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 Acura TL and Audi A6.
New for 2013
Volvo adds standard headlight washers, rain-sensing windshield wipers and push-button start to the S80. In addition, the Premium Plus trim gains adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights.
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
  • Standard rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Standard headlight washers
  • Optional heated windshield-washer nozzles
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge 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 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
  • Optional leather-covered dashboard
  • Optional navigation system with real-time traffic info

Under the Hood
In 2011, Volvo cut back on the number of engine and drivetrain combinations available and has stuck with that plan since. 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
Available safety 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