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.
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!
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.