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2016 Volvo S80 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Volvo S80 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2016 Volvo S80 draws reviewer praise for its use of high-end materials throughout the cabin, but some say that the interior lacks the modern styling of many class rivals. The front seats are sublimely comfortable, according to test drivers, though they add that the rear seats offer merely tolerable space. Some automotive writers say the audio controls involve too many small buttons, but reviewers agree that the climate controls are user-friendly. The S80 features average cargo area, but the split-folding rear seats can increase the available space.

  • "As you'd expect of a Swedish-designed car, the 2015 Volvo S80 offers up a straightforward and functional 5-passenger cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • The interior of the aging Volvo S80 might not be as extravagant as those of some of its rivals (or even its newer S60 sibling), but it's a fine place to spend time just the same." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The S80 offers room for five passengers with a level of comfort and luxury that can rival well-established competitors from Germany and Japan. The dashboard boasts soft-touch materials, leather and real wood trim." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The S80's interior is understated and classy, with top-notch materials all around, a sleek center panel with sensible controls (including Volvo's unique humanoid diagram for airflow control) and a generally luxurious vibe that speaks well of Volvo's attention to detail." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Seating

The 2016 S80 seats five and features standard leather upholstery, as well as front seats that are power-adjustable and heated. Available features include a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. Reviewers rave about the comfortable and supportive front seats, adding that they are terrific on longer trips. Critics report that the back seat provides acceptable room for two people, but they say adding a third rear-seat passenger can make things uncomfortably tight.

  • "Dig beneath the S80's surface and you'll find a big sedan with a modern 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and some of the most comfortable front seats in the business." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Volvo has an outstanding reputation for excellent seats, and the S80 upholds that honor, with upright and supremely supportive front seats that do a great job of keeping you comfortable on long trips. Rear passengers will find adequate room as long as there's no need to seat three, but in general many competitors offer roomier rear seats." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The front seats are wonderful, providing drive-all-day comfort to a degree that few others can match." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • Rear seat room is decent, but not exceptional. Foot space under the front seats is skimpy for some, and legroom quickly shrinks when front passengers set the seats far back." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

The Volvo S80 comes standard with Bluetooth, a power sunroof, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation and Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, which features a 7-inch touch screen and Sensus Connect with a six-month subscription. The S80 also comes standard with Volvo’s City Safety, a system that can help avoid low-speed collisions by automatically applying the brakes. Available features include a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, pedestrian and cyclist detection, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic pre-collision braking and a road sign reading system that can alert you when you exceed the speed limit.

Automotive writers report that the S80 features climate controls that are easy to understand and operate. Some critics find the audio system straightforward, but others dislike its many small buttons, which they say make the system tough to operate while driving. Reviewers also praise the City Safety system, which they consider a nice safety net at low speeds if the driver becomes distracted.

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  • Favorite Features … The City Safety system uses radar to sense objects ahead of the car. Should the driver fail to take action to avoid a collision (such as when distracted by an incoming text message), at low speeds the car can slow and even bring itself to a complete stop." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The straightforward dual-temperature adjustment dials and 'mode man' pictogram make climate control adjustments simple and intuitive. The audio system is fairly easy to use, too, though the array of small audio buttons looks somewhat dated." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "S80's central control panel is populated with many small buttons that take some study to master and can be difficult to quickly operate while under way." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 S80 provides 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the class. It also comes with split-folding rear seats and a trunk pass-through that reviewers say add a measure of versatility to the S80’s cargo capacity. Most critics find the trunk space adequate, but some point out that cabin storage is minimal.

  • "The S80's trunk has 14.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which is pretty typical for this class of car. The S80's folding rear seatbacks, trunk pass-through and available folding front passenger seat provide extra flexibility and utility." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • The rear seats fold down to increase cargo space, which is good as trunk space is rather tight." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "A big trunk appears ready to swallow anything Ikea can offer." -- Left Lane News (2013)
  • "Interior storage is nothing special with a small glovebox and center console bin." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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