Alternatives

Used Volvo V50 Estate 2004 - 2012 review

(2004 - 2012)
Volvo V50 Estate (04 - 12)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Volvo V50 estate?

The V50 straddles the ground between mainstream and premium with great success, both in image and used prices. That also means it faces stiff competition from both sides, whether it’s more spacious and cheaper alternatives such as the Skoda Octavia, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf, or more upmarket rivals such as the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate.

If you enjoy a sporty drive it might also be worth increasing your budget to reach a used BMW 3 Series Touring, which handles beautifully and has a slightly larger boot than the V50.

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Verdict

The Volvo V50 is a handsome estate that offers premium quality at mainstream prices

  • Build quality
  • Wide range of engines
  • Cheaper than premium rivals
  • Small boot
  • Firm ride on some models
  • Possible diesel particulate problems