2022 Volvo XC60 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Issues related to the electrical system are among the top complaints received by vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

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The 2022 Volvo XC60 is a luxury vehicle that is designed to excel beyond the competition. The company claims that this model is “smarter than ever,” but the automaker clearly doesn’t live in reality. Customers are taking to the internet to complain about the horrible electrical system that is rendering the SUV unusable.

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Problems with the Electrical System

There’s nothing more disappointing on the 2022 Volvo XC60 than the electrical system. The only way to describe what’s happening is to look at the current complaints.

Here’s one to read left on the Edmunds website. “Bought the 2022 xc60 for its reliability and safety features. I’ve owned this car only 3 months and so far it’s been in the shop 4 different times. Could have been more than that but I work full time and don’t have the time to bring it in on a weekly basis. So far the following has gone wrong: voice to call stopped working, radio stopped working, gps is unreliable and sometimes works but sometimes does not, heated seats turn up and down randomly, heat stopped working (which caused my car to fog up and was no longer safe to drive), battery drained entirely because car was randomly turning on and off flashing it’s lights every 8 minutes or so, tire pressure monitoring light came on but nothing actually wrong with the tires, the car locked my keys IN the car on its own too. Do not buy an xc60 in this model year. A girl at the service department told me that Volvo had a meeting with their sales people this week that included 100 slides of things that have gone wrong and how to speak to the customer about it. Absolutely appalled that they even sell these cars. Volvo should be reported to the better business bureau.”

If that doesn’t provide enough information, read this Edmunds review. “Purchased a 2022 Volvo XC60 Momentum B5 AWD on December 8 2021. I noticed the car makes clicking noises randomly even when it is supposed to be off. First had to take the car back to the dealer on January 13, 2022 because a park assist alarm started alarming on the evening of January 12 and would not stop alarming unless the car was turned off and then locked from the outside. This was resolved on January 13 after over 2 hours at the dealership. On January 19, 2022, I found the car to be completely dead, sitting in my parking lot. It would not respond to either key or the app, so I had to open the manual key to get in to the car. It would not start, did not respond at all electrically. I had to spend half of the day attempting to get a tow truck from Volvo roadside assist to take the car to the dealership. I also needed a loaner car because I work 500 miles away (as a nurse at a hospital) and had to be at work the next afternoon. I was given a sedan, 1 year older than the car I purchased and with less features. 1 week later, today, the dealer is still working with volvo technical support to resolve issues which are coming and going while the car is in their service department. They state it had no problems when they first started it there, but “is having problems now.” I am now getting a 2020 SUV as a loaner from them because I need a bigger vehicle. Neither loaner is equivalent to the car I purchased brand new. I unfortunately just read many reviews on Edmunds.com detailing similar electrical problems that persist with this specific car. I am a single woman who drives long distances to work and could be in danger if I’m in an electrically unreliable car that might just not start. It isn’t safe for me to wait for this to happen twice for lemon law. I’ve made 1 payment on this car. They bought my perfectly working Toyota 4runner from me as a trade and have since sold it. I’ve filed a complaint with the BBB.”

There are going to be some serious issues that Volvo faces in the future because of these electrical defects. However, the company is busy right now dealing with a massive recall on the seat belt system. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V682000 affects nearly 20,000 vehicles. It appears that the seat belt locking retractors deactivate prematurely, keeping child restraint systems from securing as they should. Without a properly restrained child, injuries are much more likely during an accident. If this vehicle is “smarter than ever,” it would be scary to see the models that came before this one.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Myra

    My rear braking system has whiplashed me several times now trying to back out of the garage and into a parking space wherein I had 3 ft from a bush, plus I had equal space on both sides while attempting to back out of my garage. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to go to work that day – it has happened multiple times now. Scares the crap out of me because it is like you hit a brick wall and there is not anything around you at all. Also, the lane assist was scary, so I turned it off because it came on collision avoidance and jerked me when I was traveling on a road I’ve traveled for over 40 years, and I was well with the parameters I was supposed to be. Otherwise, the vehicle drives great, but I am always leery of the above described and uneasy what will happen next unexpectantly.

  • John S

    I purchased a 2022 XC60 Recharge. In 3 months it has broken down 5 times for the same reason. It keeps going in to Turtle Mode. The Propulsion System keeps failing. It has been a horrible experience. Also the new technology sucks. Making a call with the voice controls is virtually impossible. It never gets the name correct. They finally did an update allowing the vehicle to have Apple CarPlay but it is not wireless. You have to plug the phone in to use it.

  • Roger B

    My problem with my 2022 XC60 is that the Lane Keeping Aid comes on randomly when switched off. It has been into the dealership 3 times now and they keep coming back with the most stupid answers. The latest is that I drive to close to the line! DUH!!! Next was you can not disengage the LKA. This is a completely random happening that I can not reproduce on demand, but when doing 70 on the interstate and the LKA intervenes and tries to steer the car off the correct line, when purposely switched off is most worrying. I am waiting for the next pathetic excuse, before I start to get really angry with them. I have also had the front collision warning apply the brakes and steer to the left at 40mph with absolutely nothing in front. The rear collision braking stopped me reversing out of the garage. It all seems to come from one common denominator, but the dealership are more intent on blaming my driving (it did not happen in all the loaners I have had from them) than admitting there is a fault. Anyone else experiencing the same?

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