Largely unchanged for 2012, the Volvo S80 is a mid-size entry-level luxury sedan powered by two different engines; a standard 3.2-liter V6 that produces 240 hp/236 lb-ft of torque and an optional 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that produces 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. FWD and AWD drivetrains are available and both get mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 18 mpg city to 29 mpg highway, depending on engine selection. Features include heated front seats, heated rear seats, blind spot information system, heated windshield washer nozzles, headlight washers, rear park assist camera, hands-free communication, navigation system, premium sound system, rear seat entertainment system with dual DVD players and dual xenon high intensity headlights. Safety is comprised of cruise control with distance alert, front airbags, dual-chamber side airbags, inflatable curtain, pedestrian protection and side impact protection. The S80 is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
Following a 2011 redesign of the S80, 2012 brings a complete reworking of the Volvo sedan's trim lineup. Both the base S80 and the 3.0L turbocharged all-wheel drive model come in new Premier Plus and Platinum trims. The Premier Plus adds HomeLink universal garage door opener, keyless drive with a personal car communicator (a system that allows remote monitoring of the vehicle's status and includes a heartbeat sensor) and a front and rear park assist system. Platinum trim adds a voice-activated navigation system and a rear parking camera. The base S80s no longer offer the premium 650-watt sound system as an option, but can be equipped with a park-assist system. The premium stereo optional on the Platinum trim.
Volvo-standard safety and quality, more powerful engines, striking new design
The S80 is Volvo's flagship 4-door sedan, and following on Volvo tradition, it's among the safest in its class of high-end luxury sedans, making it an excellent alternative to the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. And with available all-wheel-drive, it's a capable performer in inclement weather and several powerful engines mean that although it's safe, it's still fun to drive.