Gallery at bottom Known for their beautiful, safe and reliable cars, Volvo proved they are still living up to that reputation with the S80! The S80's 2007 redesign smoothed out and simplified the language, which is conservative but upmarket. The Platinum package includes the Premier Plus items and adds active bi-xenon headlamps, a rearview camera, a premium 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, a navigation system and voice controls. On base models, you instead get a 240-hp straight-six and front-wheel drive. It goes without saying that the Volvo S80 carries a full range of safety features. While this capacity is not huge, the fold-down rear seatbacks and trunk pass-through give it some additional flexibility when the need to carry longer items arises.
Make sure you tell him Greg and Dave sent you! The leather upholstery doesn't let you down either; it's a good mid-point between plush and durable enough for family use. This version of the S80 was priced lower than comparable European luxury cars, but that doesn't necessarily make Volvo's flagship sedan a bargain. This service will be performed free of charge. Also new is a sport mode, and a few extra colors. Exterior Volvo says Scandinavian luxury is accessible, elegant and intelligent without being elitist. And that's true especially from the outside.
As the flagship of the Volvo line, the S80 showcases the curvier new side of Volvo, but in a somewhat more conservative—some might say prestige-oriented—way. My car continues to lavish with the Inscription package, bringing the full soft leather treatment, leather covered dash, this incredible walnut wood steering wheel and other niceties. The front seats of the Volvo felt surprisingly small for this segment. This is a combination we actually like for its straightforward presentation as a well-equipped luxury car; and as that, it's surprisingly nimble, maneuverable, and economical. Use our tools to calculate monthly payments or figure out which cars you can afford. With its Pirellis occasionally squealing in protest, the S80 proved safe and grippy, if ultimately short of entertaining. That T6 engine feels plenty potent in the S80, too, in a sedan that is roughly 200 pounds heavier than the S60.
And there's a new Tunnel Detection feature for the headlamps. Once seen as the company that built safe and square, but unexciting machines, Volvo is nowadays regarded as a style leader and it was the big S80 sedan that led the way. A big trunk appears ready to swallow anything Ikea can offer. However, as with every , the S80's real strength is the extra peace of mind that comes with knowing that you and your passengers are protected by a suite of the most advanced safety features on the road. Rear seat riders don't get acres of leg room, but they do get their own butt warmers. A compact V8 engine was also introduced during that 2007 revitalisation.
Look for smoke from the exhaust at the same time when the engine has been idling for a while then accelerated hard. The interior was particularly impressive and many described at is being almost be a Swedish lounge room in its concept. Units Affected 286 The Honda Element and Ridgeline are both being recalled this week for separate issues, while the Lamborghini Gallardo has been recalled for leaking pipes. There's one front-page story for the 2013 Volvo S80 that can't bear enough emphasis: It has great seats. And with an available Technology Package, you can step up to a suite of radar- and camera-related active-safety features including Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, Adaptive Cruise Control, Distance Alert, and a Lane Departure Warning system. If it's comfort, safety and advanced technology in a more understated wrapper, we think you'll find the 2013 Volvo S80 a perfectly sensible choice. Driving Impressions The 2013 Volvo S80's 3.
Volvo's 'floating' center stack—a thin panel that houses a high-end audio system, with extra storage behind—remains unrivaled for functionality and style. Available features include heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a sunroof, navigation, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, driver alertness monitoring and a system that scans road signs and gives the driver alerts based on speed limits and other traffic information. A host of new standard features have been added as well, such as rain sensing wipers and Tunnel Detection for the headlights. You give up a lot for the all-wheel-drive model—2 mpg in the city, and 3 mpg on the highway—and we're not sure it's worth it unless you truly need the snow-driving security. Its 0-to-60mph time of 6.
On the other hand, this low-effort handling style matched very well with the very low overall in-cabin noise levels we experienced. This engine was a clever five-cylinder unit. The six-speed automatic transmission might be down a gear or two compared to some rivals, but it still fired off quick, smooth shifts when called upon. All information provided by J. There's one front-page story for the 2013 Volvo S80 that can't bear enough emphasis: It has great seats.
Again, it all feels very artificial, though. Heated rear seats, dual active xenon headlamps, and a dynamic suspension system are among the features offered in other major packages--Climate heated front and rear seats, heated headlamp washers, rain-sensor wipers , Inscription leather, ventilated seats, walnut trim , and Technology adaptive cruise, collision warning with Full Auto Brake, Distance Alert, Driver Alert Control, and Lane Departure Warning. New for 2013 Volvo adds standard headlight washers, rain-sensing windshield wipers and push-button start to the S80. I highly recommend the Inscription package for the full effect. Those in back will be happy, too. Ride comfort is excellent and the Volvo S80 does an excellent job of cocooning its occupants from the outside world.