Due to a lack of popularity of the manual transmission, the 2009 Volvo S40 now offers only a five-speed automatic transmission. Other changes include Bluetooth compatibility, fog lights, sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, power driver seat and eight-speaker stereo with a six-CD changer and satellite radio. As standard, the T5 trim receives heated seats and the sporty R-Design, featuring a sport steering wheel and a watch-like gauge cluster. The 2.4i is equipped with a 2.4L inline-5 engine that is good for 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. The T5 R-Design and T5 AWD R-Design are equipped with a turbocharged 2.5L inline-5 engine that churns out 227 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy and 23 mpg combined for the S40 2.4i, while the T5 R-Design records 19/28/23, and the T5 AWD R-Design delivers 18/26/21. Volvo S40 safety equipment includes traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes front-seat side airbags, full-length head curtain airbags and whiplash-reducing head restraints.Read more Read less
The Volvo S40 sedan and its V50 wagon counterpart get a number of equipment revisions and trim changes for 2009. The S40 now comes in three trim levels: 2.4i, T5 R-Design and T5 AWD R-Design. It loses its manual transmission and is available only with 5-speed automatic. The 2.4i gets a moonroof as standard as well as a leather parking brake handle and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. The previously optional Select Package is now standard equipment, and includes fog lights, six-disc CD changer, aluminum interior trim, SIRIUS satellite radio and 17-inch wheels. The V50 T5 model has been discontinued, leaving only the base 2.4i and T5 AWD R-Design. The 2.4i gets all the same changes as the S40 2.4i, while the upscale T5 AWD R-Design receives the same styling cues as its sedan counterpart. A moonroof and 17-inch wheels are also standard for 2009.
Stylish interior; comfortable front seats; V50 cargo versatility; R-Design impressive performance
The 2009 Volvo S40 and V50 are stylish, attractive small-car alternatives. Especially notable is the distinctive interior with its ?floating' center-stack design which brings an airier feel to the instrument panel. The T5 R-Design's more powerful engine brings impressive acceleration. Include Volvo's reputation for safety and the S40/V50 are a well-rounded value.