2010 Volvo S80 Review
Senior European Editor
The Auto Channel
MONACO, March 11, 2009; The refreshed S80 made its world debut in Geneva and just six days later we could make a first driving impression in the south of France. The minor face lift consisted of a more aggressive grille with a larger Volvo logo and chrome details across the air intakes, under the doors and under the tail lamps.
The large S80 sedan has been refreshed and besides the 1.6 –liter diesel it also gets other new engines. First of all, there is the D5, the five cylinder, twin-turbo diesel with 205 hp and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft.) of torque. This version has a fuel consumption of 6.2 l/100 km and 164 g/km CO2.
The other new engine is the 2,4-liter diesel with 175 hp and also 420 Nm (310 lb-ft.) torque that has a fuel consumption of 5.8 l/100 km and 154 g/km CO2. The current 2.0-liter diesel remains unchanged.
From June, the 109 hp 1.6 Driv-e diesel will be available for both the S80 and V70.
Also new is the 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine, that will debut in the new S60 next year. Finally, in 2012 Volvo plans to introduce the plug-in hybrid version of the C30.
We drove the renewed S80 through France's Mediterranean coastal area between Nice and Monaco. We found the comfort chassis a bit too soft for driving on curvy mountain roads. It will be excellent, however, for people who use the car for longer distances and for business people who ride in the back.
The sports chassis of our second test car was combined with AWD and provided a more stable feel that invites you to drive more dynamically. In that case, you will also appreciate the improved steering gear that comes with the sports suspension for quicker response and a better feel.
The new S80 not only leaves an improved impression, but also has a more dynamic stance. That is important, since Volvo wants to become the (cheaper) alternative again for its German competitors, who all offer dynamic models in the segment.
The S80 will go on sale in Europe around the beginning of May and in North America, where the V-8 will be available, but diesel engines will not (Editors Note: And Why Not We Ask?)