The XC60 is quick, pleasant and benefited from Volvo's latest safety advances of the time. While handling is sound and secure, the mid-sized SUV is not exactly sporty to drive. Further, fuel economy is mediocre and some controls are not intuitive. While interior fit and finish are impressive, rear-seat room is only sufficient.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"This is a terrific handling car. Excellent acceleration and comfort. Great ride. I prefer this to my 65 Corvette."

Robert B., CA (2012 Volvo XC60)

"The acceleration is very impressive and it hanleswell."

Donald S., RI (2012 Volvo XC60)

"I have the R design, so it has 325hp. Very fast acceleration, and the handling is almost sports car like. Very agile. Not quite as good as my vette, but very nice."

Robert P., KY (2012 Volvo XC60)

"The engine is both powerful and smooth and the braking is excellent."

Anonymous, MB (2012 Volvo XC60)

"I have the trim level with largest engine. Handling and acceleration are amazing. My only negative is the mileage, though use regular gas"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Volvo XC60)

"The interior controls are extremely unintuitive. Not much makes any real sense. I think for the most part you should be able to figure out what controls do just by looking at them, not need to go to the owners manual just to see what they are and how to use them."

Jeffrey M., WA (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Overall handling is good but the transmission shifting has always been harsh. Service department says it is probably normal but it isn't nearly as smooth as other vehicles I have owned."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Strong and dependable"

Dan C., TX (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Both are very good. Plenty of power for acceleration."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Volvo XC60)

"very comfortable to drive in either busy city or in crowded interstate traffic. Has good visibility & very easy to park. Large roomy back seat."

Anonymous, AL (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Turbo and 6 move the car quickly"

Randy H., IL (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Vehicle’s handling is dependable, reliable, and predictable. AWD provides firm contact with road surface regardless of weather or season. SUV has sufficient power and response to move quick from stop or speed if the need arises. Very satisfied with this Volvo."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Volvo XC60)

"the straight 6 cylinder provides very good performance, the handling is not sporty but is crisp and gives great confidence"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Good sporty car with good power for car size."

Neal T., TX (2012 Volvo XC60)

"The biggest problem I have with this Volvo is the transmission. It slams into gear when shifting from reverse to drive. The dealership had to reprogram the system once under warranty to fix the problem, but it is happening again and they won't fix it without charging me like $300. Given it is an established problem with the vehicle that was fixed once under warranty already, they should fix it free of charge now."

Patrick M., MD (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Powerful engine. Excellent handling. I feel safe"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Volvo XC60)

"very solid, quiet car. suitable accel and handling"

Ernest J., CT (2012 Volvo XC60)

"The XC60 drives like a dream and I have owned many cars. The way it holds the road and grabs when braking makes me feel in control all the time."

STEPHEN L., KY (2012 Volvo XC60)

"good acceleration, secure handling"

DARIUS K., ON (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Volvo's tight turning circle make handling/parking in the city very easy. Also proximity sensors are much better than backup camera because you know exactly how much space you have in front, in back, and at the corners."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Volvo XC60)

"The handling is like that of a larger vehicle. The handling of the predecessor wagon to the XC60 was much preferred in that it did not handle like a truck since it was not a cross over wagon \ SUV as the XC60 is."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Volvo XC60)

"I love the way the XC60 accelerates and handles both on short drives and on my 100 mile daily commute. It takes turns well and the brakes work well. It's fun to drive. But it has had its peculiar issues!"

MARIANNE S., NJ (2012 Volvo XC60)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The car is very comfortable, but not luxurious."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Volvo XC60)

"when riding as passenger - I find the right edge of the centre audio/climate stack jutting uncomfortably into my left leg. Otherwise the seats are very comfortable, but the amount of space in front is not sufficient as compared to our previous Volvo 850"

Darius K., ON (2012 Volvo XC60)

"The seats are comfortable for a crossover size/type of vehicle. The ride is somewhat stiff probably due to its low profile tires."

Donald S., RI (2012 Volvo XC60)

"I have a bad back and the seats are amazing along with the heating system"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Very comfortable, easy to sit upon & exit from, outstanding lower back support & wonderful seat heaters. Very quiet even on rough roads. Ride is sorta sporty and has a feeling of stability/control."

Anonymous, AL (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Quiet, smooth, pleasant ride"

Daniel W., PA (2012 Volvo XC60)

"The seats are incredibly comfortable and the interior is a pleasure to be in."

Anonymous, MB (2012 Volvo XC60)

"This vehicle is very quite, and the seats are extremely comfortable. The bucket like seats (R design), make me feel very secure."

Robert P., KY (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Extremely comfortable seats with exceptional lumbar supports."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Seats are very comfortable, suv is quiet, ride is firm, but that's what I like even if your reviewers do not!"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Volvo XC60)

"It is a very comfortable and quiet ride. The seats have a lumbar support that adds additional comfort."

Anonymous, KS (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Nothing."

Brian B., NJ (2012 Volvo XC60)

"positive in above areas"

Ernest J., CT (2012 Volvo XC60)

"The seats are super comfortable and my wife and I, who are very different sizes, can both find good seating positions."

Mark T., VA (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Very comfortable car, but on long drives my back hurts after sitting in the car (driver's seat) for more than an hour."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Volvo XC60)

"the "waterfall" console's edges are sharp and intrude into passenger's knees. foot space is cramped for both driver and passenger"

DARIUS K., ON (2012 Volvo XC60)

"somewhat choppy ride on rough roadways; great on smooth roadways."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Volvo XC60)

"All of the controls are very intuitive"

LUCAS C., TX (2012 Volvo XC60)

"This is a very comfortable and roomy car. The seats and driving position are excellent and the cargo area is both roomy and practical. The climate control system is excellent and efficient."

Anonymous, MB (2012 Volvo XC60)

"most comfortable seats ever, very quiet, unable to hear the engine when it is running, great climate system."

KEN P., BC (2012 Volvo XC60)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"This is a solid, well built car that provides every safety feature that was available at the time. I recall thinking that this car does everything I want except to drive itself."

Robert B., CA (2012 Volvo XC60)

"The vehicle uses regular grade fuel and has not required any repairs not covered by warranty."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Vehicle able to meet varying demands of hauling, towing, top cargo, and/or carrying passengers. Driving safety systems are dependable and helpful. Nothing beyond scheduled maintenance required. I trust this vehicle."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Volvo XC60)

"For a luxury car, the vehicle has had a lot of problems that you would not expect. It was little things like bulbs burning out very early to major/significant problems. I am very disappointed in terms of how much I paid for the car and the amount of problems that I have had."

Brian B., NJ (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Extremely reliable.Very little maintence and most everything covered by warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Volvo XC60)

"Myriad of problems with the car, the most recent being an AC compressor that failed at just over 50,000."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Volvo XC60)

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