Originally Posted by whiteslashasian
Looking at (now don't poke too much fun...) 2007-2009 Volvo S80's, particularly the AWD V8 and T6 models. The T6 offers MARGINALLY better MPG but comes at a lower cost whereas the Yamaha built V8 apparently is thoroughly entertaining with a sonorous exhaust note. Need the AWD with adaptive and select-able suspension and steering dynamics to help tighten it up for more spirited driving, while still letting it cruise nicely for when my parents take it for a trip.
Something about the flagship Volvo's being far rarer and less "douchey" in comparison to the mid range German autos is attractive to me. I also think they're beautifully designed with an understated touch. I was walking home from work last night when an S80 was pulled up into a parking garage. I got a great look at the interior and it looked really well appointed and I loved the design aesthetic. Will try to test drive during the Thanksgiving Holiday week.
They still feel thoroughly "accountant" to me, although that should not be a bad thing.
Then again, the ubiquity of audi a4/a5sportback/a6's for the last couple of years has me thinking that audi is the new brand of choice for that subgroup.
But if that's not a deterrent, the s80 is a great car imho. I drove one (albeit armored) a while back which was owned by a relation, and was surprised by the handling. I can only this will be very good when its not weighing over 2 tonnes.