Volvo V40 Cross Country review

Costs & verdict

Volvo V40 Cross Country rear seats
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

By the standards of premium hatchbacks like the Audi A3, Volkswagen Golf and Mercedes A-Class, the Cross Country looks fairly expensive – but the standard Volvo V40 is more of a rival for those cars and as such competes more directly with price. Compared to small premium SUVs such as the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3 the Cross Country’s prices look better matched.

That said, against all of its rivals the Cross Country is predicted to lose more of its value and will end up costing buyers more in depreciation throughout ownership.

The Cross Country has 18in alloy wheels as standard, plus copper trim, roof rails and an off-road look to its body styling. Like R-Design, Cross Country is essentially an appearance pack, although it does bring a slightly higher seating position and Volvo’s ‘Dynamic Chassis’.

You also get all the standard tech from the V40 range, including front and rear parking sensors plus rear camera, cruise control, sat-nav, 12V socket with USB connection, and the infotainment system mentioned earlier.

As well as the usual array of airbags and electronic driver aids, the Cross Country has a City Safety system (automatic emergency braking (AEB) as it's otherwise referred) that automatically applies the brakes if you get too close to the vehicle in front. Volvo has also fitted an external airbag that pops out from under the bonnet to cover the windscreen and front pillars if sensors detect a collision with a pedestrian.

These extra features helped the V40 it’s based on achieved a maximum five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP back in 2012, with a seriously impressive 100% score awarded for its safety assistance features. It would be likely to receive similar scores even under today’s more stringent testing. Security kit includes an engine immobiliser and an alarm, and security experts Thatcham rate it highly for resisting theft and break-in.

As it’s just a trim level, the Cross Country didn’t feature specifically in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, but the V40 didn’t do particularly well; it finished 12th out of 14 contenders in the Family Car category and was beaten by everything from the Kia Ceed to the BMW 1 Series.

Volvo as a manufacturer finished 21st out of 31 contenders for reliability, too, which is equally disappointing. The three-year/60,000-mile warranty is on a par with most rivals, and includes three years of cover for paintwork and eight against rust perforation.

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Both the family and small SUV classes have moved on and left the Volvo V40 Cross Country feeling dated. The standard V40 range makes much more sense.

  • Comfortable seats
  • Solid interior
  • Efficient engines
  • Stodgy handling
  • Poor ride
  • Dashboard layout