Volvo V50 (2004-2012) buying guide

The Volvo V50 offers a lot of class for not much money. It's reasonably cheap to run, and if you buy wisely in terms of condition, you'll enjoy years of faithful service. As it's essentially based on the Ford Focus, there's little to be scared of, although Volvo's unique electrical systems posed one or two issues – but nothing insurmountable. Avoid high-mileage diesels, and T4s turbos that have obviously led a hard life.

The Volvo V50 offers a lot of class for not much money. It's reasonably cheap to run, and if you buy wisely in terms of condition, you'll enjoy years of faithful service. As it's essentially based on the Ford Focus, there's little to be scared of, although Volvo's unique electrical systems posed one or two issues – but nothing insurmountable. Avoid high-mileage diesels, and T4s turbos that have obviously led a hard life.