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Volvo V40 Cross Country gets new engine

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Volvo is known for its estate cars rather than off-roaders, however, the company does sell several jacked up estates and hatchbacks – which offer four-wheel drive and a little added off-road ability – along with the XC60 and XC90 4x4s.

Smallest of these off-roaders is the V40 Cross Country, which, until now has only been available with four-wheel drive in thirsty five-cylinder T5 petrol form. However, the Swedish company has now thrown out the old engine and brought in a new 2.0-litre 242bhp unit, which offers similar power but a drastic reduction in emissions, along with much lower fuel consumption.

Where the old engine only achieved 34.0mpg and emitted 194g/km of CO2, meaning annual road tax bills of £265 under current rules, the new motor cuts emissions to just 149g/km, dropping the new T5 motor into the £145 tax band. Fuel economy is also estimated to be a much more palatable 44mpg combined – vastly cutting owners’ fuel spend over the old car.

The T5 also gains Volvo’s new eight-speed automatic gearbox – with optional steering wheel paddles which allow the driver to manually change gear – in place of its predecessor’s six-speed unit, and should be able to match the previous version’s rapid 0-62mph time of 6.4 seconds.

Volvo claims that this new model bests its key rivals with its combination of power and low emissions, with the Audi Q3 TFSI Quattro wading in with CO2 emissions of 179g/km, the BMW X1 xDrive20i auto at 170g/km and the Mercedes GLA250 4MATIC weighing in at 154g/km, though all offer slower acceleration.

Other new additions to the V40 Cross Country include a more sophisticated Sensus Connect media system, new 19-inch alloy wheels, which come with lower noise levels and added rim protection, plus a new exterior colour.

Order books for the updated V40 Cross Country T5 open in January. Prices are likely to be similar to the current car’s price of around £34,000.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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