The 2006 Volvo S80 now includes leather seating surfaces, a power moonroof, console wood inlays, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, a power passenger's seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, and sport seats as standard equipment. The T6 trim line has been deleted, but the T6-style "watch dial" instrumentation has been carried over to the T5. The T5 AWD model gets a new Instant Traction version of all-wheel drive, and two new stand-alone options include 18-inch wheels and chrome-finish 17-inch wheels. Lastly, a new exterior color, Willow Green, replaces Platinum Green and Crystal Green.
Volvo's venerable flagship, the S80, comes to the U.S. in two flavors: the 2.5T and 2.5T AWD. Both are powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 2.5L, inline-five-cylinder engine producing 208 hp. A 5-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels in the 2.5T and all wheels in the 2.5T AWD version. The S80 sedan comes loaded with safety innovations, including ABS-assisted brakes, driver and front passenger dual-stage Supplemental Restraint System air bags, Volvo's Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with side air bags and an inflatable curtain, a Whiplash Protection Seating System, seat belts with pyrotechnic pre-tensioners in all seating positions, plus Volvo's safety-cage construction.
Some of the S80's standard amenities include puddle lamps, fog lamps, an outside temperature gauge, dual-zone electronic climate control with a pollen filter, a power glass sunroof, cruise control, electric, foldable rear head rests, leather seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power adjustable front seats with adjustable lumbar and driver's memory, sport seats, a trip computer, and wood interior trim.
Options include a Convenience Package with HomeLink, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a grocery bag holder, a leather-covered handbrake lever, a sunglasses holder, rear park assist, and laminated side windows; a Climate Package with heated front seats, headlamp wiper/washers, rain-sensing windshield wipers, run-flat tires, a tire pressure-monitoring system, 17-inch alloy wheels, and Dynamic Stability Traction Control. Other stand-alone options include an interior air-quality sensor, metallic paint, Bi-Xenon headlamps (requires the Climate Package), a premium sound system with a 6-disc CD player and Dolby Surround Sound, Dynamic Stability Traction Control, a DVD-based navigation system, and satellite radio preparation.
The Volvo S80 competes in the Midsize Premium Conventional segment, an extremely competitive group of 13 entry-luxury models from a variety of manufacturers. Buyers in this segment are looking for modern styling, strong performance, luxury amenities, and the latest technology.
The segment sales leader is the Lexus ES Series, with 67,577 units sold in calendar year 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM In a tough battle for second are the BMW 5 Series (52,722 sales in 2005) and Mercedes-Benz E-Class (50,383). Volvo dealers sold 10,181 S80s in 2005. Other models competing in the segment include the Cadillac STS, Lexus GS Series, Infiniti M45, Volvo V70, Lincoln LS, Audi A6, Acura RL, Jaguar S-Type, and Saab 9-5.