Volvo V50 T5 SE
Volvo V50 T5 SE Sport

The DSTC system constantly compares the direction of the car with your steering wheel movements. If there is any tendancy to slide, the brakes are instantly applied to one or more wheels as necessary to retain control. The system also includes EBA (electronic brake assistance) which helps shorten the stopping distance in emergency braking situations. ABS (anti-lock brakes) is also standard throughout the V50 range.

The wheelbase has been increased by 78mm to 2640mm compared to the V40 and the front track increased by 63mm, rear by 57mm to improve stability. We found the suspension set-up firm but not overly so, you do feel imperfections in the road surface back through the cabin but it does keep you in touch with the road.

We found the electro-hydraulic power steering responsive although when pushed hard on more demanding 'B' roads it did let the overall ride down being a bit on the light side and lacking in feedback.

Ease of Use

Visibility is good all round, our test car was equipped with the optional Rear Park Assist (£340 option) which was helpful for tight parking spaces.

Front head and leg room is also very good although rear leg room is limited. The doors don't open that wide so we had to mind our heads getting in and out of the Volvo V50.

We found the boot too small even for an compact estate; it struggled to fit two soft holdall bags, a pram base and a few other bits and pieces. The rear seats 60/40 split/fold flat and the passenger seat backrest folds down to allow for longer loads to be carried.

On a practical level the Volvo V50 T5 features: front cupholders, rear 12v socket, front fog lights, roof rails, dynamic chassis, exterior temperature gauge, information centre, illuminated driver and front passenger lights and grocery bag holder.

How It Looks - Exterior

The V50 clearly demonstrates Volvo's distinctive, modern exterior design with its rounded front profile and V-shaped bonnet swooping down the broad Volvo shoulders to the rear.

Although unmistakably a Volvo, the V50 has a more rounded profile than the traditional Volvo estate and incorporates a more sports orientated design.

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