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2012 Volvo S80

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$8,022 — $17,666 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
22-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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(4.9) 7 reviews

The Good

  • Available AWD
  • Luxurious interior
  • Smooth-shifting automatic

The Bad

  • Trunk space is tight
  • Backseat a bit cramped
  • Boring exterior styling
2012 Volvo S80 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Volvo S80
  • Available turbocharged six-cylinder engine
  • Available AWD
  • Many high-end safety features
  • New Premier Plus and Platinum trims

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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...

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

What drivers are saying

4.9
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

whoosaah..I love this car

by VolvoLove from Galesburg Illinois on August 25, 2018

Luxury. Safe. Stylish. Sleek. What more can I say...this car is sharp. pleasure to drive (and be seen in) but don't tell anyone I said that. Read full review

(5.0)

Volvo S80 T6 - a wolf in sheeps clothing

by Volvolover from Newton MA on January 20, 2018

Fast, powerful, quiet, supremely comfortable. I live this car! Timeless styling, all the options. And the safest car in the road. - I love this car. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Volvo S80 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Volvo S80 3.2

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volvo

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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