Volvo's turn to a more conservative styling after the updated S60, V60 and XC60, continues with the 2014 model year S80 saloon, V70 estate and its crossover sibling, the XC70. For what it's worth, you can apply most of the things we said in our previous article about the former to the latter, since the changes are more or less identical.
But if you insist on reading, new exterior design cues for the S80 and V70 include a wider front grille with chrome detailing set upon a restyled bumper, while at the back we find a new rear bumper, tailpipes and added chrome details as well as redesigned rear lights. Both models are also available with wheels up to 19 inches in diameter.
The XC70 features similar changes, sans for the different front grille and the black cladding on the bumpers, wheel arches and side panels.
Inside, the biggest change for all three models is the adoption of an Adaptive Digital Display for the instrument panel, which debuted in the all-new V40. It uses an active TFT allowing drivers to choose from three different themes named 'Elegance', 'Eco' and 'Performance'.
Fresh trims, upholstery colors and new equipment features such as the Sensus Connected Touch screen with a 7-inch display that can be used even when wearing gloves (Volvo says it's a world first in cars), Active High Beam Control, and heated steering wheel and paddle shifters are also part of the facelift.
And just like the '60' series, Volvo's larger models benefit from some mild engine tweaks to improve fuel efficiency and C02 emission across the range.