Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 21 Oct 2016

The Volvo V40 Cross Country is essentially a toughed-up more angular version of the classy and handsome Volvo V40 hatchback. To find out if it’s any good, I took this latest 2016 V40 Cross Country T4 edition for a drive.

volvo-v40-cross-country-tb1Style Guru

To start things off, let’s take a look at the outside of the Cross Country. With its chunky body, increased ride height and overall more muscular appearance, Volvo has managed to make this latest edition V40 Cross Country even prettier than ever.

volvo-v40-cross-country-tb3With a body which couples curvaceous lines and ripped build, Volvo really has in my opinion, excelled on the design front. The V40 looks as good parked in a Swedish office block as it does when parked on a trail path.

On The Move

For my test, I drove the Volvo V40 Cross Country T4 edition. Featuring a five-cylinder direct injection petrol motor, the vehicle develops 140 kW &  300 Nm of torque. Power delivery is impressive, with the Volvo feeling quick off the mark. Owing to its 300 Nm of torque, the Volvo should also provide solid pulling power when used for towing. Torque is developed between the rev range of 1500 – 4000 rpm.

All the power can either be sent through a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic. During my review, I drove the automatic edition, which is very smooth in both congested traffic and highway driving situations.

volvo-v40-cross-country-tb6The suspension layout of the V40 Cross Country is nicely balanced, making the vehicle feel firm and well planted on the road while remaining comfortable on extended motorway journeys.

Music For Cruising

The V40 range features Volvo’s floating centre console dashboard. While it has been out for some time now, it still looks elegant and features many nifty storage compartments.

volvo-v40-cross-country-tb2Overall interior space is good. Despite its swooping roofline, I found the space to be comfortable when seated up front or at the rear of the Volvo. The boot luggage capacity is 335-litres with the seats folded up and increased to 1032-litres with the rear seats folded flat in the standard 60:40 configurement.

volvo-v40-cross-country-tb4The V40 features an upfront media entertainment system, which is somewhat different to most other market competitors. While the system remains fairly easy to navigate, it is controlled with a jog dial placed on the floating central console, rather than a more conventional central dial, as used by most other competitors. The overall system has a clean layout but does take some time to get comfortable with.

Final Say

The Volvo V40 Cross Country is a solid, safe and easy to live with crossover vehicle. With its rugged body and minimalist interior, it remains very pleasing on the eye. Despite looking like an off-roader, it is most comfortable on the road, where its road manners are impeccable.

With a base list price of R432,600 its closest competitor, in my opinion, is the Mercedes-Benz GLA. The vehicle as tested in the review featured Volvo’s Sports Pack at an additional cost of R29,500 for the extra money you get the incredible looking new Volvo Thors Hammer LED daytime running lights. You also lovely 18-inch dual-tone Metallah wheels, keyless entry & start as well as pilot assisted self-park, but to name a few features.

Watch below my video review to see what it’s like to drive the 2016 Volvo V40 Cross Country

 

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