- Volvo’s flagship sedan
- New turbocharged four-cylinder engine replaces the old six-cylinder base engine
- Won a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS
The 2015 Volvo S80 is the largest and most luxurious sedan in Volvo’s lineup of cars and it gets a large update for the new model year, with the introduction of a new base engine.
The old 3.2-liter six-cylinder (and the 3.2 trim) is now gone, replaced by a brand-new engine out of Volvo’s Drive-E family of engines. The new T5 Drive-E trim is now the base trim and features a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 258 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission, and also features start/stop technology for greater efficiency. The new engine is only slightly more powerful than the old six-cylinder, but it is much more efficient offering a 26-percent boost in fuel economy with 25/37 mpg city/highway.
Last year’s optional engine found in the T6 trim is still available, a 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that makes 325 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive is standard. This engine/transmission combination gets 19/28 mpg city/highway.
Styling is unchanged; Volvo cars feature an understated elegance that is very much present on the S80. It got mild styling changes in 2014, which smoothed out the front and made the car look lower and sleeker. There were also new daytime running lamps and chrome accents as well. 17-inch wheels are standard, with 18- and 19-inch wheels available on higher trim levels.
Inside, the S80 seats five occupants in a roomy cabin that is well outfitted in both comfort and technology. Instead of your standard speedometer/tachometer setup, the instrument panel is a seven-inch display that can be customized by the driver to relay different information. Volvo’s Sensus Connect system is also standard; it comes with its own seven-inch touchscreen display in the center console and utilizes a wireless card (costs extra) or a smartphone connection to power “apps” including internet radio, a web browser, and weather updates. Also standard are an auto dimming rear view mirror, powered front seats, HD radio, USB/iPod ports, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and leather upholstery.
The S80 continues Volvo’s reputation for safety, earning a coveted Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. It is stuffed to the gills with safety technology, including Volvo’s City Safety system that can detect objects in the vehicle’s path and will slow the car to prevent a collision at speeds of up to 31 mph. Also available are pedestrian/cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, collision warnings, distance alerts, lane departure warnings, and active high beams.