The used Volvo V50 shares the workmanlike credentials of many of its predecessors
The used Volvo V50 shares the workmanlike credentials of many of its predecessors, but unlike its ageing siblings the V50 is extremely stylish. Just as well considering the shoebox inspired appearance of eighties models. The V50, which is the estate version of the S40 saloon, was introduced in 2004 and maintained its youthful looks with a nip and tuck in 2007. There are various models available, but the best for environmentally focused motorists is the 1.6-litre DRIVe. This 107bhp diesel variant returns a staggering combined average of 72mpg, hits 60mph in 11.1 seconds, and has guilt free emissions of 104g/km. Alternative engines for petrol lovers include the 1.8-litre 123bhp, the 2.0-litre 142bhp, and the mighty 226bhp 2.5-litre. This roars to 60mph in 6.7 seconds which is pretty fast for a family load-lugger. The V50's handling, although unremarkable, is composed and confident. There is plenty of traction for negotiating tricky corners, the sharply styled body is nicely controlled, and the ride is smooth enough to maintain the V50's supermodel style composure. That said, the steering is rather lifeless and – despite the impressive turn of speed in some models – the V50 feels like a capable cruiser rather than a sporty estate. Standard V50 specification includes 16” alloy wheels, electric windows, and stability control to help keep it pointing in the right direction. The SE adds steering wheel audio buttons, fog lights, and cruise control to give your right leg a break. The SE Lux also has leather seats, electric folding door mirrors, and expensive luxury floor mats to wipe your muddy shoes on. So, how much does this stylish Swedish estate cost? The used Volvo V50 is listed in Motoring.co.uk's database with 'buy safe' sellers from £7,000. Despite a few reliability gremlins this is good value for money. I'll have a blue one please.
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