What used Volvo S80 saloon will I get for my budget?
If you're prepared to put up with an S80 that has done some serious mileage, you can bag one for less than £2000. We'd suggest increasing your budget to between £5000-£7000 for a post-2011 car with additional safety tech.
A 2014 D5 SE Lux with all the trimmings and a respectable number of miles on it will cost you around £11,000, while a last-of-the-line 2016 model from a franchised Volvo dealer will be £15,000 or so.
How much does it cost to run a Volvo S80 saloon?
Most of the S80's petrol engines will be expensive to run, because of their high CO2 emissions. The best is the later four-cylinder T4, thanks to official economy of 42.8mpg and C02 emissions of 152g/km. After that is the T5, at 35.7mpg and 184g/km, but it all goes downhill with the five, six and eight-cylinder engines. The 2.5T gets 30.4mpg and 223g/km; the 3.0-litre T6 gets 28.9mpg and 231 g/km; the 3.2 gets 27.4mpg and 246g/km; and finally the 4.4 V8 gets 23.7mpg and 284g/km.
The diesels are significantly cheaper to run, with the 1.6D DRIVe (later renamed D2) getting 62.8mpg and 119g/km and the later D4 improving matters to 68.9mpg and 104 g/km.
In comparison, the original 2.4D diesel manages 44.8mpg and emits 167g/km, while the older D5 delivers 44.1mpg and emits 169g/km. Later D3 models managed 65.7mpg and 114g/km and improved D5 models managed 61.4mpg and 120 g/km. Click here for further information about the current road tax rates.