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2009 Volvo V50 vs. Its Competition

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2009 Volvo V50 2.4L
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The 2009 Volvo V50 occupies the price range of smaller sport sedans such as the Audi A3 and BMW 3-Series.

The more affordable Audi A3 is a closer rival to the V50, but the A3 isn’t as roomy inside and doesn’t have as many of the safety features that are optional in the V50.

The A3 does feature a more fuel-efficient, and surprisingly powerful, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

In its base 2.5i form, the Subaru Impreza is a much more affordable alternative, with standard all-wheel drive and performance from its horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that’s similar to that from the base five in the Volvo.

But the so-called Impreza Wagon is no longer a wagon—it’s a shorter five-door hatchback.

The 9-3 SportCombi, from Sweden’s other car brand, Saab, is perhaps the V50’s most direct rival; compared to the V50, the 9-3 SportCombi doesn't offer any more usable interior space, but it does promise more performance, with a more powerful line of four-cylinder and V-6 turbocharged engines.

And all-wheel drive is now available throughout the 9-3 lineup—as opposed to on a single model as in the V50.

The new VW Jetta Sportwagen is another close competitor; compared to the V50, the Sportwagen also feels very refined inside and has the settled ride of a larger car; the VW also has an interior configuration that feels roomier than that of the V50, although the V50 maintains a more distinctive appearance and feel inside.

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The 2009 Volvo V50 combines the available safety features and poise of a larger sport wagon with the efficiency and compactness of a small car.
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The 2009 Audi A3 is more than a spruced-up VW hatchback, thanks to the fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark.
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Despite rather conservative styling, the 2009 Saab 9-3 is one of the boldest performers in its class.
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It's been a long time coming back, but the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen gives crossover buyers something else to consider―and diesel power is on the way.
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The comfortable 2008 Subaru Impreza has broader appeal than the former model, without losing its personality—and it’s the only small sedan model in its price range with standard all-wheel drive.
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Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I5Gas I4Turbocharged I4Gas I5Gas Flat 4-Cyl
EPA Class    
Small Station WagonSmall Station WgnCompactWagonSub-Compact
Style Name    
4-Door Wagon 2.4L FWD4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring4-Door Manual S PZEV4-Door Manual i
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
5 Door Wagon4 Door HB4 Door Sedan4 Door4 Door Sedan
Automatic,Manual w/ODManualManualManual
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