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Volvo V50 Gas Mileage

The Volvo V50 is a station wagon that’s well worth a look for sport-loving families … especially those that enjoy those treks to the mountains in the winter time. The V50′s gas mileage figures are very respectable, even more so when equipped with all wheel drive (AWD). As an alternative to the ubiquitous gas guzzling SUV, the V50 has plenty to offer.

Volvo V50s sold in America are fitted with either naturally-aspirated or turbocharged five cylinder engines. The 2.4i’s engine puts out 168 horsepower (HP) and 170 foot pounds of torque, while the turbo in the T5 and T5 AWD puts out 227 HP and 236 foot pounds of torque. All models are fitted with a five-speed Geartronic transmission.

The V50 is not currently available with a diesel engine in the USA. Abroad, however, the V50 is fitted with a range of highly economical common rail direct injection diesel power plants. As a point of comparison, lets salivate over the specifications and fuel consumption statistics for the manual transmission-equipped diesels currently available in the V50 in the United Kingdom:

  • 1.6 liter four cylinder – 109 HP / 240 foot pounds of torque. 44.8 urban / 65.7 extra urban British miles per gallon (approximately 37.3 city / 54.7 highway in US miles per gallon)
  • 2.0 liter four cylinder – 136 HP / 320 foot pounds of torque. 37.2 urban / 58.9 extra urban British miles per gallon (approximately 31 city / 49 highway in US miles per gallon)
  • 2.4 liter five cylinder – 180 HP / 350 foot pounds of torque. 34 urban / 55.4 extra urban British miles per gallon (approximately 28.3 city / 46.1 highway in US miles per gallon)



Volvo V50 Gas Mileage – 2005-2010

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2010 Volvo V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter R (S5) Auto 19 27
2010 Volvo V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M6) Manual 20 26
2010 Volvo V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.4 liter R (S5) Auto 20 31
2010 Volvo V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter R (S5) Auto 21 30
2010 Volvo V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M6) Manual 21 29
2009 VOLVO V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M6) Manual 17 25
2009 VOLVO V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter R (S5) Auto 18 26
2009 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.4 liter R (M5) Manual 20 28
2009 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.4 liter R (S5) Auto 20 28
2009 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M6) Manual 19 28
2009 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter R (S5) Auto 19 28
2008 VOLVO V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 18 26
2008 VOLVO V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
2008 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 19 27
2008 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 19 28
2008 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.4 liter P (S5) Auto 20 28
2008 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.4 liter P (M5) Manual 20 28
2007 VOLVO V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 19 27
2007 VOLVO V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 20 28
2007 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 21 30
2007 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.4 liter P (M5) Manual 22 29
2007 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 21 30
2007 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.4 liter P (S5) Auto 22 31
2006 VOLVO V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 20 28
2006 VOLVO V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 19 26
2006 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.4 liter P (M5) Manual 22 29
2006 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 22 32
2006 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 22 30
2006 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.4 liter P (S5) Auto 22 30
2005 VOLVO V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 19 27
2005 VOLVO V50 AWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 19 26
2005 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 22 31
2005 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.4 liter P (M5) Manual 22 29
2005 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.4 liter P (S5) Auto 22 30
2005 VOLVO V50 FWD 5 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 21 30

Note: the EPA tweaked their testing procedure, starting with the 2008 model year, with the end result being that the 2008 MPG estimates are now lower than previous years. As always, YMMV.

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#1 Best Gas Mileage Four Wheel Drive on 12.18.07 at 5:02 pm

[...] Volvo V50 [...]

#2 Alex M. on 01.28.11 at 4:38 am

To MPGomatic , I really want to find out the “truth” about the Volvo S40 2011 sedan…….Is Volvo still a Swedish auto maker ? Are Volvo’s powertrains genuinely Swedish ? I’ve heard that Volvo’s have french powertrains and also that Ford motor company purchased Volvo in or around 1995 ? So are Volvo’s now French or American or still Genuinely Swedish ? Please let me know…..Thank you MPGomatic !and Thanks for such a awesome website !

#3 mpg-o-editor on 01.28.11 at 7:23 am

@Alex – The Volvo car division was bought by Ford in 1999 and sold to Geely, a Chinese automobile manufacturer in 2010. I’m not sure of the country of origin for the engines … this information is sometimes printed on the window stickers. You might want to check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo_S40 for more specifics. Many thanks for the kind words of support!

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