Volvo S80

The Volvo S80, through both of its generations, has been known for its safety features, unique cabin designs, and reliability. Though not necessarily the first choice for those looking for a luxury sedan, the S80 has plenty going for it.

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Volvo S80 Origins

The start of the automotive era moved across almost every part of the world. Companies that had once made carriages and buggies moved into creating engines and body frames. Other types of industrial plants were also converted into automotive factories. In Sweden, Volvo began its journey towards automotive fame in 1925. Volvo is the brainchild of its two original founders, Gustaf Larsson and Assar Gabrielsson. These gentlemen made it their goal to produce cars of high quality, while ensuring the safety and reliability of their products. Volvo continues to strive for these goals with every vehicle it manufactures.

World War II brought about some changes for the Swedish automaker. Volvo was forced to slow production during the war years, however the company did manage to stay in business and even introduce some new vehicles.

Like so many of the other European and Asian automakers, Volvo chose to bring its vehicle lineup to the United States in the years following World War II. During the 1950s, Volvo produced its first small car, named the PV444, and introduced it with a great deal of success. The car company continues its success to the present day with a variety of models including the S80.

About the Volvo S80

It’s no big secret to the auto industry, or fans of Volvo, that one of the most important qualities it offers is safety. This company outfits its products with in-cabin comfort and convenience. With the S80 series, Volvo has made no exceptions.

In addition to the roomy cabin, safety features, and reliability, Volvo has created an alternative option to the typical sedan. The S80 series also provides high performance; much like the competitors in its class. In reality, the S80 doesn’t have the luxury feel one can get from higher trim levels in other cars. However, it does have a very nice, affordable price tag compared to its competitors. Many industry leaders feel Volvo’s attention to detail in regards to solid construction, safety, and reliability, as well as good looks, makes the S80 a worthy choice.

Volvo S80 Features

Volvo chose to offer the S80 in the 2012 model year. This car remains similar to its mates in the second generation and offers Volvo’s famous safety features. For this model year, the S80 Series comes in two trim levels: the 3.2 and the T6 AWD.

As the base model of the S80, the 3.2 edition features all kinds of amenities such as power accessories, 17 inch alloy wheels, and even leather upholstery. This model also offers power front seats, automatic climate control, and heated mirrors, among several other features. Keeping with Volvo’s tradition, this vehicle comes equipped with all kinds of technological features, including Bluetooth capabilities and a state of the art audio system.

Under the hood, the base model 3.2 S80 houses a 3.2l, inline-six engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Together the powertrain offers 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.

The upgraded T6 edition with all-wheel drive has the above mentioned features and a few more besides. This car offers 18 inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, and keyless entry and ignition. This model contains a 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-six engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Volvo S80 Evolution

The Volvo S80 Series offers two distinct generations, the first available new from 1999 to 2006. This S80 generation marks a diversion from Volvo’s traditional, boxy body style. This car features a more curved and streamlined design than ever before.

Volvo kept with tradition when taking care of the engineering under the hood. The first generation of the S80 offers three engine choices. Two of the engines are turbocharged for enhanced performance. The first is a T6: an inline-six, 2.9-liter engine capable of 268 hp. Buyers can also opt for the T6 in a 2.8-liter capacity, as well. Volvo offers two other engine options, including the T5, inline-five engine and a naturally aspired inline-six motor.

Volvo introduced the second generation Volvo S80 in the 2007 model year with some new options. While by outside appearances the second generation looks similar to the first, Volvo did make some dramatic changes to the car’s platform and engine options. With this generation, the S80 comes with an inline-six engine or a massive V-8. Keeping with tradition and its reputation for safety, Volvo also adds a large variety of safety features to the second generation S80.

Select a Volvo S80 Year

2013 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


The 2013 Volvo S80 is the flagship sedan for the Volvo line of cars, and as such, it’s at the forefront of design and technology for the manufacturer.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $24,328

MPG
18-29
Seats
5

2012 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


The only changes for 2012 include a new Biarritz Blue Metallic color, and a new model level philosophy: Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $19,125

MPG
18-27
Seats
5

2011 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


Regardless of the effort Volvo made to bring its S80 up to mark with the latest sedans, the fact remains that the car is strongly reminiscent of older-generation Volvos.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $15,632

MPG
18-27
Seats
5

2010 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


The S80 soldiers into 2010 with list of small refinements. In addition to several visual enhancements, the luxury-oriented interior gains softer-touch leather surfaces, with matched stitching that’s echoed on the door panels. The slim, waterfall center-stack acquires a silk metal surround. Meanwhile, the 3.2 and T6 models gain a new optional Multimedia Package including the Dynaudio Premium Sound with headphone jacks in the rear.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $13,593

MPG
15-27
Seats
5

2009 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $11,460

MPG
15-25
Seats
5

2008 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


The S80 is a midsize four-door executive sedan made by the Swedish automaker, Volvo.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $9,343

MPG
15-24
Seats
5

2007 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


Volvo hits the mark with its 2007 S80.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,135

MPG
17-28
Seats
5

2006 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


Soft lines define the flagship 2006 Volvo S80 from other Volvo models.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,361

MPG
20-30
Seats
5

2005 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


The Volvo S80 was a high-performance, classy vehicle with rounded features, a V-shaped bonnet, an abrupt rear cut-off, and large taillights, which in an interesting turn of events became the company’s flagship sedan.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,766

MPG
18-30
Seats
5

2004 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


The 2004 Volvo S80 classifies as a midsize executive sedan and continues a model produced by Volvo since 1998.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,681

MPG
19-28
Seats
5

2003 Volvo S80
ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,220

MPG
19-28
Seats
5

2002 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


The 2002 Volvo S80 competes with some real heavyweights in the luxury sedan segment.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,706

MPG
19-27
Seats
4-5

2001 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,256

MPG
19-27
Seats
4-5

2000 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


Volvo reengineered its S80 significantly during the 1999 and 2000 model years.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,115

MPG
17-26
Seats
5

1999 Volvo S80

Luxury, Sedan


The 1999 Volvo S80 classifies as a midsize executive sedan manufactured by Sweden-based Volvo, and it replaces the rear-drive Volvo S90 or 960.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,811

MPG
18-27
Seats
5

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