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Volvo V40 Cross Country in the driving report: Only visually an adventurer

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Volvo V40 Cross Country T5 AWD in the driving report
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C ross country, so across through the country. One imagines a car that, if necessary, fights its way over hill and dale, through thick and thin, as well as on and across the street. But in the Volvo V40 the addition only stands for a more extensive modified equipment line with a raised body and beefier aprons.

Volvo is building on the V70 from 1996 with the same promising name; he was still a sturdy outdoorsman. In contrast, the compact Volvo V40 Cross Country is now much more bourgeois. The SUV bonds cost 1,800 euros more than the comparable Volvo V40 - and yet only give the appearance of adventure. In truth, the Volvo surrenders prematurely due to insufficient ground clearance.

Volvo V40 Cross Country offers little space and a lot of rigidity

The Volvo V40 Cross Country T5 is especially in the highest version Summum AWD (all-wheel drive top engine) very well equipped. Traditionally, the letter V in Swedish models stands for station wagon, but this is misleading: Hatchback would be the correct name for the Volvo V40 Cross Country with its small luggage compartment (335 liters). The limited space, especially in the rear, is strongly reminiscent of the compact class. In contrast, the barely higher seating position doesn't exactly make it a showcase SUV.

One expects comfort above all from a vehicle in this price range; this is what the V40 offers, for example. But Volvo has practically imposed sportiness on the V40 Cross Country through a one-sided chassis tuning. This means that the four-door is not only excessively hard, it also annoys long distances with catapult-like lifting movements, and its steering gives far too little feeling for the front wheels.

When driving fast on country roads, the front-wheel drive character predominates; the rear axle intervenes too late to prevent the Volvo from understeering in tight bends.

Much safety, little Pressure

When you accelerate, the turbo five-cylinder boils with a pleasantly deep bass, without being intrusive. And the six-speed automatic prevents hectic manual work. But some of the 254 hp seems to slip into the converter, because it does not convey impressive propulsion, especially on the unlimited motorway. So little speaksto opt for the top engine - the diesel with 150 hp, for example, is cheaper and also significantly more economical.

The core competence of the Volvo lies in safety equipment; Assistants for keeping and changing lanes, drowsiness detection, emergency braking function and cruise control with distance control. Thus, the Cross Country is particularly suitable for those clientele who value the beefier look at 1,800 euros extra - and who can live with disadvantages in terms of comfort. All others are much better served with a V40.


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