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2012 Volvo XC60

Flamboyant vehicles have dominated the market for luxury cars.  This may be the reason why it is difficult to find a stylish car that well performs when it comes to taking passengers from one place to another.  With today’s trends in the aesthetic of automobiles, family cars always translate to visualization of minivans or cheap sedans.

But this is not the case with 2012 Volvo XC60.

Many reviewers are left impressed with the sporty design of the car fused with its remarkable functionality. Suffice it to say, the Volvo XC60 introduced in the US market in 2012 is simple a car that “doesn’t sacrifice function for fashion.”  And indeed, it has become every parent’s dream car.

True to the promise of the automaker, this model from their roster of vehicles come with the signature safety features including the VolVo City Safety that has been proven effective in preventing over 25% of low speed crashes. This is according to IIHS and other studies conducted by experts.  Amazingly, this SUV may also come with child booster seat, if the owners request for it.

This 2012 compact luxury SUV is offered in three trims. The base model has 240 horsepower from the 3.2 liter six-cylinder engine.  Although the engine is similar to those of the top ranking luxury vehicles in the US, there seem to be a lot of gripes observed from test drivers.

The engine, for one, can well perform for most situations, but a lot of car owners prefer to avail the turbocharged engine upgrade.  Then again, the performance of the Volvo XC60 still wouldn’t compare to other vehicles from the competitors like the BMW X3.

Another feature that turns off potential buyers is the confusing navigation system controls. Fortunately, this addition to the car’s interior is optional.  Keeping other upgrades out of sight would pave the way for the appreciation of the SUV’s stylish look inside and out.

Volvo XC60 surprised a lot of car enthusiast and automobile journalists in that it weighs more compared to other compact SUVs (about 4,200 pounds, AWD guise).  Then again, the engine doesn’t seem to have a problem with the car’s weight, as it comes with highly responsive 6-speed automatic transmission.

Aside from the base model, Volvo has also introduced two additional trims.  The sporty T6 model (another trim of the XC60) makes 300 horsepower and 325 lb-feet from the 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine.  The suspension movements are also superb.  On the other hand, the R-design configuration can reach 60mph in a matter of second seconds or less.  But a lot of those who tested the R-desisgn form complained about the powertrain and gas mileage.  They are simply left disappointed with the EPA ratings of 17-18 mpg in the city.

What probably sets back its good reputation is the fact that Volvo didn’t incorporate too many changes on the 2012 model.  The XC60 still carries the best attributes from crossover vehicle that includes the spacious interior. It looks tall, but drives more like a lower vehicle being tight in the corners.  The AT was built with sports mode, making the steering lighter than any previous Volvo models.

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