Pros: Respectable acceleration from T6’s turbocharged 6-cylinder engine; fine build quality; generous passenger room front and rear; broad selection of available safety features; comfortable seats
Cons: Mediocre acceleration from base 3.2-liter 6-cylinder engine; lacks high-end brand appeal of similarly priced rivals; questionable value for the money
CG Says: The 2014 Volvo S80 gets minor updates such as a digital instrument panel and freshened front-end styling. S80 is a comfortable and surprisingly stylish sedan. Unfortunately, this Volvo can’t match the brand recognition, sporty moves, or luxury trappings of its strongest competitors. The 3.2 model doesn’t have the muscle of its rivals and isn’t offered with all-wheel drive. Overall, the turbocharged all-wheel-drive T6 versions do a better job meeting luxury-sedan expectations. Base prices are reasonable for the class, but expensive packaged and standalone items can push the sticker into territory occupied by cars that offer greater cachet, larger dealer networks, and stronger resale values.