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9.0
/ 10
On Features
BASE INVOICE
$34,921
BASE MSRP
$37,150
On Features
If you're willing to pay a little extra, there are a lot of tech features on tap, to add to this sedan's already rich traditional luxury feature set.
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If the alarm is set off, the S80 activates its "heartbeat" sensor that Volvo claims is sensitive enough to detect the beating of a human heart.
Car and Driver

a premium stereo with 12 Dynaudio speakers and 650 watts of amplification, and a navigation system with a screen that rises from the dashboard
CNET

Dynaudio Package...adds rear seat headphone jacks and audio controls
MSN Autos



The 2011 Volvo S80 is first and foremost a comfortable, safe luxury car; but dive into the options list and you'll find enough to satisfy the most tech-savvy—or serious audiophiles.

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Volvo's DVD-driven nav system still feels a bit outdated, and isn't the easiest to use.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.

Conclusion

If you're willing to pay a little extra, there are a lot of tech features on tap, to add to this sedan's already rich traditional luxury feature set.

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