Long term report: Volvo V40 Cross Country
Our XC70 long termer may have gone back to Sweden or wherever old Volvo press cars go to pasture, but we haven't been denied a bit of Scandinavian metal this month, thanks to the arrival of a V40 Cross Country D4.
As a big Volvo fan I was happy to see another Swedemobile arrive at our offices, thanks to the company's ability to blend supremely comfortable interiors, smooth rides and strong diesel engines. So does the Cross Country live up to expectations? Well, partly.
The V40 has ushered me along several long journeys without fuss. The D4 motor is punchy, smooth and refined, while volume levels in the cabin are low on the motorway.
Despite the slightly jacked-up ride height ushered in by Cross Country spec, the CC still drives well. The suspension and tyres iron out the worst that British roads can throw at them, while it seems to cope with corners well.
But the memory that sticks with me is the atrocious visibility and ridiculously wide turning circle that seems to turn three-point turns into 27-point affairs. Blend these two traits together and, despite being Volvo's smallest car, the V40 makes town driving much more demanding than it should be; an equivalent Golf never feels so unwieldy or hard to see out of.
We'll see if this is something we get used to, or an ongoing irritation.
Model: Volvo V40 Cross Country D4
Price: £36,045 (as tested)
Engine: 1969cc, 4 cylinder, turbo-charged
Power: 190bhp, 1750Nm
Max speed: 130mph
Mileage this month: 565
This month's highlight
Cruising up and down the M3 in comfort with the D4 motor providing quick and smooth progress.