Gone are the days when luxury cars in India were only targeted at corporate honchos in their middle age. Luxury carmakers are now looking at a whole new breed of customers who are younger at heart and are yet to get a chauffeur. Volvo and Mercedes offer some of their thoroughbred compact luxury cars for just a tad more than the price of an executive saloon, a refreshing change from the more grown up cars we’re used to seeing from luxury carmakers. Mercedes’ new A-class is supremely stylish with all the pizzazz needed to tug at your heartstrings.
Volvo’s feature-laced V40 Cross Country isn’t lagging in the style department either and coupled with a fantastic engine, this car is equally desirable. You may argue that these cars are expensive for a hatch, but don’t be fooled, these are seriously luxurious cars that only happen to have a hatch instead of a boot. What these luxury cars also offer is an escape from the slightly stoogy appeal of other cars at this price point. Both have the visual appeal of cars twice their price, both are built to the exacting standards employed by their respective brands and both offer basic quality levels that are higher than we are used to seeing in compact cars. Picking one of these unconventional luxury hatchbacks will probably be a decision that involves the heart more than the head. So, which one stirs up stronger emotions?
What are they like inside?
One of the things that distinguish luxury cars from regular cars is how well the insides are constructed. Customers picking up either will not be disappointed with the cabin quality on either, but there is a bit of a contrast between the two as far as styling and theme are concerned. Step into the V40’s cabin and you will realise that it isn’t as flashy as the extrovertly styled body. Volvo’s designers have exercised restraint and you may find more than a few familiar quality-made parts from Volvo’s inventory. There are a few exceptions though. Something that will immediately catch your attention is the space-age-like high resolution,