Volvo V50

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Volvo V50
2006 US-spec Volvo V50
ManufacturerVolvo Cars
Parent companyFord Motor Company
AssemblyGhent, Belgium
PredecessorVolvo V40
ClassSmall family car
Body style(s)5-door station wagon
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel drive/All wheel drive
PlatformVolvo P1 platform
Engine(s)Petrol: Global:
1.6L I4 (100 hp)
1.8L I4 (125 hp)
2.0L I4 (145 hp)
2.4 L I5 (140 hp)
Global and North America:
2.4 L I5 (168 hp)
2.4 L T5 turbocharged I5 (230 hp)
Diesel: (not available in North America)
1.6L I4 (109 hp)
2.0L I4 (136 hp)
2.4L I5 (180 hp)
1.8L I4 (125 hp)
Transmission(s)5-speed automatic
5 and 6-speed manual
Wheelbase2640 mm (103.9 in)
Length2005-07: 4514 mm (177.7 in)
2008-present: 4522 mm (178 in)
Width1770 mm (69.7 in)
Height2005-07: 1452 mm (57.2 in)
2008-present: 1457 mm (57.4 in)
2008-present AWD: 1460 mm (57.5 in)
Curb weight1400 kg (3086 lb)
Fuel capacity60.2 L (16 US gal; 13 imp gal)
RelatedVolvo S40
ManualsService Manual
2008 Volvo V50

The Volvo V50 is the station wagon version of the Volvo S40 small family car, produced by Volvo Cars, introduced in 2003 Bologna Motor Show and manufactured at the Volvo Cars plant in Ghent, Belgium.

It is based on the Ford C1 platform, as is the Mazda "3". Volvo Cars Special Vehicle also produced a concept car based on the V50, the V50 SV, whose engine produces 340 hp (179 kW), and debuted at the 2004 Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Highlights of the V50's interior design include soft "theatre" lighting of various sections, and a translucent "iced aqua" center stack. In safety, the V50 features "Volvo Intelligent Vehicle Architecture".

The top-of-the line V50 is the T5 AWD. This model features four-wheel drive and a straight-5 2.5-litre petrol engine with a light-pressure turbocharger. Its valvetrain has four valves per cylinder and is a DOHC design with variable camshaft timing. The engine provides 220 bhp (164 kW) and 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) of torque. In Europe the 2.4 Liter turbocharged D5 diesel engine which provides 180 bhp (134 kW) and 350 N·m (258 lb·ft) of torque is also available. The output of that motor was downgraded from the original diesel motor in the XC90 which produces 185 bhp (138 kW) and 400 N·m (295 lb·ft) of torque.

In 2008 Volvo Car Corp confirmed that the next generation V50 will grow in size to be aligned on the side of the next generation S60. There is speculation that Volvo will not reintroduce the S40 and that the V50 will become the estate variant for the S60, just as the V70 is the estate variant of the S80.


For the model year 2008, the V50 along with the S40 has been facelifted with minor modifications:

  • similar front as the 2008 V70
  • modifications to the taillights
  • some minor modifications to the interior (new upholstery and armrest design)
  • some new options (active xenon headlights)
  • new audio systems
  • power and torque of the T5 increased
  • D5 now also available with 6-speed manual
  • new Flexifuel engine: 1.8 Flexifuel

For model year 2009, the V50 T5 is available in the U.S. only as an automatic AWD model with the "R-Design" trim package.

Restricted sales

Due to less income on a PZEV for the manufacturer, Volvo has forbidden sales of the V50 PZEV cars outside California, Florida, Vermont, Connecticut, Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Washington[1].

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