For 2011, Volvo has bolstered the S80's feature lists by adding a few standard features and expanding the available options. Sirius Satellite Radio and a six-month subscription is now standard, and dual xenon HID headlamps with Active Bending Light are now a standalone option.
A Multimedia Package adds a magnificent 650-watt premium surround sound system, a navigation system with real-time traffic, and a rear camera system. With the T6, we recommend the Dynamic Package, which includes a lowered sport chassis, the bi-xenon headlamps, and headlamp washers, plus flashy Fortuna diamond-cut alloys. Other major options include a Climate Package, and a new Inscription Package, which brings Sovereign Hide soft leather upholstery, a walnut wood steering wheel, walnut inlays, ventilated front seats, and other soft leather trim. It's offered in several new two-tone interior combinations.
Volvo's DVD-driven nav system still feels a bit outdated, and isn't the easiest to use. Some might find the cabin interface in general a little confusing at first; there's a somewhat confusing panel of small buttons on the dash, but most minor changes can be made through the menu system and a steering-wheel toggle.
Still offered in the S80 is the Personal Car Communicator, a special keyfob system that can report the security status of your vehicle remotely—including the capability to detect an intruder in your vehicle.