2009 Volvo S40 vs. Its Competition

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The Jetta may provide the most value in this class for those who are completely practically minded.

Its five-cylinder engine offers performance that’s very comparable to that of the standard 2.4i model, with similar equipment and a backseat that’s a bit roomier, at a price that’s close to $10,000 less.

That said, if safety features are the priority and you’re willing to pay extra for options, the S40 is unbeatable.

Another possibility is the Subaru Impreza; in its base 2.5i form, it’s a much more affordable alternative, with standard all-wheel drive and performance from its horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine similar to the base five in the Volvo.

And the Impreza WRX offers performance that rivals the T5, at a lower price.

The Saab 9-3 is another alternative, bringing good, sharp handling and decent performance, but its ride can be choppy and its interior isn’t especially roomy.

The Acura TSX, which includes the superior service of Acura dealerships, has especially nimble handling, a good ride, and impressive fuel efficiency, but its backseat is somewhat cramped.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Volvo S40 is a city-friendly sport sedan with some of today’s best safety features.
The new 2009 Acura TSX has a standout features list and distinctive interior, but its acceleration isn't notable.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan 2.4L FWD4-Door Sedan Automatic4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan GL
Automatic,Automatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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