Economical driving

Drive economically and more environmentally conscious by thinking ahead and avoiding rapid starts and stops.

Adapt your driving style and speed to the current traffic conditions.

Observe the following rules:

  • For lower fuel consumption, activate Eco drive mode.
  • Use the Eco Coast function in drive mode Eco - engine braking is deactivated, allowing the vehicle's kinetic energy to be used to roll greater distances.
  • Use gear D as often as possible and avoid using the kick-down function.
  • For manual gear shifting, use the highest possible gear for the current traffic situation and road conditions - fuel consumption is reduced at lower engine speeds (rpm). Use the gear indicator1.
  • Maintain a steady speed and a generous following distance to traffic ahead to minimize braking.
  • Fuel consumption is increased at high speeds - air resistance increases with speed.
  • The trip computer's current fuel consumption indicator can help promote more fuel-efficient driving.
  • Do not warm up the engine by idling. It is better to begin driving normally immediately after starting the engine. A cold engine uses more fuel than a warm engine.
  • Whenever possible, avoid using the vehicle to drive short distances. The engine does not have time to reach a normal operating temperature and this leads to increased fuel consumption.
  • Use engine braking to brake the vehicle, when this is safe for other road users.
  • Maintain the correct pressure in the tires and check pressure regularly.
  • The type of tires used could affect fuel consumption - consult a retailer for advice on suitable tires.
  • Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle - the heavier the load, the higher the fuel consumption.
  • Roof loads increase air resistance and increase fuel consumption. Remove roof boxes, ski racks, etc. that are not in use.
  • Avoid driving with the windows open.


Never turn off the engine while the vehicle is moving, e.g. when driving downhill. This deactivates certain important systems such as power steering and brakes.

Other factors that increase fuel consumption

  • Dirty air cleaner.
  • Dirty engine oil and clogged oil filter.
  • Incorrect front-end alignment.
  • Incorrect wheel alignment.

Some of the above items and others are checked as part of Volvo's standard maintenance schedule.

  1. 1 Only available in certain markets.