The S80 is among the most comfortable cars in its class and offers a real premium driving experience that puts some its rivals to shame. For the money, the S80 is a superb car that delivers on many fronts and while Volvo's staid image is no longer true this car does everything really well. It also has a level of quality in its refinement that deserves closer attention and should tempt potential BMW and Audi buyers.
Of the engines, the most frugal is the 1.6 litre DRIVe diesel which should return around 62 mpg. There are also D3 and D5 diesel models which are also economical, returning around 53 mpg and which have lots of power. There's also an impressive 4.4 litre V8 petrol unit but this will only return 23 mpg. The suspension has quite a soft setup which is barely noticeable on winding country roads where it's a great performer and it's excellent on motorways at high speed to create a very comfortable drive. The soft suspension does mean that on some corners at speed there is some body roll. On board, there's loads of space for passengers which makes long journeys a breeze and the boot also makes it a practical choice since it measures 442 litres and the opening is wide and square to make loading and unloading a cinch. There's also lots of cubbyholes on board for storage and the centre 'floating' console has quite a large space behind it for storage.
Volvo has a hard-won reputation for reliability and is proud of its commitment to delivering safe cars which means that the vehicle comes packed with safety kit such as a system that will brake automatically when it detects an imminent collision and a pedestrian detection system which will also avoid hitting people in the street. However, Volvo has created its S80 to be a stylish and comfortable car for carrying families over long distances so it’s not really setup to be a thrilling drive but having said that it's still a fun car to drive. There's an excellent driving position, helped by very comfortable seats, and the engines are responsive and powerful. There's also light steering which provides good feedback and everything is within reach in the cabin.
The S80 fitted with the manual gearbox is easy to use and offers economy while the automatic versions are well-designed and smooth in their operation. Another big attraction for buying a Volvo is that they come with lots of equipment as standard and that's also true of the S80 which comes with climate control, alloy wheels and electric windows. Other models come with leather seats and satnav. The S80 is undoubtedly an impressive car which sits between two competitive markets; it's ideal for anyone looking for a more upmarket family car that's not in the Ford Mondeo mould but not quite something that is the Mercedes E Class. The result is that the S80 offers more than most rivals and it can’t be faulted for its luxury and comfortable drive plus there’s also plenty of space for families to enjoy what is a really great car.
Why not have a look at the new S80 on the official UK company web site and get the latest news about the S80 in the UK at The S80 owners' club and forum site. You may also like to see what they're saying about the new S80 on the Top Gear web site.
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