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The 2009 Volvo S80: Svenskarna Är Pimps Too

Posted in Car Reviews, European Review, Fast Cars, Luxury Cars, Volvo by Corey | August 26th, 2008 | 2 Responses |

We are flat-out impressed by Volvo’s premium luxury offering, the 2009 Volvo S80 – those Swedes have really stepped up to the plate where the American standard of luxury is concerned. In fact, we’d even go so far as to assert that the Volvo S80 completely outperforms other sedans in its class like the BMW 5-series and the Audi A6.

We test drove the floor model, a 2009 Volvo S80 V8, and by the time we had driven the first half-mile, we were this close to making a break for the border and living a life on the lamb – that’s how in love we are with the new S80.
One of it’s most striking features by far is its handling, the ride is smoother than glass. Although that may not seem like such an impressive feat for a luxury sedan, you have to remember that all the extra safety features Volvo is notorious for adding to their cars usually makes for pretty stiff handling. Leaving their “safety over style” mentality light-years behind them, the Volvo S80 V8 also comes with optional 18″ chrome rims and a 20% window tint, providing for not only a smooth ride, but a sick one too.

So let’s say you buy an S80 and you’re in love with your new whip, but you’re nervous about leaving it alone in the parking lot while you’re up in the club. Well don’t be, because Volvo thought of that. Standard on the S80 V8 and optional on both the S80 3.2 and S80 T6, Volvo’s Personal Car Communicator [PCC] provides every theft-deterrent short of trunk-stored Dobermans. The PCC acts as a two-way radio between you and your car, keeping you constantly aware of when your car is locked or unlocked, and – for when you aren’t within earshot – whether the alarm has been activated or not. If the alarm has been activated, the PCC communicates with the Volvo S80’s Heart Beat Sensor and will notify you as to exactly how many individuals are in the vehicle and where they are seated. After you waste the punks, the S80’s front and rear park-assist cameras as well as Blind Spot Information System will allow you to easily navigate your way out of the parking lot while 311-hp V8 engine will help put some distance between you and the responding 5-0.

Fully bagged out, the S80 goes for about 50k, a lot less than the Germans would try and squeeze out of you for the same luxuries. Bottom line: in the words of the late Notorious BIG “Only pimpin’ hoes drive Volvos.”

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  1. Once upon a time, or as they say, “back in the day,” only college professors or airline pilots drove Volvos. But the world has changed and Ford (still) owns Volvo and we have Volvos with chrome 18-inch rims and V8 engines. As the late Molly Ivins used to put it, “Who would’ve thunk it?” (She wrote about politics, kids.)

    Last new Volvo I drove was a 2008 S80 with a turboed, in-line 6 cylinder engine; which was, and remains, plenty good enough to qualify one for being the point person for the office car pool.

    It’s hard to believe that Ford wants to sell off Volvo. While it was good to read that some Russian and Chinese buyers were rebuffed, would that Volvo AG – makers of the big trucks and heavy equipment – might buy the car making facilities back. Marjorie Meyers, a PR person for Volvo AG told me, in December of 2006, she thought it unlikely because of the R&D costs to keep current in the auto market. But judging from this review of the 2009 S80 V8, they’re enough ahead of the curve, new owners might be able to cost along for a year or two.

    But that’s just my opinion and I could be wrong.

  2. Suzanne Denbow says:

    Honestly, I think Volvo has been on a downward spiral since 1999 when Ford bought them. After the acquisition, Ford tried to force Volvo to compete with other “luxury” brands, changed their design, marketing angle, everything. They should have just stuck to the image that they were known for, the art that they had perfected: safety. Now they’re looked at as these odd little cars stuck in that fuzzy area between middle income and high class. From behind, the S80 could pass for a Taurus, the new styles look nothing like the beloved “Swedish Bricks” of old. If you ask me, Volvo would do well to exist as a private entity again and try and win back the purists [like me] who still motor around in their pre-1999 safety buses, hoping for a return to the good ol’ days.