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2006 Volvo V50 T5 AWD Review

Sporty Station Wagon

A front view of a red 2006 Volvo V50 T5 AWD

In short: A compact, turbocharged station wagon.

The cockpit of the 2006 Volvo V50
A look under the hood of the 2006 Volvo V50

Station wagons aren't just for soccer moms anymore. The Volvo V50 is sleek and sly, asking to be taken out to more than a weekend watching the kids. Boasting a quick, turbocharged 5-cylinder engine and sharp, un-wagon-like handling, this compact wagon is a well-rounded vehicle that knows how to have fun. However, should it happen to be your turn to carpool to school, you can rest assured knowing that the V50 comes packed with plenty of parent-pleasing safety features.

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A three-quarter rear view of a red 2006 Volvo V50 T5 AWD

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile basic warranty; four-year/50,000 mile powertrain warranty; eight-year/unlimited miles rust perforation warranty.

Base Price: $29,615 / As tested: $34,470

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door station wagon

Engine: 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine, all aluminum with DOHC variable valve timing
Horsepower: 210 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque: 236 lb-ft @ 1,500-4,800 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Safety: Volvo inflatable curtain side impact head protection system (VIC), side-impact protection system (SIPS) including driver and passenger side-impact airbags, driver and passenger dual stage supplemental restraint system, anti-theft ignition

0-60 mph: 7 seconds
Top Speed: 143 mph

Brakes: 4-wheel anti-lock power-assisted disc brakes

EPA City : 19 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 highway

Traction: 4-wheel traction control (TRACS)

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(Updated: 06/17/10 NW)