2014 Volvo S80 Review

April 11, 2014
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The Volvo S80 received several upgrades for 2014. Unfortunately, its performance is a few steps behind that of an Audi or a BMW sedan. But its ride quality, style, price tag and array of cabin tech keeps the S80 a luxury sedan that sells until now. Find out what’s new.

NEW FOR 2014 S80

  • slightly refreshed exterior styling
  • new steering wheel design
  • enhanced automatic transmission
  • new LCD gauge cluster

UNDER THE HOOD

A 3.2-liter 6-cylinder engine powers the front-wheel-drive 2014 Volvo S80 with 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine is also available and produces 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque for the S80 T6. All-wheel drive system and a 6-speed automatic transmission are standard.

Based on the EPA’s estimates, the 2014 Volvo S80 can manage 20 mpg in city, 29 mpg on highway and 23 combined mpg with the 3.2-liter engine. The turbocharged 3.0-liter engine returns 18/25/21.

ON THE ROAD

The base engine gives the S80 adequate power but is not as powerful and exciting as most of the S80’s rivals. The T6 is the way to go for this upscale sedan. It does not disappoint when it comes to acceleration and overall performance.

The standard suspension makes the S80’s ride quality isolated and refined. Steering is too light, however, and not really responsive around corners. For a sharper handling, invest in the available 19-inch wheels with sport chassis which is optional only on T6 models. But keep in mind that this also brings a stiffer ride.

INSIDE THE 2014 S80

The design of the S80’s interior is not as luxurious as what its rivals have. But it still has the classy look and feel a luxury sedan should have. The materials are top-grade and the overall appeal is sophisticated.

The controls and the gauge cluster are easy to read and understand. The navigation system, though, is dated compared to what the other luxury sedans in the market are offering now.

The trunk has a decent 14.9-cubic-foot space for your stuff. It is not the best in class but the fold-down rear seatbacks can open up additional space.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Volvo S80 3.2 comes standard with tunnel detection, rain sensors, 8-way power driver seat, adaptive digital TFT display, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, walnut wood interior trim, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD radio, leather seats, push-button start, satellite radio, iPod interface, USB port, Volvo Sensus with 7-inch hi-res screen, LED daytime running lights, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The T6 model has all these except it wears 18-inch alloy wheels and has a power sunroof.

The Premier Plus trim level adds to these features front and rear park assist, rearview camera, digital compass, and quick-fold front-passenger seat. The Platinum trim has accent lighting, navigation system, and an upgraded audio system for the S80.

The blind spot info system, 19-inch alloy wheels with sport chassis, heated front seats and xenon headlights with washers are optional. Two of the must-have optional packages are the Climate Package (includes heated seats, steering wheel and windshield) and the Technology Package (with road sign information, adaptive cruise control, active high beam, collision warning, lane departure warning, pedestrian and cyclist detection, distance alert, and driver alert control).

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