in 2013 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $28,782 - $34,958
Original MSRP: $39,150 - $47,000
MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy
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2013 Volvo S80 Interior

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Although one reviewer says that the 2013 Volvo S80’s interior isn’t as opulent as the interiors in some other cars in the class, most test drivers agree that the S80 offers an attractive and highly functional cabin that’s built with premium materials.

  • "The interior of the aging Volvo S80 might not be as extravagant as some of its rivals (or even as current as the more recently updated Volvo S60), but it's a fine place to spend time just the same." -- Edmunds
  • "The S80 offers … a luxurious, functional interior that's among the most comfortable in its class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Materials and execution are generally pleasing throughout, with only hard plastic lining the very bottom portion of the center console." -- Left Lane News


Reviewers consistently praise the S80 for its exceptionally comfortable front seats. They say that the driver and front passenger should easily find a comfortable seating position and that back-seat space is adequate. The 2013 S80 seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front and rear seats, sport seats and ventilated front seats are optional or available on higher trims.

  • "Front seats are especially comfortable and the backseat, while not exactly spacious, can handle a couple of average-size adults with few complaints." -- Edmunds 
  • "The front bucket seats are ultra-supportive and feature 8-way power for both driver and passenger." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The optional Inscription Package coats the interior in fragrant leather, especially on the chair-comfortable front seats. Rear seat riders don't get acres of leg room, but they do get their own butt warmers." -- Left Lane News
  • "Comfortable, supportive seats have enough settings to make most backsides happy. Ample headroom and vast legroom are appreciated by all drivers." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Volvo S80 comes with standard features that include dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers and Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch color display 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 in higher trims include a sunroof, navigation and adaptive cruise control, as well as safety equipment like blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems.

Reviewers appreciate the S80’s clear gauges and intuitive climate controls. Still, one test driver says that the S80’s button-heavy center stack may require some study. Volvo’s Sensus earns praise from one reviewer, who says it’s easier to use than the infotainment systems found in cars built by Audi and BMW.

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  • "Gauges and buttons are visually clear, logically placed and simple to use, especially Volvo's signature climate controls." -- Edmunds 
  • "Volvo's Sensus infotainment is easy to operate, if occasionally a little cumbersome thanks to its lack of a joystick-style lever or touch-sensitive screen. Still, in comparison to get-out-the-owners-manual systems seen in BMW and Audi rivals, Sensus is refreshing for its simplicity." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2012) 


At just 14.9 cubic feet, the 2013 Volvo S80’s trunk is smaller than those found in cars like the Audi A7 and Jaguar XF, but the S80’s rear seats do fold in order to create more cargo space. One reviewer mentions that the trunk’s small opening may make it hard to load large items, and that small-item storage in the cabin is subpar.

  • "The S80's trunk offers 14.9 cubic feet of cargo room. While this capacity is not huge, the fold-down rear seatbacks and trunk pass-through give it some additional flexibility when the need to carry longer items arises." -- Edmunds 
  • "The rear seats fold down to increase cargo space, which is good as trunk space is rather tight." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "A big trunk appears ready to swallow anything Ikea can offer." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2012)