They gave us IKEA (which made man evolve from the stone age to a wooden age), Henrik Larsson (more remembered as Celtic and Barcelona guy) and also Volvo
Please ignore the Swedish heavy metal bands which make a lot of noise and fade away very soon
More known for their Buses and Trucks (BTW commercial vehicle division is completely independent of Cars), Volvo cars have always been known for being super practical , to the extent that Volvo’s are usually associated with community purposes (Families with more than 6 kids, Police cars, Pizza delivery and obviously Taxis)
But change all that when you come across their flagship S80
Based on the Ford Mondeo (it was developed when Volvo was owned by Ford) . The S80 was crafted to compete against the Germans (read Audi A6, Merc E and Bavarian 5 series)
Its a “not so fancy” car which is quite unique in the generation of very “loud and sharp” vehicles
Design : Very basic, does the job. Its a wooden tennis racquet in the age of carbon fibre ones but sometimes wooden ones look better
Engines : This is where the Volvo matches everyone else. Numerous options available in Petrol and Diesel.
Petrols include a fantastic 3.2 Litre straight six developing a cool 238 horses and is coupled with a “All Wheel Drive” from Volvo which is quite different from the Quatrro of Audi’s ,yet interesting and delivers as promised
The other sweet sound option in petrol is the 315 horse V8…… sweet indeed
Diesels are more prefered in a car which is neither supposed to go fast or make a statement and the S80 doesn’t disappoint
Of the 5 diesels on offer, the 2.4 Litre inline 5 is the best and develops a very modest 175 bhp and 420 Nm of Torque
Safety :- Its bloody safer than an Israeli battle tank. There is no point debating its safety as Volvo’s are perhaps the most safe set of wheels money can buy
Interiors :- S80 strikes big here. Old school but at the same time very functional. Looks cleaner than Monica Geller’s apartment.
Quality is top notch which even the Germans might envy. Its spacious and the rear seats are actually meant to be in for hours. Boot is humongous (You could put in a Mini Cooper inside)
Appeal :- You don’t care about that in a Volvo
Bottomline :- If you don’t believe in destiny, but do believe in salvation, get a S80…..