Driving Impressions

Driving Impressions  - 2006 Volvo V50 Review - Reviews - Volvo V50

Volvo's smallest wagon is just as refined and tightly built as the bigger V70, if a bit snug inside. Performance is a strong point with the turbocharged model, but the T5's ride can get rough on harsher surfaces and a little jittery even when rolling through moderate imperfections. The T5's manual gearbox operates easily, and Volvo's automatic operates smoothly. An all-wheel-drive V50 behaved admirably on snow and ice.

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    Function
    Park assist button The system is activated automatically when the vehicle is started. The indicator light in the button in the center console illuminates when the system is on. The front park ...

    Rear window and door mirror defrosters
    Use the defroster to quickly remove fog and ice from the rear window and the door mirrors. Press the button once to start simultaneous rear window and door mirror defrosting. The light in the ...

    Severe strain on the brake system
    The brakes will be subject to severe strain when driving in mountains or hilly areas, or when towing a trailer. Vehicle speed is usually slower, which means that the cooling of the brakes is l ...