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2016 Volvo S80 Review

The Volvo S80 has a smooth ride, comfortable seats, and an excellent safety score. However, its restrained performance and below-average reliability keep this Volvo near the back of the luxury midsize car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Dull handling

New for 2016

  • Final model year before discontinuation
  • Six-cylinder engine (T6) no longer available
  • All-wheel drive not available

7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2016 Volvo S80 Overview

Is the 2016 Volvo S80 a Good Used Car?

The Volvo S80 does a couple things very well. It rewards passengers with a supple ride, a quiet cabin, and cozy seats. It also returns excellent fuel economy and offers a long list of advanced safety features. Unfortunately, that’s just not enough in the fiercely competitive luxury midsize car class. The S80 rates poorly for reliability, and its dated styling and conservative performance leave something to be desired. There are better options in this class, including the 2016 Lexus ES and 2016 Hyundai Genesis.

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How Much Is the 2016 Volvo S80?

You can expect to pay between $20,000 and $39,300 for a used 2016 S80. These figures are based on 40 listings for the 2016 Volvo S80 on our site. The average list price is $25,100. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Volvo S80 Cost to Own?

The S80’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $23,100 – or about $4,600 per year. That’s lower than average for the luxury midsize car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New S80?

Volvo discontinued the S80 after the 2016 model year, so you won’t be able to find any new models for sale. However, if you're interested in a new luxury midsize car, you may want to consider the S80’s replacement – the Volvo S90. It outshines its predecessor with a roomier and far more luxurious cabin, an exceptional list of standard safety features, zippier engine performance, and an easier-to-use infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All that refinement comes at a cost though. The 2018 Volvo S90 starts at $48,100, which is roughly $25,000 more than the average used S80.

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It’s possible to buy a new car for about the price of an average 2016 S80, but you’ll need to shift your focus from the luxury class to the affordable class. The 2018 Honda Accord starts at just $23,570. Though it doesn’t carry the same luxury cachet as the Volvo, the Accord offers a higher-quality interior, far more standard safety features, zippier handling, and superior fuel economy than the 2016 S80. It’s an excellent car.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Volvo S80?

The S80 has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five, according to J.D. Power.

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2016 Volvo S80 Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one safety recall for the 2016 S80. Volvo has identified an issue with the car’s starter motor fuse, which can fail in certain stop-and-go driving situations. Before buying a used S80, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Volvo S80 Is Best?

The 2016 Volvo S80 marks the final model year of a generation that launched for 2007. Volvo made small changes to the S80 over these years, but the most substantial updates arrived in 2012 and 2015. In 2012, the S80 gained Volvo’s City Safety system (a form of forward collision warning). It also received a new navigation system. The previous system was outdated and frustrating to use. In 2015, Volvo added its efficient Drive-E four-cylinder engines to the S80’s lineup, and they became the only engines offered in 2016. The 2015 and 2016 models offer the most features for the money, but the 2012 S80 is considerably less expensive and a good choice if your budget is tight. All models have good overall scores.

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Which Used Volvo S80 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Volvo S80 is available in two trim levels: T5 and T5 Platinum. The Volvo S80 T5 has a 7-inch display screen, a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, USB and aux ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, heated front seats, remote keyless entry, cruise control, parking sensors, City Safety collision warning, and alloy wheels.

The S80 T5 Platinum trim adds a Harman Kardon sound system, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, adaptive headlights, and the Technology package, which includes a large suite of active safety features. Options include a Climate package (heated rear seats) and an Inscription package (ventilated front seats and a leather-wrapped dashboard).

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Certified Pre-Owned Volvo S80 Warranty

Volvo provides all certified pre-owned vehicles with a comprehensive warranty good for seven years or 100,000 miles from the new-car purchase date. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 130-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

Volvo’s CPO program is decent, but not great, according to our analysis. Auto manufacturers like Lexus and Infiniti offer far more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the S80?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Volvo S80 the highest score of Good in all five crash test categories and named it a 2016 Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not test the S80.

All 2016 S80 sedans come with front and rear parking sensors as well as Volvo’s City Safety system, which can automatically apply the brakes in an emergency (at speeds of 31 mph or below). Available safety features include a rearview camera, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, and a Technology package that includes forward collision warning with full-speed brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and road sign detection.

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2016 Volvo S80 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Volvo S80 or 2016 Volvo S60?

The 2016 Volvo S60 matches the S80 where it counts. Both offer good fuel economy, plush seats, a smooth ride, great safety features, and superb safety ratings. However, the S60 tops the S80 in nearly all other areas. It’s available with all-wheel drive, a roomier back seat, extra convenience features like parallel park assist, and zippier performance from its array of four-, five-, and six-cylinder engines. The S60 is the better Volvo.

Which Is Better: 2016 Volvo S80 or 2016 Audi A6?

The S80 tops the 2016 Audi A6 in two key areas: It offers a smoother ride and typically has lower used car prices. The Audi boasts sportier handling, punchier V6 and V8 engines, a more upscale and roomy interior, simpler infotainment systems, higher reliability, and luxe features like massaging seats. Both cars have excellent available safety features, but the A6 is by far the better luxury sedan.

Which Is Better: 2016 Volvo S80 or 2016 BMW 5 Series?

You’re likely to pay significantly more for a used 2016 BMW 5 Series than a used 2016 S80. That said, it’s a far superior luxury sedan. The BMW offers a more luxurious interior, a nicer balance of ride comfort and handling, and racier performance from its six- and eight-cylinder engines, yet it has comparably high fuel economy from its four-cylinder and diesel engines. The 5 Series also rates higher in reliability and offers better practicality thanks to its sleek Gran Turismo hatchback models.

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2016 S80 Performance

How Does the 2016 Volvo S80 Drive?

The 2016 Volvo S80 has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. This “Drive-E” engine feels refined and enables confident acceleration; zero to 60 mph takes just under seven seconds. The transmission downshifts promptly as well, giving the S80 decent passing power on the freeway.

The S80 has a comfortable and supple ride, thanks to its pliant suspension, which does an excellent job of smoothing out bumps and dips in the road. The Volvo is composed and secure around tight turns but not particularly athletic. Its steering feels light and vague. Notably, all-wheel drive is not available.

Does the 2016 Volvo S80 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The S80 gets 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, which is great for the luxury midsize car class.

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2016 S80 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 S80 Seat?

The 2016 Volvo S80 sedan seats five. Its front seats are exceptionally comfortable and provide fine support. The rear seats are plush and nicely contoured as well, though not as spacious as many others in the luxury midsize car class. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard; ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Volvo S80?

The S80 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2016 Volvo S80 Features

The 2016 S80 has a stately and quiet cabin with first-rate materials. However, its minimalistic dashboard leaves it feeling a cut below its Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz rivals. All S80s come with a 7-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include a Harman Kardon stereo.

Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system has a straightforward and simple menu structure, though its control knob is in an awkward spot on the dashboard rather than on the center console. The climate control buttons are user-friendly.

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2016 Volvo S80 Dimensions

Volvo S80 Cargo Space

The S80 has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the class. Lowering the 60/40 split-folding rear seats allows longer items to fit in the trunk.

2016 S80 Length and Weight

The Volvo S80 is 15.9 feet long and has a curb weight of 3,719 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Volvo S80 Built?

Volvo built the 2016 S80 in Gothenburg, Sweden, along with 2016 Volvo S60 sedan and V60 wagon.

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