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.
- 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.