2011 Volvo V50

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Key Specs

of the 2011 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
  • Optional blind spot warning system
  • Versatile cargo hatch

The Bad

  • No manual transmission
  • Crash tests not available
  • Backseat a bit tight

Notable Features of the 2011 Volvo V50

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Standard turbocharged engine
  • Standard automatic transmission
  • Related S40 sedan

2011 Volvo V50 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Related to the S40 sedan, Volvo's smallest wagon has been around in current guise since the 2005 model year. It loses its base engine for 2011. Competitors include the Audi A4 Avant and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.

New for 2011
The base V50 2.4i has been discontinued, leaving only the turbocharged V50 T5. The T5 R-Design's available all-wheel drive and manual transmission have also been discontinued.

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. The grille receives a larger logo this year. Exterior features include:

  • Standard mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Optional 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Standard fog lights
  • R-Design features aluminum roof rails, silver grille frame, rear spoiler, ground effects and unique tailpipes
  • 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 R-Design comes with unique premium leather seating surfaces. Aluminum trim is standard. Interior features include:

  • Power driver seat
  • Leather gearshift knob and steering wheel
  • Eight-speaker sound system with in-dash CD player and USB/iPod compatibility
  • Optional Dolby Pro-Logic II surround-sound stereo
  • Optional automatic climate control
  • Optional power ...
Vehicle Overview

Related to the S40 sedan, Volvo's smallest wagon has been around in current guise since the 2005 model year. It loses its base engine for 2011. Competitors include the Audi A4 Avant and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.

New for 2011
The base V50 2.4i has been discontinued, leaving only the turbocharged V50 T5. The T5 R-Design's available all-wheel drive and manual transmission have also been discontinued.

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. The grille receives a larger logo this year. Exterior features include:

  • Standard mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Optional 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Standard fog lights
  • R-Design features aluminum roof rails, silver grille frame, rear spoiler, ground effects and unique tailpipes
  • 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 R-Design comes with unique premium leather seating surfaces. Aluminum trim is standard. Interior features include:

  • Power driver seat
  • Leather gearshift knob and steering wheel
  • Eight-speaker sound system with in-dash CD player and USB/iPod compatibility
  • Optional Dolby Pro-Logic II surround-sound stereo
  • Optional automatic climate control
  • Optional power glass moonroof
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional power passenger seat
  • R-Design versions include unique floormats, aluminum accents, steering wheel, upholstery and gauges

Under the Hood
Last year's 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter five-cylinder has been discontinued, making a turbocharged four-cylinder the sole engine. The T5 R-Design also comes standard with a sport suspension. Mechanical features include:

  • 227-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety
Though its sister model, the S40 sedan, earned a score of Good in frontal-offset and rear crash tests 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. Safety features include:

  • Antilock braking system with brake assist
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system and traction control
  • Optional blind spot warning system
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers

 


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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

V50 - Amazing vehicle!

by DEW from Palm Harbor, FL on July 6, 2018

This car has been magnificent. I bought it almost 8 years ago and had relatively extremely low out of pocket cost. With 227HP it accelerates beautifully, handles like a dream - no complaints. I've ... Read full review

(5.0)

Amazing Car Handles great just feel's safe

by scalperin from Boston, MA on March 15, 2011

Overall I traded a volvo 2010 all-wheel drive in for this replacement. The s40 suffered an accident and i got the R-design V50 to replace it. Picks up better then the s40 handleing is ultra responsive ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Volvo V50 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Volvo V50 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Volvo
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 5 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    130-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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