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  • (4.8) 5 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $7,629–$22,521
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 22-24
  • Engine: 240-hp, 3.2-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Volvo S80

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Volvo S80

What We Don't Like

  • Trunk space is tight
  • Backseat a bit cramped
  • Boring exterior styling

Notable Features

  • Available turbocharged six-cylinder engine
  • Available AWD
  • Many high-end safety features
  • New Premier Plus and Platinum trims

2012 Volvo S80 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Touting "Scandinavian luxury" as its defining attribute, Volvo's flagship sedan combines traditional Volvo lines with high-tech safety features typical of the brand. The S80 seats five, and all-wheel drive is available. Competitors include the BMW 528i, Audi A6 and Saab 9-5.

New for 2012
Volvo adds Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels for both the S80 3.2 and T6 models, expanding the lineup to six trims. Premier Plus features include front and rear parking sensors, a garage door opener, a compass in the rearview mirror and keyless start. The Platinum trim includes those features plus a premium stereo, navigation system and a backup camera. City Safety, which applies the brakes to avoid collisions at less than 19 mph, is a new standard feature, and a pedestrian detection system that automatically applies the brakes is a new option.

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 heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional heated windshield-washer nozzles
  • Optional headlight washers
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with articulating lenses
  • Optional leather-covered dashboard


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 a wood-accented steering wheel. The back bench has a standard 60/40-split folding function for increased cargo capacity. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, shifter and brake handle
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Optional moonroof
  • Optional heated front and rear seats
  • Optional ventilated front seats
  • Available navigation system with real-time traffic info


Under the Hood
For 2011, Volvo cut back on the number of engine and drivetrain combinations available and is sticking with that plan for 2012. Mechanical features include:

  • 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter six-cylinder (3.2)
  • 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (T6)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive for 3.2, all-wheel drive for T6


Safety
In addition to the standard safety features, available features include a blind spot warning system, which checks adjacent lanes for unnoticed cars, a collision warning system that monitors the speed of traffic ahead and warns the driver of an impending rear-end collision, and pedestrian detection with automatic braking. Other safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard antilock brakes with hydraulic brake assist
  • Standard City Safety accident avoidance system
  • Optional adaptive cruise control
  • Optional lane departure warning system

 

Consumer Reviews

(4.8)

Average based on 5 reviews

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Best pre-owned car purchased

by Mitch from Yardley, PA on September 30, 2017

I've had the car now for 3 years and no issues whatsoever---great value and the Volvo pre-owned warranty program is the best ever.

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6 Trims Available

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2012 Volvo S80 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo S80 3.2

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo S80 3.2

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


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Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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