Everybody likes a change. Whether it is food, climate,
holiday destinations, or many such variables, change is necessary. Cars play a
very important role in this changing cycle. Well not earlier, but now with a
range of so many vehicles from around the globe, they have become an integral
part of life. Volvo is a brand which got less attention from Indian customers,
which is unfair. In the sea of the usual German and Japanese brands, Volvo adds
exquisite Swedish essence to the buffet. The Volvo V40 Cross Country has
entered the Indian market as a bold statement urging people to try new
Styling is one of the strongest points of V40. The
5-door hatch looks absolutely beautiful from any angle you ogle at it. The
smooth curves flow all around the entire body. The honeycomb grille at the
front and the vertical fog lamps give a sporty and distinct look to this Volvo.
The rear bumper with built-in plastic skid plate and the sill extensions give
it a rugged look. Another likable detail is the use of gloss rather than
chrome, thus lending elegance and class to the Cross Country. Then there are the
roof rails which add a bit more height to the car and further enhance its
Step inside and you feel that the quality and the fit
and finish are at par with more expensive stuff you can buy in the segment. The
flowing lines of the exterior are not carried in here. Instead you get smooth
clean lines with decent aluminium inserts lending a classy look to the cabin.
The gear knob is the only shiny bit and is illuminated notifying the driver of
the mode which is been selected. The seats are very comfortable and supportive
all-round. However it must be noted that the rear seats are for two people
only, as it is a squeeze for the third passenger. The switches and buttons feel tough and
surely will last ages. The floating console gets copper coloured finish and has
a small storage pocket behind it. Another beautiful feature is the frameless
rear view mirror, which also automatically dims glare from headlights at the
rear of the vehicle.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
The V40 Cross Country comes equipped with a 2.0 litre
5-cylinder diesel power plant which develops a meaty 350Nm torque. It sprints
from 0-100kmph in 9.3 seconds. Torque is available from as low as 1500rpm which
means you are in the torqueband almost all of the time. The steering connects
to the driver only when pushed hard, other times it is pretty normal. You may
push the V40 Cross Country to the limits, but it feels that it does not like it
because at nearly 2.0 tonnes this Volvo is in fact very heavy.
Volvo cars are widely considered as the safest vehicles
in the entire automobile industry and the V40 is no exception. Numerous driver
aids like Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), Laser Assisted
Automatic Braking, Intelligent Driver Information System, and many more keep the
occupants safe in case of an accident. The car comes equipped with side
airbags, driver knee airbag and whiplash protection (WHIPS) enabling it to
receive 5 stars in the Euro NCAP collision test.
The Volvo V40 Cross Country is a fun hatchback which
really cares for its occupants. It has a frugal diesel which will return nearly
19km for a litre and with 150bhp on tap is not exactly a slouch. The ride is
comfortable and it eats up uneven surfaces with ease and plaint. Yes it may be
bit expensive but consider this, with a host of so many safety technologies
taking care of you and your loved ones. It is a cool bargain really.
VOLVO V40 CROSS COUNTRY SPECIFICATIONS
1984cc, D3 5-cylinder Turbo diesel
150 bhp@ 3500rpm
350 Nm@ 1500-2750rpm
Brake: Front/ Rear
Fuel Tank Capacity
Tyres: Front/ Rear
McPherson Spring Strut/ Multi-Link
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