2011 Volvo V50

2011 Volvo V50 Review Summaries

What reviewers liked most about the Volvo V50

  • The engine accelerates smoothly and sounds pleasantly harmonic.

    - Cars.com
  • Scandinavian to the core, the V50's interior is a study in spartan elegance.

    - Edmunds.com
  • This is a capable wagon that rewards spirited driving with a good deal of fun.

    - Edmunds.com
  • Handling is good, and the firm-but-supple suspension provides a nice ride.

    - MSN Autos

What reviewers liked least about the Volvo V50

  • The suspension is too stiff, often crossing over to harshness on even mildly rough pavement.

    - Cars.com
  • Visibility good except to right rear in sedan, where head restraints and high deck interfere some.

    - Consumer Guide
  • The standard 168-hp, 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engine sounds raspy.

    - Consumer Reports

Volvo V50 Comparisons

  • The new compacts boast the same refined driving characteristics of the larger Volvos, and the same tight, solid structure.

    - Cars.com
  • The V50 is good enough to compete with small wagons such as the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class-pretty heady company.

    - MSN Autos

Best one-liner about the Volvo V50

  • The automatic transmission, a five-speed Geartronic, exhibits few of the annoying traits typical of both manumatics and overly protective mothers.

    - Car and Driver
  • From the driver's seat, it's easy to forget you're in a station wagon.

    - Car and Driver
  • Just when you thought the typical car dashboard couldn't be improved upon, Volvo comes up with the coolest-looking center stack this side of Stockholm.

    - Edmunds.com

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