2007 Volvo V50 | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

The V50 was launched in early 2004, along with the S40 sedan, as a somewhat larger estate evolution of its V40 predecessor. The design language and the specification level now harmonises more closely with the larger V70 estate car.

Whilst sharing many of its components with the S40, the V50 is a handsome and effective small estate car in its own right. Handling and ride are purported to be excellent and the laod area is both capacious and practical: the squared off arrangement of the back of the car means that it will accomodate large boxes with ease.

The has a design with a curved roof line and an abrupt tail section. The car’s appearance speaks modern design and speed. This is emphasised by a rounded nose section, short bonnet and pronounced cab-forward stance. Broad haunches and convex side panels signal power and underscore the car’s compact dimensions. The tail lamps follow Volvo’s modern form and sweep up towards the roof panel.

Despite its compact exterior dimensions, the Volvo V50 offers a spacious and flexible interior. Every passenger seat has a fold-flat backrest. With the seats folded down, the load compartment floor is entirely flat. In order to create even more space for luggage, the car’s rear section has been extended by 46 mm compared with the Volvo S40 sedan model. To learn more about the interior materials, design, and the safety systems built into the V50, refer back to the S40, as they are nearly identical.

The engines in the Volvo V50 are transversely installed in-line units. Volvo can thus offer a compact car with high performance and large-car feel. A five-cylinder engine gives low vibration and smooth operation. Together with large displacement, the five-cylinder configuration provides high torque across a broad rev band, and thus also swift acceleration and excellent driveability within a wide speed range. Four-cylinder engines are available as an option.

Body TypeHatchback
Price (in AED)95,000 onwards
Engine (litre)
Power (bhp)100125140170220
Torque (Nm)150165220230320

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