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2007 Volvo S80

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2007 Volvo S80 Review

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Once upon a time, Volvos were relatively uninspiring boxes with a reputation for safety and ruggedness — but their only "style" was the very lack of style. Then, less than decade ago, the brand began a life-altering transformation, converting from rear- to front-wheel drive and from boxy to stylish, inside and out. Then came upscale elements of performance, luxury and athletic handling. Today's entire Volvo line, small to large, reflects these qualities, in addition to the marque's continuing signature obsession with safety. Though pricier than comparable domestic and Japanese sedans, Volvos offer lower price tags than those of German competitors.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a more functional, Swedish-style take on luxury than is offered by the German or Japanese luxury models, the Volvo S80 delivers.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If the leading edge performance of a European sports sedan tops your wish list, you might find the S80 to be just off the pace, while if roominess is your thing several domestic and Japanese nameplates offer more for less.

What's Significant About This Car?

Volvo's all-new second-generation S80 flagship sedan offers everything fans of European cars expect, plus a couple of key safety features — Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) and Blind Spot Information system (BLIS) — that some competitors lack. Also new is an industry-first Personal Car Communicator (PCC).

Driving the S80

Driving Impressions The top-of-the-line V8-equipped all-wheel-drive S80 with the optional Sport Package offers a satisfying solidity but does not feel quite as light-footed or agile as the best of its competitors. The...

surprisingly throaty exhaust note accompanies a surge of forward motion each time we massaged the accelerator pedal, while its speed-sensitive power steering is precise, but a bit lacking in feel. We appreciate the grip from its big (18-inch) performance tires, and, as you might expect, its ABS brakes sucks it down from speed almost like an aircraft-carrier arresting wire. The six-cylinder version, while certainly adequate, offers neither the power nor the torque of the top engines in the segment. Where the S80 really shines is in its the firmly supportive seats, its elegant, understated interior and such features as the optional Blind Spot Information system, adaptive cruise control that maintained a preset interval behind a vehicle ahead and active headlamps that peered around corners. Only the rear seat legroom, relatively meager for a car this size, disappoints.

Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
BLIS is not ignorant. TV cameras near both outside mirrors trigger the illumination of orange lights on the interior A-pillars when a vehicle is detected in a blind spot.

Personal Car Communicator (PCC)
Some might call it a key fob, but this highly intelligent key accessory can determine if the car is locked, if the alarm has been activated and even if someone (or some animal) is in the car, all from a distance.

2007 Volvo S80 Details
Interior

Volvo says the S80's interior "epitomizes the tradition of Scandinavian design," which means a more functional, less ostentatious ethic. The S80's interior emphasizes rounded rectangular shapes (in the control buttons and vents) and a combination of straight and gently curving lines complemented by upscale materials and real wood trim. Its most striking feature is the super-slim vertical center dash area, which houses entertainment and climate system controls, hides an open storage bin and flows into the angled console. There's a 12-volt outlet in a small covered bin and another on the console's rear surface (but none on the dash), and an auxiliary audio jack inside the large covered storage box.

Exterior
2007 Volvo S80 photo

While nearly the same length (191 inches) as the model it replaces, the new S80 is slightly taller and wider and rides on a longer wheelbase with a wider track. Its gently rounded shape conforms to Volvo's recent design themes and builds so much on the heritage of the first-generation S80 that some might complain it is too similar. Only when the two cars sit side-by-side does one realize how different the new-generation model is. The most distinctive exterior elements are a rounded rectangular blackout grille under a more pedestrian-friendly domed, V-shaped hood and a broad shoulder line beginning between the grille and headlamps and extending full-length along the hood, beltline and flanks to define the taillamps' outer edges.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

As part of its "Scandinavian Luxury" theme, the standard six-cylinder S80 features premium leather and wood trim, power front seats, a power moonroof, front fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, a programmable HomeLink transmitter, 160-watt eight-speaker audio with CD, AUX input and MP3 capability. Additional standard safety features include Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC), Volvo's WHIPS whiplash mitigation system and new Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) side air bags with separate chambers to help protect front occupants' chests and hips. The V8 model adds standard all-wheel drive, aggressive-sounding dual exhausts, an Interior Air Quality System (IAQS) and more.

Optional Equipment

Three option packages are available: A Climate Package (heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, rain-sensing wipers and high-pressure headlamp cleaners), an Audio Package (650-watt 12-speaker Dolby Surround Sound with Sirius Satellite Radio) and a Sport Package ("Four-C" Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept, speed-sensitive steering, 18-inch performance tires and wheels, ventilated front seats and active bi-xenon headlamps that swivel up to 15 degrees with the steering). Notable stand-alone options include DVD navigation, dual-screen rear DVD entertainment, adaptive cruise control (with collision warning and brake support), front and rear park assist, run-flat tires and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS.) The world-first Personal Car Communicator (PCC) includes Keyless Drive, and it can tell from a distance whether someone is lurking in the car via a heartbeat sensor.

Under the Hood

The S80 is not only the first Volvo sedan powered by the company's new 235-horsepower 3.2-liter in-line six (replacing the previous in-line five), it is also the first offering the optional 311-horsepower 4.4-liter V8 that debuted in the 2006 XC90 SUV. Both are compact, relatively lightweight, transverse-mounted engines featuring double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, and both drive through a new six-speed "Geartronic" automatic transmission with manual shift control.

3.2-liter in-line 6
235 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
236 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 (FWD)

4.4-liter V8
311 horsepower @ 5950 rpm
325 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (AWD)

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2007 Volvo S80 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 96 Ratings for the 2007 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

This is a great car! Comfortable and Reliable

By on Monday, February 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Seats, drivability, looks and gas mileage"

Cons: "No Accessible USB plugs on dash"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car as a demo and have never been more pleased both in quality, dependability and comfort. First Volvo and will not be my last. I do a mix of intown and highway and surpassed the EPA estimates on mileage with average around 28 with as high as 35 on the highway. Not a barn burner on the starting block, but has plenty of power when you need it. The front seats are awesome and comfortable on long rides and the rear seats actually will hold three adults in comfort. Will probably keep as a second car as soon as the new XC 90 is out!"

Comfortable, reliable, nice car

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "power, handling, brakes seat comfort"

Cons: "BLIS, occaasional AM static"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have an '11 T6 AWD and couldn't be happier. After 4 years and almost 50K miles, no issues, only had maintenance which was part of the warranty when I bought it new. The AWD tracks beautifully all the time, and goes through anything in the winter without hesitation with snows - almost could park it on the side of a building. I average 21 mpg overall, best has been 33; not bad. Solid handling, great ride, strong brakes, awesome seat comfort, and quick enough when you want it: 0-60 in 6.1 seconds according to the specs. I have had over 15 cars of different makes and this one has been the best. I normally switch every 3 years or so, but planning on keeping this one a while longer. Paint & interior are standing up very well, better than others I have owned. Shortcomings: Depreciation is steep on this car, don't know why - probably because it isn't sexy with lots of electronics like BMW and Audi; but that makes it a good buy if looking used, and the police won't pay you much attention(!). I have a lot of chips in the windshield, but probably due to time on the highway and the last few winters here that have been tougher than normal (glass is glass). The Blind Spot system (BLIS) falses a lot and is essentially useless in the rain, so I consider it merely a "suggestion". This is our 3th Volvo; we had good luck with the other ones so decided on this one when it was time. Love the safety on this car, and all Volvos."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

electrical problems

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: electrical problems that never went away

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "safety"

Cons: "electrical problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"AM radio was NOT reliable and dealership could never repair for the long run, bought in 2010 and it stayed at the repair shop more than in my driveway for various reasons; service department could never repair correctly that finally regional service person found the issue but the repair only lasted a couple of years; when charging my cell phone (with cigarette lighter plug) it caused lots of static on the radio to the point you could not listen to the radio and could not plug in one charger in the front and back charger and expect them to work in both simultaneously"

26 people out of 45 found this review helpful

GREAT VEHICLE! 0 PROBLEMS.

By on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I probably would not rate any vehicle a 10. Have had 0 problems with this vehicle. I'm the second owner, and know the original owner, who now has the XC60 - T6. this is the 4.4 ltr. V8. Nice Auto, and Boat motor. A friend of mine has one in his Boat. Very comfortable seating, can't beat a Volvo in my opinion. Very quick as needed. With the V8, you can get around 25 MPG highway, which isn't bad considering weight of vehicle. Would tell anyone to buy this vehicle, unless they must have a high MPG vehicle."

37 people out of 62 found this review helpful

Won't be dissapointed

By on Thursday, October 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Overall with a 50k bumper to bumper along with maintenance included you would pay a lot more for another import. I have experienced no mechanical problems ever with this car! It is now my 2nd Volvo and there will be a 3rd one day"

24 people out of 48 found this review helpful

Will not buy another.

By on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,100

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Body style not too bad."

Cons: "See review."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"While I really liked the look of the car, I will not purchase another. Has a sound when you turn the wheel as if plastic is rubbing. Unable to locate or repair. Have had to the dealer several times. Transmission has problems shifting between 20 to 30 mph, especially around 25 mph. Have had to dealer twice on issue - alleged micro chip issue, chip replaced with little resolution. Drinks gas like a truck, but very little pick- up. Rides like a truck, drives like a truck, runs like a truck."

20 people out of 53 found this review helpful

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