2007 Volvo V50

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Volvo V50. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance of T5 model
  • Moderate dimensions
  • Winter operation with AWD
  • Solid construction
  • Refined running

The Bad

  • Ride comfort in T5 model
  • Snugger than some wagons

Notable Features of the 2007 Volvo V50

  • Choice of two five-cylinder engines
  • Adaptive five-speed automatic
  • AWD T5 available
  • Related to compact S40 sedan
  • Standard electronic stability control

2007 Volvo V50 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Volvo's latest compact wagon debuted at the 2003 Bologna Motor Show in Italy. The automaker began selling the V50 in the summer of 2004, shortly after the comparably redesigned S40 sedan. The automaker says the V50 "blends Scandinavian style with Volvo engineering expertise."

The V50 gets a few new details for 2007. Traction control is newly standard on all V50s, and the switch to engage it has been moved to the steering wheel stalk. Steering-wheel audio controls are standard on all trims.

A 2.4-liter inline-five-cylinder goes into the regular front-wheel-drive V50. The high-performance T5 edition gets a turbocharged inline-five and can be equipped with all-wheel drive. Both the V50 and S40 share technology with Ford and Mazda vehicles.

T5 models with the six-speed manual gearbox have a "pushdown" function to engage Reverse gear. As with the company's other products, safety and crashworthiness are principal themes. The V50 has a stiff body and features Volvo's Side Impact Protection System.


Exterior
Some V50 design characteristics were borrowed from early Volvo wagons. Designed with softly rounded lines overall, the V50 has a short hood and a cab-forward profile, led by a protruding upright eggcrate grille with a diagonal cross-member. Outside mirrors feature turn-signal repeaters.

Built on a 103.9-inch wheelbase, the V50 is 177.7 inches long overall — 1.8 inches longer than the S40 sedan. Several aluminum wheel styles are offered. For 2007, t...
Vehicle Overview
Volvo's latest compact wagon debuted at the 2003 Bologna Motor Show in Italy. The automaker began selling the V50 in the summer of 2004, shortly after the comparably redesigned S40 sedan. The automaker says the V50 "blends Scandinavian style with Volvo engineering expertise."

The V50 gets a few new details for 2007. Traction control is newly standard on all V50s, and the switch to engage it has been moved to the steering wheel stalk. Steering-wheel audio controls are standard on all trims.

A 2.4-liter inline-five-cylinder goes into the regular front-wheel-drive V50. The high-performance T5 edition gets a turbocharged inline-five and can be equipped with all-wheel drive. Both the V50 and S40 share technology with Ford and Mazda vehicles.

T5 models with the six-speed manual gearbox have a "pushdown" function to engage Reverse gear. As with the company's other products, safety and crashworthiness are principal themes. The V50 has a stiff body and features Volvo's Side Impact Protection System.


Exterior
Some V50 design characteristics were borrowed from early Volvo wagons. Designed with softly rounded lines overall, the V50 has a short hood and a cab-forward profile, led by a protruding upright eggcrate grille with a diagonal cross-member. Outside mirrors feature turn-signal repeaters.

Built on a 103.9-inch wheelbase, the V50 is 177.7 inches long overall — 1.8 inches longer than the S40 sedan. Several aluminum wheel styles are offered. For 2007, there's a new body-styling package that adds side skirts as well as rear, front and trunk spoilers to 2.4i models. A Dynamic Trim Package available on T5 models adds skirts and spoilers, as well as 17-inch wheels. On all V50s, the Flint Gray exterior color has been replaced with Titanium Grey.


Interior
For 2007, an optional upgrade to the stereo system adds an auxiliary input for MP3 players and a redesigned overhead console. Keyless drive is now optional on T5 models, which also have a new sport steering wheel and gearshift knob option. Sirius Satellite Radio is a new standalone option for all V50s.

According to Volvo, the upholstery in the V50's five-passenger interior was inspired by sportswear. The instrument panel's texture is meant to signal technical innovation to the occupant. An Intelligent Driver Information System helps the driver focus on driving by selectively limiting nonessential information. A storage compartment can be accessed from behind either side of the ultra-slim center stack.

The rear seat is a split, folding unit. The front passenger seatback can also be folded. Four upholstery types are available. A navigation system is optional on T5 editions, and a 325-watt stereo with Dolby Pro-Logic II Surround Sound is optional on all V50s.


Under the Hood
A 2.4-liter inline-five-cylinder produces 168 horsepower in the base wagon. The high-performance T5 holds a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder that generates 218 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is available on the T5, and both 2.4i and front-drive T5 models come standard with an adaptive Geartronic five-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on all-wheel drive T5s.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, side-impact and side curtain airbags, and Volvo's Whiplash Protection Seating System are standard. Electronic stability control with traction control is newly standard on all trims for 2007.

Driving Impressions
Volvo's smallest wagon is just as refined and tightly built as the bigger V70, if a bit snug inside. Performance is a strong point with the turbocharged model, but the T5's ride can get rough on harsher surfaces and a little jittery even when rolling through moderate imperfections. The T5's manual gearbox operates easily, and Volvo's automatic operates smoothly. An all-wheel-drive V50 behaved admirably on snow and ice.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Nice Car

by Volvo buyer from Raligh, NC on June 26, 2012

The Volvo V50 gives you a wagon with room, yet a smaller car so the advantages of good gas mileage. Around 33 mpg on the hwy and averages around 26+ in town. It has a very attractive appearance, and ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love my new Volvo

by New Volvo lover from New Orleans, LA on December 19, 2011

Purchased a 2007 Volvo V50 T5 two months ago. Love driving and riding the car. Seats are comfortable and stereo is great. Easy to get child in and out of the back. Nice ride. Do not feel speed inside ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2007 Volvo V50 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The V50 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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