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1106 2012 Volvo S60 T6 Awd June Update
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2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD - Four Seasons Update - June 2011

Months in Fleet: Two / Miles to Date: 3219

Matt Tierney
2012 Volvo S60 reviews to date

In the two months since the Volvo S60 arrived in our Four Seasons fleet, it's been on the road almost constantly. Trips to Tennessee, Chicago, and various locales in Michigan have pushed the S60's odometer well past the 3000-mile mark. Much of the Volvo's time has been spent on interstates, where it shows itself to its best advantage. "It's a fabulous freeway machine with excellent seats, a surefooted chassis, and a wonderful interior," reported deputy editor Joe DeMatio after a trip to West Branch, Michigan, for Mother's Day weekend.

As with any new car, we're still familiarizing ourselves with several of the S60's idiosyncrasies, from the stereo controls to the navigation system to the car's audible alerts.

About the stereo, DeMatio writes: "When you turn up the volume, whether you have navigation or radio information on the display screen, a large portion of the screen is then overlaid by a box that shows a graphic of the volume. Once you're done adjusting the volume, the graphic stays there on the screen for several seconds. This might sound minor, but it ends up meaning extra time with your eyes off the road. Cool radio function: there's a 'song saver' that records information on a song that's playing that you like."

On the navigation system, senior web editor Phil Floraday tell us: "I didn't love the navigation system's refusal to accept several addresses over the weekend. There's some weird programming that allows the navigation system to find the address you want but not provide directions to it."

About the audible alerts, copy editor Rusty Blackwell says: "Is Volvo the only company that will let you leave your lights on once you've parked the car, without giving you an audible clue when you open the door to exit? I now know that the DRLs include the taillights, so I probably won't bother switching the headlights on manually any more, as much as it's against my instincts." And this: "Another alert I missed was confirmation that the car had locked after I'd touched the dot on one of the door handles. You can hear the locks click, but it's really quiet, and it's almost impossible to see whether the light on the inside lock controls is lit or not. I tweaked some settings later in the weekend so that all the doors unlock when you open one door, and that seemed to also make the car chirp the horn upon locking."

As we spend more time with the S60, we expect to hear less about the vagaries of the car's electronics and more about what it is like to live with on a continual basis. Already, one employee, associate web editor Donny Nordlicht, has declared that he'd be happy to drive it every day: "Whenever I drive the S60, I don't want to give the keys back when I come to work. The entire time behind the wheel of the S60 last night, I found myself wanting to take it on a road trip and just spend more time getting to know my new Swedish friend."

We'll update you next month on how this new friendship is developing.

2012 Volvo S60 Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
Base price (with dest.): $38,575
As tested: $44,800
Body style: 4-door sedan
Accommodation: 5 passenger
Construction: Unibody construction
Engine: 24-valve DOHC turbocharged in-line 6
Displacement: 3.0 liters (2953 cu in)
Power: 300 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 325 lb-ft @ 2100-4200 rpm
Transmission type: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Four-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy: 18/26/21 (city/hwy/combined)
Steering: Variable power assisted
Lock-to-lock: 2.6
Turning circle: 39.0 ft
Suspension, front: Strut-type, coil springs
Suspension, rear: Multilink, coil springs
Brakes f/r: Power-assisted ventilated disc brakes; ABS
Wheels: 18-inch aluminum
Tires: Continental ContiProContact
Tire size: 235/40R-18 95V
Headroom f/r: 37.6/37.4 in
Legroom f/r: 41.9/33.5 in
Shoulder room f/r: 57.0/55.2 in
Wheelbase: 109.3 in
Track f/r: 62.1/62.0 in
L x W x H: 182.2 x 73.4 x 58.4 in
Passenger volume: 92.0 cu ft
Cargo capacity: 12.0 cu ft
Weight: 3812 lb
Fuel capacity: 17.8 gal
Est. fuel range: N/A miles
Fuel grade: 87 octane (regular unleaded)
Standard Equipment
  • Turbocharged 3.0L DOHC I-6 engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Dynamic chassis
  • Advanced stability control
  • Corner traction control w/ torque vectoring
  • Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC) w/ sport mode
  • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • 4-wheel Antilock Braking (ABS)
  • City Safety
  • Front, side, and side curtain air bags
  • Whiplash protection system (WHIPS)
  • Dual ISO-FIX attachment system
  • Intelligent driver information system (IDIS)
  • Child safety locks
  • Emergency trunk release
  • Rear foglight
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Sport seats, front and rear
  • Eight-way power driver's seat
  • Leather sport tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Dual-zone electronic climate control
  • Bluetooth
  • 60/40 folding rear seat w/ center pass-thru
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/ compass
  • Keyless entry
  • Power folding rear-seat headrests
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic ignition w/ pushbutton start and stop
  • Cruise control
  • Heated power sideview mirrors w/ remote memory
  • Illuminated steering wheel controls
  • Sirius satellite radio with 6-month complimentary subscription
  • HD radio
  • USB and Aux inputs
Packages & Options
  • Multimedia package
  • $2,700
  • Premium Pacakge and Climate Package
  • $2,300
  • Electic silver metallic paint
  • $675
  • Personal car communicator w/keyless drive
  • NA
Any comments on the ride? You picked the Dynamic Chassis over FOUR-C -- what's the (current) verdict?
Hello editors .... can you say "READ THE OWNERS MANUAL" before making stupid comments about "alerts" etc that are user adjustable!

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