Volvo XC60 – 6 Common Problems

Volvo’s XC60 is a luxurious compact crossover that has been one of the best-selling models for the car manufacturer. It’s not just its striking appearance and high-end interior that sets it apart, but also its standard advanced driver assistance features and superior safety ratings. On the surface, it appears to be an ideal family vehicle for daily commutes and road trips. However, there are some downsides to the XC60 that are worth considering.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the most common problems and issues with the XC60.

Infotainment and Software Issues

Volvo XC60 Interior

The most common issue with the XC60 is related to its Android Automotive OS-based infotainment system, which was introduced in the 2022 models. This makes Volvo the first automaker to use Google’s operating system. However, early versions of the XC60’s Android Automotive system seem to have numerous problems. Some of the complaints from 2022 XC60 owners include:

  • Infotainment screen and dashboard constantly restarting

  • Lack of Apple CarPlay (fixed in software version 2.2)

  • Incompatible apps such as Sirius XM and RADIO.COM

  • Problems with voice commands and Google Assistant

  • Bluetooth disconnections and other connectivity problems

  • Failed Over-the-Air (OTA) updates and bricked cars

  • Telematics and Connectivity Antenna Module (TCAM) failures

Given that the XC60’s infotainment system controls several essential vehicle features, such as navigation, climate control and driver assistance, it can be quite frustrating when it keeps crashing and restarting. However, these problems should be resolved with future software updates.

Brake Issues

Volvo XC60 Brake Replacement

One of the most common problems affecting first-generation XC60s is a leaking brake vacuum pump once the vehicle reaches higher mileage. The leak doesn’t affect the car’s braking performance, but it does result in a slow loss of oil. Many new XC60 owners have also reported various brake problems, including:

  • Soft brake pedal feel

  • Squeaking or groaning brake noises

  • Warped or needing replacement brake rotors at low mileage

  • Automatic braking system activating for no reason

Fixing a leaking vacuum pump is usually straightforward and can be done in less than an hour with basic tools. Many tutorials and videos are available online that show you how to do it yourself.

The most common causes of brake issues in newer XC60s are faulty parts or manufacturing defects, incorrect adjustment or installation, or calibration issues with the electronic and computer systems. In most cases, these problems can be diagnosed and resolved quickly.

Water Leaks Around Windscreen

Volvo Leaking Windscreen

A common problem with the first-generation XC60 are water leaks coming from the windscreen and sunroof. These leaks are more likely to occur in 2009 to 2013 XC60s, with fewer reported issues in 2014 to 2017 models. The cause of the leaks is faulty adhesives used to bond the windscreen to the vehicle frame, which weaken over time and fail to create a proper seal.

Leaks usually start appearing after a few years and during heavy rainfall. Sometimes, clogged sunroof drains passing through the A-pillar can also contribute to the leaks. Many owners have found puddles of water inside their vehicles due to the windscreen leaks. Aside from damaging the carpet and interior pieces, a leaking windscreen can also eventually harm the car’s electronics.

To fully fix the leaks, the windscreen must be removed and properly glued back in place.

TPMS Issues

One of the most frequently reported problems with the Volvo XC60 is the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Many owners have reported that one or more of their tyres have low pressure, which often affects newer XC60s made from 2015 and onwards. The reason for this is that Volvo switched to an ABS-based system, which uses wheel speed to predict tyre pressure issues.

This system is more prone to false alarms, especially with changes in temperature, elevation and road conditions. To avoid false alarms, you need to make sure the TPMS is calibrated properly. Inflate all four tyres to the correct pressure indicated on the sidewall, and then store the pressure in the infotainment system.

After this, you’ll need to drive around for 5 to 10 minutes to let the system recalibrate itself. If the problem persists, there might be a problem with the tyres, wheels, or some of the electronics and you’ll need to take the car to a garage for a proper diagnosis.

Oil Consumption

Volvo Engine

Another issue faced by first-generation XC60s is excessive oil consumption, usually at relatively low mileages, around 50,000 miles. This problem is most common in the 6-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines, but 5-cylinder engines have also been reported with similar issues.

Oil consumption is not unusual in vehicles with over 100,000 miles, as more leaks start to appear and the engine components wear out. If your vehicle is losing or burning oil in between oil changes, there might be a problem with the engine itself.

The easiest way to check this is to look for leaks, and if you can’t find any, take the car to a Volvo mechanic for an oil consumption test. They’ll try to replace smaller parts like the oil trap, but if that doesn’t work, you might need an engine rebuild, which can be costly.

Vibrations When Travelling at Speed

Volvo XC60 Vibrating

Some XC60 owners have reported strange vibrations when travelling at speeds between 40 to 60 miles per hour. This issue doesn’t affect all XC60s, but it can be difficult to track down the cause once it starts happening. The most common cause of this issue is the foam insert inside the tyre coming loose.

Replacing the affected tyre, or all four, should resolve the problem. However, if the tyres and wheels have been checked and are in good condition, there might be a mechanical problem with the car.

Other possible causes of vibrations could be problems with the CV axle, wheel bearings, driveshaft, differential, engine or transmission mounts.

In conclusion, the Volvo XC60 is a great luxury SUV, but like any vehicle, it can be prone to some issues. By being aware of the most common problems and knowing what to do to resolve them, you can keep your XC60 running smoothly for years to come. If you’re facing any of these issues, it’s always best to consult a professional mechanic for a proper diagnosis and resolution.

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