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Used buyer's guide: Volvo S80

Steep depreciation makes the Volvo S80 a great value second-hand car

How much?

Diesel S80s outnumber their petrol counterparts by around 10 to one, while about three-quarters of the models on the market have an auto box. As a result, you can pick up a high-mileage diesel from £5,000, while the cheapest petrols we could find were £6,000 – they tended to be to a higher spec with lower mileage. Most of the cheaper diesels are 2.4 or D5 editions, with 2.0-litre cars from £8,000. We’d suggest you spend £10,000 on a three-year-old 2.0D SE with a few options.

Running costs

ModelInsurance groupFuel economyCO2 emissionsAnnual road tax
1.6T28-2942mpg152g/km£170
2.5T28-3432mpg206g/km£270
1.6DRIVe20-2257mpg129g/km£100
2.0 D3 (134bhp)26-3149mpg151g/km£170
2.0 D4 (161bhp)28-3057mpg129g/km£100
2.4D32-3747mpg155g/km£170
2.4D527-3745mpg155g/km£170

All S80s need to be serviced every 18,000 miles or 12 months, apart from the 1.6-litre diesel (in the S80 DRIVe and D2), for which the mileage figure is 12,500 miles. Volvo dealers offer fixed-price maintenance for the car, with services alternating between minor and major– they cost £320-£350 and £380-£400 respectively.

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The big service comes at 10 years, and costs around £650. This includes fitting a new cambelt, which costs £350 on its own – these belts need to be renewed after 10 years or 108,000 miles. Fresh brake fluid should be fitted every two years, and will cost around £70.

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