V is for versatility - The new Volvo V50 sportswagon

Distinctive styling, improved performance and enhanced safety are three good reasons to test drive the V50 Sportswagon

The revised bolder exterior with its attractive v shaped bonnet is pleasing to the eye. The improved interior styling boasts more cabin space than the previous model with the very best adaptation of Scandinavian interior design.

On the road steering is accurate with good feedback and the ride is firm. This car is compact and at the same time has a large car feel. It is ideal for carrying five adults and for anyone who carries large loads we liked the load compensating suspension that retains poise and headlight angle.

The load compartment has a fully retractable cover. An added safety is the cargo safety net designed to protect passengers from unsecured luggage during sudden braking.

In summary this is a very desirable new model,ideal for families looking for a quality compact sportswagon with style and an abundance of safety features. This is a compact car with a large car feel. The 2008 V50 Sportswagon has several improvements over the existing model.

Here we take a more in depth look

Bolder design

The new V50 Sportswagon comes with a sportier new grille and headlamp layout and distinctive three-part front air intake. It also features Volvo's deep-set chromecollared grille and larger Volvo badge is indicative of the all round improved design.

The V50's distinctive rear styling now benefits from slimmer tail light units that are equipped with LED brake lights, enhancing the car's shoulders. A new boot handle, restyled bumper and a revised pair of exhaust pipes complete the look.

Restyled lower door mouldings and side sills also underline the visual changes between old and new saloon and Sportswagon models.

Storage space and interior

The V50 designers have undertaken a thorough interior revision resulting in more storage space and carrying versatility. There is also a wider choice of interior trims.
The iconic 'floating' centre stack has revised controls and is complemented by a multi-function centre tunnel storage area, a more compact handbrake design, and a revised armrest that's longer and further forward for greater driver comfort. It can also flip through 180 degrees to act as a useful table for rear passengers.

Improvements include a much larger storage area under the armrest, while the lower sections of the front door inside panels accommodate larger items. The auxiliary input for the audio system has been repositioned under the armrest and is now standard across the range, while a roll-top cover for the central storage area provides heightened security.
Other changes include more dynamically styled instrument panels for the T5 and D5 models,Dynaudio speakers for the Premium Sound system, a new hard drivebased RTI road traffic information and satellite navigation system and a redesigned remote key fob with Auto Open and Auto Close for all side windows and sunroof.

New trim options for the floating centre stack comprise a Nordic Light Oak real wood matt inlay and Virtual White, inspired by the modern glossy white surfaces in sporting equipment and computers. Drivers can also now opt for the new Spring Green upholstery and three new exterior colour options have been added too.


Introducing yet more safety features, the new V50 Sportswagon can be equipped with Active Bi-Xenon headlamps that swivel the light beam in continuous sync with steering direction. Should any of the Volvo's airbags be deployed, the hazard lights will now automatically be activated - a feature that helps attract the attention of other motorists in the event of a single-vehicle accident in the dark.

During emergency braking or when the anti-lock function is activated, the EBL Emergency Brake Lights function flashes all three brake lights five times a second to warn following drivers of the emergency braking manoeuvre. ISOFIX points in the rear seats are now standard, as is water repellent glass2 on the front side windows for enhanced visibility in poor weather.


The new V50 benefits from an enhanced powertrain offer. The D5 diesel engine will be available with a slick six-speed manual transmission. Because of its more robust nature, the transmission can handle the engine's full 400 Nm of torque, compared to the 350 Nm of the automatic gearbox.

Pine fresh

Electronic Climate control removes impurities and odours making the interior air clean and fresh. As with all Volvos the V50 Sportswagon conforms to the international Oke-Tex standard so all textiles are hypo-allergenic and free of harmful omissions.

• Prices start from £15,995 on the road for the petrol 1.6s models.

'Special discounts on new Volvos for Police employees'

For more information and for special discounts, contact Michael Taylor at Doves Volvo on 01342 859342 or email michaelj.taylor@summitautogroup.co.uk We deliver nationwide.

Keepers Corner, Burstow, Horley, Surrey RH6 9RR
Contact: Michael Taylor
Tel: 01342 859342
email: Michaelj.taylor@summitautogroup.co.uk


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