With a new name and new styling, the 2005 Volvo V50 brings the best of the bigger V70 wagon in a smaller package for those not needing as much cargo room or the larger price. Equipped with plenty of safety features already, the Intelligent Vehicle Architecture has been improved with better deformation zones.
Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 2.4-liter five-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbocharged
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Volvo V50, Volvo V50 T5
Brand new for the model year, the 2005 Volvo V50 derives from the prior V40 wagon. Redesigned to appeal to a younger set of customers, the V50 still holds true to Volvo's reputation for safety and crash worthiness.
Based on many of the earlier Volvo wagons, the 2005 Volvo V50 has been restyled, although not drastically. The sport wagon dons a protruding upright grille with an egg crate design and diagonal cross-member. The V50 has a short hood and a cab-forward design which gives it a ready-to-pounce look.
A sport accessory kit includes spoilers, side skirts, larger wheels, and dual exhaust tips available as an option. The V50 has a wider track and a longer wheelbase compared to the V40 it replaces. It measures 177.7 inches long, with a wheelbase of 103.9 inches, and 57.2 inches tall. Volvo offers several aluminum wheels.
Rejuvenated inside and out, the 2005 Volvo V50 shows off a distinctive interior. Volvo offers four upholstery types, including leather and a ribbed Dala fabric. The front passenger seatback can be folded. The rear split seat can also fold to make it easier to haul certain types of cargo. A navigation system remains optional. Volvo includes special lighting, which it says provides a ?theater-like effect;? however, the 445-watt stereo with Dolby Surround Pro Logic II is optional.
Making you feel on the cutting edge of technology seems to be Volvo's mission in designing the instrument panel and controls. The V50 features an Intelligent Driver Information System that selectively limits nonessential vehicle information. Accessible from either side, a storage compartment sits behind an ultra-slim center stack which comes in three different styles.
Performance & Handling
If you want some oomph in your drive, you might want to consider opting for the T5's 218-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.5-liter engine. The 2005 Volvo V50 base comes equipped with a normally aspirated, 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter five-cylinder. Both models pair with a standard five-speed automatic transmission, although the T5 can upgrade to a six-speed manual or all-wheel drive. However, you can't have both.
The suspension leans toward compliance and handling feels unremarkable, but not bad. The sport package brings a bit more to the table in the way of handling and performance.
The 2005 Volvo V50 comes equipped with all-disc anti-lock brakes, traction control, side-impact and side-curtain airbags, and Volvo's Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS). Dynamic stability and traction control remain optional. Volvo has a good reputation for its safety and the V50 makes no exception with its Intelligent Vehicle Architecture which includes crumple zones for added safety during a crash.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo V50: 21/29 mpg city/highway
- Interior space
- T5 performance potential
You Won't Like
- Lack of storage space
- Not as responsive as it could be
A definite improvement over its predecessor.
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