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. Despite the surplus of go-power, the XC60 T6 isn't fun to drive.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 XC60 will be more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Volvo XC60 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Car had 29000 miles and rear brakes needed to be replaced. I don't drive my cars hard nor do I brake excessively hard. It seemed premature wear compared to other vehicles I owned."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I had to replace the break pads after 30,000. I never had to replace break pads on a leased car. Generally get at least 50,000 on my other cars that I owned. I have never ever had to change the breaks on a leased car before and I am 71."

Robert S., NY (2016 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"at 10K it needed a caliper. they said maybne the way i drive"

Judy C., MA (2016 Volvo XC60 T5)

"Same issue"

Alan M., AB (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Warped"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The rotor warped, out of round and had to be replaced on all four wheels."

Alan M., AB (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"The car hummed when driving at low speeds. Gradually went away when on the highway. Very annoying"

Robert S., NY (2016 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"At times the system takes well over a minute to start working. Volvo tries to fix by making sure software is up to date but then it happens again"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"The center nav screen went blank once, the dealer was able to get a code, called Volvo and it took a few days to find the bad ground. We had a loaner and they were good at keeping up updated, the issue hasn't returned."

Sam M., OR (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The navigation system is not user friendly. When attempts are made to input places, addresses, etc either manually or verbally, rarely does it recognize them"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Doesn't work at all"

Anonymous, (2016 Volvo XC60 Unsure Unsure)
Voice control commands

"The voice control is rarely recognized. I consider it useless either for GPS or phone"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"The side view mirrors do not revert to driving set after folding or backup mode and when switching individual driver key fob"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Rear taillights burn out regularly and even when working well, we receive a dashboard warning saying they are out."

Anonymous, (2016 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"during coldest winter months keyless lock/unlock button on door handles didn't work, e.g. had to touch back door handle to open car because front drivers door handle wouldn't work"

Andrew W., ON (2016 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"complex enough only dealer gets setting them correct"

Anonymous, (2016 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"The warning message was not easily understood, the stop light fail but I got a warning light message on the fault panels"

Jerry H., VA (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"I drive about 10000 miles a year over normal in town and highway roads. the car is an SUV and supposed to have a robust suspension. to have the front end go out of alignment wasn't what I expected. Had to replace 4 tires because of it"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

"The front strut bushing caused the vehicle to wonder on the road. The dealer refused to admit there was a problem. Had it repaired at an IndeprndentShop and worked perfectly. Dealer refused to cover the coats."

Anonymous, NB (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

"You did not ask me about the electrical issue. I replaced the original battery at 12000km because a battery warning light. The Dealer replaced it under warranty' At 64000km I am getting the same problem, battery is no longer covered under warranty."

Anonymous, NB (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Tie rods

"During a state inspection, it was found that both tie rods needed to be replaced. They were replaced and paid for through the CPO program that came with the car."

William F., PA (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Compressor died right after Warranty expired but Volvo still covered cost."

Anonymous, (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"The fan started making noise and was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Volvo XC60)
Refrigerant leaks

"not cooling after owning 4 yrs and driven very little each year"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Alternator locked up and shred the serpentine belt"

Madison H., TX (2016 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine computer

"Engine light comes on, still trying to diagnose"

Ralph F., HI (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"so much water pooled under front passenger seat that electrical connections to rear passenger window and door locks failed multiple times, resulting in a 5 week service visit to find the problem (cowl seal), and ultimately an early lease termination after 13 months of planned 39 month term"

Andrew W., ON (2016 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"Vacuum line was broken caused engine light to come and several days to locate and get new part"

Timothy G., CT (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"The battery died which caused the car to not recognize the key fob. After several attempts to start the car went into safe mode to prevent it from being stolen. The dealer had to reset the settings."

Ronnie K., CA (2016 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"The car's alternator failed right at the end around the end of warranty. The car was under the number of years covered and within 1,000 miles of miles covered. The problem was resolved when I had it replaced. I had to play a game with the dealership of escalating to the regional office whether they would cover and only after I towed and diagnosed what a local repair shop had done. They repaired at a discount (I believe it turned out to be a free alternator but needed buy a new battery and pay full labor - still at a considerable expense). I feel given the closeness to the warranty more should have been covered (particularly since we have bought 3 new Volvos from the dealership). This will be my last Volvo."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volvo XC60 Unsure Unsure)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

"Had 2 chips in paint on roof, that turned into rust."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volvo XC60 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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Recalls
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SEAT BELTS
Jun 30, 2020
An unsecured occupant has an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Summary:
Volvo Cars of N.A., LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain 2008-2016 V70 and XC70, 2007-2016 S80, 2011-2018 S60 and V60, 2016-2018 S60 Cross Country, 2014-2020 S60L, 2009-2015 S80L, 2009-2016 XC60 and 2015-2018 V60 Cross Country vehicles. The flexible steel cable that connects the seat belt to the front outboard seating positions may fatigue over time, causing the seat belt to not secure the occupant in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seat belt anchor cable for both front seats. The recall began December 10, 2020. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R10029.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V378000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 308260
SEAT BELTS
Nov 02, 2016
If the seat belt buckle separates from the bracket, the front seat passenger may not be adequately restrained in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Summary:
Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 XC90, S90, XC60, V60 Cross Country, V60, S60 Cross Country, S60, and S60 Inscription vehicles manufactured February 16, 2015, to August 22, 2016. On the affected vehicles, the front passenger seat belt buckle attaching stud may loosen, allowing the buckle to separate from the seat belt bracket. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages" and number 209, "Seat Belt Assemblies."
What should you do:
Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front passenger seat belt buckle stud, replacing the seat belt buckle as needed, free of charge. The recall began January 2017. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R89708.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V798000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 74027
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Sep 02, 2015
If the vehicle is unexpectedly unable to be started in the middle of traffic, such as when stopped at an intersection, there is an increased risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volvo Cars of North America, LLC. (Volvo) is recalling certain model year 2016 Volvo S60, V60, V60CC, XC60, XC70, and S80 vehicles manufactured April 8, 2015 to August 19, 2015. In certain driving conditions when using the automatic engine stop/start function, the starter motor fuse may blow, preventing the car from restarting when necessary.
What should you do:
Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing starter motor fuse with a higher amperage fuse, free of charge. The recall began on October 26, 2015. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552 or by visiting http://volvo.custhelp.com. Volvo's number for this recall is R39574.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V555000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7855
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