The 2011 Volvo V50 is a stylish and roomy luxury wagon, but there are better choices available. Volvo V50 Wagon offers the following pros: Impressive front seats; stylish and well-made dashboard. Volvo V50 Wagon drawbacks are: Not quite a luxury vehicle despite luxury pricing; handling falls short of true sport wagons; all-wheel drive is unavailable.
The 2011 Volvo V50 is a five-passenger compact wagon that comes in T5 and T5 R-design versions.
Traditional equipment contains 17-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an eight-way performance driver bench with memory options, a tilt-and-telescoping helm, neoprene-like T-tec upholstery (also known as Dalaro), Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio with CD player, optional stereo slot and Usb/ipod stereo interface.
The T5 R-design adds aluminum roof rails, a sunroof, sporty look trim, a sport-tuned suspension, partial leather upholstery, a performance passenger bench and special R-design floor mats, helm, gauges and shift knob.
A Preferred suite is provided for the base T5 and adds a sunroof, a performance passenger bench and leather upholstery. The Climate suite is available with both trims, and contains headlight washers, automatic wipers, automatic conditioning and heated front seatings. The Multimedia suite adds a navigator and a 12-speaker luxury surround-sound system that contains radio. Stand-alone features include a blind-spot warning system, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, integrated back booster seatings, keyless ignition/entry, radio and back park assist. .
After a very long wait, American consumers finally get a world-class small vehicle from a Detroit label. The 2012 Ford Focus is the segment's new benchmark. Ford Focus Hatchback offers the following pros: Nimble handling; refined ride; stylish and well-made interior; lively engine; abundant list of upscale and innovative features. Ford Focus Hatchback drawbacks are: Annoying shift programming from automatic transmission; backseat is a little short on legroom; infotainment controls are finicky to learn and use.
The 2012 Ford Focus is a compact vehicle that's available in sedan and 4-door hatchback body styles. There are four versions available: S, SE, SEL and Titanium.
The S model, which is only provided as a sedan, comes with 15-inch metal wheels; keyless entry; air-conditioning; performance front windows; performance locks and mirrors; a height-adjustable driver seat; a tilt-and-telescoping helm; and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and optional stereo slot. Move up to the SE and you get 16-inch metal wheels, automatic headlights, front foglights, a back spoiler (hatchback only), back performance windows, a trip computer, steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls and Ford's Mykey parental controls. The hatchback is pretty alike but gets a 60/40 split-folding seatback (versus one solid folding seatback) and a removable trunk cover.
The auxillary Comfort suite for the Ford Focus SE adds cruise control and map lights. The SE Sport suite adds a sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, back disc brakes, a back spoiler (sedan), updated look and dashboard trim, sport seatings and a leather-wrapped helm. Also auxillary is a six-speaker stereo system bundled with Ford's Sync cell phone and Ipod interface.
The SEL model adds one-touch up/down performance windows, multicolor ambient lighting and most of the Se's auxillary features, minus the sport-tuned suspension. Spring for the Titanium model and you get 17-inch alloy wheels, the sport-tuned suspension, updated look and dashboard trim, a back spoiler (sedan), keyless ignition/entry, Myford Touch technology with an 8-inch center touchscreen and Wi-fi capability, and a 10-speaker Sony stereo system with satellite radio and HD radio. Myford Touch and the Sony system are auxillary on the SEL.
The Titanium Luxury suite adds back parking sensors, automatic wipers, a six-way performance driver bench, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a back armrest. The Titanium Handling suite adds 18-inch wheels, an updated sport-tuned suspension, a full-size spare and summer tires.
Auxillary on all but the S is the Winter suite, which adds heated front seatings and heated mirrors with side marking lamps. The SEL and Titanium can be had with the Parking Technology suite, which adds front and back parking sensors, a rearview camera and an automated parking system. Auxillary only on the SE sedan is a Super fuel efficiency (SFE) suite, which adds 16-inch metal wheels with aero wheel covers, low-rolling-resistance tires, back disc brakes and a back spoiler. .