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Instruments and controls

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Instrument panel 22
Indicator and warning symbols 23
Switches in the center console 27
Steering wheel adjustment 29
Lighting panel 30
Manually unlocking the fuel filler door 31
Turn signals 32
Windshield wipers/washer 33
Hazard warning flashers, rear window/sideview mirror defroster, heated front seats 34
Trip computer (option) 35
Cruise control 36
Parking brake, electric socket/cigarette lighter 37
Electrically operated windows 38
Rearview mirror/sideview mirrors 40
Electrically operated sun roof (option) 41

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Instrument panel

 instrument panel

1. Turn signal indicators - right - left

2. Text window
The text window displays information and warning messages.

3. Temperature gauge
The pointer should be approximately midway on the gauge when driving. Do not drive the car if the warning light is on. The text window will provide you with additional information. If the engine temperature remains high, check coolant level - see page 121.

4. Trip odometer
The trip odometers are used for measuring shorter distances. The right-hand digit gives tenth of a mile/kilometer. Press the button for more than 2 seconds to reset. Change between trip odometers 1 and 2 using one short press on the button.

5. Odometer

6. Speedometer

7. Warning symbol

8. High beam indicator

9. Tachometer
Indicates engine speed in thousands of revolutions per minute (rpm). Do not drive for long with the needle in the red section. The engine has an built-in function preventing excessively high engine speeds. When this function operates, you may discern some pulsation, which in that case is quite normal.

10. Gear and driving mode indicator
The currently selected driving mode is displayed here. If you use the optional Geartronic function on the automatic transmission, the currently selected gear will be displayed.

11. Ambient temperature gauge
This display indicates the air temperature outside your car. A "snowflake" symbol in the text window is displayed when the temperature is in the range of 23 - 36° F (-5 - +2° C).
Please note that this symbol does not indicate a fault with your car.
At low speeds or when the car is not moving, the temperature readings may be slightly higher than the actual ambient temperature.

12. Clock/set button
Turn the button to set the clock.

13. Fuel gauge
The fuel tank holds approximately 18.5 US gals (70 liters) or 19 US gals (72 liters) on models equipped with All Wheel Drive.
When a warning light in the gauge comes on, there are approximately 1.8 US gal. (8 liters) of fuel remaining in the tank.

14. Indicator and warning symbols

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Indicator and warning symbols

The indicator and warning symbols light up when you turn the ignition key to the driving position (position II) before starting. This shows that the symbols are functioning. When the engine starts, all symbols go out. If the engine is not started within 5 seconds, all symbols except CHECK ENGINE and  oil go out. Certain symbols may not have their functions illustrated, depending on the car's equipment. The symbol for the parking brake goes out when the parking brake is released.

Warning symbol warning in center of dashboard
This symbol shines as a red or yellow light depending on the severity of the discovered fault.

Red symbol - Stop the car as soon as possible in a suitable location and read the message shown in the text window.

Yellow symbol - Follow the instructions shown in the text window.


 abs Anti-lock brake system ABS
If the warning light comes on, there is a malfunction of the ABS system (the standard braking system will still function). The vehicle should be driven to a Volvo retailer for inspection. See page 92 for additional information.

 STC Stability Traction Control (STC)* system or Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC) system**
This indicator light will flash when STC or DSTC is actively working to stabilize the car. See page 93 for more detailed information.

BRAKE Brake failure warning light
If the light comes on while driving or braking, stop immediately, open the hood and check the brake fluid level in the reservoir. See page 122 for reservoir position and page 125 for instructions.

 Canadian warning light Canadian models are equipped with this warning light:

If the BRAKE and ABS warning lights come on at the same time, this could indicate a fault in the brake system.

  • Stop the car in a suitable place and switch off the engine.
  • Restart the engine.
  • If both warning lights go off, no further action is required.
  • If both lights are still on after the engine has been restarted, switch off the engine again and check the brake fluid level (see page 122 for the location of the brake fluid reservoir).

    * Standard on all models except the T5 turbo.

    ** Standard on the T5 turbo, option on all other models.

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    Indicator and warning symbols (Contd)


    If the fluid level is below the MIN mark in the reservoir or if a "Brake failure - Service urgent" message is displayed in the text window: DO NOT DRIVE. Have the car towed to an authorized Volvo retailer and have the brake system inspected.

  • If the brake fluid level is above the MIN mark, drive carefully to an authorized Volvo retailer and have the brake system inspected.

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     SRS Supplemental Restraint System SRS
    If the light comes on (or stays on after the vehicle has started), the SRS diagnostic system has detected a fault. Drive to an authorized Volvo retailer for an inspection of the system. See the SRS section for more information.

     generator warning light Generator warning light
    If the light comes on while the engine is running, have the charging system checked.

    Seat belt reminder
    This symbol lights up to indicate that the driver has not fastened his/her seat belt.

    PARK BRAKE Parking brake applied
    This light will be on when the parking brake (hand brake) is applied. The parking brake lever is situated between the front seats.

     park brake Canadian models are equipped with this symbol.

     rear fog light Rear fog light
    This light indicates that the fog light is on.

    Turn signal indicator - trailer (certain models)
    If you are towing a trailer, this light will flash simultaneously with the turn signals on the trailer. If the light does not flash when signaling, neither the trailer's turn signals nor the car's turn signals are functioning.

     oil Oil pressure warning light
    If the light comes on while driving, stop the car and then stop the engine immediately and check the engine oil level. See page 124. If the light stays on after restart, have the car towed to the nearest authorized Volvo retailer. After hard driving, the light may come on occasionally when the engine is idling. This is normal, provided it goes off when the engine speed is increased.

    CHECK ENGINE Malfunction indicator light

    On-Board Diagnostic II (OBDII): As you drive, a computer called "OBDII" monitors your car's engine, transmission, electrical and emission systems. The CHECK ENGINE light will light up if the computer senses a condition that potentially may need correcting. When this happens, please have your car checked by a Volvo retailer as soon as possible.

    A CHECK ENGINE light may have many causes. Sometimes, you may not notice a change in your car's behavior. Even so, an uncorrected condition could hurt fuel economy, emission cleanliness, and driveability. Extended driving without correcting the cause could even damage other components in your car.

     check engine Canadian models are equipped with this warning light.

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    Indicator and warning symbols (Contd)

    Messages in the text window
    When a warning light in the instrument panel comes on, a message is also displayed in the text window. After you have read the message, you can erase it by pressing button A (see illustration).

    NOTE: Certain messages cannot be erased until the condition has been corrected.

    If a warning message is displayed when e.g. you are using the trip computer this message must be erased before you can access the function of your choice. Press button A to erase the warning message.

    You can scroll through the stored messages by pressing button A (see illustration). The text window can be cleared (the message will be returned to memory) by pressing button A again.

     information message

    Message Meaning:
    STOP SAFELY: Stop and switch off the engine - to help prevent serious risk of damage.
    STOP ENGINE: Stop and switch off the engine - to help prevent serious risk of damage.
    SERVICE URGENT: Take your car to an authorized Volvo retailer for inspection as soon as possible.
    SEE MANUAL: Refer to your owner's manual. For additional information, please contact your Volvo retailer.
    SERVICE REQUIRED: Take your car to an authorized Volvo retailer for inspection at your convenience (but preferably before the next scheduled maintenance service).
    FIX NEXT SERVICE: Have the system affected inspected at the next scheduled maintenance service.
    TIME FOR REGULAR SERVICE: This light will come on at 7,500 mile (12,000 km) intervals, after 750 hours of driving or after 12 months, whichever occurs first, to remind the driver that the service interval has been exceeded. The light will stay on for 2 minutes after start until reset by the servicing retailer.

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    Switches in the center console

     switches in center console
    The positions of these buttons may vary, depending on the specifications of your car

    1. Folding head restraints
    This button is used to fold down the outboard rear head restraints. The ignition key must be in position I or II or the engine must be running.

    NOTE: If the head restraints have been folded down, they must be returned to their original position manually. The head restraints should be in the upright position before the rear seat backrests are folded down.


    For safety reasons, no one should be allowed to sit in the outboard rear seat positions if the head restraints are folded down. If these positions are occupied, the head restraints should be in the upright (fixed) position.

    2. Valet lock (trunk lock)
    Pressing this switch locks the trunk, even if the doors are unlocked. The trunk will remain locked even if the doors are locked/unlocked using the master key or the remote control.
    To use this function:

  • Turn the master key to position II.
  • Press the "Valet lock" button. An LED in the button will light up and "VALET LOCK ON" will be displayed on the text window to indicate that this function is activated.
  • The function can be turned off (deactivated) by turning the ignition key to position II and pressing the "Valet lock" button again (the LED in the button will go out and "VALET LOCK OFF" will be displayed in the text window).

    3. Not in use

    4. Stability Traction Control (STC)/Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC) (option)

    Press this switch for at least half a second to turn the Spin Control (SC) function of the STC/ DSTC system on or off. An LED in the switch will light up to indicate that the system is on. See page 93 for more information on STC/ DSTC. The SC function should be switched off if you, for any reason, temporarily have to drive with tires of different dimensions (e.g., spare tire).

    NOTE:To help reduce the risk that the SC function is turned off inadvertently, the switch must be held in for at least half a second to disable this function. "STC/DSTC SPIN CONTROL OFF" will be displayed in the text window.

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    Switches in the center console (Contd)

    This function will be automatically reactivated when the engine is restarted.


    Please be aware that the car's handling characteristics may be affected if Spin Control function is switched off.

    5. Not in Use

    6. Temporarily disconnecting the alarm sensors (option)
    See page 76 for more details.

    7. Not in use

    8. 12 volt socket
    This 12 volt socket can be used to plug in certain accessories such as cellular telephones, etc. The ignition key must be in position 1 (or higher) for the auxiliary socket to function.

    NOTE: The auxiliary sockets can also be used for cigarette lighters, which are available at your Volvo retailer.

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    Steering wheel adjustment

     steering wheel adjustment
    Both the height and the reach of the steering wheel can be adjusted to a comfortable position for the driver. Pull down the lever on the left of the steering column. Adjust the steering wheel to a suitable position and press the lever back into place to lock the steering wheel in the new position. Check that the steering wheel is locked in the new position.


    Never adjust the steering wheel while driving.

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    Lighting panel

     lighting panel

    A - Headlights and parking lights
     headlights All lighting off.

    Models with daytime running lights:
    Low beam headlights will automatically come on if the ignition key is in position II. Front and rear parking lights and license plate lights will also be on. Volvo recommends the use of daytime running lights. If, however, you would prefer to have these lights turned off (USA only), please consult your Volvo retailer. Please note that the use of daytime running lights is mandatory in Canada.

     parking lights Parking lights on. The parking lights should be switched off when you leave the car to help avoid battery drain.

     headlights Headlights, parking lights, license plate lights and instrument panel illumination are on if the ignition key is in position II.

    If the headlight switch is in this position, all lights will go out when the ignition is switched off.

    The headlight switch must be in this position before the high beams will function.

    Switch from high to low beams and vice versa by pulling the turn signal switch lever on the left side of steering column toward you.

    B - Instrument lighting
    Move the thumb wheel up to increase brightness or down to decrease brightness. There is also an instrument panel illumination sensor (see illustration on page 46) which automatically adjusts the level of illumination.

    The symbols have maximum illumination in daylight (only the background lighting can be adjusted). At night, both the symbol light and background lighting can be adjusted.

    C - Unlocking the fuel filler door
    Press this button when the car is at a standstill to unlock the fuel filler door. Please note that the fuel filler door will remain unlocked until the car begins to move forward. An audible click will be heard when the fuel filler door relocks.

    See also page 80.

    NOTE: If the fuel filler door does not unlock after the button has been pressed, please see page 31 for information on manually unlocking this door.

    D - Front fog lights *
    The front fog lights will function only in combination with the low beam headlights.

    An LED in the switch indicates when the front fog lights are on.

    E - Rear fog light*
    The rear fog light is considerably brighter than the normal tail lights and should be used only when conditions such as fog, rain, snow, smoke or dust reduce visibility for other vehicles to less than 500 ft (150 meters).

    An LED in the switch indicates when the rear fog light is on.

    The rear fog light will only function in combination with the high/low beam headlights. By design, there is one rear fog light only, located in the driver's side tail light cluster.

    * Standard on T5/accessory on the other models.
    These lights will be automatically switched off the next time the car is started.

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