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

£32,220 - £33,720
4 Doors
2.2 / 5
  • Very comfortable
  • Premium-quality cabin
  • DRIVe version is very economical
  • Dull styling
  • Limited driver appeal
  • Very poor resale values

The Volvo S80 is an executive saloon like the BMW 5 Series, although some lower-spec versions are priced closer to mainstream family cars such as the Ford Mondeo. The Volvo has a wide variety of engines and trim levels, ranging from an efficient DRIVe diesel that boasts excellent fuel economy all the way up to a luxurious but very thirsty V8 petrol. The S80 is a comfortable and spacious car, but it's also rather bland and forgettable next to a 5 Series, Jaguar XF or Mercedes E-Class.