2008 Volvo S80 Review from North America

2008 Volvo S80 3.2

Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.2 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10300 kilometres
Most recent distance29800 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry


Best car I've ever been in!


Nothing at all.

General Comments:

I'm 42 and have driven many cars (own, rental, company) and this piece of jewelry is the best I have ever driven, or even seen. It's so smooth and quiet that sometimes you doubt anything is running under hood.

After several troubles from our Camry, I decided to get rid of it, so we tested many cars in different classes, and my wife was always against Volvo cars as "they are old fashioned". When we saw this demo first at shop, she mentioned its pretty regular style and pricey. When she got in, she mentioned it's much better than anything she'd seen before, and when we drove it for 30 minutes, she mentioned she would not get out!

During the last 12 months we have enjoyed every minute of using this car, no matter in city or long trips. I have been dumb to go for Japanese cars for l1 years just to save a few bucks on gas or monthly payments.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2009

12th Dec 2009, 10:30

I'm sure you love your Volvo (as many Volvo owners love their cars) but as they age and repairs start, you'll see why choosing Japanese was a great investment over the Volvos.

15th Dec 2009, 09:06

Re 12th Dec:

Come on man! How can you compare a Volvo with a crappy Toyota? Yes, the maintenance bill may be higher for the Volvo. However, it gets much less to the shop (am talking based on personal experience, not those myths about Japanese cars performance), and also we are talking about a luxury car vs a boring commuter. Well, if you are a Taxi driver may be that's true; Toyota is a better choice! Still, I am not sure why most of the Taxis are Ford/GM :)

Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 1 review