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Used Volvo S80 Saloon 2006 - 2013 review

(2006 - 2013)
Volvo S80 Saloon (06 - 13)
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Which used Volvo S80 saloon should I buy?

The S80's engine line-up has evolved over time, but you'll need a good reason to look at anything other than a diesel car. Petrol models are extremely rare, and don't have the overall appeal of the diesels. In 2009, the S80 underwent a facelift, with a new grille, extra chrome trim and revised cabin design.

Originally, two 2.4-litre diesel engines were available: one with 160bhp and one with 182bhp. Both were given more power in 2009 - the first to 173bhp and the second to 202bhp.

Towards the end of 2007, a 134bhp 2.0-litre diesel was launched, and proved popular with company car drivers. It's surprisingly capable despite its lower power output. In early 2009, the 1.6D DRIVe was launched. With only 108bhp it sounds weedy but in reality is acceptable and very economical. It was replaced in 2010 by the D3, a new 161bhp five-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel.

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 SUV.

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. The Sport editions include an adaptive chassis system, but we don't think they're worth the extra.

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Which used Volvo S80 saloon should I buy?

The S80's engine line-up has evolved over time, but you'll need a good reason to look at anything other than a diesel car. Petrol models are extremely rare, and don't have the overall appeal of the diesels. In 2009, the S80 underwent a facelift, with a new grille, extra chrome trim and revised cabin design.

Originally, two 2.4-litre diesel engines were available: one with 160bhp and one with 182bhp. Both were given more power in 2009 - the first to 173bhp and the second to 202bhp.

Towards the end of 2007, a 134bhp 2.0-litre diesel was launched, and proved popular with company car drivers. It's surprisingly capable despite its lower power output. In early 2009, the 1.6D DRIVe was launched. With only 108bhp it sounds weedy but in reality is acceptable and very economical. It was replaced in 2010 by the D3, a new 161bhp five-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel.

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 SUV.

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. The Sport editions include an adaptive chassis system, but we don't think they're worth the extra.

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