2006 Volvo V50

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2006 Volvo V50 Review

Safe and small wagon with moderate ride quality.

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A small wagon is hard to sell, and yet this brand does well in the small wagon sector of the market thanks to the models like 2006 Volvo V50. For the 2006 model year, the V50 does not receive many changes, but the overall feel differs somewhat from that of a regular Volvo wagon. You can see the visual difference in a more stylized body design. The lines are blended, edges are smoothed, and the shape looks more composed than ever.

Its prime competitors include the Mazda 3 and the European Ford Focus. However, it outclasses both of them. It has more power than its predecessors thanks to a new turbocharged engine. The acceleration is also quite impressive for such a small wagon. It offers fine ride quality on the road, and the safety features and disk brakes on all four wheels ensure a safe ride for you and your passengers.

The Range

Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 2.4-liter five-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed (Geartronic) automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Volvo V50 2.4i, Volvo V50 T5

What's New

The 2006 Volvo V50 gets two new designs of 16- and 17-inch wheels. Other than that, it does not show enough visual change to separate it from other models.

On the inside, you get steering wheel-mounted audio controls and newly designed cup holders. The option packages also offer different features for the 2006 model year, like the air filtration system. The optional air filtration system improves safety by reducing carbon monoxide exposure for the passengers.


The 2006 Volvo V50 does not look very different from typical Volvo wagons or from the V40, for that matter. The design changes remain subtle. Volvo says the design of this wagon resembles sleek speedboats to a degree, especially if you consider the narrow prow, wide mid-section, and narrowing rear end. Outside mirrors contain turn-signals, and Heated mirrors and 16-inch alloy wheels come standard on the 2.4i. You can upgrade the T5 with optional 17-inch wheels and front, rear, and side spoilers. Suspensions can be calibrated to a firmer setting.


The interior of the 2006 Volvo V50 is quite Spartan but elegant at the same time. The 2.4i model has manual climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a telescopic adjustment feature, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player. The T5 model offers automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and aluminum trim. Both models can be upholstered in leather. A moonroof; a 12-speaker, 325-watt Dolby Pro-Logic II Surround Sound system; heated front seats; and an upgraded air filtration system also come as options.

Performance & Handling

The Volvo V50 2.4i contains a 2.4-liter, inline five-cylinder engine that produces 168 hp. A five-speed automatic transmission comes standard and offers the option of a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. The T5 has a turbocharged 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that produces 218 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard on this model, but Volvo offers the options of the Geartronic automatic and the Haldex all-wheel-drive system.

Despite being the smallest Volvo wagon, it performs well on the road. You cannot expect fast acceleration from the base engine but the turbo does that job very well. Handling meets expectations. It handles corners quite well but does not perform as well on uneven terrains. Even mild imperfections on the road can cause quite a rough ride in this car. Firmer suspension settings do not help improve handling or ride quality.


All four wheels of the Volvo V50 have anti-lock disk brakes as standard equipment. Standard stability control is also available on both models. However, the Volvo Dynamic Stability and Traction Control System remain an option and a costly one at that. Fortunately, Volvo’s whiplash protection seating system comes standard on both the 2.4i and the T5. Side-impact and side curtain airbags make this car quite safe. Similar safety features on the S40 produced a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rating of five stars in side-impact tests. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awards this wagon a ""Good"" rating for frontal-offset crashes. Side-impact tests run buy the same authority earn an ""Acceptable"" rating. The overall safety of this wagon outdoes some of its competitors.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volvo V50 2.4i: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Volvo V50 T5: 20/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Stylish exterior
  • Uncluttered interior
  • Safety features

You Won't Like

  • Poor performance from the base engine
  • Mediocre ride quality
  • Stability control is not standard

Sum Up

Safe and small wagon with moderate ride quality.

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