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Major changes for the 2014 Volvo S80 include a revised front face, new wheels, a new LCD instrument cluster with three different display settings, and a more aggressive pricing strategy. Notable option upgrades include cyclist detection to the Technology package, and a heated windshield and steering wheel for the Cold Weather package.
For 2013, the Volvo S80 gets only minor upgrades to its equipment, including rain-sensing wipers and keyless entry and starting. The Premier Plus trim package now includes active dual-xenon headlights, and the Technology Package has Road Sign Information, which detects important approaching signs and displays them on the driver-information monitor.
2012 Volvo S80 models benefit from a new interior panel that houses Volvo's Sensus system, which acts as a command center for audio, navigation and other functions and displays information on a 7-inch color screen. The other big news for 2012 S80 models is that they now come standard with City Safety, an ingenious system that automatically stops the car at lower speeds if it senses the driver is distracted and fails to brake ahead of a potential frontal collision.
A new PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine is offered, touting lower emissions but also 10 less horsepower than the non-PZEV 3.2-liter engine. Subtle visual updates grace the S80's front end and interior, while the V8-powered model gains speed-sensitive steering, a Dynaudio Surround Sound audio system and Dual Xenon Active Bending headlamps.
The exclusive Executive Package is made standard on the V8 and a lesser-contented version is made optional on the T6 AWD. The package includes ventilated front seats with massage, power front passenger seat adjuster accessible from the rear seat and heated front and rear seats. An optional rear refrigerator can also be had, complete with two crystal glasses.
The new, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive T6 model adds a more-affordable performance-oriented alternative to the S80 lineup. All versions get modest interior and exterior trim enhancements, the most notable being the addition of Volvo's Personal Car Communicator security package to the V8 AWD as standard equipment.
The 2015 Volvo S80 sits atop the Swedish carmaker's sedan heap, yet many overlook it when cross-shopping against Lexus, Audi and BMW.
Too bad for them, because they're missing out on a sedan brimming with world-class luxury and safety features, and some of the most comfortable seats in the business, all available at a very reasonable price. Its subdued styling appeals to those who speak softly, rather than wield big sticks. This year, an all-new 4-cylinder powerplant finds its way under the hood of front-wheel drive-models, offering more power and better fuel economy than its predecessor. All-wheel drive (AWD) versions of the S80 still sport a turbocharged 6-cylinder. It can even tow up to 3,300 pounds, remarkable considering it's not even an SUV.
By Father of three on Thursday, March 24, 2011
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"Bought the vehicles for city driving after it served as a dealer service loaner with 5k miles. It has not disappointed me. My second Volvo, plan on keeping this one until it dies. Now with 41,000 miles, bought tires, done basic service, but no major problems, service, or recalls. I gave Performance "4 stars" for "good", but the 3.2 I bought is perfect for my driving habits. It is not about performance for me. That is why they make a turbo. Drives great in snow, ice, rain, and dry conditions. Love the BLIS (blind spot warning lights) in traffic. The climate package and rubber floor mats are a must for northern climates. Gas mileage has been 17mpg in city, 25 on highway, but 30 if I drive 65mph. Great basic stereo. I rear ended a SUV at idle speed and suffered a minimal surface scratch to the front end. The SUV needed $1,100 in repairs. Negatives: For a family of five, wish it had more interior and trunk room on longer road trips. But that's not why we bought it. I would recommend the '08 S80!"
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By snowball on Friday, April 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Power, handling, MPG, comfort, appearance."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Have owned this car for four years. Only cost other than routine maintenance were self-inflicted problems. The V-8 roars down the highway and purrs on the backstreets. Still getting about 17mpg around town and 20 on the highway. The suspension is super smooth on the highways, and manages our New England potholes as well as any sedan. The leather seats are comfortable, controls give you every option you want. Moonroof just makes it fun. Even though it's a Volvo, it looks every bit like a European Sports Sedan. Best car I've ever owned."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Burt on Saturday, May 25, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Price, good ride, great safety features."
Cons: "Nothing yet."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Bought this car (2103) as an Executive Demo with ~6K on it. Had a minor issue with the Parking Sensors requiring service - Ened up being a loose cable - but other than that its been great. This vehicle came fully loaded. It is very comfortable and has adequate HP. It's the T6 AWD. New England winters require that. Best features I like are the BLIS and Lane Departure Warning System. The ride is outstanding and is very comfortable on longer rides. Cannot comment on reliability yet."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful