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Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe ES Start/Stop

Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe ES Start/Stop

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe ES Start/Stop
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Range (WLTP): 74.3 mpg
Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe ES Start/Stop


Achieving 74 mpg is amazing for an estate car of this size and just a few years ago would have been thought to be impossible.

The increased efficiency is courtesy of a range of now familiar changes. These include improving the aerodynamics by reducing the ride height and fitting drag-reducing spoilers, increasing 3rd, 4th and 5th gear ratios, reducing parasitic loads on the engine such as the power steering, and fitting low rolling resistance tyres.

However the key to achieving the super-low emissions of 99 g/km on this model is the addition of a start/stop system, which aims to ensure the engine cuts out when stationary, and restarts when moving off.

The standard specification is good on the entry-level ES model, with Diamond Cut Libra alloy wheels, climate control, front, side and curtain airbags, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) and Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS).

Build quality is impressive with high quality materials used throughout the cabin. The floating centre console is both stylish and functional, with the liberated space used as an extra storage area. The cabin is a relaxing and enjoyable place to be.

Engine, road and wind noise are well controlled, and the frugal engine allows a huge range between fuel stops. The suspension is well tuned with body roll kept in check without the ride becoming overly firm. As you would expect safety is a strong point with a 5 star rating.

If you are looking for a super-efficient, refined and safe estate, this Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe ES has to be top of your list.

Specifications Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe ES Start/Stop

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: 80.7 mpg
  • Fuel economy, urban: 65.7 mpg
  • CO2 emissions: 99 g/km
  • VED: VED band A
  • Weight: 1391 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2023/24): 13%
  • Price: £22,245
  • Insurance group: 18
  • Power: 117 bhp
  • Max speed: 121 mph
  • 0-62mph: 11.5 seconds
  • Torque: No