Since its overhaul in the 2005 model year, the Volvo V50 has been an impressive choice for those looking for a high-quality wagon with plenty of standard features and safety options. Volvo made every attempt to create a stylish, appealing wagon that would be ideal for young families and professionals, and they certainly succeeded. Performance and handling are more than adequate for these models; though it’s true other wagon competitors may have more power and off-road capabilities.
The V50 was designed with comfort in mind and offers a dizzying array of extras. This model is available with 16-inch alloy wheels, an air filtration system complete with pollen reducer, and CD player on the base trim level. Step it up to the T5 and get all of those extras in addition to automatic climate control, a trip computer, and a 12-volt cargo space outlet just to name a few.
Body Styles: Sport wagon
Engines: 2.4-liter five-cylinder, 2.5-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: V50 2.4i, V50 T5
The Volvo V50 receives a few notable changes for the 2007 model year. The front-wheel-drive T5 editions are now only available with the automatic transmission. All models are now offered with stability control as standard. Buyers can order Sirius satellite radio separately and an input jack for MP3 players is available as well. A ground effects kit can also be purchased separately.
The 2005 V50 offers a lot in terms of style; this wagon was released to replace the Volvo V40, an uninspired and lackluster design. The 2007 Volvo V50 came a long way in correcting that image. This wagon is stylish, fun, and looks good on the road. The body is Scandinavian-inspired and looks much like many of the other popular Volvo models. The V50 is fresh and trendy, both qualities certain to appeal to young families and professionals looking to make an impression.
The Volvo V50’s interior is designed to enhance the exterior, while giving passengers a comfortable and user-friendly environment. The seats are among the most impressive feature of this cabin. Available in several different cloth upholstery options, the seats are highly supportive and very comfortable both in the front and back seats. The first thing to notice is the slim center stack. This feature offers interior storage space and limits clutter in the cabin. Passengers will find plenty of head and leg room in either seat as well. The back seat splits 40/60 when additional cargo space is needed, which extends up to 62.9 cubic feet.
Performance & Handling
Overall, the 2007 Volvo V50 performs very well in its class. The 2.4i version does lag a little off the line, but it is a reliable engine that suits less adventurous drivers. For those who like some challenge and fun behind the wheel, it makes more sense to choose the T5 with the more aggressive five-cylinder engine. Both editions have sharp handling abilities, though the standard tires may have a hard time keeping up on difficult turns and corners. For buyers looking for a wagon well equipped for the snow and ice, the all-wheel-drive feature is a good choice.
Like many of its other models, Volvo equipped the 2007 V50 with all kinds of standard safety equipment. Also like its sibling, the S40 sedan, experts feel it would rate comparably in the government and independent crash testing evaluations. This wagon is equipped with front side airbags, side full length curtain airbags, and whiplash reducing seats on the outboard positions. The V50 is also furnished with standard stability control and anti-lock brakes. Buyers can also take advantage of the standard Volvo OnCall telematics system. Parents may be interested in purchasing this wagon with the optional child booster seats.
EPA Fuel Economy
V50 2.4i: 20/28 mpg city/highway
V50 T5: 19/28 mpg city/highway
- Available all-wheel drive
- Controls laid out ergonomically
- Sharp handling for a Volvo
- Nice styling inside and out
You Won't Like
- Limited storage areas
- Sport suspension too firm
- 2.4i model lacks performance
Plenty of safety and style with a well-made European feel.
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