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June 15, 2011
Vehicle Comparison: 2012 Volvo S60 T5 vs. BMW 328i
Safety’s just the start for the 2012 Volvo S60 T5 vs. the BMW 328i.

Photo: 2012 Volvo S60 T5
With more power, more standard features and a host of smarter standard safety measures, the all-new 2012 Volvo S60 T5 not only stands toe-to-toe with the newest BMW 328i, it soundly beats it at its own game.
 
The exciting new 2012 Volvo S60 T5 has the company’s sleekest, sportiest design to date. Streamlined and muscular, the sexy Swede’s curvaceous body shape is an appealing alternative to the expected German styling and engineering of the BMW 328i. But the S60 T5 sports more than just good looks alone, it also bests the BMW with standard 17-inch wheels, an optional sunroof and available front and rear parking sensors, features that are unavailable in the 328i.
 
Inside you’ll see an impressively detailed, beautifully crafted interior well equipped with standard and optional features. The Volvo gets standard sport seats, a DVD player, iPod and USB integration, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel mounted cruise controls, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and an available premium audio system, all optional or unavailable features on the latest BMW. And while both vehicles share the same total passenger and cargo volume, clever interior engineering gives the Volvo the edge in front and rear shoulder space and front legroom.
 
Beneath the hood, the front-wheel drive Volvo steals BMW’s performance crown with a markedly more powerful, impressively more efficient engine. The S60 T5 houses a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder turbo, which makes 250 hp and 266 lb/ft of torque through a six-speed Geartronic transmission with Sport Mode. In contrast, the BMW gets a larger 3.0-liter, but generates just 230 hp and 200 lb/ft of torque through a standard six-speed manual (the automatic costs extra).
 
In addition to sporting greater overall torque (at a lower rpm), the Volvo gets a special overboost feature, which elevates the vehicle’s maximum torque to an exceptional 295 lb/ft for 10 seconds after a gear change. The added boost helps give the S60 T5 the best zero-to-60 acceleration in its class. And despite its impressive power advantage, the 2012 S60 capably earns the edge in efficiency, as it achieves up to 30 highway mpg compared to the 28 mpg of the BMW.
 
Wider, longer and taller than the 328i, the new S60 T5 still manages to deliver superior handling thanks to a number of innovative Volvo features. In addition to standard Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), the newest S60 gets the world-first Advanced Stability Control system, which utilizes a gyroscope and acceleration sensors to ensure precise handling during dynamic driving. The S60 T5 also gets Corner Traction Control through Torque Vectoring, a complicated term that essentially results in greater stability and responsiveness while cornering at high speeds.
 
Known for delivering superior safety features, Volvo doesn’t disappoint with their latest S60. The S60 T5 comes standard with the Volvo-exclusive City Safety system, which utilizes an infrared laser sensor to detect approaching objects at slow speeds, then automatically apply the brake and prepare the cabin for impact should the driver fail to notice in time. Similarly, the 2012 S60 T5 comes equipped with available Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, a Blind Spot Information System, a Driver Alert Control and Lane Departure Warning, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and the world-first Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. The BMW simply can’t stack up against the exhaustive list of advanced safety measures employed by the 2012 S60.
 
With its impressive list of features and wealth of advantages, the new T5 holds perhaps the most important edge of all: price. The latest luxury sedan from Volvo gets a starting sticker price of just $30,975, compared to the inflated MSRP of the comparatively lacking BMW 328i ($34,600). The Volvo also comes backed by a five-year/60,000-mile Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance plan, which is a full year and 10,000 miles more than that of the BMW.
 
Come in today to test drive the clear winner and drive away with more.

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