REVIEW: 2013 Volvo S80 T6 AWD

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Known for their beautiful, safe and reliable cars, Volvo proved they are still living up to that reputation with the S80! We had the opportunity to drive the 2013 Volvo S80 T6 AWD thanks to Jay at Volvo in Englewood, and we thought it was an excellent car.

With a 3.0L turbocharged V6 producing 300hp & 325 lb.-ft. of torque, this isn’t your average sedan. Performance on the car was great – with a 0-60 time of just over 6 seconds. With standard all-wheel-drive in the S80 T6, it was complemented with a 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with sport mode and very sleek and stylish 18″ wheels.

On the inside, you had a black leather interior with walnut wood trim and a leather and silk metal-trimmed steering wheel. Interior technology included the Volvo Sensus system with integrated 7″ color LCD screen, a 4 x 40 watt amplifier with 8 speakers, CD/MP3/USB/AUX and Sirius radio.

Our S80 test vehicle also came with the Premier Plus and Climate packages. The Premier Plus package includes Front & Rear Park Assist, Active Dual Xenon headlights, HomeLink and digital compass, while the Climate Package includes heated front and rear seats, heated windshield washer nozzles and an Interior Air Quality System (IAQS).

Overall, we were very impressed with the S80. From it’s sophisticated styling to the supreme comfort of the interior, it’s a great well rounded car. Well-equipped at just over $46,000, it’s more affordable than comparable vehicles.

Pros: Very stylish; great performance; luxury feel inside; supremely comfortable front seats; very comfortable ride; heated rear seats(!)

Cons: Feels heavy at times

QUICK FACTS:

Base Price: $42,950 || Price as Tested: $46,445

Vehicle Layout: Front Engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger sedan

Engine: 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder, 300-hp,  325 lb-ft torque || Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb Weight:  4,053 lbs || Length/Width/Height: 191/73.3/58.8 inches

0-60:   6.1 seconds || EPA City/Highway Fuel Economy: 18/25 MPG

RATING: 8.4/10

Exterior: 8

Interior: 8

Acceleration: 8

Braking: 9

Ride: 9

Handling: 8

Gearbox: 8

Audio: 8

Tech: 9

Value: 9

We’d like to thank Jay Tobia at Englewood Volvo for getting us into the luxurious Volvo S80. For all of your Volvo needs, go check out Englewood Volvo in Englewood, NJ and online at http://www.kundertvolvo.com. Make sure you tell him Greg and Dave sent you!

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