Which used Volvo S80 saloon should I buy?
The best engine choice for the Volvo S80 is the D5 five-cylinder turbodiesel. It was introduced in June 2001, but in S trim only, and its good fuel economy and strong, 163bhp performance made it a big hit with customers. A more powerful version was introduced in May 2005.
Don't be put off by the S badge, because even the base S80 is a well equipped car, with climate control, side airbags, anti-lock-brakes, remote central locking, alloy wheels, CD player and an electric sunroof. But, if that's not enough, SE (available from August 2001) provided leather, a trip computer and front foglights.
Other than the D5, you might consder the five-cylinder, 140bhp 2.4-litre petrol, but it can feel overwhelmed when the car is fully laden. The 170bhp version provides more punch.
The early 140bhp 2.5 diesel is okay, but not as good as the D5 which replaced it in 2001. Two versions of the 2.9 V6 petrol are available: one with 200bhp, while the other has 272bhp, but we wouldn't bother with either.