By James Bergeron

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2008 Volvo V50 T5

Day 1:

2008 Volvo V50 T5
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A recent poll conducted by the members of CarTalkCanada.com showed 85 per cent of them think wagons are cool. Why do they think so? Similar to hatchbacks, wagons provide extra storage capacity without the huge fuel consumption penalty of a heavy SUV or crossover. This week I am behind the wheel of one such vehicle: the 2008 Volvo V50 T5.

The big changes for 2008 to the V50 wagon and S40 Sedan are all appearance-related. The interior has been redesigned to provide more interior room and storage space, while the exterior has been slimmed and sculpted for a more sporty and modern look while retaining the grown-up Volvo look of the V70, for a strong family resemblance.

2008 Volvo V50 T5
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The Volvo V50 is available in three variants: the 2.4i which, starts at $32,995; the V50 T5 which my tester is based on, at $38,995; and the V50 T5 AWD variant that starts at $41,495. As expected in this price range, the V50 is packed with features and luxury but my tester kicks it up a notch with some pricey options.

First is the Sport Package which adds: 17-inch alloy wheels, dynamic chassis, bi-xenon headlights, power driver and passenger seats, homelink, auto dimming rear view mirror with compass, heated front seats, headlight washers and a cargo cover. The package is priced at $3,850.

No Volvo is complete without the DynAudio package available for $1,000. This group adds an exceptional audio system to the V50, with 12 speakers and Dolby Pro-Logic II surround sound.

On the outside my tester is suited up with the Sport Styling package which adds: rear spoiler and front chin spoiler. On the inside, the Sport Styling package adds a sport steering wheel with aluminum inlay and shift knob with the same. The only downside to the package is the price: at $2,750, you may want to skip it.

2008 Volvo V50 T5
MSRP as tested (including destination): $47,745

For more information on Volvo and the V50 visit Volvo Canada

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