Volvo has introduced the facelifted V40 hatchback and the V40 Cross Country in India. The last gen V40 was introduced in 2013 and was due for an update. The V40 is available in two trims - R-Design and Kinetic, whereas, the V40 Cross Country is available in Inscription and Momentum trims in India.
The new V40 follows the Scandinavian manufacturer’s newfound design philosophy. It now has the Full-LED headlamps which the manufacturer calls the Thor’s Hammer as was previously seen on the S90 sedan and the XC90 SUV. The grille is redesigned to match the family face as well.
The rear of the V40 remains more or less unchanged. So you get the trademark C-shaped tail lamps, tall hunched boot and dual exhaust finish at the rear. The R-Design gets a stylish 17-inch alloy wheels which go well with the overall design of this rather large hatchback.
The V40 Cross Country, on the other hand, has a comparatively raised ride-height with bigger profile tyres and body cladding all around to demonstrates its crossover intentions. The silver finished faux skid plate, black bumpers and roof railings are given addition to the Cross Country.
The cabin across both cars remains true to its Volvo tradition, nothing much has been changed over the previous model except for the new infotainment system. In the V40, there are three leather upholsteries to choose from, while the Cross Country gets five options which include a dual-tone interior as well.
Both cars are quite well equipped with features like keyless entry, panoramic sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity, paddle-shifters, City safety, park assist pilot at front & rear, rear parking camera and electrically operated front seats with driver memory.
Being Volvos, they are high on safety features. So in addition to seven airbags, which includes two-stage front airbags with driver knee bag, the V40 comes with first ever pedestrian airbags for the Indian market. There are safety aids like ESP, emergency brake assist, side impact and whiplash protection, seat pretensioners to name a few.
Powering both the cars is a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine developing 150bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the power is sent to front wheels in both the V40 hatchback and the V40 Cross-Country.The Cross Country also gets an 180bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine pushing 240Nm of torque in the T3 trim.
In India, the Volvo V40 takes the CBU route, and hence the prices are justifiable as it starts at Rs 25.49 lakh for the D3 Kinetic. The R-Design is priced Rs 28.53 lakh. The Cross Country prices are Rs 27.2 lakh and Rs 29.4 lakh for the Momentum and Inscription respectively. The V40 goes up against the Mercedes B-Class and the recently launch Mini Clubman in India.