Rain-sensor wipers and headlight washers are now included in all Volvo S80s, and the Personal Car Communicator, a special keyfob system that can report the security status of your vehicle remotely—including the capability to detect an intruder in your vehicle—has been made standard. The leather upholstery doesn't let you down either; it's a good mid-point between plush and durable enough for family use. With a ride that's firm yet comfortable, a very quiet interior, superb seats, and a combination of confident tracking and strong passing power, and the S80 is the way to do long road trips in style. This year that package also includes a Road Sign Information system as well. It's powerful and sharp, and the increased torque is especially welcome.
For 2013, the Volvo S80 gets only minor upgrades to its equipment, including rain-sensing wipers and keyless entry and starting. Rain-sensor wipers and headlight washers are now included in all 2013 Volvo S80s, and the Personal Car Communicator, a special keyfob system that can report the security status of your vehicle remotely—including the capability to detect an intruder in your vehicle—has been made standard. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating. Those in back will be happy, too. You can interpret our ratings in the following way: 5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. As the flagship of the Volvo line, the S80 showcases the curvier new side of Volvo, but in a somewhat more conservative—some might say prestige-oriented—way.
Speaking of headlights, the the now features Tunnel Detection, which turns the headlights on upon entering a tunnel, and off, while exiting. Rear passengers get climate-control vents built into the B-pillars for better comfort. Volvo S80 models are powered solely by inline 6-cylinder engines. It is adequate to move this mid-size sedan, but hardly inspiring. The 2013 Volvo S80 can be equipped, in T6 versions, with the same 300-horsepower, 3. While it's best for drivers to not be distracted in the first place, the City Safety system really can help.
Again, highway trips are its forte; with the comfortable suspension settings and quiet interior, the S80 devours the miles. The Premier Plus trim package now includes active dual-xenon headlights, and the Technology Package has Road Sign Information, which detects important approaching signs and displays them on the driver-information monitor. For 2013, the Volvo S80 gets only minor upgrades to its equipment, including rain-sensing wipers and keyless entry and starting. The T5 gains new 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, a power moonroof and the interior air-quality system as standard. Simply does not deserve to be on the road. And with an available Technology Package, you can step up to a suite of radar- and camera-related active-safety features including Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, Adaptive Cruise Control, Distance Alert, and a Lane Departure Warning system. Volvo's largest sedan isn't known for the most daring styling or thrilling performance.
Driving It The S80 offers two distinct experiences depending upon which engine is under the hood. The Volvo S80 separates itself from other luxury sedans by offering a quiet, refined sense of class, a thoughtful interior, a pleasant driving experience, and top-of-the-line safety features. And that's true especially from the outside. Also, with real wood finishes, metallic touches, and contrasting hues, the materials stray from the typical luxury-car convention, yet the interior will never strike you as ordinary or mass-market. If you feel you have received this message in error, please view our customer care or access your here.
Materials take a stark, Scandinavian tack, with light and dark tones providing contrast, along with silk-metal inlays and real wood veneers that fully look the part of a luxury-car cabin. Volvo's 'floating' center stack—a thin panel that houses a high-end audio system, with extra storage behind—remains unrivaled for functionality and style. With the T6, you also get an active suspension system with Comfort, Sport, and Advanced modes; it's a pretty sophisticated system and ties in with the variable-assist power steering, which varies its assist from quite light to very firm. Additional option packages on all S80s are the Climate Package with heated front and rear seats, and the Technology Package that includes adaptive cruise control and lane-departure and collision warning systems. Considering the mission of the 2013 Volvo S80—to carry four adults or maybe five in absolute comfort and safety, swaddled with conveniences—it's a reasonably green pick, provided you go with the front-wheel-drive model.
Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price. When Geely purchased the company last year, it had laid out the goal…. And although the look is attractive from the side, with an dashing roofline, and a look that's unmistakeably Volvo from the front, the S80 looks dated from some angles—and definitely less daring than the smaller, flamboyant S60 sport sedan. It's equipped with an array of airbags, and optional features abound: a blind-spot monitor, a lane-departure warning system, an impressive driver fatigue monitor, and collision and pedestrian warning systems that include automatic braking. Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552. Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.
Add the available Technology Package, and you get a suite of radar- and camera-related active-safety features including Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, Adaptive Cruise Control, Distance Alert, and a Lane Departure Warning system. Whether you're tall or short, thin or thick, we can't imagine much better than these front perches. On base models, you instead get a 240-hp straight-six and front-wheel drive. And here's another surprise: The S80 is rated to tow up to 3,300 pounds. However, they noted that it has a composed and comfortable ride. For 2013 it continues with that strategy, although each trim gets even more feature content, without prices rising appreciably. Volvo's signature flowing taillights continue to make a statement of elegance.
Now standard is a sport mode, and automatic rain-sensing wipers and headlight washers. With their wide range of adjustability, and available fan-driven heating and cooling, they're well suited to long-distance hauls. Those seeking an even more sporting experience in the all-wheel-drive T6 version of the S80 can opt for the Dynamic Package, which lowers the ride height and features firmer springs and anti-roll bars. The front bucket seats are ultra-supportive and feature 8-way power for both driver and passenger. A Sport mode is added to the transmission this year.