There's one front-page story for the 2013 Volvo S80 that can't bear enough emphasis: It has great seats. Whether you're tall or short, thin or thick, we can't imagine much better than these front perches. With their wide range of adjustability, and available fan-driven heating and cooling, they're well suited to long-distance hauls.
Those in back will be happy, too. Adults fit quite well, thanks to smart contouring—although don't expect limo-like space—and you can fit three across if your passengers are more petite. Rear passengers get climate-control vents built into the B-pillars for better comfort.
Trunk space is surprisingly small, at just under 15 cubic feet, but the rear seatbacks (split 60/40) do flip forward.
The leather upholstery doesn't let you down either; it's a good mid-point between plush and durable enough for family use. Also, with real wood finishes, metallic touches, and contrasting hues, the materials stray from the typical luxury-car convention, yet the interior will never strike you as ordinary or mass-market.
Ride quality on standard S80 models is perhaps firmer than some will expect; but out on the open road, it makes more sense as the S80's stoic ride character translates to excellent stability and none of the queasy, bouncy character that some other softer luxury cars possess.