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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
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.
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a premium stereo with 12 Dynaudio speakers and 650 watts of amplification, and a navigation system with a screen that rises from the dashboard
Dynaudio Package...adds rear seat headphone jacks and audio controls
For 2012, Volvo has reconfigured its S80 model line into three trims: base, Premier Plus, and Platinum.
Standard feature content is better than ever, even on the base model, which includes things like fog lamps, heated outside mirrors, cruise, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, Bluetooth, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Premier Plus models add just a few more extras, like a garage-door opener, while it's Platinum models that pile on the luxury and tech, with premium sound (650-watt), iPod/USB inputs, HD Radio, navigation with real-time traffic, rear park assist, dual xenon HID headlamps with Active Bending Light are now a standalone option. A new Volvo Sensus screen-based system is newly standard, too, across the model line.
Heated rear seats, dual active xenon headlamps, and a dynamic suspension system are among the features offered in other major packages--Climate (heated front and rear seats, heated headlamp washers, rain-sensor wipers), Inscription (leather, ventilated seats, walnut trim), and Technology (adaptive cruise, collision warning with Full Auto Brake, Distance Alert, Driver Alert Control, and Lane Departure Warning). A power sunroof remains on offer as a $1,000 standalone option, while dual-xenon HID lamps are an $800 option.
Volvo's DVD-driven nav system still feels a bit outdated, and isn't the easiest to use.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 included with Premier Plus and Platinum models of the S80 is the Personal Car Communicator, a special keyfob system that can detect intruders in the vehicle and report the security status of your vehicle remotely.
To complement this sedan's already rich traditional luxury feature set, the 2012 S80 offers plenty of tech-option possibilities.