2009 Volvo S80 Executive 4.4 V8 from North America


Secret muscle car of the Swedish variety


I have had the car 6 months and have driven it about 4,000 miles. Nothing has gone wrong with this car. I have 2 years left on a CPO warranty, so I will let you all know in the future if I ever have to take advantage of that warranty.

General Comments:

This car is very comfortable. I sold my 2012 Audi A4 because the seats were not comfortable and my son was getting cramped in the back seats of the car. You can reference my past review of that car in the Audi A4 section.

The Volvo S80 is very pretty and elegant. I get many compliments. The color of mine is white pearlescent. This car is loaded with technology: heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, automatic bending Xenon headlights, a 600W stereo, pop up navigation, Bluetooth, etc.

The V8 has an amazing grumble when you start it. Check out clips on YouTube for proof. It sounds like a 60s muscle car, but becomes very quiet with highway cruising. The acceleration is very good and confident. The MPG in the city is not great, but this is a big V8. The highway mileage is more than acceptable.

The car is VERY comfortable. The seats are probably the most supportive I have ever sat in. The leather is very high quality in the Executive package. The premium floor mats feel great.

I could have bought a CPO E Class or 5 Series, but I chose the Volvo S80. It is a sleeper muscle car and very safe for my family to ride in. I shall keep you posted every once in a while on any problems I have, but the car still puts a smile on my face.

The bottom-line: These S80s with the V8 (especially in the Executive package) are rare and are becoming sought after cars in the Volvo community. I am not saying it is a collector car by any means, I am just saying that there is a high level of respectability when you tell a Volvo guy you drive one of these. Even my non Volvo-loving friends say "Wow, Volvo made a V8…? No kidding." Then they hear it rev up and we all laugh because it sounds awesome.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2014

27th Oct 2014, 18:57

Please do keep us updated. It's not a common Volvo variant - outside America, most common are the 6-cylinder and turbo diesel models. The V8 is a marvel of compactness. The engineers at the time went as far as integrating I believe the alternator assembly within the block, or something like that. I hope it doesn't mean repairs or servicing would be far more complicated than normal cars.

30th May 2015, 22:07

Original poster here. Exactly one year into ownership.

The only thing that went out was the AM radio. I don't really care as who listens to AM anymore?

I enjoy driving this car a lot. Unfortunately it stays parked in my garage more often than not.

3rd Apr 2016, 12:16

Original poster here. Last month I had to have the starter replaced under CPO warranty. It was very slow to start and would miss a start every once in a while. Now that it is replaced, it starts very quickly.

I am still happy with the car. A smart purchase.

2009 Volvo S80 FWD 3.2 from North America


May be the best car ever made


Does anything go wrong with Volvos? Didn't know that :)

General Comments:

Having the car for 3 months with not a single issue. The general comment for this car can be comfy, great...

I cannot think of a single thing I do not like about it; the Lexus I drove for 4 years seems really a consumer car covered and made up comparing to the S80.

P.s. I should beg Ford not to sell this brand to Chinese! Who can believe they'll not ruin it? That may mean I have found the love of my life at her end days of life :'(

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2010

8th Dec 2013, 08:35

Your comment about "please don't sell to the Chinese" made me chuckle. This is what us Volvo fans were saying when they sold to Ford. Reliability took a big nose dive.

9th Dec 2013, 17:43

"May be the best car ever made"

Please get back to us when it has reached 100-200k miles; it's a little to early to make statements like that!

2009 Volvo S80 from North America


The rough rider

General Comments:

My friend brags so much about his 09 Volvo and he knows I'm ready to buy a new car, so told me I should buy an S80. Today we went to Delaware to play slots, and he wanted me to experience the s80.

The car looks great, it is quiet, the interior is wonderful, love how the navigation pops up, this is a balanced vehicle.

However, this car does not ride soft like a Towncar.

The suspension is a big turn off to me, it is a controlled hard ride, a rough rider.

I do not understand how Volvo can present this beautiful flagship to the American public with that hard suspension.

If only Volvo made this car with the option of soft suspension, I would buy one, but as it now stands, I just cannot purchase a beautiful rough rider. Ted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th May, 2009

10th May 2009, 07:34

Though I accept this point of view, I bet the Volvo is much more fun to drive than the Town Car. Show them the bends (admittedly more here in the UK, than US!) and the Volvo will lead the way! The S80 is otherwise a fantastic vehicle...

10th May 2009, 17:21

How many minutes you drove the S80? If it had softer suspension you would buy one, and still based on your test you give it a 0/10!!!