Volvo kits out the V70 and S80

4 May, 2011 10:58am Jack Rix

Special edition S80 features more luxurious interior while V70 get R-Design treatment.

Volvo is broadening the appeal of its flagship models with updates to its Mercedes S-Class rival, the S80, and the V70 estate.

The S80 Executive features an instrument panel topped in leather, available in espresso brown or black. Also thrown in are ventilated soft leather seats with massage function, leather door panels, an integrated analogue clock on the instrument panel and an aluminium centre console. Underfoot there are extra thick carpets, while a fridge, complete with crystal glasses, can be added to the rear seats.

Prices start at £34,735 for the S80 Executive fitted with the 161bhp 2.0-litre D3 engine, £36,835 for the 212bhp D3 model and £40,885 for the range-topping 300bhp T6 AWD variant.

To achieve its R-Design status, the V70 receives body-coloured bumpers, silk metal wing mirrors with intergrated LED indicators and unique 18-inch 'Ixion' alloys. Inside two-tone leather, with the R-Design logo embossed on the seats, adds a sportier feel. The pack is available together with all engines, which  makes it possible to choose the newly launched 1.6-litre DRIVe diesel with CO2 emissions at 119g/km.

Prices for the V70 R-Design range start with the DRIVe model at £28,195, while the 211bhp D5 version with stop-start costs from £32,400. Topping the price-list is the T6, costing £37,985.

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Surely the S80 compares/competes with Mercedes' E-Class, not the S-Class???

Volvo always threw their cars in between categories, i.e. the S60 was always "bigger than a 3-series but more compact than a 5-series". And it always cost less than both.

Great kit on the S-80 it could make a great second hand buy.

I must echo tsomaz comments - I recently enjoyed an S80 as a courtesy car while my V50 was being repaired - a lovely car, for sure, but certainly only capable of rivaling the S-Class on size, nothing else! Don't get me wrong - the performance was reasonable from the D5 engine an it was a comfortable car to travel in, but the quality was nowhere near that of an S-Class, and the spec, though reasonable, was definitely lacking in comparison. No front park sensors, no intelligent cruise control, fiddly satnav, and bits of the bodywork and interior that felt cheap.

It's wrong to expect a £35K motor to rival a car which costs over twice as much to buy!

Could You Please, advise on the the best and the most economical Volvo Diesel Engine
Please note that I will be interested in the Engine Products starting from the Year 2005 Model

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