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“more dynamically styled instrument panels for the T5 model”
The Auto Channel
“Don’t expect bass-thumping demonstrativeness…it’s strictly about midrange clarity”
“popular options are mostly bundled into packages”
Kelley Blue Book
Both versions of the Volvo S40, the 2.4i and T5, receive a host of upgrades for the 2009 model year, but prices go up by several thousand dollars, so there’s no better deal here; if you want a more basic model, you’re now out of luck. Beginning with the 2.4i, numerous features that were previously optional are now standard equipment, including 17-inch Spartacus wheels, Sirius Satellite Radio, a six-disc in-dash CD player, MP3 capability, front fog lights, a power moonroof, and a trip computer. 2009 turbocharged T5 models, front-wheel drive and AWD, are now equipped with standard R-Design components that dress up the S40’s appearance inside and out.
“Even in the base 2.4i trim, the S40 features air conditioning, side-curtain airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), an engine immobilizer, traction control, rear fog lamp, keyless remote entry, heated power mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, a single CD player and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel,” says Kelley Blue Book.
Stand-alone options include leather seating (2.4i), the Blind Spot Information System, and the five-speed Geartronic automatic transmission (2.4i). The T5 offers active bi-xenon headlamps, sport steering wheel, sport suspension, 17-inch Zaurak wheels, navigation, and Volvo's Keyless Drive remote start system. Volvo’s Dynamic Trim package is described as “a $1,895 bundle of body kit baubles we would normally forego” by Autoblog. It includes front and rear spoilers, rear valance panel, side sills, and lower moldings at the doors’ edges. Kelley Blue Book remarks “popular options are mostly bundled into packages,” such as the Climate Package and Select Package.
The Auto Channel mentions “more dynamically styled instrument panels for the T5 model, Dynaudio speakers for the Premium Sound system, a new hard drive-based RTI road traffic information and satellite navigation system and a redesigned remote key fob with Auto Open and Auto Close for all side windows and sunroof.”
Inherent in the Volvo’s unique center panel design is the inability to upgrade to an aftermarket radio. Of the optional stereo, Jalopnik warns, “Don’t expect bass-thumping demonstrativeness…it’s strictly about midrange clarity.” Navigation is standard on T5 models but not available on the 2.4i. Bluetooth is standard across the board.
For 2009, the Volvo S40 2.4i gets more standard equipment, but it’s not much of a bargain as the price goes way up.