A lesson in Swedish serenity.
With the S80, Volvo has fully embraced modern Swedish minimalism. No longer a box on wheels like Volvos of yore, the S80’s exterior design is clean and inoffensive, so much so that it doesn’t really stand out on the road or at the valet stand. The cabin is Zen-like in its silence and simple design, although the controls could be more intuitive. As with all Volvos, the seats are incredibly comfortable and supportive — if you have a bad back, this could be the perfect car for you. The front-wheel-drive 3.2 models come with a capable in-line six that produces 240 hp. The all-wheel-drive T6s are powered by the same smooth turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line six found in the S60 T6. In either iteration, the S80 emphasizes comfort over sport, but a firmer chassis option is available on the T6. As is to be expected from Volvo, high-tech safety features are numerous. Volvo’s City Safety system is standard; and blind-spot monitoring and pedestrian detection are optional. Both City Safety and the pedestrian-detection system automatically apply the brakes in an attempt to avoid a collision. The Volvo S80 checks all the buttons a flagship sedan should, with comfort, spaciousness, capability, and safety combined in one stylish package.
new for 2013
Keyless Drive, rain-sensing windshield wipers, tunnel-detecting headlights, and headlight washers are standard for 2013, as is a new, illuminated gearshift lever. Technology-package-equipped cars now have road-sign information and automatic high-beams. There are two new exterior colors: magic blue metallic and twilight bronze metallic.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard, as is City Safety. Blind-spot monitoring and pedestrian detection are optional.
High level of safety technology
Controls are not intuitive
So inoffensive you might consider it boring
Base Price Range: $39,845–$47,695
DRIVE: Front-wheel, 4-wheel
TRIM LEVELS: 3.2, 3.2 Premier Plus, 3.2 Platinum, T6 AWD, T6 AWD Premier Plus, T6 AWD Platinum
BODY STYLE: Sedan, 5-passenger
ENGINES: 3.0L turbo I-6, 300 hp, 325 lb-ft
3.2L I-6, 240 hp, 236 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: 98.6 cu ft
CARGO SPACE: 14.9 cu ft