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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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28 reader reviews for Volvo S80 Saloon.
  • 2.9 SE Geartronic 4dr

    David Bramwell Date: 18/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am pleased to see many satified reviews but mine is not. I have never driven a car with so much front end wheel wobble, tyres rubbing the wheel arches when turning, service staff inept but politely so and my new spanking 40k sterling car is now on its way to a trade in after 10 months since new.Tyres worn out at 10km? I was lectured by the service staff on the art of 'hard driving'? All i can say to anyone - " don't do it, it is not worth the money or pain"

  • T6 4dr

    Jeremy McNeil Date: 31/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned a 1998 S80 T6 for over two years, having bought it with (what turned out to be) over 185,000 miles on the clock. I've just sold it to salvage, because the gear box had finally given out at 205,000 miles. I'd have to say that, despite the miles it had done, it was a great car for the entire time that I'd had it.

    What had probably helped was the fact that it had had a full Volvo service history until 170,000 miles. That alone, however, would not account for the very reasonable wear and tear on the interior of the car and how well the bodywork stood up.

    In the time that I owned the car, it had had only one fault and that was that one of the turbo elbow pipes had corroded (over £300 to repair with Volvo). I went through one full set of new tyres in 20,000 miles and had an average of 24mpg from it.

    I thought that the performance was very good for the size of car, although you wouldn't want to push it too hard on country lanes, nor do you feel entirely comfortable on corners.

  • D5 SE Lux 4dr

    Andrew Houston Date: 12/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Owned a 2.4 140bhp car from new. Did 100K trouble free miles in two and a half years (mainly motorway which is why I got 80,000 miles out of 1 set of rear tyres and they were still legal).

    Car was a superb cruiser and pulled smoothly to the red line and had constant pull up hills whilst other cars ran out of puff.

    Now have a D5 SE Lux. Has all the kit (winter pack etc) and is frighteningly quick for a car this big. The dashboard quality is better than the dash of an E-class merc (have driven many of those), space is great and the stereo is the best in the business.

    I get 42mpg on average. It is great for the motorway, but best of all it is not a BMW!

    Car is fabulous to own and it looks good. Just make sure you buy the right model however (D5 or 2.5T).

  • 2.5 T SE Lux 4dr

    sotiris vassiliou Date: 12/11/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Supportive seats and a sat-nav that doesn't talk to you is a good combination. The sat-nav also comes out of the dashboard so there isn't any need to take your eyes off the road.

    The steering is vague though and the ride wallows. You could feel the wheels when driven on my testcar which led me and a mechanic to believe that the pressures were not correct.

    Volvo build-quality isn't what it used to be. Some seams in the engine bay were sharp to the touch and grinder marks were visible under the paint. The half-open rear window rattled when the door was slammed shut.

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