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.