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Used Volvo S80 Saloon 1998-2006 review

(1998 - 2006)
Volvo S80 Saloon (98-06)
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What used Volvo S80 saloon will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Volvo S80 saloon?

If you can set your badge snobbery aside, your money will go an awful lot further on a Volvo S80 than it will on the equivalent BMW 5 Series or Audi A6. You'll end up with a much better-equipped car, too.

The petrol engines can cover 12,000 miles or go for a year before needing a service, while the diesels are on slightly shorter, 10,000-mile intervals, which isn't too bad - especially when you consider that Volvo dealers charge less than their BMW and Audi counterparts for servicing. However, independent Volvo experts tend to be slightly more expensive than those who specialise in used BMWs and Audis.

As long as you stay away from the group 33-rated T6, insurance costs are reasonable, too; diesel engines are particularly good news with just a group 27 rating. The D5's official 44mpg should put a smile on your face, too, but the T6's claimed 25mpg is less appealing.