2006 Volvo V50 User Reviews
- $8,671 - $9,946
- Fast on the Autobahn, fits on all euro streets, quiet & smooth
- back seat legroom is minimal, glove box is hard to open if your legs are long.
Our 14 month update. Still love it. Only minor issues.
1. The power adaptor receptacle for the back seat can be easily kicked out by little kids feet. Basically, the portable DVD player power plug keeps getting knocked out by my kid.
2. The back area luggage cover is getting flimsy and the ends are bending down.
3. The glove box is impossible to open when a 6 ft person sits in the passenger seat.
4. Had to replace a circuit breaker. The breaker panel is located in the footwell (passengers) behind 3 panels. Had to open the rug, the exterior, the interior, and then twist the box out. Basically, you'll spend 10 minutes changing a breaker vice 1-2 minutes in any other car.
5. Car remains extremely quiet even at high speeds. Have not noticed any squeeks or vibrations.
6. Took the car up to 128 mph on the autobahn! Very solid. Probably dangerous, but tons of fun. It felt like I had some acceleration left, but I heard their is a limiter at 130mph.
7. Wife likes the silver audio panel, but I've found it bumps my knee and the storage area behind it loses stuff in tight turns.
8. Kids have yet to destroy the leather interior.
9. Overall, this is little stuff. No maintenance required except for the standard 15K checkup. We still are highly satisfied....read morehide
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- Excellent build quality, feels very safe, comfortable and has good level of equipment
- Not much luggage space, not as fuel efficient as it could have been.
We just traded our 8 year old V40 1.8SE petrol for a V50 1.8SE petrol.
The V50 is an excellent new car that drives well, hugs the road and feels very safe. Performance from the 1.8 petrol (125BHP) is more than adequate.
Equipment levels are high (it has 'electric everything') and the car oozes quality with standard leather seats and big alloy wheels/low profile types. Great stereo and climate control.
(1.) I could easily get 37-44MPG out of my old 1.8 V40 (GDi engine) but the V50 gets 30-38MPG even though the new car weighs less and speed performance is the same. Feels like it needs 6 forward gears instead of 5.
(2.) The car lacks storage space - the glovebox is tiny, the front door pockets are hardly able to take a pen, and the rear door pockets went missing. The boot space seems considerably smaller than the V40.
We really like this car otherwise we'd have bought a Toyota Verso for the carrying capacity. It really is a great car to own, drive and look at. If you can live without masses of storage space then you won't be disappointed....read morehide
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- Styling, comfort, peppy
- Little leg room in the back, in the shop a lot
I bought this car for it's safety and gas mileage, however, its reliablity is now a problem. My V50 has been in the shop for more than 30 days, most of which has been the same error code causing the CHECK Engine light to come on. This last go round has me really questioning the reliablity and QA on my new car....read morehide
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- Uniquely Volvo, smooth impressive power with the manual, over 30mpg on the hwy., standard features
- sits low for an AWD, option pkgs are restrictive, must get leather seats to get other desirables
Traded in my 2003 Outback Ltd wagon for the 2006 T5 AWD. The Outback was my second Subaru and it was not my favorite. The V50 is a superior car in almost every way except its slightly smaller. I dont have kids to tote around but enjoy the space a wagon provides. The new Outback seems cluttered and gimmicky compared to the elegant and refined V50 and in Alaska almost every other car is a Subaru so its nice to have something just as useful yet 100% more unique. No trouble in 18K miles, only oil chg which you CAN get done at the local quick lube, they do have the right filter. I love the 5cyl turbo compared to the buzzy 2.5l boxer in the Outback, its as quiet as my sisters Camry, as fast as a Grand Cherokee V8 and gets the mileage of a Civic! I love it!...read morehide
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- Power,Handling,Comfortable seats,Looks,Safety?(I've yet to find crash results for it)
- Reliability,Storage up front is a joke,Tight rear leg room,B-pillar blind spot(5'9")
Looks nice..drives nice..also is in the shop a lot. Reviews on here are pretty positive. I'm sure there are many owners who have yet to experience a problem with their V50. I agree it has nice styling, some nice features, and very nice driving dynamics. I just want to make sure if you are seriously considering buying the car, then you research some message boards(Swedespeed). There are quite a few problems associated with this vehicle(Consumer Reports has it listed among the least reliable cars). I enjoy the car when it runs..but if things continue to go wrong I'll be dumping it the day before the warranty expires....read morehide
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- Smooth ride, relatively quiet, beautiful interior, great utility
- Moon roof creates a nauseating noise when fully opened
We've owned the car for nearly two weeks and are very happy with it. The performance is excellent and we don't miss the turbo at all. We almost decided not to buy the V50 after noticing on a test drive that the fully-opened moon roof cause a low hum that built up pressure in our ears and actually made us feel sick. The solution is to either crack the rear windows (unacceptable to us) or leave the moon roof 80%-90% open (better). We decided that while this was an unfortunate con of the vehicle, the vehicle is so great that we'd overlook it, and we have yet to regret the decision. We absolutely love this vehicle....read morehide
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- Safety, looks, comfortable interior, environmentally friendly
- Lacking a bit in power, no trunk release, bad rear passenger visibility
I was choosing between an Audi A3 and a Saab 9-3 Wagon, and after extensive research and drive tests, I chose the V50. Why? Well, not for it's accleration and handling. The A3 puts it to shame in that category. But then, if you're looking for a wagon (which usually assumes you're carrying precious cargo) that has room and comfort and safety, then why would you buy an A3? If I were single and 30, yes. But I'm 40 and married with a kid--those days of stroking my ego through my car are over (thankfully). That said, the V50 is the best looking of the lot. And that's why I didn't end up getting the 9-3 Saab. Have you seen that thing? Looks like it was made out of tin. In a word, ugly (ok, so the vanity of my 30's still apparently lingers). But to the point: unsurpassed safety (even BMW and Mercedes don't touch it), great service history (have you noticed how many ancient Volvos there are on the road?), comfortable interior, and a smooth ride. The 2.4i isn't all that powerful--the T5 is, but it what it gains power it gives up in a smooth ride because of the standard wheels on the model, and because you'll most likely have one with the Sport package, which makes for a stiffer ride--so you won't be beating many cars off the line, but then, if that's your gig, what are you doing in a wagon?!? The 4-wheel stability traction control which makes for great grip on slippery surfaces, ABS and EBD (the car automatically knows which wheels to brake for maximum efficiency), plus the dual airbags and side curtains (the passenger front seat is electronically sensored to know if the occupant weighs less than 50 lbs. so that it can properly deploy the airbag!), and the safety cage passenger compartment are the reasons you get a Volvo. The great thing is: who would've thought it could look so sexy?? Oh, and yeah--only the 2.4i has manual climate control standard--the other two models don't even offer it as an option--and the 2006 Volvos have the lowest vehicle emissions in their class....read morehide
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- Extremely quiet inside, Peppy Engine, Looks Great Inside and Out, Safety features
- Backseat could be more roomy, Doesn't play MP3s
Solid feel, 6-speed is a blast to drive, Premium Sound System sounds great although it doesn't play MP3s, Auto open/close windows and sunroof is convenient, I really like the adjustable rain sensor on wipers, Front seats are sporty yet comfortable, Driver's seat automatically adjusts to driver-depending on the remote being used...read morehide
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- 22.8 mpg in town, styling, great features, plenty of power and room, smooth as silk acceleration
- Could use more storage compartments in front seat area
The last 2 cars I�ve owned were Lincoln Town cars. While I loved the room and comfortable ride I was tired of all the challenges associated with big, rear-wheel drive cars (lack of traction on snow, ice and wet streets, sloppy response, etc) and knew it was time for a change. I researched and shopped for weeks and narrowed my field to a small wagon. Final contenders were the new 2007 VW Passat Wagon (a very fine car) and, at the urging of a colleague, the Volvo wagon. I�ve never owned a Volvo before and the last time I drove one (30 years ago) it was stiff and very uncomfortable. Oh boy- how wrong I was! This V-50 2.4i is a �go-cart with leather seats�. It is very stylish both inside and out, the cabin interior is elegant in a simple, understated European design and the controls are well engineered and intuitive. It is full of innovative features like its rain sensing wipers, headlamp washers and stability traction control. It has ample interior space and it�s not a huge chore to lower the second row seats. The front seats are heated and rival the comfort of the Town car. One of the most impressive features is the �Geartronic� 5-speed automatic�s silky smooth acceleration.
I�ve had the car for 3 weeks and have yet to take a �road trip� but with it�s a real joy in town. With Volvo�s well-earned reputation for safety and longevity I�m sure this is a car that will give my wife and I years of exceptional service.
The last comment I�ll offer is the staff at the Volvo dealership. They were all very professional and knowledgeable about their product line. I find nothing more annoying than to go into a dealership and deal with people who know less about their cars than you do and who give you a business card with their name hand-written over their predecessor�s. It was clear to me that the Volvo dealers are all solely about the business of selling safe, durable, quality vehicles and customer satisfaction....read morehide
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