2012 Volvo XC60

MSRP $32,900 - $48,150

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2012 Volvo XC60 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 5, 2022

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All the manufacturers want to cash in on the compact luxury SUV segment’s rising demand in the US, but there are very few SUVs that offer such immense levels of capabilities and variations as the Volvo XC60 has to offer. Not only is it one of the safest of the segment, but it also offers a comfortable and spacious cabin with distinctive interior and exterior styling. The wide range of powertrain and trim choices makes it impossible to not find an XC60 that would suit anybody’s budget and preferences. 

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Pros

Excellent safety records

Spacious interiors

Comfortable ride quality

Striking and distinctive exterior and interior design

Cons

Unintuitive interior controls

Average acceleration with the base engine

What's New?

New sub-trim levels instead of the optional packages

R-Design variant receives a bump in power output

Optional Dynamic package adds an upgraded suspension and steering to the T6 AWD 


2012 Volvo XC60 Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.4

based on 5 ratings


6.4/10Features
7.4/10Interiors
7.6/10Design
7.6/10Safety
7.4/10Reliability
7.2/10Deal Value

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Elana

2012 Volvo XC60

T6 R-Design Premier Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 5, 2022

luxury compact SUV with sufficient power

Pros - Attractive cabin, lots of cargo space, comfortable ride, strong turbocharged engine and a distinctive design.

Cons - Poor acceleration, unintuitive interior controls along with an outdated navigation system.

safe and well designed family luxury vehicle My three-year-old Volvo XC60 is a stylish, well-designed family luxury car with a slew of cutting-edge safety and technology systems. The safety measures are intended to prevent an accident from occurring in the first place. The two booster seats for youngsters that come out in the backseat are especially convenient for young families like mine.The turbocharged engine lacks the sonic thrill one might expect, but it's smooth and dynamic power delivery makes it suitable for everyday driving. The audio system is also rather simple to operate, although the array of small audio buttons is beginning to appear outdated. The functionality of the optional DVD-based ...

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
4/10
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Cody George

2011 Volvo XC60

T6 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 4, 2022

Not all old cars are flimsy

Pros - Sturdy build quality. Spacious cabin. Calm and relaxed drive.

Cons - Dated tech and cabin looks. Poor quality speakers. Tiny screen.

Tech isnt what this car is known for The XC60 even though old has held up really well and the car feels very sturdy and shows how well it was built even back then. Living with this car today makes me look like I’m from the black and white era as it has barely any tech and the infotainment was as basic as it could get with a teeny tiny screen. The XC60 boasts an interior that has great amounts of space and provides a very comforting ride but the speakers could have been a bit better. They had some old but very well maintained cars and it didn’t feel like some dump site for all the old cars which was great to see.

3/10
Features
7/10
Interior
6/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Henry Cross

2016 Volvo XC60

T6 R-Design Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 18, 2022

safe and small luxury crossover SUV

Pros - Minimal wind noise, roomy backseat, generous cargo space, superb safety features and supportive front seats.

Cons - Lackluster handling and infotainment system

spacious and practical family hauler After driving the vehicle for two years and putting over 30k miles on it, I can confidently state that my XC60 is fundamentally a Volvo to its core, and these features only add polish to what is still a very practical premium crossover SUV. It has ample interior room, a complete feature list, and excellent crash test results. It is also quite fuel-efficient, with a combined economy of 25mpg. In terms of handling, the XC60 is adequate, but it isn't the sportiest in the sector, and it seems out of place on tight, twisty roads, but It quickly absorbs road irregularities and delivers a comfortable ride quality in town.And the infotainment is pretty mediocre responding ...

7/10
Features
6/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

transmission

6 speed Automatic

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$32,900 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front passenger Lumbar support
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear Fog/driving lights
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Sirius AM/FM/HD/Satellite

Premier$35,800 onwards

  • Leather Seat trim
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Premier Plus$37,550 onwards

  • Parking assist

T6$39,450 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels

Platinum$40,250 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Navigation system
  • Parking assist

T6 Premier Plus$41,200 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels

T6 R-Design$43,700 onwards

  • 20-inch silver aluminum Wheels

T6 Platinum$43,900 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Navigation system
  • Parking assist

T6 R-Design Premier Plus$45,450 onwards

  • 20-inch silver aluminum Wheels

T6 R-Design Platinum$48,150 onwards

  • Navigation system

Colors and Styles

2012 Volvo XC60 in Black Stone color
Black Stone

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

7.6

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.8

Competition

8.0

8.2

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


For the 2012 model year, Volvo has converted the optional packages into different trims for a more streamlined process of buying. The R-Design variant gets an increased power output while the optional Dynamic package adds an upgraded suspension and steering setup as well. Prices for the base 3.2 variant begin at an MSRP of $34,175 which is pretty competitive against the likes of the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, and the BMW X3


9.0/10
Features

7.6/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.8/10
Safety


2012 Volvo XC60 Features

9.0/10

Choosing the right trim for the 2012 XC60 could become a tedious task for many. The XC60 is available with three different variants with different engines and power outputs. While the base variant employs a 3.2L engine, the T6 and R-Design employ a turbocharged inline-6 engine in different states of tune. Each variant is further classified into three or four trims and only the base 3.2 variant is offered with an FWD layout as both the other variants feature AWD as standard. 

Trims

Base 3.2

T6

R-Design

MSRP (FWD)

$34,175

-

-

MSRP (AWD)

$36,175

$40,325

$44,575

Key Features

3.2-liter 240 hp inline-6 engine

3.0-liter 300 hp inline-6 engine

3.0-liter 325 hp inline-6 engine

 

Pre-Collision Safety System

Descent Control

Center Limited Slip Differential

 

High-Pressure Headlamp Washers 

Dusk Sensing Headlamps

Xenon HID Self-Leveling and adaptive headlamps

 

8-speaker 160W audio system

6 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service

Transmission, Cruise, and Audio Controls On Steering Wheel

 

Dual Zone Front Climate Control

Keyless Ignition

Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

 

Heated Front Seats

8-Way Power Front Seat

Sport Front Seats

 

Heated Mirrors

20" AVIOR Alloy Wheels

4 One-Touch Power Windows

We Recommend

As the base variant’s 3.2L engine is pretty potent and frugal in itself, we recommend opting for the base variant with the Platinum sub-trim. Additionally, the AWD can also opt which will make the car feature-loaded and also add practicality to the mix and yet keep the prices in check. 

2012 Volvo XC60 Engine and Performance

7.6/10

The base variant of the 2012 Volvo XC60 is powered by a 3.2-liter naturally aspirated inline-6 motor that produces 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The higher trims feature a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder unit that generates 300 hp and 325 lb-ft in the T6 variant and 325 hp and 354 lb-ft with the R-Design trim. Both the engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with the AWD being standard on the more powerful engine while FWD being standard on the base engine with an option for the AWD setup. 

The base engine does the job pretty well taking about 9 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. The T6 on the other hand is claimed to do the same in 7 seconds while the 0-60 mph run in the R-Design model is expected in blistering quick 6.2 seconds only. The 2012 XC60 offers a quiet and stable ride and although there is a hint of softness to the ride quality which makes it comfortable, the body movement is kept to a minimum. And although the XC60 isn’t the one for spirited drivers, it isn’t mundane and boring either.

Model

Volvo XC60 3.2L Base

Acura RDX Base

Audi Q5 2.0T Premium

BMW X3 xDrive28i

MSRP

$34,175

$33,790

$36,475

$37,995

Engine

3.2L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-6

3.5L, Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L, Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L, Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

240 hp @ 6,200 rpm

273 hp @ 6,200 rpm

211 hp @ 4,300 rpm

240 hp @ 5,000 rpm

Torque

236 lb-ft @ 3,200 rpm

251 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 1,250 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

9.1

7.9

8.6

7.8

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.8

15.0

15.5

15.0

Top Speed (mph)

130

132

130

139

Towing Capacity (lbs)

3,300

1,500

4,400

3,500

Clearly, the base engine of the XC60 is tuned for frugality rather than performance as it is one of the slowest luxury compact SUVs in the segment. The more affordable Acura RDX is over a second quicker off the mark due to the higher engine output while the BMW X3 is almost as quick as the Acura even with the standard AWD. The Audi Q5 is about half a second quicker than the Volvo but boasts of a class-leading towing capacity while the Acura is the sore loser in this regard. 

2012 Volvo XC60 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The lower performance output for the XC60’s base engine might make us feel that it must be one of the most frugal ones in the segment, but 21 mpg of combined fuel economy says otherwise. The more powerful engine is rated for 17/23/20 for city/highway/combined by the EPA for both states of tune and seems like a more sensible choice considering the added performance benefit. The large 18.5-gallon fuel tank offers a pretty decent driving range of over 350 miles which is on par with the industry standards. 

Model

Volvo XC60 3.2L

Acura RDX

Audi Q5 2.0T

BMW X3 xDrive28i

MPG (City)

19

20

20

21

MPG (Highway)

25

28

28

28

MPG (Combined)

21

23

23

24

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

18.5

16.0

19.8

17.7

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

352 / 463 / 389

320 / 448 / 368

396 / 554 / 455

372 / 496 / 425

The quickest SUV of the lot is also the most frugal one here. The BMW X3 also offers a sizable gas tank which aids in offering a superior driving range than the Volvo. Both the Acura and Audi SUVs have identical fuel economy ratings but the larger gas tank employed by Audi issues the longest driving range of the segment the contrary to the shortest one with the Acura RDX. 

2012 Volvo XC60 Interior

8.0/10

Volvo has focussed a lot on providing a premium feel to their products in recent years and that is quite evident with the XC60’s cabin. The overall design is modern and appealing while the standard metallic trims can be switched with a more premium optional real oak interior trim for that added sense of class. The overall material quality is pretty good with no compromise made in terms of build quality and fit and finish to better compete against the Germans. 

There is plenty of room for the front row occupants and the rear seat to sees a decent amount of space. The available integrated dual child booster seats ensure maximum safety while the sport leather upholstery feels premium as well. The luggage space at the back is plenty, measuring up to just over 30 cu-ft which can be maximized to 67 cu-ft by folding down the rear seat.

Model

Volvo XC60 3.2L

Acura RDX

Audi Q5 2.0T

BMW X3 xDrive28i

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.0 / 56.7 / 41.2

38.7 / 58.6 / 42.0

39.4 / 57.7 / 41.0

40.7 / 57.7 / 39.9

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.5 / 55.2 / 36.4

38.1 / 57.2 / 38.3

39.0 / 56.4 / 37.4

39.1 / 56.0 / 39.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

30.8

26.1

29.1

19.4

The Acura RDX does a great job in terms of space offered for both the passengers and their cargo, as it has the best front and rear row legroom and yet offers a decent enough trunk at the rear. That being said, the headroom is a bit tight which is plenty on the BMW X3. The BMW also offers the most spacious rear seat but has limited front-row legroom. The Audi Q5 on the other hand has a cabin space and boot space similar to what Volvo has to offer. 

  • Power adjustable Front seats w/2-Way Lumbar Support and memory function
  • 40-20-40 Folding Bench Rear Seat
  • Sport Leather Seating Surfaces
  • Sport Leather Steering Wheel
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Leather Gear Shifter Material and Leatherette Door Trim Insert

How intuitive is the 2012 Volvo XC60 SUV’s infotainment unit?

The large infotainment system on offer in the 2012 XC60 is fairly easy and intuitive to use and even employs sharp graphics with pretty quick response timings. The audio controls on the sides though have started to look dated and so does the available navigation system. That being said, it feels much better when operating with the included iPod interface. The standard HD Radio and Bluetooth connectivity add functionality to the infotainment system. 

  • 7-inch Volvo Sensus touchscreen infotainment system
  • 8-speaker audio system
  • HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth handsfree and audio streaming
  • iPod device integration
  • Built-in DVD-based navigation system
  • Full-Service Internet Access

2012 Volvo XC60 Exterior

9.0/10

The Volvo XC60 has a smooth flowing body line with rakish angles in some places which makes the XC60 feel a mix of a crossover and an SUV. The front grille looks a bit on the smaller side and the Volvo moniker is also a size smaller. Overall, the design is very cohesive and understated with only necessary detailing seen on all four sides as Volvo has always preferred to keep things rather simple.

Model

Volvo XC60 3.2L

Acura RDX

Audi Q5 2.0T

BMW X3 xDrive28i

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,012

3,717

4,079

4,068

Length (in)

182.2

183.5

182.6

183.0

Width (in)

74.4

73.7

74.7

74.1

Height (in)

67.4

66.1

65.2

65.4

Ground Clearance (in)

9.1

8.1

7.9

8.4

Wheelbase (in)

109.2

105.7

110.5

110.6

Though there is not much difference between the dimensions of the SUVs in this comparison, the Acura RDX stands out of them all with its extra low weight. Other than that, all of them weigh pretty similar to one another. The XC60 offers the highest ground clearance here while the Audi Q5 rides closest to the ground. Both the Acura and BMW have decent ride height but it is no match to what the Volvo has to offer. 

  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam High-Intensity Low Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Front And Rear Fog Lamps
  • LED Brakelights
  • Roof Rack Rails
  • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Power w/Tilt Down Heated Side Mirrors w/Turn Signal Indicators
  • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Laminated Glass Panoramic Sunroof w/Power Sunshade

2012 Volvo XC60 Safety

9.8/10

Volvo has been synonymous with safety for many years now and the 2012 XC60 is no different either. Although the NHTSA hasn’t crash-tested the car yet, the IIHS has awarded the Volvo XC60 with its prestigious “Top Safety Pick” accolade for performing extremely well in the safety tests conducted by them for the 2012 model year. A highlight of the many safety functions on offer with the Volvo XC60 has been mentioned below.

  • DSTC/RSC Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front and Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • City Safety System
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning

2012 Volvo XC60 Final Verdict

For every buyer who prioritizes safety over form and also values money, the Volvo XC60 is the one to opt for in the compact luxury crossover segment. Although it does not have lightning-quick performance or sporty handling to offer like its German counterparts, the premium and spacious cabin, high safety standards, tons of technology, and high affordability and dependability factor make it the perfect value for money choice. 

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Top User Reviews

8

User Overall Rating

luxury compact SUV with sufficient power

safe and well designed family luxury vehicle

by Elana

6

User Overall Rating

Not all old cars are flimsy

Tech isnt what this car is known for

by Cody George

7

User Overall Rating

safe and small luxury crossover SUV

spacious and practical family hauler

by Henry Cross

6

User Overall Rating

First Volvo Experience!

Punchy SUV with faulty wirings

by Jeremy

10

User Overall Rating

My Volvo XC60!

Luxurious yet affordable

by John

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