Volvo V40 Cross Country T4 1.6 Review
Swede success

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
4 Apr 2013

Introduction, Exterior

It was just three years ago that Volvo launched the Geely funded S60 that left the world's press with a impression of what the Swedes were really capable of with the right funding and management. Now we’re seeing a new model joining the Swedish lineup. And it is comforting affirmation that the days of angular brick-styled Volvos are well and truly over.

The V40 is a crossover vehicle that finds itself somewhere between a hatch and an SUV. This latest model from Volvo features several new design cues that hint at what we’ll see in models down the line.



Like the S60 that came before it, this new V40 takes Volvo’s new design language to the next level. While the front fascia bears some resemblance to the S60, the V40 has a more pronounced snout and is flanked by carefully sculpted headlights that seem to blend into the bodywork.

From the rear, the V40 looks like something out of Babylon 5 with its two tone tailgate that harks back to the C30 it replaces. Pleasing to the eyes are also the rear three quarter panels with the integrated tail lights and high shoulder lines that tapers towards the front. 

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Engine Capacity 1596cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 180bhp @ 5700rpm
Torque 240Nm @ 1600rpm
Power to Weight 125.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 210 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.4 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Powershift
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4370 x 2041 x 1458) mm
Wheelbase 2647 mm
Turning Circle 10.8 metres
Kerb Weight 1438 kg
Boot Capacity 335 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 62 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs