2014 Volvo S80 review

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2013 Volvo S80

Though it is far the freshest face in the premium sedan scene, the Volvo S80 as stoic as a Norse god.

as we learned during a jaunt what might have our favorite quiet mountain the S80 is something of a bargain in its often-overlooked

Sized and mostly outfitted to cars like the BMW 5-Series. E-Class and Audi A6. the S80, as as the Acura TL and Cadillac CTS. in an in betweener� segment that about where the Germans off.

You could spend – lots more for a German sedan, but are they it?

The middle ground

Volvo’s sedan is hardly its newest having hit the market for its second in 2007, but the Swedish automaker has fit to keep things relatively with the introduction of a new infotainment for 2012 and a few mild updates for Making our test S80 feel a more exclusive was a $2,300 Package that adds soft full leather to the seats and dashboard, as well as glossy wood to the dashboard, and steering wheel. Like its S60 brother, the S80 gains a new, gear lever for 2013, as as a few infotainment updates that the so-called Sensus navigation and system easier to use.

A base front-drive model is by a 3.2-liter inline-six, but the all-wheel-drive turbocharged S80 T6 runs just more. That difference is negated when the T6’s moonroof ($1,000 on the 3.2) and wheels ($750 on the 3.2) are in.

What’s now a $2,250 difference buyers all-wheel-drive, an extra 60 (for a total of 300 ponies) more importantly, an additional 89 of torque (to 325), which is across the rev range from to 4,800 rpm thanks to the 3.0-liter six-cylinder’s turbocharger. This is the engine we’ve enjoyed in other Volvo products and it the most of the S80 T6’s relatively 4,000 lbs. curb By comparison, the similarly powerful BMW xDrive tips the scales at lbs.

Stylistically, the S80 hasn’t changed since it helped redefine the Horbury-penned strong shoulder� ushered into Volvo’s more than a decade The S80’s 2007 redesign out and simplified the language, which is but upmarket. Even with its garnishes and attractive 18-inch wheels, our S80 tester blended in feeling mass-market anonymous.

We its design is aging gracefully, up against the more disheveled treatment seen in the S60.

the dashboard is almost a throwback to the Volvo look of yore, upgraded switchgear and good keep things modern. The Inscription Package coats the in fragrant leather, especially on the front seats. Rear riders don’t get acres of leg but they do get their own …

A big trunk appears ready to anything Ikea can offer. and execution are generally pleasing with only hard lining the very bottom of the center console.

Volvo’s infotainment is easy to operate, if a little cumbersome thanks to its of a joystick-style lever or touch-sensitive Still, in comparison to get-out-the-owners-manual seen in BMW and Audi rivals, is refreshing for its simplicity.

Standard on all is the automaker’s City Safety which uses a laser to automatically trigger the brakes at low if a pending impact is detected. We proud to admit that we tested the system while for what was correctly advertised as the bison burger joint in (the No Name Saloon, is definitely worth a visit). A pedestrian attached to his iPhone out in front of the S80 while our eyes looking for lunch.

Since we were traveling at a low the S80 quickly came to a complete before we knew what Though the City Safety be most useful in congested one Park City tourist thank his lucky stars we weren’t in a different car.

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Like the Audi A6 3.0T, the S80 is a front-wheel-drive sedan that power to the rear wheels needed, so it lacks the predictable feel of the BMW or Cadillac. Still, we the big sedan to be both a serene and an acceptably balanced handler.

a suspension tuned more for comfort, the S80 won’t thrill with its handling, but the steering is weighted, sufficiently precise and natural-feeling. That’s something we say about the BMW 5-Series’ electronic

We pushed our S80 hard through the switchbacks on desolate, closed-in-winter 224 between Park City and (see map below). With its occasionally squealing in protest, the S80 safe and grippy, if ultimately of entertaining.

But once the road straightened out and we the sedan like, well, owners should . we found a with a refined and isolated quality that begged for a highway jaunt. Thrust the inline-six is solid throughout the rev with no perceptible turbo The six-speed automatic transmission be down a gear or two compared to rivals, but it still fired off smooth shifts when upon.

A sport mode gears for more aggressive but the standard mode seemed a match for the S80’s demeanor.

We able to measure our S80’s economy, but the EPA indicates that one measurable where the S80 might up short compared to the BMW 535i Rated at 18/26 mpg, S80 in well below the 535i 21/30 mpg figure, although the S80 less costly regular compared to the BMW’s preference for

Leftlane’s bottom line

equipped at under $51,445 as the S80 checks all the boxes most market buyers could want for less than the price of just about any rival.

Though the S80 ultimately up a little interior bravado and driving finesse compared to A6 and BMW’s 5-Series, it’s an all-around competent sedan we couldn’t help but wonder if the rivals are really worth hefty premium. More and conservative than most the S80 remains an often-overlooked, value-laden

2013 Volvo S80 T6 AWD base $42,950. As tested, $51,445.

Package, $3,850; Inscription $2,300; Climate Package, Metallic Paint, $550; $895.

Words and photos by Ganz.

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