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

  • 2014 Volvo S80
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Transmission:
    AW TF-80SC 3.200
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    249
  • MPG(Cty):
    34
  • Torque @ RPM:
    266
  • Displacement:
    3.2 L
  • Top Speed:
    137 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    8.5 sec.
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

2014 Volvo S80 High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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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

Length 485.4 cm
Width (without mirrors) 186.1 cm
Height (including shark fin) 149.3 cm
Wheelbase 283.5 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 sport 15.1 cm / 13.0 cm
Curb weight, kg (min–max, depending on setup) 1,522–1,538 kg
Fuel tank 70 liters
Max. trailer weight 1,300–2,000 kg
Max roof load 100 kg
Drag coefficient Cd 0.29

Interior

2014 Volvo S80 Interior
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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 seatback 192.7 cm
Cargo length at floor from the back of the rear seatback 109.4 cm
Cargo floor height to ground 54.6 cm
Rear opening height (car center line) 87.6 cm
Width of luggage compartment between wheelhouses 113.0 cm

Performance

2014 Volvo S80 Interior
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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 model t4 (B4164T) t4f (B4164T2) t5 (B4204T7)
Type In-line 4-cyl. turbo petrol In-line 4-cyl. turbo petrol In-line 4-cyl. turbo petrol
Configuration Transverse, front wheel drive Transverse, front wheel drive Transverse, front wheel drive
Displacement, cm3 1596 1596 1999
Bore (mm) 79.0 79.0 875.
Stroke (mm) 81.4 81.4 83.1
Engine cylinder block material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cylinderhead material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Compression ratio 10.0:1 10.0:1 10.0:1
Valves, no/cylinder 4 4 4
Camshafts 2 2 2
Engine management system Integrated fuel (SFI) / ignition control systems Integrated fuel (SFI) / ignition control systems Integrated fuel (SFI) / ignition control systems
Ignition sequence 1 - 3 - 4 -2 1 - 3 - 4 - 2 1 - 3 - 4 - 2
Engine idling speed, rpm 750 750 780
Fuel, rec. octane 91-98 RON E85 & 91–98 RON 91–98 RON
Max output, kW (hp)/rpm. 132 (180) / 5700 132 (180) / 5700 177 (240) / 5500
Max torque, Nm/rpm. 240 / 1600–5000 240 / 1600–5000 320 / 1800–5000
Manual gearbox/final drive MMT6 Z3 3.690/2.682 MMT6 Z3 3.690/2.682 MMT6 Z3 3.813/2.773
Automatic gearbox/final drive MPS6-7 3.933/2.682 MPS6-7 3.933/2.682 MPS6-7 3.933/2.682
Gearbox
Manual
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec) 8.5 8.5 7.5
Top speed, km/h 220 220 245
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined) 6.6 6.9 7.9
CO2 g/km 152 159 184
Automatic
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec) 9.2 9.2 7.7
Top speed, km/h 220 220 240
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined) 7.1 7.1 8.1
CO2 g/km 162 165 189

Engine Specifications Part 2

Engine model t5 (B5254T14) 3.2 (B6324S5) t6 (B6304T4)
Type In-line 5-cyl. turbo petrol In-line 6-cyl. turbo petrol In-line 6-cyl. turbo petrol
Configuration Transverse, front wheel drive Transverse, front and all wheel drive Transverse, all wheel drive
Displacement, cm3 2497 3192 2953
Bore (mm) 83.0 84.0 82.0
Stroke (mm) 92.3 96.0 93.2
Engine cylinder block material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cylinderhead material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Compression ratio 9.5:1 10.8:1 9.3:1
Valves, no/cylinder 4 4 4
Camshafts 2 2 2
Engine management system Integrated fuel (SFI) / ignition control systems Integrated fuel (SFI) / ignition control systems Integrated fuel (SFI) / ignition control systems
Ignition sequence 1 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 3 1 - 5 - 3 - 6 - 2 - 4 1 - 5 - 3 - 6 - 2 - 4
Engine idling speed, rpm 720 590 590
Fuel, rec. octane 91-98 RON 91–98 RON 91–98 RON
Max output, kW (hp)/rpm. 183 (249) / 5400 179 (243) / 6400 224 (304) / 5600
Max torque, Nm/rpm. 360 / 1800–4200 320 / 3200 440 / 2100–4200
Manual gearbox/final drive n/a n/a n/a
Automatic gearbox/final drive AW TF-80SC 3.200 AW TF-80SC FWD/AWD 3.329/3.464 AW TF-80SC 3.329
Gearbox
Manual
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec) n/a 8.5 7.5
Top speed, km/h n/a 220 245
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined) n/a 6.9 7.9
CO2 g/km n/a 159 184
Automatic
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec) 7.0 7.9(FWD)/8.2(AWD) 6.4
Top speed, km/h 240 240(FWD)/235(AWD) 250
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined) 8.8 8.9(FWD)/9.4(AWD) 9.5
CO2 g/km 205 208(FWD)/219(AWD) 222

Engine Specifications Part 3

Engine model d2 (D4162T) d3 (D5204T7) d3 (D5204T3)
Type In-line 4-cyl. turbo diesel In-line 5-cyl. turbo diesel In-line 5-cyl. turbo diesel
Configuration Transverse, front wheel drive Transverse, front wheel drive Transverse, front wheel drive
Displacement, cm3 1560 1984 1984
Bore (mm) 75.0 81.0 81.0
Stroke (mm) 88.3 77.0 77.0
Engine cylinder block material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cylinderhead material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Compression ratio 16.0:1 16.5:1 16.5:1
Valves, no/cylinder 2 4 4
Camshafts 2 2 2
Engine management system Electronically controlled
common rail direct injection
Electronically controlled
common rail direct injection
Electronically controlled
common rail direct injection
Ignition sequence 1 - 3 - 4 -2 1 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 3 1 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 3
Engine idling speed, rpm 790 700 700
Fuel, rec. octane Cetane Number: Min 48 Cetane Number: Min 48 Cetane Number: Min 48
Max output, kW (hp)/rpm. 84 (115) / 3600 100 (136) / 3500 120 (163) / 3500
Max torque, Nm/rpm. 270 / 1750–2500 350 / 1500–2250 400 / 1500–2750
Manual gearbox/final drive MMT6 W3 4.063/2.955 M66D F2A 3.770 M66D F2A 3.770
Automatic gearbox/final drive MPS6-4 3.933/2.682 AW TF80SC 3.075 AW TF80SC 3.075
Gearbox
Manual
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec) 11.5 10.4 9.7
Top speed, km/h 190 205 215
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined) 4.5 / 4.1* 4.3 4.3
CO2 g/km 119 / 108* 114 114
Automatic
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec) 12.8 10.4 9.7
Top speed, km/h 185 200 210
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined) 4.5 / 4.1* 5.0 (4.9) 6.0 / 5.0 / 4.9
CO2 g/km 119 / 109* 132 (129) 158 / 132 / 129

*Tire Restriction

Engine Specifications Part 4

Engine model d5 (D5244T11) d5 (D5244T15)
Type In-line 5-cyl. turbo diesel In-line 5-cyl. turbo diesel
Configuration Transverse, front wheel drive Transverse, front and all wheel drive
Displacement, cm3 2400 2400
Bore (mm) 81.0 81.0
Stroke (mm) 93.15 93.15
Engine cylinder block material Aluminum Aluminum
Cylinderhead material Aluminum Aluminum
Compression ratio 16.5:1 16.5:1
Valves, no/cylinder 4 4
Camshafts 2 2
Engine management system Electronically controlled
common rail direct injection
Electronically controlled
common rail direct injection
Ignition sequence 1 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 3 1 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 3
Engine idling speed, rpm 740 700
Fuel, rec. octane Cetane Number: Min 48 Cetane Number: Min 48
Max output, kW (hp)/rpm. 158 (215) / 4000 158 (215) / 4000
Max torque, Nm/rpm. 420 / 1500–3250 440 / 1500–3000
Manual gearbox/final drive M66D F2A 3.770 n/a
Automatic gearbox/final drive n/a AW TF-80SC FWD/AWD 3.200/3.329
Gearbox
Manual
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec) 7.6 n/a
Top speed, km/h 230 n/a
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined) 4.6 n/a
CO2 g/km 120 n/a
Automatic
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h (sec) n/a 7.8(FWD) / 7.8(AWD)
Top speed, km/h n/a 225(FWD) / 225(AWD)
Fuel consumption l/100 km (Combined) n/a 6.1(FWD) / 6.4(AWD)
CO2 g/km n/a 159(FWD) / 167(AWD)

Pricing

Model Price
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

2012 - 2013 Audi A6 High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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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

2011 BMW 5-Series Sedan
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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

2014 Volvo S80 High Resolution Exterior
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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.

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    • * It still looks mundane
    • * So many more options to choose from
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