Volvo V50 Review from Norway

2005 Volvo V50 1.6 D

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 D Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance11750 kilometres
Previous carNissan Almera


Highly recommended


The passenger-seat belt-waring sensor was over-sensitive.

The electronics seems not too fond of long periods of -10C to -20C degrees. It sometimes (but not often) generate error-messages when everything is perfectly fine.

General Comments:

The 1,6-litre diesel-engine is simply excellent. Very low consumption combined with it being quick, quite powerful and responsive.

The handling is great. It can be driven seriously fast on almost any road surface without it ever becoming scary.

I bought the Audio High Performance stereo with a bigger amp, 6 CD-changer and 8 speakers. It is highly recommended. It sounds great both on CD and radio-listening.

The car is practical, thus not a very large estate, comfortable, well thought thru, handles brilliantly and performs a lot more than you would expect with a 1,6 under the hood.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2006

8th Mar 2007, 08:36

After owning the car for nearly 20 months, I must say that I'm still very well satisfied with the V50. The electronic mishaps turned out to be a connector located in both front doors, my local dealer (which BTW offers excellent service) replaced them and problem solved permanently.

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review