2012 Volvo S60 – Unlike Volvo


“Stylish”, “Modern” and “Appealing”, these are the terms that you generally don’t associate with Volvo cars, but all that will change with the 2012 Volvo S60, and you easily can put any of your preconceived notions of Volvo cars being insipid, boxlike or boring. As a matter of fact the latest midsize luxury sedan from Volvo the S60 is one of the snazziest cars of its class. So unlike any other Volvo car that you’ve seen in the market the 2012 Volvo S60 is intended for modern customers and will appeal to the same.

The S60 was redesigned last year only and came with an updated interior and a strong turbocharged engine generating maximum power of 300 horses. The good news although is that the 2012 Volvo S60 still has the traditional Volvo attributes such as superb safety features, comfy ride and coddling front seats. Although, the S60 doesn’t have as many airbags as some of the other Volvos, but the car does have a lot of modern driver warning features for the modern customers. One fine example of Volvo’s safety concern is the City Safety system of the car, this system automatically stops the car is a low-speed collision is approaching.

Finally, we will like to say that the 2012 Volvo S60 is an impressive car with a competitive price tag which is thousands less than many of its rivals. And although the S60 is not a sport sedan like the Infiniti G37 or BMW 3 Series, but it still fits comfortable in entry-level comfort-tuned luxury sedan segment featuring cars such as Audi A4, Acura TL, Mercedes-Benz C300 and Cadillac CTS. In simple terms, the 2012 Volvo S60 is all set the revitalize the boxy car image of Volvo.

What’s New in 2012 Volvo S60?

The Volvo S60 receives a base model for model year 2012, in the form of T5. The base model gets its power from a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine.

Body Styles and Trims:

The 2012 Volvo S60 comes in a single body style of a midsize luxury sedan and is available in two trim levels: T5 and T6, which corresponds to the engine type. The standard transmission for the base T5 trim includes 17 in wheels, cruise control, heated mirrors, an 8-way power driver seat having memory functions and changeable lumbar, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-swathed tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-folding rear headrests, an 8-speaker sound system having HD radio, a CD player, satellite radio, an iPod/USB audio interface and an auxiliary audio jack and T-Tec cloth upholstery. The equipment list for the T6 includes standard all-wheel drive, an immensely powerful engine, sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, different steering tuning (including selectable settings) and the auto-dimming rearview mirror.

There is a Premium package which will get you a sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, an 8-way power passenger seat. For T5 trim this Package will get you auto-dimming rearview mirror and leather upholstery. There also is a Climate package which will get you heated windshield washers, heated front seats, headlight washers and automatic wipers.

Go for the Multimedia package, and you could get a rearview camera, a 12-speaker premium surround-sound audio system and a navigation system having real-time traffic updates. There are many other packages available with the 2012 Volvo S60 and depending upon your equipment liking and requirement you can get any of these packages.

Under The Hood:

The base T5 trims of 2012 Volvo S60 gets its power from a 2.5 ltr turbocharged inline-5 engine which generates maximum power of 250 hp and 266 lbs-ft of maximum torque, and is a front wheel drive. The standard transmission for the car is a 6-speed automatic. The acceleration for the T5 is decent and Volvo estimates that the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 secs. The estimated fuel economy for the T5 is 20 mpg in city  and 30 mpg on highways, it comes to a combined fuel economy of 23 mpg.

The T6 trim for the S60 is an all-wheel-drive and is powered by a 3.0 ltr turbocharged inline-6 engine which generates maximum power of 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of maximum torque. The standard transmission here is a 6-speed automatic. The T6 sprinted from 0 to 60 in 5.9 secs, which is pretty similar to some of the other sedans. The T6 is an AWD and delivers fuel economy of 21mpg combined for city and highways.


Safety always has been a highlight of Volvo cars and the 2012 Volvo S60 was no exception. The standard safety features for the 2012 Volvo S60 includes traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, full-length side curtain airbags, front-seat side airbags, City Safety and whiplash-reducing front head restraints. The City Safety feature of the car helps the driver in avoiding rear-ending to any vehicle or object at speeds of up to 19 mph by automatically implementing brakes if the driver doesn’t reacts in time.


The 2012 Volvo S60 is an unlike Volvo car. It’s a luxurious well-balanced sedan and is a superb alternative for the German luxury sedans.

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