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VOLVO V50 Estate 2004‑2012

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Volvo V50 estate

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Volvo Sport Estate V50

VOLVO V50 1.8F Sport 5dr (Review date: 2nd February '12)

5

Pure fun to drive, handles like a sports car, generous capacity, practical well thought out use of space. Looks great in Black with silver trim. Hardy, safe and all round winner.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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looster2005

Volvo V50 2.0D Sport

VOLVO V50 2.0D Sport 5dr [Euro 4] (Review date: 21st January '12)

3.3

I've owned the car now for 18 months and I've really grown to like it. It looks good, drives really well, very comfortable, quick and most of all it feels so safe. Plenty of room in the car too, especially when we go on camping holidays. The boot space is more than adequate. The interior is a great place to be. The seats are very comfortable, the instruments are set out well and the floating centre consoule looks very futuristic.

I've had a couple of issues with it though, all sorted through the warranty though - rear wheel bearing, heater system blowing out hot air when it's on a cold setting, the external temperature gauge showing a minus figure during the Summer! All sorted now though.

As much as I like the car, it does have some minus points though, I can just about get 40mpg on a long run, round town it drops into the 20's, front tyres don't last too long on them, shop around too, as they are expensive.

Overall, I pleased with the car, it's got 88,000 miles on it now and I plan to keep it for a few more years yet. They are a great alternative to the German estates you can buy.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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jamesh

Volvo V50 Diesel Sport

VOLVO V50 2.0 SE Sport 5dr (Review date: 21st January '12)

4.3

We needed a practical car that would be reliable for at least a few years, so went for the V50. It's nothing to get excited about but does the job of being a practical run about well. If you're careful with it it's good with fuel. It does regular commuting to work and also long motorway journeys with no problems at all. It's comfortable and has good level of accessories to keep you entertained. If you put your foot down it's not too slow either. I'm very happy with the car for what it is.

The only problem we've had is the usual electrics issues in this car that Volvo pretend not to know about, (odd warning lights flash on) it's just a loose connection in the passenger footwell that a ziptie sorts out.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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paulce1

Volvo V50 d3 lux

VOLVO V50 D3 [150] SE Lux 5dr (Review date: 20th January '12)

4.8

I was looking for a vehicle to use for work and pleasure. I drive about 40 miles a day commuting on mixed A roads and motorway about an 1.5 hours on average. Hobbies include tech diving which is pretty gear intensive. I looked at a number of vehicles and found the this one the easiest to load with the most practical boot space, high enough to get fairly tall kit standing up. Many of the competitors look prettier but slope steeply meaning tall heavy objects have to be pushed further into the vehicle, not good for the back. I've had the vehicle for a year and the only problem was with the dealer fitted toward wiring which was quite quickly fixed. The car seems to me a good compromise between load carrying and not driving a truck when commuting.

On the road the engine is responsive and quite quiet and smooth for a diesel. Performance is more than adequate both solo and when towing a tonne of trailer.

Handling is very good. The only critism I have is that the noise level creeps up a little on rough surfaces.

The brakes are very positive even when fully loaded and the headlights are very impressive the steerable facility is great for country lanes and side roads.

Comfort levels are at least as good as other cars in this class that I've driven.

I've been very impressed that it has suffered none of the niggling problems I've had on previous vehicles.

Economy, well I live in south London so do drive in traffic most of the time, I average about 45 mpg on my normal commute rising to 50 on a run. Towing accounts for about 7 mpg loss but would probably be worse with a caravan. It's better than my last car, 2l x-type diesel by around 5mpg but I can't really compare with anything else.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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magicbunny

Hard ride

VOLVO V50 2.0D SE Sport 5dr [Euro 4] (Review date: 19th January '12)

4

Not a comfortable ride and the seats are backbreakers. Part of the problem could be the size of the wheels and the low profile tyres.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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paulthomas

Volvo V50 2008 Model 2.0 Tdi 136 bhp

VOLVO V50 2.0D SE 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)

3.8

My first ever Volvo, but wont be my last, The best ride ever for comfort, smooth engine, with no noise in the quiet cabin. seat are really great. Practical for a family of three with a dog. The only down side is the high running costs for fuel, on average about 43 mpg, not great I know. Volvo dealer has been first class.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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tudorviking

Volvo V50 - Does what it says on the tin - Very well

VOLVO V50 2.0D S 5dr [Euro 4] (Review date: 19th January '12)

4.5

Pros: Fit and finish, punchy engine, safety, Interior space, equipment, Smart looks

Cons: Can be thirsty if pushed hard, Dealer servicing can be expensive.

Whilst The V50's not the most exciting car I've ever driven, it's safe, solid, reliable and reasonably cheap to run. I use it daily for a part a road, part motorway 25 mile journey to and from work and it performs well. We have used it for family holidays too, and have done 10 hour trips to the south of France with no comfort issues.

I'd recommend it as a good and cheaper alternative to the Audi A4 or BMW 3 series estate. If you need a more dynamic drive, then pick one of the two above, but the V50 might just surprise you with it's versatility and family friendliness.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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marathonman

my favourite car - so far

VOLVO V50 2.0D SE 5dr (Review date: 18th January '12)

4.5

After owning many sporting cars (2 Golf GTi's, Audi Coupe GT, Porsche 911 and latterly Subaru Impreza Turbo), a diesel Volvo may seem an unlikely object of desire. It was chosen as I wanted a reasonable amount of space in a fairly small envelope and I found its neat, unpretentious appearance preferable to the BMW, Merc. and Audi alternatives.

However, it has over 3 years of ownership really impressed me. Whilst obviously not blistering away from rest (who needs that in reality?) it is satisfyingly brisk in overtaking manouvres and its tourqey nature makes for an easy drive.

Whilst pleasantly firm, ride comfort is good and the seats I find to be exceptionally comfortable. Handling and roadholding are of the good and safe variety rather than outright entertaining, but the overall compromise is very good.

It is the first car I have ever owner which does not have annoying creaks or rattles and the feeling of solidity and build quality is very satisfying, and this has translated into over 3 years of total reliability.

Running costs are low in terms of fuel consumption (average over my 28000 miles so far in over 49 mpg!) and insurance, though servicing costs are high for what is basically a posh Focus.

In terms of space, it is not a large car but for a couple who need to take their luggage and labrador sized dog on holiday, it is large enough. It will take my bike in the rear with the seats folded, or several model aircraft plus their associated stuff. In short, it is more practical than a similar sized saloon or hatch.

Refinement is very good, with low levels of noise from all quarters in any sane useage, which together with seat comfort makes the car a great tool for long journeys.

I have become so attached to this car that its planned replacement this year will be postponed. I can't find anything to replace it with which would make the expenditure worthwhile. As of now, I am fully satisfied with this car - a first for me.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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edwinR

Volvo V50 Diesel Estate

VOLVO V50 2.0D S 5dr [Euro 4] (Review date: 23rd September '11)

5

Whats to dislike? Volvo's are reliable and dependable, as well as having good styling, solid comfortable seats and some of the industry's best safety features. My V50 estate has covered over 100k miles but the drive and feel of the car would have you believe that it could almost be new! In my opinion the V50 estate is a good balance between a hatchback and an estate, it's not huge giving both the driver and passengers a luxury car feel. The standard CD/Radio sound system is also excellent as is the climate / air conditioning system. MPG minimum 40 urban, up to 60 on a steady run. I typically achieve 400 miles on a £50 spend - for an estate car that isn't bad at all. The colour range is excellent but I am biased and love my black beauty - it seems to do all the right things for the car. You do have to keep it clean though!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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stephenW

Fabulous car to drive but eats fuel

VOLVO V50 1.8F R DESIGN Sport 5dr (Review date: 9th September '11)

4

I've just traded my V50 in for an Audi A1. I already miss the V50 as it was a good comfortable car to drive with a nice high quality interior. We recently drove to Southampton and back from Central Scotland and it was smooth and comfortable, but it cost me almost £200 in fuel. I was getting 310 miles out of a tank before the petrol light came on

I basically had to reduce my motoring costs hence the down-sizing to a compact diesel.

My v50 was a petrol engine and boy did it like visiting the petrol station. The fuel figures in the brochure are so far off the Mark, it's scary. I was getting about 25mpg around town - about 40mpg on a constant 60mph trip.

Service costs are extortionate, road tax was high - my Audi will save me £1500/1800 in motoring costs over the next 12 months. My Volvo dealer was not the best car buying experience I've had.

I bought the car new during the motor trade slump so got it for £5k under brochure price but it had to be a stock car.

I will miss this car but not it's running costs. If you want one, buy the DriveE version

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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