2008 Volvo V50 vs. Its Competition

2008 Volvo V50 2.4L
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Volvo V50 occupies a price range between that of economical five-door small hatchback models and wagon versions of smaller sport sedans such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series.

The more affordable Audi A3 is a closer rival to the V50 and includes a more fuel-efficient and surprisingly powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

However, the A3 isn’t as roomy inside; it doesn’t have many of the safety features that are optional in the V50.

Another possibility is the Subaru Impreza; in its base 2.5i form, it’s a much more affordable alternative, with standard all-wheel drive and performance from its horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that’s similar to that from the base five in the Volvo.

But the so-called Impreza Wagon is no longer a wagon—it’s a shorter five-door hatchback.

The 9-3 SportCombi, from Sweden’s other car brand, Saab, is perhaps the V50’s most direct rival, but the 9-3 SportCombi also has a cramped backseat while not offering the ride refinement and poise of the V50.

All-wheel drive isn’t available on the SportCombi either.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Volvo V50 has the efficiency and compactness of a small car with the available safety features and poise of a larger sport wagon.
The 2009 Audi A3 is more than a spruced-up VW hatchback, thanks to the fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark.
Despite rather conservative styling, the 2009 Saab 9-3 is one of the boldest performers in its class.
The comfortable 2008 Subaru Impreza has broader appeal than the former model, without losing its personality—and it’s the only small sedan model in its price range with standard all-wheel drive.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I5Gas I4Turbocharged I4Gas Flat 4-Cyl
EPA Class   
Small Station WagonSmall Station WgnCompactSub-Compact
Style Name   
4-Door Wagon 2.4L FWD4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring4-Door Manual i
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
5 Door Wagon4 Door HB4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic,Manual w/ODManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Volvo V50 vs. 2009 Audi A32008 Volvo V50 vs. 2009 Saab 9-32008 Volvo V50 vs. 2008 Subaru Impreza