Volvo S80 vs BMW 5-Series

Volvo S80
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 191 (4851)
Width: 73.3 (1861)
Height: 58.8 (1493)

BMW 5-Series
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 193.2 (4907)
Width: 82.4 (2094)
Height: 57.6 (1462)

Compare Volvo S80 vs BMW 5-Series (1:1)

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.
BMW 5 Series Touring buyers tend to be around five years younger than their saloon-buying counterparts according to the Munich-based manufacturer. And based on this it wanted to give them a car which looked sporty as well as delivering the goods in terms of being the load-shifting member of the 5 Series family. Thus the Touring takes on a curvier look than its predecessor and is a far cry from the boxy estates which many of those buyers will have grown up with.

The 5 Series Touring offers 560-litres of boot space. Fold the rear seats and this space can be expanded to 1,670 litres. Each of the rear seats can also be folded individually. The rear window can be opened independently of the tailgate for when you simply want to throw in a bag of shopping, while an extra 30 litres boot space can be claimed by adjusting the rear seats through seven lockable settings. However it falls short of the class leader, the Mercedes E-Class Estate with its 695-litre boot.

BMW offers what it says is its highest ever level of standard specification including leather upholstery and dual-zone climate control. Individual options which can be specified include the aforementioned eight-speed automatic gearbox, Park Assist, Adaptive Drive, Integral Active Steering, Surround View Camera System, Head-up display, Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, lane departure warning, Lane Change Warning and Speed Limit display. The 5 Series Touring can be specified in SE trim or M Sport guise which brings its features, such as different aerodynamics and specific suspension set-up as well its own alloys, seats, steering wheel and gear knob.