Volvo-standard safety and quality, more powerful engines, striking design
In 2011, Volvo's premium sedan got completely redesigned from the ground up, with what Volvo says are nearly 700 changes over the 2010 model, making it even safer and more luxurious. The 2013 model is pretty much the same as that car, with a few tweaks to equipment availability.
The S80 comes in two versions for 2013, starting with the front-wheel-drive, 240-hp 3.2L inline-6-powered base model. Buyers can choose to step up to the 3.0L all-wheel-drive version, which features a turbocharged engine that makes 300 hp and 325 ft-lb of torque. Volvo's all-wheel-drive system includes Instant Traction, which provides excellent grip on both wet and dry pavement. Both S80 variations are available in Premier Plus or Premium trims.
Whether it's front- or all-wheel-drive, all S80s come with a 6-speed "Geartronic" transmission, which allows the driver to select fully automatic operation or shift manually on demand. The S80 features a quiet cabin and optional Four-C suspension, which allows smoother handing of bumps and less body roll on hard cornering.
Safety has always been a hallmark of Volvo's cars, and the S80 is no different, with high-tech items like a unique collision warning system with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active bi-xenon headlights, an available blindspot alert system and a body structure with four different grades of steel that was designed at the Volvo Safety Center. Add to that a host of airbags, including front and side curtain units, and the S80 is easily among the safest cars in its class.
With either engine, the S80 comes impressively equipped and includes heated power mirrors, satellite radio, 8-way power-adjustable seats, lots of leather and dual-zone climate control. Premier Plus trim brings Keyless Drive, a system that allows 2-way communication so the driver can monitor the vehicle's status remotely as well as interior occupants with a heartbeat sensor. A HomeLink garage door opener is also included, as is front and rear park-assist. The Platinum trim adds voice-controlled navigation and a rear-view camera.
Several packages are available, including a Dynamic Package on the T6 all-wheel-drive that includes a sport-tuned chassis, firmer springs, modified shock settings, stiffer roll bars and subframe bushings, dual xenon headlights with Active Bending Lights and 18-inch "Ymir" forged alloy wheels. Volvo Navigation, while standard on the Platinum model, is optional on other S80s, as well as a rear camera, Volvo's Personal Car Communicator system and Volvo's Blind Spot Information System. An Inscription Package includes special Sovereign Hide soft leather seats, a classic walnut steering wheel, ventilated front seats, walnut wood inlays on the dash and door panels and special doorsill plates and floor mats.
Volvo's flagship S80 sedan carries over for 2013 with no significant changes, though several trim items have become standard, such as rain-sensing windshield wipers, headlight washers and keyless drive. Elsewhere, the Premier Plus trim gains active dual xenon headlights.
The S80 is Volvo's flagship 4-door sedan, and following on Volvo tradition, it's among the safest in its class of high-end luxury sedans, making it an excellent alternative to the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. With available all-wheel-drive, it's a capable performer in inclement weather, while several powerful engines mean that although it's safe, it's still fun to drive.
Vehicle Price: 40,045.00
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