2016 Volvo S80

The Volvo S80 is a midsize luxury sedan that serves as the Swedish firm's flagship. Positioned higher up on the market than its predecessor, the S80 rewards those willing to venture outside the premium mainstream with elegant styling, a tasteful and well-crafted interior and the kind of cutting-edge safety technology on which Volvo has built its reputation. In addition to the four-door sedan, the automaker offers a rugged station wagon variant of the S80 called XC70.

Recent Changes
The S80 is entering its last model year on the market so it is only available with a single engine.

The S80 features an elegant front end that falls in line with the rest of the Volvo lineup. A creased belt line emphasizes the car's width, while chrome trim between the tail lamps finishes off the look. Overall, the S80 wears a more low-key design than many of its competitors.

The S80 offers room for five passengers with a level of comfort and luxury that can rival well-established competitors from Germany and Japan. The dashboard boasts soft-touch materials, leather and real wood trim.

The instrument cluster consists of an analog speedometer flanked by four digital gauges. All trims come with a thin-film transistor (TFT) screen that can be configured by the driver.

The S80 serves up 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space with the rear seats left up. Carrying long items such as skis is a breeze thanks to a pass-through integrated into the rear arm rest.

Comes standard with a dash-mounted seven-inch color screen that runs Volvo's Sensus infotainment system. Sensus groups the car's connectivity, entertainment and navigation (if equipped) functions into a single easy-to-use unit controlled with buttons on the center stack or voice commands. The screen also displays images in cars equipped with a rear-view camera, and gives the driver access to a host of menus that provide vital information about the car and its surroundings.

Under The Hood
Last year's naturally-aspirated straight-six has been replaced by a more powerful and economical "Drive-E" turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Allied to an eight-speed automatic that sends output to the front wheels, the four produces 240 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Mileage is rated at an impressive 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

Standard And Optional Features
The base S80 comes standard with keyless entry, fog lights, LED turn signals integrated into the door mirrors, an outside temperature gauge, a pollen filter, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a front center armrest, a leather-upholstered steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats, power-folding rear head rests, a power glass moon roof, an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.

Upgrading to the Premier Plus adds a compass in the rear-view mirror, a grocery bag holder, a HomeLink garage door opener, a quick-fold front passenger seat and a rear-view camera with park assist.

Finally, the Platinum trim gains accent lighting, a premium 12-speaker sound system and navigation.

The list of options consists of metallic paint colors, a wood steering wheel, Volvo's Blind Spot Information System with power retractable mirrors, numerous alloy wheel designs and dual xenon headlights with washers.

S80 buyers can also order one of three option packages. Designed to maximize comfort in cold climates, the Climate Package adds heated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated windshield, a heated steering wheel, heated windshield washer nozzles and an Interior Air Quality System (IAQS).

The Technology Package consists of Adaptive
Cruise Control, Collision Warning, Pedestrian and Cycle Detection, Distance Alert, Driver Alert Control, Lane Departure Warning, Road Sign Information and active high beams.

The Inscription Package bundles full Sovereign Hide leather upholstery on the seats, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery on the dashboard and on the front armrest as well as model-specific floor mats and sill plates.

Occupant Safety
All S80s come standard with dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags, traction and stability control systems and emergency brake assist.

Additionally, all models regardless of trim level feature Volvo's City Safety function which uses a laser sensor to automatically trigger the brakes at low speeds if a pending impact is detected.

Key Competitors
Although it's starting to show its age, the Volvo S80 can be cross-shopped against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the BMW 5 Series, the Acura TLX and the Lexus GS.