2008 Volvo V50 Consumer Review: Utterly unique in a sea of sam

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Utterly unique in a sea of sameness
By mitch on


2008 Volvo V50 T5 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)


This car's smart! Not generic Japanese, nor flashy BMW. Distinctive, so few on the road. Why? Designers have done super-sculptural job w/sheet metal around wheels, hood, roofline. Handsome! Perfectly scaled, hauls stuff but still comfy compact footprint. Fab interior for a 6'3"guy, though leaves back seats cramped. Settling into front is like puttting on fine gloves, famous Volvo seats coddle. Easy, high quality controls aren't over-baked. Zippy turbo rocks. Nice throaty engine. You feel all the road bumps, suspension tight. A little oversteer. Not a big issue. I just love the Volvo ethos, low key class, a bit quirky, solid, albeit at a price.

Best Features

This car looks nicer than BMW 3 series wagon. Get the rear spoiler. The optional wood center console makes it like a piece of fine furniture inside. Good quality leather. Solid acceleration. Fits long legs. Very solid sounding doors. Safety & style got married in the v50!

Worst Features

Windshield wiper control too near ignition, often goes on accidentally when turning off car (but I am learning). At 50 MPH slight vibration buzz of some loose something in both front doors. Too bad more drive isn't in the rear wheels, some minor oversteer.
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