With great fuel economy ratings, plenty of value for the money, and comfortable seats and ride, the 2021 Volvo S80 seems as a sensible alternative to flashier, more expensive luxury sedans. However, it disappoints with its lackluster power, and anonymous looks. The Volvo S80 release date should be expected sometime in the second half of 2021.
While the S80 is appealing in certain ways, it’s least appealing relative to contemporary luxury sedans that are notorious for fancy wheel designs, high-tech infotainments system, supple leather and interior woodwork. Its aging design and minor updates for 2021 only makes the situation worse.
On the upside, though, the Volvo S80 2021 offers impressive fuel economy ratings and an array of high-tech safety systems. Elevating its performance and efficiency is its new turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 240 hp and 258 lbs. ft. of torque, and offers an incredible 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.6 seconds.
The exterior design, while it isn’t a bad thing, has only received mild cosmetic freshening, and seems rather dated in today’s luxury car market. The interior layout is however quite appealing and upscale. The materials used on its surfaces look premium, and the infotainment system has improved responsiveness relative to the previous model.
Yet, the new Volvo S80 isn’t the only vehicle in its class that offers plenty of value for the money. Rivals you should check out include the Acura TLX, Hyundai Genesis, Lexus ES 350, Buick LaCrosse, and Cadillac XTS. Pricier alternatives include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, and the Audi A6.
While the Volvo S80 does come pretty well equipped and is typically less expensive than many other midsize luxury cars, the reality is that it’s simply outclassed for 2021.
2021 Volvo S80 Trims
Two trims are offered for the 2021 Volvo S80: Platinum and Premiere. Two models are additionally available: T5 and T6 Drive-E.
2021 Volvo S80 Interior Accessories & Exterior Changes
The S80 Premier specs include a split-folding rear seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, driver memory settings, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, an eight-way power front seats, foglights, LED running lights, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, heated front seats, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, heated mirrors, and a leather upholstery.
Equipment offered include an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, a seven-inch display screen, frontal collision warning and mitigation system, a six-CD changer, HD and satellite radio, a navigation system, and a USB port.
Upgrading to the Volvo S80 Platinum package gets you an automatic high-beam headlight control, special interior accent lighting, a folding front passenger seat, power-retractable side mirrors, lane-departure warning system, a rearview camera, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, a folding front passenger seat, adaptive xenon headlights, blind-spot monitoring, cyclist detection, and a grocery bag holder.
Options include a leather-covered dashboard and center armrest, windshield washer nozzle, premium leather upholstery, heated rear seats, nineteen-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension system, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, a quick-fold front passenger seat, and wood and metal trimmings.
2021 Volvo S80 Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Under the hood of the new 2021 Volvo S80 is a four-cylinder mill rated at 258 lbs. feet of torque and 240 horsepower. Standard systems include the stop-start system, the front wheel drive system, and the eight-speed automatic transmission system. The S80 AWD is optionally available.
EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2021 S80 T5 Drive-E at 25/37/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
As already mentioned above, 6.6 seconds is all that you require to sprint from 0-60 mph. an average time in the segment as rivals fare much better with majority of them accelerating in the sub-6 seconds region.
Safety features include frontal collision warning and mitigation system, active front head restraints, driver-fatigue monitor, front and rear parking sensors, side curtain airbags, front-seat side airbags, antilock disc brakes, pedestrian and cyclist detection, and blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alerts.
2021 Volvo S80 Release Date & Price
According to various rumors going round within the precincts of the industry, the vehicle should be expected to go for sale sometime in the second quarter of 2021.
The Volvo S80 price starts from an MRSP of $43,450.