in 2012 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $22,672 - $26,185
Original MSRP: $37,950 - $45,650
MPG: 20 City / 29 Hwy
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2012 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. New for 2012 is Volvo’s Sensus user interface, which controls audio and navigation (if equipped) via a centrally-located touch screen. Most reviewers have yet to test Sensus, but this upgrade is likely a welcome addition since many complained that the old navigation system was difficult to use.

  • "The gauges are easy to read. For better or worse, S80 borrows much of its control scheme from the smaller Volvo S60 sedan. Its central control panel is busier than many buyers might prefer; it's filled with many small buttons that take time to sort out and can be hard to locate at a glance." -- 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 


Reviewers consistently praise the front seats in 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. Reviewers say that passengers in the rear seat have adequate space.

  • "Comfortable, supportive seats have enough settings to make most backsides happy. Ample headroom and vast legroom are appreciated by all drivers." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The front seats are typical Volvo - supportive enough to impress a chiropractor and comfortable for miles on end." -- Edmunds 

Interior Features

Volvo uses a unique set of buttons and switches to control climate functions in the S80. Many reviewers find the design intuitive and simple to use, but the big news for 2012 is the updated electronics interface that controls audio and optional navigation functions. In previous model years, the S80’s navigation system was panned for its unintuitive design. For 2012, Volvo revamped the S80’s dash, which now features Volvo’s Sensus system and a 7-inch color display as standard equipment. So far, few reviewers have had the opportunity to test this system in the S80, but those who’ve tested it in the Volvo S60 say that it’s a welcome addition.

  • "Volvo's Sensus infotainment system, which made its debut with the 2011 S60, has found its way into the 2012 S80 and XC70, allowing the driver to easily operate audio, video, Bluetooth and navigational controls." -- Autoblog 


At just 14.9 cubic feet, the Volvo S80’s trunk is among the smallest in the full-size luxury class, but the rear seats do fold in order to create more cargo space. 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. If you need more space to stow your gear, consider the Lincoln MKS, which has 18.7 cubic feet of trunk 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