2011 Volvo S80

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$36,950

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2011 Volvo S80
2011 Volvo S80

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Available AWD
  • Luxurious interior
  • Smooth-shifting automatic

The bad:

  • Trunk space is tight
  • Rear seats a bit cramped
  • Boring exterior styling

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Turbocharged six-cylinder
  • Available AWD
  • Many high-end safety features
  • Competitive price

2011 Volvo S80 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Touting “Scandinavian luxury” as its defining attribute, the flagship sedan combines traditional Volvo lines with high-tech safety features typical of the brand. All-wheel drive is also available. Competitors include the BMW 528, Audi A6 and Saab 9-5.

New for 2011
Volvo has dropped the V-8 all-wheel-drive option, leaving the S80 with either a 3.0- or 3.2-liter V-6 engine.  The Executive Package has been dropped, but a new Inscription Package of interior accents has been added.

Exterior
Volvo says Scandinavian luxury is accessible, elegant and intelligent without being elitist. Volvo has shaken the boxy look it made famous by giving the S80 a curvier, sleeker appearance with a slightly sportier profile, yet still an unmistakably Volvo design. Exterior features include:

  • Available 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power-operated and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional heated windshield-washer nozzles
  • Optional headlight washer
  • Optional xenon headlights with articulating lenses

Interior
The S80’s center controls sit on a thin metal panel pioneered in the S40 compact sedan. Luxurious touches include optional real wood trim with wood steering wheel. The back bench has a standard 60/40-split folding function for increased cargo capacity. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather steering wheel, shifter and brake handle
  • Standard wireless phone connectivity
  • Optional moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional heated front and rear seats
  • Optional upgraded sound system
  • Optional navigation system with real-time traffic info

Under the Hood
For 2011, Volvo has cut back on the number of engines and drivetrains available. Mechanical features include:

  • 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter six-cylinder 
  • 300-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder 
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

Safety
In addition to the standard safety features, available safety features include a blind spot warning system, which checks adjacent lanes for unnoticed cars, and a collision warning system that monitors the speed of traffic ahead and warns drivers of impending rear-end collisions. Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock braking system with hydraulic brake assist
  • Optional adaptive cruise control
  • Optional lane departure warning system
  • Optional park assist and parking-assistance camera

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

I love my car. I bought it new in 2010

I love this car! It's sleek, reliable and comfortable! I hope it runs forever! It's too bad that this car isn't manufactured anymore. I only wish we would have bought the all wheel drive.

4.6

Practical luxury sedan

Just purchased this S80 3.2l and have been driving it for a little under a month, including the 9 hour trip home from the lot I bought it from, which I was Abit nervous about doing in a used car with 177000km. So far I am very impressed. It's no race car, but having a family, I was not looking for one.. it's a 9 year old sedan, but still looks good and performs well. I spent close to a year researching many different makes and models. I wanted luxury and reliability without the costly trips to the mechanic ( German auto makers ) I also wanted something different that had character unlike the Japanese car makers. The S80 checked both boxes. I would have preferred the T6 awd version , but the ones in my price range all had well over 200 000kms. The interior is well layed out and simple to use. The only negative so far is the blind spot monitoring system. It dose not work at all when it rains. 10 - 11 hours of highway travel on 1 tank of gas is always a bonus. If you are worried about cost of ownership, find a good independent Volvo mechanic, and buy any parts online ( not from a dealership )

5.0

Best car I've ever had!

I bought this car used and was a little nervous about the cost to own factor. But it has been very reliable and affordable. No issues at all so far and I have been driving it for 3 years. It's comfortable and timeless design will make it a car I will keep for years! I may never drive another one!

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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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