With minor updates in 2009, the new and improved 2010 Volvo V50 sport wagon continues as a sibling to the Volvo S40 sedan. Available in 2.4i or R-Design trims, the V50 is powered by either a 2.4-liter 168 hp I5 or 2.5-liter 227 hp Turbo I5 respectively. Both powetrains are mated to a 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission powering either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. If you like the S40 sedan but need the space and utility of a wagon, the V50 is the place to be for 5-passengers and cargo. Keeping them safe are an ergonomic cabin, front, side, curtain airbags, active head restraints, and built in child booster seats. With numerous comfort and safety features combined with superb handling and style, the V50 sport wagon is a compelling choice in the small wagon segment.Read more Read less
The Volvo S40 sedan and its V50 wagon counterpart get few changes for 2010, the most notable being the reintroduction of a 5-speed manual transmission as standard on S40 2.4i, while the T5 AWD gets a new 6-speed manual. The T5 FWD continues to come with a 5-speed automatic as standard.
Stylish interior; comfortable front seats; V50's cargo versatility; R-Design performance
The 2010 Volvo S40 and V50 are stylish, attractive small-car alternatives. Especially notable is the distinctive interior with its ?floating' center-stack design which brings an airier feel to the instrument panel. The T5 R-Design's more powerful engine brings impressive acceleration. Include Volvo's reputation for safety and the S40/V50 are well-rounded values.