The Volvo S80 is the embodiment of sophisticated elegance – from its aerodynamic nose through to the way its roofline swoops to the boot with graceful coupé-like proportions. It is a handsome car, but it knows it and doesn’t need to shout.
As you close the solid-feeling door, the immediate impressions are of a luxurious and high quality cabin – fit, indeed, for an executive. It feels instantly relaxing, and bright, airy and spacious. The cabin is lovely to look at, with an elegant, upmarket use of leather and wood burr – this is definitely not the Economy cabin, you’re travelling in style! And you can’t miss the elegant, analogue clock on the dashboard, too!
The seats are exceptionally comfortable, the soft leather hide wonderful to the touch. Controls and switches are easy and intuitive, and look very attractive when lit up at night. The beautiful S80 digital display offers three background modes to choose from: Elegance, Eco and Performance. As you adjust the display theme, the colour scheme on the screen changes with it. Also, Bluetooth handsfree and streaming, USB and phone connectivity are all there so you’ll never lack for infotainment, all delivered with Hi-fi quality.
In addition, this prestigious and luxurious new T6 has a powerful new engine and gearbox combination that delivers both a smooth and dynamic driving experience. In fact the S80 is amazingly quiet in operation, but the performance is sparkling. Especially notable is the secure feeling you get when going, almost silently, over rough ground. The AWD engineering provides a ‘magic carpet’ ride and the large side mirrors and BLIS warning sensors all combine to increase that secure feeling when you feel completely in touch with your surroundings – all 360 degrees!
As the company’s luxury flagship, the Volvo S80 includes a remarkable degree of safety technology, for which Volvo has long been famous and is still creating powerful new safety technology. So, enjoy your drive while luxuriating in the tastefully restrained Scandinavian design, the exquisite materials and superior craftsmanship.
ENGINE Twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0 litre DOHC, 16 valves, variable valve timing
MAX POWER 304 hp (227 kW) @ 5,600
MAX TORQUE 440 Nm @ 2,100 – 4,200 rpm
ACCELERATION 0 – 100 kph in 6.4 secs
DRIVELINE Geartronic 6-speed shiftable automatic with All-Wheel-Drive (AWD)
EXTERIOR An impressive presence, satisfyingly large with crisp lines punctuated by elegant detail like matte silver touches; new front and rear bumpers blend in more with the car’s shape while the new wide lower grille, flanked by new daytime running lights, makes this svelte saloon look even wider and lower than before; large 19″ alloy wheels; distinctive twin tailpipes
INTERIOR Classy leather and wood trim, with attractive contrast stitching and chrome highlights, immediately impress and prolongued use only increases this feeling; supremely comfortable and cooled seats even include a massage feature; air filter system; premium high performance audio system with 7-inch colour display screen; Bluetooth, iPod and USB connectivity
SAFETY/SECURITY Comprehensive front, side and curtain airbag system; side impact and whiplash protection; Isofix integrated child booster seat; City Safety collision warning; Dynamic Stability Traction Control; Blind Spot Information System BLIS; Emergency Brake Assist; ABS; parking sensors; home safe lighting; approach light; immobiliser
DOMASCO will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the new Volvo S80 T6 or any of its range of sporty cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 4424 6860.
For more information, visit DOMASCO’s website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 62 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 62 for only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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