The S80 is a good value and certainly known for its safety features. I've had the car for about a month and I'm very pleased with the interior quality. Fit and finish is good. I have the turbo with AWD and the engine is responsive. Fast in fact. The downfall of this car is its steering. It is numb, and not confidence inspiring. If you move in a straight line, the Volvo can haul. Take any curves, and I feel like I'm driving a Buick (and old one.) Previous car was an 05 STS. The Volvo can not compare in terms of handling, or gas milage. Few strange features, like being able to exit the car and not be warned that your parking lights are on. Only way to trigger delayed headlights on is to pull back the stalk on the steering column while opening the door to exit the car. Also, digital speed (secondary indicator) not expressed in MPH. But the price was right and the car is comfortable. And most of the reviews I read warned this is not a car that runs on a rail.
The car went through CarMax inspection. Took vehicle to a Volvo dealership for 7500 mile service, found a number of problems that should have been detected and repaired by CarMax. The best thing out of thus car deal was the service warranty.
2008 Volvo S80 3.2 Litre in-line 6 cylinder, automatic. Average mileage: 22 (mixed city & highway. 300 miles to a tank. Takes regular gas). RIDE: Smooth as silk even at highway speeds. Very comfortable car for driver and passengers, both front and back. Good pickup. SPACIOUS: Went on long trip with 4 bodies; was able to fit 1 large, 1 medium and 4 small (carry-on size) bags into the trunk (with some creativity). Love the sunroof. This one has premium audio with 6 CDs, SAT radio and AUX input; sounds just divine. My kid thinks the automatic folding mirrors are the cutest thing. I like the Blind Spot Indicator System. AUX input jack is inside center console; can leave iPod out of sight. The fuel guage is an electronic one that changes based on average mileage; different from conventional guages, so takes some time to get used to. Overall, a comfortable European luxury family sedan that looks great, drives great, sounds great and feels safe.