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.