Large Volvos brought up to date

  • Volvo continues its modernisation offensive
  • Flagship V70 now available as R-Design
  • S80 gets new 'Exclusive' trim level

Volvo has introduced a pair of new trim levels, one with luxury in mind, and the other for the driver looking for a sportier appearance.

As part of its drive to appeal to a younger, more fashionable demographic, the Swedish firm is continuing its modernisation offensive. The latest cars to get updated are two of the larger models - the V70 and S80.
For the driver looking for a sportier appearance, the V70 is the latest Volvo available in R-Design trim. As its core model, the V70 is a refined estate car with an excellent safety record and impressive luggage carrying capacity.

This means you get new 18-inch wheels, LED indicators and metal covers for the wing mirrors. Inside you get contrasting ‘off-black' trim and floor mats.

R-Design trim is available across the whole range of engines and gearboxes, meaning that you could get a sporty-looking R-Design with the super-frugal 1.6-litre DRIVe diesel engine, emitting 119g/km CO2 and qualifying for 18% benefit in kind taxation.

The S80 Exclusive is Volvo's shot at a true luxury car. You get fancy leather on the inside including a leather instrument panel top - a first for the Swedish firm - and some seats that are both ventilated and massaging. An analogue clock adorns the dash, while the centre storage area is finished in aluminium.

You also get thicker carpets and even the opportunity to have a fridge fitted in the back seat - complete with crystal glasses for your Champagne.

From the outside, a small ‘Exclusive' badge is all that separates the luxury model from the rest of the S80 line-up.

Furthermore, both the V70 and S80 are now available with the ‘Volvo Sensus infotainment system'. This takes the form of a 5- or 7-inch screen in the dash, upon which information about the audio, sat nav and car settings are displayed.