Volvo S80

The Volvo S80 is more like Volvo's older cars. Instead of the sporty look of the new Volvo S60, the Volvo S80 is built for comfort, and makes for a big and relaxing, but rather unexciting, executive saloon. The Volvo S80 is similar to the BMW 5-Series in size, but is priced in line with top-spec Ford Mondeos, so you get a lot of car for your money. It's well made too, and features a large line-up of quiet engines; from the economical DRIVe model all the way up to a five-cylinder diesel luxury model.

Volvo S80 saloon

£30,720 - £36,835
4 Doors
2.2 / 5
  • Excellent comfort, especially from the seats
  • Cabin quality matches premium rivals
  • DRIVe version’s fuel economy
  • Not very exciting to look at
  • Limited driver appeal
  • Resale values can’t match German rivals

The Volvo S80 is an executive saloon like the BMW 5 Series, although cars at the bottom of the range are priced closer to mainstream family cars like the Ford Mondeo. Its range of engines and trim levels is wide, starting with a diesel DRIVe eco-model that boasts excellent fuel economy, all the way up to a V8 petrol luxury model that's very thirsty. The S80 is comfortable and spacious, but it's rather bland, too.