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Volvo S80 Interior

Many reviewers write that the 2015 Volvo S80 has premium cabin materials and simple, attractive styling, though some point out that its interior design is a bit dated when compared to other cars in the class. They say its front seats are exceptionally comfortable, but some note that competitors offer more spacious rear seats. The S80’s climate system earns praise for its user-friendly controls, but critics report that the audio system has too many small buttons.

  • "The S80 offers room for five passengers with a level of comfort and luxury that can rival well-established competitors from Germany and Japan. The dashboard boasts soft-touch materials, leather and real wood trim." -- Left Lane News
  • "As you'd expect of a Swedish-designed car, the 2015 Volvo S80 offers up a straightforward and functional 5-passenger cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior of the aging Volvo S80 might not be as extravagant as those of some of its rivals (or even its newer S60 sibling), but it's a fine place to spend time just the same." -- Edmunds
  • "The S80's interior is understated and classy, with top-notch materials all around, a sleek center panel with sensible controls (including Volvo's unique humanoid diagram for airflow control) and a generally luxurious vibe that speaks well of Volvo's attention to detail." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Seating

The 2015 Volvo S80 seats five and comes standard with eight-way power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery. Available features include heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Test drivers agree that the S80 has some of the most comfortable and supportive front seats in the class. They say that the rear seat has adequate space for passengers, but that many rivals are more spacious.

  • "Volvo has an outstanding reputation for excellent seats, and the S80 upholds that honor, with upright and supremely supportive front seats that do a great job of keeping you comfortable on long trips. Rear passengers will find adequate room as long as there's no need to seat three, but in general many competitors offer roomier rear seats." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats are wonderful, providing drive-all-day comfort to a degree that few others can match." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Rear seat room is decent, but not exceptional. Foot space under the front seats is skimpy for some, and legroom quickly shrinks when front passengers set the seats far back." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Rear seat riders don't get acres of leg room, but they do get their own butt warmers." -- Left Lane News (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Volvo S80 include dual-zone automatic climate control, City Safety (which can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds to help prevent a collision), an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port and Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen. 2015.5 models also come standard with navigation and Sensus Connect, which offers smartphone app integration and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a sunroof, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning with automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning and a road sign information system that can alert you when you’re exceeding the speed limit.

Reviewers appreciate the S80’s straightforward climate controls, but some complain that the audio system has too many small buttons, which makes it hard to use while driving.

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  • "The straightforward dual-temperature adjustment dials and ‘mode man’ pictogram make climate control adjustments simple and intuitive. The audio system is fairly easy to use, too, though the array of small audio buttons looks somewhat dated." -- Edmunds
  • "S80's central control panel is populated with many small buttons that take some study to master and can be difficult to quickly operate while under way." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2015 Volvo S80 has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on par for the class, and the S80 comes standard with split-folding rear seats that can help expand the cargo area. Most reviewers are satisfied with the S80’s trunk size and like the extra space provided by the split-folding rear seats, but some note that in-cabin storage is unimpressive.

  • "The S80's trunk has 14.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which is pretty typical for this class of car. The S80's folding rear seatbacks, trunk pass-through and available folding front passenger seat provide extra flexibility and utility." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior storage is nothing special with a small glovebox and center console bin." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The rear seats fold down to increase cargo space, which is good as trunk space is rather tight." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "A big trunk appears ready to swallow anything Ikea can offer." -- Left Lane News (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/15

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