2006 Volvo V50

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$26,490 - $29,915
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Engine Engine 2.4LI-5
MPG MPG 22 City / 30 Hwy
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2006 V50 Overview

The Volvo S40 returns for its sophomore year with a number of minor changes to the three-model lineup, which continues to be loaded with features at competitive prices.

Safety is a top priority at Volvo, and all S40 sedan and V50 wagon models come with side curtain and side-impact airbags, projector-type headlamps, a rear fog light, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution.

When Volvo re-engineered the S40 for 2004, the primary goal was to stuff the same levels of safety found in the flagship S80 luxury sedan into the S40's small package.To that end it was designed using something called VIVA, for Volvo Intelligent Vehicle Architecture.What appears to be an unprecedented amount of time, research, testing and detail went into the construction of the chassis and body in the interest of crash protection.There are several zones of deformation upon impact, built with different strengths of steel depending on that zone's function: conventional, high strength, extra high strength and ultra high strength steel.

The S40 looks like a sports sedan, particularly when fitted with the newly designed optional 17-inch alloy wheels.The V50 is a straightforward wagon extension of that look.The design is clean and elegant, Scandinavian simplicity.Inside, the S40 represents a sharp departure from previous Volvo designs, but above all is comfortable and full of convenience features.

On the road, both body styles are stable and relaxed.Even at high speeds, the Volvos can easily run with expensive sedans from BMW and Mercedes.The turbocharged T5 engine is wonderfully smooth, with quick but linear acceleration performance.The entry-level 2.4i engine feels nearly as quick and is just as smooth.The five-speed automatic is smooth and responsive.The suspension is firm but not jarring, offering an ideal balance of ride and handling, and the brakes are excellent.The S40 continues to enhance Volvo's reputation as a maker of superb sports sedans.
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2006 V50 Overview

The Volvo S40 returns for its sophomore year with a number of minor changes to the three-model lineup, which continues to be loaded with features at competitive prices.

Safety is a top priority at Volvo, and all S40 sedan and V50 wagon models come with side curtain and side-impact airbags, projector-type headlamps, a rear fog light, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution.

When Volvo re-engineered the S40 for 2004, the primary goal was to stuff the same levels of safety found in the flagship S80 luxury sedan into the S40's small package.To that end it was designed using something called VIVA, for Volvo Intelligent Vehicle Architecture.What appears to be an unprecedented amount of time, research, testing and detail went into the construction of the chassis and body in the interest of crash protection.There are several zones of deformation upon impact, built with different strengths of steel depending on that zone's function: conventional, high strength, extra high strength and ultra high strength steel.

The S40 looks like a sports sedan, particularly when fitted with the newly designed optional 17-inch alloy wheels.The V50 is a straightforward wagon extension of that look.The design is clean and elegant, Scandinavian simplicity.Inside, the S40 represents a sharp departure from previous Volvo designs, but above all is comfortable and full of convenience features.

On the road, both body styles are stable and relaxed.Even at high speeds, the Volvos can easily run with expensive sedans from BMW and Mercedes.The turbocharged T5 engine is wonderfully smooth, with quick but linear acceleration performance.The entry-level 2.4i engine feels nearly as quick and is just as smooth.The five-speed automatic is smooth and responsive.The suspension is firm but not jarring, offering an ideal balance of ride and handling, and the brakes are excellent.The S40 continues to enhance Volvo's reputation as a maker of superb sports sedans.Hide Full Review