2009 Volvo V50 Interior
The V50's interior design is particularly noteworthy to most reviewers because of its thin center console, which seems to "float" from the dash, creating an attractive design, as well as a small storage nook behind it.
- "Its unusual interior design, which features an ultra-thin center stack, looks fresh and contemporary." Edmunds
Seating in the V50 is comfortable despite the wagon's small size. The standard upholstery on the V50 is an innovative T-Tec fabric that Volvo claims resists wear and staining. Most were impressed by the material. According to the majority of reviewers, the front seats of the V50 are comfortable. Many, however, noted that the whiplash reducing headrests were uncomfortable The majority say the second row is not very comfortable for adults.
- "Adults will find adequate legroom in both the front and rear," Edmunds
- "The seats are superb." About.com
- The driver and front passenger "seats are comfortable and supportive, though skinny and smaller occupants will find the protruding headrests designed to mitigate whiplash in the case of a rear-end collisions to be annoying." Forbes
- "Rear-seat passengers in the V50 will notice a shortage of legroom, although the vehicle attends to them quite well in other respects," the Detroit News.
- "With the front seat fully back, there's a scant 34.4 inches in the rear. Comfort requires about 36." USA Today
The majority say both the base 2.4i and the T5 V50 come with a long list of standard equipment. Most find the V50's interior features easy to use, thanks to large and well marked buttons. A navigation system is available for the V50, but most reviewers didn't mention it beyond noting that the display screen, which rises from the top of the dashboard, occasionally washes out in direct sunlight.
- "The V50 is well equipped. Even the base front-wheel-drive 2.4i version has air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt/telescopic leather-covered steering wheel, a split-folding rear seat, an AM/FM/CD sound system and power windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry." MSN
- "The thin center panel houses Volvo's new, enlightened approach to radios: Two big knobs, one for volume, one for tuning, and 10 push buttons for storing favorite stations. Looks good, works great. Applause." USA Today
- The climate control "has an icon of a human figure, which is an easy way to tell at a glance where you are directing the air flow." The Detroit News
There's division on the usefulness of the V50's cargo area. While offering more hauling capacity than a sedan and some other small wagons, the V50 does not offer class-leading cargo space. With the rear seat up, the V50 holds 37.4 cubic feet of cargo space. With the rear seat down, it offers 62.6 cubic feet.
- "Even though the Volvo may not be able to handle as much cargo as an Audi or BMW, chances are unless you're regularly hauling excessively large items, you won't notice the difference." Edmunds
- "Although not large enough to provide a third-row seat, the V50's enclosed cargo area offers easy access when loading or retrieving items, as well as additional roof space on which to stow gear. With the rear seats folded down, the V50 can carry a fair bit of cargo or make room for the family dog." Kelley Blue Book
- The "cargo hold of the V50 is less user-friendly ... You have to flip up the rear seat bottoms and then detach the rear headrests in order to fold the seatbacks flat. The loose headrests are secured in slots in the tilted-forward seat bottoms; stowing them there is awkward and steals cargo space." the Los Angeles Times
- "Like the Subaru Outback tested a week earlier, the V50 also is a good hauler, which generally is why you buy a wagon. In fact, while the Outback is a peppier car, the Volvo wins the usefulness prize with more cargo space than the Outback." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel