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Volvo S80 T6 Anniversary Edition

stolid Swede becomes a climber.

The idea of paying $50,000 for a Volvo would been inconceivable not so long Although Volvos have been cheap, and the people who them far from destitute, were solid, sensible, paragons of practicality. A Volvo was the of a luxury car-call it inconspicuous

Not anymore. Since Ford Volvo’s passenger-car unit in for $6.45 billion and folded it its Premier Automotive Group, has been primed to move up in Ford’s plan is for Volvo to onto its virtues but shed its stodgy image so it can go head-to-head the likes of Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus.

Volvo’s most serious to these luxury-brand kingpins is the S80 T6 Edition, 500 of which will be to mark the company’s 75th At an as-tested price of $47,540, the goes right in the face of A6, BMW’s 5-series, an entry-level E-class, and a Lexus GS430, not to some others.

In terms of the Volvo is a match for any of these. Its would pass muster in a store; its wood trim panel a Chippendale; its controls like those of a high-end system; and all the bits and pieces in its are put together with craftsmanlike What’s more, our test car the competition with its standard DVD system, which is dovetailed the rear of the front-seat headrests.

And to further gild the lily, an optional refrigerator ($721) the rear seats big enough to three bottles of Pellegrino.

In objective terms, the S80 AE is within a inches of its competition in the major which means it’s inside and substantial outside. It on the same platform as the less S60 sedan and V70 wagon. But in the Anniversary Volvo managed to eke out an additional two of rear legroom by eliminating the seatbacks and tweak the rear so they open more

The car’s stout chassis it tight and noiseless and anchors a that’s equal to providing the of ride and handling one demands this class of vehicle-that is, in a straight line, supple in and free of float or wander rough stuff. In hard body roll and pitch noticeable but not disagreeably so.

The S80 AE doesn’t up quite so well in performance, its twin-turbo 272-hp, 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine. There’s of power, but in a foot-to-the-floor launch a … stop, its front-drive causes some torque and when the turbos cut in, there’s a jolt of power. In normal though, the S80 AE doesn’t disappoint a run up the rpm range is warranted.

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The transmission includes a manumatic although it’s not as intuitive as systems. You have to pull the back beyond D to get into a mode, but one gets used to it.

As for the S80 AE’s styling won’t get it any rock videos, but with its diagonal-slash grille, unusual and full-length shoulders, it is far less than Volvos of yesteryear. Is it as as, say, a Bimmer, Merc, or That’s a little harder to

The S80 AE certainly didn’t make valets snap to as readily as the luxury brands do.

Looking at car logically, it has the wherewithal to join exclusive club. What it is pedigree. The Germans earned over generations, and the Japanese got in the by underpricing their cars they were eventually

But the S80 T6 Anniversary Edition-with its competitive, but not attractive, price-is going to a hard time crashing scene.

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