Like the S40 sedan, the V50 wagon shares mechanical components with the Mazda3 and European Ford Focus.
It corners fairly nimbly but has a stiff ride.
The standard 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engine sounds raspy.
A stronger, turbocharged engine powers the T5.
The optional all-wheel-drive system works well.
Although externally small, the interior space is well thought out.
The front seats are supportive but the rear seat is very tight.
The compact interior, including a folding front passenger seat, is versatile.