2010 Volvo S80 | new car review

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 by








The S80 is a large luxury sedan that aims to offer the discerning buyer an alternative to the premium German marques.

The latest generation of S80 was introduced in 2006 and promises luxury, comfort and performance for driver and passengers alike.

Three version of the S80 are on sale (in the UAE), all of which are pretty highly specced. The entry-level model – if you can call it that – is the 2.5 T Premium, which is powered by a four-cylinder, 2.5-litre engine that produces 228bhp and drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Features of the model include ventilated, cooled leather seats and cruise control, as well as a six CD changer, parking sensors front and rear and satellite navigation. Bluetooth phone connectivity and a sun roof are also included.

The next model up is the T6 R-Design, which gets its power from a 3.0-litre straight six. Two turbochargers help to produce 281bhp, which are sent to all four wheels. This model features a sportier chassis as well as sat nav, bi-xenon headlights and keyless entry.

The top-spec model is the V8 Executive, powered by a 4.4-litre V8 that makes 311bhp and is also four-wheel drive. Its features include softer leather upholstery, active cruise control, a fridge and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Safety features abound on most Volvos, and the S80 is no exception. As well everything expected from a moden car, the R-Design features a Blind Spot Information System that warns of cars hidden from view. The Executive model features a collision warning feature and lane departure warning, which alerts the driver should he or she inadvertently wander over the white lines on a highway.

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