The S80 is Volvo’s larger sedan with space for five, although it fits four adults more comfortably. Volvo continues to carry its long-standing reputation for safety and comfort, without adding the excitement and glamour that’s reflected in the sticker price of some other luxury sedan manufacturers.
What's New for 2014
For the 2014 model year, the S80 has some new exterior and interior styling along with several technical upgrades. There’s a rear camera designed to help with parking and active headlights that follow the car’s turns. Steering wheel, front seats and windshield have available heating functions and the pedestrian-detection system can also now detect cyclists.
Choosing Your Volvo S80
The S80 comes with a choice of two engines, each with its own trim designation.
Buyers can add two trim packages to the 3.2 and the T6:
The Premier Plus package includes parking assistance with front and rear sensors plus the rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage opener. Choose the 3.2 Premier Plus or T6 Premier Plus.
With the Platinum package you get all the Premier Plus features as well as a premium sound system and a navigation system with voice control and real-time traffic. Choose the 3.2 Platinum or T6 Platinum.
As you continue to create your ideal S80, you’ll be looking at several option packages.
A Climate package heats all the seats, the windshield and the washer nozzles, along with the steering wheel.
The Technology package includes several active safety systems such as pedestrian and cyclist detection with full auto-braking capability, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
Available for the T6 trim only, the Inscription package adds upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a number of upgraded trim features. This package is only available if you also select the Climate package.
Additional options are available outside of the packaged bundles. On this list are such items as a blind-spot warning system, a front-mounted camera for parking assistance, the navigation system from the Platinum package, and a rear-seat entertainment system. For the 3.2 trim, you can also add the moonroof that is standard on the T6.
Among the available accessories, the two most interesting are the dealer-installed Connect Touch internet connectivity that works with the Sensus infotainment system and an electric cooler/heater box that keeps food either cool or warm by plugging into the car’s power outlet.
While Volvo offers some new technology, such as the Connected Touch option, other systems, such as navigation, are showing their age. Use this fact as a negotiating point as you work towards striking a deal.