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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Well finished; comfortable; later version is more efficient

Against Numb steering; compromised ride; some wind- and road noise

Verdict Classy and elegant, but lacks the polish of some rivals

Go for… 2.0D/1.6D DRIVe SE

Avoid… Petrol models

Volvo S80 Saloon
  • 1. The S80 has the size and style to go up against the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • 2. The S80’s engine line-up has evolved over time, but you’ll need a good reason look at anything other than a diesel
  • 3. There was a four-wheel-drive version of the higher-powered 2.4-litre diesel available, but it hasn't got the ground clearance of a true off-roader
  • 4. The entry-level ES comes with all the essentials, including alloys, electric windows and climate control, but the SE adds leather upholstery and an upgraded stereo
  • 5. The S80 has been hit with a huge number of recalls, so contact a franchised dealer to make sure all relevant work has been carried out.
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