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2011 Volvo S80 vs. Its Competition

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2010 Volvo S80 4-door Sedan I6 FWD Angular Front Exterior View
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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.

2010 Volvo S80 4-door Sedan I6 FWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Volvo S802011 Acura RL 4-door Sedan Advance Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2011 Acura RL2011 BMW 5-Series 4-door Sedan 535i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW 5-Series2011 Jaguar XF 4-door Sedan XF Supercharged Angular Front Exterior View2011 Jaguar XF2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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The 2011 Volvo S80 is safe and secure, fashion-forward, and just right for affluent families.
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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.
MSRP From    
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Gas Mileage    
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
Engine    
Gas I6Gas V6Gas I6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class    
MidsizeMid-SizeMid-SizeMidsize CarSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan 3.2L FWD w/Moonroof4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan2-Door Coupe E350 RWD
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55554
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4dr Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe
Transmission    
Automatic,Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
 
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