Making a strong play for relevance in the mid-size premium sedan segment, the 2015 Volvo S80 has reached dealerships with its new T5 Drive-E engine and an MSRP of $41,450. True, the 2015 Volvo S80 remains in a front-wheel-drive configuration, which may not satisfy all drivers in this class, but that next-gen Drive-E engine technology—and an eight-speed automatic transmission—will enable competitive levels of power as well as particularly strong marks in highway fuel economy.
Consider the following list of similarly sized lux rivals to the 2015 Volvo S80 (with all models in their entry-level setups and listed according to MSRP):
- Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC diesel ($51,400)—195 hp, 369 lb.-ft. of torque, 28 mpg city/42 mpg highway/33 mpg combined
- BMW 528i ($49,750)—240 hp, 260 lb.-ft. of torque, 23 mpg city/34 mpg highway/27 mpg combined
- Audi A6 ($44,800)—220 hp, 258 lb.-ft. of torque, 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway/28 mpg combined
- 2015 Volvo S80 ($41,450)—240 hp, 258 lb.-ft. of torque, 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway/29 mpg combined
- Infiniti Q50 ($37,150)—328 hp, 269 lb.-ft. of torque, 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway/23 mpg combined
- Lexus ES ($36,620)—268 hp, 248 lb.-ft. of torque, 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway/24 mpg combined