The 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country Is Swedish Stir-fry

The 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country is painfully good looking!

I declare the 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country to be the best looking, small crossover in its segment – period.

I know, I know – I’m shallow, but can you blame me? Nice job China, nice job Sweden – awesome job Volvo! The Volvo V40 Cross Country is one of the best designs Volvo has come up with. You immediately know its a Volvo, you can easily see it’s a crossover and it manages to look appealing in, just about, every angle. It’s ridiculous to say I know, but I am head over heels for this design.

I only hope it drives as good as it looks.

How many times do you think someone has said, “Gosh, that’s a good looking crossover!” ? I wager it’s not that often. This  2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country is one of the few that deserves such an accolade. I would say something like this, “DAMN that’s one good looking m@+#=?$*({=r!!!” or something like that.

Here’s the good news, it ain’t slow!

Volvo is placing a beefy T5 mill under the  2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country’s curvaceous hood.

Here’s Volvo’s take, “The V40 Cross Country features class-leading driving dynamics with All Wheel Drive available on the T5 petrol turbo to enhance the all-road, all-weather capability.

The five-cylinder 2.5-litre T5 engine has a power output of 254 hp and 400 Nm of torque, including 40 Nm overboost delivered during acceleration. It comes with automatic transmission and acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 6.1 seconds. Fuel consumption is 7.8 l/100 km (EU Combined).

The T5 is also available in a 2.0-litre version with 213 hp and 300 Nm of torque on certain markets.

There is also the T4, a 1.6-litre GTDi engine with 180 horsepower and maximum torque of 270 Nm, including 30 Nm overboost. Fuel consumption is 5.5 l/100 km. This corresponds to COemissions of 129 g/km.

A 2.0-litre five-cylinder T4 engine with 180 hp and 300 Nm of torque is available on certain markets.

Smooth Powershift transmission

The T5 version comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the T4 is available in combination with the automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.”

Rumor has it that the 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country will make it stateside with minimal alterations verses the European model. I honestly don’t care, just as long as it looks as good as these photos reveal… it could have a hamster in a wheel under the hood… it doesn’t matter, that car is TOO good looking not to come to the United States. Unfortunately, there has been no announcement regarding the U.S.

Prices have not been announced, but given the target vehicles in this class, $32 – $35,000 would be a good bet for a FWD base model.

Here’s a fun Volvo video with Roman and I having too much fun!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism – Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.