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Pros: The 2014 Volvo S80 proves supremely comfortable both in terms of seating and ride quality. The interior is remarkably quiet and upscale, while power delivery is always smooth. Add top-notch safety and reliability, and you get an extremely relaxing driving experience.

Cons: The S80's design is getting pretty old now, with the last major revision dating back to 2007. Inside, the layout is bit too simplistic. Also, expect the S80 to lose much of its original value after a few years. This car is in desperate need of a do-over.

2014 Volvo S80 Price: There are 6 trim levels to choose from this year, ranging from the base 3.2 FWD at $48,300 all the way to the luxurious and powerful T6 AWD Platinum at $60,400.

2014 Volvo S80 Fuel Economy: A 3.2 FWD model will burn 10.5L/100km in the city and 6.8L/100km on the highway. These numbers will increase to 11.7 and 8.0L/100km, respectively, with a T6 AWD model.

Improvements and Changes: Beyond a few cosmetic upgrades, the 2014 Volvo S80 gets a new Sensus communication interface, a 7'' display with infrared activation, a heated windshield and steering wheel, a customizable TFT gauge cluster, revised transmission ratios, new ambient lighting, as well as a new pedestrian and cyclist detection feature for the frontal collision mitigation system.

2014 Volvo S80 Powertrain: Volvo offers two inline 6-cylinder engines with the S80. The naturally aspirated 3.2L unit produces 240 horsepower, while the turbocharged 3.0L variant generates 300 horsepower. Both are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.

Cargo Capacity: The S80's trunk will swallow up to 422 litres of cargo, which is a fairly good amount, but not as much as many competitors offer.

Safety: Volvo enjoys a stellar reputation for safety, and it shows in the 2014 S80, which includes ABS, brake assist, stability and traction control, adaptive cruise control, adaptive lighting (headlights that swivel in corners), pedestrian and cyclist detection, distance alert, driver drowsiness alert, lane departure warning, and collision warning with full auto brake. Some of these features are optional, mind you.

Comparing the 2014 Volvo S80: In this luxury sedan segment, you'll also find the Acura RLX, Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Infiniti Q70, Jaguar XF, Lexus GS, Lincoln MKS, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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