2006 Volvo V50 Geartronic 2.4 from South Africa


Sensible choice


My wife drove over a centre island in the road, and damaged the whole undercarriage of the car.

Had to replace the battery.

Had to fix a seal on the sunroof.

General Comments:

Very easy to drive, and love the looks.

No leg room in the back, and it's got a small boot.

Too small to put your dogs in the boot, like I did with my Peugeot estate.

Parts are ridiculous prices, and so is the fuel bill.

The 6 speed geartronic gearbox is a dream to use in both manual and auto. It's much quicker when you put it in manual though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2010

2005 Volvo V50 from North America


You either hate your Volvo or you love it!


There was a faulty electrical system. Windows sometimes wouldn't go down, but would eventually. Volvo put a whole new system in for free.

The car wouldn't start because it said that we had an invalid key, so the car was towed. They fixed it for free, but it happened again and it was fixed once again for free.

The trunk was jammed shut because a towel was stuck in it. Cost a $100 to fix it at the dealer.

General Comments:

Only maintenance that we shouldn't have encountered was the trunk, which was only $100 for the three years we had it. No engine trouble.

I think the car was too advanced for itself. This was my second Volvo, and the first one I had, had one or two problems in the first two months I had it, and that was it for the rest of my three year lease.

I would recommend a Volvo to anyone. Maintenance is going to be more because the car costs more, and the parts are more.

Acceleration was okay.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2009

2008 Volvo V50 1.6D 1.6 diesel from Belgium


It's a total disappointment, mainly due to the engine and the sound-system


Air-co, it's always on when starting the car. Even when it is set to Manual-No Air-co.

General Comments:

The Volvo V50 version I have (1.6D) is underpowered, and a joke. I hate it. It's slow in acceleration, you need to slip the differential if you want it to start at a light in a decent fashion. It's slow in overtaking: I don't like overtaking in it, as I don't trust the engine. I think it feels like it could lose power at any time.

I think if it had a real engine, it would really be a nice car, but the 1.6D is just too small for this car.

I've had an 1994 Astra 1.7D, which is a whole lot slower, but it didn't pretend to be a sporty car, and it was a really comfortable ride. The Volvo's ride is too hard to be comfortable. Especially in combination with a 1.6D, the ride is just too hard. It's not like you need a sporty suspension with its total lack of power.

I mean, a 29000€ car that can't even get to 60MPH or 1000 KM/U in less than 10 seconds? I wish I had gone for the Volkswagen Golf V Variant. It has 5 HP less (or has it?), but is faster - tried it, a colleague of mine made the right choice and chose the new Golf instead of the V50, and I really can't keep up with him (and you should know that he couldn't keep up with my old Golf IV Variant in his Golf V Variant).

Also, the V50's stereo, compared to the Blaupunkt stereo from my old Golf, is a complete disaster. It sounds like an 80's tape recorder. It's so bad I almost don't use it at all. Also, the Blaupunkt ate MP3-cds, and the Volvo's sound-system doesn't, which -for me- is reason enough to hate it (hello to Volvo; the year is 2008, people actually use and want MP3 - as standard and not as a gazillion € option) The stereo in the Golf V is also a lot better than what Volvo saddles you up with.

The car does handle better at speed than the Golf, but then again, it was really much easier -and more fun- to attain some speed in the Golf. In the Volvo, you have to rev and rev and rev it, and still it lacks power.

The Volvo V50 I'm driving now costs about 29000€ in Belgium. For that money you should be able to buy a really nice car. Sorry, but the Volvo V50 just isn't worth it's money. When comparing it to equally priced cars, it really sucks (pardon my language, but I really don't have another term for it).

If I could choose another car right now, I think I'd go for the Mitsubishi Lancer DI-D. It has the same look as the Volvo (front), and it handles at least as nice, it is cheaper, and the engine isn't a disaster: it really gets around quite nicely. Also, the lancer's stereo eats MP3s and it sounds REALLY nice.

To Volvo: fix your act, or drop at least 30% of the current price of the V50 1.6D. It just isn't worth it's money.

Also, compared to a Golf IV Variant, the V50 is a lot smaller. You just don't get the same loading volume. The hatch is smaller, the trunk's opening is smaller, the trunk itself is smaller and lower. With the seats put down, it makes up a little, but the V50 isn't as useful to load a lot of IKEA stuff as the Golf IV Variant is. Also, the glove compartment in the Volvo is hardly big enough to contain a pair of gloves.

So, all in all, if you have 29000€ to spend, spend it on a Golf or an Octavia. The Volvo just isn't value for money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th June, 2008

30th Jun 2008, 03:36

Or just buy the 2.0D version and upgrade the radio!

13th Aug 2008, 12:52

I agree. Or better yet, try D5. And try Volvo's Dolby pro-logic sound system, you'll see that Golf (or any VW) is joke compared to the right Volvo.

18th Aug 2008, 17:51

The stereo (next upgrade) is 750€, eg. incredibly overpriced.

You can actually buy a quite OK home stereo for that money.

The 2.0D is indeed an option, but I've tried it, still like TDI power more. The 1.6 D and the 2.0 D both have noticeable turbo lag. The TDI hasn't. In fact, I've driven some Citroens and Peugeots (C4 1.6, C8 2.2 130hp and 406 2.0) and they all suffer from turbo-lag.

The D5 is also too expensive. Also, the engine is a lot heavier than the PSA's, and in a C30 (at least) it spoils the agility of the car. It has (almost) no turbo lag, which is nice.

You don't have a 2.0D for 29000€ with a half-decent stereo (even if you go kinetic) based on the catalog prices.

Forget about a D5.

The 1.6D is a company car, and IMHO is a reason to go job-hopping.