2000 Volvo S80

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Key Specs

of the 2000 Volvo S80. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    197-hp, 2.9-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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2000 Volvo S80 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Volvo redesigned its flagship model for 1999, trading rear-wheel drive for front-wheel drive and dropping the S90 moniker in favor of S80.

When the S80 luxury sedan was introduced, Sweden-based Volvo was an independent company. Now it is owned by Ford, though both the brand name and the S80 model will continue.

Volvo will unveil a new station wagon based on the S80's front-drive platform at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in January, though the company has not released the name or other details.

Exterior
The S80 looks dramatically different from its squared-off predecessor because it was designed only as a sedan. Previously, Volvo designed its box-like station wagons first and then changed the sheet metal at the rear to create the sedans.

The S80's grille is further forward and more compact than the S90's and accented by a prominent V shape carved into the hood, a Volvo styling signature. The sharply raked rear window has nearly the same angle as the windshield. Large taillights and crisp creases give the rear sharp contrasts to the trim, rounded front.

Interior
The S80's spacious interior makes some other luxury sedans look small by comparison. There is ample headroom for six footers even with the optional sunroof. Rear passengers enjoy generous legroom and space for their feet under the front seats. The trunk opening is not that large, despite a lid that opens more than 90 degrees, but the cargo floor is long, wide and fl...
Vehicle Overview
Volvo redesigned its flagship model for 1999, trading rear-wheel drive for front-wheel drive and dropping the S90 moniker in favor of S80.

When the S80 luxury sedan was introduced, Sweden-based Volvo was an independent company. Now it is owned by Ford, though both the brand name and the S80 model will continue.

Volvo will unveil a new station wagon based on the S80's front-drive platform at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in January, though the company has not released the name or other details.

Exterior
The S80 looks dramatically different from its squared-off predecessor because it was designed only as a sedan. Previously, Volvo designed its box-like station wagons first and then changed the sheet metal at the rear to create the sedans.

The S80's grille is further forward and more compact than the S90's and accented by a prominent V shape carved into the hood, a Volvo styling signature. The sharply raked rear window has nearly the same angle as the windshield. Large taillights and crisp creases give the rear sharp contrasts to the trim, rounded front.

Interior
The S80's spacious interior makes some other luxury sedans look small by comparison. There is ample headroom for six footers even with the optional sunroof. Rear passengers enjoy generous legroom and space for their feet under the front seats. The trunk opening is not that large, despite a lid that opens more than 90 degrees, but the cargo floor is long, wide and flat. The split rear seatbacks release from inside the trunk and fold flat without removing the headrests.

Large windows provide an excellent view to the front and sides, and the rear headrests fold down with the push of a dashboard button for a clear view directly back.

Under the Hood
The S80 2.9 uses a 2.9-liter, inline six-cylinder engine with 197 horsepower, and the T-6 model has a 2.8-liter six with twin turbochargers and 268 horsepower. Both engines are mounted transversely and are hitched to a four-speed automatic transmission. On the T-6 the transmission is called Geartronic and allows manual gear changes by pushing the shift lever forward or back.

Safety
The S80 has an impressive list of safety features: Anti-lock brakes, traction control, three-point shoulder belts with pretensioners at all five seating positions and side-impact airbags for the front seats. The S80 also has Volvo's Inflatable Curtain sideguard airbags, which extend from the front roof pillar to the rear pillar and drop down from above the windows.

Also standard is the Whiplash Protection System, which moves the front seatbacks and headrests backward to minimize whiplash in a rear-end collision.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Nicest luxury car I've owned.

by thetom from Chicago land area, IL on November 6, 2017

Like it much so far and it has options I've never experienced. Well made and luxurious. It is extremely quiet and runs exceptionally smooth. Read full review

(5.0)

Volvo - reliable, safe and stylish

by Hcook from Ocean, NJ on May 2, 2017

2000 Volvo s80 has been dependable and has a very comfortable ride. Exterior looks new as car has been kept in the garage and runs well. A good buy. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2000 Volvo S80 currently has 5 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S80 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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