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Volvo V50 Review (2008 Jan)
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What they said when the Volvo V50 was new… (Feb 25 2004) THE super Swedes have produced another stylish stunner in the shape of the new V50. Volvo gave us a flavour of this car when they launched its saloon sibling the S40 back in the autumn... Volvo V50 Review

Volvo V50 D2 ES 1.6 (2010 Oct)
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THE Volvo V50 is a bit like an iPod - it may look simple but it’s crammed with clever technology. The Swedes have well and truly bucked the trend with the new less is best approach.One or two cars I have driven have looked like the inside of a Nasa s... Volvo V50 D2 ES 1.6

Volvo V50 Review (2009 May)
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Celebrities often bemoan that they can’t shift an association with something in their past. It becomes the by-line in all articles that get written about them. William Shatner will always be Captain James T Kirk. George Lazenby was the Bond tha... Volvo V50 Review

Volvo V50 1.8 S Sportswagon (2005 Nov)
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SOMETIMES a car comes along that seems to defy all the realms of logic, but in a good way - and that car is the Volvo V50.After a week behind the wheel, I still find it hard to work out where all the space comes from. OK, it's a Sportswagon, and look... Volvo V50 1.8 S Sportswagon

Volvo V50 2.0D R-Design Sport (2007 Nov)
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WHEN temperatures start to plummet and the early morning ritual means attacking the car with the de-icer, what better make to be driving than a Volvo.One thing is guaranteed, the Swedes certainly know a thing or two about the cold and all that experi... Volvo V50 2.0D R-Design Sport

Frugal Volvo estate with 76mpg (2011 Jan)
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WHEN some people think Volvo, they think big, lumbering, heavy but safe.Wrong! When I needed to find out about the latest 1.6 DRIVe high economy engine, the company kindly lent me a V50 medium estate.It’s no rocket, but I rarely found situations wher... Frugal Volvo estate with 76mpg

Volvo V50 2.0 R-Design SE Sport (2008 Oct)
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JUST because you are buying an estate car it doesn't mean you can't have one that looks sporty.Take the new Volvo V50, for example. You can have it as a standard family load lugger or you can go for the racy R-Design.R-Design is something the Swedish... Volvo V50 2.0 R-Design SE Sport

Smart choice for Volvo buyers (2009 Jan)
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VOLVO has for many years produced a huge number of engine and trim combinations for each model - so much so that dealers at one time had problems valuing them second hand.The number has diminished a little but there are still 26 different V50 estates... Smart choice for Volvo buyers

Volvo V50 2.0D R-Design Sport (2008 Dec)
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AS temperatures plummet to below freezing there is something very reassuring about being behind the wheel of a Volvo.Somehow you just know that the Swedish creation will have been tested in far bleaker weather conditions than we are likely to experie... Volvo V50 2.0D R-Design Sport

Volvo V50 1.8 SE Sportswagon (2005 Jul)
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NOT everyone has succombed to the package holiday bug and for many people, the summer heralds a period when the motorway system beckons for that long haul to holiday spots throughout the UK.An important factor in this annual odyssey is the choice of ... Volvo V50 1.8 SE Sportswagon

Volvo V50 2.0D SE (2005 Jan)
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VOLVO built its reputation in this country primarily by producing solid boxy estates which were great favourites with the hunting, shooting and fishing brigade.But over the past few years the company's image has been transformed thanks to a range of ... Volvo V50 2.0D SE

Volvo V50 2.0D SE (2005 Feb)
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ASKING a German to inspect a luxury car is a bit like asking the taxman to check your accounts - it will be very thorough.There was, after all, a big interest because the Volvo V50 has been launched to compete against two German powerhouses, the Audi... Volvo V50 2.0D SE

Volvo V50 T5 SE Sportswagon (2004 Oct)
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LOOK at Volvo's stylish new V50 from the front and you could be forgiven for mistaking it for the company's large estate, the V70.For even though the scale might be smaller the shape is almost a mirror image. It's not until you walk around the car th... Volvo V50 T5 SE Sportswagon

Volvo V50 2.0 D S Sportwagon (2005 Jul)
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ESTATE cars suit loads of people. Just look at the advantages - plenty of room, versatile luggage area for those trips to Ikea and if you are really pushed you can even sleep in them.So how come so many of us prefer to buy a less practical hatchback,... Volvo V50 2.0 D S Sportwagon

Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe SE Start/Stop (2009 Sep)
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VOLVO has joined the green party thanks to the introduction of its DRIVe range with models boasting dramatically reduced levels of carbon dioxide emissions and improved fuel efficiency.As well as the V50 DRIVe estate model I tried, a C30 SportsCoupe ... Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe SE Start/Stop

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Motoring Newsbriefs (2012 Mar)
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MEAN GREEN GOES FOR SPEED RECORDMEAN GREEN, the world’s fastest hybrid truck, will attempt to top 165mph next month when it tries to beat its own world speed record at Wendover Airfield in Utah, USA.The Volvo-built hybrid, driven by Boije Ovebrink, c... Motoring Newsbriefs

Value for money (2008 Jan)
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I will soon be getting a company car. I have a choice of: A new Mondeo or Focus, Volvo S40 or V50, VW Passat or Golf, BMW 1 series or Audi A3. What would you recommend the best car to have for comfort & extras included in the car as standard, a... Value for money

Volvo launches auto DRIVe diesels (2011 Dec)
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VOLVO has announced the latest step in its push towards zero emissions strategy with the launch of an automatic gearbox option in four Volvo DRIVe models.It means that DRIVe versions of the S60, V60, V70 and S80 can for the first time be ordered with... Volvo launches auto DRIVe diesels

Volvo plays it safe with new V40 (2012 Feb)
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VOLVO aims to overtake its premium rivals with the new V40 hatchback due to be unveiled at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.The sharper-looking V40 features characteristics from larger Volvos wrapped in a sleek, compact package.And it has been developed... Volvo plays it safe with new V40

Volvo's American connection (2010 Sep)
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EVERY pack has its joker and with Volvo in the 1970s it was most definitely the 262C.Based on the rugged 200 Series the 262C was a hunky six-cylinder coupe with a very American angular coupe rear end.This wild card was an attempt to build a luxury c... Volvo's American connection

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