With the popularity of SUVs these days, you can say that it would be impossible for other cars to compete. This, however, is not true with the 2019 V40 Cross Country. It is, in some ways, an appealing alternative to an SUV rather than a plain family hatchback.

The Mazda CX-3, on the other hand, is a small SUV that has some engaging characteristics. It would be fun to see if the V40 Cross Country can compare against it since it is a true SUV by nature.  

Design & Style

The V40 Cross Country is a trim level of the V40 model and not entirely a separate variant. This means that most of its characteristics are premium upgrades for the family hatchback. For example, the SUV stance that you can see on it is mere because it is added with mean-looking bumpers and a slightly raised ride height. There are also details that give it an off-road nature like the roof rails and scuff plates.

The exterior design of the CX-3 is leaning on having a sporty vibe to make it look more appealing. The grille has been restyled together with the taillights and its wheels.

Technology & Safety

As expected, the V40 Cross Country has a wide range of in-car tech. This is pretty standard across all Volvo vehicles because the company needs to maintain a reputation in terms of having modern tech innovations. Aside from the enhanced infotainment, the V40 Cross Country gets high marks for having a host of security features to keep everyone inside safe.  Aside from the usual adaptive cruise control and cross-traffic alert, it has the City Safety system that contributes to a more relaxed driving even through the worst city traffics.

The CX-3 is also great in terms of in-car technology. It can be tricky at first but the voice-command system is easy to use once you get used to it. It is helpful if you are not fond of typing in commands or pushing some buttons to activate anything. There are also standard safety features that work well.


The handling prowess of the V40 Cross Country is surprisingly good and you can have an enthusiastic driving with it since it can easily handle even twisty roads.

As for the CX-3, it is an agile car with a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine for up to 146lb-ft of torque and 148 hp. It is receptive with exceptionally sharp steering that is great for both city and highway driving.

The Bottom Line

Comparing these vehicles, it seems that the 2019 V40 Cross Country is more of an SUV compared to the 2019 Mazda CX-3. It has the tough looks of an SUV and is also well-equipped to take on tougher tasks that plain hatchbacks cannot do.

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