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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 20th 2010
16--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 20, 2010 Every picture tells a story FLEXIBILITY: The Volvo V50 has the ability to adapt to a family's changing needs. Volvo's delicate wagon heralds the return of a four- cylinder engine. Neil Dowling reports STYLISH: Unlike the brick-like 245, the Volvo V50 is diminutive and nimble. PICTURES never used to lie. That photo of Audrey Hepburn on a scooter in Rome to promote a movie with some other bloke really was her, not a double. Today, it might or might not be Julia Roberts' legs on the roadside billboard which might work in your favour when your insurance company is reluctant about a payout when you run off the road. Gaze at the pictures on this page and the Volvo V50 could be a big wagon --- a more athletic-looking successor to the brick-like 245 wagon of the 1980s which implied so much strength that a family could comfortably survive a nuclear fallout. In fact, the picture lies. The V50 may be a wagon but it is nothing like a 245. In the flesh, it is a surprisingly dainty and diminutive car, much in the way Miss Hepburn reflected her fawn-like delicacy. The V50's dimensions are almost exactly that of the Toyota Corolla sedan's and that gives it practical family cabin space with the nimble- ness to survive the city. But because it's a wagon --- one of the remainders in a society being levered away from the concept of small car-based wagons --- it has the flexibility to adapt to a family's changing needs. On top of that, it's a Volvo so it comes with all the necessary safety features. Families will like that. In fact, there's nothing much to dislike. Women like the simplicity of the Volvo and the smugness of driving something from Sweden, a country noted for its subtle beauty. This is despite the fact it's made in Belgium, a country noted for its sleeting rain. The V50 is also the first Australian-bound Volvo in seven years to have a four-cylinder engine. In this case, it's one of the new-breed turbo- diesels and although its 2-litre capacity seems pitifully inadequate, its output has substantially more wallop for something that is effectively two steins of beer. It has a nice, laid-back spread of torque from idle and a healthy push from 2000 revs that travels seamlessly to the front wheels via a dual- clutch auto --- a cooperative between Volvo and Getrag --- that allows manual shifting of the six cogs. The tireless way in which the drivetrain operates is matched by the light steering and hefty brakes. This all makes the unassuming wagon a bit of a goer on winding roads. I'll mention that the reassuring brakes are the size of dinner plates and look like they've been nicked from a Porsche Turbo. The taut chassis, near-neutral handling and the comfortable seats that have a grippy, wetsuit-like fabric covering add to the enjoy- ment of this wagon. I even caught myself in the rear vision mirror with a smile on my face. Though acceleration isn't its strong point, it suits the character of the wagon and its intended buyer. It'll provide sufficient fun for the owner but its real achievement is its fuel economy. The testing here returned 7l/100km although the computer frequently dipped down to 6.5l/100km. Volvo claims an average of 6l/100km but a country run could comfortably drop that to about 5l/100km. The cabin room is adequate for four adults --- or two parents and three juniors. The cargo area has both a horizontal blind to shield items from light and light-fingered onlookers, and a vertical netted cargo barrier behind the rear seat back that neatly clips to the headliner. The rear seat arrangement is brilliant. There are flip-up boosters within the rear seat cushions for young children. Want more room? The seat cushion flips forward and the back hinges down to create a flat floor. It's simple, easy to arrange and retains the centre lap-sash seatbelt. There are many good points about the V50 but unfortunately the space beneath the cargo floor hides a space-saver spare despite room for a real wheel. 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