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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
sufficient head and leg room to take on a pair of average-sized adults or a trio of kids
Kelley Blue Book
it could have a bit more room in the backseat, but the space isn't what you'd call confining
slim center console and easily operated controls
Editors at TheCarConnection.com find that comfort and quality are excellent in the 2009 Volvo S80.
Cars.com says that "it could have a bit more room in the backseat, but the space isn't what you'd call confining"; Kelley Blue Book reports the Volvo S80's "60/40 split-folding rear bench has sufficient head and leg room to take on a pair of average-sized adults or a trio of kids." ForbesAutos observes that the 2009 Volvo S80 has an abundance of interior room: "the cabin is spacious and comfortable."
The 2009 Volvo S80 gets high marks for quality inside. Cars.com sums it up pretty well: "The materials are all soft to the touch, the leather is plush and the seats are ultra comfortable. What's left to want?" ForbesAutos especially likes the "slim center console and easily operated controls." ConsumerGuide, however, says that "materials aren't especially rich for a premium car," but even they admit the "cabin is decently appointed overall." They also report that noise levels aboard the Volvo S80 are "subdued, but not as quiet as many luxury-class competitors...both 6-cylinder engines growl under acceleration." Edmunds is a bit more critical of this 2009 Volvo model, however. While acknowledging that the Volvo S80 interior has the auto industry's "most supportive seats [and] its cabin has all the expected amenities, it lacks the unrestrained elegance and exacting quality of competitors' interiors."
Automotive.com says its reviewer "found the steering wheel controls a bit fussy at first, and hard to use, but owners will figure them out quickly." The reviewer at Automotive.com is a fan of the fact that "a menu system tailors the seats, rearview mirrors, climate control, audio, navigation, and the amount of steering wheel feel in the car's speed-dependent power steering system."
According to Kelley Blue Book, "the somewhat modestly-scaled 14.9 cubic-foot trunk" can be expanded by dropping the backseats, providing a pass-through opening. Cars.com, however, isn't pleased with the storage space in the 2009 S80, declaring that "the small trunk was a bit of a surprise" and noting that "it's not exactly deep or tall, so large suitcases have to be wedged in tightly."
The 2009 Volvo S80 offers an outstandingly comfortable interior—though the appointments might not meet everyone’s tastes.