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Used Volvo V50 Estate 2004 - 2012 review

Category: Estate car

Section: What is it like?

Volvo V50 Estate (04 - 12)
  • Volvo V50 Estate (04 - 12)
  • Volvo V50 Estate (04 - 12)
  • Volvo V50 Estate (04 - 12)
  • Volvo V50 Estate (04 - 12)
  • Volvo V50 Estate (04 - 12)
  • Volvo V50 Estate (04 - 12)
  • Volvo V50 Estate (04 - 12)
  • Volvo V50 Estate (04 - 12)
  • Volvo V50 Estate (04 - 12)
  • Volvo V50 Estate (04 - 12)
Used Volvo V50 Estate 2004 - 2012 review
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What's the used Volvo V50 estate like?

The Volvo V50 is both exactly what you’d expect, yet also refreshingly different.

Being a Volvo, it has excellent safety credentials including the same whiplash and side impact protection systems as larger Volvos of its time, and it feels very well built. Yet, compared with previous Volvo estates, the V50 is notably handsome and, most shockingly of all, relatively small on the inside.

However, on the move the V50 majors on comfort and stability, dialling out some of the Ford’s fun-to-drive character. The ride is a touch firm on Sport, R Design and Drive-E models, but other V50s are more relaxing, and low noise levels makes it a good car for long journeys.

In the V50's lifetime, its engine range included 1.6, 2.0 and 2.4-litre diesels, plus petrol engines ranging from 1.6 to 2.5 litres, the latter of which was sold in top-spec T5 trim with the option of four-wheel drive.

A facelift in mid-2007 resulted in sharper styling (particularly in R-Design trim), an improved in-car entertainment system and the option of a manual gearbox for the D5 diesel engine.

Further changes in 2010 resulted in the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine being replaced by Volvo’s five-cylinder unit of the same capacity, now known as the D3 or D4 depending on power output. At the same time, a new 1.6-litre diesel became the D2, and the 2.4-litre T5 and D5 engines were discontinued.