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2009 Volvo S40

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$3,537 — $10,221 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
22-24 MPG
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Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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(4.4) 5 reviews

The Good

  • Rich feel
  • Nimble
  • Relative interior space
  • Safety features galore
  • Blind-spot detection option
  • Large trunk opening

The Bad

  • T5 manual transmission discontinued
  • Side-impact crash test could be better
  • Premium gas preferred
  • Backseat a bit tight
2009 Volvo S40 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Volvo S40
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Wagon version (V50) offered
  • Performance appearance package
  • More standard features

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Volvo's smallest sedan, the compact S40, comes in 2.4i and T5 trim levels, the latter offered in all- as well as front-wheel drive. The S40 and its V50 wagon sister were substantially freshened for 2008. The T5 gets more power by turbocharging the same inline-five found in the 2.4i. Competitors include the Saab 9-3 and Audi A4.

New for 2009
The R-Design appearance package for the interior and exterior is standard on T5 models. Volvo simplified its options list, making many once-optional features standard. A manual transmission is no longer offered.

Exterior
For 2008, the nose and tail were modified, but the overall shape wasn't changed much. For 2009, T5 models get a standard R-Design appearance package, which includes a unique grille, a sport body kit with color-coordinated side skirts and front and rear spoilers.

The S40 is small, coming in at 176.2 inches long and 69.7 inches wide — as compact as a Honda Civic. The Saab 9-3 and Audi A4 have the same width but are noticeably longer.
  • Standard integrated turn signals
  • Standard fog lights
  • Standard power heated mirrors
  • Standard power glass sunroof
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating headlamps


Interior
The standard upholstery in the five-occupant interior has a slightly coarse woven feel that's said to be inspired by sportswear. Leather upholstery is available. T5 R-Design trims come with unique premium leather seating sur...
Vehicle Overview
Volvo's smallest sedan, the compact S40, comes in 2.4i and T5 trim levels, the latter offered in all- as well as front-wheel drive. The S40 and its V50 wagon sister were substantially freshened for 2008. The T5 gets more power by turbocharging the same inline-five found in the 2.4i. Competitors include the Saab 9-3 and Audi A4.

New for 2009
The R-Design appearance package for the interior and exterior is standard on T5 models. Volvo simplified its options list, making many once-optional features standard. A manual transmission is no longer offered.

Exterior
For 2008, the nose and tail were modified, but the overall shape wasn't changed much. For 2009, T5 models get a standard R-Design appearance package, which includes a unique grille, a sport body kit with color-coordinated side skirts and front and rear spoilers.

The S40 is small, coming in at 176.2 inches long and 69.7 inches wide — as compact as a Honda Civic. The Saab 9-3 and Audi A4 have the same width but are noticeably longer.
  • Standard integrated turn signals
  • Standard fog lights
  • Standard power heated mirrors
  • Standard power glass sunroof
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating headlamps


Interior
The standard upholstery in the five-occupant interior has a slightly coarse woven feel that's said to be inspired by sportswear. Leather upholstery is available. T5 R-Design trims come with unique premium leather seating surfaces with embossed R-Design logos, aluminum sport pedals, a sport shift knob, R-Design inlays, a watch dial instrument cluster and a sport steering wheel. Aluminum trim is now standard on both the 2.4i and the T5; Nordic Light Oak trim is optional.

The rear seatbacks fold down separately, and the front passenger seat's backrest also folds flat. Passenger volume comes in at 92.5 cubic feet, larger than the A4 but slightly less space than the 9-3. Cargo is a relatively small 12.6 cubic feet — the smallest of the group.
  • Standard locks and windows with express down/up
  • Standard leather-wrapped gearshift knob, parking brake and steering wheel
  • Standard eight-speaker sound system with six-disc in-dash CD player
  • Optional heated front seats (standard on T5)
  • Optional navigation system


Under the Hood
The S40 comes standard with an aspirated inline five-cylinder engine, while the T5 gets a turbocharged unit. All vehicles now come standard with an automatic transmission.
  • 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter five-cylinder with 170 pounds-feet of torque
  • 227-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Optional keyless drive


Safety
Volvos are known for their safety, and the S40 is no different. The car has a long list of standard safety features, including new-for-2009 automatic hazard warning lights that turn on when the airbags are deployed.

Other safety features include:
  • Standard front-, side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock braking system with electronic brake force distribution
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control
  • Standard security system
  • Standard immobilizer-encrypted ignition key
  • Optional blind spot warning system
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
5 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(5.0)

Safe and reliable!

by Jr from Northern NJ on December 4, 2018

Comfortable ride, great warranty, great gas mileage, exceptional safety. Never had any issues with this car and would recommend highly to anyone looking for a safe smaller sized sedan. Read full review

(5.0)

Very reliable.

by Jam from Marlboro, NJ on July 27, 2017

Very reliable. You feel very safe in it. The interior is well designed. I am also impressed with the fuel consumption. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Volvo S40 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Volvo S40 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volvo

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S40 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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