Volvo S80 Review

The Volvo S80 may be an unassuming executive saloon car, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an excellent choice for buyers who are looking for some dependability, efficiency and sturdiness. Thanks to the addition of the brand’s Drive-E 2.0-litre D4 diesel, the new Volvo S80 is more efficient than ever before. Let’s take a closer look at what it offers.


Whether drivers will plump for the Volvo S80 will come down to what they want from their executive saloon. If you want safety and unrivalled economy, as well as powerful engines, the Volvo S80 should be right up your street. True, it doesn’t handle quite like a BMW 5 Series. Even if you opt for the Lowered Sports Chassis, you won’t be able to compete with a 5 Series. Not even if you go for Active Four-C adaptive dampers either. But this is certainly not one of the Volvo S80 problems because, honestly, which executive saloon can compete with the 5 Series in terms of handling? None. And which executive saloon can compete with the Volvo S80 in terms of safety, economy and power? None! Zero. Zilch.

Your Volvo S80 choices include the Volvo S80 V8, as well as the Volvo S80 T6, whilst the four cylinder D2 and the 2.0-litre D4 are other options. The D4 returns great fuel figures of 70mpg and can get to 60mph from rest in 8.4 seconds on its way to 140mph.

Entertaining Ride

The Volvo S80 doesn’t look radically different to last time around, with changes amounting to little more than minor revisions. Slip inside, though, and you’ll find some differences that bring an air of refreshment to the proceedings. An adaptive digital display has been added which allows drivers to customise the way their instrument panel looks, whilst the Sensus Connected Touch infotainment system is also a new addition that comes with a 7” centre touchscreen and microphone which allows you to hook up to the Internet. From here you can use apps, such as Spotify, to enhance your in-car entertainment. Room-wise, there is enough space to easily accommodate five adults for longer journeys, whilst the boot is home to a brilliant capacity of 422-litres.

Facts and Figures

Volvo S80 deals start out from around £30,000, whilst you’ll be able to get hold of a used Volvo S80 for a shade less. There are two trim levels to choose from, SE NAV and SE LUX, whilst standard equipment on all models includes alloys, electronic climate control, cruise control and a pretty cool stereo entertainment pack. Volvo, as always, have focused on safety too, and your cash gets you a Brake Support setup, a Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection system, and a Collision Warning System – as well as a whole host of other useful features. If you opt for the D4 Drive-E diesel variant, you’ll be treated to 70.6mpg, the ability to get to 60mph from rest in 8.1 seconds, whilst you’ll be emitting just 109g/km of CO2.

Final Thoughts

If you like your executive saloons to be dynamic and exciting, the Volvo S80 won’t be for you. Forget about it. But if you prefer to take into consideration factors such as running costs, safety, practicality and dependability, the Volvo S80 cannot be beaten in its sector. Moreover, it has style, elegance and great build quality too. If you think about it, this car is the thinking person’s choice. You know it makes sense.

If you want to get hold of the new Volvo S80 don’t hesitate to leave us a message on our contact page, or give us a call on 01903 538835 to find out more about our Volvo lease deals.

Will Titterington

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