We previously tested the XC70 with an engine that is no longer offered. For 2016 a four-cylinder turbo and eight-speed automatic are standard on front-wheel-drive versions. It worked well in the S60 we tested and returned 25 mpg overall. But all-wheel-drive versions get a 2.5-liter, turbocharged five-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic. The ride is fairly stiff, but handling is secure.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2016 Volvo XC70 has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Body Hardware
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In-car Electronics
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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 XC70 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"I have to manually engage the backup camera when I place the vehicle in reverse."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier Unsure)
Display screen difficult to see

"BACK UP SCREEN IS TERRIBLE AND IT STOPPED COMING ON WHEN IN REVERSE"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Only reappears when u touch a control button. System is way to complicated to operate simple tasks"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier Unsure)

"dealer unable to replicate issue"

David P., NY (2016 Volvo XC70)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Phone to audio system connection via USB doesn't work"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Works only at times, and is difficult to find street addresses"

Gary I., NY (2016 Volvo XC70 Platinum 2.5-L 5 turbo)

"Will not show my actual location. Is consistently off by aprox 50 miles"

David P., NY (2016 Volvo XC70)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Loose trim was catching when door was opened."

Anonymous, IA (2016 Volvo XC70 Platinum 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

"Chrome window trim getting cloudy - They are actually made out of plastic and the outer layer is clear plastic. Furthermore, the plastic molding over the wheels tend to get loose"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Volvo XC70 Platinum 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

"Protective door trim on the front passenger door was bent when you opened the door. Trim was replaced twice, before the problem was corrected. Fixed quickly under warranty by a great service department."

Stephen M., SC (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

"incorrect size so bent at door. Replaced under warranty"

W H., PA (2016 Volvo XC70 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

"Accident: Hit on left rear corner of vehicle causing damage to tailgate, bumper, left rear fender, back-up camera, one window, exhaust. Vehicle was drivable."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Piece of moulding above gas tank came loose. Took it to dealer and they said a clip had broken and it was a tedious job to repair."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Volvo XC70 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Someone tapped my car when it was parked and it put a small hole in my bumper. Seemed like too much damage for a parking event"

Richard M., CO (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier)

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

Interior lights

"short-circuit in the driver's vanity light"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Volvo XC70 Platinum 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"The controls are very difficult to use, especially when selecting city and street"

Gary I., NY (2016 Volvo XC70 Platinum 2.5-L 5 turbo)
Warning lights

"low battery light keeps coming on. Service department pretty much blows it off as nothing. FRUSTRATING!!"

Anonymous, MT (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

"Low battery light"

Anonymous, (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear wiper failed. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Car should have larger brakes to compensate for the weight. The rear brakes went out after 20k miles"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I replaced the rear brake pads at about 40k but not the front pads. I would have thought the front would have worn first."

Joseph C., FL (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Rotors warped all four were replaced under warranty no downtime on car."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

"Rear brake rotors had to be replaced just after 2 years (20,000 mi). It was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Door latch on drivers door failed to hold door closed. Repaired under waranty."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)
Seat controls - movement

"With two people, the seats do not respond well using the numbers."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Volvo XC70 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"engine had to be replaced at 40,000. Was under warranty and covered by Volvo new engine warranty was not extended past the original 50,000 mile warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car was losing oil. Dealer said piston rings needed replacement, were incorrectly sized. Volvo paid for 90% of the cost despite fact that car was out of warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Volvo XC70 Platinum 2.5-L 5 Cyl turbo)

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.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"The fuel door fell off and was replaced by the dealer."

Rolf A., MA (2016 Volvo XC70 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

Heater system

"electronic controls prevented heat to be delivered"

Anonymous, MT (2016 Volvo XC70 Premier 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.

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

Body Integrity

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

Engine Minor

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

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

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
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
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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