The Volvo V50 Sportswagon made its UK debut in April 2004 replacing the outgoing V40, joining Volvo's 'V' Range which also includes the V70, the 'V' represents versatility.
Designed as a Sportswagon for the modern era Volvo's design director, Henrik Otto describes the V50 as 'solid, sporty, urban, dynamic - this is a go-ahead car for someone who lives an active life'.
With the introduction of the new V50 Sportswagon Volvo hope to compete with Audi, BMW, & Mercedes-Benz - we tested the V50 T5 SE Sport to see how Volvo fare in the competitive world of premium compact estates.How It Drove - Performance
The Volvo V50 T5 is powered by a five-cylinder, 2.5 litre, transverse 20 valve, turbocharged petrol engine which produces 220 PS at 5000 rpm enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds and continue to a top speed of 149 mph.
The 2.5 litre turbocharged engine delivers the power without any drama which can leave the driver with the illusion that the V50 T5 is not a particularly quick car but with a 0-62 mph time of 6.9 seconds that can be achieved in one gearchange this is only an illusion.
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