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2005 Volvo V50 Specs and Review

V50 is the result of a consistent design strategy, where authentic Volvo characters have been developed for each new model. with characteristics from classics such as Volvo 1800 ES, Volvo 480 and its latest predecessor, V40. An exciting, sportswagon five-door lifestyle that made its debut at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Volvo V50 replaces the V40, which was launched in the United States in 1999. Sales of sportswagon V50 began in the US in the summer of 2004 as a 2005 model.

The rear of the Volvo V50 has an athletic and sporty design that distinguishes it from the more traditional V70 line. The combination of its round roof and very sudden tail is designed to create a modern look without limiting the practicality needed by the train.

Soft round nose, short hood and cabin-forward design that are marked to strengthen this. The sportswagon display is more emphasized through the addition of an optional sports accessory kit, with a specially designed front, side and rear spoiler, larger wheels and a dual exhaust tip.

The track and wheelbase have been extended, pushing the wheel to every corner. This contributes to a sporty appearance, and provides a predictable way for the car. Long wheelbase also allows easy entry to a wide back door for easy access.

The Volvo V50 is 1.8 inches longer than the S40. The part behind the rear wheels has been extended and is used to increase luggage space.

Vibrant design and style

V50 has a fully individual profile that distinguishes itself as the new sportswagon from Volvo.

The grid has the same egg-crate mesh pattern found on the S40. The hood has a classic V shape. A strong and distinctive line of body contour – shoulders – has also been included. The high rear tail lights are another indication of the legacy of the Volvo-wagon V50. The overall design and style defines the sportswagon and distinguishes itself from the Volvo family train, V70.

Dynamic speedboat inspired body

From above, the body resembles the shape of a sleek speedboat, with a round bow, a wide center of the ship and a narrowed stern. Together with wide shoulders, this shape creates the impression of being sporty and athletic, while contributing to the excellent Volvo V50 aerodynamics.

The Volvo V50 door is convex, unlike the concave door design of the larger Volvo model. This strengthens the sporty appearance and adds to the width of the cabin.

The windshield wiper is completely new and hidden under the hood. Turn signal indicators are integrated into the door mirror, where they are easily visible from the side.

A number of newly designed aluminum wheels, some of which are unique to the Volvo V50, are available as options. The sportiest wheels are 18 inches in diameter and are equipped with very low profile 215/45 tires.

Exterior Sports Styling

The Volvo V50 is available with an Exterior Sport Styling kit, which further highlights the aggressive and dynamic image of this new model.

The package includes a specially designed front and rear spoiler, side skirt and rear roof spoiler. A lowering kit, which reduces the driving height of 0.75 inches, further enhancing the V50’s display.

Large capacity for life; neat Scandinavian interior

The interior of the Volvo V50 is built from several visual layers. The first layer shows the edge edges around the entire interior, along the side windows and windshield. It creates the impression of being safe taking refuge in a cocoon.

The next layer is the instrument panel. It has a clean and tidy layout, with air vents and other details positioned as an island in an open environment. The instrument panel combines new surfaces, textures that present the feel of cutting-edge technical innovation, not classic leather trimmed furniture. This special surface texture separates the instrument panel visually from the outer edge of the cabin.

The main instrument cluster has two round gauges that are easy to read, surrounded by a contrasting metal bezel. This design creates a sporty three-dimensional appearance.

Elegant and spacious

A unique, super slim, free-floating floating center stack (which was introduced on the Volvo S40) is the topmost layer of the interior. It connects the center tunnel console with the instrument panel in an elegant and modern way.

Behind the middle stack, there is a practical storage compartment for personal items, which can be easily accessed from both sides. This compartment has soft lighting, which further highlights the impression of a free floating panel.

Multiple interior choices

Like the other panels in the car, the middle stack can be determined with different decoration panels. This gives buyers the opportunity to customize the car to their particular taste.

  • In the base model, the color of the panel is the same as the basic interior color.
  • Dark panel “Wood Effects” creates a more elegant and refined environment.
  • “Aluminum” panels, made of genuine metal, add to the high-tech impression of a spacious interior.

Multi-function control

Control in the middle stack has been given an ergonomic and functional design. Most of them perform several different functions in a logical and easy-to-use way. The upper half of the control panel is used to operate the audio system, while the lower part is dedicated to the climate control system.

The four large buttons are used to adjust the main system functions such as stereo volume or cabin temperature. Other function keys have been collected together on a panel that resembles a TV remote control. Each button pressed is designed to help the driver avoid the pressure of two at a time.

The audio system on the Volvo V50 can be equipped with the same advanced technology introduced in the Volvo XC90 – the amazing Dolby Surround Pro Logic II, offering up to 445 watts for concert-quality sound.

Theater lighting

Inside the Volvo V50, there are a number of hidden lighting points. They create theater-like effects by gently illuminating different parts of the interior. Among other things, the middle stack keeps burning from the roof, but the light is so soft that it never disturbs the driver. The first time the light makes its presence felt is when the driver moves his hand towards the control, something that facilitates operation while driving at night.

T-Tec Coatings

The interior is available with a choice of two colors: off beige black and dark. Each interior color comes with a variety of matching upholstery colors.

Skin is one of four alternative coatings. The most innovative coatings are Dala, a ribbed textile with T-Tec elements and a light-colored coating that is visible.

T-Tec is an ingredient that has been developed exclusively for Volvo Cars and is inspired by modern sportswear and travel accessories.

Folding backrest

Cabin-advanced design, long wheelbase, and Intelligent Vehicle Architecture from transverse engine installations combine to provide a spacious V50 cabin that can be rearranged in the same flexible manner as Volvo V70. The back seat is divided into two parts and the backrest folds down. The front passenger seat is equipped with a flat backrest. With folded seats, the payload floor is completely flat from the rear lift gate to the glove compartment, making the V50 perfect for carrying long, often complicated loads.


The Volvo V50 is available with a choice of two 5-cylinder engines.

The result is a car that offers high performance and driving pleasure. The compact dimensions of the engine also contribute to a very high level of accident safety.

The turbo T5 is available with an Electronic Controlled Controlled All-Wheel Drive

Volvo V50 T5 AWD represents the top of the V50 line. It has a 2.5-liter five-cylinder gasoline engine with a light pressure turbocharger. Turbo technology produces exceptional torque from low rotation to high speed. High and flat torque curves ensure exceptional acceleration.

The type and turbo unit at T5 has been installed together in heat-resistant alloy steel (up to 1,922 ° F). Heat resistant steel helps keep the air flowing into the turbo house cool. As a result, the engine can run on a leaner fuel mixture, resulting in lower fuel consumption and emissions, especially when driving at high speeds.

The T5 engine offers a maximum output of 218 bhp and 236 lb.-ft. torque.

Like other Volvo, all wheel drive is supplied via an electronically controlled Haldex system. Engine power is automatically distributed between the front and rear wheels by an electrically controlled hydraulic clutch, which reacts to slipping wheels in 1/7 rotation.

Highly efficient machine packaging

The new gasoline engine on Volvo V50 (and S40) is a further development of the low friction engine that powers the other Volvo models. Most external engine components, such as brake boosters and air conditioning compressors, have been designed and packaged to take up very little space:

  • The exhaust type outlet is tucked in the bottom corner towards the engine block.
  • The exhaust manifold on the turbo engine is installed together with a turbo housing unit to increase packaging efficiency.
  • Inlet manifolds are made of fiberglass reinforced plastic and are mounted above the engine.

More space between the engine and passenger rooms

The result is a machine that is 7.8 inches slimmer and 1 inch shorter than that found in other Volvo models. This compact format makes the engine lighter. Combined with Volvo Intelligent Vehicle Architecture (VIVA) from transverse engine mounting, it also contributes to a high level of accident safety, because there is additional space for deformation in the engine compartment. In a collision, the engine can be pushed back 5.9 inches before the crankshaft touches the cross member near the bulkhead.

There is free space of up to 2.8 inches above the engine between the cylinder head and engine hood. This allows the hood to be gently squeezed, thereby helping to reduce the risk of head injuries if pedestrians or cyclists collide with cars.

Two powerful engines for silky smooth operation

The new 5-cylinder engine is available in two variants for the US market: the 2.4-liter aspirated version usually produces 168 bhp and a light-pressure turbo engine that shifts 2.5 liters and produces 218 bhp. The 5-cylinder configuration and large displacement produce high torque from low engine speed – the perfect combination that provides exceptional acceleration. In addition, a 5-cylinder engine with long strokes has a more relaxed and pleasant character (see separate Specifications document for additional information).

The engine shares the same technology as the unit that drives other Volvo in the product line.

  • Four valves per cylinder and double overhead camshafts – for high power and good response.
  • Variable camshaft timing (CVVT) – for high power and high torque combined with lower fuel consumption and emission reduction.
  • Electronic engine management system with precise adaptive control – for efficient combustion and good performance.

Adaptive automatic transmission

Automatic transmission for Volvo V50 is the same as that used in other Volvo models. This is a five-speed unit that utilizes adaptive gear replacement patterns.

Chassis that is rigid with balance and balance

The Volvo V50 was developed in the same spirit as the Volvo S60 and Volvo S80. Experience gained from the sophisticated Volvo S60 R and V70 R has also helped form the basis for this new vehicle.

Powerbrain 5 cylinders lay the foundation for exceptional V50 driving characteristics. The independent suspension around it, with a multilink system at the rear, produces a combination of comfort and exceptional driving characteristics. Wider track and longer wheelbase, compared to current Volvo V40 models, also contribute to the stable behavior shown by cars on the road.

The front suspension geometry has been carefully balanced to produce a fast and precise steering response, thus increasing sporty appeal.

The steering is electro-hydraulic, with lightweight, different and controlled steering feedback.

The Volvo V50 can be equipped with a sports chassis as an option (not an AWD model). Stiffer springs and reduced ground clearance help produce greater directional stability due to sporty driving.


Volvo V50 is a sportswagon that is fun to drive, flexible to use and interesting to see. What’s more, it offers first-class security – both protective and preventive. These are all part of Volvo Intelligent Vehicle Architecture (VIVA).

Like the S40, the Volvo V50 has a very rigid body, patented front structure, and a comprehensive interior security system, creating vehicles with excellent safety characteristics.

The Volvo V50 also sees the introduction of Keyless Drive (delayed availability), a keyless locking / unlocking system with well-planned functions to add comfort to a car that is already very functional.

In a collision, the prerequisites for efficient deformation are very important. Because the impact force is absorbed in the car’s structure, the properties of various materials must be maximally exploited. This helps maintain the integrity of the passenger compartment.

The Volvo V50 front body structure is divided into several zones, each with a different task in the deformation process. The outer zone is responsible for most deformations. The closer the collision force is to the passenger compartment, the less material is damaged.

To give each zone the relevant properties, the quality of steel varies. Innovative uses of four different levels of steel are used. In addition to conventional steel bodywork, three different classes of high strength steel are used: High Strength Steel, Extra High Strength Steel and Ultra High Strength Steel.

This zone system allows collision forces to be absorbed in a very clever and effective manner and is an important part of Volvo Smart Vehicle Architecture. Each zone is summarized below:

Low speed deformation zone

The front bumper combines a rigid cross-member made of Ultra High Strength Steel. The attachment to the longitudinal member of the body is designed in the form of a ‘collision box’. They help absorb the power produced by low-speed collisions without damaging the rest of the body’s structure. This jam box can be easily replaced and at a reasonable cost.

High speed deformation zone

The straight part of the side member is made of High Strength Steel, a very ductile material, which is optimized for high energy absorption. This is a zone that contributes most of the deformation in a collision.

In addition, Volvo has chosen to include the upper side members in the compact Volvo V50, because they help provide significant passenger protection if the vehicle has to collide with a truck platform or loading dock, for example.

Backup zone

The member section that leads out towards the A-pillar is designed to act as a barrier for the passenger compartment and as a backup to help reduce deformation. The design also helps minimize the risk of the front wheels penetrating the inside. The wheels actually help absorb the impact force. This part is very rigid and is made of Extra High Strength Steel.

Three-way attachment

Rigid cross members connect the A pillars and lower side members so that they form very rigid three-way bonds on each side. This design plays an important role in helping to maintain cabin space in severe accidents.

The new front structure is one of many patented Volvo safety designs.

Small, light, inline, multivalent machines (SLIM) contribute to accident safety

Efficient packaging allows the 2.4-liter and 2.5-liter inline engines on the Volvo V50 to be made 7.8 inches slimmer and almost 1 (0.98) inches shorter. As a key factor in VIVA, this engine is installed transversely. Reduced width makes more space between the engine and passenger space. In a collision, the engine can be pushed back 5.9 inches before the crankshaft touches the cross member near the bulkhead.

The Volvo V50 also has an interior safety system design patterned after the Volvo S80.

The steering column can be deformed to 5.5 inches. When defective, the steering column moves horizontally, to provide the optimal airbag position for this vehicle.

Other security features shared with the Volvo S80 include:

  • Pedal folded
  • Two-stage airbags
  • Pretensioner seat belts for front seats and rear seats
  • Force limiter for front seat belts

Side Impact Protection System

The Volvo V50 is 2.2 inches wider than its predecessor, the V40. This creates additional space for deformation in side collisions. In other cases, the Volvo V50 has the same type of side impact protection as the Volvo S80, with SIPS (Side Impact Protection System), side impact air bags and rubber curtains. This curtain is also designed to provide better protection in the event of a rollover, by deflating slower (about three seconds) from the front airbag.

Side airbags are bigger than those in the V40 model, to provide additional protection at hip and chest height.

Some features help make the body stiffer and reduce side penetration:

  • Reinforced tubular beams mounted transversely between A-pillars
  • SIPS tubes are strong and stiff in chairs and steel boxes that can be deformed in the center
  • Diagonally mounted beams made of Ultra High Strength Steel at the door
  • Pillar B that has been significantly strengthened and has dimensions to help provide enhanced protection

Rear end collision

The Volvo V50 is also designed to provide enhanced occupant protection in rear-end collisions.

The Volvo system to avoid neck injuries – WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) – is one of the most effective on the market. If there is a hard impact from the back, the back of the seat and headrest accompany the movement of the body of the passenger.

The chair and backrest have a very strong design. They are designed to hold many items such as unsafe luggage. At the same time, they are designed to produce severe collisions where the balance between strength and flexibility is important for occupant safety.

Protection for other road users

Volvo V50 has a frontal design with a clean, smooth surface and rounded corners. The aim is to reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians and other road users in the event of an accident. In addition, the front has energy absorbing characteristics, including a soft structure at the front of the bumper, to help reduce the risk of foot injury.

The hood and front fender are designed to absorb energy. This helps reduce the risk of head injury. In addition, the new SLIM gasoline engine leaves a generous 2.8-inch free deformation space between the cylinder head and engine hood.

Built for children too

Like other Volvo models, the Volvo V50 has been developed considering children. The body’s safety structure and interior security system are designed to help protect the youngest residents as well.

Both rear outer seats can be equipped with integrated child booster pillows for children over three years of age. The position of the outer rear seat is equipped with an ISOFIX attachment point for child seats (Warning: Never place any type of child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with passenger side airbags. Volvo recommends that all children under 12 years old be held properly in a chair back at any time).


The Volvo V50 body is 34 percent stiffer than its predecessor, the Volvo V40, thanks to a sophisticated body design. This torsional stiffness helps produce stable and predictable handling. In addition, with its wide track and long wheelbase, the V50 displays exemplary driving characteristics.

  • The front track is 60.4 inches (2.9 inches wider than V40)
  • Rear track 60.8 inches (2.8 inches wider)
  • Wheelbase is 103.9 inches (2.9 inches longer)

Independent suspension around it, with spring struts at the front and multilink system at the rear. The rear suspension helps ward off the tendency to slip.

Volvo V50 comes standard with the STC (Stability and Traction Control) anti-rotation system and can be equipped with DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control), which helps improve the car’s progress if it shows signs of slipping.

The Volvo V50 T5 will be available in combination with all-wheel drive. Volvo’s electronically controlled AWD system distributes torque automatically to help match road conditions and driving style and is designed to provide more stable and predictable driving characteristics.

Effective brakes

The Volvo V50 has ABS brakes that are very effective – with an electronic brake force distribution to the rear wheels and automatic panic braking assistance – EBA (Emergency Brake Aid). The front wheels have ventilated discs.

Projector headlight type

The headlights display the projector’s low beam type. The light beam is concentrated surrounded by a “halo” which helps the driver who comes to assess the distance to the car.

Bi-Xenon (GDL) gas discharge lamps for high and low beams are available as an option.

Additional turning indicators on the door mirrors and integrated side marker lights on the front and rear lights make the Volvo V50 also easy to see from the side.

Ergonomic driver environment

Driving position with the right ergonomic design, with all instruments and controls in the right position, making driving safer. In this case, the Volvo V50 continues this famous Volvo tradition. It has a comfortable and ergonomically designed driver seat, adjustable steering wheel and instrument panel that is logically arranged.

Steering wheel-mounted controls for the audio system, roaming controls, and RTI navigation systems (Road and Traffic Information) further enhance driving safety.

Smart Driver Information System

Smart Driver Information System – IDIS – is a new feature in the automotive industry, inspired by fighter aircraft technology. The system helps the driver not to be disturbed while driving.

The IDIS function continuously records driver activity by monitoring the steering angle, acceleration, turn signal functions, and so on. This information is processed and, at a certain level of activity, non-essential information – such as a bulb indicator – is detained.

IDIS is standard on all Volvo V50 versions. IDIS is prepared by the factory for the upcoming on-board system for information and communication. The more functions this car has, the greater the benefits of IDIS.


Volvo’s holistic view of safety includes not only protective and preventative safety, but also personal security. The Volvo V50 is designed to provide enhanced protection for residents of their cars and property, both when traveling and when the car is parked.

The Volvo V50 can, for example, be equipped with layered side windows, an unusual feature for cars in this segment. Laminated glass is very difficult to destroy and provides better protection from burglary.

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