With its sleek sheet metal and poised handling, the Volvo V50 wagon is a strong choice for shoppers who are in the market for upscale family transportation. It’s got lots of room for passengers and their belongings, and it’s comfortable enough to make both long and short trips more pleasant.
Volvo introduced the V50 with the 2005 model, and it’s essentially a wagon version of the automaker’s S40 sedan. One high point is its clean Scandinavian design. Both its cabin and its exterior offer chic styling cues. This compact luxury wagon provides seating for five passengers.
The V50’s front features a modestly sized grille with a diagonal chrome bar running through it. Its profile is low and lean, with a gently sloping roofline. Tall windows provide good sightlines for everyone onboard.
Within its cabin, the V50’s uniquely modern aesthetic sets it apart from its rivals. The center stack’s waterfall design and slim floating panel give the car’s interior a futuristic look. And passengers will appreciate the V50’s seats, which stand out for being unusually comfortable. In back, the cargo area is built to accommodate road trips, offering ample room for plenty of gear.
The V50 delivers driving dynamics that reflect European refinement. The car remains composed and stable, even when taken through turns. Its suspension is tuned for comfort, which helps makes this car a satisfying companion on daily commutes.
When the car was first launched, it was offered with a choice of two engines. Base models came with a 2.4-liter five-cylinder engine good for 168 horsepower. A turbocharged 218-horsepower 2.5-liter engine was also available. For most of its life, the V50 has been offered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic, and a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Base models come with features such as heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system. The list of available exterior features includes HID headlights, a sunroof and de-icing windshield wipers. Buyers can upgrade the V50’s cabin with amenities such as heated front seats, leather upholstery and automatic climate control.
The V50 has seen its share of changes over the years. In 2007, all models added stability control as standard equipment. The car got an exterior styling refresh in 2008, and the center console was revised to increase storage space. That year, output on the optional turbocharged engine was increased to 227 horsepower, and a blind-spot warning system joined the list of available features.
For 2009, its final year of production, the V50 dropped its base engine, leaving just the turbocharged powerplant. All-wheel drive and the manual transmission were also discontinued.
Volvo’s V50 competes with luxury wagons like the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, Acura TSX Sport Wagon and BMW 3 Series Wagon. The V50 is an appealing pick for shoppers who appreciate Swedish design.
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