Volvo XC90 Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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Model year with the most reported issues

2016

Most reported problem

Software

High risk

High

Powertrain programming, GPS, security, safety sensors.
Car depreciation

54% after 5 years

While different cars depreciate at different rates, it's a good rule of thumb to assume that a new car will lose approximately 20 percent of its value in the first year. In five years, the average depreciation rate is 50% of their initial value.
Complaint Resolution

Good!

All automobiles will suffer from defects at some point, but its the way the dealer and manufacturer tend to the issues. As reported currently, Volvo is taking care of the majority of complaints.
Recalls

10 Recalls

A recall is issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases repurchasing the vehicle.
Investigation for defects

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This car is just not worth the money...

Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Volvo

Model:

XC90

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

The XC90 is just not worth the money - definitely going back to Mercedes for its superior comfort, handling and quiet ride... just no comparison.

Review submitted by:Chelly K

Pros:Outstanding safety features

Cons:Road noise; Cheaply made - too much plastic

My biggest regret

Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Volvo

Model:

XC90

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

I have had this car since November. My check engine light went on brought it in, it was a faulty part. I had it repaired. Two months later check engine light is on again and I need to bring it in again. On top of that I just got a

Review submitted by:OC

Pros:Safe, nice design

Cons:Not Reliable, Lots of road noise on freeways

wish i never bought it, waste of money!

Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Volvo

Model:

XC90

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

BUYERS BEWARE! NEW XC90's have a super high pitched whistle noise coming from driver side mirror. 2 different volvo dealerships have stated "all XC90's make that wind noise, it is a design flaw". Wish I could post the video so you could hear it. VOLVO WILL NOT FIX IT!! was

Review submitted by:Melissa M

Atrocious quality

Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Volvo

Model:

XC90

Complaint Resolution:

No, dealer refused to help

Drives great. Vehicle fell apart after warranty ended at 50k miles. Powertrain mostly fine but developed a coolant leak, source unclear. Rear doors stopped opening. Stuck shut. Failed door latch mechanisms, $900 each to fix, they had rusted even though vehicle was garaged. Driver seat heat failed. $1500 to fix.

Review submitted by:Clint A

Pros:Looks good

Cons:Rover depreciation and reliability

Disappointing rotors and brakes

Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Volvo

Model:

XC90

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by an independent shop

I was excited to purchase my brand new SUV 2016 XC90 T6 Momentum. My first luxury SUV! At the time, I loved all the standard features, warranty and safety but the brakes and rotors have been a consistent issue. The front brakes and rotors have been replaced 4x (about every

Review submitted by:Chris T

Pros:Lots of room, technology is great, love the app

Cons:Brakes and rotors

Volvo is over priced and needs software updates

Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Volvo

Model:

XC90

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

The Volvo is fun to drive, looks great. But that’s about it. It’s tight on space inside, it is always in the shop for an update or recall. Over priced vehicle if you ask me. The technology doesn’t work properly, the upgraded stereo sounds bad at higher volumes.

Review submitted by:Zilla H

Pros:Looks good, it does drive nice.

Cons:To many updates needed. Over priced

Significant Issues with the brakes on the XC90.

Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Volvo

Model:

XC90

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

I had to replace the front pads and rotors at 14k miles and now at 20k miles have to replace the rear pads and rotors. This is way to soon. I drove a BMW for the last 12 years and replaced the rotors a total of two times and would

Review submitted by:Buyers Remorse

Pros:Well appointed, sophisticated electronics, ride

Cons:Mechanical Failures

Very disappointed with Volvo technology

Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Volvo

Model:

XC90

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

I bought XC90 two weeks ago and found out that Stop/start function didnt work. I took my car to the dealership and they confirmed this malfunction. I read many customer reviews complaining this at XC90 forum. I dont know how Volvo didnt solve this issue ignoring these complaints and sold

Review submitted by:Sam S

Pros:Luxurious interior

Cons:Terrible technology

Great Car if Volvo could figure out their Tech

Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Volvo

Model:

XC90

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Great SUV if Volvo could figure their tech out. Car has been into the shop with more software updates than my business computer. The styling and design of the car are amazing and the third row is very useful with children. But I'm not sure Volvo was ready to play

Review submitted by:Rod M

Pros:Great styling the R design is amazing

Cons:No tilt stearing., Tech controls whole car

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