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2015 Volvo S80 Review

The 2015 Volvo S80 has a smooth ride and top-notch safety scores, but it sits near the bottom of our luxury midsize car rankings because of its dated interior design and uninspired handling.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • High safety scores
  • Smooth ride
  • Lackluster handling
  • Hard-to-manipulate infotainment controls
  • Class rivals have higher reliability ratings
  • So-so rear passenger space





Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 5.9
Interior: 6.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Volvo S80 Overview

Is the 2015 Volvo S80 a Good Used Car?

The 2015 S80 isn't a very good used luxury midsize car. Its cushioned ride and supple seats make it comfortable to drive, and it gets great fuel economy for the class. Additionally, the S80 boasts excellent safety scores. That said, this Volvo ranks low in the segment for a reason. Though decent, its reliability rating is worse than that of class rivals, its handling is dull, and its audio controls are small.

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We’ve analyzed 98 Volvo S80 reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2015 Volvo S80?

Based on listings for the 2015 Volvo S80 on our site, the average price is $22,800, which is below average for the class. Prices range from $14,900 to $29,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Volvo S80 Cost to Own?

The 2015 Volvo S80's five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are projected to be roughly $25,830, or $5,166 per year. That's below the class average.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New S80?

The Volvo S80 ended production after the 2016 model year, so there are no new S80 models to choose from.

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Which Model Year of the Volvo S80 Is Best?

The 2015 S80 is part of a generation that launched for the 2007 model year and ended with the 2016 S80. Until the 2012 model year, only minor changes were made to the S80. For 2012, Volvo introduced the Premier Plus and Platinum trims, made the infotainment system and the City Safety low-speed braking system standard, and updated the available navigation system. There were no big changes for the 2013 or 2014 model years.

A new standard powertrain was added to the 2015 S80, and a midyear refresh (2015.5) saw Volvo discontinue the Premium Plus trim and reshuffle its features list. Navigation was also made standard. For 2016, the previously available six-cylinder engine (T6) and all-wheel drive were discontinued.

Stick with the 2015 model if you want a more fuel-efficient base engine than what was available in older models. You might also consider a 2012 S80, which offers a similar list of features and likely costs less.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Volvo S80?

The 2015 S80 has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. Though this is an average rating for the industry, it is below average for the luxury midsize car class.

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2015 Volvo S80 Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2015 S80. In some models, the windshield wipers, headlights, and/or turn signals could malfunction. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls are addressed.

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Which Used Volvo S80 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 S80 is available in three trims: base, Premier Plus, and Platinum. All trims come with either a T5 or T6 powertrain designation. The base trim has a solid list of features – including leather upholstery and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display – that should satisfy most shoppers. However, the best value may come from the Premier Plus trim, which adds features like a rearview camera and parking sensors.

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What Does Volvo's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Volvo offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. All certified pre-owned Volvos come with an unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty providing exclusionary coverage until five years from the new-car purchase date. Additional coverage is available for a fee. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 170-point inspection. Additional benefits like mobile app connectivity, 24-hour roadside assistance, towing, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully.

Volvo’s CPO program is one of the better ones available from a luxury automaker. Infiniti, Lexus, Jaguar, Tesla, and Land Rover are the only programs that are more robust.

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How Safe Is the S80?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2015 Volvo S80 a Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s top designation. The S80 earned the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. Properly equipped S80s received the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the 2015 S80.

The S80 comes standard with Volvo's City Safety system, which provides low-speed braking in the event of an emergency. Available safety features includes a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, full-speed automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, driver drowsiness monitoring, road sign detection, and parking sensors.

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2015 Volvo S80 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Volvo S80 or 2015 Volvo S60?

The 2015 Volvo S60 is a luxury small car that compares well with the S80. It has less passenger space than its stablemate, but it offers plenty of available safety features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. It also boasts superb safety scores. The S60 doesn’t suffer from lackluster handling like the S80 does. The S60 features great fuel economy, and its top-of-the-line six-cylinder engine has more horsepower than the S80's, Factor in the S60's lower average list price, and it's also a better value than the S80.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volvo S80 or 2015 Audi A6?

The 2015 Audi A6 is superior to the S80 from both a performance and comfort standpoint. The A6 has poised handling, a composed ride, and a powerful lineup of engines, including a potent available V8, which you can't get in the S80. The A6 has more rear-seat legroom than the S80, as well as high-end materials like standard wood and metal trim pieces, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. The A6 has a higher average list price than the S80, but if you can stretch your budget, it's worth it.

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2015 S80 Performance

How Does the 2015 Volvo S80 Drive?

The T5 model comes with a 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has plenty of pep for your daily commute. T6 models come with a more potent 300-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Both the T5’s eight-speed automatic transmission and the T6’s six-speed automatic deliver quick shifts and pair well with their respective engines.

The S80 has a smooth ride but numb handling. Some T6 models may feature an available sport suspension that improves handling, but ride quality is still compromised. Many competitors offer more engaging rides.

Does the 2015 Volvo S80 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2015 S80 gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which are great figures for the luxury midsize car class. Models with the upgraded engine and all-wheel drive get 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

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2015 Model Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 S80 Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in the S80. Leather upholstery and a power-adjustable driver's seat are standard. Heated seats, ventilated front seats, and premium leather upholstery are available.

Volvo's cabin features comfortable, supportive seats with plenty of space in the front row and a solid amount of room in the back. That said, some competitors provide more spacious rear seats and more up-to-date interior designs.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Volvo S80?

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the S80’s rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat.

2015 Volvo S80 Features

The S80 comes standard with the Sensus infotainment system and features a 7-inch display, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an eight-speaker audio system. The 2015.5 models come standard with navigation, voice controls, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is available.

The infotainment system is easy to use, but the control knob is placed in an odd spot on the center console and can be difficult to reach.

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2015 Volvo S80 Dimensions

Volvo S80 Cargo Space

The 2015 S80 has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the luxury midsize car class. Folding down the S80's standard split-folding rear seats makes the cargo area more expansive.

2015 S80 Length and Weight

The 2015 S80 is about 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,545 to 3,799 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Volvo S80 Built?

Volvo built the 2015 S80 in Sweden.


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