Volvo S80

Volvo S80 information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Volvo’s exec flagship. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Volvo S80 car range.

Background

Volvo’s large saloon is a subtle, if now rather aged, alternative to the likes of the BMW 5-series and Merc E-Class. It underwent a mild facelift in 2013, gaining the digital dials from the V40, updated safety tech and improved emissions. Just remember a new S90 and V90 full-sized Volvo is waiting in the wings!

60sec road test

The S80’s not the most head-turning of cars, but for some that’s part of its charm. This is about as understated as large saloons come and there’s still a certain elegance about the S80. These days the engine range is a diesel-only affair, split into four groups: D2 (113bhp, and as slow as that figure suggests), D3 (134bhp), D4 (161bhp) and top-dog D5 (212bhp). Whichever engine you choose, the S80’s far more at home slogging along the motorway than on winding roads. Bear in mind the S80’s due to be replaced before too long, its S90-badged replacement currently in development. For our more detailed Volvo S80 reviews, click on the individual model road tests in the links below.

The one we’d buy

2.4 D5

The one we’d avoid like the plague

D2 

Rivals to consider

Audi A6, BMW 5-series, Jaguar XF, Lexus GS, Mercedes E-class, Peugeot 508

For

Smart cabin, refinement, rear passenger space, post-facelift styling aging gracefully

Against

Lacks excitement, sluggish S2 engine, patchy ride quality

Volvo S80 reviews

Volvo S80 spy shots