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14-Jun-2013: The highly acclaimed luxury car maker from Sweden, Volvo Car Corporation has launched their stylish crossover, Volvo V40 for the Indian populace. This wonderful cross country vehicle has been launched at a price of Rs. 28.50 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) and will be available at all the Volvo dealerships across the country. This Volvo V40 is equipped with a power packed 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel mill, which can displace close to 1984cc and has the capacity to churn out an incredible 150bhp in combination with a pounding maximum torque output of 350Nm, which is rather excellent. The company claims that this crossover has the ability to generate a healthy mileage of 16.80 Kmpl, which has also been certified by ARAI. This performance packed diesel engine is skilfully mated with a six speed automatic transmission gear box. The company has loaded this new Volvo V40 crossover with a long list of comfort and safety aspects, which will certainly lure the customers into buying it. With the launch of this new crossover, the company will certainly increase their foot hold in the profitable Indian car market.
One of the famed luxury car makers in the world, Volvo Motors have several outstanding vehicles in several car markets globally. Among them Volvo V40 Cross Country is a sleek and lustrous crossover, which is packed with a powerful engine. Most of their cars and utility vehicles are brought into the country through the CBU (completely built up units) route. These cars across the world have always been an epitome of safety and are seen as a benchmark, when it comes to the stability of the vehicle. Not only this, these vehicles also have sporty characters and is capable of delivering an overwhelming performance. It is competing against the likes of BMW X1, Audi Q3, Mercedes Benz GLA Class and others in this segment. It is available in only a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1984cc. It has the ability to deliver a maximum power of 150bhp along with a peak torque output of 350Nm, which is rather decent for this class. This engine is skilfully coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission gear box, which ensures smoother gear shifts at all times. The braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient, which helps in keeping the vehicle stable at all times. Its braking mechanism is further augmented by ABS along with electronic brake force distribution. It also has dynamic stability and traction control function for added safety. This crossover is equipped with with some top of the line exterior and interior aspects for enticing the customers. In terms of safety, it has dual front airbags for driver and front co-passenger along with passenger airbag cut off switch and side airbags. It has energy absorbing frontal structure with side impact protection system that further adds to the safety quotient. Apart from these, it has all the standard protective features, which are necessary for a safe driving. The exterior appearance is quite inviting with a sleek bonnet, bold radiator grille and well designed headlight cluster. Its side profile is designed with a few strong character lines and neatly carved wheel arches, which are fitted with an elegant set of alloy wheels. It also has a glass based sun roof that lets a lot of natural light and fresh air to enter the cabin. Its internal section comes with a dual tone color scheme and there are options to change the interior lighting. It has park assist pilot along with rear view camera and sensors that makes it simpler to park. The advanced music system has varied input options and the passengers can also pair their mobile phone to stay connected with the Bluetooth technology. On the other hand, the manufacturer is selling this vehicle with a standard warranty of two years or 60000 Kilometers, whichever comes first. At the same time, the customers can also extend the warranty period by one year at an additional cost paid to authorized dealers.
The car maker has given this crossover an inviting body structure, which is fitted with a number of striking aspects. To begin with the front facade, its has a perforated radiator grille, which is surrounded by a thick chrome strip. It also has been embedded with a prominent company logo in the center. This radiator grille is flanked by a radiant head light cluster, which is powered by active bending lights (ABL) with motorized lamps that can turn up to fifteen degrees in any direction. It also comes with dual xenon technology with low and high beam. Just below this, it has a dual tone bumper that is accompanied by aluminum finished skid plate, which gives the frontage a rugged look. It houses a wide air intake section for cooling the powerful diesel engine. This air dam is surrounded by a pair of bright fog lamps and it also has automatic LED day time running lights. The sleek bonnet is slanting towards the front and it has a couple of visible character lines, which gives it a distinct look. The laminated windscreen gives better all round visibility while driving and it is equipped with a couple of intermittent wipers. Coming to its side profile, the company has designed it with body colored pull type door handles along with glossy black finished external wing mirrors, which have been integrated with side turn blinkers. These ORVMs are electrically retractable as well as adjustable and comes with heating function. The black finished window sill and B-pillar gives the side profile a decent look. The pronounced wheel arches are fitted with a modish set of alloy wheels, which have been further covered with robust tubeless radial tyres and provides a superior grip on any road conditions. It also has a pair of roof rails in silver metal finish with black fleet and aerodynamically designed for maximum fuel efficiency. The rear end has a large windscreen, which is made of tinted glass. It is accompanied by a wash and wipe function along with a defogger as well. For enhancing the look of the vehicle, it has a sporty roof spoiler, which is integrated with a LED high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety quotient. The body colored bumper is accompanied by aluminum finished skid plate, which prevents it from minor damages. It also has dual end pipes that are finished in chrome. Then it also has a curvy boot lid, which is embossed with variant badging and a thick chrome strip. Its luminous tail light cluster is equipped with high intensity reverse lights and turn indicator.
The overall dimensions of this stylish crossover are quite standard and can take in five passengers with ease. It is designed with an overall length of 4370mm along with a decent height of 1473mm. Its total width is about 1857mm, which includes external rear view mirrors. It has a large wheelbase of 2646mm and a minimum ground clearance of about 145mm. The steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 10.9 meters.
The insides of this Volvo V40 Cross Country are designed in charcoal black color scheme, which is complemented by ambient lighting. In terms of seating, it is incorporated with ergonomically designed seats, which are very comfortable and provides ample leg space and shoulder room for all passengers. The front seats can be adjusted electrically and has proper lumbar support that adds to the convenience. All the seats are integrated with adjustable head restraints and covered with leather upholstery. Its rear seat has split foldable function, which helps in increasing the boot compartment. The dashboard has a very soft feel and equipped with a number of features like a large illuminated glove box with cooling effect, 3-spoke steering wheel with multi-functional switches, an instrument panel with lots of functions and chrome finished AC vents. This digital instrument cluster comes with crystal TFT display, which is equipped with gear shift indicator, a low fuel warning light, trip computer, ambient temperature gauge and many other warnings for keeping the driver updated. It has a speed dependent power steering system, power retractable outside rear view mirror with ground lighting, illuminated vanity mirror and several other aspects. It has chrome finished inside door handles and gear shift knob along with leather wrapped steering wheel that gives the interiors a classy look. The dashboard and central console are in matte finish, while the door panels have the similar interior effect. The company has also blessed it with a 7-inch SENSUS color display, which supports adaptive cruise control, collision warning with full auto brake, pedestrian detection, driver alert control, lane keeping aid, radar blind spot information system, road sign information, climate control and lots of others. The spacious boot compartment comes with removable parcel shelf and trunk room light for easy access. In addition to these, it is bestowed with all four power windows with driver side auto down function, headlamp level adjuster on instrument panel, automatically dimmed internal rear view mirror with compass, speed limiter and cruise control, which maintains a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver.
This crossover is incorporated with a long list of convenience aspects, which gives the occupants a comfortable driving experience. It has ergonomically designed seats that offers maximum comfort especially during long journeys. There is also lumbar support available for the front seats, which can be adjusted accordingly for good support. Moreover, front passengers can change its height and angle of the seat cushion, which further adds to the convenience. Its driver's seat can be electrically adjusted that adds to the comfort level. The door mirrors also can be electrically adjusted according to the preferences. There is a foldable holder available for two cups in the rear seat center armrest. It is blessed with an electronic climate control that helps in maintaining the cabin temperature. It has dust and pollen filter for keeping the cabin air purified. It also has interior air quality system that continuously monitors he incoming air. The windows are made of tinted glass, which helps to keep the cabin temperature low in sunny conditions. In addition to these, it has an illuminated lockable glove box compartment that comes with pencil and credit card holders. There are storage pockets available on front door panels, which further adds to their convenience. The cabin is incorporated with an advanced music system, which comes with Bluetooth connectivity and touchscreen display. The multifunctional steering wheel is mounted with audio, call and cruise control buttons. Apart from these, the company has given it front center armrest, heated windscreen, panoramic glass roof, clean zone interior package and a few other such aspects that helps in giving an enjoyable driving experience.
This premium crossover is blessed with spacious interiors that offers a lot of leg room, which is a plus point. It has the ability to accommodate five people with ease. This vehicle is available with a headroom of 984mm for the front passengers and about 932mm for the rear seat occupants. On the other hand, it comes with a boot space of 335 litres, which can be further increased by folding the rear seats. The boot also includes a couple of luggage restraint nets, which are helpful in holding the luggage together safely. It has a reasonably good fuel tank, which can hold up to 60 litres of diesel in it.
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Ed's take: The 150bhp makes the Volvo V40 a quick hatchback. The torque produced at the low end adds more punch to it.
This 1984cc diesel power plant is cleverly mated with a six speed automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to all wheels. It allows the vehicle to attain a remarkable top speed in the range of 195 to 205 Kmph, which is quite thrilling for the occupants sitting inside. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 9.3 seconds from a standstill.
Ed's take: The V40 produces sufficient power to drive in city or the highway, but even to make those quick overtaking moves.
This vehicle is fitted with a 2.0-litre diesel engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1984cc. It is integrated with five cylinders and twenty valves. It is capable of producing a peak power of 150bhp at 3500rpm along with a maximum torque output of 350Nm in the range of 1500 to 2750rpm. This turbocharged diesel motor is skillfully coupled with an advanced 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox that ensures smoother gear shifts at all times.
Ed's take: The V40 returns a fuel economy of about 16km/l as per the ARAI cycle. In real world, it should return about 11-12km/l.
The company has incorporated this 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine with an advanced fuel supply system, which enhances the mileage of this vehicle. It enables the crossover to generate 13.05 Kmpl within the city limits and its mileage goes up to 16.81 Kmpl on the bigger roads.
Ed's take: The power produced by the V40 is good, and at about 150bhp of power at tap it is good for its size.
This five cylinder based power plant has the capacity of producing 150bhp at 3500rpm in combination with a commanding torque output of 350Nm between 1500 to 2750rpm that rather good for Indian road conditions.
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Ed's take: The V40 being a luxury hatchback gets all the frills one will need in a luxury car.
This crossover is incorporated with a sophisticated audio system that offers best in-car entertainment to its occupants. It has a dash integrated 5-inch color screen display that provides complete control of the audio system. The high performance multi media system has a premium sound quality features a CD/MP3 player, audio streaming and other input options like a USB port, iPod connectivity and Aux-in interface. It features an integrated 7-inch multimedia screen and compatible with most media formats. This unit provides access to advanced entertainment, communication and navigation technology. The Bluetooth hands free system also comes integrated in this crossover. With the digital audio broadcasting, its passengers can have access to more radio channels, improved radio reception and near-CD quality sound. Apart from these, it also includes a digital TV receiver that can be conveniently controlled using the optional remote control. It has an extra power outlet that is integrated in the storage area below the front center armrest. It can be used for charging mobile phones, laptop and other portable electronic devices. It has a steering wheel remote control using which one can adjust the volume, switch radio stations or to play the tracks easily. Apart from these, the company also offers a lot of accessories, which can be integrated in this stunning vehicle. The list includes a styling kit, infant seat, detachable tow bar, roof load carriers, safety grille, park assist pilot and a few other features.
Ed's take: The handling of Volvos has always been good and the V40 is no different. The suspension set-up is also well tweaked for good ride and handling.
This crossover is incorporated with an efficient braking and handling mechanism. Its front and rear wheels are fitted with high quality disc brakes, which are further assisted by anti-lock braking system along with hydraulic brake assist and ready alert brake. In terms of suspension, its front axle is assembled with a McPherson spring strut, whereas the rear axle is affixed with an advanced multi-link type of a mechanism. These front and rear suspensions interact to provide a crisp steering and stable braking. The automaker has blessed it with a highly responsive power assisted steering system that makes handling quite convenient. Besides these, it has dynamic stability and traction control along with advanced stability control that helps to keep this vehicle under the control of driver.
Ed's take: Volvo vehicles are one of the most safest vehicles and the V40 is no different. It also gets auto-stop even when the vehicle is moving at a speed of 50km/hr to avoid any collisions and EuroNCAP has rated it to be the most safest car that is ever tested by this organisation.
Volvo cars are have always been a perfect example of safety and are seen as a benchmark. It has a strong steel cage body structure that offers maximum security in the event of a collision. The front and rear crumple zones help to distribute the crash force and minimizes the impact on the occupants inside the vehicle. The dual stage front, side as well as knee airbags available that reduces the risk of injuries. It is blessed with anti-submarining protection that helps preventing its passengers slide under and out of their safety belts in case of a big impact. It has safety belts with pyrotechnic pretensioners that activate within fractions of a second in case of a collision. The power child safety locks allows locking of rear doors and power windows. This vehicle has a remote controlled panic alarm using which, the hazard lights can be activated in an emergency. The private locking is useful to lock the luggage and glove compartment through a remote. It is bestowed with an electronic engine immobilizer, which makes it impossible to start the vehicle without the right key and protects it from theft. Furthermore, it has city safety which can sense an impending collision at speeds of up to 50 Kmph and helps in preventing it. Apart from these, it also has the cross traffic alert that uses the rear radar sensors and alerts the driver of crossing traffic from the sides when reversing out of a parking space. In addition to these, it has several other security aspects like the blind spot information system, dynamic stability and traction control, engine drag control, anti-locking brakes with hydraulic brake assist, active bending lights with dual xenon technology, warning triangle, collapsible steering column and whiplash protection system. A few more features like first aid kit, passenger airbag cut-off switch, automatic door locking, power retractable door mirrors with ground lighting, approach and home safe lighting as well as remote controlled central locking system further adds to the safety quotient. All these features put together makes it one of the safest vehicle in its class.
The flared up wheel arches of this Volvo V40 Cross Country are fitted with an elegant set of 17-inch Larenta alloy wheels, which are in brushed glossy grey finish. These are further covered with high performance tubeless radial Tempa tyres of size T 115/90 R16 92M, which offer an excellent grip on any terrain.
1. Availability of numerous safety aspects is a big plus point.
2. Powerful engine with decent acceleration and pickup.
3. Striking exterior aspects enhances its appearance.
4. Plush interiors with sophisticated features.
5. Leg room is quite sufficient.
1. Engine NVH levels can be reduced.
2. Comfort aspects are less when compared to its competitors.
3. Expensive price tag is a big minus point.
4. Cost of maintenance is quite high.
5. Fuel economy is not up to the mark.
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Following the unveiling of XC90 R-Design quite recently, Volvo has now announced a powertrain upgrade for its V40 Cross Country. The car will soon be available with a T5 Drive-E engine and an AWD (all-wheel drive) system.
With the on going battle between luxury car makers, Volvo has introduced the V40 Cross Country for Rs 28.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Just one more day, and India will have the much anticipated Volvo V40 Cross Country in India, which will be launched at the company's new showroom in Gurgaon. It will be the company's most affordable vehicle, which will compete against both the luxury compact crossovers and luxury hatchbacks. Volvo V40 Cross Country is basically an off-roading competent version of the V40 Hatch, so it can be pitched both as an off-roading capable vehicle and luxury hatchback. The V40 Cross Country will compete against the likes of BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in crossover segment, while to the Merc A-Class and upcoming BMW 1-Series in growing luxury hatchback space.