What is it?
This is the Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe SE Lux, the third model in Volvo’s eco-friendly DRIVe sub-120g/km range.
Volvo is expanding its DRIVe range, with two-wheel drive versions of the XC60 and XC70, and 1.6-litre turbodiesel versions of the S80 and V70, but the C30, V40 and V50 will remain the most carbon-friendly members of the DRIVe range.
The Volvo V50 DRIVe doesn’t get as many aerodynamic tweaks as the C30 DRIVe, but it does benefit from an air deflector behind the grille, wind deflectors at the leading edge of the front wheels, a front spoiler and a set of natty disc-like aero-friendly alloys.
Low rolling resistance tyres are also fitted, while third, fourth and fifth gears have been lengthened for better cruising economy. Lower-friction gearbox oil has even been used to further enhance engine efficiency.
A stop-start version of the Volvo V50 DRIVe will be available from July (as will stop-start versions of the S40 and C30), which will drop the car’s CO2 emissions down to 104g/km, but for now buyers will have to put up with a still creditable figure of 118g/km.
What’s it like?
The V50 DRIVe certainly isn’t hair-shirt motoring. Even in basic S trim, the V50 DRIVe gets climate control, while highlights of the SE Lux model we tested are leather upholstery, aluminium trim, power-fold mirrors and heated front seats.