Monday, January 16, 2017

Used Car Review - Volvo S80 (2007-2016)

Our second Swedish vehicle is under our spotlight today.

2007-2016 Volvo S80

After Ford's acquisition of Volvo in the late 90s, most Volvo models at the turn of the millennium had its platform shared by other vehicles from the American manufacturer and/or its sister brands. Prior to this, most vehicles from the Swedish brand are engineered independently with the exception of the S40/V40 compact whose underpinnings share with the Mitsubishi Carisma. With the first generation S80 being the first model utilizing the P2 platform (it was developed prior to the purchase of Ford) with a derivative used by Ford in certain models that is utilized until now.

Unveiled at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show with sales commencing a few months after, the second generation S80 featured new engines, an option for all wheel drive, and rides on a new platform which is shared with the Range Rover Evoque and the previous generation Ford Galaxy MPV. Just this year, it was replaced by the S90, a new vehicle but using a previous name.

Nearly 10 years ago, the second generation S80 was introduced to the Philippine market. Initially, three models were made available but later on it was trimmed to one model available.

Value and Costs
Nowadays, what used to be priced at the three to four million peso range can now be had at P1,200,000. Unlike the first generation model which a handful of units are available in the used car market, this one rarely pops up the classified block.

Since this one is a low volume seller among luxury brands coupled with a limited support among European brands, maintaining one isn't for everyone. Best head to Volvo's certified selection for peace of mind and while you're at it, be friends with a parts specialist to get support.

Exterior and Interior
Not anymore the Volvo that your grandfather used to know with conservative lines, this one is stylish at its best. It had grew longer and taller with its wheelbase more wide than the model it replaced.

Inside, it is your typical Swedish fare: simple and stylish yet does not feel outdated. Rear occupants receive sockets for headphones (the users can also choose their music) located at the base of the center console which needs for the users to bend down. Its multi media interface is decent enough but overshadowed by much complex systems afforded by the Germans. Good thing that interior space is roomy enough.

From 2007 until 2010, three engine choices are available for the consumer which includes the following: a 200hp 2.5 turbocharged five cylinder, a 238hp 3.2 inline six, and a 4.4 V8 producing 315hp that is developed by Yamaha. An update in 2011 had only one engine option in the form of a 240hp 2.0 turbocharged four cylinder. The turbocharged engines are fast enough but the naturally aspirated ones suit the vehicle well. Our pick is the turbos and skip the V8 since you wouldn't bother with it anyways.

Driving Impressions
Although comfortable to be inside, some noises may be heard at certain times. Handling is fine but definitely the Germans have the advantage on the handling department.

Although the S80 has some virtues, when compared to the the class leaders it simply becomes a second choice.
The Good:
  • Comfortable
  • High quality interior
  • Stylish
The Bad:
  • Not the best car to drive to
  • Bland for some
  • Some noise
The Pick: 2.5T

Engines: 1,969cc B4204T7 I4 2,521cc I5, 3,192cc B6324S I6, and 4,414cc B8444S V8 gasoline
Power: 240hp @ 5,500rpm (2.0), 200hp @ 4,800rpm (2.5), 238hp @ 6,200rpm (3.2), 315hp @ 5,950rpm (4.4)
Torque: 320Nm @ 1,800-5,000rpm (2.0), 300Nm @ 1,500-4,500rpm (2.5), 320Nm @ 3,200rpm (3.2), 440Nm @ 3,950rpm (4.4)
Fuel Consumption: 4-7km/L (city), 10-13km/L (highway) (*estimated and varies)
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Suspension: Front McPherson strut, rear multilink

Price (New): P3,200,000-P4,200,000 (depending on year and variant)
Price (Now): P1,200,000
On Sale: 2007-2016
Rivals: Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Chrysler 300, Jaguar XJ, Lexus GS, Mercedes Benz E Class

Volvo Makati - (02) 893-6621

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