AdBlue®1 – checking and topping up

Check the AdBlue level regularly, and top up if a message indicating a low AdBlue Level is displayed.

Your Volvo workshop can top up AdBlue when servicing your car, but depending on your driving style, it may still need to be topped up between service intervals. You will no longer be able to start the car if the AdBlue tank has been allowed to run empty.


Never run the AdBlue tank dry. Fill the tank in good time before it is empty.

If the tank is run dry, it will not be possible to start the engine after it is switched off – not the regular way or using aids.

The only way to be able to restart after driving the tank empty is to refill AdBlue of specified quality, with the minimum being the quantity shown in the driver display.

Check the AdBlue level

Open the combined instrument panel menu by pressing OK on the left-hand stalk switch.
P4-1817-V40-Adblue in DIM menu

Scroll between menu options using the thumbwheel and select AdBlue.

P4-1817-V40-AdBlue level info
AdBlue level graphic: Each cursor represents approx. 25% of a full tank. When less than 25% of tank capacity remains, the amount of AdBlue that can be topped up is shown in litres.


P4-1817-V40- AdBlue symbol

When the AdBlue level starts to become low, a symbol comes on in the combined instrument panel and a message is displayed.

P4-1817-V40-Adblue filling point

Move the cargo area floor and carpet out of the way.

Open the blue lid for the AdBlue tank's filler pipe.

Top up with AdBlue of the correct quality2.

Do not overfill the tank. The amount of AdBlue that you can add is shown in the display.


Wipe away any spilled AdBlue.

Exercise caution to prevent AdBlue from coming into contact with the car's paintwork. If it does, rinse with plenty of water since the fluid can affect the paintwork.

  1. 1 Registered trademark belonging to Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V. (VDA).
  2. 2 ISO 22241