Swank cabin interior design with the quality to match
Super comfortable front seats
All-wheel drive model no longer in the U.S.
Premium pricing for a not-so premium wagon
Volvo’s five-passenger wagon, the V50, has undergone a couple of lineup changes for 2011. The all-wheel-drive and manual-transmission models have been dropped, as has the 2.4i model, leaving behind two trim levels: the T5 and the T5 R-Design.
Under the hood, both trims feature 2.5-liter 5-cylinder turbocharged engines that generate 227 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Each in-line 5 engine is paired with a 5-speed Geartronic transmission that drives power to the V50’s front wheels.
The models also share the same set of safety features, as well as an EPA-estimated 21 city MPG and 30 highway MPG. With a base price that is $3,850 more than T5’s $29,000 MSRP, the R-Design also comes equipped with special features that include a moonroof, sport pedals, roof rails, and a roof spoiler.
The Volvo V50 is “assured and predictable but not quite sport-sedan agile” and “accurate and has good feedback” when it comes to handling and steering, while its brakes “erase speed quickly with fine stability,” says Consumer Guide Automotive. Similar to the S40 in terms of interior and exterior, the V50 is frequently overlooked, even though it “delivers the experience of a European-tuned wagon in a very compelling way” and “doesn’t give up much” to its more expensive competitors, notes Edmunds. It has a cargo capacity of 62.6 cubic feet, which puts it “ahead of the crossovers such as the Mercedes-Benz GLK, Audi Q5 and some other wagons,” observes Automotive Craze.
Roomy and stylish, with very comfortable seats, the V50 has its appeal, despite not being particularly sporty. Customers who want to outfit their V50s with additional features can choose from three option packages. The multimedia package consists of a 12-speaker sound system and a navigation system, while the climate package adds a rain sensor and heated seats. The preferred package equips the T5 with a moonroof.