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“athletic, highlighted by short overhangs and bulging fenders”
Car and Driver
“Volvo didn't automatically commit to the 'longer, lower, wider' philosophy”
“substantially freshened for 2009”
While 17-inch Spartacus wheels help jazz up the appearance of the 2009 Volvo S40 2.4i, it’s the turbocharged T5 models, now with standard R-Design equipment, including a sport body kit with color-coordinated side skirts and front and rear spoilers, that look much sportier for the new year.
Last year’s exterior changes include a Volvo logo 50 percent bigger than before, high-intensity LED rear lights, and restyled front projector beam headlights. According to Car and Driver, the S40’s exterior is, “athletic, highlighted by short overhangs and bulging fenders,” Volvo adds, according to Cars.com, a “V-shaped hood bulge [that] runs into a more sculpted nose” and a broader lower air intake for the 2009 model year.
The interior retains “the button-and-knob-infused stack” that “isn't immediately intuitive,” according to Car and Driver, but Volvo has made numerous changes in response to complaints. Chief among the changes are additional storage cubbies for “more storage space in the doors and the center console,” Motor Trend notes. Cars.com comments that “the center armrest is modified for greater comfort, and the handbrake handle is smaller and less intrusive.” Inside, the S40 provides a functional, cool place to work its controls. Kelley Blue Book says the S40’s interior is “Scandinavian in nature” and must surely “qualify as no-frills.”
Still looking fresh and modern as its 2004 introduction, the 2009 Volvo S40 T5 gets a sportier look with the addition of R-Design flair.