$26,490 – $29,915 MSRP
$24,936 – $28,155 Invoice
19 / 26 MPG City/Hwy
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Enhancements for 2006 include a new, simplified package and option structure, redesigned alloy wheels, and improved cup holders. T5 models receive a "pushdown" function to engage reverse gear for the 6-speed manual transmission. Additionally, steering wheel audio controls are now standard on the 2.4i; T5 models get a new 17-inch wheel design with the Dynamic Trim Package and the IAQS air quality system is now a stand-alone option; Electric Silver is the new premium exterior color; Brilliant Blue replaces Mistral Green and Safari Green.
Volvo's V50 sport wagon is offered in three versions: the value-leading V50 2.4i; the performance-oriented V50 T5; and the all-weather V50 T5 AWD. A normally aspirated, five-cylinder engine that produces 168 hp motivates the V50 2.4i. It can be mated to a 5-speed manual or 5-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. Increasing the fun factor in the T5 is a 218-hp, light-pressure turbocharged I-5 engine that can be equipped with a 6-speed, close-ratio manual gearbox and electronically controlled all-wheel drive. Safety features include dual-stage front air bags, dual side and side-curtain air bags, anti-submarine seats, daytime running lamps, traction control, and whiplash protection.
Standard features include a cabin pollen filter, power, heated outside mirrors, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, climate control, and personal settings for locking, audio and climate controls. Stand-alone options include metallic paint, Electric Silver premium paint, leather seating surfaces (2.4i models), dual integrated rear child seats, Dynamic Stability Traction Control, and on T5 and T5 AWD models, a DVD-based navigation system, Volvo's IAQS air quality system, and Bi-Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps.
Options include the 2.4i Select Package that includes a power moonroof, a power driver's seat, a premium sound system, a 6-disc CD player, wood-effect console inlays, and a trip computer; the 2.4i and T5 Sport Package adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a dynamic sport suspension, front spoiler-mounted fog lights, aluminum inlays, and a leather-covered gearshift knob (2.4i only). There's a Climate Package that includes heated front seats, headlamp washers, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. There's also a Premium Package (for T5 and T5 AWD), which nets leather seating surfaces, a power moonroof, driver's seat memory function, and a power passenger seat. The Dynamic Trim Package (for T5 and T5 AWD) adds a front chin spoiler, a rear lower-valance spoiler, a trunk-mounted spoiler, side skirts, lower door-edge moldings, and 17-inch alloy wheels. There's also a Dynamic Sport Suspension for the T5. Louder tunes can be provided in the T5 with an Audio Package that includes a premium sound system with a 6-disc, in-dash CD changer, and the Convenience Package adds a HomeLink transmitter, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, and a grocery bag holder.
The Volvo V50 competes in the Compact Premium Conventional segment, where many first-time luxury-car buyers seek their new wheels. The segment, where cutting-edge styling and an alluring blend of luxurious and sporting tendencies reside in a single package, boasts no less than 15 entries.
For 2005, the sales leader in the segment remains the BMW 3 Series, which was redesigned for 2006 and had calendar-year 2005 sales of 106,950 units, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM Other top-selling models in the segment are the Acura TL (78,218 sales in 2005), Infiniti G35 (68,728), Cadillac CTS (61,512), and Mercedes-Benz C-Class (60,658). The Volvo V50 and S40 had combined sales of 29,912-ranking eighth in the segment-during calendar year 2005.
|2.4i||5 speed automatic||$26,490||168-hp / 2.4L 5-cyl||22/30|
|T5||6 speed manual||$28,140||218-hp / 2.5L 5-cyl||22/32|