Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volvo XC60 4x4?
This is one big SUV and, despite the standard reversing cameras, it’s always worth checking the front and rear extremities for any scuffs or dents picked up in supermarket car parks or on the school run. Also look out for kerb damage on the alloy wheels. Check the seats all slide and fold as they should and any electrical operation on the tailgate.
What are the most common problems with a used Volvo XC60 4x4?
Potential engine fire
Volvo is presently in the process of recalling around 70,000 cars in the UK fitted with a 2.0-litre diesel engine, over potential engine fires. There isn't a fix at the moment, so owners are being told to pay attention to any unusual smells coming into the interior, if the engine warning light illuminates, or if the engine hesitates under acceleration. Read our news story on this for further information or contact Volvo directly on 01628 854 210.
A problem was found with the vehicle connectivity module (VCM) that sends location information to the emergency services after a collision. It applies to cars constructed between 3 March 2017 and 30 October 2018. Any Volvo dealer should be able to perform a software update to fix the issue.
Tailgate lifting arm
There was an issue with certain early examples built up until 26 October 2018 where the tailgate lifting arms could freeze in cold weather. Contact your local Volvo dealer to find out if your car is one of those affected, because the arms will need to be replaced to solve the issue.
In March 2020 Volvo recalled nearly 750,000 vehicles worldwide amid concerns that their autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems are faulty.
The fault - affecting 736,430 cars, 56,368 of which are in the UK - was identified by Danish motoring body FDM during a road test in late 2019. The emergency brake on a Volvo XC60 consistently failed, meaning that the car did not automatically apply the brakes as expected when driven towards a special test pillow that normally would engage the system. The affected cars are safe to use: the regular braking system in these cars is not affected by the AEB issue and has full functionality. It's worth checking that this recall has been applied to the vehicle you're looking at.
Is a used Volvo XC60 4x4 reliable?
This generation of XC60 finished in 10th place out of 22 cars in the large SUV class in our most recent reliability survey, and Volvo as a brand finished in 16th place out of 31 manufacturers in the same survey.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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