Not everyone loves a Volvo because they are seen as too chunky and expensive to drive.
I love Volvos and have experienced just how much punishment they will take having driving a V70 to the end of its life. Now the Swedish maker (though a fair number of the models are knocked out at the Ford plant in Belgium) has unveiled prices for the all-new Volvo V40 R-Design and Cross Country.
They start from £22,295 and £22,595 respectively.
That’s pretty good value and Volvo is now able to offer both a more sports inspired and a more rugged looking take on the V40.
The V40 R-Design has taken cues from its R-Design stablemates in the rest of the range, with a re-profiled front bumper and rear diffuser, five-spoke 17″ Ixion wheels, silver matt door mirrors, unique R-Design embossed nubuck upholstery, sports floor mats, sports steering wheel and pedals.
In addition to this, as standard, the V40 R-Design benefits from a TFT crystal display screen with unique blue colouring, illuminated gear-knob, unique R-Design aluminium trim and vertical LED day-running lights.
Those wanting the ultimate in sports luxury can upgrade to the R-Design Lux, complementing the standard specification with active bending xenon headlights with cleaning system, rain sensor, leather-faced R-Design embossed seats, cruise control, keyless start and rear theatre lighting.
The V40 Cross Country is Volvo’s answer to those customers that want a small 5-door hatchback but with a more ‘off-road’ and rugged look. As standard, the Cross Country SE is offered with autofolding door mirrors with ground lights and black mirror covers, 16″ alloy wheels, rain sensor, textile/T-Tec upholstery, tread plates and silver roof rails.