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in 2011 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $19,051 - $21,383
Original MSRP: $37,150 - $40,900
MPG: 19 City / 27 Hwy
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2011 Volvo S80 Interior

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Reviewers like the stylish interior design of the Volvo S80, but are divided over whether the interior materials are up to the high standards of the large luxury class. Some hard-to-use electronics and cheaper materials keep the S80 from the top of its class. 

  • "Handsome interior appointments." -- Car and Driver
  • "Most materials aren't especially rich for a premium car, though most are price appropriate. The wood trim is particularly dull." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Volvo S80's cabin doesn't feel quite as upscale as some competitors', and its build quality similarly falls a bit short." -- Edmunds
  • "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

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Seating

Reviewers consistently praise the front seats of the S80 as some of the most comfortable and supportive in the automotive world. The same seats found in every Volvo, they are highly adjustable and seem comfortable for most body types even on long trips. Reviewers say that passengers in the rear seat have adequate space.

  • "Comfy seats and decent acceleration are the highlights of an otherwise disappointing driving experience." -- Car and Driver
  • "Comfortable, supportive seats have enough settings to make most backsides happy. Ample headroom and vast legroom are appreciated by all drivers. Manually adjustable tilt and telescopic steering wheel and lumbar support are appreciated, but they are usually power operated in this class." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats are typical Volvo -- supportive enough to impress a chiropractor and comfortable for miles on end. The rear seat offers ample room for two adults." -- Edmunds
  • "Wonderfully comfortable seats," with "extra front and rear legroom." -- Automotive.com

Interior Features

Volvo uses a unique set of diagram-based buttons and switches to control most climate and entertainment functions in the S80. Many reviewers find the design intuitive and simple to use. The navigation system, however, is not easy to use, with many reviewers saying they had trouble programming it. The premium stereo also comes in for some criticism – it doesn’t sound as good to rear-seat passengers are many would expect at this price point. If you’re looking for more up-to-date, simple-to-use electronics, you might want to consider the Mercedes-Benz E-Class instead – just know that the E Class costs about $9,000 more than the S80. For $9,000, learning the S80s controls might be worth it.

  • "The S80's interior layout features Volvo's trademark ‘floating panel’ center stack, a slim control panel suspended between the center console and the dashboard. The styling is clean but a bit dull compared to the similar designs found in Volvo's S40 and XC60. The controls are generally intuitive, but the available navigation system has a quirky interface that's controlled with either two buttons and a joystick mounted behind the steering wheel spoke or a handheld remote control. It can be irksome to use." -- 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

Cargo

The trunk of the S80 is among the smallest in the full-size luxury class, at just 14.9 cubic feet. What may matter more to shoppers, though, is that the space is difficult to use. The body’s deep-shouldered design doesn’t leave much space for a wide trunk opening. Reviewers have a hard time getting large items into the trunk. The rear seats do fold in order to create more cargo space.

  • “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
  • "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