2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country Test Drive Review | MotorBeam & Indian Car Bike News & Reviews

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2013 Volvo V40 Cross Test Drive Review

V40 Cross Country #8211; above for high resolution gallery

Car Tested:  2013 V40 Cross Country D3

Price OTR Rs. 34,30,010/-

Just like Volvo, the V40 Cross Country has amount of safety equipment.

being showcased at the 2012 Motor Show, Volvo’s offering, the V40 Cross Country has Indian shores. It is based on the V40 which was launched in the global in 2012. In India, the V40 Cross is available only in one variant is the top of the line D3, imported via the CBU route. baby Volvo offers the of a hatchback along with the and high ground clearance of a

It has been intelligently positioned in the as it targets two segments, one the entry luxury hatchback which has spearheaded by the Mercedes A-Class and the the compact luxury SUV segment of the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3. Can the Volvo V40 Cross with its contemporary design, feature list and legendary equipment give the mighty a run for their money? Let’s out.

Exteriors – The V40 Cross Country has immense on the road. The designers have it a sleek stance with a appearance, while retaining the Volvo design philosophy. it is a spruced up hatchback measuring metres in length, treated matte black cladding and 40 mm of added ground clearance to it a crossover look.

The front fascia is dominated by a honeycomb black grille with chrome. The swept smoked headlamps stare at you. The front bumper smart cladding with DRLs and a silver skid on the chin.

The side profile of the V40 give you a sense of its lengthy There are two simple character on the side, which gives it a look. One breaks out neatly the headlamps and rises up till the bulging tail lamps. line emerges from the wheel arch and continues the rear bumper, highlighting the cladding alongside. The gloss door mirrors and window along with the panoramic gives a neat contrast to the

The international version of the Volvo V40 Country gets side plates too, which is in the Indian version.

The rear of the V40 Country is very eye catchy, evokes a second glance. The tail lamp cluster is the piece of its exteriors, which the robust shoulders of this very well. The tailgate gets gloss black embossed with Volvo and the roof gets tipped a chunky integrated spoiler. The is finished in good mix of black and silver skid plate Cross Country badging neatly.

The dual exhausts finished in adds to the sporty appeal.

–  Enter the Volvo V40 cabin and the interiors reflect the philosophy – ‘Designed Around The extensive use of copper and beige tones hug you inside the cabin yet spacious and airy, thanks to the large panoramic glass The quality inside the cabin is top everything feels built to

Though the design of the dashboard is not as as its German rivals, it has some elements like the floating console (a bit dated though), big TFT screen, dual tone and some chrome highlights. The features all the necessary controls and has carved out contours making it to hold.

The AC vents have range of air flow and cools the quickly. Behind the floating centre console is a hollow where you can keep some knacks. Other stowage include deep cooled box, front armrest power socket, front cup with sliding lid, all door pockets with holders and neatly placed cup holders. The TFT infotainment system Bluetooth, single DVD player, USB and AUX producing rich sound via 8

The cabin comes equipped several mood lighting and an illuminated gear knob, looks cool at night.

Instead of the conventional analogue on the instrument cluster, the Volvo V40 an 8-inch TFT digital display, on you can chose between three themes. The Elegance theme up a graphical analogue style with copper background. The ECO displays the same analogue speedometer but with a blue and an ECO guide to let you know about driving style.

We liked the theme the most which all red and displays the RPM reading in the centre digital speedometer and tells you how power is available on tap.

has thrown in a long list of and convenience features such as airbags, ABS, EBD, Control, ESP, City Technology (auto brakes up to 50 to avoid collision), Cruise Park Assist System, Seats with ventilation, Parking Sensors with Keyless Entry and Push Start and so on. The front seats are comfortable with good and both are electrically adjustable.

at the rear are comfortable and supportive too adequate knee room but is a limited head room for passengers. The rear seats are suited for two as there is a big hump in and the centre feels hard no support. The boot space is which can gobble up a couple of big with ease.

Performance Volvo offers the V40 Cross in both petrol and diesel globally but in India, the carmaker is the V40 Cross Country with a diesel engine option, is derived from the S60 and the XC60 but in a state of tune. The oil burner the hood is an in-line 5-cylinder, turbo diesel engine 150 BHP of power and 350 Nm of torque.

Crank up the engine and it is easily on the outside as well as inside it’s a diesel powered The engine is highly responsive, tap on the and it collects quick momentum

There is a negligible amount of lag until 1500 RPM, which the car shoots ahead Pulling power is such there is some amount of steer and the V40 wheel spins 0-100 km/hr comes up in 9 and the top speed limit is 205 km/hr. The end of the RPM range is good enough to around the city, whereas the is the strongest where all the fun lies.

comes in at 5000 RPM. 3500 RPM to the redline power gets gentle but in all, the never feels out of power.

At 100 in top gear, the RPM needle ticks 1900 mark. The 5-cylinder feels refined but filters a note inside the cabin revving hard with a of turbo whistle. The V40 Cross is paired to a 6-speed automatic that changes cogs in time and can be controlled manually via the Steering mounted paddle are sorely missed on the V40. In the D gears shift early and for easy drivability in the city.

Flick the gear lever to the and it enters Sport mode holds up the gears longer, the engine on the boil. The manual gets engaged only you flick the lever up (+) or down Expect a mileage of 10-11 in the city.

Driving Dynamics The Volvo V40 Cross Country is on the modified Ford C1 platform a front-wheel drive setup. It a sweet balance of ride and On the move, the V40 feels sturdy at any soaking most of the bumps It’s only when you hit a and rough patch on the road, the thud filters through.

The is on the stiffer side, which high speed stability is without any vertical or bouncy inside the cabin. Pushing the V40 to its is a delight, as it takes on corners without losing track.

pushed too hard there is understeer and a hint of body because of the increased ground The steering feedback is surprisingly too. At low speeds it is light and up nicely at high speeds, a sense of confidence to tackle speed cornering.

Stopping power is worth as there is no drama while speeds and the pedal bite is too. The Cross Country is only used for visual and the provision of skid plates be taken seriously to go off the road, as the V40 Country is only a 2-wheel car and the ground clearance is still not up to standards.

Verdict –  The V40 Country is Volvo’s most offering yet in India. It may not enjoy the appeal of the BMW X1 or Audi Q3, but what it in terms of overall design, features, performance and safety, it is up there. It is definitely worth if you are not looking for a status symbol but to own a capable yet fun to drive entry luxury car.

EuroNCAP has the V40 as the safest new car they have tested which makes it the car on our roads. The pricing is definitely on the side but it comes with an list of equipment including segment features, which try to justify the higher amount you pay for well rounded vehicle.

The V40 Cross Country is an all-round with good list of on offer. While the car is a bit expensive, it offer a unique experience.

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