Even now after having this car for 5 years it still looks fresh and elegant. Volvo has managed to transfrom its boxy wagons into functional and pretty design.
Interior styling is unlike any other car. It is clean, functional, innovative and just beatuful.
Safety & braking
Brakes on my V50 are very strong (I have spot package) and they last very long time. As to safety, it is not even about airbags but each part has sefty in mind - from position of the engine to heavy reinforced doors.
The steering is razor sharp allowing to navigate narrowest road with precision and speed (I have sport package).
At the time I bought it the color gamma was great and I got the color that I have never yet seen on another V50. I have a car that feels one of a kind. However, Volvo has brought the selection down to few very boring choicec after 2006.
The engine could use some power considering the weight of the car and how much you can load into it. TO be fair, I have the less powerful 2.4 non-turbo.
The sport package that I have on this car makes ride pretty hard and choppy on any less than perfect road (an most of the roads are liek this lately)
Driving position & visibility
Driver position is fine the only problem is with the side visibility due to very thik A-pillars blocking the view. Also, side rear view mirrors are too small.
Reliability & durability
This car has seen lots of warranty repairs and service bulletins within the first 3 years of its life but it make much better since. This is likely because mine was the first year of production.
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