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Volvo S80 D3 vs Audi A6 vs Merc CDI vs BMW 520d

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The cars you see here are for looking to buy a big luxury car, but necessarily feel the need to in a big petrol or diesel motor. of these cars are more to give precedence to comfort, at the back and driving dynamics come into focus on the Sunday drive.

Until the options included the BMW 520d at Rs lakh, the Mercedes-Benz E220 CDI at Rs lakh and the Audi A6 2.0 TDI at Rs 38.99 (all ex-showroom, Delhi). But now has put a spanner in the wheels of the German with the introduction of an S80 with a D3 engine. Prices for the Volvo at Rs 36.8lakh, which makes the imported Swede a bit cheaper its locally assembled rivals. So how the Volvo compare with its established competition? We find

Different strokes

The S80 is the oldest car and that is visible in its design. conservative, but does have an elegance about it. The clearly ‘V’ on the bonnet looks and the broad-shouldered stance gives the S80 a presence.

The A6 is the longest and widest car However its slim pillars and skinning do well to mask its Details like the tightly cut sweeping roof and elongated work to give the A6 its distinct It’s a pity the brilliantly full-LED headlamps cost a Rs 2.79 lakh extra.

The E-class’ quartet of headlamps been carried over and from the W210 model, you can identify the car from a mile However, the tipped-forward stance the big E look uncharacteristically athletic. said the Merc still manages to look the most here.

The kidney grille, lights, kinked quarter and L-shaped taillight are traditional BMW on the latest 5-series. It may make it like a shrunken 7-series, but by no is that a bad thing.


The S80 cabin is a nice place to be, but in company it just doesn’t special enough. The glovebox for example, lacks the damped of the German cars here. are some nice bits to of though. The wafer-thin ‘floating’ console is unique, and the buttons for airflow, shaped like a figure, are intuitive to use.

The A6’s wraparound dash on the hand is reminiscent of a luxury All surfaces are swathed in quality that feel superior to what’s on offer in the Bimmer and the The multimedia screen also has the resolution here and what’s is the way it tucks behind the AC vents not in use.

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The Mercedes cabin may not as contemporary as the Audi’s, but it does a solid feel. Its dashboard is though there is a mishmash of on the centre console. In stark to the Merc, BMW follows a more theme. There are fewer and many functions are controlled by the system. If anything, it’s the dashboard that takes getting used to.

It’s when you take the that you realise that the front seats are positioned a bit too up even on their lowest The smartly bolstered seats are really comfortable. Finding a driving position in the A6 however is easy and the front seats, not too large, offer great The slim pillars and low dash translate to excellent visibility out of the The three-pointed star seen the driver’s perch in the E is always a sight and what adds to the here are the terrific seats. will also love the and comfort on offer at the helm of the

Sadly, it’s also the BMW is least comfortable for rear And that’s got nothing to do with the It’s the front seat-backs are too in-your-face, the protruding central on the roof and rising window that are to blame for the claustrophobic here. And that’s a shame, as the 5 has the longest wheelbase of these

The Volvo on the other hand really airy in the back. got ample width along a low central tunnel so it is the most for the middle-seat passenger. The nicely seat also offers support to your back, thigh support isn’t all good.

The Audi is the only car to feature a separate dual-zone control for the back and there is good space to be had here. The is a touch too low, which thigh support and also getting in and out a bit of a task.

The Merc’s seats as always are very and there is also more ample leg, head and room. What Mercedes to look into with is the air conditioning for the rear seat. It doesn’t cool quick and that’s a big letdown on hot days.

In terms of equipment, the Audi with the longest list of equipment, followed by the BMW, and Volvo. All these cars come with a whole lot of features.

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