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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
“top-level fit and finish”
Car and Driver
“glovebox space is meager”
Kelley Blue Book
“small wagon with a premium feel”
“the quality feel we expect of the marque”
Road & Track
Following Volvo tradition, the 2008 Volvo V50 belies its mid-20s base price, Ford Focus roots, and entry-level status across the model spectrum with comfortable seats and quality construction.
Up front are ergonomically designed chairs whose “comfort on long drives is undeniable,” remarks Kelley Blue Book. The high quality of the interior is undisputed: “From something as simple as a high-quality headliner to the clean and classy gauges, the cabin conveys an upscale feel from top to bottom,” says Edmunds. Model year 2008 also addresses a sore point with the interior, as Volvo wisely adds “more storage space in the doors and the center console,” according to Motor Trend.
Alas, the rear seat isn’t as hospitable, but none of its European rivals have Cadillac-large backseats either. Kelley Blue Book criticizes a “cramped rear seat and moderate headroom.” ConsumerGuide is kinder, stating, “two adults get decent head and elbow space, but three will feel pinched.”
As to its value in the marketplace, the V50’s pricing makes it a strong competitor. Kelley Blue Book remarks that it “undercuts the base Audi A4 and BMW 335 by a good margin,” but notes “the pricing gap closes quickly once comparable features are added.” The pricing starts in the mid-20s for a base 2.4i all the way to the low 40s for a loaded T5 AWD.
The 2008 Volvo V50 feels refined, though backseat passengers will be compressed.