Welcome to Volvo's most plush sedan. The S80 V8 blends European comfort and luxury with the reassurance of all-wheel drive and the latest in safety technology. This is a vehicle that could only be a Volvo.
Take, for starters, the new Adaptive Cruise Control. This impressive feature use radar to keep an eye on the car's following distance, and when it gets too close the driver is alerted - but that's not all. The system also prepares for an emergency stop by repositioning the brake pads closer to the brakes. How nice to have a car that thinks.
The Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) is a little wonder, too. It keeps an eye on the car's blind spots and again sends an alert to the driver when a vehicle is within the zone.
You probably already know about Volvo's famed integrated safety features, such as the side-impact beams, energy-absorbing interior, and passenger safety cage, all working in conjunction with driver and passenger air bags, ABS, and whiplash-reducing head restraints. The Swedes have certainly earned their reputation for making the safest cars on the road.
The 311-horsepower V8 was developed for the S80 V8. Its fuel economy is rated at 17 city and 25 highway - nothing really to write home about, but you aren't buying an 8-cylinder for efficiency. The Geartronic automatic transmission does the shifting for you - until the driving situation or just your desire to feel as one with your car makes you decide it's time for manning the stick.
Among the bells and whistles you won't have to pay extra for are leather seats, a power moonroof, an interior air-quality system (with a humidity sensor), and the Home Link garage-door opener, which can be programmed to integrate your home systems' remotes so that you only need one device to activate all.
Options include the Volvo Navigation System, rear-seat dual-screen entertainment system, and various packages grouped by theme. For example, the Climate Package includes heated seats, headlamp washers, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.