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STYLING | 7 out of 10
pushes the Scandinavian design thing even harder
offers all the flavor of Wasa crispbread, which is like eating particle board
Car and Driver
a curvier, sleeker appearance with a slightly sportier profile, yet still an unmistakably Volvo design
The general interior design...is one of the most refined we've seen. In good luxury style, it is muted, with nothing in particular calling attention to itself.
well-crafted, modern-styled luxury sedan
It's been several years since the S80 has been redesigned, but even when it last was, for 2007, it looked a bit conservative. And it especially does next to the curvier, more contemporary S60 that was introduced this past year.
A new grille, some chrome accents, and a more visible dual exhaust helped sharpen the S80's appearance a couple of years ago, but relative to other luxury sedans its profile and outside details are rather unremarkable.
Inside, style mavens will be more satisfied. There's a version of Volvo's 'floating' center stack—a thin panel that houses a high-end audio system, with extra storage behind. Materials are top-notch, too—up to the caliber of traditional luxury cars, with silk metal inlays, real stitched door trim, and real wood veneers, but with fundamentally stark, Scandinavian. contrasts.
The exterior of the 2012 S80 is conservative, but the interior remains a showpiece of Swedish design, with its stark contrasts and rich details.