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For The Volvo S80 has strong engines and plenty of space, as well as an effective, clear dashboard layout. It's also well equipped.

Against You get an unsettled ride, noisy suspension and numb steering. Contract rates are high. The thick front pillars limit the view out.

Volvo S80 Saloon
22 5stars

The Volvo S80 is a big, classy and well equipped saloon, but leasing rates are a little pricey and it's off the pace for comfort and refinement.

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There are 12 Volvo S80 versions available

Saloon 1.6 D2 SE S/S auto 4dr £29,520
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 D3 SE S/S 4dr £29,520
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 D2 SE Nav S/S auto 4dr £30,720
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 D3 SE Nav S/S 4dr £30,720
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 D4 SE S/S 4dr £30,770
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 D2 SE Lux S/S auto 4dr £32,220
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 D3 SE Lux S/S 4dr £32,220
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 D4 SE Nav S/S 4dr £32,220
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 D4 SE Lux S/S 4dr £33,720
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.4 D5 SE Lux S/S 4dr £34,870
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 D4 Executive S/S auto 4dr £37,770
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.4 D5 Executive Auto 4dr £39,030
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

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.

Reader test team says:

Volvo S80 Saloon D5 SE Lux Geartronic 4dr

Having got rid of a Lexus to come back to Volvo I can say I am extremely happy with the D5. The cab is roomy and plush offering plenty of luxurious…

Phil Hurst

4 out of 5 stars

Volvo S80 Saloon D5 SE Lux 4dr

I have had my S80 for about 10 weeks clocking up 6000 miles across a good mix of motorways, A and B roads. The D5 engine suits the car well, providing…

David Sharples

4 out of 5 stars

Volvo S80 Saloon 4.4 V8 AWD SE Lux Auto 4dr

This is a great car and without a doubt the nicest I have ever had. I have driven them all. It is supremely comfortable and goes very well. I have…

David Davies

4 out of 5 stars

Volvo S80 Saloon D5 SE 4dr

I drove the new S80 model last year and agree with all Jeremy Newell says about the driveline. In January this year I test drove a revised version of…

Graham Lamond

4 out of 5 stars
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