2001 Volvo S80

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Key Specs

of the 2001 Volvo S80. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-23 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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2001 Volvo S80 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 ...
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
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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.9)
Performance
(3.6)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(2.8)
Value For The Money
(2.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great Value Volvo 4 Door Sedan

by John K from Folsom California on April 25, 2018

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! Read full review

(4.0)

So Far So Good

by Dferraj from Worcester, MA on August 6, 2017

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. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2001 Volvo S80 currently has 6 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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