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2011 Volvo S80 Styling

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Volvo might have a number of vehicles that are especially dynamic, design-wise, but the S80 isn't one of them; it's simply quite conservative-looking from the outside. A new grille, some chrome accents, and a more visible dual exhaust helped sharpen the S80's appearance last year, but relative to other luxury sedans its profile and outside details are rather unremarkable.

The S80 feels more overtly stylish inside, where there's a version of Volvo's 'floating' center stack at its best; that's a thin center stack that resembles a high-end audio system, including extra storage just behind for smaller items. Materials are top-notch, and have been up to the caliber of traditional luxury cars in recent year, including chrome trims and real wood—with new silk-metal inlays and door-panel stitching added last year—and they bring a nice contrast to an interior design that's fundamentally a bit stark and Scandinavian.

For 2010, the S80 gets other minor changes inside, including silk-metal inlays and new door panel stitching.

The exterior of the 2011 Volvo S80 is a bit cold and conservative, but inside there's a lot to warm up to.

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