out of 10

As Volvo's flagship sedan, the 2011 S80 carries the honor and duty of packing the most technology, safety, comfort, and space of any of its four-doored road cars. It shoulders the burden well, but when taken against the grander field of the competition, it sometimes leaves the driver wanting. MotorAuthority rates the 2011 Volvo S80 7 out of 10.

From ten feet, the S80 is nothing particularly special to look at. The relatively vast expanses of metal--it's a large sedan--show only the most minimal of character lines, curves, or undulations. Put simply: it's a very conservative design. Inside things liven up a bit, with the unique waterfall center console design that puts the controls on a thin panel, leaving space behind for stowing valuables. The dash itself is quite nice as well, with high-end wood, metal, and high-quality synthetics making up the design.

That's where the excitement on the inside ends, however. It's not outright boring, but the S80 leaves a lot on the table when...

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