2012 Volvo S80 Styling

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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.

The exterior of the 2012 S80 is conservative, but the interior remains a showpiece of Swedish design, with its stark contrasts and rich details.

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.

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