Long term report: Volvo V40 Cross Country #6


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A trip to London is always a nice idea, and when your colleague and former flatmate asks you if you want to bunk off work early to go and watch the latest Fast and Furious film with him in the capital, it's even nicer.

Unfortunately, we managed to make it to the cinema but missed the film. So, actually, we spent a Monday evening on a monumental road test of the Volvo V40 Cross Country from Gosport to central London and back again.
The V40 was not the right car for this. The clutch is too spongey for comfortable city driving, and as we hit the 6pm traffic in the capital, my left leg was being punished for my choice of car.

This might sound like an overreaction, but the squeals I made when we got out were very real.

However, the whole trip – which took a total of six hours, including a hearty dinner – cost me only £23 in fuel, a much better deal than our originally planned combined £60 train fares.

The sat-nav was always spot-on and managed to get us to the IMAX cinema, then a terrifying underground car park which we swiftly exited and a eventually a restaurant (with a little help from Google). And finally, no-one ever loved parking sensors as much as me when attempting to park on the narrowest roads of Clapham.

So, maybe I was a little harsh on the Volvo, but I cannot forgive it for the state of my thigh muscles the next day.

The knowledge

Model: Volvo V40 Cross Country D4
Price: £36,045 (as tested)
Engine: 1969cc, 4 cylinder, turbo-charged Power: 190bhp, 400Nm
Max speed: 130mph
0-60mph: 7.1s
Emissions: 104g/km
Mileage this month: 889
This month's highlight:
Enjoying the sunny, but still chilly, mornings in the comfort of the V40.
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