2009 Volvo S80 & Review

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2009 Volvo S80 #8211; Review

Unlike the not-so-distant past, it is hard to identify in the present exactly who Volvo is trying to appeal to. For years their reputation was built on virtually unparalleled safety and utilitarian features that gave birth to both tank-like boxy cars and a passionate following of Volvo-ites who (let#8217;s be honest) most likely had elbow patches on at least one blazer in their closet.

Driving a Volvo was like a badge of honor that said, #8220;I could afford a Mercedes, but I#8217;m not that shallow.#8221; We all know where things have gone from there. The competition got up to speed with most if not all of Volvo#8217;s safety measures, and while under the guidance of Ford, quality and reliability that had been a mainstay of the brand fell off a cliff.

Which makes the 2009 Volvo S80 and the forthcoming revision in 2010 even more important. This is not some flash in the pan #8220;crossover,#8221; SUV or two-door hatchback. With the exception of perhaps the wagon, nothing is as important to the Swedish automaker than reestablishing the S80 as the most logical, economical and reliable luxury sedan on the market.


Typically when talking #8220;performance,#8221; engine size, torque, horsepower and 0-60 mph numbers are spewed out as an indication of a cars guts (or lack thereof). But it is fitting with the S80 to begin with one of their historically strongest points: safety. A relief for Volvo-lovers is the S80#8242;s reclaiming for 2009 of class-leading safety appointments.

  The list of safety technologies goes way beyond the typical airbags and ABS that we are all accustomed to on even the cheapest of vehicles.  High-end features include  a blind-spot warning system, an optional adaptive cruise control system to avoid rear-end collisions along with an #8220;Auto Brake#8221; mode that reduces brake reaction time, lane-departure warning and a security system that contains a heartbeat sensor to detect unwanted visitors possibly crouching in the backseat.

  Other standard equipment includes antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags featuring separate chambers for chest and hip protection, full-length side curtain airbags, anti-whiplash front head restraints and seatbelt pre-tensioners in all five positions.  In total, you can be assured that almost every possible safety feature available on the market is contained within the 2009 Volvo S80.

Fuel Efficiency

EPA estimates for the S80 vary wildly from the 16 and 25 mpg in city and highway driving with the 3.2-liter engine, to the rather thirsty 15 and 23 mpg for the T6.  The V8 model achieves a slightly worse 15 and 22 mpg in the same conditions.


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