A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Volvo S80

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The S80 doesn’t just bring subtle elegance and luxury features to the table, it also brings the long-renowned quality and safety ratings of its Swedish maker. While the brand may not rival the names of BMW and Audi, the reliability and longevity associated with Volvo have the potential to give this sedan a leg up on the competition.

Key Features

The standards on this model are plenty and add comfort and convenience to an already comfortable ride. With a 7” color display, leather seat surfaces, and Bluetooth connectivity, everything you need for an enjoyable driving experience is wrapped up in one neat and shiny package.

Changes for 2012

The center console Sensus system allows you to control audio, navigation and more from one convenient screen. Also new for this model year is the institution of City Safety as a standard feature – this automatic braking system helps drivers avoid low-speed collisions in case of distraction.

What We Like

The integration of the City Safety system is a big plus in this luxury sedan. The towing capacity of 2200 lbs. means that this sedan competes with some SUVs for ability to pull a trailer. The folding rear seats open up cargo space, offering additional versatility. As far as performance and pure driving thrill, the automatic transmissions allow for manual shifting if desired.

What Concerns Us

The conservative exterior design isn’t exactly flashy and the level of tech in the S80 may be enough to draw the attention of a younger consumer base. The trunk size is rather modest for the size of this sedan as well.

Available Models

The standard engine is a 2.2L in-line 6-cylinder 6-speed automatic with 226 lb.-ft. of torque, 240 HP, and 20/29 mpg.

For more get up and go, opt for the 2.0L turbocharged in-line 6-cylinder 6-speed automatic which features 225 lb.-ft. of torque, 200 HP, and 18/26 mpg.

Major Recalls

In April 2012 Volvo issued a recall on the S80 due to some wiring harnesses being attached improperly. This could affect the side airbag deployment as well as the ability of the seatbelt to function in a crash. The company issued notices to owners as well as a statement that they would fix the problem free of charge.

In August 2012 another recall was issued due to a software error that could potentially cause the transmission to fail to downshift, increasing the risk of a collision. The company notified owners and issued an offer to fix the problem for free.

Common Issues

There are no issues consistently reported with this model.

Volvo 2012 S80 Interior


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