Best Bet
  • (4.5) 54 reviews
  • MSRP: $7,327–$19,119
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 22-25
  • Engine: 250-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Volvo S60

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Volvo S60

What We Don't Like

  • Front overhang is a little long
  • Manual transmission not offered

Notable Features

  • New T5 and T6 R-Design models
  • New 250-hp, turbo five-cylinder for T5
  • New 325-hp, turbo six-cylinder for T6 R-Design
  • Pedestrian collision avoidance technology
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

2012 Volvo S60 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

After taking a year off, Volvo's five-seat S60 luxury sedan returned in redesigned form for 2011. Along with all-new exterior and interior styling, the S60 featured a new 300-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder and all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Cadillac CTS, Infiniti G37 and Acura TL.

New for 2012
The S60 came only as the all-wheel-drive T6 for 2011. For 2012, Volvo adds a base front-drive T5 model with a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with 250 hp, plus a T6 R-Design model with all-wheel drive and a 325-hp, turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder.

Exterior
The redesigned S60 was the latest Volvo to distance the brand from its boxy designs of old. Overall, the S60's compact stance, flowing lines and low roofline make for a stylish luxury car. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels standard
  • Available 18-inch rims
  • Available moonroof
  • Available adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights


Interior
The S60 has room for five on front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding backseat. Fabric upholstery is standard and leather seats are available. The front passenger seat folds flat to make it easier to carry long items. The S60 also features Volvo's floating center control panel that can be finished in aluminum or wood. Interior features include:

  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Standard CD stereo with an auxiliary jack
  • Standard Bluetooth with streaming audio
  • Standard satellite radio
  • Available embossed sport seats and blue instrumentation (R-Design)


Under the Hood
At launch, the S60 was powered only by a 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. This year, the new T5 model uses a 250-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder, and the T6 R-Design gets a 325-hp, turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder. Mechanical features include:

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional Four-C adaptive suspension

Safety
City Safety, Volvo's system designed to lessen the severity or prevent altogether a rear-end collision with another vehicle, is standard.

Along the same lines as City Safety is the optional Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, which warns the driver of an impending rear-end collision and can automatically brake the car. Optional Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake can automatically brake the car to avoid hitting a pedestrian when traveling at low speeds. Additional options include Lane Departure Warning, a blind spot monitoring system and a backup camera. Standard safety features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active front head restraints

Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 54 reviews

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Great car

by Wojtek from Owings Mills on November 6, 2017

This car meets all my needs. Great performance and comfort. It just need more leg space in the back seat

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3 Trims Available

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Volvo S60 Articles

2012 Volvo S60 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo S60 T5

Front
G
Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo S60 T5

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Front

Overall evaluation
G

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volvo S60 T5

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volvo S60 T5

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 6 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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