Volvo S80 Road Test
The S80 doesn't deliver the level of performance or luxury expected in this class, particularly because of its stiff ride, tight rear seat, and unremarkable performance. The lone powertrain for 2016 is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission; the turbo six-cylinder with all-wheel drive has been dropped. Handling is sound and predictable. The interior is well-finished, and the front seats are comfortable, but for a sedan of its size, rear-seat room is cramped and cabin access is compromised. A collision warning system is available. Updates for 2016 include standard heated front seats. The S80 has been replaced by the S90 with an interior design similar to that of the XC90 SUV.
All cars come with basic warranty coverage, also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. This protects consumers against unexpected problems with non-wear items. Powertrain warranty protects against engine and transmission troubles. Rust through, or corrosion warranty, covers rust to non-damaged components. Roadside aid provides on-location assistance in case of a breakdown and may include limited towing services.
Extended warranties provide peace of mind. Owners of models known to have worse-than-average predicted reliability can mitigate risks with an extended warranty. Generally, we recommend buying a model with better-than-average reliability and skipping this expensive add on. If you do buy an extended warranty, it is key to read the small print to understand what is covered and where you can bring the car for repairs.