The Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe is fuel saving and pollution reducing due to the Volvo’s DRIVe system. The Start/Stop function allows the engine to switch off when the car is at a standstill and there is a regenerative charge facility. This charges the battery as soon as the driver releases the brakes or accelerator while a gear is engaged, the alternator does not have to use diesel fuel as a power source to recharge the cars battery. Emissions for the Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe are a mere 104g/km which puts it in the second lowest band B. If the Volvo diesel doesn’t appeal you can order your Volvo V50 in Flexifuel form, where it can use part petrol and part bioethanol.
Inside the Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe there is a quality feel to it, both in materials and construction. It is spacious and comfortable; the rear seat bases fold up, allowing the seatbacks to be dropped to form a perfectly flat load bay. Safety is as important as ever to Volvo extra to the usual airbags and seat belt tensioners the Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe includes WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System), SIPS (Side Impact Protection System) and even the option of BLIS (Blind Spot Information System). This acts much like an extra set of eyes and utilises digital camera technology mounted in the door mirrors to monitor the areas 3m to each side and up to 9.5m behind the driver.
The Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe is capable of 0-60mph in 11.5 seconds and has a top speed of 118mph, prices start at £18,845 to £21-845 on the road.