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2013 Car of the Month

Motor Mouth’s Car of the Month: Volvo V40 Cross Country

Car of the Month 145 - Volvo V40 Cross Country

VOLVO have taken their highly acclaimed V40 hatchback, pumped in some extra testosterone and created another winner.

The Cross Country, say Volvo, is designed for people who want a sense of adventure in their everyday lives, but there’s no doubt it fits better into the trendy ‘crossover’ category rather than as an out-and-out mud-tamer.

The standard V40 has been beefed up with chunkier looks, higher ground clearance, big bumpers and roof bars and its technical tricks include hill-descent control as seen on the Land Rover Freelander among others.

The new Volvo, though, has four-wheel-drive only on the flagship T5, powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine, with all the other variations being front-drive only, making it ridiculously economical on fuel.

It is aimed more, perhaps, at the flat-grass family picnic brigade than those who want to wallow in knee-deep mud, and it is due in UK showrooms this month, priced from around £22k.

MM verdict: Another serious contender in a booming niche.

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