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Volvo S80 2.4D SE: Test Drive Review

Date: 23 December 2009   |   Author: Tristan Young

Category: Executive
P11D price: £26,040
Key rival: Audi A6

The S80 is Volvo's latest recipient of the 2.4-litre diesel engine upgrades, which increase power while reducing CO2 output.

In this case the 2.4D jumps from 163PS to 175PS while CO2, at 155g/km, is now in the sub-161g/km capital allowance and the 22% benefit-in-kind company car tax bands.

The increase in power is a welcome addition and puts performance close to that of the previous 183PS D5 engine. For the record the new D5 now produces 204PS.

There's also an improvement in consumption, which is now an official 47.9mpg. On our test we found that with little eco-driving effort we easily achieved more than this figure. The result was a 'distance to empty' figure on the trip computer of 840 miles, or 55.0mpg.

But the S80 isn't without a few niggles, the manual gearbox car is still equipped with a dash-based fly-off handbrake that needs the driver to lean forward to deactivate, and the engine could do with a touch more refinement.

However, it's still one of the most comfortable cars in its class and is reasonably well equipped against rival vehicles at this price.

Volvo S80 2.4D SE 4dr manual
P11D price£26,040
Model price range£22,245-£37,995
Fuel consumption47.9mpg
CO2 (tax) 155g/km (22%)
BIK 20/40% per month£95/£190
Service interval18,000mls
Insurancegroup 15
Boot space422 litres
Engine size/power2400cc/175PS
Top speed/0-62mph130mph/8.9secs
On sale November 2009
VerdictNow cheaper to run


Now cheaper to run