2015 Volvo S80 | New Car Review
* Safety features are spot on
* In dire need of a complete overhaul
The Volvo S80 has been around since 1998, and in the past seventeen years, it really hasn’t changed all that much. Currently in its second generation, the S80 is a lot like an Ikea lunch on a busy afternoon; sloppy and drab, even. Only undergoing minor nips and tucks since the year 2006, the Swede definitely isn’t a worthy contender for any design awards, unless there’s one out there for consistency.
Unlike the prosaic exterior, the interior is home to an abundance of fine leather and dark wood trim. In traditional Volvo flair, it’s all exceptionally well put together, and a little unique at the same time. It’s a neat combination that we’ve come to expect from the brand.
Being a Volvo, there’s no shortage of safety features on the S80. It packs in everything from City Safety and Collision Warning with full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection, right up to a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) to warn you if any other vehicle is moving into your blind spot.
What’s on offer?
Powered by a 3.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the 2015 Volvo S80 is good for 304 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. Directing its grunt through a six speed automatic transmission to an All Wheel Drive layout, the Swedish sedan dispatches 100 km/h from a standstill in just 6.4 seconds.
The S80 does not come cheap and will set you back a princely sum of AED 199,900, but before you walk away, keep in mind that its rivals include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus GS, and Audi A6. Having said that, its price is in line with the competition, however, it’d be hard if not possible to convince someone to pass up the Mercedes-Benz E-Class for a Volvo S80.
|Specifications||2015 Volvo S80 T6|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.0 litre turbocharged / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|304 hp @ 5,600 RPM|
|440 Nm @ 4,200 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||6.4 secs|