2004 S80 New Car Test Drive
Volvo has updated and upgraded its flagship S80 for 2004 with more than 700 changes. Many of those changes are parts and pieces that are hidden from the eye, but many were made to enhance the car's outward appearance and the environment within its passenger compartment.
The styling and interior of the Volvo S80 have been revised for 2004. The cabin is quieter and handling has been improved. Order the optional Four-C suspension and the S80 offers a smoother ride over bumpy pavement with less lean in corners.
Smooth and quiet, the big Volvo S80 offers luxury, roominess, and refinement. Its safety engineering is world class. Out on the road, it's as stable as the Rock of Gibraltar and its highly evolved, turbocharged six-cylinder engines deliver smooth, strong power.
Volvo builds three versions of the S80. All come with Volvo's most advanced safety features, including inflatable side curtain airbags, anti-whiplash seats, and Stability and Traction Control (STC).
The S80 2.9 ($37,045) is powered by a 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 194 horsepower and drives the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include dual-zone electronic climate controls, a pollen filter, a leather-wrapped and tilt and telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, power adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, a CD player, a rear fog light, and a retractable grocery bag or gallon milk jug retainer in the trunk. Cloth upholstery is standard on the 2.9 model. A Premium Package ($1,995) adds leather seating surfaces and a power glass sunroof.
The S80 T6 ($44,525) comes with a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter in-line six-cylinder thats produces 268 horsepower and 280 foot-pounds of torque. The T6 also has a four-speed automatic transmission, but this one has the Geartronic feature that uses a microprocessor to allow the driver to change gears manually. The T6 also gets Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), larger 17-inch wheels and tires, a power glass sunroof, front fog lights, Volvo's On Call Plus telematics/mobile phone system (with a 12-month subscription to the service). Leather is standard.
The S80 T6 Premier ($48,515) is an almost limousine-like version of the car. It has the same powertrain as the T6 as well as special soft-leather seating surfaces, genuine walnut interior and rides on 17-inch 'Thor' alloy wheels. T6 Premier also comes standard with a DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system with twin seven-inch flat-screen monitors mounted in the back of the front-seat headrests. The Premier version also can be equipped with an optional rear seat refrigerator ($700) accessible behind the rear-seat armrest. Also included on the Premier version is a Climate Package that includes an air quality system, headlamp wipers and washers, high-intensity gas discharge headlights, heated front seats and precipitation-sensing Rainsensor windshield wipers. This Climate Package is a $625 option on the 2.9 and T6.
Options on all three S80s include a new Warm Weather Package ($575) that includes the air quality system, an electric rear sun curtain, rear door side sun curtains and an infrared reflective front windshield. Stand-alone options include metallic paint ($45), While Pearlescent paint ($600), high-intensity headlamps ($500), reverse warning monitor ($400), Dynamic Stability and Traction Control ($695), DVD-based navigation system ($1,895), 17-inch 'Stentor' wheels ($500), a premium audio system with an in-dash four-CD changer and 10 premium speakers from Danish audio company Dynaudio ($1,200), the telematics system ($835) and the Four-C suspension ($995).