Surprisingly, the S80 hasn’t been Euro NCAP crash tested yet, but we see few reasons why it shouldn’t perform as well as the V70, with which it shares many components.
Volvo’s City Safety is fitted as standard across the range. The system reduces the severity of (or entirely avoids) low-speed rear-end collisions at speeds of up to 18mph.
The 1.6-litre DRIVe is the running cost champion. With emissions of 119g/km, it is one of the cleanest models in its class, and an official figure of 62.8mpg on the combined cycle keeps running costs low. The D3 isn’t far behind with a combined figure of 67.3mpg and emissions of 129g/km.
Maintenance costs are kept to a minimum, with longer-than-usual service intervals of two years or 18,000 miles.