Intro: As Volvo's flagship sedan, the 5-passenger S80 boasts many of the features of a premium luxury sedan, as well as the attributes that have instilled a reputation of safety when consumers consider a Volvo.
Our test model featured standard 17-inch "Cassini" style alloy wheels. It also featured the available power sunroof, and standard fog lights and dual exhaust.
Performance: The base engine for the S80 is a 3.2-liter inline-6, sending 240 horsepower through a 6-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. If you're looking for a little more power, the 3-liter turbocharged inline-6 makes 300 horsepower, sent through a 6-speed automatic to all wheel drive.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: The S80's well-appointed cabin features standard leather seating, dual-zone electronic climate control, and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity.
Also standard is the High Performance Audio System: an 8-speaker unit with 160-watt amp, and featuring HD radio and a 6-month subscription to Sirius satellite radio. A welcome feature is the available heated front AND rear seats.
Safety: The 2011 Volvo S80 is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) "Top Safety Pick," boasting excellent crash test scores and a long list of standard safety features such as 4-wheel antilock brakes, stability and traction control, a full array or front and side impact airbags, and a collapsible steering column. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, collision warning with auto brake, and a lane departure warning system.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2011 Volvo S80 is $36,950. A Turbo model starts at $40,700.
Warranty: The S80 is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: Sharp styling, available all wheel drive and standard premium appointments make the S80 attractive to many buyers, but it's its safety credentials that will give many motorists piece of mind.