The safest names in the automotive industry globally, Volvo has launched the V40 Cross Country in a petrol avatar in India, priced at Rs. 27 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Already available with a diesel engine since 2013, the petrol-powered V40 Cross Country is for the enthusiast in you and is the most powerful of its kind in the segment rivaling the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the BMW 1-Series while also being loaded with tech wizardry and advanced safety features to the brink.
In terms of power, the 2014 Volvo V40 Cross Country petrol uses the T4 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces a healthy 180 PS of power and a peak torque of 240 Nm, paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission that sends all that power to the front wheels. The GTDi family of engines powering the V40 sports aluminium construction and direct injection that provides the balance between performance and fuel economy. With respect to performance, the V40 Cross Country is capable of doing the 0-100 kmph in 8.5 seconds leaving most of its rivals in the dust.
Aesthetically, the Volvo V40 Cross Country petrol has been revised for the 2015 model year and compared to its diesel counterpart gets slightly tweaked headlights and tail lights while the round exhaust tips have been replaced by the rectangular shaped ones that looks effective. The car looks extremely proportionate and even boasts of better interior space over its rivals with the panoramic sunroof adding to give the cabin a larger feeling. Like every Volvo, the V40 Cross Country comes with well-appointed interiors sporting the best in quality and a layout very different from the German offerings in the same space.
For a market like India, the V40 Cross Country’s 145 mm ground clearance also makes sense and makes it more capable to handle our roads. Coming to the safety tech, Volvo never disappoints and the V40 CC is loaded with 7 airbags, City Safety Technology, traction control, park assist, ABS, EBD, ESP and a host of other electronic safety aids. The creature comforts list, on the other hand, comes equipped with cruise control, park assist system, leather seats with ventilation, reverse camera with rear parking sensors, push button start, keyless entry and a whole lot more that will keep you balanced throughout the drive.
Volvo will continue to bring the V40 Cross Country via the CBU route which does make it a tad bit more expensive over its rivals, but the model also comes loaded with features that justify its marginally expensive price tag. If you prefer unadulterated power and are not a big sucker for the badge, the Volvo V40 Cross Country in its new petrol avatar is the hatchback you need to go for. We know we would! With the V40 petrol here, we now patiently wait for the new generation XC90 that will also be launched in the country this year.