Test Drive : 2015 Volvo S80 T5

Volvo has some tricks up its sleeve for the future. They have an all new MY16 XC90 coming out in the first quarter of next year. They have also promised that by calendar year 2017, the new XC90 will be the oldest model on our showroom floors. That means that Volvo has some exciting new models planned for the next couple of years. But don’t let the future take away from what is being offered right now. The all new Drive-E engines are a big deal — especially in the 2015 Volvo S80 T5!

For the longest time, Volvos were known for their safety but never especially good fuel economy. That has changed. Safety, comfort, AND good fuel economy comprise the new mantra for Volvo cars. If you haven’t heard, the new 240 hp 2.0L inline four-cylinder uses direct-injection, turbo charging, and ECO start/stop features to get an impressive 25 mpg city and 37 mpg hwy. That’s much better than the 3.2 I-6 engine it replaces. Who would have thought that a full-size Volvo would get 37 mpg on the highway? Meet the new Volvo.

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When I first started working at Leikin Motor Companies, the S60 was my favorite car. Then it was the sporty C30. But now that I am in my mid-40’s, I am most attracted to the Volvo S80. Volvo’s flagship sedan is the most comfortable car you will ever drive both across town or across the country. The leather seats must have been designed with me in mind because I immediately smile when I sit in the driver’s seat. Take a look at the interior. I like the glossy wood center console with matching wood trim throughout the car. It is simple but elegant. You don’t have to wear plaid pants when driving an S80 but as you can see it does add to the attraction. Right? (Moving right along.)

Another thing to note is the new TFT gauges in the dashboard. The center gauge can be changed to one of three themes. In the picture, I chose Sport mode for a digital speedometer surrounded by the tachometer. You can also choose Elegant or ECO for a more traditional look. Each mode emphasizes a different aspect of the driver’s needs whether that be engine power, speed, or fuel economy. It’s a nice thing to have when you want to change things up once in a while.

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The new 2015 Volvo S80 is a great choice for someone who wants a full-size sedan with comfortable seats and good fuel economy. But don’t think that Volvo has lost its way when it comes to safety. Volvo’s acclaimed City Safety system is designed to apply the brakes in city traffic if you are about to rear end another vehicle and are not paying attention. This is particularly helpful when those in the back seat are distracting you from what’s happening ahead. Or it could also help when you are looking over your shoulder to change lanes. If City Safety determines that you are about to rear end the car ahead, it will apply the brakes and hold them for 1 1/2 seconds. You can imagine how that will affect your insurance rates.

Do you get the idea that I like this car? I really do. With all that the car offers (comfort, safety, fuel economy, luxury), it is a great option for someone looking for a full-size sedan. If you are waiting for just the right car to come out, don’t wait anymore. The 2015 Volvo S80 T5 is a great choice.

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