. In other words, the 'Cross Country' bit is really only applicable if someone has considerately laid a few miles of tarmac across said country first. That also means that the V40 Cross Country isn't going to feel too far removed from a normal V40 to drive. Still, given that the standard V40 is brilliant, that's not much of a criticism. The ride height has been raised by 40mm to 173mm, which means that speed humps and non-dropped kerbs aren't such an issue. Volvo has also gamely fitted Hill Descent Control to the T5 AWD version, which controls the car's speed automatically when driving down steep inclines. The T5 also has a practical Hill Hold function that makes starting on a hill easier. This model really is the only one to really warrant the Cross Country branding and with a 254bhp engine to power it, the T5 has the power to really entertain. Even if you're not big on off-roading, it makes an awesome all-weather vehicle that will shrug off the worst of the British winter. It'll get to 62mph in around 6 seconds and directs 350Nm of torque through its automatic transmission. Of course, the car most people would want is a diesel with the all-wheel drive transmission but no luck there. The next best thing is Volvo's latest generation 'Drive-E' 2.0-litre diesel mated to 2WD, a unit developing 190bhp and an impressive combination of power and parsimony. Below this variant, there are two other 'Drive-E' 2WD diesel models on offer, starting with the 120bhp D2 and moving up to the 150bhp D3. There's also an older-tech T3 petrol unit.

Design and Build

You might feel that most of the V40 Cross Country range has something of the phoney about it, but it's hard to argue with the fact that this car looks great. Jacking up a hatchback and adding a few bits of 'faux-by-four' body addenda isn't an approach that figures amongst the most ingenious product development plans but it's resulted in a car that, somewhat annoyingly, works really well from an aesthetic point of view. The V40 was always one of the very best-looking hatches for sale and the Cross Country takes that smooth, well-resolved shape and gives it a little more presence and attitude. Cross Country customers get silver roof rails, alloy wheels, a contrasting front bumper, honeycomb mesh grille and upright day-running lights, contrasting sills and a contrasting rear bumper with integrated skid plate. This latest version gets the re-styled front end recently added to more conventional V40 models, the smarter look including revised LED headlamps that feature the so-called 'Thor's Hammer' style that's already been seen in the brand's larger XC90, S90 and V90 series models. A smarter grille mesh completes the more confident stance. Some serious styling has gone into the V40's interior. The floating centre console houses a button-dense centre stack, and the eye is drawn to slick detailing such as the frameless rear view mirror and the translucent gear selector. It's not perfect. Some of the stalks feel a little cheap and headroom is a little pinched in the rear with narrow rear door apertures, but features such as the rubberised microswitch tailgate release, the full TFT graphic instrument panel and the deft piano black framed door mirrors keep the design balance well into credit. The boot is a decent size at 335-litres and features a hidden underfloor section to keep documents and valuables out of sight.

Market and Model

You'll pay a £1,000 to get the 'Cross Country' package on a standard V40, which many potential buyers will be tempted by. Overall, prospective V40 Cross Country buyers can expect to find a price span ranging from around £24,000 to around £34,000. Whatever version you choose, there's the option of paying a further £2,000 premium on top of the standard asking price and graduating up from standard 'SE' to 'LUX' trim. Even on the SE models though, you get plenty as standard - things like autofolding door mirrors with ground lights and black mirror covers, 16" alloy wheels, rain sensor, textile/T-Tec upholstery, tread plates and silver roof rails. At 'Cross Country Lux' level, you can also expect to find leather-faced upholstery, active bending xenon headlights, 17" alloy wheels, LED day-running lights, rear reading and theatre lighting. Across the range, there's class-leading safety, including the world's first pedestrian airbag, plus the award-winning Volvo City Safety system. This uses a laser to scan the road ahead for potential collision risks. If one's detected, the driver is warned. If no response is then forthcoming, the car can even brake itself. If you go further and specify the 'Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake' system, similar technology can even brake the car to avoid pedestrians.

Cost of Ownership

The Cross Country doesn't return quite as impressive fuel economy as the standard V40, but there's not too much in it. Take the D4 'Drive E' 2WD diesel version as an example. The stock V40 D4 records a combined fuel economy figure of 74.3mpg and the Cross Country model drops that marginally to 70.6mpg for a manual car, with 104g/km of CO2. Fitting an automatic gearbox hobbles the figure to 65.7mpg. But what of the 'proper' Cross Country, the 4WD 2.5-litre T5? That manages 149g/km of CO2, a figure unmatched by any potential rival. The 'Drive-E' D2 version is a star performer as far as economy and emissions are concerned, recording 96g/km and an average fuel figure of around 75mpg, both of which are absolutely brilliant for a relatively high-riding and sizeable vehicle. The public has taken to the V40 and as such, it commands excellent residual values, with the D3 diesel model of the Cross Country expected to be worth over 50 per cent of its original price after three years and 30,000 miles.

Summary

Volvo customers who might perhaps be a touch disappointed that the brand doesn't have a purpose-designed Qashqai-class compact Crossover model may well be satisfied by this V40 Cross Country. It looks the part and is classy enough to compete with the smarter German brands. It's no off-roading tool of course, even if you do specify the 4WD version - but then no car in this class really is. Of more interest to most potential owners will be the class-leadingly efficient Drive-E petrol and diesel engines that can be specified beneath the bonnet. They characterise this car's more pragmatic approach to Crossover motoring. If that appeals to you, then you might well agree with Volvo that what we have here is a lifestyle-orientated family hatchback worth getting cross about.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control
Rear Park assist
Rear parking camera
Information centre
Intelligent driver information system (IDIS)
Sensus navigation system
Service interval indicator
Speed limiter
Speed sensitive steering
Entertainment
Sensus connect with high performance sound system, radio/DVD + 8 speakers/bluetooth and USB/HDD + voice control
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
Solid paint
Adaptive brake lights
Automatic folding door mirrors with ground lights
Automatic headlights
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Dual exhaust pipes
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Front and rear electric windows
Front skid plate
Gloss black door mirrors
Headlamp levelling
High level LED brake light
Home safe and approach lighting
LED daytime running lights
LED Headlights
Rear diffuser
Rear wiper
Roof spoiler
Side Scuff Plates
Silver roof rails
Visible VIN plate
Interior Features
Height adjustable drivers seat with lumbar support
Rear theatre lighting
T-Tec/Textile Upholstery
12V socket in front + rear tunnel console
5 headrests
60/40 split folding rear seat
Blond headlining
Door sill tread plates
Electronic climate control (ECC)
Flexible load floor and grocery bag holder
Floor mats
Footwell lights
Front centre armrest
Front cupholders
Front reading lights
Front storage box
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Illuminated driver/passenger vanity mirrors
Isofix attachments on rear seats
Leather steering wheel with chrome inserts
Load cover
Lockable glovebox
Pollen filter
Rear armrest with cupholder
Steering wheel audio controls
Theatre dimming interior lights
Ticket holder
WHIPS - Whiplash Protection System
Safety
Manual rear child locks
5 x 3 point seatbelts
ABS+EBA
City safety braking system
Drivers knee airbag
DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
Dual stage driver's airbag
Dual stage passenger airbag
Front/rear seatbelt pre-tensioners
Hill start assist
Inflatable curtain
Passenger airbag cut-off device
Pedestrian airbag system
Side airbags
Side curtain airbags
Side impact protection
Tyre pressure monitor
Warning triangle
Trim
Copper dawn trim
Wheels
17" Keid alloy wheels
Tyre sealant kit
Security
Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
Deadlocking system
Key integrated remote control central locking
Locking wheel nuts
Technical
Comfort chassis
Diesel particulate filter
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 123
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1969
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 8
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 60.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 68.9
EC Urban (mpg) 49.6
General
AdBlue Yes
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 120
Coin Description D2 [120]
Coin Series Cross Country Nv Plu
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 18E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 98
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 75
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 88
NCAP Safety Assist % 100
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 10.7
Engine Power - BHP 120
Engine Power - KW 88
Engine Power - RPM 3250
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 207
Engine Torque - MKG 28.6
Engine Torque - NM 280
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 118
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/50 R17
Tyre Size Rear 225/50 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style KEID
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1470
Length 4370
Wheelbase 2646
Width 1857
Width (including mirrors) 2041
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 62
Gross Vehicle Weight 1980
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1021
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 391
Max. Loading Weight 505
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 700
Minimum Kerbweight 1475
No. of Seats 5

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £256.97 p/m £14.83 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £280.41 p/m £32.13 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £298.44 p/m £50.39 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £222.82 p/m £22.47 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £248.26 p/m £37.71 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £267.84 p/m £65.97 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £206.55 p/m £30.08 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £226.89 p/m £48.25 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £243.44 p/m £83.39 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £308.36 p/m £17.79 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £336.50 p/m £38.56 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £358.12 p/m £60.46 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £267.38 p/m £26.96 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £297.91 p/m £45.26 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £321.41 p/m £79.17 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £247.86 p/m £36.10 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £272.26 p/m £57.89 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £292.13 p/m £100.06 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £199 inc vat£165.83+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display £300.00
BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert £500.00
Front and rear park assist £325.00
Lane keep assist with driver alert control, active high beam and road sign info display £700.00
Park assist pilot with front and rear park assist £525.00
PCC personal car communicator and keyless drive £550.00
Volvo on call £450.00
Entertainment
Sensus connect with Premium multimedia, dolby prologic II surround, radio/DVD, 5x130w amp/10 speakers/bluetooth/USB/HDD + voice control £500.00
Exterior Features
Auto dimming rear view mirror £150.00
Dark tinted rear side windows £300.00
Fixed panoramic glass sunroof £1,000.00
Metallic paint £550.00
Premium metallic paint £825.00
Rain sensor windscreen wipers £155.00
Interior Features
Electric drivers seat with memory + mirrors memory £500.00
Folding front passenger seat with height/lumbar adjust £150.00
Heated rear seats £200.00
Leather upholstery £900.00
Packs
Intellisafe pro pack - V40 £1,400.00
Winter pack - V40 £475.00
Winter Plus pack - V40 £925.00
Xenium pack - V40 £1,500.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Bright silver £550.00
Metallic - Denim blue £550.00
Metallic - Fusion red £550.00
Metallic - Luminous sand £550.00
Metallic - Mussel Blue £550.00
Metallic - Onyx black £550.00
Metallic - Osmium grey £550.00
Metallic - Rich java £550.00
Premium metallic - Crystal white £825.00
Premium metallic - Electric silver £825.00
Solid - Amazon blue FOC
Solid - Black Stone FOC
Solid - Ice white FOC
Solid - Passion red FOC
Safety
Power child locks on rear doors £85.00
Trim
Black grid aluminium trim FOC
Leather - Charcoal £900.00
Leather - Charcoal/Blond £900.00
Milled aluminium trim FOC
T-Tec/cloth - Blond FOC
T-Tec/cloth - Charcoal FOC
T-Tec/cloth - Charcoal/Blond FOC
Wheels
18" Metallah diamond cut dark grey alloy wheels £625.00
19" Damara diamond cut light grey alloy wheels £1,175.00
* option prices shown are estimated