2006 Volvo S80

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Volvo S80. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    208-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed automatic
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Solid, substantial feel
  • Passenger space
  • Ride comfort
  • Driving ease
  • IIHS frontal crash-test ratings

The Bad

  • Navigation-screen readability
  • Cryptic controls
  • Price

Notable Features of the 2006 Volvo S80

  • Turbocharged inline-five
  • More standard equipment for 2006
  • Abundant safety features
  • Available AWD

2006 Volvo S80 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Volvo's flagship sedan was introduced for the 1999 model year and got a mildly freshened appearance for 2004. The front fascia was reworked, and the grille surround was re-profiled for a gentler transition to the bodyside cladding. Fog lamps were added, and the grille contained a square-mesh pattern.

More important to buyers in the Snow Belt, the 2004 lineup gained an available all-wheel-drive version. The system works automatically, transferring power to the rear wheels only when the front tires have lost traction.

Volvo's Four-C active chassis became optional for front-wheel-drive sedans in 2005. A new Sport package for 2.5T models in 2005 included sport seats and 17-inch Interceptor alloy wheels.

For 2006, the T6 and T6 Premier editions are no longer offered, leaving only 2.5T and 2.5T AWD models with more standard equipment. Premium and Sport option packages have been dropped, but their contents — including leather seating surfaces, a power glass moonroof, genuine wood inlays, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, a power passenger seat, 17-inch wheels and watch dial instrumentation — are now standard.

Volvo says a new Instant Traction all-wheel-drive system for the 2006 2.5T AWD sedan "instantly delivers up to 50 percent more torque to the rear axle only when needed."


Exterior
Partly because it was designed specifically as a sedan, the S80 looks dramatically different than its squared-off predecessors. The compact grille extends forward and is ...
Vehicle Overview
Volvo's flagship sedan was introduced for the 1999 model year and got a mildly freshened appearance for 2004. The front fascia was reworked, and the grille surround was re-profiled for a gentler transition to the bodyside cladding. Fog lamps were added, and the grille contained a square-mesh pattern.

More important to buyers in the Snow Belt, the 2004 lineup gained an available all-wheel-drive version. The system works automatically, transferring power to the rear wheels only when the front tires have lost traction.

Volvo's Four-C active chassis became optional for front-wheel-drive sedans in 2005. A new Sport package for 2.5T models in 2005 included sport seats and 17-inch Interceptor alloy wheels.

For 2006, the T6 and T6 Premier editions are no longer offered, leaving only 2.5T and 2.5T AWD models with more standard equipment. Premium and Sport option packages have been dropped, but their contents — including leather seating surfaces, a power glass moonroof, genuine wood inlays, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, a power passenger seat, 17-inch wheels and watch dial instrumentation — are now standard.

Volvo says a new Instant Traction all-wheel-drive system for the 2006 2.5T AWD sedan "instantly delivers up to 50 percent more torque to the rear axle only when needed."


Exterior
Partly because it was designed specifically as a sedan, the S80 looks dramatically different than its squared-off predecessors. The compact grille extends forward and is accented by a prominent V shape molded into the hood. A sharply raked back window has nearly the same angle as the windshield. Crisp rear creases are in sharp contrast with the rounded front of the car. Built on a 109.9-inch wheelbase, the S80 measures 190.9 inches long overall.

Interior
Volvo's largest sedan is categorized as a midsize passenger car, but its spacious interior makes some other luxury sedans look small by comparison. Even with a sunroof, headroom is ample for tall passengers. Rear-seat occupants enjoy generous legroom and foot space. Large side windows provide excellent views. Leather seating surfaces, power front seats and dual-zone electronic climate control are standard.

Even though the trunk lid opens more than 90 degrees, the opening isn't particularly large. Still, the cargo floor is long, wide and flat. Trunks hold 14.4 cubic feet of cargo. Split rear seatbacks fold flat without the need to remove the head restraints. Each rear head restraint folds down with the push of a dashboard button. A navigation system with a pop-up video screen is available.


Under the Hood
Both front- and all-wheel-drive 2.5T models hold a 208-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder that produces 236 pounds-feet of torque and works with a five-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes, traction control, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain-type airbags are standard. A Whiplash Protection Seating System moves the front seatbacks rearward in a rear-end collision. Dynamic Stability and Traction Control is optional.

Driving Impressions
Understated and elegant, the S80 is spacious throughout and delivers a smooth, easy ride. Automatic-transmission shifts are smooth yet noticeable. The easy-to-drive S80 promises excellent control and precise handling, but the available navigation system's screen is difficult to read.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable car I've owned. Great car.

by JennyMac from Wake Forest on July 7, 2018

This is a great reliable car, I had mine for 9 years and it never left me stranded. Volvo's are known for their reliability and that's why I bought another one! Read full review

(4.0)

Enjoying driving this luxury car, handles well!

by Auntie Pamela from Yorkville, Il on September 27, 2017

This was a good purchase, great suspension, smooth ride, well crafted luxury appointments, & solid composition. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Volvo S80 currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Volvo S80 has not been tested.

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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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