By Tom Rasmussen on
Vehicle2005 Volvo V50 T5 AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)
ReviewGreat car, and was a toss-up between this and XC70. (Other car in garage is XC90.) I like the size, drivability, powertrain, futuristic design. Haldex AWD is second to none. Although drive-feel and braking are excellent, they are not characteristically "Volvo-like". A/T does not shift as smooth as other Volvos with Aisin Warner unit, seats do no feel as good as 60, 70, 80 or 90 series. Wish SAT radio was available. Unique key system is over-engineered, and wish european keyless sys was available. Overall, I love this car, very unique, gets many looks and compliments. Next time when lease is up, I'm hoping for and "R" version, either V50 or V70.
Best Features2.5L-turbo I5 engine climate control is wonderful Haldex AWD system drivability (mountainous terrain, stays in 5th gear at any speed) Great visibility Wonderful fit & finish Intuitive controls Great looks Excusivity Easy to wash Volvo car carrier fits my XC90 as well
Worst FeaturesTransmission shift-quality Seats to match other Volvos SAT radio option European color options More storage areas Better key design, like other Volvos or european "keyless"
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