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Volvo S80 Review

The 2015 Volvo S80 ranks 15 out of 17 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Volvo S80, as well as reliability and safety data.

While the 2015 Volvo S80 has a comfortable ride, its confusing audio controls and clumsy handling are disappointing, critics say.

Test drivers report that the 2015 Volvo S80's new turbocharged four-cylinder base engine is powerful, and they note that the available turbocharged six-cylinder engine is very potent as well. The base engine comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, while the six-cylinder is mated to a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The 2015 S80 gets up to an EPA-estimated 25/37 mpg city/highway with the four-cylinder engine, which is outstanding for the class. Reviewers like the S80’s smooth ride, but they note that it isn’t very fun to drive, its steering is too light and it has dull handling.

Critics are split on the 2015 Volvo S80's cabin. Some think it has a handsome design and first-rate materials, while others say it looks dated. Test drivers think the climate control system is user-friendly, but they complain that the audio system is a disorganized jumble of tiny buttons. Reviewers agree that the front seats are among the most comfortable in the class. Some think the rear seats are roomy, but others point out that they aren't as spacious as the rear seats in rival cars. Standard features in the 2015 Volvo S80 include leather upholstery, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, City Safety (which can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds to help prevent a collision), and Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen. 2015.5 Volvo S80 models also come with navigation and Sensus Connect, which offers smartphone app integration and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a sunroof, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning and a road sign information system.

  • "While the 2015 Volvo S80 is a handsome car, it's not particularly dynamic. If you want a roaring V8 engine, or if you want the latest in high-tech gadgetry glowing at you on your dash, then you should keep shopping." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2015 Volvo S80 is a sensible alternative to flashier, more- expensive luxury sedans, but its anonymous looks and mundane driving experience dull its appeal." -- Edmunds
  • "Positioned higher up on the market than its predecessor, the S80 rewards those willing to venture outside the premium mainstream with elegant styling, a tasteful and well-crafted interior and the kind of cutting-edge safety technology on which Volvo has built its reputation." -- Left Lane News

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Details: 2015 Volvo S80

The 2015 Volvo S80 is a five-seat sedan that comes in T5 Drive-E FWD and T6 AWD models. The T5 model comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The T6 model comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The Volvo S80 receives several updates this year, including a new base engine and transmission. However, it hasn’t been fully redesigned since 2007, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2007 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/15/15

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