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Volvo V50

revkarevka Posts: 1,750
edited September 2014 in Volvo
Here is the new place to discuss the Volvo V50. To start, here's some news quoted directly from Edmunds Future Cars section:

Volvo has BMW and Audi in its sights with their upcoming V50 wagon, a replacement for the current V40. Engine choices will consist of either a 170-horsepower normally aspirated five-cylinder, or a 200 hp turbocharged version of the same engine.

image What do you think?

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  • vonn1vonn1 Posts: 26
    Looks like a baby V70. I own a V70 so I am not saying I dislike the look of it, but Volvo could have been a little more original with the design. Perhaps they are following Audi in the "every car needs to look the same" realm. It will be interesting to see how this car stacks up to the A4 and 3 series estates. Knowing the acclaim of these cars, let's hope Volvo came loaded for bear.
  • jrosasmcjrosasmc Posts: 1,711
    I hope this V50 isn't based on a Ford platform.
  • bill_1bill_1 Posts: 97
    I think it definitely has alot of potential but I wouldn't buy one unless I can get it with a manual gearbox. : )
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  • art_nyart_ny Posts: 1
    Called Volvo America and customer service said that the V50 is years away. Not in the 2003 lineup. Anybody else hear any different?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    That car will not be available until the 2004.
    The current V40 will be built for the 2003 model year. The first examples are already at the dealers now.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    From Edmunds' Future Vehicles Section: 2004 Volvo V50 Luxury Wagon. Hope you enjoy!


    Thanks for your comments!

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  • From all indications the V50 (and XC50 AWD body-cladded version) will be based on the same platform as the next Ford Focus and Mazda3 (formerly Protege), and so won't appear 'till about the same time those models are available... coming to the party so late it will have to offer some sort of added value, maybe the XC90's roll-sensing system, but expect that to drive the price out of the reach of the masses. Too bad these models aren't available now... guess I'll have to "settle" for a Subaru :)
  • Thanks for the advice, libertycat, but the V70 is just an enormous car, I'd like a short wheelbase, nimble wagon, easy to park... a Mazda Protege5 with a lot more torque or a Lexus IS300 with a lot nicer interior and a lot higher suspension (not for offroading, for jumping curbs and medians) and a lot lower price. All wheel drive (Haldex or otherwise) would be a plus...
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    It has all the features you want and there are some good deals out there.
  • The V40 is not ugly to me, but I need to put adults in the back seat and dogs and stuff in the way-back. The V40 has an excellent automatic transmission (courtesy of Mitsubishi, I think) which I am hoping is not an evolutionary dead end. Is an AWD, roomy V40 that's still nimble and zippy too much to ask?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Tranny is the Aisin-Warner that Volvo developed for their other models.
    Only Mitsu part is the turbocharger unit.

    As for a roomy zippy AWD, Volvo already has the XC70.
  • The V40 isn't too ugly for me either, volvomax, but it isn't terribly well regarded and it is definitely very costly for what it offers and what it competes with (Jetta wagon, Focus wagon, the Subarus and even the A4 Avant). IIRC, it is based on the Mitsubishi Carisma platform and Dutch-built, not Swedish. I'd still be considering it but I'd rather see what its rumored replacement, the V50 is all about. Maybe it will be indistinguishable from the Mazda3 and '04 Focus anyways?

    Libertycat, thanks for the Mercedes wagon suggestion, if I decide to go used I'll look at it closely... I understand DaimlerChrysler will be bringing diesel wagons here in about the same timeframe as the V50, which is also intriguing...
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Not based om Carisma!
    Yes its built at the Nedcar plant in Holland,most Volvos are assembled outside Sweden.
    V59 will be built at Ghent in Belgium alongside the S60.
    The V40 chassis is most closely related to the S/V 70 chassis.
    As for cost vs competitors,with the current incentives its quite a deal compared to the others.
    You get a better warranty,and more safety features. plus the new 170hp engine gives it extra zip.
  • Thanks for the info, Volvomax! Are you a Volvo employee, out of curiosity? I see that the V50 and S40 have appeared on the Future Cars section on Edmunds finally... perhaps they will appear this summer after all? and haven't had any new news in about a year...
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Won't be for sale until Jan or Feb 2004.
    Won't be unveiled till Nov 2003.
  • the S40 replacement is due by EOM...and the V50 is coming at model year end. (Figure October?)

    I am hoping I can fix my credit before October and snatch a V40 at the nice incentive prices they are offering. At $25+ it is hard to choose. At $19.5, it becomes a veritable bargain.

    I hope the V50 comes correct and ready to play...Mazda is due to release a 6 wagon soon, and others are well-established in the market: MB, Subaru, VW Jetta/Passat, Audi A4.

    Will be excited to see what Volvo is bringing to the table after the XC90 being such a nice launch.
  • bb_lhs_2kbb_lhs_2k Posts: 94
    Here are some spy pics of the V50:
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  • geo2004geo2004 Posts: 18
    We're surprised there is not more discussion on the V50. We just took a test drive and liked nearly everything about it. Being new to Volvo, we checked out comments on the V40 and they're disappointing. Can anyone with V50 buying and driving experience offer comments? We're also intrigued with the promotional oversees trip to purchase the car, bringing the cost down approx $2600. We are long-time very satisfied Honda owners, but Honda Accord is not available in a wagon. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 25,623
    i can only say that the V40 is a totally different animal, so don't take what is said about that car to heart when applying it to the V50. There is NOTHING similar in the 2 vehicles. Its completely new from the bottom up.

    '18 BMW 330xi; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 47-car history and counting!

  • Hey qbrozen

    Why so defensive with the V40?

    So, does the V50 carry a industry standard warrantee on basic car components? This would be the first question I would ask about this new car. If they answered no I would immediately walk out and not waste my time.

    Is there a link to a Volvo warrantee list for this new car?

    Similarities ---> Volvo (Ford) enough said.

    RGMurphy P.Eng
  • Has anyone found a v50 t5 in manual in the states yet? I want to test one before deciding on a wagon, but no-one seems to know when they will be here. do you?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 25,623
    i'm not sure what you mean. i merely wanted to make clear that nobody should be judging the V50 based on the V40. That would be like saying "i don't like the mazda 6 because i didn't like the 626" or "i don't like the new t-bird because i drove a 1990 t-bird and hated it."

    and what is your question on warranty? I'm sure you can find the answer on volvo's corporate website (

    '18 BMW 330xi; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 47-car history and counting!

  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    I just talked with a couple of local Volvo dealers here in the Denver area, and they told me that it would be December before any manual transmission equipped V50 T5 models are available. They also both indicated that the supply would be very small and that if you wanted one, it might be best to put a deposit down to reserve one.

    Not that it matters to me, as the wife and I are considering the T5 AWD with the automatic, but I thought I would pass along what I learned.
  • Hi, I found several manual T5 V50s in the Philadelphia area. I actually bought one a few weeks ago and love it- it is very quiet with very lively acceleration and a lot of nice little features inside that make it fun to drive. You should be seeing more and more manual V50s coming out. Maybe call a few dealers and see what they have in stock.
  • hi there-
    I am thinking of getting the v50 t5 All Wheel drive automatic. Have you gotten yours yet? If so, can you tell me how the seats feel after an hour or so in the car? Also, any other info would be a big help.
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