2012 Volvo
XC70 T6
vs. 2012 Volvo
XC90 3.2

2012 Volvo XC70 T6

10.0

starting from

$39,475

Reasons to buy the Volvo XC70 T6

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Sporty performance
14.3 lb/hp
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Folding rear seats
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2

10.0

starting from

$39,275

Reasons to buy the Volvo XC90 3.2

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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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More passenger seats
7
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Average range on the highway
464 miles
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Longer basic warranty
  • Longer-lasting basic warranty
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Safety Features - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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  • Both come standard with roof rails
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Both come standard with satellite radio
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Overall 10.0 vs 10.0

Cost

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XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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MSRP $39,475 vs $39,275 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 16 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Safety Features

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XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 4 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Optional vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the XC90 3.2; optional upgrade on the XC70 T6
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,400 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The XC70 T6's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 14.3 lb/hp vs 19.8 lb/hp The XC70 T6 is a sporty car, but the XC90 3.2 is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The XC70 T6 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.7 ft vs 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The XC90 3.2 has lots of passenger seats and the XC70 T6 is OK, too
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Highway driving range 407 miles vs 464 miles The XC90 3.2 has OK highway range, but the XC70 T6 is very limited
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Cargo space 72.1 ft3 vs 85.1 ft3 The XC90 3.2 has lots of cargo room and the XC70 T6 is pretty good
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3 The XC90 3.2 has average-sized front seats, while the XC70 T6 is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The XC70 T6's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the XC90 3.2
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Standard vs Standard Both come standard with roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the XC90 3.2; but it's not available at all on the XC70 T6

Road Tests

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XC70 T6
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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0-60 mph Unknown vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile Unknown vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Volvo XC70 T6 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited XC70 T6 vs Outback 3.6R Limited
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 2012 Volvo XC60 T6 XC70 T6 vs XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring XC70 T6 vs Forester 2.5X Touring
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i XC70 T6 vs X3 xDrive28i
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 Placeholder XC70 T6 vs Q5 Premium
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2012 Volvo XC60 T6 XC90 3.2 vs XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover HSE XC90 3.2 vs Range Rover HSE
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2011 Acura MDX XC90 3.2 vs MDX
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2011 Toyota Highlander XC90 3.2 vs Highlander
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring XC90 3.2 vs CX-9 Grand Touring

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