The Drive Home - 2012 Volvo S60 T5 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 T5: The Drive Home

August 11, 2011

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I drove our long-term 2012 Volvo S60 T5 to Yountville and back (some 862 miles) for a First Drive of the forthcoming 2012 Volvo S60 R-Design I showed you here. For a few more snap-shots (that are meant to be saturated and artsy, thank you) plus the final fuel tally, click past the jump.

I left Yountville with a full tank of premium,

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and the navigation system predicted a 7-hour 7-minute drive over 436 miles.

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Things were going smoothly, beautifully, in fact

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The navigation system is linked to traffic and asked me if I'd like to re-route, adding 1.2 miles to my route. It found a route through Pinole that paralleled I-80 and I avoided a whole slew of traffic. Nice!

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I finally made my way over to 580 and later I-5 for the inevitably tedious slog that remained.

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At around this time, I hooked up my iPhone4 and played around with both Bluetooth versus cord audio quality, and in this case, the cord offers far, far, better fidelity plus full on-screen control in the center console.

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Then I landed in (pre) rush-hour traffic in Los Angeles. There went my 7-hour estimated drive-time. In the end, however, it only added 45 minutes.

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I also managed to get the fuel light to go and in doing so, became the fuel-log entry with both the furthest distance and largest fill since we borrowed the car in late June. The reported average fuel economy, was again optimistic at 28.2 mpg, however, I actually earned 26.4 mpg. From start to finish, I covered 862.7 miles (with A/C on auto set to 70-72 degrees and with the cruise control set to between 72-78 mph). Fuel economy for the round trip came out to 26.0 mpg.

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I will reiterate that the seats in the 2012 Volvo S60 T5 are superb for road trips, the adaptive (radar-based) cruise control is an absolute stress-reducer, and I'd recommend this car to anybody who is considering either a BMW 3 Series or a Mercedes-Benz C-Class because it A) rides much more smoothly than the BMW and B) offers altitude-resistant power from its turbocharged engine that the C-Class does not.

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 3,907 miles

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