2001 S80 New Car Test Drive
Volvo's S80 is luxurious, roomy and safe. Its styling is representative of the new direction Volvo has taken away from the boxy designs of the past. Silky-smooth power is available from a pair of highly evolved six-cylinder engines, along with a choice of sophisticated stability and traction control systems.
Ride quality is emphasized over handling to reduce road vibration. The twin-turbocharged engine on the T6 is much more powerful than the standard 2.9. Volvo's interior ergonomics are excellent with handsome switchgear and comfortable leather seats.
S80 is available in two models.
S80 2.9 ($36,900) comes with a 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 197 horsepower.
S80 T6 ($40,900) is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 2.8-liter inline-6 that delivers 268 horsepower. It also comes with slightly wider tires (P225/55R16 Michelins in place of the 2.9's P215/55R16 Michelins).
All S80s come equipped with antilock brakes.
The S80 comes standard with everything associated with a premium luxury sedan, including leather seating surfaces, automatic air conditioning with dual controls, power windows, and alloy wheels. (Volvo designed the S80 to compete with the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, Jaguar S-Type, Acura 3.5 RL, Cadillac Seville, Lexus GS, Lincoln LS, Oldsmobile Aurora, and Saab 9-5.)
Options include Volvo's navigational system ($2,500); Dynamic Stability Traction Control ($1,100); and 17-inch alloy wheels.
There's also a special limousine model, the S80 T6 Executive ($46,300). It uses the T6 engine, but comes with a redesigned interior designed to maximize rear seating space. Uniquely styled rear seating and an additional two inches of rear legroom ensures comfortable seating for two rear passengers. The rear seat is equipped with a DVD player, 68-channel color TV, video screen, 12-volt refrigerator and audio/video remote control. A wide center rear console provides space for video screen, additional DC voltage plugs, and controls for heated rear seats, electric rear window sun shade and the DVD player. A wireless fax/copier ($900) is an option.