Volvo V50 Review & Road Test |CarAdvice

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Volvo V50

Review #038; Test

Strong car, but it has competition

Model Tested:

Volvo V50 2.0D Powershift; four cylinder, diesel; dual-clutch transmission (Powershift); door, wagon: $45,950*

seats $325; Bluetooth $450

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Volvo announced its 2010 range for Australia late year, there were interesting changes to its smallest of cars. The C30 /S40 /V50 were blessed with the of a new 2.0-litre, four cylinder diesel engine, which the warbly five-cylinder diesel known as the D5.

Along with the new a new transmission was introduced. Called it#8217;s Volvo#8217;s version of DSG a dual-clutch, instant-change gearbox and it#8217;s the only transmission with the 2.0D. Not that a bad thing; the Powershift transmission is one of the smoothest dual-clutch gearboxes around.

Our test car this week was baby wagon, the Volvo V50. and in crisp white you begin to things like the darkened for the head-lights and tail-lights, the flat broken by the concave #8220;Volvo#8221; that runs from to back, and the very long for such a compact car.

the masses of windows do is increase with the V50 being easy to see out of in all with the only possible being the slightly thick Of course, Volvo#8217;s focus has been on safety, which strengthening the passenger cell is the priority. Combined with the airbags, wider A-pillars

But what that focus on does is also shape the trims around the SIPS Impact Protection System). The top of the trims is almost square in where the steel runs the doors. In terms of styling, has disguised it remarkably well, the chunkiness continued onto the doors, as well as where the switches sit.

We#8217;ve seen this interior with some tweaks for quite a few years which means the dash is rather dated. The instruments are looking a little bland so although the quality is still good with nice plastics and smooth metal across the centre console, small cars are probably in of an interior update. Yes, may be fine but with other wagons in the marketplace exhibiting modern styling, it#8217;s to be difficult to maintain the same for much longer.

The cloth (which were heated on the car) still have smooth fabric, with stitching and easy-clean properties for a particularly practical pew. very comfortable #8211; initially seeming a bit firm and despite the dash layout, look quite sharp. The seats have inbuilt for young children, but they may not be to be used with the new laws child seats, so as a selling it may not work.

Legroom in the rear is reasonable the small platform, due to the decent (2640mm) and entry and egress is simple. Boot space is than the S40, as expected, at 417-litres, it#8217;s comprehensively by the new Volkswagen Golf Wagon at The Golf is also over cheaper.

More about later.

Turn the key and the diesel rattles into life. At with the windows up it#8217;s quiet, but despite matching with Volkswagen and Peugeot#8217;s diesels, the V50#8242;s mill is near as smooth and refined. It is than some truck-spec offerings (Mazda being a exception), but still has a way to go to match the and French offerings.

Engine aside, the rest of the is a very smooth affair. The transmission is worthy of praise in its own Some DSG-style #8216;boxes to shunt a little at low speed, the Powershift holds the revs for a longer before selecting the cog.

What this to do is smooth the changes out so that think you were in a regular At full throttle it#8217;s not as as a German DSG, however is a diesel, so you#8217;ll be riding the torque and not exploiting top-end It makes for beautiful gear-swaps and a nice, relaxed feel.

comes on fast on strong plenty of assistance, and it steers well, although the feel is a numb. It is weighted nicely, and it in like a decently sprung In the handling stakes you#8217;d it capable, but not quite sporting.

The fact it#8217;s a diesel it will lap up a twisty hilly but this is still a family so don#8217;t expect to be Jensen winning the Aussie GP when behind the wheel of a Volvo V50.

The is, you#8217;ll be buying this car for its It#8217;s safe, it#8217;s it#8217;s got decent room for a small car, and it#8217;s to get things in and out of. There#8217;s just one standing in its way #8211; Volkswagen .

the moment the Golf Wagon was onto the Australian market, the V50 had to hide. Let#8217;s do a quick

So the Golf has more power, less fuel, has more and is over $9000 less. It rides and handles better, has the ANCAP five star rating, is more modern but is not as good looking outside.

If in the market for a European wagon is cheap on fuel, is safe and then the Volvo V50 may be right for But if you want to use even less and have more space, there are certainly other which make more sense.

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