Volvo’s biggest saloon isn’t long for this world, with its ground-up replacement, the S90, due for a Detroit motor show launch in January.
This means that considerable savings can be made on the S80, and the whopping £10,518 saving on this S80 D4 SE Lux Geartronic brings the pricey, top-spec S80 down to mid-range Ford Mondeo money.
The car Volvo S80 D4 SE Lux Geartronic
The saving £10,518
The discounted price £24,952
The online broker autoebid.com
As a Volvo, safety is at the top of the S80’s CV; six airbags and anti-whiplash head restraints come as standard. Additional safety equipment such as blind-spot monitoring are optional, and with the substantial saving, may be worth a look.
As a higher-spec car, the Volvo gets sat-nav, xenon headlights and rear parking sensors. Although feeling a little long in the tooth and not quite up there with rivals from BMW and Audi, the cabin is pleasant, hushed and solidly constructed.
The motorway is where the S80 excels, though. With motorway cruising both comfortable and quiet, and cruise control as standard even on the entry-level car, long-haul motorway journeys are peaceful and stress-free.
Around town, the S80 is less confident. Scarred British roads tend to upset the Volvo at lower speeds, and the suspension audibly complains over rougher surfaces.
The S80 is grippy and handles with surprising vigour, but the high driving position in the S80 coupled with the dull steering and imperfect ride make driving uninspiring at best.
Should I add any options?
The speed sensitive steering, at £225, goes some way to livening up the troubled standard setup.
Keener drivers may want to opt for the lowered sports chassis, £500, which brings stiffening components for a more sporty S80. If that’s still not racy enough, paddle shifters are an extra £150, although this is down to personal taste.
Metallic paint is £700 for standard metallic colours, and £1000 for premium metallic options.
Head over to autoebid.com, and select the Volvo S80 from the options to choose the D4 SE Lux Geartronic.