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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The S80 is an excellent long-distance cruiser with plenty of space and comfort

Against The handling is not as sharp as a BMW's and the clutch is jerky in town traffic

Verdict It may not have the 'right' badge for the class, but it's still a very impressive car

Go for… 2.4 D5 turbodiesel

Avoid… 2.9 T6 petrol

Volvo S80 Saloon
  • 1. Oil coolers on automatic gearboxes can get damaged by speed bumps
  • 2. Steer clear of diesel engines that are reluctant to start or produce black smoke under hard acceleration
  • 3. Rear-seat passengers have limousine-like levels of legroom
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