3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Volvo S80

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Expert's Rating

4.4Excellent

MPG 19 City / 27 Highway
Pros
  • Powerful engine options
  • Luxurious Cabin
  • Smooth-shifting transmission
Cons
  • Somewhat dull exterior design
  • Limited trunk space
  • Back seat a bit cramped
, Automotive Editor -
The Volvo S80 is a solid, respectable midsize option.

Introduction

The Volvo S80 is a premium luxury sedan that sells for a relatively affordable cost. Competing with the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz is difficult, but Volvo manages to produce stately vehicles with a restrained class and dignity that's almost too modest for its own good.

The S80 offers a choice between two engines: a somewhat staid 3.2 liter inline-6 that produces 240 horsepower in the 3.2 model, and a more impressive 300-horsepower turbocharged 3-liter six-cylinder in the T6. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models. The 3.2 has front-wheel drive, while the T6 features all-wheel drive.

Power in the 3.2 is sufficient, but it lacks the aggressive punch found in most V6 models from other manufacturers. The turbocharged T6 is a significant upgrade in this respect. It's powerful and sharp, and the increased torque is especially welcome. Both the 3.2 and the T6 offer smooth rides, but we prefer the sportier suspension in the T6. For those wanting a more performance-oriented driving experience, the T6 is the only choice.

The S80's interior is more restrained than most luxury sedans on the market. The layout of the dash is almost simple, and controls are easy to use. The back seat will accommodate two adults with ease, but three will feel cramped.

The S80 truly shines in the safety department. It's equipped with an array of airbags, and optional features abound: a blind-spot monitor, a lane-departure warning system, an impressive driver fatigue monitor, and collision and pedestrian warning systems that include automatic braking. As expected, the Volvo S80 rates near the top of the class in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests.

The Volvo S80 separates itself from other luxury sedans by offering a quiet, refined sense of class, a thoughtful interior, a pleasant driving experience, and top-of-the-line safety features. Other luxury sedans are more fun to drive, and offer a more stylish exterior, but few can match the high-standards of Volvo safety.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Volvo S80
Starting price
$37,296
Shopper Popularity
5%

2013 Volvo S80 3.2

Recommended for: Safety-conscious drivers looking for an entry-level luxury sedan

The base Volvo S80 3.2 is equipped with a 240-horsepower 3.2-liter inline-6 engine. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard, as are: an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, heated side mirrors, headlight washers, Bluetooth, a six-disc CD changer, an iPod interface, an HD radio with eight speakers, auxiliary an audio jack, power front seats, keyless entry, keyless ignition, 17-inch alloy wheels, headlight washers, split folding rear seats and leather upholstery.

Most options are grouped in packages: a Climate Package adds heated front and rear seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, and an interior air quality system; a Technology Package adds adaptive cruise control; a collision-warning and pedestrian-detection system with automatic braking; a road-sign reading system with speed limit display; and a lane-departure warning system.

All Volvo S80 models and trim levels may purchase a stand-alone blind-spot monitor system.

2013 Volvo S80
Starting price
$40,915
Shopper Popularity
21%

2013 Volvo S80 3.2 Platinum

Most Popular
Recommended for: Drivers of luxury sedans with an eye towards technology

The 3.2 Platinum adds to the 3.2 Premier Plus: a navigation system with voice control and real-time traffic; Volvo's premium 12-speaker sound system with surround sound; and a rear-parking assist camera.

2013 Volvo S80
Starting price
$38,377
Shopper Popularity
11%

2013 Volvo S80 3.2 Premier Plus

Recommended for: Luxury sedan lovers in need of a few options

In addition to standard features found on the base 3.2, the 3.2 Premier Plus has: an iPod cable, front and rear parking sensors, active dual xenon headlights, an integrated garage door opener and a digital compass.

2013 Volvo S80
Starting price
$41,056

2013 Volvo S80 T6

Recommended for: Drivers wanting a swift, classy ride with all-wheel drive

The base S80 T6 features a turbocharged 300-horsepower 3-liter six-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. are standard. Standard equipment includes: an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, heated side mirrors, headlight washers, Bluetooth, a six-disc CD changer, an iPod interface, an HD radio with eight speakers, an auxiliary audio jack, power front seats, keyless entry, keyless ignition, 17-inch alloy wheels, headlight washers, split folding rear seats and leather upholstery.

In addition to Climate and Technology packages, the T6 also offers: a Dynamic Package with dynamic seating, sanded silver aluminum inlays, a sport chassis, 18-inch forged alloy wheels, and a leather steering wheel; and an Inscription Package that adds extras like upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a leather-covered dashboard and a walnut steering wheel.

All Volvo S80 models and trim levels may purchase a stand-alone blind-spot monitor system.

2013 Volvo S80
Starting price
$44,675
Shopper Popularity
5%

2013 Volvo S80 T6 Platinum

Recommended for: Drivers wanting the latest in safety technology -- and all the options

The S80 T6 Platinum adds: a navigation system with voice control and real-time traffic, Volvo's premium 12-speaker sound system with surround sound, and a rear-parking assist camera.

2013 Volvo S80
Starting price
$42,137

2013 Volvo S80 T6 Premier Plus

Recommended for: Turbocharged sedan lovers who want extra safety

The T6 Premier Plus adds to the base T6: an iPod cable, front and rear parking senors, active dual xenon headlights, an integrated garage door opener and a digital compass.

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