2008 Volvo V50

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What Changed for 2008
  • Turbocharged models offer increased power

  • New front fascia, grille, spoiler, and lower intakes

  • Redesigned interior console and storage space

  • Standard tire-pressure-monitoring system

  • New optional Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)

  • Standard auxiliary input and MP3 capability

  • New active bi-Xenon headlights
Volvo offers two station wagons in its 2008 lineup. With the V70 capturing those looking for a full-size wagon, consumers who prefer a midsize are directed at the smaller of the two: the V50. First sold to North American customers in 2005, the V50 traces its history back to the V40, introduced nearly a decade ago. That early wagon was based on the sedan version of the Volvo S40. Likewise, with a different designation, the 2008 V50 is based on the current S40 model sedan. V50 chassis, engines and drivelines are all shared with the S40. For 2008, Volvo's V50 Sportswagen has been given a comprehensive update including new exterior and interior styling, enhanced storage and versatility, and additional safety features.

Model Lineup
The three different V50 models from Volvo are the V50 2.4i, V50 T5, and V50 T5 AWD. The V50 2.4i is offered in front-wheel drive (FWD) trim only. Seats are manually adjustable and upholstered in cloth. (Leather upholstery is optional on all models.) Air conditioning with manual temperature control is standard, as are most powered accessories. The standard audio system is Volvo's Performance Audio System with MP3/WMA/CD functionality.

The turbocharged V50 T5 and T5 AWD models share engine, transmission, trim and equipment levels, with the exception of the all-wheel-drive (AWD) powertrain-only found on the AWD model. Eight-way power-adjustable seats are standard. Nearly all accessories are electrically powered, and the T5 models offer standard electronic climate control (ECC). Volvo's upgraded high-performance audio system with MP3/WMA/CD functionality is also standard.

Major options for the 2.4i model include the Select package. It adds 17-inch Serapis wheels, Sirius satellite radio, power driver seat, a moonroof, aluminum roof rails, and more. The two T5 models may be equipped with the Premium package, which adds 17-inch wheels, leather seating surfaces, moonroof, Homelink transmitter, aluminum roof rails, and more. The Dynamic Trim package, also exclusive to the T5 models, adds a front chin spoiler, rear lower-valance spoiler, tailgate spoiler, sport suspension, sport steering wheel, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The 2008 Volvo V50 Sportswagens are powered by two different 5-cylinder engines. Standard engine on the V50 2.4i is a 2.4-liter rated at 168 hp and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. EPA fuel economy estimates are 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway. The T5 and T5 AWD share a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine rated at 227 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. EPA fuel economy estimates are 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway, depending on drivetrain. Both engine choices are mated to a 5-speed Geartronic microprocessor-controlled automatic transmission driving either the front wheels, or the AWD system on the T5 AWD model. All 2008 Volvo models are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile comprehensive Volvo new car warranty.

Standard safety features on all 2008 Volvo V50 models include dual-stage driver and front passenger frontal air bags, safety belts with pre-tensioners, a Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) in the front seats, and an inflatable curtain to protect all rows of outboard passengers. Daytime running lamps, an anti-skid system with traction control (DSTC), and anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard across the model lineup.

New for 2008 is an automatic hazard warning. In the event of an air bag deployment, the hazard lights are automatically activated to alert others for assistance. A tire-pressure-monitoring system (TPMS) is also standard on all 2008 models. The 2007 V50-structurally identical to the 2008 model-has been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)and received a 4-star rating for driver protection in frontal impacts; a 5-star rating for the front passenger in frontal impacts; a 5-star side rating (front and rear); and a 4-star rollover rating.

Volvo employs high-tensile steel in all of its vehicles. In the V50, four different grades of steel-including ultra-high-strength Boron steel-are used throughout the vehicle. By using different grades, or strengths, of steel in select components, Volvo engineers are able to design a vehicle structure that is progressively stronger as components are located in closer proximity to the passenger compartment, Volvo claims. The result is a vehicle that has a controlled deformation during a crash-which Volvo says limits the energy transferred to the passengers and reduces the possibility of injury.

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