I have one of the very few V8's the country and overall love my car. For those of you driving an S80 without the Active Suspension, I can only sympathise! I had a test drive in a 3.2 S80 and found it handled poorly & the engine was distinctly underwhelming. (D5 is terrific tho.)I would agree with most review available that describe the ride as unsettled over uneven surfaces although I find it very good when having a more enthusiastic drive.
The car handles motorway cruising and Sunday blasts with equal aplomb. The seats of Volvo are always good, and the S80 is one of the few places my 6' 6" body fits in comfort & cabin IMO is better than the Germans. Upgrades are 7 series BMW level, key ones I recommend are active bi-zenon lights, Active cruise control, DynAudio sound system (WOW). Keyless entry is handy.
The engine is incredible, the V8 sounds unbelievable and always takes boy racers by surprise. 5.9 sec to 60mph is very nice. Starting the car on a cold morning is a joy to behold with the V8 growling and gurgling.
Fuel consumption is shocking, I have an average of 18mpg! I can get 340 miles out of a £70 tank when doing only motorway miles, but have got as little as 170 miles when booting it around town.
The Volvo is understated, but it is a wolf in sheeps clothing, perfect! I like to buy things a little different from most. This car would have 5 stars if the fuel economy was a little more like BMWs, only buy this car if you can really afford the fuel
I owned the S80 D5 SE Geartronic (07 model year) for about 6 months. If anyone reading this blurb is considering buying this car, then read on because you will only ever be happy with this car if you never drive a German 6 cylinder equivalent of this 5 cylinder auto diesel by way of comparison. The Volvo D5 engine is coarse, noisy and unrefined and the 6-speed auto box is wholly unsuited to the engine, changing at higher revs than you’d expect for a diesel and making for an altogether jerky and unrelaxed drive. How the engineers at Volvo can have come up with this pairing is beyond belief. Presumably they never actually drove it?! Economy isn’t great either and way less than the advertised 38.5mpg on the combined cycle. The only strong points are the front seats and the radio/CD system. After 5 months, I started hearing unsettling noises in the steering and ended up having the entire steering column replaced - under warranty, of course – which took over a week, due to unavailability of parts. This was my 2nd and last Volvo, having first had a V70 D5, which wasn’t much better. You can’t fault Volvo after-sales service, however, but then it has to be good to compensate for the quality of the product in the first place. I now drive a BMW 530d Touring which I bought as an ex-demonstrator – a lot more expensive, granted, but the engineering, driving experience and reliability leave Volvo on the starting blocks.
I normally own German cars but thought that a change would do me good so the S80 seemed like a good choice.
I've found the car to be a challenge to drive, the gearbox is not very good at all, I find that I always select 3rd when I go for 5th and getting 6th gear makes me very nervous as it often gets stuck in the reverse segment. It does not go into reverse (thankfully) but gets stuck and I have to pull over and turn the engine off. My partner no longer uses 6th as she does not have any confidence in the gearbox.
Acceleration is very sluggish for a 2.4 and I'm only getting about 32 mpg which is disappointing.
The ride is very bouncy on uneven surfaces or country lanes which makes passengers feel a little ill. On long, flat, straight roads the car is a pleasure to drive.
Overall, I'd say that for the money there are much better cars to choose from. Shame really.
My car is a February 2007-registered vehicle in Black Sapphire with beige leather upholstery.
After a bit of a shaky start i.e. on-call not working and the rear-seat release levers not working, I have had no further problems. The dealer service from William A Lewis of Shrewsbury has been superb.
As with most cars, it takes a bit of getting used to and I am now enjoying a great driving experience with superb comfort.
I have 3 gripes - but they are not critical. The GSM phone requires a SIM card and with duplicates not being available in the UK (legally) - I have had to buy a new card with a different number. Standard Bluetooth would have been preferable.
Also, the navigation system can be tedious to use, but once I was familiar with the routine it works fine.
Finally, why do I have to switch the auto windsceen wipers on each time I use the car?
These small issues have not blunted my enjoyment of the car and I am growing to like and enjoy it even more as time passes.
I have owned and driven over 25 different car models in my time and they have all had issues or features that I did not like, so maybe I am never going to find a car that is perfect for me.
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