2012 Volvo S60 vs. Its Competition

2012 Volvo S60 AWD 4-door Sedan T6 Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

With the Volvo S60 T6, Volvo is begging a comparison to BMW's 300-hp 335i sedan, as well as the 333-hp Audi S4.

Both engines--especially the BMW unit--are a little more immediate in their power delivery, although the new T6 R-Design sharpens the Volvo's responses so that it's close.

In terms of handling, the 3-Series remains the champ, although the S60 is both capable and fun to drive.

The Acura TSX doesn't offer all-wheel drive, but new for last year was an Acura TSX V6 model that, although front-wheel drive, delivers satisfying performance and nimble handling.

Those seeking luxury over outright sportiness might prefer the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which this year introduces an all-new turbocharged four-cylinder engine (in the C250).

But of all there models, except maybe the TSX, the S60 offers the most usable passenger space in the back seat.

2012 Volvo S60 AWD 4-door Sedan T6 Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volvo S60
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2012 BMW M3 2-door Coupe Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW 3-Series
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8.4
The 2012 Volvo S60 family shows that sport sedans can feel edgy without giving up their leading edge in safety, design, and interior interior comfort.
8.0
With attractive designs and a light, efficient driving feel, the 2012 Acura TSX lineup strikes an ideal balance for a front-wheel-drive sport sedan or sport wagon.
8.4
Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven.
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With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
MSRP From   
$31,300$30,010$34,900$34,800
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Turbocharged Gas I5Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class   
CompactCompactCompact CarsCompact
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door Sedan T54-Door Sedan I4 Automatic4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticManualAutomatic
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