2011 Volvo S80 Overview
Sitting atop of the S Series food chain, the 2011 Volvo S80 boasts ample power options, respectable fuel economy, and exceptional safety features, which all fall under an umbrella of luxury.
Even though Volvo dropped the V-8 option for 2011, the S80 still features two very capable engines. It all starts with a 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter six-cylinder and then moves up to a 300-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and come in standard front-wheel drive. However, if you require enhanced handling and a more nimble ride, then the optional all-wheel drive system is a no-brainer. The S80 is available in two trims: 3.2 and T6. Depending on which engine you decide on, fuel estimates range from 18-19 mpg in the city and 26-27 mpg on the highway. Competition in this segment includes the Saab 9-5, BMW 528, and Audi A6.
From its trademark grille and logo, to its vintage lines, the 2011 Volvo S80 displays a refreshed, yet classic Volvo design. That design includes standard power-operated and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, which are great in adverse conditions and everyday city driving. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels and fog lights are standard, while 18-inch alloy wheels are optional along with rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated windshield-washer nozzles, headlight washers, xenon headlights with articulating lenses, and a moonroof.
Once on the inside of the 2011 Volvo S80, you’ll be in a world of luxury. Choose between Off Black or Soft Beige leather upholstery and enjoy leather-clad steering wheel and shift knob with Silk Metal inlay, modern wood inlays, cruise control, Bluetooth® connectivity, USB and iPod music interface, auxiliary input/USB port, Sirius Satellite Radio, and a high performance audio system. If you really want to enjoy all of the comforts of Sweden, then you’ll want to opt for dual-zone climate control, heated front and rear seats, a premium sound system, and a navigation system with real-time traffic information.
Safety is Volvo’s bread and butter—and you know that. Standard safety features include side-impact and side curtain airbags, a dynamic stability system and traction control, and an antilock braking system with hydraulic brake assist. Adaptive cruise control, park assist, parking-assistance camera, lane departure warning system, blind spot warning system, and a collision warning system which warns drivers of impending rear-end collisions are optional. An energy-absorbing interior and frontal structure and a reinforced passenger compartment help keep all occupants safe in case of a collision.
The 2011 Volvo S80 does it all – a luxurious interior and ride, powerful engine performance, and of course Volvo’s legendary safety.