Used 2009 Volvo S40

2009 Volvo S40
List price range
$6,490 - $9,588

Pros

  • Excellent seats, ample safety features, available turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive.

Cons

  • Pricey, tepid acceleration with base engine, handling falls short of true sport sedans, so-so safety scores.

Used 2009 Volvo S40 for Sale

Volvo S40 2009 2.4i 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5A)
69,295 miles
Used 2009
Volvo S40
2.4i
List$9,588
Est.Loan: $196/mo
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Dealer Notes
Clean CARFAX. Black 2009 Volvo S40 2.4i FWD 5-Speed Automatic with Geartronic 2.4L 5-Cylinder MPI DOHC We are America's favorite Volvo dealership%2521 Recent Arrival%2521 28/20 Highway/City MPG We will BUY your car, even if you don't BUY ours%2521 4-Wheel Disc Brakes,8 Speakers,ABS brakes,AM/FM radio,Air Conditioning,Anti-whiplash front head restraints,Bodyside moldings,Brake assist,Bumpers%3A body-color,CD player,Delay-off headlights,Driver door bin,Driver vanity mirror,Dual front impact airbags,Dual front side impact airbags,Dynamic T-Tec Seating Surfaces,Electronic Stability Control,Four wheel independent suspension,Front Bucket Seats,Front Center Armrest w/Storage,Front anti-roll bar,Front beverage holders,Front dual zone A/C,Front reading lights,Heated door mirrors,Illuminated entry,Leather Shift Knob,Leather steering wheel,Low tire pressure warning,MP3 decoder,Occupant sensing airbag,Outside temperature display,Overhead airbag,Overhead console,Panic alarm,Passenger door bin,Passenger vanity mirror,Power door mirrors,Power steering,Power windows,Radio data system,Rear anti-roll bar,Rear reading lights,Rear seat center armrest,Rear window defroster,Remote keyless entry,Security system,Speed control,Speed-sensing steering,Split folding rear seat,Steering wheel mounted audio controls,Tachometer,Telescoping steering wheel,Tilt steering wheel,Traction control,Trip computer,Turn signal indicator mirrors,Variably intermittent wipers
Volvo S40 2009 2.4i 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5A)
87,464 miles
Used 2009
Volvo S40
2.4i
Fitzgerald Genesis
20.2 mi away
List$6,588
Est.Loan: $135/mo
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Volvo S40 2009 2.4i 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5A)
100,361 miles
Used 2009
Volvo S40
2.4i
List$6,490
Est.Loan: $133/mo
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Volvo S40 2009 2.4i 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5A)
96,011 miles
Used 2009
Volvo S40
2.4i
List$7,991
Est.Loan: $163/mo
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Volvo S40 2009 2.4i 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5A)
93,692 miles
Used 2009
Volvo S40
2.4i
List$7,900
Est.Loan: $162/mo
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Dealer Notes
Sharp 2009 Volvo S40 2.4i in Passion Red with Quartz leather interior. FeaturingHeated Front Seats,Power Moonroof,17" Alloy wheels,SIRIUS radioFog Lamps,Xenon HeadlampsPower Drivers SeatGarmin Portable GPSFully Serviced and ready to go from a trusted, three-generation family owned dealership selling and servicing Volvos since 1958!
Volvo S40 2009 T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)
103,813 miles
Used 2009
Volvo S40
T5 R-Design
List$8,905
Est.Loan: $182/mo
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Dealer Notes
R Design, Leather seats, Heated seats, Moon Roof, Power seat w/ memory, Premium dynaudio sound system, bluetooth, 17 Serapis alloy wheels, Spoiler, All Wheel Drive, 5 speed geartronic automatic transmission, 2 owner, clean carfax. Serviced and inspected. Sporty R design looks combined with the safety of a Volvo are a perfect match. Priced to move. THE EASIEST CHOICE WHEN PURCHASING A VEHICLE IS CHOOSING ONE WITH A COMPLETE AND DETAILED HISTORY LIKE THIS AWESOME PRE-OWNED VEHICLE!

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Edmunds' Expert Review

If you don't mind sticking with the base engine, the 2009 Volvo S40 remains a stylish and relatively affordable alternative to German and Japanese sport sedans. However, the turbocharged models aren't so affordable, and their performance pales in comparison with similarly priced competitors.

vehicle overview

We've generally been pretty high on the Volvo S40. It has consistently offered cutting-edge design, reassuring safety and a premium feel for many thousands less than perennial sport-sedan all-stars like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G35. But the 2009 Volvo S40 no longer offers the impressive value it used to -- the base price of the entry-level 2.4i has risen by more than $4,000 to roughly what the turbocharged T5 model cost last year. As for this year's T5, now known as the T5 R-Design, its base price has ballooned to $32,350, which pits it squarely against the aforementioned all-stars.

To be fair, Volvo didn't just arbitrarily jack up the S40's price. A number of formerly optional or unavailable features are standard this year, such as Bluetooth compatibility, a six-CD changer and a sunroof. And as ever, the S40 carries on Volvo's tradition of offering top-notch safety features and superbly designed seats. As such, the base 2.4i is still a viable alternative for car shoppers who want the style and accoutrements of a premium sport sedan without the hefty price tag -- although the Acura TSX does offer more high-tech features and better safety ratings. With just 168 horsepower, the S40 2.4i is not an impressive performer and its fuel economy is hardly stellar, but there's a case to be made for it if styling, comfort and safety are high priorities.

However, it's hard for us to recommend the 227-hp T5 R-Design and T5 AWD R-Design models, given their newly inflated prices. At about $28,000 to start, last year's T5 was an interesting "tweener" of a car, offering zesty performance and European sophistication for the price of a nicely optioned family sedan. But the 2009 S40 T5 R-Design now goes toe-to-toe with the A4 2.0T Quattro in the price column, despite lacking the Audi's handling prowess and all-around sophistication. Along the same lines, for a few grand more you can get a similarly equipped BMW 328i or Infiniti G35. And if it's all-wheel drive you're after, the T5 AWD R-Design, at $33,800, is actually pricier than the superior A4. You'd have to really dig its distinct brand of Swedish style (or get a killer deal) to pick the S40.

There's plenty to be said in the 2009 Volvo S40's favor. It looks sharp inside and out, it offers an impressive roster of standard and optional luxuries, it's safe and it's got some of the best seats in the business. But we find the S40's prodigious price increases for 2009 a bit hard to swallow, given its luxury-sport-sedan competition.

trim levels & features

The 2009 Volvo S40 is a premium compact sedan available in three trim levels: 2.4i, T5 R-Design and T5 AWD R-Design. The new-for-2009 R-Design name refers to a collection of sporty exterior and interior styling cues. The S40 2.4i comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a sunroof, a trip computer, a power driver seat, neoprene-like T-Tec cloth upholstery, a tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, full power accessories, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio system with a six-CD changer, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. In addition to its more powerful engine, the T5 R-Design adds a sport suspension, unique 17-inch alloy wheels, aluminum pedals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a sport shift knob, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a memory function for the driver seat, automatic climate control and R-Design styling cues, including a sport steering wheel and a watch-like gauge cluster. The T5 AWD R-Design adds -- you guessed it -- AWD.

Options for the 2.4i model include the Climate Package, which adds heated front seats, headlight washers and rain-sensing wipers. Leather upholstery is a stand-alone option, as are wood inlays. The T5 R-Design and T5 AWD R-Design can be equipped with a Dynaudio Package that includes a 12-speaker sound system. Stand-alone options for these T5 models include keyless ignition and a navigation system (which is not available on the 2.4i). The T5 R-Design offers upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels that are not available on the AWD model. Active bi-xenon headlights and Volvo's blind-spot information system (BLIS) are options on all S40s.

performance & mpg

The 2.4i is equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter inline-5 that generates 168 hp and 170 pound-feet of torque. The T5 R-Design and T5 AWD R-Design receive a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 that pumps out a healthy 227 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is mandatory on all models.

According to Volvo, the 2.4i will trot from zero to 60 mph in an unhurried 8.4 seconds. The T5 R-Design accomplishes the same task in a more respectable 6.7 seconds, while the AWD model's added weight results in a 7.0-second sprint. EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 20 mpg city/28 highway and 23 combined for the S40 2.4i, while the T5 R-Design comes in at 19/28/23, and the T5 AWD R-Design yields 18/26/21.

safety

Antilock disc brakes, traction control and stability control are standard on all 2009 Volvo S40s. All models include front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags, along with whiplash-reducing head restraints in all outboard positions. BLIS is optional across the lineup.

In frontal-impact tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the S40 was awarded four stars for driver protection and five stars for front-passenger protection. It received perfect five-star ratings in the NHTSA's side-impact crash tests. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal-offset testing, the S40 earned a top rating of "Good." In IIHS side-impact testing, the car was rated "Acceptable." Additionally, the S40 is one of only a few cars to earn a "Good" head-restraint rating in the IIHS rear-impact test.

driving

The base 2.4-liter engine provides acceleration that's only slightly sprightlier than your typical four-cylinder family sedan. The turbocharged 2.5-liter unit is far superior, though it does have a rather peaky power band, with noticeable turbo lag off the line. Handling is crisp and entertaining with either the standard or sport-tuned suspension, though the S40 isn't as sharp as the A4, 3 Series or G35. The base suspension is firm without being uncomfortable, but the sport suspension can be harsh over broken pavement.

interior

If you like to shop at Ikea -- or at least admire the company's über-modern designs -- then the 2009 Volvo S40's interior should strike your fancy. The piece de resistance is the ultraslim "floating" center stack, which is suspended between the console and the dash, but pretty much everything about the S40's interior design is a direct challenge to the relatively austere interiors found in some competing models. Fortunately, there's plenty of function behind the S40's impressive form, as most controls are a model of simplicity. Furthermore, the quality of the interior materials is excellent and the ergonomically designed seats are extraordinarily comfortable and supportive. Trunk capacity is ample at 12.6 cubic feet and the 60/40-split rear seat folds.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2009 Volvo S40.

If you buy an S40 get the Turbo!
engrgrad, 8/3/2010
This is my first Volvo after owning a V6 Honda Accord. I find the non-turbo very underpowered and an overall disappointment. Passing vehicles almost always requires the use of the auto-stick. Seats become uncomfortable after long drives and climate control is very difficult to regulate. I would recommend that you thoroughly investigate performance prior to purchasing
Good Solid Car
Chuck, 1/30/2010
This is our third Volvo. The other two were station wagons (over 15 years ago). Purchased this for my 17 year old daughter as her first car. I am impressed because it is sporty enough for her and it is still a solid little Volvo. I just wish I could drive it sometime.
Volvo S40 D 1.6 RDesign
albaad, 6/8/2012
Do not buy! I bought a Volvo when my daughter was born in 2009 selling my super reliant 1.7 Puma. The engine failed after just over 2 years. As I had had my 2nd year service late (less than 1000 miles) Volvo said the warranty was void. The customer care team refused to speak to me. 7 days after spending £6,000 on a new engine the new engine fails in the same way as the previous one. The car has been towed back to the garage. Having researched the engine, it is rubbish
Good Volvo Starter Car
Lee, 3/13/2009
I bought this car after recommendations from friends. I previously owned a Passat. My Passat got 37 MPG (Diesel). My Volvo gets 24+/- (Gasoline). The S40 is very comfortable to sit in and I have a bad back. I'm not too thrilled about some of the plastic trim in the interior but overall I like the European attention to detail. There's not a lot of room in the back seat for adult kids but for little ones, it's ok. I like all of the gadgets that come with the purchase price and there's not a lot of options to add on. My Passat lasted 13 years and I fully expect the Volvo to do the same. The dealership is very responsive and attentive. A good car for the money.
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Features & Specs

MPG
20 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
168 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Acceptable
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2009 Volvo S40
Used 2009 Volvo S40 Overview

The Used 2009 Volvo S40 is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include 2.4i 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5A), T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A), and T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A).

What's a good price on a Used 2009 Volvo S40?

Price comparisons for Used 2009 Volvo S40 trim styles:

  • The Used 2009 Volvo S40 2.4i is priced between $6,490 and$9,588 with odometer readings between 69295 and100361 miles.
  • The Used 2009 Volvo S40 T5 R-Design is priced between $8,905 and$8,905 with odometer readings between 103813 and103813 miles.

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