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First Drive: Volvo V40 Cross Country D2 SE Nav

Volvo
BIK List Price
£23,740
Volvo V40 BIK list price
BIK Percentage
13%
Volvo V40 BIK Percent
CO2
99g/km
Volvo V40 CO2
Combined MPG
74.3
Volvo V40 MPG

Review

The crowded C-segment has traditionally been a struggle for Volvo. Until last year it had only a selection of misfits to compete with premium and high-end mainstream hatchbacks: the three-door C30, the S40 saloon and V50 estate.

But the situation changed with the launch of the V40 – the brand’s first ‘premium’ five-door hatchback.

For 2013, the V40 range has been extended to include the sporty R-Design and rugged Cross Country.

The Cross Country is design-led rather than having true off-roading ability.

Only the range-topping T5 turbo petrol is available with all-wheel drive, while the rest come with front-wheel drive.

Ride height has been increased by 40mm over the standard V40, roof rails and skid plates have been added, and the front bumper is fitted with a larger honeycomb grille.

There are two trim levels – SE and Lux. Both cost £1,000 more than their V40 equivalents.

The SE trim includes electronic climate control, Bluetooth, keyless start and a cooled glovebox. Lux adds leather upholstery, a front centre armrest, ambient lighting, active bending xenon headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels. 

No 94g/km variant of the D2 is available for the Cross Country so we tested the D2 99g/km.

The seats are extremely comfortable – one of Volvo’s trademarks – but unlike a mini-SUV, the seating position isn’t particularly raised.

Considering the extra body height there was no noticeable body roll into the corners and the Cross Country drives much like the standard V40.

As you would expect with Volvo, safety is a strength. The world’s first pedestrian airbag is standard. If sensors in the front bumper detect contact between the car and the pedestrian, the rear end of the bonnet (made of soft metal) pops up along with an airbag. It works at speeds of 12mph to 31mph.

Also standard is City Safety – Volvo’s Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system – which now works at speeds of up to 31mph.

Volvo has moved away from having a specific eco badge and the entire V40 range features stop-start as standard, regenerative braking and low air/rolling resistance. 

Driver appeal
Drivers looking for all-wheel drive capability only have the range-topping petrol engine to opt for. However, for those not bothered about off-roading capability the front-wheel drive diesels have plenty of appeal. Extremely comfortable seats and a high quality interior on a par with rival premium brands will be attractive to company car drivers.
Fuel costs
The D2 boasts 74.3mpg on the combined cycle while the other two manual diesels offer 64.2mpg. Automatic transmission is available for the D3 and D4 with a combined mpg of 54.3.
CO2 emissions
Sub-100g/km emissions for the D2 mean low BIK and no vehicle tax either in the first year or in subsequent years. It is also currently makes the D2 exempt from the London Congestion Charge. The D2 and D4 manuals emit 117g/km.
FN Verdict
For those drivers that want a rugged look and aren’t fussed about all-wheel drive, there are plenty of reasons to consider the Cross Country - low CO2 emissions, good fuel economy, comfort and Volvo’s high level of standard safety equipment.
Top Speed
115mph
Volvo V40 Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Volvo V40 Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Volvo V40 Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £9,375
4 Year 80k : £7,150
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 36.80
4 Year 80k : 34.55

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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