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All-new V50 Estate returns Volvo to its compact luxury wagon roots

20 May 2004

LAUNCHED two weeks after the all-new S40 sedan upon which it's based, the V50 wagon strikes at the heart of Volvo's most dominant market: the compact prestige wagon segment. Fresh new arrivals from BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Alfa mean the new V50 won't have it all its own way - and limited supply will plague Volvo in the short term. But here is a premium medium wagon that both eschews the ride/handling problems of Volvo's recent past, undercuts its rivals considerably on price and offers the best performance in class.

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Model release date: 1 June 2004 to 1 June 2012

Previous model

Volvo V40 wagon

Released: February 1997
Ended: May 2004
Family Tree: V50

Launched here simultaneously with the 440-replacing S40 in February 1997, V40 was initially available in 2.0 guise, priced at $45,950. A T4 turbo flagship joined it in September that year, priced at $52,950, as did a 2.0T variant in February 1998, priced at $51,450. SE and 1.8 versions were added in July 1999, priced at $48,329 and $41,829 respectively.

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