While the manual transmission and FWD T5 are no longer available, the 2009 Volvo V50 2.4i is now equipped with Bluetooth, satellite radio, power driver seat, moonroof and fog lights, and the T5 AWD gets the R-Design package, sport suspension, aluminum roof rails, heated front seats and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The V50 2.4i is powered by a 2.4L inline-5 engine that pushes out 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. The Volvo T5 AWD R-Design boasts a turbocharged 2.5L inline-5 engine that generates 227 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is mandatory across the model. EPA fuel-economy estimates stand at 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy and 23 mpg combined for the V50 2.4i, while the T5 R-Design AWD yields 18/26/21 mpg. Standard safety features include traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length head curtain airbags and whiplash-reducing head restraints. As a compact sport wagon, the V50 has nearly as much space as a compact SUV and accommodates five passengers.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.