Volvo S80 Review

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Volvo S80 Review

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The S80 DRIVe’s cabin is a serene oasis of cool Scandinavian design efficiency.

Ride and Handling

In common with Volvo’s other DRIVe models, this version of the S80 sits fractionally lower than a standard version. The car rides very smoothly, with commendable suppleness and comfort. Handling is crisply assured. With a Volvo you know what you are getting, and it is road behaviour that is calm and mature, not especially exciting, but sure-footed and safe. You can feel the bulk of the big body as you drive but it contrives to be more agile across country than its size would suggest.

Ease of Use

There are aerodynamic tweaks to help lower drag while optimising economy and CO2. These include an air deflecting panel behind the radiator grille and wind deflectors ahead of the front wheels, to manage the airflow past them. The car’s control system only allows the alternator to charge the battery when the engine is operating at low load, such as on downhill sections of road, and a low-friction belt is used to drive the alternator and air conditioning compressor. Eco-optimised steering and a low-friction gearbox are among other enviro-friendly measures. Front and rear access is easily achieved via good sized doors, and there is a 422-litre boot.

Comfort and Refinement

Refinement is generally good. You can stir the car to be a bit more raucous by driving it somewhat brutally, but that rather misses the point of this being the green version of the S80 range. An engine cut-out system is standard, to minimise fuel from being wasted when the car stops at traffic lights or a junction, or when it is stuck in traffic. This works with slick efficiency and is relatively unobtrusive, both on shut-down and re-start.

The S80 DRIVe’s cabin is a serene oasis of cool Scandinavian design efficiency. There is good elbow room, plenty of kneeroom all round, and a light airy ambience. The décor is stylish, with elegant details. The car’s CO2 emissions and fuel thirst are pared down, but there is nothing anorexic about its kit list of standard equipment. Four trim levels are offered: SE, SE Premium, SE Lux and SE Lux Premium.

Volvo S80 Road Test | Part Three
Volvo S80 ReviewVolvo S80 Review | Part Three
Volvo S80 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolvo S80
Body TypeSaloon
ColourBiarritz Blue
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph11 Seconds
Top Speed 118 mph
Transmission6-speed manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban54.3 mpg
Extra Urban70.6 mpg
Combined62.8 mpg
Insurance Group22
Euro NCAP RatingTBC
Warranty3 years/60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 04/11/11)£29,595

The information contained within this Volvo S80 review may have changed since publication on the 4 November 2011. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Volvo dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018