The All New Volvo S80 | Part Three

Volvo S80

Volvo S80

Luxury Interior Design
  • World first: Clean Zone Interior Package
  • Slim centre console with i-Pod connection

The all new Volvo S80’s ‘Scandinavian Luxury’ differs from the traditional or Teutonic treatment offered by many of its other premium brand rivals. Instead, Volvo’s ‘Scandinavian Luxury’ radiates a simpler, more considered and harmonious modern feel combining aesthetics and technology in an inviting and intelligent way.

As a result of Volvo's focus on quality and environmental issues, the all new S80 offers a world first: a Clean Zone Interior Package - a development of Volvo's existing ECC (Electronic Climate Control) and IAQS (Interior Air Quality System) - that provides air that has been approved by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association for the increasing number of people who suffer from various forms of sensitivity.

Another star feature of the interior is the modern, ultra-slim centre console similar to the revolutionary design introduced in its compact S40 saloon sibling. Volvo has tailored the console to suit the new S80's exclusive interior design. It stretches back to the rear seat and hosts a number of smart functions for storing and connecting accessories such as an i-Pod.

Quality And Equipment
  • World-class audio system with Dynaudio speakers
  • Bluetooth hands-free function
  • Comfort: Ventilated front seats; heated rear seats
  • Executive model upgraded
  • New electronic parking brake
World-class audio system

Volvo's awesome Premium Sound has been developed to take the audio experience in the all new S80 to new levels with one of the best in-car audio systems in the world. The system uses the latest DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology to fine-tune and tailor the audio reproduction to suit the shape of the passenger compartment and the location of the loudspeakers. As a result, the Premium Sound system includes a digital Class D amplifier from Alpine using Bang & Olufsen powerhouse ICEPower technology with a 5.1 channel Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound system and 12 professional quality speakers² from Dynaudio to provide a clear and powerful sound across the music range.

In order to provide the best possible individual sound experience, the car's information menu provides a new adjustment option to optimise the audio experience in one of three ways - for the driver, both front seats, or for the rear seats. The volume and tone of the music are automatically adjusted to match the car's speed and this can also be customised to allow the driver to choose between low, medium and high response to road speed.

MP3 or WMA format CDs can be enjoyed in the new S80's Premium Sound and High Performance audio systems, while every model has an input (AUX) connection for additional equipment such as an i-Pod or MP3 player which can be played through the car's audio system.

Radio fans will also enjoy the enhanced FM reception quality as the FM radio has no less than three aerials that use a Scanning Diversity system to provide the best possible reception.

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Published 2 March 2006 Melanie Carter

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