Volvo V50 vs Ford Mondeo

Volvo V50
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 178 (4522)
Width: 72.6 (1845)
Height: 57.4 (1457)

Ford Mondeo
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 190.4 (4837)
Width: 82.4 (2092)
Height: 59.5 (1512)

Compare Volvo V50 vs Ford Mondeo (1:1)

The 2011 Volvo V50 is a stylish and roomy luxury wagon, but there are better choices available. Volvo V50 Wagon offers the following pros: Impressive front seats; stylish and well-made dashboard. Volvo V50 Wagon drawbacks are: Not quite a luxury vehicle despite luxury pricing; handling falls short of true sport wagons; all-wheel drive is unavailable.

The 2011 Volvo V50 is a five-passenger compact wagon that comes in T5 and T5 R-design versions.

Traditional equipment contains 17-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an eight-way performance driver bench with memory options, a tilt-and-telescoping helm, neoprene-like T-tec upholstery (also known as Dalaro), Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio with CD player, optional stereo slot and Usb/ipod stereo interface.

The T5 R-design adds aluminum roof rails, a sunroof, sporty look trim, a sport-tuned suspension, partial leather upholstery, a performance passenger bench and special R-design floor mats, helm, gauges and shift knob.

A Preferred suite is provided for the base T5 and adds a sunroof, a performance passenger bench and leather upholstery. The Climate suite is available with both trims, and contains headlight washers, automatic wipers, automatic conditioning and heated front seatings. The Multimedia suite adds a navigator and a 12-speaker luxury surround-sound system that contains radio. Stand-alone features include a blind-spot warning system, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, integrated back booster seatings, keyless ignition/entry, radio and back park assist.
The sharp lines of the Ford Mondeo were freshened up in 2010, three years after its release in 2007, and a number of small tweaks have given the big family estate a thoroughly modern exterior. The 2010-onwards model has a new front bumper with a larger lower grille, while the upper grille has been refactored with higher-specification models featuring chrome trims and bright LED lighting. The back sees a pair of LED taillights with an illuminated accent that gives the vehicle a original identity at night, and a new tailgate. A new range of wheels are also provided, including the feature of 19-inch alloy wheels for the first time.

Extra luggage carrying capacity is the Ford Mondeo Estate's main selling point, but its on-paper boot capacity is disappointing compared to its hatchback brother. Loaded safely to the level of the bench backs, there's around 549 litres of room; only nine more than the hatchback but still more than most of its competitors. However, the boot is simple to access, with a flat floor, and the back seatings fold flat (once the bench bases have been flipped forward) to create 1680, litres of room when loaded to the roof. Up front, room is identical to the hatchback, with the wide vehicle product tremendous amounts of room for driver and passenger, and back bench occupants are served equally well.

Five models make up the Ford Mondeo range and all come with the basics Edge, Zetec, Titanium, Titanium X and Titanium X Sport. All models come with a heated front windscreen and washer jets, Bluetooth connectivity, air-con, front and back electric windows, cruise control and a system which prevents incorrect fuelling. All models, bar the Edge have alloy wheels and all Titanium models have LED daytime running lights.