• (5.0) 1 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $3,165–$19,109
  • Body Style: Wagon
  • Combined MPG: 25
  • Engine: 227-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2011 Volvo V50

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Volvo V50

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2011 Volvo V50 Reviews

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.

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

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

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


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 1 reviews

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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

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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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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