For This S80 is a spacious, comfortable cruiser that will average more than 50mpg and accelerates smoothly. SE Lux spec has excellent heated leather front seats, giving the S80’s cabin a more luxurious feel.
Against You’ll hear the D3 engine a little too easily when you’re pushing along. The chassis is agile on twisty roads, but ride quality is badly compromised elsewhere.
A good compromise on price and power, but stick with SE trim.
Volvo’s crack at beating the Germans in the executive market has promise, but it ultimately falls short.
On the plus side, the Volvo S80 is spacious, the cabin is well appointed, and it’s keenly priced against the established opposition, too.
However, the S80 falls down on a couple of key points. Firstly, while the cabin might have the feel of a big luxury car, the ride quality falls short of what’s expected: it's fidgety on most surfaces and thumps over bumps and potholes.
Secondly, depreciation can be pretty disastrous, which will put off many private buyers, while company-car shoppers should take note of the steep contract hire rates and consider the most basic diesel version.
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