For 2013, Volvo’s range-topping S80 sedan
is back with the same conservative-but-timeless styling it wore last year. Critics will point out that the S80 isn’t nearly as fresh or trendy in its exterior design as its smaller brother, the S60, but that’s the whole point. Volvo’s premier sedan is aimed at those that enjoy comfort, luxury and the latest safety features, but aren’t out to impress friends and neighbors.
Nowhere is this philosophy more evident than on the S80’s interior. The leather is equal parts supple and durable, the instruments are contemporary and the dash uses Volvo’s “floating” center stack design for both style and functionality. Wood veneers are used throughout, blended with brushed metal trim for a uniquely Scandinavian take on luxury that is anything but pretentious.
One interior element that really shines is the S80’s front seats. In a word, they’re superb, contoured to fit a surprisingly wide...