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

good decision

By on Thursday, July 26, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Solid in a crash. I would purchase it again if Volvo still made the V50. Turbo fun; wagon practical. I can zip around all over the place."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Nice little car but kind of expensive

By on Tuesday, March 4, 2008

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

"We have a black V50 2.4i, it's the first new-new (as opposed to nearly new) car that I've ever owned. It seems very well built and reliable. It's not been to the dealer except for regular service since we've had it, though I recently noticed a little unusual wear & tear on the interior and every once in a while the AC fan "freaks out" and blows hard for no reason for a few seconds. The interior is really nice - upscale materials and design throughout. Exterior styling is also excellent and it has good (but not stellar) brakes, suspension and power. Holds more than I can believe sometimes. Mileage seems low (only about 20 mpg in mixed mostly city driving), and it was rather expensive for how small it is. I notice the new C30, which is essentially the same car w/2-less doors, is about $4000 cheaper. We'll probably keep this one another 5-7 years, but I can't say for sure we'll replace it with another volvo until then."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

One Fast Grocery Getter

By on Friday, April 1, 2011

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

"I purchased my 2009 Volvo V50 R Design in Dec 2010. Got a few rebates and just love it. I put 49,000 miiles on the little wagon in 14 months. Lots of highway and city driving. Good gas mileage at comfortable speeds for a turbo engine. When I needed to get up and go for passing or just to have fun, it will blast 0-60 in 6 seconds. Just blowing away the other small wagon competitors. I have really used this vehicle and have yet to have another vehicle survive my harsh driving like this one has. It looks and drives like it is brand new. Still smells new inside. Positive side of this Volvo, Very comfortable to drive long distances. Excellent handling in bad weather. Brakes on a dime. All maintenance is FREE. Brakes, belts, windshield wiper, oil, etc. Wish they did tires too. Negative side of this Volvo, to small a fuel tank. Only 13.5 gallons, makes for more stops on long trips than I want to make. If you run it bone dry you can make 350-400 miles on a tank. Normally I get about 280-300 miles and fuel up before th light comes on."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Advertisement