2007 Volvo S80 Review
The S80 is Volvo’s flagship luxury car that first debuted in 1999. The S80 introduced important safety features like curtain airbags and whiplash-preventing systems. To this day, it remains one of the safest sedans on the road. A new generation debuts for 2007.
The BuyingAdvice Team Says:
The Volvo S80 is everything you’d expect from a Volvo, both bad and good. Its safety is impeccable, but some of its unique features seem like overkill. It’s much cheaper than comparable models, but its looks and performance are as conservative as its safety. The S80 trades excitement for practicality, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The S80 has been redesigned for 2007 with a sleeker design. Two new engines are available: A 3.2-L inline six-cylinder with 235-hp and a 311-hp V8. New features include an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and on the V8, an air quality system.
What’s New For 2007:
What is the Predicted Reliability:
J.D. Power gives the S80 4 stars for overall design quality and 4.5 stars for overall performance and design. Problems with the first generation included premature ball joint wear, oil consumption, poor shifting, vehicle noise, and electrical problems. It was recalled five times for loose ball joints, loose seatbelt bolts, weak fans, and other issues. Expect average to above average reliability. The basic warranty lasts for four years or 50,000 miles.
Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:
Government crash test scores are not yet available. However, the IIHS gave it a perfect score and chose it as one of its “Top Safety Picks” for 2007. Anti-lock brakes, full side airbags, active head restraints, pre-tensioning seat belts, a tire-pressure monitoring system, and stability and traction control all come standard. Run-flat tires and parking sensors are optional. Also available is a Personal Car Communicator, equipped with a heartbeat sensor to detect intruders. The adaptive cruise control warns and assists the driver in braking if he gets too close to another vehicle.
Pros and Cons:
+ Superb safety
+ Great value
+ Comfortable interior
- Smaller than most executive cars
- Mediocre performance
- Bland styling
The S80 costs almost $10,000 less than the 2008 Jaguar S-Type and adds a CD changer and moonroof. The Lexus GS 350 has 68 more hp but costs over $5,000 more. The 2008 Audi A4 includes many of the same features as the S80, but adds AWD.
What Others Are Saying:
“Whether the ever-smaller extra safety margin is worth sacrificing power, handling, price and let’s face it, snob value, remains an open question. “ – The Truth About Cars
“The exhaust note is terrific, and the clean layout of the interior is a welcome vacation from the cluttered and beknobbed cabins of other luxury cars, but the S80 barely leaves any impression. The performance and the value are adequate but not noteworthy. With safety features that now border on obsessive-compulsive, the personality of the stylish S80 recalls the boxy and sensible Volvo days of yore.” – Car and Driver
“As a safe luxury cruiser, the 2007 Volvo S80 does all right. Its cleanly designed cabin has a nice feel, but this is no sports car, even when outfitted with the Sports package.” – C|Net
Read more about the 2007 Volvo S80 at the Volvo manufacturer web site.