Volvo will have no trouble selling every new V50 destined for these shores. This is a good-looking, competitively priced, premium-badged estate, and it’ll take the fight to Audi’s A4 and BMW’S 3-series without fear.
Our first drive of the 2.0-litre diesel revealed a well-sorted machine with a smooth, torquey engine, responsive dynamics and competitive luggage space. The T5 all-wheel-drive version, which we’re concentrating on here, continues the theme. It goes on sale in the UK in June, following the front-wheel-drive T5’s release in March.
The engine is the familiar 2.5-litre light-pressure turbo five from the S60 and V70 T5s. It develops 220bhp at 5000rpm and 236lb ft at 1500rpm, enough to propel this smallest of Volvo estates from standstill to 62mph in a claimed 6.9sec and on to a maximum speed of 149mph. It never feels as fast as the figures suggest, though.
This engine is all about delivering languid, effortless speed rather than sporting thrills and, with a 1451kg kerbweight, it’s lugging around a hefty and obvious mass. Midrange pull is strong and there’s little lag – it revs cleanly and easily to the 6500rpm red line with a muted five-cylinder howl. The exhaust is tuned for quietness – keen drivers will prefer the more direct throttle response and sportier note of a BMW six cylinder.