Obtain the midlevel SE trim. The SE includes a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t bother about a stiff ride, although the SE is still relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can also be a great bargain considering most of the safety and tech equipment you receive for the money. Finally, the SE is available with a wide selection of options, so you can pick and choose those that are right for the budget.
Crossover SUVs may be all the rage, but there is still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the Gallery Volvo V50 Photo. Coming off a redesign just this past year, the Gallery Volvo V50 Photo is a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with a lot of standard safety equipment and lots of options to select from.
As has been the case for a while, you will get the Gallery Volvo V50 Photo with a four-cylinder engine or a more powerful V6, or you will get the miserly Gallery Volvo V50 Photo Hybrid. On the highway, the Gallery Volvo V50 Photo is comfortable and compliant. Gallery Volvo V50 Photo also offers two sporty versions that infuse the Gallery Volvo V50 Photo with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the Gallery Volvo V50 Photo offers a simple yet feature-packed cabin, particularly if you choose among the upper trim levels. There are plenty of options to choose from over the way.
The Gallery Volvo V50 Photo is really as competent because they come. It’s well-priced overall, and modern feature content makes it supremely simple to drive. If you’re searching for something with a bit more class and space than the usual small sedan, the Gallery Volvo V50 Photo might just be the sedan for you.
The Gallery Volvo V50 Photo is the base trim. It comes with a relatively light load of features which includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every Gallery Volvo V50 Photo Safety Sense, which is a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On the following rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a vehicle alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can consider the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with a variety of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Many of the features found on the upper trim levels may be included with the low trim levels as options. Other notable options include a sunroof, a JBL audio system combined with an integral navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the Gallery Volvo V50 Photo stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the rear seat is simple to fold down to fit longer items. You will find enough cabin storage options to make most people happy. Loading an automobile seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good although not stellar. The forward center console bin is perfect for concealing items but has a hard, slippery floor, so they slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is a decent size, and there are modest door pockets in leading and rear that are great for small water bottles only.
The Gallery Volvo V50 Photo features a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles allow it to be simple to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s super easy to mount an automobile seat, with obvious and easy to get at lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s enough room so your front seat need not be scooted all the way forward.