Volvo S80 Review & Ratings
- 4 March 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Volvo S80 is an executive car (an executive car is a car that is bigger than a large family car). It was introduced in 1998, and it has been going strong to the present day. It was created to substitute for the rear-wheel-drive Volvo 960 in the model line-up. Unlike the majority of Volvo models, this model did not have an estate version for its 1st generation. The 3rd generation of the V70 wagon is sold as the estate version for the 2nd generation of the S80 saloon. It can get a little confusing, but just talk to a Volvo dealership sales agent if you have any questions. If you’re serious about buying one of these, you’ll want to take it for a test drive anyway. This is part of a huge product overhaul at Volvo, and that includes a high-end saloon and estate. It acts as the flagship car for Volvo.
The 2nd generation S80, in 2007, received a “good” rating in the IIHS crash test performance test, and it became a Top Safety Pick. The 2nd generation S80 had a more rigid chassis.
It comes in front-wheel drive by default, but you can get an all-wheel drive option if you wish.
About The Car
Volvo says that the S80 will make a statement without saying a word. In other words, it is bold and impressive, but sophisticated and reserved. It’s stylish and classy.
This is the flagship luxury sedan from Volvo, and they have put a lot of work into it. It has unbelievable comfort inside and outstanding craftsmanship on the interior and exterior. Furthermore, it features best-in-class safety. It’s a car that merges sophisticated design with a truly engaging driving experience.
What Do The Reviewers Say?
Edmunds had some great things to say about it. They wrote that it stood out compared to other luxury sedans because of its superior safety and in-cabin technology. Volvo, they said, made a conscious choice to focus on safety and technology versus pure luxury and performance. Still, the luxury and performance are by no means lacking in this vehicle.
The preeminent car review magazine writer went on to say that there are a lot more cars that feel more high-end than the S80. He also said that there just as many luxury sedans that could do better than it on grip and balance on a difficult winding road. Still, he said, the Volvo S80 is one of the safest cars on the market. That’s a pretty bold statement from such a prestigious car review magazine. He went on to say that the vehicle had very supportive seats.
The reviewer wrote that the luxury sedan is perfect for sedan buyers who have tastes that are different from the mainstream, and that it was an interesting car to think about getting. Certainly, Volvo has a reputation for safety, but this car is especially safe. The in-cabin technology, too, leaves nothing to be desired. If safety and comfort are the two most important things to you – but you still want to drive a luxury car – then the Volvo S80 is the perfect car for you. Furthermore, the price tag is lower than several European and Japanese competitor models, and it is a smart choice in that regard as well.
The single best reason to consider buying this car is because of the high level of safety. It received a five-star rating on every single government-administered crash test, as well as a “Good” rating from the IIHS. Moreover, a full gamut of side airbags and front head guards were included throughout the whole duration of the production run.