Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

The one problem is the starter motor is at the front and at the bottom so gets wet and the cabling can corrode - has only failed to start because of this problem on one occasion, but a long way from home on a sunday (fortunately it is easily fixed). Do not get it serviced at volvo dealers - they charge an extortionate rate for consumables (oil change is about ł100 once labour and filter are included - excluding vat!!).

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Poor build quality, not what I expected from a Volvo.
A lot of wind nose from the front doors and roof rails.
Very poor headlights. Steering is dead.
Little to no internal storage space.
Driv e version does not live up to MPG claimed.
Only another 2yrs & 8 months until I can replace it.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Only one problem that involved calling out a breakdown service caused by the computer immobilising the car. several recalls though! I don't use the main dealer for servicing. other costs have been reasonable. tax rating is excellent. insurance is reasonable. fuel is always too expensive!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

It is a bit early to make comments on this particular car as I have only had it for 1 month. However I had a previous model for 5 years which was very reliable and as it had the T5 engine very quick, I would have liked the same engine again but running costs prevail.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Older v50s have problems with reduced engine power fault. however, my vehicle is an updated model & has been totally reliable through 45000 miles. I have been unable to replicate the cars stated 74 mpg. even on long motorway runs, best managed 62 mpg.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Apart from a small problem with the towbar electrics we've had no problems. Reasonable fule consumption given we do a lot of caravan towing, cost of servicing very reasoable. previous car was a bmw 3 series - my running costs have halved!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Lovely build quality, superb seats and excellent performance but ride quality a bit too firm and no storage space for drivers bits and bobs. A pleasure to drive on a long run.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

To date only problem due to me topping up oil and not knowing that full on dipstick is 'overfull' in car's computers eyes. No issues, seems reasonable on cost.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Volvo - says it all!!! its electronics and mechanics are among the most reliable. Being a petrol 1.8l it's not too bad. it's best on cruise mode on motorway.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It's been everything I expected and more. From the moment I test drove it I knew straight away what a good car it would be and it's not proved me wrong.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

For an older type car it is very good. It keeps up with modern day cars. It has a cat so is good on the air quality. In general I am very pleased.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Bomb proof. Lpg converted therefore additional servicing costs as volvo dealers or my independent volvo dealer do not "do" lpg servicing.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Stylish, reliable, safe, very comfortable especially for those doing big mileage and/or with back problems, good performance and economy.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
04-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The only part that failed was the high pressure screenwash pump - made by parent company Ford !!! Otherwise great in every way.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Have not had any problems so far. only normal wear and tear. Pretty good although tax bracket for newer eco models is lower.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems. just wear and tear. Thirsty and servicing costs. services are fixed interval and relatively frequent.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

An ok family car but lacks the boot space of similar cars in its class which is surprising for a Volvo!

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Electrics are flaky; air conditioning is next to useless and the dealer has failed to fix it.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

No problems in 6 years! Fuel, insurance and servicing costs all comparably reasonable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never broken down or had any problems. It's more thirsty than I thought it would be.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good looking family car. Not the biggest estate but I knew that when I bought it.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
54-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Very practical, stylish, reliable and economical to run mid range car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent car, good handling, great value, faultless servicing so far

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Problems with fuel injection system last year. Expensive spare parts.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

I love it but the lack of internal storage space really irritates me!

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Never had a problem. Volvo car is not fantastically fuel efficient.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Good design
Very exspensive to repair
Bad backup from franchise

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Engine has never missed a beat

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No problems in nearly 4 years

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems experienced

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

A nice car all round.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never had a problem

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems so far

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Brilliant V50 T5.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5