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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
“top-level fit and finish”
Car and Driver
“glovebox space is meager”
Kelley Blue Book
“excels when it comes to eating up big chunks of miles on the highway”
“the quality feel we expect of the marque”
Road & Track
The 2009 Volvo S40 feels refined, though backseat passengers will be compressed.
Quality defines the interior of the 2009 Volvo S40. “From something as simple as a high-quality headliner to the clean and classy gauges, the S40's cabin conveys an upscale feel from top to bottom,” continues Edmunds. Model year 2009 also addresses a sore point with the interior, as Volvo wisely adds “more storage space in the doors and the center console,” according to Motor Trend. Up front, the S40 sports ergonomically designed chairs, and their “comfort on long drives is undeniable,” remarks Kelley Blue Book. Comparing its interior dimensions to competitors such as Audi’s A4 and BMW’s 3-Series, Edmunds finds the “S40 offers nearly identical interior dimensions.”
Both front and rear seats fold flat, opening up the trunk cavity and allowing the S40 to carry items that extend from the rear bumper to the dash padding. MyRide.com declares that “Volvo has created intelligent ways” to use its interior space. Of the trunk, the same reviewers feel “the chopped-off rear end makes the trunk opening small,” hampering the ability to load big, bulky items.
ConsumerGuide kindly comments “two adults get decent head and elbow space, but three will feel pinched” in the S40's rear seat. On the flip side, Kelley Blue Book criticizes a “cramped rear seat and moderate headroom.”
The pricing starts in the mid-20s for a base 2.4i all the way to the low 40s for a loaded T5 AWD. “The S40 undercuts the base Audi A4, BMW 335, and Lexus IS by a good margin,” remarks Kelley Blue Book, “but the pricing gap closes quickly once comparable features are added.”
The 2009 S40 belies its upper-20s base price, Ford Focus roots, and entry-level status with comfortable seats, a refined ride, and quality construction.