Just completed 20,000 miles in 6 months. The car has been faultless. We run a fleet of these as company cars. They have proved to be rugged, reliable and extremely comfortable. The only downside is our customers think that Volvos are really expensive, and hence we must be charging to much!
As fleet buyer, I tested all the usual suspects: Passats, Mondeos, Saab 93 and even the Alfa 159, but none could match the comfort or design of the Volvo. All our V50s are R Design sports with 18" wheels in black, so they really look the part.
We have found service costs reasonable and most cars average 45mpg+.
The seats and driving position are superb: I have driven 600+miles in day with no pains or aches.
As engineers we sometimes get the interiors dirty (white leather not a good idea) but the seats and door cards come up spotless with the slightest of wipes.
As others have said, the boot isnt the biggest, but its adequate for most journeys. I often travel around with a huge tool box, 4x25 litre drums of oil, laptop and suitcase all in the boot, so how much space do people need?
I'm looking forward to the next 2 years with this car.
Well done Volvo: stylish, comfortable, reliable.
Just took delivery of a 08 plate V50 2.0D SE Powershift. Initial impressions are very positive and after driving a VW Passat in both saloon and estate guise i decided it was time for a change when my company car list arrived. First thing i noticed was the build quality both inside and out compared to the Passat.Dont get me wrong the VW is a very good quality car but i think the Volvo is probably pitched towards the lower end BMW 3 series tourer and the old shape Audi A4 avant and Saab 9-3 sportwagon....similar size to these cars Very well equipped with all the usual features and extras like automatic rain sensors,auto dimming rear view mirror,cruise,MP3 connectivity,dual zone climate control etc. The new Powershift box is very smooth and gear changes almost go un-noticed..you also have the option of the manual changing feature which will probably end up as a novelty...Other bonus is low CO2 emmissions of 159...pretty good for a diesel auto Seats very comfortable and although the ride is firmer than a VW thats no bad thing. All in all pleased i made the choice of a Volvo and would recommend this car although if your looking for a load lugger this isn't the one to go for as the space is modest but adequate for everyday use.
I have a volvo V50 2.0 diesel owned for 3 months pulled up on my drive as Igot out all the engine oil came out on to the floor and the water was full of oil but the sump was clean with no sign of water in the sump the car did not overheathad only driven 3/4 of a mile has any body had this problem would be glad any views
Owned from new, now 60000 miles and nearly 3 years on. Nice to drive, well put together and much nicer than the Passat that I used to have. Only gripe is the service costs at £350 to £400 every 12500 miles at main dealer. Now out of warranty period so will def go to independent garage from now on. Had 2 minor recalls to date and a warranty claim on electronics which stopped windows and mirrors working and made external temp guage read minus 44C!! This was a common fault and was fixed without fuss.
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