Besides a thorough revamping of its available versions, the 2012 Volvo S80 now sports turn signals on the outside mirrors, a new 7-inch color screen in the center of the dashboard , genuine wood dashboard trim and Bluetooth stereo streaming. Volvo's City Security technology is also now traditional across the model lineup. Volvo S80 Sedan offers the following pros: Well equipped; cool security features; convenient ride and seats; stylish and functional dashboard design. Volvo S80 Sedan drawbacks are: Unimpressive base engine; forgettable driving experience; look-and-feel may be a little too understated for some tastes.
The 2012 Volvo S80 is available in two versions: 3. 2 and T6 AWD.
The 3. 2 base model comes traditional with 17-inch alloy wheels, front and back foglights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic conditioning, leather upholstery, performance front seatings with driver memory options, a split-folding back bench with cargo pass-through, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer, full performance accessories, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping helm, Bluetooth phone and stereo streaming and an eight-speaker audio system with a Six-cd changer, radio, HD radio, an iPod/usb slot and an optional stereo slot. To this the T6 AWD adds all-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof. The latter two features are auxillary for the 3.
The auxillary Premier Plus suite contains front and back parking sensors, keyless entry/ignition and Volvo's Personal Vehicle Communicator. The Climate suite adds heated front and back seatings, headlight washers, rain-sensing wipers and heated windshield washer nozzles. The Technology suite gets you adaptive cruise control, a collision-warning and pedestrian-detection system with automatic braking, lane-departure warning and Driver Alert. T6 models can also be had with a Dynamic suite that contains original 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned chassis, adaptive xenon headlights and original aluminum dashboard trim.
From a luxury standpoint, the available Inscription suite ups the ante with luxury leather upholstery, ventilated front seatings, a leather-covered dash and center armrest and genuine wood trim on the helm and shift knob. The Platinum suite adds the contents of the Premier Plus suite with luxury surround-sound stereo, a voice-controlled navigator and a back back-up camera. A blind-spot monitoring system is a stand-alone feature. .
The 2012 Audi A8 gives nothing away to its competitors in terms of performance, convenience, technological wizardry or create class. As such, this driver-focused luxury sedan should be on the consideration list of anybody shopping this segment. Audi A8 Sedan offers the following pros: Premium, handsome cabin; cutting-edge technology features; impressive driving dynamics; traditional all-wheel drive. Audi A8 Sedan drawbacks are: Prestige factor not quite equal to chief rivals; small cargo.
The 2012 Audi A8 comes in three trims: traditional 4. 2, long-wheelbase 4. 2 L and long-wheelbase 6. 3 L. The numbers indicate whether a V8 (4. 2) or W12 (6. 3) powers the vehicle. As expected, the L versions offer more space for back bench passengers.
Both Audi A8 4. 2 models come traditional with 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive air suspension, Audi Drive Select (allows adjustment of suspension, steering and engine/transmission response), xenon headlights, a sunroof, Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI) system (with a touchpad that can interpret fingertip gestures), a navigator, cruise control, a power-adjustable helm, leather upholstery, 12-way performance front seatings, heated front seatings, dual-zone automatic conditioning, a performance back sunshade, Bluetooth and a Bose surround-sound stereo system (with HD and radio, Ipod connectivity, a 20GB audio server and a CD changer).
The 4. 2 L adds park assist (with rearview camera), keyless ignition/entry, power-closing doors, performance back side sunshades and a power-operated cargo.
The 6. 3 L contains all the 4. 2 L features along with a more comprehensive motor, 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, dual-pane acoustic windows, Dynamic steering, 22-way performance front seatings, updated leather upholstery, four-seat customization (with back center console), ventilation and massage functions for all seatings, four-zone automatic conditioning, heated back seatings, a heated helm (with shift paddles), a faux suede headliner, back bench entertainment and Audi Connect with Wi-fi capability and Google Earth.
Feature highlights (depending on trim) include 20-inch wheels, keyless ignition/entry, a night vision camera (an infrared camera to detect animals and pedestrians up to 1000, feet away), a solar-powered venting sunroof, faux-suede dashboard trim, different wood accents, four-zone conditioning and a luxury 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system.
There are also several packages available. The Luxury suite contains 22-way performance front seatings (with ventilation and massaging functions). The Cold Weather suite contains heated helm/rear seatings and a rear-seat pass-through (with ski sack). The Back Seat Convenience suite adds performance lumbar/recline and ventilation, back vanity mirrors and four-zone conditioning. The Driver Assistance suite contains adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitor, a lane-departure warning system and a pre-braking system. The Sport suite (regular Audi A8 only) contains 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a torque-vectoring back differential, updated leather upholstery and the 22-way performance front seatings.
The L versions can also be fitted with the Executive Back Seating suite, which contains the individual back seats/console already seen in the 6. 3 L along with footrests, updated leather upholstery, a refrigerator and a dual-screen DVD entertainment system. The entertainment system is also provided on the regular Audi A8. .