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Prestige for a Reasonable Price
August 13, 2008 By Bartosz Grzybiński   
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Volvo has been a synonym for reliability and safety for years, but not many people know that the executive Volvo S80 can be bought for the price of a well-equipped mid-range car.

The new S80, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in the spring of 2006, is far more attractive than its predecessor. The previous generation of the flagship Volvo was sometimes criticized for its sturdy, sensible body. The new model, which retains all the typical features of the brand, is slender and elegant. The body is 4,851 mm long, and the axle base is 2,835 mm. This has a direct impact on the spaciousness of the passenger cabin. While there is enough room in the front seats, those riding in the back may feel a bit cramped, especially if they are tall. Competitor cars offer more legroom and headroom for those traveling in the back seats. However, the finishing materials are of the highest standard and the luggage compartment is a generous 480 liters.

The dashboard, simple in form and exceptionally functional, has already become a hallmark of modern Swedish design. The center panel, with audio and air-conditioning system controls, has storage space behind it.

A range of 10 engines is available to power the S80: the 4.4V8/315 hp, 3.0V6/285 hp, 3.2V6/238 hp, 2.5T/200 hp, and 2.0/145 hp gasoline units; the 2.5FT/200 hp and 2.0F/145 hp gasoline and bioethanol-powered Flexifuel units; the five-cylinder 2.4D/163 hp and D5/185 hp Common Rail diesel engines; and the four-cylinder 2.0D/136 hp diesel.

This last engine is the least powerful of the diesels offered by Volvo in the model, but its parameters are enough to satisfy even speed demons. The only condition is that you need to keep the engine above 1,500 rpm and skillfully use its six-speed manual transmission. The maximum torque of 320 Nm at 2,000 rpm makes it possible to accelerate the 1,556 kg car from standstill to 100 kph in 10.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 200 kph. While these figures are not particularly impressive, the considerable flexibility of the engine makes the car fun to drive both in the city and on the highway. The Volvo also offers exceptional fuel economy. Average fuel consumption in the test-drive was around 7l/100 km.

The most important thing is that the S80 costs under zl.140,000. For this price tag, you receive one of the safest cars on the market, with a five-star rating in NCAP crash tests, and provided with all the typical Volvo safety systems such as WHIPS, SIPS, ABS, and DSTC. Standard comfort features include dual-zone air-conditioning, a full electric package, and an audio/CD system. The price also buys the prestige of owning the flagship Volvo.
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