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STYLING | 8 out of 10
“elements in the mix are drab sheet metal”
“athletic, highlighted by short overhangs and bulging fenders”
Car and Driver
“substantially freshened for 2010”
The base 2010 Volvo S40 and V50 2.4i still manage sporty looks, thanks to their 17-inch wheels, although the turbocharged T5 models now look a lot more aggressive with their body kit and color-coordinated side skirts and spoilers.
Volvo has maintained its decision in 2008 to enhance its logo by 50 percent, also offering high-intensity LED rear lights and stylish front projector beam headlights. Car and Driver claims that the S40 and V50’s exterior is “athletic, highlighted by short overhangs and bulging fenders,” while Cars.com is a fan of the “V-shaped hood bulge [that] runs into a more sculpted nose” and a broader lower air intake.
Car and Driver finds that the interior retains “the button-and-knob-infused stack” that isn't immediately intuitive, but taking in owner suggestions, Volvo implements changes such as additional storage cubbies to afford “more storage space in the doors and the center console,” notes Motor Trend. Cars.com remarks that “the center armrest is modified for greater comfort, and the handbrake handle is smaller and less intrusive.” Inside, the S40 and V50 provide a functional, cool place to work its controls, with Kelley Blue Book branding the S40 and V50’s interior “Scandinavian in nature.”
With the addition of R-Design package, the 2010 Volvo S40 and V50 bring sportiness to the model’s age-defying fresh appearance.