Once the icon of restrained luxury and bank-vault safety, the Swedish automaker Volvo turned a corner with the current XC90. It marks a new generation of modern design that can potentially win back those who walked away and attract those who never thought they would find a Volvo in their garage.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 XC90 will be much less 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.

Overall Reliability
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The 2019 Volvo XC90 has been recalled 4 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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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 2019 Volvo XC90 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

Speakers

"Started car. All audio (music, turn signal indicators, back up alerts) did not play correctly. Just got crackle sound. After driving, stopping and then restarting vehicle, audio worked properly. Likely cause was that the audio drivers did not get loaded correctly when starting."

Anonymous, NH (2019 Volvo XC90 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Voice comes on and when asked a question it doesn't respond, and disconnects . No help at all."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in 2.0-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

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

Electronic or air suspension

"Air suspension failed and needed compressor replacement"

Anonymous, AB (2019 Volvo XC90 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Rotors

"Both front rotors were warped resulting in vibration when applying brakes. Replaced under warranty by Volvo."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Volvo XC90 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"I chose Volvo because I thought I was buying the safest vehicle with features like their Advanced pro-active collision avoidance safety technology which includes oncoming lane avoidance, lane keeping aid, run off road avoidance, steer assist, cross traffic alert, etc. as described in the advertising, As I found out, my new 2019 model only has 2 sensors on the front and thus, doesn't have the safety features I thought I bought. The older models have 6 front sensors but newer models do not. The dealer tried to install the additional sensors but was not able to do so. When I showed the dealer (Star Auto) the advertised features in the brochure, he said they are not responsible for the advertising. . ."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in 2.0-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Wind noise

"Had Weather Tech Install visors on all windows day of purchase and there is definite wind noise. Could have been a result of the Weather Tech product. There is noticeable road noise as compared to our prior SUV (MB GL)."

Anonymous, (2019 Volvo XC90 T6 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

Problem(s) fueling the tank

"Issue with fuel neck causing check engine light to come on. Had this issue 2 times about 6 months apart. Fixed as warranty item both times."

Anonymous, (2019 Volvo XC90 T6 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

Glass defects

"both sections of sunroof glass cracked. one was determined to be manufacturer defect, the other was determined to be impact. I believe both were defective."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Volvo XC90 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

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

Paint/Trim

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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.

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.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Jun 02, 2021
Failure of the low-pressure fuel pump can cause a stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volvo Car USA, LLC (Volvo Car) is recalling certain 2019-2020 V90, XC60, S60, V60, V60CC, S90, V90CC, S90L, and XC90 vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump can blow a fuse and fail.
What should you do:
Dealers will replace the fuse, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed July 2, 2021. Owners may contact Volvo Car customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo Car's number for this recall is R10100.
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.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V414000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 85550
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Apr 21, 2021
The rear passenger may become trapped by the front seat without the ability to cancel the seat's movement, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Volvo Car USA, LLC (Volvo Car) is recalling certain 2016-2020 XC90 Excellence vehicles. Liquid or condensation on the rear seat control display may cause the front passenger seat to move back as far as possible.
What should you do:
Volvo Car will notify owners, and dealers will update the rear seat control display software, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed July 14, 2021. Owners may contact Volvo Car customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo Car's number for this recall is R10093.
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: 21V273000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 162
FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE
Mar 12, 2020
If the automatic emergency braking system does not engage as intended, it can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volvo Cars USA LLC (Volvo Cars) is recalling certain 2019-2020 S60, V60, V60 Cross Country, S90L, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC40, XC60, and XC90 vehicles. Due to a software/hardware incompatibility, the Automatic Emergency Brake (AEB) system may not detect obstacles and engage as intended.
What should you do:
Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will update the Active Safety Domain Master (ASDM) software, free of charge. The recall began April 9, 2020. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R29998.
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: 20V144000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 121605
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Nov 13, 2018
If the GPS location is not provided to emergency personnel it can inhibit emergency response in the event of a crash or injury.
Summary:
Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Volvo XC90, S90, V60, V60 Cross Country, V90, XC40, XC60, and V90 Cross Country vehicles. The software installed in the Vehicle Connectivity Module (VCM) may have an error causing the Telematics and Driver Support Systems to function improperly. As a result, the GPS will not provide location information to emergency personnel in the event of an emergency.
What should you do:
Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will correct the software, free of charge. The recall began December 26, 2018. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R39917.
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: 18V800000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17548
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