Having owned Volvo's previously (240's and 740's), I had an idea what to expect. Comfort, safety, reliability. Yes, the S80 is far more attractively styled, and it is also in a completely different cl...
Having owned Volvo's previously (240's and 740's), I had an idea what to expect. Comfort, safety, reliability. Yes, the S80 is far more attractively styled, and it is also in a completely different class of comfort. And this particular S-80, with a turbocharged 3 liter under the hood? If you need to say 'See ya later', very few vehicles have the last word in that brief conversation.
The S-80 is a typical large Euro sedan, it's nearest cousins are the German BMW 7 series and the Audi 6 series. But it seems built to get you to your destination relaxed. The handling is absolutely fine. The S-80 may not corner as tightly as it's cousins, but the drive-ability is superb, and perfectly suited to the U.S. interstate system.
Interior comfort, seats, road noise, and creature comforts are what would be expected of a luxury sedan. Volvo's seats are famously comfortable. They're not racing style buckets, but do support the body and back very, very well, including a touch of lateral support commensurate with the degree to which one would wish to make hard corner turns in such a plush sedan. Really now, do you see me playing silly racing games?
That said, acceleration is superb. The T6 provides an ample 280+ horsepower, and unfortunately, one pays a small price in gas mileage. Every gallon of gas will get you 20 miles, and each one of them is a pleasure.
In conclusion, the S-80 is a full-size, fully considered luxury sedan. It's quite a serious vehicle for serious people, and yet it manages to be quite fun when one is in the mood.