The 2009 Volvo V50 remains fresh and modern with exterior and interior tweaks to keep it competitive and fix some interior complaints. Exterior changes for '09 include high-intensity LED rear lights and restyled front projector beam headlights.
Car and Driver describes the Volvo V50 as “athletic, highlighted by short overhangs and bulging fenders,” According to Cars.com, a “V-shaped hood bulge runs into a more sculpted nose.”
Kelley Blue Book says the V50’s interior is “Scandinavian in nature” and must surely “qualify as no-frills.” Inside the V50 resides a functional, cool place to work its controls. The interior retains “the button-and-knob-infused stack” that “isn't immediately intuitive,” according to Car and Driver, but Volvo has made numerous updates in response to complaints. Chief among the changes are additional storage cubbies for “more storage space in the doors and the center console,” says Motor Trend. Cars.com adds that “the center armrest is modified for greater comfort, and the handbrake handle is smaller and less intrusive.”
Of the V50’s tailgate, Automobile feels that its “V70-like tailgate,” a standard clamshell design, is “a shame—designers should have gone with a wackier C30-like butt,” although TheCarConnection.com editors are happy with the decision, as the C30's fashionable hatch design sacrifices functionality and privacy.