Payload depends on the car's kerb weight. The total of the weight of the passengers and all accessories reduces the car's payload by a corresponding weight.
Recommendations for loading
- Position the load firmly against the rear seat's backrest.
Note that objects must not prevent the function of the WHIPS system for the front seats if any of the rear seat's backrests is folded down.
- Centre the load.
- Heavy objects should be placed as low as possible. Avoid placing heavy loads on lowered backrests.
- Cover sharp edges with something soft to avoid damaging the upholstery.
- Secure all loads to the load retaining eyelets with straps or web lashings.
The protection provided by the inflatable curtain in the headlining may be compromised or eliminated by high loads.
- Never load cargo above the backrest.
Always secure the load. During heavy braking the load may otherwise shift, causing injury to the car's occupants.
Cover sharp edges and sharp corners with something soft.
Switch off the engine and apply the parking brake when loading/unloading long items. Otherwise you may accidentally knock the gear lever or gear selector with the load into a drive position - and the car could then move off.
Level control of the car's rear section*
The car's rear section can be lowered/raised in order to create a better working height for the car's cargo area or to assist when a trailer shall be coupled/uncoupled to/from the towbar*.
Level control is performed via a control at the rear on the right-hand side in the cargo area's side panel.
The control consists of two buttons - one button that lowers and one button that raises the rear section of the car. For raising or lowering, each button must be held depressed until the rear section has reached the desired level.
It is not possible to raise the car's rear section higher than its normal level.
During driving, the rear section height will return to the normal level.
Lowering the rear seat backrest
To increase space and simplify loading in the cargo area, the rear seat backrests can be lowered - see the section "Rear seats" for more information.
Loading on the roof
For loading on the car's roof, the load carriers1 that Volvo have developed are recommended. This is in order to avoid damage to the car and in order to achieve the maximum possible safety during a journey.
Carefully follow the installation instructions supplied with the carriers.
- Check periodically that the load carriers and load are properly secured. Lash the load securely with retaining straps.
- Distribute the load evenly over the load carriers. Put the heaviest objects at the bottom.
- The size of the area exposed to the wind, and therefore fuel consumption, increase with the size of the load.
- Drive gently. Avoid quick acceleration, heavy braking and hard cornering.
The car's centre of gravity and driving characteristics are altered by roof loads.
Read about maximum permitted roof load in the section on Weights.