2012 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design SUV (3.0L 6-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic)
Ratings SummaryThis rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
The Volvo XC60 is comfortable, stylish and spacious. Safety features and a free maintenance plan add peace of mind. The 325-horsepower turbo-6 in this T6 R-Design performs well above the segment average.
PerformanceThanks in part to the smooth, 325-horsepower 6-cylinder the T6 R-Design performs very well for SUVs in its class. Dynamically, the R-Design is capable enough for controlled trips down the twistiest mountain roads.
Quick for an SUV. Acceleration from 0-to-60 mph took 5.8 seconds, helped by its all-wheel-drive powertrain. The 3.0-liter V6 pulls well from 2,500 rpm on. Smooth 6-speed automatic.
Brake pedal feel is light and long around town during regular, light applications. In panic stops the pedal firms up and stops the car perfectly straight in 119 feet from 60 mph.
The XC60's steering is appreciably light at parking lot speeds and firms up nicely on the highway. Quick steering and turn-in encourages sporty driving.
With tight, controlled body motions and solid suspension, the XC60 is a very capable suv. Stability cannot be fully defeated, yet its high limits allow for some real driving.
During normal driving situations, the XC60 is a lovely SUV to drive with a tight, carlike ride, gentle throttle tip-in and appropriately long-travel but effective brakes.
ComfortThe Volvo XC is every bit a luxury crossover with an impressively trimmed cabin and low noise levels.
Seats are firm and supportive yet comfortable enough for long distance drives. Adequately adjustable with lumbar support and height. No adjustable thigh support for taller drivers.
The XC60's ride is sportier, and stiffer than some in this class, but not incredibly so. Bumps and imperfections are felt in the driver's cabin, but not overly so.
Neither road nor tire noise invades the XC60's cabin at speed. Volvo does a good job of isolating exterior noise from the cabin, save the occassional and intentional engine note.
InteriorThe Volvo XC60's interior is awash with unique elements that are, after an adjustment period, clear and easy to use. Materials and execution are top-notch. Leather feels incredibly durable.
Primary and secondary controls are clearly marked and within easy reach of the driver. The unique layout and of Volvo interiors is challenging at first, however.
Ample space for climbing in and out of the XC60. Front and rear passengers alike should find little issue. Its not too high and not too low SUV height is a benefit here.
The XC60 has a standard tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a lot of seat travel. Wider drivers may notice some encroachment into hip/legroom. Rear seats are fully usable.
Large windows enhance forward and side visibility. Wide C-pillars reduce rear, however. An army of sonar sensors and cameras fill in the gaps well, but are almost a necessity.
Space behind the second row is average in this class even with no third row. Various bins aid with storage of small items. 40/20/40-split folding rear seat.
ValueSafety is Volvo's thing and the XC60 represents well with a host of both standard and optional features. Beyond that, a quality interior and free maintenance program add to its appeal. Still, the XC60 is not inexpensive.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Good fit and finish on our test car. High-quality interior materials and textures with some Scandanavian flare.
Volvo has an edge on competition in terms of optional and standard safety offerings. On the features side, USB is standard as are 8-way front seats with memory and power mirrors.
MSRP starts at $43,700 for the T6 R-Design. Our tester had optional front and rear cameras, the technology and platinum packages and more. It easily passed the $50K mark.
The 3.0-liter turbo-6 gets 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway, an average effort at best. The normally aspirated V6 bumps economy by 2 mpg at the expense of power.
48-month/50,000-mile limited coverage warranty.
Complimentary factory scheduled maintenance program for 3 years or 36,000 miles.
Fun To DriveThe 3.0-liter turbo enhances this SUV's character to almost fun, which isn't common in this class of drab, functional family-haulers.
We found the turbo inline-6 rather addicting. The strong engine adds a fun factor to what may otherwise be just another safe, family-friendly SUV.
Design is an area Volvo has always stood apart from the competition. Its interior layout is certainly unique. Some will find that appealing while others will be turned off.
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