Used Volvo S80 Saloon 1998-2006 review

Category: Executive car

Section: What is it like?

1998 - 2006 review
Volvo S80 Saloon (98-06)
  • Volvo S80 Saloon (98-06)
  • Volvo S80 Saloon (98-06)
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What's the used Volvo S80 saloon like?

Few cars make long-distance journeys as relaxing as the Volvo S80. The larger engines are all refined and provide the S80 with decent performance, while wind and road noise are nicely suppressed. With a comfortable chassis, it really does waft you along as the miles fall away.

What the big front-wheel-drive saloon won't do is encourage you to leave the motorway and take the twisty route. The steering is dull and body control poor; even the high-powered T6 doesn't have a chassis sharp enough to do its performance justice.

It's better to sit back, relax and enjoy the big, comfortable, supportive seats. The dashboard may not be the most exciting, but it's logically laid out with plenty of stowage space. Rear passengers have limousine-like levels of leg room and the boot is massive - and bigger still once the rear seats are folded.