2012 Volvo S60 T5 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Volvo S60 - Road Test Specs

2012 Volvo S60 Sedan

(2.5L 5-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2012
ModelS60 T5
Style2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6A
Base MSRP$31,300
Options on test vehicleVibrant Copper Metallic ($550), Multimedia Package ($2,700 -- includes premium multimedia sound system with MultEQ XT by Audyssey; Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound with 650-watt amplifier and 12 premium loudspeakers; 7-inch high-definition color screen; rear park assist camera; navigation system with real-time traffic updates and Map Care with two complimentary updates); Technology Package ($2,100 -- includes collision warning and pedestrian detection with full auto brake; adaptive cruise control with Queue Assist; distance alert; driver alert control; lane departure warning); Premium Package ($1,900 -- includes power glass moonroof; leather seating surfaces; power front passenger seat; auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass; HomeLink remote garage door opener); Dynamic Package ($900 -- includes Dynamic Chassis; speed-sensitive steering with driver-selectable settings; 18-by-8 inch Sleipner alloy wheels with 235/40R18 tires); Climate Package ($800 -- includes heated front seats; heated windshield washer nozzles; rain-sensing windshield wipers; headlight washers; interior air quality system with active carbon filter); Keyless Drive With Personal Car Communicator ($550 -- includes Personal Car Communicator (PCC), advanced remote control system providing two-way communication with vehicle).
As-tested MSRP$41,350


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, port-injected, inline-5, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,521/154
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 5 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)250 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)266 @ 1,800
Fuel type87-octane
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter with sport/manual modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.15; II = 2.37; III = 1.56; IV = 1.16; V = 0.86; VI = 0.69; Final drive = 3.20


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.0
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiProContact
Tire typeAll-season (38 psi cold front; 38 psi cold rear)
Tire size, front235/40R18 95V M+S
Tire size, rear235/40R18 95V M+S
Wheel size18-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.8-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.9-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.7
0-45 mph (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph (sec.)7.2
0-75 mph (sec.)10.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.3 @ 92.5
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.85
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.1
@ Full throttle (dB)72.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNo matter whether Trac is on or off because wheelspin is oddly illusive. There was a slight advantage to pedal overlap, but it won't allow it for more than a fraction of a second. Zero torque steer, then smooth, droning acceleration with somewhat lazy upshifts -- even in Sport Drive. Also, does perform auto upshift even in Manual Shift mode (and no matched-rev downshifts either).
Braking commentsPretty dramatic dive, but no rear-end wander/wiggle. Quick-cycling ABS provides shudder-free pedal and quiet stops. Minimal fade after first (best) stop. Medium-firm pedal from first to last.
Handling commentsSkid pad: With ESC in Sport, stability control remains on, yet with a high threshold so the system won't intrude during skid pad lapping. Result is steady, easily maintained understeer at a fairly high limit. With ESC on, it drops the throttle well below the grip limit of the tires. Steering weight is adjustable (and I chose "Medium" for all tests). Slalom: First impression was "Whoa, lots of body roll!" Once I acclimated, I found it frustrating as I wanted to lift to help the car rotate, only to be checked by ESC (even in Sport ESC mode). Either way, smoothness is rewarded. It might feel slow in transition (and hobbled by ESC), but the decent grip and precise steering earn it some points back. Sporty, just not what we'd call a sport sedan.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)81.1
Relative humidity (%)41.6
Wind (mph, direction)1.9, head/crosswind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 city/30 highway/23 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.8

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,548
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,584
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)63/36
Length (in.)182.2
Width (in.)73.4
Height (in.)58.4
Wheelbase (in.)109.3
Track, front (in.)62.1
Track, rear (in.)62.0
Turning circle (ft.)37.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.9
Legroom, rear (in.)33.5
Headroom, front (in.)38.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion10 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance5 years/50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsFront standard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard

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