The 2011 Volvo S40 has style and convenience on its side, but lacks the athleticism and refinement of other European luxury sport sedans. Volvo S40 Sedan offers the following pros: Convenient front seats; ample security features; emphasis on style; lively turbocharged motor. Volvo S40 Sedan drawbacks are: Not quite a luxury sedan despite luxury pricing; handling falls short of that seen in true sport sedans; awkward navigator interface.
The 2011 Volvo S40 Sedan is available in two versions: T5 and T5 R-design.
The base T5 comes traditional with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated outside mirrors, air-conditioning, an eight-way performance driver bench with memory, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, neoprene-like T-tec upholstery, a 60/40-split-folding back bench, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio with a CD player, HD radio and Usb/auxiliary input slots. Adding the auxillary Preferred suite will also get you a sunroof, leather upholstery and a performance passenger bench.
The T5 R-design contains all of the above and spices things up with front and back spoilers, side skirts, a sport helm, original watch-dial gauges and aluminum pedals.
Both trims are available with the Climate suite, which adds heated front seatings, headlight washers, automatic wipers and automatic conditioning. The Multimedia suite adds a luxury 10-speaker audio and a navigator with real-time traffic. Stand-alone features include 18-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, radio, keyless ignition/entry, back parking sensors and a blind-spot detection system paired with power-folding mirrors.
Skoda is carving out a nice little niche for itself with distinctive, non-offensive look-and-feel. The Skoda Octavia Scout avoids looking ungainly, and blends nice proportions with a utilitarian, Subaru-style exterior that will bode well for those consumers hunting for value, class and an understated charm.
The Skoda Octavia Scout estate has a lot of of practicality enough to put a dozy six-stone Golden Retriever in the rear with two bags of dog food, four people and a picnic for an afternoon in the sun. It swallowed up luggage and stuff, the dog had more than enough room to roam around in, and passengers felt relaxed, convenient and crucially happy. It boasts 580 litres of cargo room, has through-load seatings and while the high stance of the Scout means dogs might find it difficult to jump in, it's low enough not to cause a bother with the weekly store.
The Skoda Octavia comes with a high level of equipment, including ABS, a higher ground clearance, air-conditioning, adjustable seatings, adjustable and heated door mirrors, split-folding back seatings and loads of cubby holes in the cab. the Scout adds including back parking sensors, 17-inch alloys, chrome kick plates, cruise control, hill hold control, sunset privacy glass and twin exhaust pipes, while our test vehicle was also fitted with a touchscreen