By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 3/25/2011
Although it doesn't garner the same media spotlight as an Audi A6 or Lexus GS, the 2011 Volvo S80 still merits attention. While it may not have the same eye-popping style as some other luxury cars, it does have a quiet confidence about it. Offering two six-cylinder engines (one naturally aspirated, one turbocharged), front- or all-wheel drive and what may be the most comfortable front seats of any luxury brand, the 2011 Volvo S80 is a solid, safe and reliable bet.You'll Like This Car If...
Although it may not have the same status as a BMW, Jaguar or Lexus, the 2011 Volvo S80 makes no apologies for placing safety and substance over status and glitz.You May Not Like This Car If...
If cutting edge design, a high-output V8 engine and complex electronic systems make up your idea of what a luxury performance sedan should be, the 2011 Volvo S80 isn't going to win you over.What's Significant About This Car?
For 2011, the V8 engine is no longer offered in the Volvo S80. Few will miss it because the turbocharged six-cylinder engine in the top-of-the-line 2011 Volvo S80 T6 AWD now makes 300 horsepower, nearly as much as the defunct V8. The non-turbo six-cylinder engine in the base 2011 Volvo S80 3.2 receives a five-horsepower increase. Volvo also dropped the Executive Package and put some of its features in the new Inscription Package.Driving It Driving Impressions
While the base 2011 Volvo S80 3.2 tends to favor comfort over performance, the turbocharged Volvo S80 T6 AWD seems to have no problem achieving both goals. Both cars exhibit a confident and capable driving character. The driver-selectable Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DTSC) permits modestly energetic cornering before making its presence known and the all-wheel drive in the Volvo S80 T6 AWD does an impressive job of instantly rebalancing the front-to-rear power equation as traction conditions change. While the Volvo S80's naturally-aspirated in-line six-cylinder engine makes the Volvo S80 3.2 fully capable of dealing with daily commutes and cross-country cruises, it's the Volvo S80 T6 AWD's 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque that deliver the kind of thrilling performance expected of a sedan in this price range.Favorite Features
3.0-liter Turbocharged Engine
Pairing impressive output with a fat, flat torque curve, the 2011 Volvo S80 T6 AWD's turbocharged six is a brilliant piece of work that rivals the defunct V8 for enthusiastic real-world performance.
What is a great driver without great tunes and driving directions? In the Volvo S80, the available 650-watt premium audio system pumps your music through 12 speakers, while the DVD navigation can warn of impending traffic delays.