The previous generation of the Volvo S80 boasted of a sleek, interior design that gave maximum comfort to its driver and passengers. Most of the original design borrowed elements from the Volvo ECC, with Peter Horbury in charge of both cars. But serious car owners could find more dynamic features in the S80’s competitors. The latest S80, however, impresses with its bigger and better dimensions. Its overall design exudes a commanding stance that demands everyone’s attention when place against the previous generation. The downside comes when you view the newest S80 alone. It barely makes an impression. So how does the latest Volvo S80 fare in the current market in its present state?
The Volvo S80 doesn’t hold back in improving its overall look. The bonnet and bootlid boast of a waterfall-type look, not only giving it a sleeker appearance but also attracting less attention to the car’s rear and front areas. As a result, the saloon has moved on from the previous generation’s box-type look and instead offers a sleek and smooth saloon. It’s also the right choice for anyone after the art of understatement: the S80 does away with chrome bling stacks, 20-inch alloy wheels, and exaggerated grille sizes. If you’re after an appeal that can “speak” for itself, the S80 is worth the investment.
The interior carries on the gorgeous exterior’s impression, treating drivers and passengers to a spacious cabin in both the front and back areas. The driving position is convenient practical, with the steering wheel adjustable and the seats so large there’s no need to worry about body pains after a long journey. The S80 also offers a Volvo Sensus infotainment system, a handy feature that’s complete with a seven-inch or five-inch screen that features most of the car’s secondary instrumentation. The multimedia system also sports the navigation system’s images and information, which ranges from the DVD player, digital TV, panorama and reversing camera, to a phone. You can complete the S80’s luxurious experience with the leather seats’ soft hide. All front seats are power-operated and can be upholstered to accommodate cold or hot weather via ventilated and perforated leather.
The Volvo S80 offers a wide petrol engine choice. There’s the 1.6-litre T4 at 180 bhp, which can go from 178lb ft to an overboost of 199lb ft. This engines top speed is at 137mph and can reach 62mph in just 8.5 seconds. An alternative is the 2.0-litre T5, which accelerates at just 7.5 seconds and goest for a top speed of 143mph via 236lb ft and 240 bhp. Anyone who needs to go faster can go for the 324lb ft and 304bhp T6 and its 6.7 seconds, 155mph top speed.
Overall the S80 offers enough handle and grip, but steering could still use serious improvement. Lower speeds tend to be jittery and aren’t as smooth when going over poor road conditions. There’s little wind and road noise distraction, but the suspension tends to clonk on less glamorous road conditions. Expect more noise with the D3 and D5 engines compared to the quieter petrol engines.
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