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2011 Volvo V50 T5Review
J. Taylor writes:
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Handsome And Hard Working — Perfect balance between a hatch and a wagon. Sporty, yet sensible. Sleek, clean design inside and out. It is hard to look past the very intentional minimalism, but fortunately that is what makes this car great. It is a "fiddle free" environment which leaves the operator's hands free to do what they should do in the driver's seat... drive. Bluetooth phone, radio and function menus are all conveniently placed on the steering wheel. With the T5, it is probably best to have both hands on the wheel. The turbocharged in-line 5 will push your back into the seat well beyond 60 mph and it is a well balanced joy on the back roads. Plus, the throaty rasp of the exhaust and whir of the turbo are nearly lyrical. Somewhat annoying that the computer only talks to apple products... but nothing is perfect.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Plenty of fun to be had without having too much fun

Cons: No leg room in the back seat

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2011 Volvo V50 T5 Review
J. Taylor says:
Spent years in the drivers seat. Greatest vehicle I have ever owned.
vs2011 Audi A3 2.0T Premium Wagon FWD
2011 Volvo V50 T5 winning categories:
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Family Car Ranked 2011 Audi A3 2.0T Premium Wagon FWD worse.
"Cargo room"
Value Ranked 2011 Audi A3 2.0T Premium Wagon FWD worse.
"All around package. The Volvo is a sports car disguised as a family wagon. It was equally adapt to handle chucking the kid in the back, a canoe on the roof, and bikes on the back for a week in Maine as it was chucking it down the country roads once you got there, and unloaded. Pure master class."
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Reviews From Other Years

2010 Volvo V50 Reviews

Review By GuruRFV2K

I purchased this car from Ray Milani at Auto Network Group Inc. in Placentia, Ca. He met my offer, and wrote up the contract and I was on the road back to San Diego in less than an hour. The car is ... Read More

2009 Volvo V50 Reviews

Volvo V50 R-desing By Greg

Performance, acceleration average, good handling with dynamic chassis , braking ok. The R-desing is an original good looking sport pakkage with 18" rims on it. The stereo is very good and is a dyn-adi... Read More

Very Green By Jukka

very economic (3.9 l per 100 kms); enviromentally friendly (emissions 100 grs/km); not a top performer but has enough uuumph to keep up with the traffic. Scandinavian design in the interior. Not very ... Read More

2008 Volvo V50 Reviews

For Its Drive I Would Give It A 10/10 By Ryan

Its acceleration is not urgent and as it goes around corners it glides rather then jurkes u in the derection and for £25000 its money well spent for it is a very fun car to drive and keep and i would ... Read More

Volvo V50 2.0d Powershift By Jukka

Nice ride, Powershift gearbox is the one and only you should choose in case you even thinking of Volvo. Performance is appropriate for a diesel and the torgue is ok. It's fun to drive and smooth lik... Read More

2007 Volvo V50 Reviews

My Idea About The Volvo V50 By Niels

Good acceleration, Small car in comparison with V70. Very good quality good handling and performance nice-looking car on the outside, nice looking on the inside Volvo stands for safety and you feel th... Read More

Volvo V50 By Michael

Great car for commuting - comfortable and quiet. Great for the weekends - ferrying the family around Great for holidays - cavernous boot 1.6 diesel gives about 55 to the gallon Love heated seats and b... Read More

2006 Volvo V50 Reviews

Solid, Safe, Stylish By EKR

We needed something bigger than our 4-door golf for our family of 4. And I had no interest in a minivan. We looked at Mercedes E-class (too big), C-class (too unreliable), and Subaru - great car, alm... Read More

Most Fun Wagon I Ever Owned. By Kurtw

Volvo still makes a good car but sometimes it seems that style is the last thing they think about. The V50 Sportwagon breaks that stereotype. The car is well designed with sufficient room and yet it... Read More

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