The All New Volvo S80 | Part Four

Volvo S80

Volvo S80

Comfort and convenience

Volvo's excellent reputation for seat comfort will be enhanced for the all new S80 thanks to additional legroom in the front and rear and the option of ventilated leather upholstery with fans in the seat cushion and backrest for maximum cooling on hot days. For colder times of the year, heated rear seats are now available, while the heating for the front seats can now be adjusted to three temperature settings.

New comfort and convenience settings can be personalised to pamper drivers of the new S80, and even customise the way the car drives, including the automatic start of the heated rear window if the temperature drops below a certain level and speed-dependent power steering with a choice of three different assistance levels, selected via the car's information system.

Volvo's satellite navigation system has also been refined and improved for the new S80 with a wider range of maps and new countries with all the latest roads, restaurants and hotels. A new processor makes the system work faster, plus it now provides useful information when driving abroad such as the speed limits and the national flag of the country which appear on the screen whenever a national border is crossed.


For improved convenience and safety, the new S80 has a new wireless Bluetooth system that detects the driver's mobile phone (once registered) and enables it to be used through the car's loudspeakers without switching or using multiple SIM cards. After Bluetooth has been activated, the car's phone module detects and registers the mobile phone and automatically links it to the car's own system with caller information displayed on the car's information panel and the audio system is automatically muted if there is an incoming call. Several phones can easily be linked to the same network so that everyone in the car can use their mobile phones through the system.

Luxury specifications

The all new Volvo S80 introduces new trim levels and luxury, plus an upgraded Executive model.

Volvo has given the range-topping Executive model its extra-special attention to enhance its interior to offer a tempting taste of Scandinavian luxury and style in the prestigious, top-end of the luxury saloon market. Ergonomic seats and elegant door panels in exclusive soft Executive leather are available with four unique colour combinations, plus there are the options of a fridge in the rear seat with space for glasses and an advanced entertainment system for rear passengers with integrated DVD player and seven inch screens built into the rear of the front head restraints. Externally the Executive model is discreetly distinguished by uniquely coloured grille and chrome sections on the front air intakes and around the fog lights, plus the option of 18 inch Balius alloy wheels.

Power parking brake

All right hand drive versions of the new S80 have a new, intelligent electronically operated parking brake - Power Parking Brake - which for maximum ease and convenience can be set to automatically release as the car starts to move.

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Published 2 March 2006 Melanie Carter

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