2009 Volvo S80

  • 2009 Volvo S80 3.2 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      235/236
    • ENGINE
      3.2L I6
    • MSRP
      $39,600
  • 2009 Volvo S80 T6 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      281/295
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $42,050
  • 2009 Volvo S80 V8 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      311/325
    • ENGINE
      4.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $51,850
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2009 Volvo S80 Review

Maintains safety, comfort, and impressive features.

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Overview

The 2009 Volvo S80 attains an essence of classic luxury sedans, while being true to its original build with tank-like protection and a solid emphasis on function over form. The 2009 Volvo S80 is a vehicle built for ride comfort and ultimate safety and does well in performance, handling, and driving thrills.

The Range

Body Styles: Luxury sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter inline-6, 3.2-liter inline-6, 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: S80 3.2, S80 T6, S80 V8

What's New

For 2009, the Volvo S80 has Bluetooth connectivity and active bi-xenon headlights as standard feature on all models. The 2009 Volvo S80 all-wheel drive (AWD) now includes a number of luxurious items as standard equipment. This model year also gains a few new options packages.

Exterior

The 2009 Volvo S80 is available in three trim levels: 3.2, T6, and V8. The front-wheel-drive 3.2 comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and active bi-xenon headlights. The AWD T6 upgrades to a turbocharged engine, an electronic parking brake, and upgraded instrumentation. The AWD V8 tops out with 18-inch wheels, headlight washers, and front and rear park assist.

The look of the 2009 Volvo S80 carries on the Volvo tradition of sedate looking vehicles. Some refer to the S80 as bland, uninspired, or common.

Interior

The 2009 Volvo S80's interior is spacious and offers some nice perks like ultra-comfy front seats, as well as an interesting Volvo dash design. But the material quality is lacking and overall, the interior isn’t up to the level of most examples in this segment.

For features, the 3.2 starts off with wood interior trim, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats with driver memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and an eight-speaker stereo with an in-dash CD changer and an auxiliary input jack. The T6 doesn’t really add anything in the cabin, while the V8 upgrades to massaging ventilated front seats, satellite radio, heated seats front and rear, an analog clock, an interior air quality system, and a system that combines keyless ignition with a heartbeat-sensing security system.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Volvo S80 3.2 is equipped with front-wheel drive and uses a 3.2-liter, inline six-cylinder engine producing 235 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The AWD S80 T6 features a turbocharged, three-liter inline-six that makes 281 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The AWD S80 V8 boasts a 4.4-liter V-8 that kicks out 311 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque and is designed by Yamaha. All models send power through a six-speed automatic transmission. Performance tests have clocked the 2009 Volvo S80 V8 at 5.9 seconds in the zero-to-60-mph sprint, while the 2009 Volvo S80 T6 performed the run in 6.6 seconds. Respectable times in their own right, but lagging behind many competitors in this segment.

Handling isn’t sharp or athletic like some of the more serious machines in this segment. The 2009 Volvo S80 is much more suited for comfort on long highway cruises than offering driving thrills on challenging roads. With luxury sedans, it is usually one or the other when it comes to comfortable cruising versus athletic performance, and the 2009 Volvo S80 is definitely intended for the open road.

The 2009 Volvo S80 uses an 18.5-gallon tank that gives the 3.2 a range of 296 city miles and 462 highway miles after a fill-up. The range is a bit less for the T6 and V8 models.

Safety

The impressive list of 2009 Volvo S80 standard safety equipment includes: front-seat side airbags featuring separate chambers for chest and hip protection, anti-lock disc brakes, full-length side curtain airbags, anti-whiplash front head restraints, and seatbelt pre-tensioners in all five positions. As is to be expected, the 2009 Volvo S80 earns top marks in government crash safety tests.

Volvo doesn’t stop with the basics. An optional Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) uses cameras to monitor traffic on both sides of the vehicle and illuminates warning lamps mounted near the side mirrors if there are vehicles present in the S80's blind spots. The Collision Avoidance Package adds adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and collision warning with ""Auto Brake,"" a feature that reduces brake reaction time. Suffice it to say, the S80 is a Volvo's Volvo.

EPA Fuel Economy

S80 3.2: 16/25 mpg city/highway
S80 T6: 15/23 mpg city/highway
S80 V8: 15/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Safety features
  • Interior layout
  • Seat comfort
  • Engines in the T6 and V8 models
  • Braking

You Won't Like

  • Lack of steering feel
  • Bland interior
  • Even more bland exterior
  • Mediocre handling

Sum Up

Maintains safety, comfort, and impressive features.

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