Originally bought it for the seats because of a bad back. Reliability has been superb and fuel economy better than EPA ratings. Seats and leather are world class, and the ergonomic interior is nice. I've come to love the fuselage-like look and design of the floating center stack console.
There are trade offs with everything, though. The cabin lets in a reasonable amount of road noise and the ride is jittery and stiff. As a full disclaimer, I like an old school soft ride to the firm ride preferred today, and the Volvo is more BMW than Buick. That said, I'd buy it all over again. I'm even happier with my car today than I was four years ago.
-Dynaudio sound system
-Affordability (I bought mine mine was three years old w/40k miles and I bought it for $21k)
-Fuel economy. EPA rated it at 16 city/25 hwy, but I get 20+ MPG driving 95% city backroads during rush hour in Houston. Lowest MPG I ever recorded was 19.3 MPG on a tank a few months back. Got 28+ MPG over three fill ups during a road trip two years ago.
-Interior noise level
-Ride comfort (tradeoff for better handling, I still prefer the silky smooth 'big car' ride of the old Buicks)
-Some of blue paint on Volvo emblem on steering wheel flaked off
I have driving Volvo cars since 1979. This is by far the best Volvo I have ever had, and I can also say the best of any cars I ever had. It run smoothly, sounds great (typical of a V8 with dual exhaust), runs economically and still have the necessary power when needed. I highly recommend it!
I never thought i would own a volvo bc i always liked the luxury sport feeling. when i saw the volvo s80 it caught my eye, and when i test drove the v8 it had the power i wanted. with the adjustible suspension i would wip it around the turns and take of when i need to. i think this car is great and it feels like it was built with great quality to the touch and eye.
the feeling you get behind the wheel, the way the instruments are easy to read use and understand. i love the new dash and instrument council the best.
i am only 5 11 and i some times feel like its tight getting in and out of the car. i also wish the car would do more then just flash the lights when you lock the car bc i always have to double check.