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“more dynamically styled instrument panels for the T5 model”
The Auto Channel
“all models get adjustable head restraints”
“Don’t expect bass-thumping demonstrativeness…it’s strictly about midrange clarity”
If you're after a basic model, you'll be impressed, but if you're interested in all the upgrades and options, the 2010 Volvo S40 and V50 will put a smile on your face—just be prepared to pay for it. Former options that are now standard include 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.
Edmunds lists the standard features in the base 2.4i models as including “17-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, cruise control, automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, neoprene-like T-Tec upholstery (also known as Dalaro), Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo with CD player, auxiliary audio jack and USB/iPod audio interface.”
Upgrade to the T5 AWD R-Design and you get “all-wheel drive, a turbocharged engine, aluminum roof rails, sporty exterior trim, partial leather upholstery, driver memory functions, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and special R-Design floor mats, steering wheel, gauges and shift knob,” Edmunds notes.
Then there are the option packages, which are switched around for the 2010 model year. Kelley Blue Book reports, “Climate package includes heated front seats, headlight washers and automatic wipers. The Preferred package gets you a sunroof, a power passenger seat and keyless ignition/entry. The Multimedia package available on the T5 models is really a 12-speaker surround-sound system that includes satellite radio.”
On top of this, there are stand-alone options, which Edmunds lists as including a “blind-spot warning system, bi-xenon headlights, integrated rear booster seats, full leather upholstery, a navigation system and on the 2.4i, satellite radio and wood trim.” The T5 R-Design can also be equipped with 18-inch wheels.
In terms of in-car tech, The Auto Channel hails a “more dynamically styled instrument panels for the T5 model, Dynaudio speakers for the Multimedia package, a 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.”
Unfortunately, the Volvos are not designed to incorporate an aftermarket stereo, and of the optional stereo, Jalopnik advises: “Don’t expect bass-thumping demonstrativeness…- it’s strictly about midrange clarity.”
The 2010 Volvo S40 and V50 come very well equipped but are still pricey, especially once you start to pile on the options.