2001 Volvo S80

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$38,150

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2001 Volvo S80

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Overview

3 trims

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2001 Volvo S80 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The front-drive S80 arrived in 1999 as Volvo’s new flagship sedan, replacing the rear-drive S90. Volvo is using the S80’s front-drive platform as the basis for the 2001 S60 sedan and V70 station wagon, and parent company Ford is considering using the platform for other new models.

Later this model year, Volvo’s satellite-based On Call Plus communication service will become optional, using an integrated cell phone to summon emergency services after an accident. Volvo plans to add travel directions in the near future.

Exterior
The S80 looks dramatically different than its squared-off predecessors because it was designed only as a sedan. Previously, Volvo designed its boxlike 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 is accented by a prominent V-shape molded 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 contrast 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 tall passengers, even with the optional sunroof, and 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 inline-six with twin turbochargers and 268 hp. 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 fore or aft.

Safety
The S80 has an impressive list of safety features: antilock 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 curtain-type airbags, which extend from the front roof pillar to the rear pillar and drop down from above the windows.

Also standard is the WHIPS protection system, which moves the front seatbacks and headrests rearward to minimize whiplash in a rear-end collision.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 3.7
  • Performance 3.5
  • Value for the money 3.1
  • Exterior styling 3.8
  • Reliability 2.9

Most recent consumer reviews

4.1

Cheaper than a Cadillac

I would recommend people to buy them instead of them ended up in the junkyard fix them they are nice cars in joy once I started driving it feels just like a Cadillac people might think I'm crazy but very comfortable ride an affordable

4.1

Great Value Volvo 4 Door Sedan

Owner from beginning. Been reliable, comfortable and very nice car. We are glad we bought it. I think it would be a good serviceable car for someone who is looking for a bargain!

4.1

So Far So Good

This car was what I expected, ran very smooth for the price and had little physical damage. It was everything I was looking for in a first car.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volvo
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
5 years/unlimited miles , upgradeable up to 10 years
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
170- plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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