Pros & Cons

  • Excellent crash test scores
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Weak base engine
  • Uninspiring handling




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 10.0
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2010 Volvo S80 Overview

Reviewers found the 2010 Volvo S80 to be more than a lackluster performer when it was new. With an underpowered base six-cylinder engine, the S80 severely lags behind the competition in terms of power and acceleration. In fact, test drivers suggested avoiding the underpowered base model altogether and opting for the more powerful turbocharged six-cylinder. Reviewers found that the S80’s handling was best suited for long leisurely trips and not for winding roads, though they liked its precise steering. 

The 2010 S80 provides what many Volvo buyers are looking for: safety. With exceptional safety scores, the S80 is a secure choice in the class. Optional safety features when the S80 was new provide additional peace of mind. These include adaptive cruise control, as well as lane-departure, collision and driver fatigue warning systems. With up to 18/27 mpg city/highway, the Volvo S80 earns good fuel economy for the class.

In a highly competitive field, reviewers were split on whether the S80’s interior material quality was on par with the rest of the class. Some believed that the S80 lacked the upscale feel of other cars in its class, whereas others thought the interior was luxuriously appointed. While reviewers found that the rear-seat room was adequate for the class, they also felt that other luxury large sedans provided more. The front seats, however, offer all-day comfort and support. However, if you need lots of cargo space, the S80’s trunk is small and hard to fit large items because of the shape of the car.

The base S80 is well-equipped, with features that include dual-zone climate control, leather, Bluetooth and a stereo with HD Radio and a USB port. Major options were bundled into packages or standard on higher trims when the S80 was new. These include features like heated front and rear seats, navigation, an upgraded stereo, ventilated front seats, push-button start and a rear-seat entertainment system.     

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re considering the S80, you may want to look at the 2010 Acura RL. With the RL, you gain standard all-wheel drive, but the S80 has better interior quality. Both cars have comparable safety scores, but the S80 gets better fuel economy. In addition, the S80 has more cargo space, though it is hard to access.

The 2010 Lexus GS is worth a look with a more exciting driving experience than the S80. However, the S80 performed better in crash tests and offers a more comfortable interior. On the other hand, the GS gets slightly better fuel economy.

Compare the S80 to the RL and GS »


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