When selecting a family vehicle, safety is a priority; in that case, the 2012 Volvo XC60 is a parent’s dream car. The 2012 Volvo XC60 is a premium crossover from Volvo. Comfortable and practical, the XC60 may be the safest vehicle Volvo has ever built.
2012 Volvo XC60 includes many safety features, and paired with its good looks and dynamic styling makes it immediately recognizable as a Volvo. Many 2012 Volvo XC60 reviews say the new XC60 is a stylish family hauler that doesn’t sacrifice function for fashion.
Volvo built its reputation in the U.S largely on station wagons, yet the brand has now dropped all of its conventional wagons in favor of somewhat taller and more rugged ‘XC’ crossovers–like the 2012 Volvo XC60, its mainstream model that’s just on the compact end of mid-size.
The 2012 Volvo XC60 was designed by the same team that did the more aggressively styled S60 sedan, yet it’s a little more reined-in and formal. Yet in a class of crossovers that too often tend to look like wagons on stilts, the 2012 Volvo XC60 design has more grace, with shoulders that flow nearly from headlamps to taillights.
Inside the 2012 Volvo XC60, you’ll see design attributes from other Volvos, like the ‘floating’ center stack with storage behind, meshed with a more upright dash. Contrasting two-tone upholstery and trims– the 2012 Volvo XC60 color options including wood (Nordic Light Oak) or metallic-finished center stack (remind us of Scandinavian furniture) materials–give it a high-end finish.
The 2012 Volvo XC60 comes in three trims: 3.2, T6 AWD and a T6 2012 Volvo XC60 R Design. The base model of 2012 Volvo XC60 is well-equipped with features like Bluetooth and satellite radio. The front-wheel drive 2012 Volvo XC60 is powered by either a 240-hp 3.2-liter inline-six-cylinder, or 230-hp 3.2-liter PZEV engine.
The “Instant Traction” all-wheel drive 2012 Volvo XC60 is offered with the same engine choices as the front-wheel drive, but can also be ordered with a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged engine, and even a new 325-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged engine, depending on the trim level.
All 2012 Volvo XC60 engine variations are matched with a Geartronic six-speed automatic transmission. One impressive standard safety feature is “City Safety” which reacts at low speed to help prevent or reduce rear-end collisions by allowing the 2012 Volvo XC60 to automatically self brake to a complete stop without driver input.
2012 Volvo XC60 Competitors
In exchange for one of the safest luxury compact SUVs on the market, the 2012 Volvo XC60 drivers will make a few compromises. The 2012 Volvo XC60 review says the base engine is good for most situations, but they prefer the optional turbocharged engine, even though it doesn’t compare with the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLK.
If you need a powerful, fuel-efficient compact SUV, and are willing to spend to get it, the Audi Q5 is a good choice which unlike the 2012 Volvo XC60, the Q5 comes standard with all-wheel drive, but still manages to earn the highest fuel economy ratings in the class.
It also has a higher-quality interior, a navigation system that’s easier to use and a base four-cylinder engine that reviewers prefer over the 2012 Volvo XC60 standard V6. Another downside is the 2012 Volvo XC60 confusing interior controls on models with the optional navigation system.
But if you decide not to select navigation, the 2012 Volvo XC60 review predict shoppers will be pleased with the fit and finish of this compact SUV, and say it’s stylish both inside and out. The Volvo XC60 prices started from $31,302 – $45,261.
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