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2008 Volvo S80 Sedan

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2008 Volvo S80 Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Volvo S80 Sedan

The 2008 Volvo S80 is an excellent choice for those looking for first-class refinement, a bevy of innovative safety features, luxury galore, solid power options, and a competitive price across the range. The 3.2 gives efficiency-minded buyers a great option, while the Yamaha-built V8 delivers smooth power across the rev range, and the new turbocharged inline six-cylinder presents buyers with a smart blend of both.

What's new for 2008?

Following a major redesign last year, Volvo adds a new trim level to the 2008 S80 lineup--the T6 AWD. It's an all-wheel-drive model powered by a turbocharged, 281-horsepower 3.0L inline six and it slots in between the 3.2 and the V8 AWD. The T6 AWD is priced at $42,045. Standard now on the V8 is a premium leather interior, as well as Volvo's keyless start and security system, Personal Car Communicator (PCC). Outside, the V8 gets brushed aluminum door moldings, and heated rear seats are now available in the Climate Package.

Model Strengths

  • Lots of car for the money
  • loaded with safety innovations
  • attractive design
  • good power from available engines.

Model Review

Volvo's S80 is getting on in years, but the 2007 redesign did much to keep the model youthful and aggressive looking. When compared to class rivals from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Acura, the 2008 S80 gives all the bang for far less buck.

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Review: 2008 Volvo S80

Source: MSN Autos

Ah, Volvo. Despite some pretty spirited models, it still has an overly conservative image that hurts it when potential buyers want cars with a sportier reputation.

Volvo's potent new S80 T6 turbocharged inline 6-cylinder sedan may cause the Swedish automaker's competitive fires to burn brighter. But Volvo isn't abandoning its generally conservative feel with the T6 because it doesn't want to lose the largely conservative image that long has drawn customers.

The 2008 T6 has the same rock-solid feel of other S80 sedans, which have additional features for the new model year. It shares the accurate steering, supple ride, sure handling and strong brakes of other S80 trim levels.

The S80s are filled with comfort, convenience and safety items, including a power glass sunroof, variety of airbags and a traction/anti-skid control system.

Strategic Addition
The T6 is a strategic addition to the S80 line, which was redone for 2007 with revised styling and the first V8 available for a Volvo car.

The $42,045 T6 sits in the middle of the S80 line and is a perfect fit in terms of price and performance. It has a 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder based on the entry S80s 3.2-liter engine and produces 281 horsepower with its compact and simplified power-boosting turbocharger, which features twin-scroll technology.

The $38,705 3.2 version has 235 horsepower. The top-line S80 is the $47,350 all-wheel-drive V8 AWD version. It has a 4.4-liter V8 with 311 horsepower, which is the same engine that powers Volvo's XC90 midsize SUV.

Acts Like V8
The T6 almost acts as if there's a strong V8 under the hood, providing lively in-town performance and when merging onto expressways and passing on highways. There's virtually no turbo lag, and maximum torque is on tap from 1500 rpm and is available all the way up the engine rev range. That allows rapid acceleration and smooth driveability.

Estimated fuel economy for the 231-horsepower 6-cylinder is 18 mpg in the city and 28 on highways. The V8 provides 17 and 25.

I expected higher numbers for the new turbo "six," but Volvo says they're 15 city and 23 highway. That's partly because the T6, like the V8 version, has all-wheel drive, which usually results in lower fuel economy numbers.

All engines only require regular-grade gasoline.

Responsive Automatic Transmission
All S80s have a responsive 6-speed automatic transmission that adapts itself to various driving habits.

The T6 is here partly because political and other pressures are causing European automakers to be more concerned with making "greener" vehicles that have lower emissions in an increasingly carbon-conscious world. Otherwise, Volvo may have come out with another S80 V8 model.

The S80 all-wheel-drive system should be appreciated even in warm-weather areas of the country. The system uses an electronically controlled hydraulic clutch and distributes drive between front and rear wheels to ensure the best possible road grip in all situations.

Generally Conservative Look
As with other S80 trim levels, the T6 has generally conservative styling, although it doeslook much like a European sports sedan, with such items as low-profile 50-series tires on 17-inch alloy wheels and prominent dual exhaust outlets.

The quiet, roomy interior looks upscale, but also conservative. Climate and audio controls are easily reached. But it's easy to confuse driver-side power controls for the front windows with those for the rear ones.

The trunk is roomy, and rear seatbacks flip forward to enlarge the cargo area.

New Features
New S80 items for 2008 include modern wood inlay trim for the 3.2, while the V8 AWD version has new bright taillight trim, brushed aluminum lower door side moldings, soft leather seat surfaces and keyless access and starting.

Also new are an $875 Climate Package that adds heated rear seats and a $1,650 Dynaudio Package that's a step up from the 2007 Audio Package; it adds rear seat headphone jacks and audio controls. The V8 AWD version also is offered with a new $325 "Classic Wood" steering wheel.

While the S80's standard steering and suspension work well, a $2,495 Sport Package has speed-sensitive power steering and driver-adjustable power adaptive suspension with Comfort, Sport and Advanced settings, along with ventilated front seats. There's some body "float" on bumpy roads with the Comfort setting, and Sport and Advanced settings reduce body lean, but cause a jiggly ride on some roads.

Preventing Hits
A $495 front/rear park assist feature prevents hitting unseen objects. And the $2,120 navigation system should help those who drive in unfamiliar areas. An $1,800 dual screen rear entertainment system should help keep the kids quiet.

A $1,495 Adaptive Cruise Control with collision warning and brake support will help prevent careless or cell-phone using (same thing?) drivers from striking a vehicle ahead of them.

And a $695 Blind Spot Information System activates warning lights on inside windshield pillars when vehicles in a driver's blind spot are detected-although I found that a quick over-the-shoulder glance also should be used.

It never hurts to add variety to an automaker's well-accepted line, so the new T6 should improve S80 sales.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Active Suspension System Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/Unlimited Miles

Volvo Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000-mile exclusionary warranty. The Volvo factory-backed CPO warranty fully covers every part not specifically excluded: including replacement/repair of thousands of components, systems and operations.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years less than 5 years with under 80k miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 130+ Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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