Walk over to the nearest window, have a peek outside and these days it’s very likely you’ll see a small SUV parked somewhere nearby. Their popularity seemingly knows no bounds, and the Volvo V40 Cross Country is, in some ways, trying to appeal to exactly those buyers.
This means you can look at the Cross Country in two ways; one that it rivals premium family hatchbacks such as the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class, and the other that it faces competition from small SUVs like the Audi Q3 or BMW X1.
The Cross Country is based on Volvo’s V40 family hatchback and is offered purely as a trim level rather than a whole separate variant. It gets a slightly raised ride height and tough-looking plastic bumpers that intend to give it an SUV stance, plus off-road allusions such as roof rails and side scuff plates. You can choose between the higher-powered diesel or petrol engines from the V40 line-up.
Whether the Cross Country is the right V40 for you will be revealed over the next few pages. If you’ve made your decision, head to our New Car Buying pages to find out how to save thousands on your new car purchase.