2013 Volvo S80 Review
Test drivers say the 2013 Volvo S80 offers comfortable seats and a functional, upscale interior, but lacks the sporty performance of rival sedans.
The S80 3.2 comes with a six-cylinder engine, which most auto writers say provides adequate, but unexciting power. As a result, many suggest upgrading to the Volvo S80 T6 AWD, which comes with a more powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models, and reviewers say that it shifts smoothly. The S80 3.2 gets an EPA-estimated 19/28 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to most six-cylinder cars in the class. Still, four-cylinder rivals like the BMW 528i offer similar power output and use less fuel. While test drivers agree that the 2013 S80 provides a comfortable ride, some write that other cars in the class offer handling that’s more athletic.
Though the 2013 Volvo S80’s cabin isn’t considered ultra-luxurious, automotive critics say that it’s a functional and attractive interior that’s built with quality materials. Most auto writers praise the S80 for its comfortable and supportive front seats, and say that back-seat passenger space is adequate. The S80’s user-friendly climate controls win points from reviewers, and one test driver says that Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system is easier to use than Audi’s MMI or BMW’s iDrive. The S80’s standard features include push-button start and an eight-speaker stereo with satellite radio, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port and a six-disc CD changer. Options and features available on higher trims include a sunroof, heated front and rear seats and navigation. Safety equipment like blind spot monitoring and pedestrian detection, as well as forward collision and lane departure warning systems, are also available.
- "The 2013 Volvo S80 is a sensible alternative to flashier luxury sedans, but its anonymous looks and largely forgettable driving experience dull the car's appeal." -- Edmunds
- "If comfort, safety and versatility are more important to you than image and style, check out the 2013 Volvo S80." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "More relaxed and conservative than most rivals, the S80 remains an often-overlooked, value-laden choice." -- Left Lane News
- "S80 is comfortable, and surprisingly stylish when equipped with the optional Inscription Package. This Volvo can't match the brand cachet, sportiness, or pure luxury of the best in this class, however." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers praise the Hyundai Genesis for its spacious, well-equipped interior and powerful base engine. Like the S80, the Genesis isn’t the sportiest car in the class, but it does offer a comfortable ride and a low base price.
The Audi A6 costs a bit more than the S80, but reviewers love the A6’s luxurious interior. While the base A6 uses less fuel than most cars in the class, reviewers say that higher trims offer thrilling performance, thanks to a more powerful engine and standard all-wheel drive.
Details: 2013 Volvo S80
The 2013 Volvo S80 seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission come standard in 3.2 models, while the S80 T6 AWD adds a more powerful, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. Each model is offered in three trims: base, Premier Plus and Platinum. Each trim adds to the S80’s list of interior features. For 2013, the S80 gains standard rain-sensing windshield wipers, headlight washers and push-button start, but is otherwise unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2007 through 2012, as well as the current model year.