2011 Volvo S80 vs. Its Competition

2010 Volvo S80 4-door Sedan I6 FWD Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Volvo S80, at the base level with front-wheel drive and a large, comfortable interior, competes with a wide range of luxury sedans.

The Mercedes E-Class and the BMW 5-Series both offer V-8 versions and all-wheel drive, as well as extensive safety features, while the new Acura RL is a good competitor, and perhaps the closest to the S80.

But oddly, the RL feels sportier than base-model S80.

For those who wish to be a little more flamboyant, the V-8-powered Jaguar XF is worth a serious look; the Jag’s interior is warm and smooth, while the Volvo is a bit cold and stark in its interior design especially.

We’re not saying either is better for design—it’s really a matter of personal taste.

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The 2011 Volvo S80 is safe and secure, fashion-forward, and just right for affluent families.
7.4
The 2011 Acura RL lives up to its flagship status in the Acura lineup with top-notch tech features and long-haul comfort, but charm comes up missing.
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The new 2011 BMW 5-Series might be a conservative evolution in terms of styling and design, but it’s a quite radical one with regard to how BMW’s most important model drives.
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The 2011 Jaguar XF offers a compelling combination of fast, nimble performance and a classy, refined, and seductive interior; the only thing lacking is backseat space.
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The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.
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18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
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55554
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