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I don't like it one bit.
I took my time, studied it real carefully and IMO I think it's a VERY BORING CAR.
The seats are terrific, http://********************/smile/emthup.gif one of, if not, THE best seat Volvo has ever put in a car. The gauge cluster is very nice and that's about it.
The rest of the dash board from the gauges to the right door reminds me of something from the late 80's poor looking wood, to boot.
The exterior looks good from the rear quarter view but the front,
oh that awful front end.
An S40 (new coorperate) front pinched down (narrow) and totally out of proportion with the rest of the car and looks totally out of place.
The car looks as if it was designed from three cars, an S40 from the fenders forward, a mix of old S80 and S60 in the cabin area, ( windshield to the rear glass), from there back it looks more like a modified S60.
Nothing new here design wise, ULTRA conservative and very very BORING.
If you want to be noticed at all do NOT buy one as it is totally annonymous.
It's not an ugly car, it isn't, but it's not a fresh design either and after almost 9 years you would think they could come up with something a bit more modern and at least fresh and different
I'm very disturbed at the way this (Volvo) design trend) is going, NOWHERE

JRL

Modified by JRL at 4:32 PM 4-19-2006
 

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Re: Went to the New York Auto show, review of the S80 (I Roll)

It looks different in person.
Looks better in those pictures, I was VERY UNDERwhelmed and quite disappointed
 

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Re: Went to the New York Auto show, review of the S80 (nobbe3728)

New Lexus 450 Li, Lh or whatever it's called, now THERE is something new, different and gorgeous even if they "Banglized" the trunk a wee
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Re: Went to the New York Auto show, review of the S80 (FireR)

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I know you like Lexus, we love my wife's new IS 350, so next year I will still glance at the S80, but the real comparison for me probably will be the new large Lexus, maybe even the hybrid if the technology really lives up to last week's hype and also the BMW 7-series....
That thing's unreal.

Gorgeous, with technology that we know most probably WILL work properly right out of the box
 

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Re: (23109VC)

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maybe it will "grow" on us....

when the new bangled 5 series came out, I hated it. I thought it was the ugliest thing I'd ever seen.

Now I think they look good.
This is different. It's not ugly at all but it should have something more, it has no soul whatsoever and it just a mishmash of all current Volvo stying all rolled into one car, NOTHING NEW (styling wise) which is what I'm trying to say
 

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Re: (T5_awd)

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I would say. NOTHING OLD.....
I wouldn't. There is NOTHING NEW IN THIS CAR styling wise, not one thing
 

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Re: (turbot)

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It's true that S80 is following the styling presented in S40 & S60.
But so is also Audi doing with the A4, A6 and A8.

But they took a nice but slightly dated car and made it "NEW" and fresh looking, Volvo did NOT. The S80 looks old before it even hits the showrooms
 

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Re: Went to the New York Auto show, review of the S80 (BenES)

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I just saw a new LS460 on the road this evening...
And???????????????
 

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I disagree.
It MAY BE, (although I doubt it) a techno wonder, but if you read I was obviously referring to the styling, inside an out.
I did say the seats seem to be the best Volvo has ever had and the dash POD is sort of cool but the styling is SO evolutionary without one single point to go after, it's quite sad.
The rest of the interior is dated (the dashboard from the gauge pod to the right door is erriely reminicent of something from the 80's I can't remember what car though), the wood on the NY show car was dull and actually quite awful.
The S40 nose (and don't say it doesn't have an S40 style nose, it does), which I don't care for anyway is very "pinched" looking on a larger car and doesn't flow with the rest of the car, way too narrow and "pointed"
The side is a mishmash of S60 and S80, nothing really wrong but nothing new either. Same with the rear, same old, same old.
You can ask the person I was with, I spent more time with the S80 than the rest of the show combined, probably a good 15 minutes. I was really hoping for a breakthrough, it didn't happen
for me. I am disappointed.
I really hope that at least it's a modern car underneath, (engine, trans and chassis)
You never know because of my bad back I may even wind up driving one. I didn't say it was distasteful, it isn't, it's very pleasent, BUT, as I will say for the 3rd time, nothing to stir the blood and if I were in the target market it wouldn't be my first choice. When buyers spend their money on a 50K car MOST, not all, but MOST want something new and fresh looking, this ain't.
You know I have no axe to grind, on the contrary, I was really hoping I would fall in love, nothing TO fall in love with here, maybe like, but not love or soul stirring one bit.
It also didn't help the car in the colors that the two cars had, again very DULL.
It may look a lot better in a better color and nicer (larger) wheels and perhaps lowered an inch
(I also take real offense to say I'm out to lunch. You know my cars, you've seen most of them, I think I have rather decent taste).

Modified by JRL at 6:31 PM 4-22-2006
 

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Re: (GrecianVolvo)

Everyone is entitled to their opinions.
Let's see in a year or so how sales are going. Maybe I'm wrong, if so, I'll be the first to say so, if, however I'm right, I'll expect the same from you
 

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Re: (Majisto)

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Terrible looking dash. That wood strip looks like my girlfriend's old 1986 Chevy Caprice. I have already complained about the dash, but I never saw the wood. I agree that straight is out. The current S80 has such a curvy, warm interior to it. This one feels stale. I can deal with an ugly exterior (And I do not like the pug nose of the S40), but the interior is very important. The Hyundai Azera looks better than this. Sorry, but it's true. How can you say that is a $30-50K interior?
Thank you (From a current S80 owner)
 
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