2010 Volvo V50

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Volvo V50. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Rich feel
  • Compact-sized wagon
  • Relative interior space
  • Safety features galore
  • Blind spot warning system option
  • Versatile cargo hatch

The Bad

  • No manual transmission
  • Below-average reliability (turbo versions)
  • Crash tests not available
  • Premium gas preferred
  • Backseat a bit tight

Notable Features of the 2010 Volvo V50

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Sedan version (S40) offered

2010 Volvo V50 Overview

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Vehicle Overview
Volvo's small wagon, the V50, comes in 2.4i and T5 R-Design trim levels, the latter of which is only available with all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Audi A4 Avant, Subaru Impreza Outback Sport and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.

New for 2010
The T5 R-Design gets a standard six-speed manual transmission; a five-speed automatic is optional.

Exterior
The V50's looks are similar to its S40 sibling. A V-shaped hood bulge runs down into a sculpted nose, and there's a broad lower air intake. T5 R-Design models come with a standard sporty appearance package called R-Design, which includes a different grille, a sport body kit with body-colored side skirts, and front and rear spoilers.

The V50 comes in at 178 inches long, and its width is 69.7 inches. The V50 is longer and wider than the Impreza Outback Sport, but it's smaller than the A4 Avant and roughly the same size as the Jetta SportWagen.
  • Standard mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Standard fog lights
  • Aluminum roof rails are standard on T5 R-Design
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating headlamps


Interior
The standard upholstery in the five-occupant interior has a slightly coarse, woven feel said to be inspired by sportswear. Leather upholstery is available. The T5 R-Design comes with unique premium leather seating surfaces. Aluminum trim is now standard on both the 2.4i and T5 R-Design, while Nordic Light Oak trim is optional.

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Vehicle Overview
Volvo's small wagon, the V50, comes in 2.4i and T5 R-Design trim levels, the latter of which is only available with all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Audi A4 Avant, Subaru Impreza Outback Sport and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.

New for 2010
The T5 R-Design gets a standard six-speed manual transmission; a five-speed automatic is optional.

Exterior
The V50's looks are similar to its S40 sibling. A V-shaped hood bulge runs down into a sculpted nose, and there's a broad lower air intake. T5 R-Design models come with a standard sporty appearance package called R-Design, which includes a different grille, a sport body kit with body-colored side skirts, and front and rear spoilers.

The V50 comes in at 178 inches long, and its width is 69.7 inches. The V50 is longer and wider than the Impreza Outback Sport, but it's smaller than the A4 Avant and roughly the same size as the Jetta SportWagen.
  • Standard mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Standard fog lights
  • Aluminum roof rails are standard on T5 R-Design
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating headlamps


Interior
The standard upholstery in the five-occupant interior has a slightly coarse, woven feel said to be inspired by sportswear. Leather upholstery is available. The T5 R-Design comes with unique premium leather seating surfaces. Aluminum trim is now standard on both the 2.4i and T5 R-Design, while Nordic Light Oak trim is optional.

The rear seatbacks fold down separately, and the front passenger seat's backrest also folds flat. Passenger volume comes in at 93 cubic feet. Cargo space comes in at 12.8 cubic feet, but with the back bench down it increases to 44.2 cubic feet.
  • Standard automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Standard leather gearshift knob and steering wheel
  • Standard eight-speaker sound system with in-dash CD player
  • Optional power glass moonroof
  • Optional heated front seats (standard on T5 R-Design)
  • Optional navigation system


Under the Hood
An inline-five-cylinder engine is standard on either model, and high-performance T5 R-Design editions employ a turbocharger for more power. The T5 R-Design also comes standard with all-wheel drive and a sport suspension.
  • 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-five-cylinder with 170 pounds-feet of torque
  • 227-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed automatic transmission on 2.4i
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission on T5 R-Design
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Optional keyless drive


Safety
Though its sister model, the S40 sedan, earned Good frontal-offset and rear crash-test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the wagon hasn't been tested. Unfortunately, differences in weight and construction mean we can't assume the same crash-test performance in the V50.
  • Standard antilock braking system with brake assist
  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control
  • Standard security system
  • Standard immobilizer-encrypted ignition key
  • Optional blind spot warning system
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great little wagon

by shirley19 from shirley19 on September 12, 2017

I really love the way it drives - handling great - transmission under power - great wagon for pet owners Read full review

(5.0)

I loved it!!

by Roger Larson from Columbia Heights, MN on August 30, 2017

Pretty sweet ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Volvo V50 currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Volvo V50 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volvo

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services, Carfax vehicle history report and rental car

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 miles; no deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 130 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker