New Car Reviews

2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD – Sweet Seats

Months in Fleet: 11 / Miles to date: 26,497

Long-Term 2012 Volvo S60 Update: Winter 2012 ( 2 of 5 ) Miles to date: 26,497

Eleven months into the Volvo S60’s one-year stay in Ann Arbor, the Automobile Magazine staff seem to be in agreement on the virtues of the Swedish sedan.

The quality and aesthetics of the cabin have gotten high marks, particularly the supportive and comfortable seats. “Volvo calls our S60’s front chairs sport seats, but my rear end tells me otherwise. Instead of deep, restrictive buckets, these seats are as comfortable as an old leather sofa. The secret appears to be a firm center on both the seat bottom and seatback surrounded by the pillowy bolsters,” opined senior editor Eric Tingwall. “There’s no such thing as a bad seat in the house here,” added associate web editor Evan McCausland. “It’s almost impossible not to find your perfect driving position, thanks to a telescoping steering column that offers a surprising amount of fore/aft travel.” Others chimed in with words like “superb,” “spectacular,” “divine,” and “fantabulous” to describe the S60’s seats.
The comfortable cabin was clearly one of the reasons that the S60 also became a favorite vehicle for medium-distance cruising and evening commutes. “This is the perfect car after a very long day at the office: it just drives so smoothly, comfortably, and effortlessly. My half-hour commute felt like ten minutes,” commented copy editor Rusty Blackwell. “The S60 took me to downtown Detroit for the F-Series Super Duty Platinum launch, back to Ann Arbor, all around town over the weekend, then back to the Detroit airport Monday morning. Finally, driving home from the airport last night, I was amazed to realize just how many miles I had covered in the Volvo. Our S60’s combination of power, comfort, and luxury make short work of freeway driving.”
On a maintenance note, we noted last month that the driver’s door had a loose bolt that caused the door to move vertically when opened. We tightened it ourselves and there have been no further reports of problems. Ditto with the side skirt that was been knocked out of place, likely by an encounter with a pothole. The dealer was able to put it back in place – at no charge — during the car’s 25,000-mile maintenance.


  • 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


  • Multimedia package $2,700
  • Premium Pacakge and Climate Package $2,300
  • Electic silver metallic paint $675
  • Personal car communicator w/keyless drive NA