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.
The 2012 Volvo S60 is a well-balanced and stylish luxury sedan. It's a solid alternative to otherwise ubiquitous German luxury sedans. Volvo S60 Sedan offers the following pros: Comprehensive and efficient engines; well-balanced ride and handling; strong brakes, smart all-wheel-drive system; convenient front seats; abundant security features. Volvo S60 Sedan drawbacks are: Cramped backseat; some dated controls.
The 2012 Volvo S60 is a midsize luxury sedan available in two versions -- T5 and T6 -- that correspond to motor type. The T5 comes traditional with 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic conditioning, an eight-way performance driver bench with memory functions and adjustable lumbar, power-folding back headrests, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping helm, T-tec cloth upholstery, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD radio, radio, an optional stereo slot and an Ipod/usb stereo interface. The T6 adds a more comprehensive motor and traditional all-wheel drive, plus 18-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, various steering tuning (includes selectable settings), leather upholstery and the auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The Luxury suite adds bi-xenon headlights, a sunroof, an eight-way performance passenger bench and, for the T5, the leather upholstery and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Climate suite adds heated front seatings, heated windshield washers, automatic wipers and headlight washers. The Multimedia suite adds a rearview camera, a navigator with real-time traffic and a 12-speaker luxury surround-sound stereo system. The Technology suite adds adaptive cruise control, driver-attention warning, lane-departure warning and a collision warning system with auto braking and pedestrian detection. Stand-alone features include a blind-spot warning system, front and back parking sensors and keyless ignition/entry.
Available on the T5 is the Dynamic suite, which adds 18-inch wheels and the T6's sport-tuned suspension and selectable steering options. Available on the T6 is an adaptive suspension named Four-c that contains three driver-selectable options, as well as chassis tuning from the T5 Touring and (at no cost) 17-inch wheels. .