V50 SE D5
Added: 12th of October 2013
My previous Volvo 850 T5 expired unexpectedly after 300k miles and the agent had this V50 D5 at less than half list price, with all the options fitted. It is very quick, supremely comfortable and so far has been completely reliable. I sometimes wish I had the space of the 850 - or V70 - but not enough to have the bigger car all the time. The only downside with this car is the front tyre wear is high, because the engine has almost too much torque, but in the Pyrenees last summer it swept through the steepest climbs with no stress at all. As a motorway cruiser it is very quiet and comfortable, returning around 45 mpg when loaded. Ours has the sport suspension package fitted so handling is crisp on Pirelli or Michelin tyres, slightly less so on Khumos, but always very safe and a swerve is stable and easily controlled. Brakes are very effective and the ABS does a good job of preventing lock up. Our first set of pads lasted 59000 miles and still had not worn out but were changed as a precaution. On winter tyres handling in the snow and on ice is a revelation. they enable journeys to be completed confidently and safely. The automatic gearbox is a geartronic, which I believe is shared with a few Audi and Volkswagen cars. It is smooth and relaxed when left alone, but I usually squeeze a bit better fuel consumption by using the manual option once out of town traffic. Would I buy another V50 - YES but probably the 2 litre Diesel as the D5 is almost too powerful! I would miss the hill climbing and overtaking though.