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in 2009 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $13,391 - $17,534
Original MSRP: $39,600 - $51,850
MPG: 16 City / 25 Hwy
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2009 Volvo S80 Interior

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The S80's interior has a unique look with clean lines and Volvo's distinctive waterfall console. But while the design is upscale, and the seats exceptional, some say the build quality is below standard for this price level.

  • "Unlike other Volvos, the flagship S80 is a real luxury car. The materials are all soft to the touch, the leather is plush and the seats are ultra comfortable." -- Cars.com
  • "The Volvo S80's cabin doesn't feel quite as upscale as some competitors', and its build quality similarly falls a bit short." -- Edmunds
  • "Most materials aren't especially rich for a premium car, though most are price appropriate. The wood trim is particularly dull." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A superb blend of functional cockpit and luxurious cruiser." -- The Boston Globe
  • "The interior is by no means groundbreaking and the competition also offers luxurious cabins, but Scandinavian design permeates every aspect of the S80's interior." --Car and Driver

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Seating

Volvo's seats are among the best in the automotive business -- reviewers universally praise them. The rear seats are comfortable as well, but there is some disagreement over the legroom given to rear passengers. 

  • "The front seats are typical Volvo -- supportive enough to impress a chiropractor and comfortable for miles on end." -- Edmunds
  • "Comfortable, supportive seats have enough settings to make most backsides happy." -- Consumer Guide
  • Seats are "superb, with hip and torso bolstering that does not intrude during easy driving and yet manages to hold occupants firmly under aggressive driving conditions." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Wonderfully comfortable seats," with "extra front and rear legroom." -- Automotive.com
  • "Rear seat comfort is not as impressive. Leg space is tight for a car in this class, and the sleek roofline makes it harder to get in and out." -- Autobytel

Interior Features

The cabin of the S80 is dominated by Volvo's sleek-looking, ribbon-thin center console. Reviewers disagree somewhat about the quality of the interior materials -- some say the fit and finish is excellent, others find it a bit below what buyers expect at this price level. Many point out that the console looks confusing with its array of buttons, but most say it is fairly intuitive once you actually try it. 

  • "The Volvo S80's cabin doesn't feel quite as upscale as some competitors', and its build quality similarly falls a bit short." -- Edmunds
  • "The gauges are easy to read. While the abundance of buttons can seem complicated, the controls are actually very easy to use. Some are set low, requiring a quick look away from the road. The navigation screen pops up from the dash, and it includes a hand-held remote control." -- Consumer Guide
  • The stereo "sounded very good in the front seats," but "we can't rate it highly because it totally ignores the rear seats." -- CNET
  • "The designers of the S80 were, apparently, inspired by nature, and the car is certainly understated in its design. The interior is very soothing on the eyes, very natural in its lines and materials." -- The Auto Channel

Cargo

The S80's trunk offers 14.9 cubic feet of storage -- a bit low for its class. It's difficult space to use, though -- the body's deep-shouldered design leaves a small trunk opening.

  • "The small trunk was a bit of a surprise, however; it's not exactly deep or tall, so large suitcases have to be wedged in tightly. I'm an infrequent golfer, but I don't think I would be able to get more than two full-size bags in there without folding the rear seats, which wouldn't leave room for a foursome." -- Cars.com
  • "Low liftover, non-intrusive hinges, and standard split-folding rear seats are pluses. The trunk's small opening won't permit loading of large boxes. Interior storage is disappointing. The glovebox and center console are on the small side." -- Consumer Guide