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Volvo XC60 2012 Review

The XC60 D5 looks good, goes well and excellent value for the money, with lots of built in safety features.

You've got to hand it to Volvo they are producing some very desireable cars these days. The five-seat, mid-sized XC60 off roader is Volvo's top-selling model in this country and it's not difficult to see why. It looks good, goes well and excellent value for the money, with lots of built in safety features.


Leather and climate controlled airconditioning are standard, along with auto lights and wipers, power operated front seats, rear parking sensors and a power-operated tailgate. The latter might sound like overkill, but once you have had one you won't want to give it back.

Other features include swivel headlights, with wash system and Bluetooth has been updated to include audio streaming, with an eight-speaker audio, with a 7 inch colour monitor and DVD player. Prices for XC60 start at $54,990, while the D5 Teknik model is priced from $65,990.


The 2.4-litre twin-turbo diesel engine has undergone significant upgrades for 2012. These changes have increased power form 151kW to 158kW while torque jumps 20Nm to 440Nm (same torque output as the top of the line turbocharged T6). 

Despite the increase in both power and torque, fuel consumption has been improved by 10 per cent  now 6.9 litres/100km. CO2 emissions have dropped from 201g/km to 183g/km. The improvements are the result of a lighter crankshaft and camshafts. The impeller in the coolant pump has been redesigned and contributes to reduced fuel consumption.


The turbo diesel is paired with a 6-speed Geatronic auto with the option to change gears manually. Claimed fuel economy has improved from 7.1 to 6.9 litres/100km. With a 70 litre fuel tank that gives it a range of just over 1000km. We were averaging 8.5 litres/100km over 700km. The reduction in fuel consumption means that diesel models qualify as low emission vehicles and benefit from the recent changes to the Luxury Car Tax which has brought the price down.


The XC60 earns a maximum five stars for safety and now boasts a rear reversing camera standard equipment. It comes with a full compliment of active safety systems, including City Safe which is designed to help prevent rear-enders by automatically applying the brakes if a collision is imminent. Blind spot awareness cameras are also fitted as standard with this model.


Price: $65,990
Warranty: 3yrs/unlimited km
Service: 12 months/15,000km
Resale: 55 per cent
Engine: 2.4-litre twin-turbo diesel, 158kW/440Nm
Economy: 6.9L/100km
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
CO2: 183g/km
Safety: 5-star rating, 6 airbags, ESC, ABS, EBD, EBA, TC BODY 5-door, 5-seat
Dimensions: 4628mm (L), 1891mm (W), 1672 (H), 2774 (WB), 230 (Clearance) WEIGHT 1819kg
Wheels: 7.5 x 17"

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3.2 3.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $11,600 – 16,940 2012 Volvo XC60 2012 3.2 Pricing and Specs
3.2 Teknik 3.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $12,700 – 18,370 2012 Volvo XC60 2012 3.2 Teknik Pricing and Specs
D4 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $14,400 – 20,350 2012 Volvo XC60 2012 D4 Pricing and Specs
D4 Teknik 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $14,200 – 20,020 2012 Volvo XC60 2012 D4 Teknik Pricing and Specs
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