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Volvo V50

Volvo V50

About Volvo V50

Those looking for a premium compact wagon have few choices. Add the word "affordable" to that sentence and the list may narrow to a single car, the 2011 Volvo V50 wagon. Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar have all abandoned the segment. That leaves the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 328i Sports Wagon as the 2011 Volvo V50's leading European competitors. Against such competitors, the Volvo V50 looks like a pretty darn good deal. With so few premium wagons on the market, the Volvo V50 might easily attract buyers. Then again, with the continuing rise of car-based compact crossovers (think Acura ZDX), the Volvo V50 may very well turn out to be among the last of a dying breed.

2011 Volvo V50
What's new for 2011?
2011 Volvo V50

For 2011, the Volvo V50 no longer offers the naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter model or optional all-wheel drive. The 2011 Volvo V50 lineup now consists of two trims: The base V40 T5 and V50 R-Design.

2010 Volvo V50
What's new for 2010?
2010 Volvo V50

The V50 2.4i receives more standard equipment, including electronic climate control and new two-position adjustable head restraints. The all-wheel drive T5 R Design gains a new six-speed manual transmission. New optional equipment includes Volvo's DVD-based navigation system and a reconfigured Preferred Package.

2009 Volvo V50
What's new for 2009?
2009 Volvo V50

The V50 2.4i receives more standard equipment, while the front-wheel drive T5 model has been discontinued. The all-wheel drive T5 receives R-Design styling enhancements (unique grille, body cladding and leather interior), as well as more standard equipment.

2008 Volvo V50
What's new for 2008?
2008 Volvo V50

The V50 receives a slight front and rear freshening as well as numerous interior upgrades. T5 models see a bump in horsepower to 227 and feature standard SIRIUS Satellite Radio and an upgraded audio system. The manual transmission for both trims has been discontinued.

2007 Volvo V50
What's new for 2007?
2007 Volvo V50

The 2.4i model receives stability control and a new overhead console, while the front-wheel-drive T5 models now feature a five-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. Optional audio units feature an MP3-compatible CD player and an audio input jack.

Consumer Reviews

Great Car

By on Friday, May 9, 2008

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"Plenty of power and excellent handling - stiffer than the larger volvos, but more precise - more like a sports car. Handles extremely well in snow and ice. Interior is super nice for driver and passenger, good controls and great sound system. Rear is suitable for smaller adults or children. A bit pricey compared to a subie, but less than an audi."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

A bit disappointed

By on Thursday, May 1, 2008

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

"I have owned my V50 for about three years and have had the air conditioning repaired four times. This three year old wagon has had too many things go wrong with it . The wagon is very safe and a smooth ride but taking it to and from the dealership so often has been annoying. Maybe buying a new model on it's first year was a bad idea."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle I've driven

By on Tuesday, November 27, 2007

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

"I've owned quite a unique set of cars thus far: a Buick Sedan, an Oldsmobile SUV and a Pontiac Firebird. This car has the best of all worlds. It drives on a tighter suspention giving it the feel of a sports car. It's solid and safe, giving it the feel of an SUV, without the pain to the wallet at the pump. It also has all the bells and whistles of an expensive import. This has by far, been the best car I have owned. I am constantly suprised by how much I can load into this thing! This is the first car my husband and I pruchased together. For two people who drive a lot, usually three hours or more at a time, this car has been exactly what we need. We are definitely looking into another Volvo for our second car. If you're not quite ready for a huge SUV or Wagon, this is definitely the car to get."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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