Volvo S80 vs BMW 7-Series

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

BMW 7-Series
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 203.9 (5179)
Width: 74.9 (1902)
Height: 58.4 (1484)

Compare Volvo S80 vs BMW 7-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.
Available in traditional or long wheelbase guise, the BMW 7 Series provides a suite which exudes luxury and performance. The wheelbase is 10cm longer than the outgoing model and the cab has been moved rearwards. This model boasts the largest-ever BMW kidney grilles and a new air intake runs nearly the entire width of the front bumper. The front lights option new detailing while the back lights have been updated. The 7 Series successfully conceals bulk with elegance. We drove the M Sport Saloon model with 19-inch M Sport V-spoke style alloy wheels and an M Aerodynamics body kit.

Parking spaces need to be chosen with care thanks to the size of the 7 series, but the camera systems work well while the reduced turning circle provided by Integral Active Steering feature, which enables all four wheels to be steered, helps. Inside, there is a lot of of room for people, but there are also intuitive cargo solutions. Luggage requirements are met by a 500-litre boot.

BMW 7 Series can now be specified in SE or M Sport trim. Traditional equipment on the SE contains 18 inch alloy wheels, Dynamic Stability Control, Idrive controller, satnav and 10. 2 inch colour screen display, four-zone control aircon,  wood dashboard trim and six airbags. The M Sport trim adds 19-inch M Sport V-spoke alloy wheels, body look-and-feel and high-gloss look as well as sport seatings, helm and door with sill inlays and brushed aluminium dashboard. There is an extensive features list as well as bundled packages to select from.