The Volvo S80, at the base level with front-wheel drive and a large, comfortable interior, competes with a wide range of luxury sedans.
The Mercedes E-Class and the BMW 5-Series both offer V-8 versions and all-wheel drive, as well as extensive safety features, while the new Acura RL is a good competitor, and perhaps the closest to the S80.
But oddly, the RL feels sportier than base-model S80.
For those who wish to be a little more flamboyant, the V-8-powered Jaguar XF is worth a serious look; the Jag’s interior is warm and smooth, while the Volvo is a bit cold and stark in its interior design especially.
We’re not saying either is better for design—it’s really a matter of personal taste.
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|18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas V8||Gas V6|
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|4-Door Sedan 3.2L FWD w/Moonroof||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||4-Door Sedan||2-Door Coupe E350 RWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4dr Sedan||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Coupe|
|Automatic,||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|