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Volvo V50

2005-2011 - P1 Platform - 5 Cylinder Engine - T5, R-Design

The Volvo V50 was introduced in mid-2004 alongside its four door sedan equivalent, the S40; the V50 is the P1 platform successor to Volvo's prior compact wagon, the NedCar V40. With the V40-to-V50 name change, there was no confusion with 2004½ models to avoid clashing names as with the NedCar S40 and P1 S40. 

As with its platform siblings, the S40 2nd gen, the C30, and the C70 2nd-gen, the V50 rides on what Volvo calls their P1 compact car platform. The first all-new car born under Ford's stewardship of Volvo in their Premier Auto Group, this platform was co-developed with Mazda (as the Mazda BK platform) and Ford of Europe (as the C1 platform) at Ford's Cologne, Germany development center.

The powertrains of US-market P1s remain uniquely Volvo, with either a naturally aspirated 2.4i or turbocharged T5 "white block" five cylinder, mated to a 5-speed AW50/AW55 automatic, 5-speed M56 manual, or (for the T5 only) a compact variant of the M66 6-speed manual transmission made by Getrag and shared with the S60R and V70R. T5 variants also had the option of Haldex all-wheel drive.

In 2008, a "facelift" exterior style debuted on P1 platform cars, with both the S40 and V50 featuring a revised front and rear end, as well as an available R-design package featuring a different bumper lip, rocker panels, and interior trim.

After the last V50s were sold in 2011, Volvo did not offer a compact wagon replacement in the US, moving instead to compact crossover offerings like the XC40.

  • First generation V50, successor to the V40
  • Five door compact wagon/estate based on Volvo P1 platform
  • Sold in the USA from mid-2004 through 2011 model year
  • USA models were equipped with 5 cylinder gasoline engines
  • With the exception of a few Denso-equipped later models, all 2.4i and T5 cars had Bosch ME9 "Motronic" engine management
  • USA normally aspirated "2.4i" models had a 2.4L engine, FWD and manual or automatic transmission
  • USA light pressure turbo "T5" models had a 2.5L engine, FWD or AWD and manual or automatic transmission

2005-2007 V50

  • 2.4i: naturally aspirated 2.4L B5244S4, making 170ps (168hp)
  • T5: turbocharged 2.5L B5254T3, making 220ps (217hp)

2008-2011 V50 "facelift"

  • 2.4i: naturally aspirated 2.4L B5244S4, making 170ps (168hp)
  • 2.4i: naturally aspirated 2.4L B5244S7, making 170ps (168hp), SULEV emissions equipment for states following CA emissions standards
  • T5: turbocharged 2.5L B5254T7, a minor revision of the B5254T3 making 230ps (227hp)
  • Polestar: available performance package, boosting the B5254T7's power to 253ps (250hp)
  • Revised front and rear end styling, including new headlights and taillights and new bumpers
  • R-design trim package with sporty exterior and interior trim
  • 2011 was the final USA model year, with a few leftover cars sold in to 2012

Model information is based on the USA vehicle market. Other model variations may exist outside the USA.

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