Cons HMS Titanic-like handeling
Summary My Uncle is a model evaluater for Volvo. He brought it by last week. Very cool car... Pulls like a scared horse... Anyway, you DO NOT need to insert the key into the dash to start the car. As long as the "key" is on your person it will start... It's just a nice place to put it if you don't want it in your pocket... Also the nav screen is angled down, so there is no glare problem... Man, I just realized you guys actually get paid to write these reviews...
Pros Awesome interior design, spacious trunk, nice man sized steering wheel (fits my large hands quite well. Some japanese cars have ridiculously "thin" steering wheels.)
You can have sex in the back seat no problem.
Cons I don't know what everyone is smoking. My car does NOT turn on WITHOUT the key in the dash......
Summary I love my car.
Hands down ******* pimp-mobile. I'm 18, the backseat is ******* spacious, and getting road head while sitting on climate controlled leather seats designed by a masseuse is awesome. AWESOME car if you don't mind the fact that this isn't a sports car. It definitely IS luxurrrrrrrrrrrriouss! I bought my 2007 volvo s80 used from the volvo dealership. Certified preowned. It's not the v8 model nor do i have the navigation package. I just have the sound package (sorta lacks in the rear when compared to the front just because the front has the center stage speaker if you DON'T have navi package. If you DO have the navi package, the back sound quality and front quality is exactly the same.
Pros Nice all round luxury sedan. Quality and design is great.
And the premium audio system, navigation system, keyless drive are great!
Cons Agree with the comfort style handling.
The sports suspension option that Volvo had (has again I think) in Europe on the V70 would have been a great addition.
The FourC adaptive suspension does not appeal to me in price and performance.
Summary The reviewers didn't read the manual or try the settings in the console, I guess;
- The premium Bose audio system is terrific on all seats!
- It has a great number of settings, among them a setting to focus sound / sound quality on either DRIVER, FRONT seat or BACK seat. Probably the reviewers had the system on driver only, and that indeed does what is says: it focuses the sound on the driver only.
Also, there is an elaborate equalizer if you don't like the sound spectrum as it is standard.
- No need to put in the key with keyless drive. You can if you want to but there really is no need to do that as long as the key is in the car. Mine's in my laptop bag all the time and that works fine.
- Never had glare problem with navigation. It works fine, although the user interface for more advanced settings like storing locations, finding points of interest etc could be better.
Cons Handling a bit floaty. But its not meant to be a sports car.
Summary Very sexy to look at and extremely high quality materials used for the interior. I have a Mercedes E500 and the s80 really keeps up in these two departments. The car DOES have bluetooth and its BETTER than my E500. The seats are great and teh audio system is teh best. IMO it has the best interior over the E class and the Lexus GS (which I considered) and on par with the Audi A6. The driving is way better than volvos of old but still not really sporty (a little floatey) but hey, Lexus ES aren't sporty either and you don't hear people complaining. Now the T6 and teh V8 do have some power to them but they stress comfort to sport. Very pleased.
Pros safety, technology, styling
Cons none so far
Summary first off, the CNet editors were very wrong about the audio system in this vehicle. it's possibly the best stock system available, and sounds just as good in the rear as the front. Volvos are known as much for their audio systems as their safety. The comfort of the car is better than any saab or mercedes. I went on a 7 hour road trip with it, and not once got back pain of restless legs. Also, there IS a bluetooth option on this car, and every volvo for that matter. Im surprised the editors didn't know this, as the car literally incorporates itself with the phone system & is hard to not notice (when your steering hard, or breaking a lot, the car knows this, and blocks all incoming calls that could distract you & cause a crash) to prove myself, just go here:
[ http://www.volvocars.co.uk/models/s80/_bluetooth_site.htm ]
As for safety, it's probably the safest car in any class. I watched the crash testing for it at 40MPH and the deformation of the vehicle was spectacular - it didn't even rebound into the air like most other cars do - you can watch it here: [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIFKdvuTylc ]
I can only guess that when the euro ncap or IIHS test it, it will easily get double best picks.
The only thing the editors were correct about was the handling. It could be a little better, but at the same time it isnt a sports saloon. However, if later an S80R is released (since the S60 isn't being reproduced in 2008; i think...) then it will be a sports car, and only then can people grade it as one.
Don't go by what the editors have to say. They rate cars based on technology and vague details about the performance (if you watch the videos of the car ratings, you only see them driving around in a parking lot or driving down the freeway); acting like they know what they're talking about. CNet needs to hire some certified car editors that'll rate a car for being a car - not a computer.