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By Cars.com Staff
July 7, 2009
Vehicle Overview Touting "Scandinavian luxury" as its defining attribute, the flagship sedan combines traditional Volvo lines with high-tech safety features typical of the brand. The S80 comes in 3.2, T6 and V8 trims. All-wheel drive is also available. Competitors include the BMW 528, Audi A6 and Saab 9-5.
New for 2010 There are no significant changes for 2010.
Exterior Volvo says Scandinavian luxury is accessible, elegant and intelligent without being elitist. Volvo has shaken the boxy look it made famous by giving the S80 a curvier, sleeker appearance with a slightly sportier profile, yet still an unmistakably Volvo design. Exterior dimensions come in at 191.0 inches long and 73.3 inches wide. That's about on par with the 528, but the A6 is longer and the 9-5 is slimmer.
Available 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
Standard power, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
Optional heated windshield-washer nozzles
Optional headlight washer
Optional xenon headlights with articulating lenses
Interior The S80's center controls sit on a thin metal panel pioneered in the S40 compact sedan. Luxurious touches include standard real wood trim with an optional wood steering wheel, optional massaging front seats and a rear refrigerator with two crystal glasses. The back bench has a standard 60/40-split folding function for increased cargo capacity. Passenger volume comes in at 97.7 cubic feet. Cargo space is 14.9 cubic feet, which is more than the 528 and 9-5 but lags behind the A6.
Standard leather steering wheel, shifter, brake handle and seating upholstery
Standard wireless phone connectivity
Optional moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control
Optional heated front and rear seats
Optional upgraded Dynaudio sound system
Optional dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system (screens integrated into headrests)
Optional navigation system with real-time traffic controls
Under the Hood The S80 is the first Volvo sedan with an available V-8 engine. The Volvo S80 has a turbocharged six-cylinder in the T6 trim, which sits between the base six-cylinder and the top-of-the-line V8 trim level. All three engines use a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift functionality. All-wheel drive is standard with the V-8 and turbo six-cylinder; the base six-cylinder gets front-wheel drive.
235-horsepower, 3.2-liter six-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
281-hp, 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder with 295 pounds-feet of torque
311-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 with 325 pounds-feet of torque
Six-speed automatic transmission
Front- or all-wheel drive
Safety In addition to the standard safety features, available safety features include a blind spot warning system, which checks adjacent lanes for unnoticed cars, and a collision warning system that monitors the speed of traffic ahead and warns drivers of impending rear-end collisions.
Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
Standard antilock braking system with hydraulic brake assist
Optional adaptive cruise control
Optional lane departure warning system
Optional park assist and parking-assistance camera
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