Volvo S80 (2012)

CARBARN | Volvo S80 (2012) | If a sensible person were going to design a luxury car, we suspect it Might end up looking a lot like the 2012 Volvo S80. If it's comfort, safety and advanced technology in a more understated wrapper, we think you'll find the 2012 Volvo S80 a perfectly sensible choice. The 2012 Volvo S80 is available in two trim levels: 3.2 and T6 AWD.

The 3.2 base model comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear foglights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power front seats with driver memory settings, a split-folding rear seat with trunk pass-through , an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer, full power accessories, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and an eight-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer, satellite radio, HD radio, an iPod / USB interface and an auxiliary audio jack. To this the T6 AWD adds all-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof.

The optional Premier Plus package includes front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry / ignition and Volvo's Personal Car Communicator. The Climate Package adds heated front and rear seats, headlight washers, rain-sensing wipers and heated windshield washer nozzles. The Technology package gets you adaptive cruise control, a collision-warning and pedestrian-detection system with automatic braking, lane-departure warning and Driver Alert. T6 models can also be had with a Dynamic That package contains unique 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned chassis, adaptive xenon headlights and unique aluminum interior trim. From a luxury standpoint, the available Inscription package ups the ante with the premium leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a leather-covered dashboard and center armrest and genuine wood trim on the steering wheel and shift knob. The Platinum Package adds the contents of the Premier Plus package with premium surround-sound audio, a voice-controlled navigation system and a rear back-up camera. A blind-spot monitoring system is a stand-alone option. The front-wheel-drive 2012 Volvo S80 3.2 is powered by a 3.2-liter inline-6 engine 240 horsepower That Produces and 236 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, this engine returns EPA fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.

EPA estimates for this powertrain are 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. The 2012 Volvo S80 comes standard with antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags (featuring separate chambers for chest and hip protection), side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. There are a host of other safety-related features available, Including a blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning.  In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the S80 earned the top rating of "Good" for both frontal-offset and side collision protection.  Gauges and buttons are logically placed and simple to use, ESPECIALLY Volvo's signature climate controls. The S80's trunk offers 14.9 cubic feet of cargo room.

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