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VOLVO V50 Estate 2004‑2012
73 owner reviews for VOLVO V50 Estate 2004‑2012
Volvo V50 diesel 2.0
VOLVO V50 2.0D S 5dr (Review date: 17th March '13)
We bought the car new 8 years ago and have driven over 80,000 miles so far. Overall it has been a positive experience.
The car is very practical being an estate and is a really useful size as it is still easy to drive in town and park.
Realiability has not been perfect as sometimes the car would stall or not respond to the throttle. This was caused by a faulty exhaust gas regulation valve, which was replaced under warranty. The only other problem has been the ignition key not starting the car and having the cylinder that the key fits into replaced. This was when the car was about 5 years old and it cost £400 to fix.
Running costs are generally OK. The car has been serviced at the local Volvo dealer who are quite efficient, but charge accordingly. Fuel economy is good: I get 40 mpg on short journeys and 50 mpg on longer runs, which is good for a Volvo estate. Tax and insurance are moderate in cost.
It drives reasonably well. The ride is firm without being uncomfortable and this makes for good cornering for the type of car.
The engine also delivers enough accelaration when asked to do so and is quiet for a diesel.
I would recommend it as a medium size practical estate car that does the job without being exciting.
VOLVO V50 T5 SE 5dr (Review date: 9th June '12)
Ok Ive owned this car now for 8 months so the reason for leaving the review for so long was so i could get to know the car.
Let me start by saying that this is the best car i have owned.Its spacious,quick and unbelievably comfortable.The real test came when my girlfriend and i took a 1 week trip up north and to the Scottish highlands(1800 mile round trip) and the car did not miss a beat.
The engine really pulls and when the turbo kicks in it really goes.
The leather upholstry and cabin really is a nice place to be with the 6 disc multichanger aswell as the stereo system really does have a punch and the floating center console is a nice touch.Oh and what a good looking car too.
I play drums and use quite a lot of kit so for lugging that around really does the job nicely.I dont use the car everyday as i'm only a 10 minute walk from my work and my girlfriend doesn't drive so the car only really gets used at weekends.
I've only given 4/5 for running costs as for our scotland trip we put £230 of fuel in.You can drive sensibly on the windy roads and get more mpg but where is the fun.But i knew what i was getting into when buying the car when it has a 2.5 turbo engine its not going to be super eco.The same goes for tax and my insurance isn't to bad either.
I'm slowly doing things to the car.I have put a K@N typhoon filter on it which really gives a nice snarl and you can hear the turbo whine and my Jetex exhaust has arrived so cant wait to hear what that sounds like.Well done VOLVO.
VOLVO V50 2.0 SE Sport 5dr (Review date: 24th February '12)
Pros: very comfortable leather seats with memory position which is good if you're short like me.
excellent all round view, plenty of room in boot, loads of room when back seats are down, split seats, loads of mod cons. Very easy to drive, holds road well, nice looking panel, easy to use instrument panel. cruise control. Loads of airbags. Good sound system. Smart looking car.
Cons: ignition too near steering wheel on left side, can be a bit sluggish uphill (but nothing too detrimental). Handbrake a bit too far over towards front passenger seat.
I find this car very easy to drive and I am very short (5ft) even with the seat forward I'm not on the steering wheel.
I use it for long and short journeys and for transporting 5 dogs - plenty of room - I find it very easy to park. I drives perfect the 1st long run was from yorkshire to northumberland and arrived still feeling comfortable and still had plenty of fuel in the tank. It drives like a dream, very reliable and comfortable in the back - I'm told.
Volvo V50 2.0D Sport
VOLVO V50 2.0D Sport 5dr [Euro 4] (Review date: 21st January '12)
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.
Volvo V50 Diesel Sport
VOLVO V50 2.0 SE Sport 5dr (Review date: 21st January '12)
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.
Volvo V50 d3 lux
VOLVO V50 D3  SE Lux 5dr (Review date: 20th January '12)
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.
Volvo V50 2008 Model 2.0 Tdi 136 bhp
VOLVO V50 2.0D SE 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
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.
Volvo V50 - Does what it says on the tin - Very well
VOLVO V50 2.0D S 5dr [Euro 4] (Review date: 19th January '12)
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.