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2016 Volvo S80 Performance Review

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

Scorecard

Performance: 7.3

Reviewers report that the 2016 Volvo S80’s standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine is powerful and the automatic transmission it’s mated to shifts eagerly. Test drivers are split over the S80’s handling abilities. Some say it gives a feeling of control when cornering, but others say the steering is light and vague. Most critics agree, however, that the ride is smooth.

  • "Volvo's new Drive-E 4-cylinder turbocharged engine is one of the best we've tested. Smooth, refined, powerful and efficient, it's probably the 2016 Volvo S80's most endearing attribute." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • If you're looking for a comfortable commuter with room for four adults, you could do much worse than the S80; just don't expect much in the way of driver involvement." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Volvo S80 comes standard with a T5 Drive-E turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 240 horsepower and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The S80 earns an EPA-estimated 25/37 mpg city/highway, which is one of the best gas-mileage ratings among non-hybrid cars in the class.

Reviewers praise the S80 for its base engine, which they say delivers good power and ample acceleration for all driving situations. They add that the automatic transmission is responsive and shifts smoothly.

  • "The 2016 Volvo S80 luxury sedan is powered by an efficient and eager 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, part of Volvo's Drive-E engine series. Refined yet powerful, this 2.0-liter has no problem moving the big S80, achieving a run to 60 mph in just under seven seconds. Acceleration through the 8-speed Geartronic automatic is smooth and linear, although you can take control of gearshifts by moving the shift lever into the manual mode." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Under the hood, the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine provides reasonably spirited acceleration, but the fuel economy is the real story." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Handling and Braking

The front-wheel drive 2016 Volvo S80 impresses auto writers with its silky ride quality. Test drivers say it manages road imperfections with grace, while providing a quiet cabin. Some critics think the S80 feels controlled when cornering, but others report that the steering can feel imprecise at times.

  • "The S80 feels poised and confident in tight corners, although the steering response can feel a bit vague at times. We like the nice balance of ride comfort and cornering provided by the S80's suspension, and the cabin is well isolated from exterior wind, engine and road noise." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • For many, the 2015 S80's ride will stand out: The compliant suspension smoothes potholes and speed bumps with ease. But the S80s too-light steering and stubborn preference for pointing straight ahead make for vague driver confidence when going around turns." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • On the road, the S80 has a nose for the fast lane, hunkering down at high speeds the way a good European luxury sedan should. Otherwise, though, it drives like a big luxury sedan, which means it's well isolated from the elements but not remotely engaging." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • S80 never really manages to feel sporty, but it handles competently and is easily controlled." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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