Which used Volvo V50 estate should I buy?
Entry level S models were later renamed ES, and actually include a decent amount of equipment including climate control, alloy wheels and a CD player. Upgrading to SE adds part-leather seats, cruise control and parking sensors, while later SE Lux models also came with sat-nav and full leather. Sport – later renamed R-Design – got 17in alloy wheels, an upgraded stereo and sporty styling touches, all designed to provide an equivalent to BMW’s M-Sport trim level. An optional family pack added two integrated booster seats in the rear.
Although petrol V50s were comfortably outsold by diesels, it is actually the former we’d recommend as a used buy in order to reduce the chance of expensive repair bills.
Our favourite Volvo V50: 1.8 S (later ES)