2014 Volvo S80

Volvo is one of those automakers that rarely makes a splash in the auto scene. Unless it comes out with a concept - a feat in itself - it’s usually content with just sitting out of the spotlight and producing cars that are known for their fuel efficiency and safety.

That being said, we still have to give due attention to the automaker, especially when it decided to roll out a bevy of new models for nearly its entire product line.

One of these models is the new S80 , the Swedish automaker’s luxury sedan. Previous versions didn’t really inspire a whole lot of interest from the market, but that doesn’t mean that the new S80 doesn’t come with some interesting new features about it that could make it a safe choice for a luxury model.

We certainly see some merits on the new S80. Sure, there are some things we don’t like about it too, but with a brand like Volvo, the case is always the customer taking what he can get.

Updated 08/02/2013: Volvo announced today that the 2014 S80 luxury sedan starts at $39,900. Click past the jump to see all of the pricing details.

Find out more about the 2013 Volvo S80 after the jump

Exterior

Volvo S80

When you’re describing the exterior of the S80, you’re not going to expect any sort of award-winning designs. Volvo has never been the type to wow with aesthetics. Having said that, the new S80 does come with a host of exterior upgrades that makes the sedan look a little more appealing.

Volvo fitted the S80 with new front and rear bumpers that exude a more stretched look that makes the car look wider. We’re not sure what that accomplishes apart from being a little more difficult to park in smaller spaces.

Volvo describes the changes as adding a more sophisticated elegance to the car but we struggle to see where the sophistication is, especially when the automaker retained the old Volvo lights on the rear.

Ultimately, judging the look of a Volvo is like telling a giraffe it’s got a long neck. There are no surprises and nothing that will make you stand up and take attention.

Measurements and Volumes

Length485.4 cm
Width (without mirrors)186.1 cm
Height (including shark fin)149.3 cm
Wheelbase283.5 cm
Track, front, (16”/17”)158.8 cm/ 157.8 cm
Track, rear, (16”/17”)158.5 cm / 157.5 cm
Ground clearance, curb Std / Low sport15.1 cm / 13.0 cm
Curb weight, kg (min–max, depending on setup)1,522–1,538 kg
Fuel tank70 liters
Max. trailer weight1,300–2,000 kg
Max roof load100 kg
Drag coefficientCd 0.29

Interior

Volvo S80

Admittedly, Volvo interiors are actually pretty good, at least right on par with that of its German counterparts. For the new S80, Volvo is outfitting it with the Executive interior package, the highest level of all-inclusive luxury, blending craftsmanship with all the technology Volvo has and one that includes genuine cowhide leather from the Bridge of Weir in Scotland.

The center stack of the S80 is also properly designed, highlighted by the wood-finished panel that adds that touch of "sophisticated elegance" the exterior couldn’t live up to. The flat-diagonal surface makes it easy for the driver to access the buttons, which are all neatly arranged. The four dials are also ideally situated a little farther from each other, avoiding the confusion of what function each of those dials serve.

Interior Measurements

Headroom without sunroof (front/rear)985 cm / 973 cm
Headroom with sunroof (front/rear)959 cm / 972 cm
Passenger compartment width at shoulder height (front/rear)145.7 cm / 143.1 cm
Leg room (front/rear)106.4 cm / 89.0 cm
Cargo volume, including under floor storage (ISO V210)480
Cargo length at floor from the back of front seatback192.7 cm
Cargo length at floor from the back of the rear seatback109.4 cm
Cargo floor height to ground54.6 cm
Rear opening height (car center line)87.6 cm
Width of luggage compartment between wheelhouses113.0 cm

Performance

Volvo S80

If there’s one thing that Volvo can lay claim to being one of the best at, it’s their status as one of the finest brands when it comes to fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions.

For the S80, the Swedish automaker is providing a host of engine options, including a four-cylinder D2 diesel engine that produces 115 horsepower. That lack in output may turn off a lot of people, but a significant portion of folks will no less be attracted to the engine’s class-leading 4.1 l/100 km fuel efficiency (57.37 mpg) and C02 emissions of just 108 g/km, numbers that you wouldn’t expect from a sedan of its class in the past.

Likewise, the S80’s 136-horsepower D3 and 163-horsepower D4 engines both emit CO2 emissions of just 129 g, or 4.9 l/100 km (48 mpg) while the 180-horsepower, 1.6-liter GTDi T4 engine has a fuel consumption of just 7.1 l/100km (33.1 mpg).

Engine Specifications Part 1

Engine modelt4 (B4164T)t4f (B4164T2)t5 (B4204T7)
TypeIn-line 4-cyl. turbo petrolIn-line 4-cyl. turbo petrolIn-line 4-cyl. turbo petrol
ConfigurationTransverse, front wheel driveTransverse, front wheel driveTransverse, front wheel drive
Displacement, cm3159615961999
Bore (mm)79.079.0875.
Stroke (mm)81.481.483.1
Engine cylinder block materialAluminumAluminumAluminum
Cylinderhead materialAluminumAluminumAluminum
Compression ratio10.0:110.0:110.0:1
Valves, no/cylinder444
Camshafts222
Engine management systemIntegrated fuel (SFI) / ignition control systemsIntegrated fuel (SFI) / ignition control systemsIntegrated fuel (SFI) / ignition control systems
Ignition sequence1 - 3 - 4 -21 - 3 - 4 - 21 - 3 - 4 - 2
Engine idling speed, rpm750750780
Fuel, rec. octane91-98 RONE85 & 91–98 RON91–98 RON
Max output, kW (hp)/rpm.132 (180) / 5700132 (180) / 5700177 (240) / 5500
Max torque, Nm/rpm.240 / 1600–5000240 / 1600–5000320 / 1800–5000
Manual gearbox/final driveMMT6 Z3 3.690/2.682MMT6 Z3 3.690/2.682MMT6 Z3 3.813/2.773
Automatic gearbox/final driveMPS6-7 3.933/2.682MPS6-7 3.933/2.682MPS6-7 3.933/2.682
Gearbox
Manual
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec)8.58.57.5
Top speed, km/h220220245
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined)6.66.97.9
CO2 g/km152159184
Automatic
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec)9.29.27.7
Top speed, km/h220220240
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined)7.17.18.1
CO2 g/km162165189

Engine Specifications Part 2

Engine modelt5 (B5254T14)3.2 (B6324S5)t6 (B6304T4)
TypeIn-line 5-cyl. turbo petrolIn-line 6-cyl. turbo petrolIn-line 6-cyl. turbo petrol
ConfigurationTransverse, front wheel driveTransverse, front and all wheel driveTransverse, all wheel drive
Displacement, cm3249731922953
Bore (mm)83.084.082.0
Stroke (mm)92.396.093.2
Engine cylinder block materialAluminumAluminumAluminum
Cylinderhead materialAluminumAluminumAluminum
Compression ratio9.5:110.8:19.3:1
Valves, no/cylinder444
Camshafts222
Engine management systemIntegrated fuel (SFI) / ignition control systemsIntegrated fuel (SFI) / ignition control systemsIntegrated fuel (SFI) / ignition control systems
Ignition sequence1 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 31 - 5 - 3 - 6 - 2 - 41 - 5 - 3 - 6 - 2 - 4
Engine idling speed, rpm720590590
Fuel, rec. octane91-98 RON91–98 RON91–98 RON
Max output, kW (hp)/rpm.183 (249) / 5400179 (243) / 6400224 (304) / 5600
Max torque, Nm/rpm.360 / 1800–4200320 / 3200440 / 2100–4200
Manual gearbox/final driven/an/an/a
Automatic gearbox/final driveAW TF-80SC 3.200AW TF-80SC FWD/AWD 3.329/3.464AW TF-80SC 3.329
Gearbox
Manual
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec)n/a8.57.5
Top speed, km/hn/a220245
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined)n/a6.97.9
CO2 g/kmn/a159184
Automatic
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec)7.07.9(FWD)/8.2(AWD)6.4
Top speed, km/h240240(FWD)/235(AWD)250
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined)8.88.9(FWD)/9.4(AWD)9.5
CO2 g/km205208(FWD)/219(AWD)222

Engine Specifications Part 3

Engine modeld2 (D4162T)d3 (D5204T7)d3 (D5204T3)
TypeIn-line 4-cyl. turbo dieselIn-line 5-cyl. turbo dieselIn-line 5-cyl. turbo diesel
ConfigurationTransverse, front wheel driveTransverse, front wheel driveTransverse, front wheel drive
Displacement, cm3156019841984
Bore (mm)75.081.081.0
Stroke (mm)88.377.077.0
Engine cylinder block materialAluminumAluminumAluminum
Cylinderhead materialAluminumAluminumAluminum
Compression ratio16.0:116.5:116.5:1
Valves, no/cylinder244
Camshafts222
Engine management systemElectronically controlled
common rail direct injection
Electronically controlled
common rail direct injection
Electronically controlled
common rail direct injection
Ignition sequence1 - 3 - 4 -21 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 31 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 3
Engine idling speed, rpm790700700
Fuel, rec. octaneCetane Number: Min 48Cetane Number: Min 48Cetane Number: Min 48
Max output, kW (hp)/rpm.84 (115) / 3600100 (136) / 3500120 (163) / 3500
Max torque, Nm/rpm.270 / 1750–2500350 / 1500–2250400 / 1500–2750
Manual gearbox/final driveMMT6 W3 4.063/2.955M66D F2A 3.770M66D F2A 3.770
Automatic gearbox/final driveMPS6-4 3.933/2.682AW TF80SC 3.075AW TF80SC 3.075
Gearbox
Manual
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec)11.510.49.7
Top speed, km/h190205215
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined)4.5 / 4.1*4.34.3
CO2 g/km119 / 108*114114
Automatic
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec)12.810.49.7
Top speed, km/h185200210
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined)4.5 / 4.1*5.0 (4.9)6.0 / 5.0 / 4.9
CO2 g/km119 / 109*132 (129)158 / 132 / 129

*Tire Restriction

Engine Specifications Part 4

Engine modeld5 (D5244T11)d5 (D5244T15)
TypeIn-line 5-cyl. turbo dieselIn-line 5-cyl. turbo diesel
ConfigurationTransverse, front wheel driveTransverse, front and all wheel drive
Displacement, cm324002400
Bore (mm)81.081.0
Stroke (mm)93.1593.15
Engine cylinder block materialAluminumAluminum
Cylinderhead materialAluminumAluminum
Compression ratio16.5:116.5:1
Valves, no/cylinder44
Camshafts22
Engine management systemElectronically controlled
common rail direct injection
Electronically controlled
common rail direct injection
Ignition sequence1 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 31 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 3
Engine idling speed, rpm740700
Fuel, rec. octaneCetane Number: Min 48Cetane Number: Min 48
Max output, kW (hp)/rpm.158 (215) / 4000158 (215) / 4000
Max torque, Nm/rpm.420 / 1500–3250440 / 1500–3000
Manual gearbox/final driveM66D F2A 3.770n/a
Automatic gearbox/final driven/aAW TF-80SC FWD/AWD 3.200/3.329
Gearbox
Manual
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec)7.6n/a
Top speed, km/h230n/a
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined)4.6n/a
CO2 g/km120n/a
Automatic
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec)n/a7.8(FWD) / 7.8(AWD)
Top speed, km/hn/a225(FWD) / 225(AWD)
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined)n/a6.1(FWD) / 6.4(AWD)
CO2 g/kmn/a159(FWD) / 167(AWD)

Pricing

ModelPrice
S80 3.2$39,900
S80 3.2 Premier Plus$41,400
S80 3.2 Platinum$44,100
S80 T6 AWD$43,950
S80 T6 AWD Premier Plus$45,450
S80 T6 AWD Platinum$48,150

Competition

Audi A6

Audi A6

Aesthetically, there really is no comparison. The Audi A6 looks like a million bucks, compared to the S80, which probably looks about half of that. The Volvo’s multitude of powertrain options offers plenty of choices for the consumer. Add that to the class-leading fuel efficiency rating and you can probably make a case for the S80 as a more palatable purchase. But if you’re not too hung up on fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, then we don’t see any reason why you’ll opt for an S80 when a sexier option is available in the S6.

BMW 5-Series

BMW 5-Series Sedan

There’s really no going around Volvo’s rather bland design for the S80. It’s not their fault, really, because they’ve never been one to brag about their designs. That’s the same case with the 5-Series , a car that may not look as pretty as the A6, but is still more aesthetically pleasing than the S80. And if you really think about it, the 5-Series’ combination of looks, power, efficiency, and unquestioned German engineering make it just as well of a better choice than the Volvo S80.

Conclusion

Volvo S80

The S80 is a tough call and really depends on what you’re looking for in a luxury sedan. There are definitely better options to choose from if you value the idea of driving a looker of a car with matching performance credentials. But if you’re up for saving Mother Earth, few models can compete with the S80’s characteristic of being a fuel-saver. If you ask us, we’re steering clear of the Volvo in lieu of, in our opinion, better options.

LOVE IT
  • Plenty of powertrain options
  • The interior looks spruced up
  • Fuel efficient
LEAVE IT
  • It still looks mundane
  • So many more options to choose from

What is your take?

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