Editors at TheCarConnection.com find that the 2009 Volvo S80 offers basic, unexciting styling. Most drivers will deem it acceptable.
According to Edmunds, the "2007 model year brought a full redesign for the S80," but it "didn't change drastically in size or appearance" of the four-door Volvo S80 sedan. Automotive.com shares that the '07 redesign brought a "much larger grille opening, a sporty bumper and under-grille treatment, larger headlamps ... and body sides that are free of moldings." These changes live on in the 2009 Volvo S80. Kelley Blue Book praises the outside appearance of the Volvo S80, reporting that the "subtle wedge shape is effectively reinforced by a sweeping roofline and prominent shoulder ridges." Cars.com says that although with the S80 "Volvo has shaken the boxy look it made famous, the S80 is still unmistakably Volvo." Another reviewer at Cars.com is less impressed with the rear of this 2009 Volvo model, however, describing it as "dull as a doornail."
On the interior, the 2009 Volvo S80 has lines that are "clean...and the understated wood trim has the look of paneling versus the usual shiny veneer," according to Edmunds. This is more or less in agreement with Kelley Blue Book's assessment of the 2009 Volvo's "well-appointed cabin," which "reflects a Swedish-modern mentality." They and other reviewers consulted by TheCarConnection.com especially like the Volvo S80's "elegant slim-line center stack that houses the audio and climate control switchgear."