2007 Volvo V50 User Reviews
- $9,431 - $11,510
- european styling(not like anything else), performance, stand out amongst the bland
- my local volvo service has always been spotty, tight back seat with adults in front
among the bland, below average boxes with wheels on the road today, the V50 catches a discernible eye. i have traveled over 4000 miles with two and then three of my young children in the back seat. we had plenty of space for luggage, toys, coolers etc. buck the big butt SUV trend and join the majority of the world in driving smaller, higher end, safe, efficient vehicles. i have owned the car for 1 1/2 years and have 35,000 miles. i have experienced minor issues (alarm, compass) covered under warranty and oil changes, tire rotations. get the roof rack, winter tires and enjoy....read morehide
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- Engine has fatastic midrange torque, smooth shifts, sleek style.
- The engine sounds like a blender filled with gravel.
The noise, vibration, and harshness of the engine is grating and disturbing.
Great fuel economy, considering that the turbo engine pulls like a V8.
Avoid the base engine, since it has the same thrash and moan sound but is SLOW.
This car is extremely similar to the Mazda 3, but the exterior is better-looking, and the turbo engine is more powerful. The interior materials are inferior to the Mazda 3, but the design is impressively cool.
Back seat is tight.
Extremely overpriced for what you get, but a very likeable car anyway....read morehide
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- Stylish looks, good fuel econ, enough power, smooth ride, safety features
- AWD in T5 only (wanted it but dont really need it in So Cal anyway)
Checked Audi, BMW, and was leaning toward Subaru, but chose the
Volvo V50 for value, and great European styling. The basic 2.4i is nicely equipped. We may add a cargo tray and roof rack accessory later. We got black int. and black ext. color to match the window trim and antenna.
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- Fast, great handling, good fuel economy, versatile
Bought this car when it first came out; well-designed and well-built, with the active and busy consumer in mind. Much faster than you'd think thanks to a turbocharged 218hp V5 engine with well matched drivetrain. Family members bought two more because they liked it so much.
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- BIG ON THE INSIDE, LITTLE IN A PARKING SPACE. GREAT VISABILITY ALL AROUND, NO BLIND SPOTS.
I HAVE 7500 MILES ON MINE AND CAN'T THINK OF A SINGLE THING I WOULD CHANGE. eVEN BETTER THAN MY S60T5 AND MY OLDER BMW330I.
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- Great Euro design, Safety, and drives well
- rear windhsield wiper, and security lights
I love this wagon. I'm only 5ft8in tall (anyone who is 6ft and taller may find the vehicle a wee bit cramped...it is after all a compact wagon)
Interior: the first thing people notice is the thin center counsel, all the buttons are easy to use and understand, I have kids, bought it without a sun roof so I could install a DVD player (there is a hatch to run wires through the roof), also bought it with booster seats (clever booster pops out of the seat), stability control-side air bags-ABL is standard, also bought with premium stereo- 6 disc changer (in the dash)-sub woofer- and 10 speakers are awsome...no need for after factory install, I bought my car with cloth seats-they look like leather trim (some people commented on my leather seating... but they are cloth). The car is very nimble, if you push the accelerator... it will make you sink into your seat (my opinion, no need to buy AWD or turbo), the rear seats fold and gives you plenty of spacious cargo room to haul all your stuff (I carried 2 treadmills in mine) we love this car! if you are looking for a safe, contemporary, vehicle that has a lot of versitility then look no further than the volvo v50.
Exterior: it holds a sporty look with the familiar volvo grill and badge in the front, obviously it has a euro look with signal lamps on the mirrors and the classic rear end with the lights covering the rear pillars of the car. MPG is average...low 20's in city and 30 hwy. Vehicle is very low to the ground and a close cousin to the s40.
Pros: the rear windshield wiper falls off every time I clean the rear window and the safety light in one of the mirrors fell out. I have had this car for nearly 2 years and it never feels old, I love to drive this youthful, sporty wagon....read morehide
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- Smooth & powerful engine, precise handling, excellent Haldex system, modern & ergonomic interior
- Obstacled rear view, lack of rear door mechanical locker, expensive service
Clean body design and attractively styled sportwagon. Other car manufacturers, and even 2008 Volvo V70, copy the V50 exterior and interior design. The right-size car drives very well during normal weather conditions and shows super performance on a slushy and icy roads (AWD T5, 6-speed, DSTC). Winter X-Ice tires make it even better. The perfect car for a small family....read morehide
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- Excellent styling inside and outside, comfortable seats, safety features, cheap insurance
- back seat is a little cramped, interior heats up quickly with sun
Volvo V50 is my first new car and I am completely satisfied. I am 28, married, and no kids. People look at me a little funny driving a Volvo Wagon, but once they ride inside, they forget it's a wagon. I wanted the convenience of a wagon, and handling like a sedan. I opted for the Sports package and Select Package with Sirius Satellite Radio. The Passion Red is a stunning color that draws attention. The 12 Speaker 300 watt system is loud and clear. You must get the Sirius Satellite Radio, makes the drive shorter and sounds better than FM.
What I like the most:
-Sexy Scandinavian interior that has well placed and large controls.
-Sound system is very powerful with 300 watts and 6-disc MP3 player with ipod hookup
-You can tell it's a Volvo distinctive design
-Road handling is sharp, steering is very responsive, you hardly feel anything taking fast turns
-Very solid car that holds the road like a champ
What I would change
-Backseat is cramped for adults
-Not that much storage in the front
-Car gets very hot quickly in the sun
-Heavy doors (guess it's all the steel in them)
Overall I think I made the right decision with the Volvo V50 Sports Wagon. BTW, the insurance is cheap with this car because of it's safety features....read morehide
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- Versatility, turning circle, controls
- Somewhat cramped, high price
Bought this car because I needed the space of a wagon and AWD but did not want a large vehicle. The car has a number of clever design features and the seats are very good, but it's a little cramped and rides stiffly. Highway fuel economy is OK, but in town, it's a guzzler --and it takes premium gas. Not as nicely finished as an A4 Avant or 3 series wagon, but thanks to incentives and a Ford employee discount, it was much cheaper. Reliability remains to be seen.
Manual transmissions can be difficult to find, and package pricing quickly drives up the cost. Buyers interested in this vehicle may want to check out the European delivery option --nice discount, custom-built car, and free flight to Sweden on SAS....read morehide
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- 5 cly turbo, manual trans, elegant uncluttered cockpit, AWD, standard features
- smaller than competing wagons, poor rearward visibility from drivers seat
I have a 2007 V50 T5 AWD, ordered in July 2006 since dealer didnt have T5 AWD wagon without leahter seats. Received car in October, 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Purchased in Colorado and drove car to Alaska.
Choose the V50 over the Subaru and Audi A4 because of the elegant simplicity of the V50 (over the Outback), its sleek good looks and abundant standard features that mostly cost extra on the Outback. Audi dealer could have cared less to sell me an A4, maybe I looked too young for them? So I took a chaparoned test drive and left.
Car has approx 7k miles on odo and one long roadtrip to Alaska from Colorado, 3,540 miles. It drove great, the AWD & DSTC (stability & traction control) were a godsend on long stretches of ice and snow covered roads in N. BC and the Yukon and of course AWD is a necessity in Alaska. No trouble yet to report, its a pleasure to drive and I really stand out in the sea of Outbacks in Alaska, not to mention the A4s.
A couple of complaints, the first bit of driving I did registered around 28-30mpg average on the highway while now I am getting average around 22-25, maybe because its colder? Also, rearward visibility is not good due to high headrests (in the name of safety I assume) and also because of the tapered design of the roofline which makes the back window pretty short.
Other than that, the car is fast, handles great on crummy roads, has amazing bi-xenon headlamps which make a HUGE difference over standard halogen. Passenger seat also folds flat which is handy as a "desk" or to carry long skis. One thing I love is the simplicity of the controls for HVAC and the sound system. Auto temp control can operate in semi-auto mode (you set the fan speed) or full auto which is really nice. You dont have to look at the center console to operate anything, its very tactile and intuative unlike the Subaru and Audi. Even on very cold mornings (before I got the block heater installed) it started without stumbling, even at -35F.
If you price this car compared to an Outback XT or 3.0 or Audi A4 avant, they are all around the same price. I would have liked to have a moonroof but I didnt want leather seats and those go together, oh well, I'll live. The moonroof is the only thing that the Sub and Audi have over the V50....read morehide
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