2022 Volvo XC90 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Engine and Structural issues are among the top complaints from vehicle owners

It’s difficult to find an SUV with all of the equipment, power and class that’s desired these days. However, the 2022 Volvo XC90 sets itself up as the leader, with the automaker claiming it’s meant “for life.” Sadly, the defective engine and shoddily-built structure cause it to be one that certainly won’t make it that long, no matter what the claims are.

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Problems with the Engine

For the price of an 2022 Volvo XC90, one would expect an engine that runs well and creates a superior ride. What auto publications have found instead is that the engine lacks any enjoyment.

Among the long list of complaints from Car and Driver, these points are noted, “Gas engines make uncouth noises, uneven roads produce a bumpy ride [and] rival plug-in hybrids are more efficient.”

How can any consumer expect Volvo to build an SUV that excites? The company can’t even seem to figure out how to include the top features, such as satellite radio. Service Bulletin #TJ3606511 directs technicians on how to talk to customers that are complaining SiriusXM satellite radio is missing from their new XC90. Why would any feature be missing from a new car? It’s ridiculous to expect drivers to be okay with this. It’s like getting married “for life” and then finding out that the spouse is someone entirely different. Maybe it’s time to divorce the XC90.

Problems with Vehicle Structure

If customers wanted a jalopy, they wouldn’t spend near as much as they do on the XC90. However, people driving this Volvo model are expecting the best.

Yet, the best isn’t what they get. Just look at this Edmunds review. “For my wife and I, it came down to the T8 or a Mercedes GLE450, and Mercedes won. We didn’t need the XC90’s third row and didn’t like the cargo space floor with the seats down, but we could have lived with that. [We found] the Mercedes more powerful but could have lived with the T8’s power. We liked Mercedes’ interactive tech better, but could have lived with Volvo’s. The real killer? The sun visor!! Volvo’s is cheap, small, and doesn’t telescope, and that we could not live with.”

It appears that Volvo didn’t take a lot of time designing the SUV at all. The automaker isn’t even trying to hide issues; just look at Service Bulletin #TJ 35507 6 0. Volvo is okay with admitting that after drivers reverse, the outer rearview mirror glass could be in the wrong position. These seem like issues that should be repaired before leaving the assembly line. How do these problems go overlooked? It appears that it’s time to hire new Quality Control Technicians. Otherwise, customers are going to choose new brands “for life.”

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Brian Jones

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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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1 COMMENT
  • Jessica M

    I have bought a 2022 Volvo XC90 at the end of October 2021. At the 4 month mark, the car went haywire. Windows were rolling down on their own, car was unlocking on its own, the car started twice on its own, it does not recognize the key fob, and now, my car is locked, it won’t recognize the key fob, nor can I unlock the doors with the app. I have not found where this is a common issue. I have been traveling for work. When it started, the closest dealership was 2.5 hours away and they had no loaners. I am now in the Miami area for work, and will be having it towed to the dealership. One dealer said it sounds like water intrusion, the other said it sounds like a lightning strike. What are my options? In either case, electrical issues will keep cropping up, and it’s hard for me to be with out a vehicle while traveling.

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