2.4i 4dr Front-wheel Drive Station Wagon
2008 Volvo V50

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Engine Engine 2.4LI-5
MPG MPG 20 City / 28 Hwy
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2008 V50 Overview

The S40 and V50 have given Volvo a legitimate alternative to the less-expensive cars from other import luxury brands.We'd go so far as to call these small Volvos sport sedans (or wagons, as the case may be), and with substantial improvements for 2008, the S40 and V50 are better than ever.

Changes for 2008 are about as extensive as one expects between complete model overhauls.Both the S40 sedan and V50 wagon get a fresh look, thanks to restyled front and rear ends.Interior improvements add small-item storage space, and all models now come standard with an auxiliary audio jack and USB port.In the Volvo fashion, there are also safety enhancements, including a feature that automatically starts the emergency flashers in the event of a collision.Volvo's BLIS blind-spot monitoring system and active Bi-Xenon headlights are now optional on the both S40 and V50.On the performance side, the turbocharged T5 models get a boost from 218 to 227 peak horsepower.

The Volvo S40 sedan and Volvo V50 wagon are relatively small cars: essentially the same size as a Honda Civic.Yet there's plenty of room for passengers and cargo inside, and the compact exterior dimensions make them easier to park.They are designed to be extremely safe, with active and passive safety features to help drivers avoid accidents, then protect them if there is a crash.Both the sedan and wagon rank among the best looking Volvos ever, and inside they offer clean, Scandinavian elegance.For both appearance and ease of function, the interiors rank among best in class.

The S40 looks and feels like a sports sedan.The same applies to the V50 wagon.The V50 wagon drives just like the S40 sedan, and it's nearly identical in size, measuring less than two inches longer in overall length.In fact, the S40 sedan and V50 wagon are nearly identical in every way.

On the open road, these cars are stable and relaxed.They hold there own with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and other cars in this class, even at high speeds.

The 2.4i models of the S40 and V50 feature a five-cylinder engine that delivers strong torque.As a result, they deliver decent acceleration performance.They also offer a good balance between ride comfort and handling response, with a suspension that's firm but not jarring.The brakes are excellent.All come with a five-speed automatic, though the S40 2.4i is available with a five-speed manual that gives it livelier acceleration performance.

The turbocharged engine in the T5 models is wonderfully smooth and responsive, delivering acceleration that is both even and exhilarating.The automatic transmission works as well as any in this class, and the T5 can be equipped with all-wheel drive for an extra element of performance or all-weather security.

The Volvo S40 and V50 are priced right, especially compared to the entry-level cars from other European luxury brands such as Mercedes-Benz.The high-tech systems in these Volvos tend to be those that work for most buyers, rather than technology for technology's sake.

Bottom line, the S40 and V50 are excellent choices in their class, and could be a great alternative for …
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2008 V50 Overview

The S40 and V50 have given Volvo a legitimate alternative to the less-expensive cars from other import luxury brands.We'd go so far as to call these small Volvos sport sedans (or wagons, as the case may be), and with substantial improvements for 2008, the S40 and V50 are better than ever.

Changes for 2008 are about as extensive as one expects between complete model overhauls.Both the S40 sedan and V50 wagon get a fresh look, thanks to restyled front and rear ends.Interior improvements add small-item storage space, and all models now come standard with an auxiliary audio jack and USB port.In the Volvo fashion, there are also safety enhancements, including a feature that automatically starts the emergency flashers in the event of a collision.Volvo's BLIS blind-spot monitoring system and active Bi-Xenon headlights are now optional on the both S40 and V50.On the performance side, the turbocharged T5 models get a boost from 218 to 227 peak horsepower.

The Volvo S40 sedan and Volvo V50 wagon are relatively small cars: essentially the same size as a Honda Civic.Yet there's plenty of room for passengers and cargo inside, and the compact exterior dimensions make them easier to park.They are designed to be extremely safe, with active and passive safety features to help drivers avoid accidents, then protect them if there is a crash.Both the sedan and wagon rank among the best looking Volvos ever, and inside they offer clean, Scandinavian elegance.For both appearance and ease of function, the interiors rank among best in class.

The S40 looks and feels like a sports sedan.The same applies to the V50 wagon.The V50 wagon drives just like the S40 sedan, and it's nearly identical in size, measuring less than two inches longer in overall length.In fact, the S40 sedan and V50 wagon are nearly identical in every way.

On the open road, these cars are stable and relaxed.They hold there own with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and other cars in this class, even at high speeds.

The 2.4i models of the S40 and V50 feature a five-cylinder engine that delivers strong torque.As a result, they deliver decent acceleration performance.They also offer a good balance between ride comfort and handling response, with a suspension that's firm but not jarring.The brakes are excellent.All come with a five-speed automatic, though the S40 2.4i is available with a five-speed manual that gives it livelier acceleration performance.

The turbocharged engine in the T5 models is wonderfully smooth and responsive, delivering acceleration that is both even and exhilarating.The automatic transmission works as well as any in this class, and the T5 can be equipped with all-wheel drive for an extra element of performance or all-weather security.

The Volvo S40 and V50 are priced right, especially compared to the entry-level cars from other European luxury brands such as Mercedes-Benz.The high-tech systems in these Volvos tend to be those that work for most buyers, rather than technology for technology's sake.

Bottom line, the S40 and V50 are excellent choices in their class, and could be a great alternative for …Hide Full Review