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IntelliSafe safety check when starting

When you start the car after it has been switched off completely, a safety check of the car's driver support systems is shown in the driver display. This is a new visual function that is being added with software to be released in November 2017.

Positioning toll tags on windshields with heat-reflective film

If you use a road toll tag or transmitter in your car to pass through road tolls, it is important that you position it correctly in the windshield.

Set the clock

The first time you use the car, or if the current to the car's battery has been cut, you may have to make time and date settings. It is important that the clock is set, in order to connect to the internet among other things.

Changed start/stop symbols

The start/stop function switches off the engine temporarily at a standstill and then starts it automatically when it is needed.

Traffic information providers

Information on which companies deliver traffic information to your car and its systems in different countries is found below.

Cargo area floor in V90 Cross Country - Volvo Ocean Race

V90 Cross Country - Volvo Ocean Race is equipped with an exclusive cargo area floor that is hard-wearing and polishable.

The remote control key's key blade and replacing the battery

The remote control key contains a detachable key blade that can be used, among other things, to unlock the left-hand front door if the battery in the remote control key is weak or discharged. You can replace the battery in your remote control key yourself.

Driver profiles

In order for your Volvo to be customized for you every time you get into the car, you have the option to save and protect your personal preferences in driver profiles. The driver profiles can be associated with the car's keys and when unlocking occurs the car settings are adjusted to the driver profile associated with the key being used.

Activating data sharing when starting a connected service or app

If you have not activated data sharing for a connected service or for downloaded apps, you can do this when starting them in your center display. The first time you start a service, or after e.g. a factory reset or certain software updates, you must also accept Volvo's terms and conditions for connected services.

Valet locking

When you leave your car for a service, at a hotel or similar, you can use the valet locking function to lock the glove box, trunk, luggage compartment lid, tailgate or rear seat. The valet locking function varies depending on car model.

Goo to know about the car's windows

All the car's power windows can be controlled from the driver's door and the respective door window can be controlled from the other respective doors. For certain models it is also possible to choose panoramic roof.

Data sharing settings for Volvo On Call

Data sharing for the Volvo On Call service is activated as default. This means that you do not have to activate data sharing for this service when you buy a new vehicle or after e.g. a factory reset.

Error messages from the tire pressure monitoring system in the instrument panel, e.g. after tire change or low inflation pressure

If you see the message Check Car Status app in center display in your instrument panel, you need to calibrate/save a new inflation pressure in the tire pressure monitoring system.

Cancel Route

You can easily cancel an ongoing route in the center display.

Settings for privacy and data sharing are unique for each driver profile

When you begin to use a new driver profile, the data sharing settings for the profile are set to the vehicle's default settings and are deactivated.

IntelliSafe - driver support and safety

IntelliSafe is Volvo Cars thinking about car safety and consists of a number of features that actively or passively help you with your driving in different situations. For example, the functions can help you to maintain a certain time interval to the vehicle in front of you, prevent a collision by giving a warning and braking the car, or help with parking.

Privacy and data sharing

Many connected services and apps need to be able to send and receive information and data. The data sharing function for your connected services and apps is deactivated as default. To use certain connected services and apps in the vehicle, you must manually activate data sharing for them.

New procedures for replacing rear wiper blade

If you have had your car in for a service and a service technician replaced the wiper arm for the rear wiper blade, the procedure for replacing the windshield wiper is different.

Wiper blades in service position

When replacing, cleaning or lifting the wiper blades, for example when scraping ice from the windshield, they must be in the service position.

Traffic information providers

Information on which companies deliver traffic information to your car and its systems in different countries is found below.

How do I notice that a safety function has been activated?

If you feel that the car behaves in a way you had not expected, it may be because one of the car's safety features has been activated.

Find the car's VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

In the event of contacting a Volvo dealer, for example about a Volvo On Call subscription, you must state the car's identification number VIN, (Vehicle Identification Number).

Automatic start of seat heating

The function for automatic start of seat heating varies depending on car model and differs between the driver's and passenger sides.

Associate driver profile to key

Personal settings for the seats, climate, audio, navigation and communication can be saved in the driver profiles and associate with one of the car's keys.

A dynamic symbol in the driver display

In Volvo's driver display there is a dynamic symbol that changes appearance if a function is activated or if the car needs your attention.

Handle cargo cover

The cargo cover provides an easy way to keep prying eyes from looking into your cargo area. Information on how to use the cargo cover can be found here.

Error message after tire replacement

After changing a tire, an error message may appear in the display. If this happens, the tire pressure monitoring system must be calibrated.

Edit and protect driver profile

You can save personal settings specific to you in a driver profile by protecting the profile. The settings currently active at the time of locking are then saved. You can also name or rename a profile whenever you wish.

Traffic information providers

Information on which companies deliver traffic information to your car and its systems in different countries is found below.

Operating the panoramic roof

The panoramic roof consists of a sun visor and a glass roof panel. You can adjust the panoramic roof settings as required and desired.

Driving with a trailer

Updated 11/25/2019

Driving with a trailer

There are a number of things to consider when towing a trailer, such as the towbar, the trailer and how the load is distributed in the trailer.

Load-carrying capacity is determined by the vehicle's curb weight. The total weight of all passengers and any installed accessories, e.g. towbar, reduces the vehicle's load-carrying capacity by the corresponding amount.

  • Towbars used on the vehicle must be approved for the applicable use.
  • Distribute the load on the trailer so that the weight on the towbar complies with the specified maximum towball weight. The tongue weight is calculated as part of the vehicle's payload.
  • Increase the tire pressure to the recommended pressure for a full load.
  • The engine is subjected to more load than usual when towing a trailer.
  • Towing a trailer affects the vehicle's handling, durability and driving economy.
  • Do not drive with a heavy trailer when the vehicle is very new. Wait until the mileage has reached at least 1000 km (620 miles).
  • On long and steep downgrades, the vehicle's brakes are subjected to much more load than usual. When manually shifting, downshift and adapt speed accordingly.
  • Follow applicable regulations regarding permitted speed and weight.
  • Drive slowly when towing a trailer up a long and steep incline.
  • The maximum trailer weights given only apply to altitudes up to 1000 meters (3280 feet) above sea level. At higher altitudes, engine power (and thus the vehicle's climbing ability) is decreased due to the reduced air density, and the maximum trailer weight must therefore be reduced. The weight of the vehicle and trailer must be decreased by 10% for each additional 1000 m (3280 feet) or part thereof.
  • Avoid driving with a trailer on inclines of more than 12%.
  • Avoid overloading and other incorrect use.
  • The trailer's brakes must be balanced with the vehicle's brakes to help ensure safe stops (follow applicable local regulations).


The following applies for XC60 and XC90:

When towing a trailer using a vehicle with pneumatic suspensionOption, use the Dynamic drive mode or the Suspension control Dynamic setting in the Individual drive mode.

The following applies for XC60 Twin Engine:

When towing a trailer using a vehicle with pneumatic suspensionOption, use the Suspension control Dynamic setting in the Individual drive mode.


  • Bumper-attached trailer hitches must not be used on Volvos, nor should safety chains be attached to the bumper.
  • Trailer hitches attaching to the vehicle rear axle must not be used.
  • Never connect a trailer's hydraulic brake system directly to the vehicle brake system, nor a trailer's lighting system directly to the vehicle lighting system. Consult your nearest authorized Volvo retailer for correct installation.
  • When towing a trailer, the trailer's safety chains or wire must be correctly fastened to the attachment points provided in the trailer hitch on the vehicle. The safety chain or wire must never be fastened to or wound around the towing ball.


The optional detachable trailer hitch may not be available in all markets or on all models. Consult your Volvo retailer.


Extreme weather conditions, towing a trailer, high altitude and lower fuel grade than recommended are factors that can significantly increase the vehicle's fuel consumption.

Trailer weights


Please adhere to the recommendations provided for trailer weight. If the recommendations are not followed, the vehicle and trailer may be difficult to control during evasive maneuvers and braking.


The specified maximum trailer weights are those permitted by Volvo. National vehicle regulations may set additional restrictions on trailer weight and speed. The trailer hitches may be certified for higher towing weights than the vehicle is permitted to tow.

Self-leveling suspension


The vehicle's self-leveling system attempts to keep the vehicle at a constant level, regardless of load (up to the maximum permitted weight). When the vehicle is stationary, the rear end of the vehicle will be slightly lowered, which is normal.

Driving in hilly terrain or hot weather

In certain conditions, there is a risk of overheating when driving with a trailer. If overheating of the engine and drive system is detected, a warning symbol will illuminate in the instrument panel and a message will appear.

The following apply for vehicles with automatic transmissions:

The automatic transmission adapts the gear for the current load and engine speed.

Steep inclines

Do not lock the automatic transmission into a higher gear than what the engine can handle ‒ it is not always preferable to drive in high gears at low rpm.

Parking on a hill

Depress the brake pedal.

Apply the parking brake.

Put the gear selector in P.

Release the brake pedal.

Put chocks behind the wheels when the vehicle is parked on a hill with a trailer attached.

Starting on a hill

Depress the brake pedal.

Put the gear selector in D.

Release the parking brake.

Release the brake pedal and start driving.

Vehicle model/model year

XC90 and XC90 Twin Engine of model year 2016 onwards

XC60 and XC60 Twin Engine of model year 2018 onwards

This article is applicable to

Vehicle model/model year

XC90 and XC90 Twin Engine of model year 2016 onwards

XC60 and XC60 Twin Engine of model year 2018 onwards

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Pilot Assist and Lane Keeping Aid

Pilot Assist is a comfort function that can help you to keep your car within its lane and maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front of you. Lane Keeping Aid is a function which, in a similar way, can help you in some situations to reduce the risk of your car accidentally leaving its lane.

Collision avoidance assistance

The collision avoidance assistance function can help you to reduce the risk of the car accidentally leaving its lane and/or colliding with another vehicle or obstacle by actively steering the car back into the lane and/or swerving.

Activating data sharing for connected services and downloaded apps through the settings menu

You can activate data sharing for connected services and downloaded apps through the settings menu in your center display.

Driving vacations and long distance journeys

Be prepared and enhance your driving holidays and long journeys. Here you can find useful tips so that you and your Volvo are well equipped when you venture out onto the road.

Maintaining the interior

Using the car affects its interior. Leather and fabrics change and get a patina. Proper care and cleaning keeps the car fresh and clean for many years. Volvo has developed cleaning methods and products.

Privacy locking

The purpose of privacy locking, which, on some models is called valet locking, is to be able to lock the luggage compartment lid/tailgate and glove box but still be able to open the doors and start the car. Privacy locking is advantageous when leaving your car for a service or at a hotel.

To note when filling up

When filling up, it is important that the nozzle is inserted into the filler pipe fully and that it passes the pipe's two covers.