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V50 Sport Wagon
Pros: Auto Stick shift feature
Cons: seat adjuster for passenger seatOutstanding vehicle in both quality and performance. I have 150,000 miles on this vehicle and it has better fuel economy now than when it was brand new. Averaging 29-30 mpg hwy and 25 city for the last 20,000 miles. The 5 cylinder engine is potent and plenty of power for highway driving. Handling is superb and the car corners like it is on rails. Only area that might be improved is the adjustment for the passenger seat. A bit clunky for such a nice car. This car is well made and is still quiet and squeek free after 150K miles. The car looks and drives like a sports car and still has the functionality of a small wagon. Seats are comfortable and provide great lumbar support.
Cons: No way to open trunk from inside vehicle
Advice: Go Buy It!!!Drove many cars, from SUV's to Mid-Size Sedans, HANDS DOWN THE V50 AWD is one of if not the best Sport Wagons on the market today!! This T5 engine is responsive and fast as you want it to be!! This isn't momma's old grocery getter!! The 2.4 engine is nowhere near the T5, and AWD just makes it that much more practical for not a big jump in price. Inside, very roomy, very modern, and the perfect family vehicle for one with a couple little ones. I am 6'2' and very comfortable anywhere in the car, look no longer, if you are looking for the perfect family car that is plenty big yet awesome gas milage, go pick up a T5 and hang on...cause it's plenty quick!
Pros: Unsurpassed safety, body style.
Cons: No trunk opener from inside the car, and poor visibility out passenger's rear window (take the back seat headrests out!)
Advice: If you're looking for great looks in a well-built car that will give you few problems: the V50 is it.It was between three cars: the Audi A3, the Saab 9-3, and this one. We chose the V50 for a few basic reasons. The Audi A3 I would've purchased in a heartbeat if I were ten years younger and without a small baby. It easily outperforms the other cars in terms of shifting, speed, and handling. The Saab 9-3 is a very well-built car, and more highly rated than the Audi or Volvo, but as far as I'm concerned, the 2006 model is ugly and looks like it was built out of tin. As for the Volvo: I think it's the best-looking of the three, I *know* it's the safest, and it's also the biggest of the three in terms of seating and cargo hold. Volvos also last forever, which is another reason to own one. And though the T5 has 100 more horse-power, because of the sport suspension, it rides stiffer. The 2.4i at least has a smoother ride.