The Volvo S80 signaled a significant technological step forward, ushering in what many consider to be the era of modern car design thanks to its integration of high-tech electronics. Due mostly to its use of a controller area network (canbus) multiplex wiring schemes, it has more than 40 fine-tuned on-board computers with at least one in every door. Once again, Volvo’s are based on design standards that exemplify driver and passenger safety carefully matched with the integrity of scrupulous engineering skills.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.9-liter six-cylinder; 2.8-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Volvo S80 2.9, Volvo S80 T6, Volvo S80 T6 Executive
The 2001 Volvo S80 adds the T6 Executive with its own laundry list of features. Other standard changes include leather seats, a luggage holder, a nifty Homelink component, memory position mirrors, remote retractable rear head restraints, and dual-stage airbags. The base 2.9 receives new 16-inch wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an Interior Air Quality System (IAQS) that helps consumers breathe in fresh air.
The 2001 Volvo S80 features a more forward-prominent compact grille that blends in well with the V-shaped hood design. Big proud taillights coupled with sharpened creases give the rear quadrants a bold contrast to the smooth, rounded front end.
The 2001 Volvo S80 provide passengers with the utmost in terms of comfort. Large windows matched with bucket leather seats and one of the most spacious interior cabins on the road will make waves with the public. The handsome wood finished trims peppered across the dash, console and doors, and standard/optional features abound across trims: an electric rear window sun shade, cruise control, power windows and doors, a Dolby Pro Logic sound system, a CD-based navigation system, a small refrigerator, dual-zone climate controls, and a DVD player connected to a video screen mounted in the rear console.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Volvo S80 offers two distinct engine choices available across the three trims. The base 2.9 comes fitted with a 2.9-liter six-cylinder that’s good for 197 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, while the more powerful 2.8-liter six-cylinder twin turbo delivers 268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is good for both engines as is the handling; however, the suspension wanes a bit once shoppers reach the T6, but the T6’s get a few points back for having a Geartronic feature that allows the driver to shift manually whenever desired.
The 2001 Volvo S80 does not disappoint in the safety category. It comes equipped with plenty of standard protective features: four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction/stability control, front/rear height adjustable headrests with whiplash protection, front and rear head airbags, dual front and dual rear side-mounted airbags, front fog lights, daytime running lights, and an anti-theft alarm system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo S80 2.9-liter: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Volvo S80 2.8-liter: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Huge backseat; spacious throughout
- Powerful T6 engine
- Loaded to the brim with lots of amenities and safety features
You Won't Like
- Suspension and steering doesn’t quite live up to the T6’s engine prowess
Roomy, luxurious, highly safe-conscious, packed with onboard features, and reasonably priced.
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