By on September 20, 2012

Apparently, the Volvo V40 isn’t being imported to North America; but nobody said the Cross Country wasn’t coming here, did they?

The iconic V70 ended up being usurped by the XC60. The V50 wagon was effectively replaced by the XC60. And with Audi, BMW and Mercedes offering entry-level compact luxury cars (the A3, X1 and the upcoming A/B-Class), Volvo has an opening for their own entry. The V40 Cross Country is a bit more crossover-esque than the standard V40, but the upshot is available all-wheel drive.

Powertrains include three diesels (not going to happen, sorry) and two gasoline engines; a 1.6L 4-cylinder, which is unlikely to come here, and Volvo’s venerable 2.5L 5-cylinder turbocharged engine. If the V40 drives anything like the XC60, then the 2.5L with AWD would be a very compelling package. Fingers crossed.

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21 Comments on “Volvo V40 Cross Country; We May Actually Get This...”


  • avatar
    Nostrathomas

    Ugh, I figured we would get some jacked up version of the V40/50, and this is probably it. It makes too much (non) sense.

    Why is everyone so obsessed with height? If being able to see out of your car is so imperative, how about we try lowering those damn belt-lines and thinning out the pillars? Look at this thing….it’s going to be impossible to see anything out the back. But no need to worry about that, we have blind spot detectors to fix that!

    I’d much rather have this (no need for TR necessarily):
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/2011_Volvo_V60_T6_R-Design_station_wagon_(2011-03-02)_02.jpg

    Now when it comes time to replace my wifes 08 v50…..I guess we’ll have to look elsewhere again.

    • 0 avatar
      Featherston

      @ Nostrathomas – In the words of Hulk Hogan, amen, brother.

      I’ll add that those giant wheels confer penalties in ride quality, economy, acceleration, and maintenance costs (when they crack from hitting a pothole, which is absolutely laughable given a vehicle with off-road pretensions). And don’t you dare argue about “crisp turn-in” when a vehicle is jacked-up like that.

      The sad thing is, even if you’re in something like a 2002 or 3rd-generation Accord, you’re able to see out of your own vehicle properly but not past the jacked-up, tinted-windowed monstrosities around you.

    • 0 avatar
      musicalmcs8706

      That’s the exact same dilemma my mom will have when she has to replace her 07 V50, her favorite car she has ever owned.

    • 0 avatar
      zerofoo

      I recently started looking for a small wagon to eventually replace my GTI and I liked the looks of the V50. That was followed by disappointment when I found out it was discontinued.

      I guess that TDI Jetta wagon is the only realistic choice left. Audi, BMW and Merc are simply too much money, and I’ve never cared for the way Hyundais and Subarus drive.

      My wife drives an Jeep Grand Cherokee, we simply don’t need another SUV, and sedans make little sense for hauling kids and their junk.

      If wagons make so much sense, why aren’t there more to choose from in this country?

      • 0 avatar
        Nostrathomas

        “If wagons make so much sense, why aren’t there more to choose from in this country?”

        Probably because most people don’t really put that much thought into what is most practical, instead they look around at what others have, and think that’s what they should be buying too. The less wagons there are, the less people think it’s even an option.

        You should look at a certified v50 if you can…with Volvo’s high starting price and relatively high depreciation, you can save a ton of money off of a 2 year old model. I’d recommend the T5 version though, as the 2.4 is a little gutless when it comes to acceleration at speed.

      • 0 avatar
        el scotto

        It’s a chicken and egg thing. Not many station wagons offered, not many sold. I think if there was a pent-up demand for wagons, a car maker would have waiting lists for them.
        I just don’t think station wagons are that popular, even when sold upscale as shooting brakes or some other silliness.Minivans and SUVs have usurped their marketing niche. I like ride height.
        Running for my life from the Station Wagon Jihad.

      • 0 avatar
        mistermau

        It’s a damn shame too. At this point if my ’07 Passat Wagon were to have to be replaced, I’d only have really two decent choices: A newer used Passat Wagon, or a Flex.

        As I was reading the Ford Fusion review earlier today I thought to myself: “Wish it came in a wagon…”

      • 0 avatar
        Dan

        It wasn’t all that long ago that there was a wagon version of nearly every volume sedan. Accord wagons, Camry wagons, Taurus wagons, Civic wagons, Escort wagons, Saturn wagons.

        It’s not a chicken and the egg thing at all. The eggs were there and nobody bought them.

    • 0 avatar
      Thinx

      Dat Overhang. This Geely looks like it has an extra chromosome.

      My friend gave me a short ride to the airport last week in her XC70, and that thing was already falling apart. I can’t wait to find out what the half-life of the Chinese-sourced version will be.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    I agree with you about not being able to see out the back; it’s like designers are forgetting all practicality with CUVs. Styling wins over substance and utility. My CUV has about the same visibility of the extended cab small truck it replaced.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    So after going from “Cross Country” to the XC moniker with the V40 Volvo is going BACK to “Cross Country”, rather than call it the XC40?

    Make up your mind, Volvo!

  • avatar
    DaveWest

    The press release says “Focus on Europe and China” – pretty much Volvo Car Corp.’s mantra these days. Do not get your hopes up.

    I prefer the V40, but also like the design of the V40XC. However, if the point of claddifying is to protect the body during off road adventures, why is the lower front facia, the part most likely to contact grass, rocks, debris, etc., painted? It is a nice design, and looks cool, but it reeks of marketing over function. Is there any engineering integrity left these days?

  • avatar

    Is not Volvo owned by Geely of China? then if so, who will be making these Vehicles? Inquiring minds want to know, I used to own a Volvo 240 many Moons ago when they had a assemble plant in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • avatar

    Derek, any news on your V70 project?

  • avatar
    bkmurph

    Yo dawg, I heard you like overwrought styling cues, so we put fake skid plates over your rocker panels so you can have plastic cladding on top of your plastic cladding.

  • avatar
    AKM

    As a fan of euro-hatchbacks, I was originally interested by the V40. However, it’s just as expensive as the Germans, and is less practical for a small family than the A3. So off the long-term list it went…
    I still do appreciate Volvo’s efforts, though

  • avatar
    Tinker

    I bet the USA base engine is a non-turbo 4-cylinder, (if they want to sell many of them). A 2.5-2.8 liter, 180+ hp engine with pretensions of good gas mileage required.

    Turbos break, and need replacing, within the warranty. Or has Volvo found a miracle solution for that? If not, I’d keep driving my older model whatever-mobile.

    Not sure what engines they have or can acquire from corporate parts-bins, I do not keep up with Volvos.

    If they do a supercharged base engine, consider a startup business of repairing or replacing the turbo, at a cheap price point.

    Are those intended to be RUNNING BOARDS down there, below the doors? Gad.

    Well it is identifiable as a Volvo product, at least.

  • avatar
    seth1065

    El Scotto— we know where you live and we are watching you, and remeber we can carry plenty of pain in our wagons*

    *- This is in no way to be taken as a threat by the nanny editors at TTAC, your views may differt void in Nj ….

  • avatar
    el scotto

    I’d love to have a Bonneville Station Wagon as a project car. Dual sunroofs and Cragars would be the 1st mods. Loveseat? I can haul a mattress from Ikea in this thing.

    • 0 avatar
      ZekeToronto

      LOL–the last mattress I got from Ikea came rolled up and vacuum-packed. I could have brought it home on my Ninja!

      As an A3 driver though, I am a sucker for dual sunroofs.

  • avatar
    Roland

    What an ugly snout on the thing. Since when did Jimmy Durante become the supreme automotive aesthetic?

    Poor sight lines for the driver. I suppose we’ll soon need not only back-up cameras, but turn cameras and forward cameras, too.

    Then eventually we’ll just have to wear the full virtual reality helmet–if Google and the friendly neighbourhood government drone aircraft flying overhead aren’t already doing the driving for us.


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