• (4.4) 8 reviews
  • MSRP: $10,383–$25,239
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19
  • Engine: 240-hp, 3.2-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7
2012 Volvo XC90

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Volvo XC90

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult access to third-row seats
  • Dated cabin materials
  • Uncommunicative steering at low speeds

Notable Features

  • 3.2-liter six-cylinder only engine for 2012
  • Seats seven
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Roll-sensing stability system
  • FWD or AWD

2012 Volvo XC90 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The XC90 midsize luxury crossover has seating for up to seven people in three rows and offers a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. The V-8 model is no longer offered. Competitors include the Acura MDX and Volkswagen Touareg.

New for 2012
In a sign of the times, the 4.4-liter V-8 engine is no longer offered, so all models come with a 3.2-liter six-cylinder. The number of offerings has expanded with the addition of Premier Plus and Platinum trims. For the regular 3.2 version, the Premier Plus includes a compass integrated into the rearview mirror, a garage door opener and adaptive xenon headlights. The Platinum adds a premium stereo, navigation system with a backup camera and a blind spot monitoring system.

Exterior
The XC90 carries Volvo's familiar face — not the previous boxy angles, but the smoother, more modern look that's been present since the early 2000s. The door handles and side mirrors are body-colored, and the mirrors incorporate turn-signal lights. The roof rails are silver-colored. The R-Design trim changes the look of the grille. Exterior features include:

  • Available 18- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard front fog lights
  • Standard power-operated heated mirrors
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Optional headlight washers
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with swiveling lenses
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers

Interior
The dashboard and instrument panel dome employ slanted, angular themes, as does the three-spoke steering wheel with stereo and cruise controls. Various console knobs have chrome coverings, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror is standard.


A standard third-row seat allows for a maximum seating capacity of seven, but it's a tight squeeze in back. (Volvo recommends the third row for occupants 5 feet 3 inches or shorter.) A built-in booster seat in the second row adjusts forward up to 12 inches to keep children closer to adults in the front row. The rear seats fold down, as does the front passenger seat. Interior features include:

  • Standard  leather seats
  • Available aluminum trim
  • Standard automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system
  • Available navigation system with real-time traffic


Under the Hood
The 2012 XC90 has one engine and transmission offering but is available with front- or all-wheel drive. The R-Design model gets a sport-tuned suspension with thicker front and rear stabilizer bars and firmer springs and struts. Mechanical features include:

  • 240-hp, 3.2-liter six-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic with clutchless-manual mode

Safety
The XC90 comes loaded with safety features. One notable feature is standard Roll Stability Control, which attempts to stop a rollover once it has started by cutting torque and applying individual brakes. There's also a lower front cross member that makes for safer SUV-to-car impacts. Other safety features include:

  • Standard front-seat side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock brakes with brake assist
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control
  • Available blind spot warning system

    Consumer Reviews

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    Great investment

    by Dodgerfan from on July 23, 2017

    I love this car, it is comfortable, big enough to haul furniture and Grandkids. Great on gas and long trips.

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    2012 Volvo XC90 Safety Ratings

    Crash-Test Reports

    IIHS Ratings

    Based on Volvo XC90 3.2

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

    IIHS Ratings

    Based on Volvo XC90 3.2

    G Good
    A Acceptable
    M Marginal
    P Poor

    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
    A
    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.

    Recalls

    There is currently 1 recall for this car.


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    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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