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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Volvo S80 Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2001 Volvo S80 Overview


The S80 luxury sedan combines the subtle allure of a liquid-smooth body with the time-honored Volvo traditions of safety, strength and power. Like the salt and pepper hair that gradually overtakes a man's temples, the S80 impresses with its maturity and self-assured stance; it doesn't scream out for attention and neither do its owners.

There are two trim levels that make up the S80 line: the base 2.9 and the twin-turbo T6. Both trims offer an Executive package that transforms the S80 into a miniature limo. Executive editions include an additional 2-inches of rear-seat legroom, a luxury center console with refrigerator, fax machine and DVD/CD player. While this would have to be the most luxurious of the S80s, we think the standard S80 T6 is the car most Americans would enjoy for day-to-day driving. It features all the amenities available on the base 2.9 as well as fog lights, specially designed leather seats, Autodim rearview mirror and Volvo's Geartronic automatic/manual shifting transmission. A pair of turbos increases horsepower from 197 to 268, giving the T6 the commanding power that luxury buyers have come to expect. That power is transferred to the road via the front wheels and does cause some torque steer—a front-wheel-drive car's tendency to pull in the direction of the wheel receiving power—although the S80's optional Dynamic Stability Traction Control system can help minimize the effect.

The S80 can comfortably seat four adults, five in a pinch. Though Volvo is well known for their innovative orthopedic seats, you may find the S80's front seats a bit narrow in the seat bottom. Supple leather covers all the seating surfaces and simulated walnut trim is tastefully applied to the doors, center console and shift knob. Thoughtful touches abound, including dual-zone climate control, one-touch up/down power windows for the driver and passenger, and an optional in-dash navigation screen that rises up from inside the dashboard. The console face itself is awash in a sea of gray plastic, which makes it a bit difficult to quickly locate key controls for the audio and climate controls. You may notice as we did, that during certain hours of the day, sunlight is able to wash out the LCD display screen on the audio system. The front-seat head restraints feature a unique system designed to minimize the chance of whiplash and rear-seat head restraints can be retracted with the touch of a button, minimizing rear-view obstruction. Other safety features include front side-impact airbags and an airbag curtain that runs the length of the passenger compartment.

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