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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

This is essentially an estate version of the S40, which gained a five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test. The body is stiffer than the previous car, which means it can absorb more energy in a crash, so theoretically, the Volvo V50 safety score should get a five-star rating. Driver, passenger and side airbags are standard along with stability and traction control.

There's a bit more load space than the old V40. The rear seats are east to fold flat and when they're stowed, there's ample room for every family need: from trips to the DIY store, to being filled up for holidays away. Some models come with a folding luggage retainer equipped with four hooks for carrier bags, ensuring the weekly shop stays put on the journey home from the supermarket.

The cubby hole behind the centre console is reasonably useful, but the door pockets are disappointingly small - even after they were enlarged on the 2007 facelift models.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volvo V50 (04-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Space saver spare wheel
ES optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN equipment

R DESIGN standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
R DESIGN optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

R DESIGN Edition equipment

R DESIGN Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
R DESIGN Edition optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN Premium equipment

R DESIGN Premium standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
R DESIGN Premium optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN SE equipment

R DESIGN SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
R DESIGN SE optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN SE Premium equipment

R DESIGN SE Premium standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
R DESIGN SE Premium optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN SE Sport equipment

R DESIGN SE Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
R DESIGN SE Sport optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN Sport equipment

R DESIGN Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
R DESIGN Sport optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
SE optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Edition equipment

SE Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Edition optional equipment
None available

SE Lux equipment

SE Lux standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
SE Lux optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Lux Edition equipment

SE Lux Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Lux Edition optional equipment
None available

SE Lux Premium equipment

SE Lux Premium standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Lux Premium optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats

SE Premium equipment

SE Premium standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Premium optional equipment
None available

SE Sport equipment

SE Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
SE Sport optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
Sport optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Space saver spare wheel