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Instruments and controls72
Ignition modes80
Steering wheel87
Wipers and washers96
Power windows99
Power moonroof103
HomeLink® Universal Transceiver (option) 105
Starting the engine109
Hill Descent Control (HDC)117
Electric parking brake119

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Instrument overview

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Information displays

The information displays show information on some of the vehicle's functions, such as cruise control, the trip computer and messages. The information is shown with text and symbols.

More detailed information can be found in the descriptions of the functions that use the information displays.



Fuel gauge, see also the section on refueling beginning on page 197.

The tachometer shows engine speed in thousands of revolutions per minute (rpm). Do not drive continuously with the needle in the red area of the gauge. The engine management system will automatically prevent excessively high engines speeds. This will be noticeable as a pronounced unevenness in engine speed.

Indicator, information, and warning symbols

Indicator and information symbols

Indicator and warning symbols

High beam and turn signal indicators

Function check
All indicator and warning symbols light up in ignition mode II or when the engine is started. When the engine has started, all the symbols should go out except the parking brake symbol, which only goes out when the brake is disengaged.

If the engine does not start or if the function check is carried out in ignition mode II, all symbols go out after 5 seconds except the

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symbol for faults in the vehicle's emissions system and the symbol for low oil pressure.

Certain symbols may not have their functions illustrated, depending on the vehicle's equipment.

Indicator and warning symbols

Trailer turn signal indicator
If you are towing a trailer, this light will flash simultaneously with the trailer's turn signals. If the light does not flash, or if they flash faster than usual when signaling a turn, the turn signals on the trailer or on the vehicle are not functioning properly.

Malfunction Indicator Light
As you drive, a computer called On-Board Diagnostics II (OBDII) monitors your vehicle's engine, transmission, electrical and emission systems.

The malfunction indicator (CHECK ENGINE) light will illuminate if the computer senses a condition that potentially may need correcting. When this happens, please have your vehicle checked by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician as soon as possible.

A malfunction indicator (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 controls, and drivability. Extended driving without correcting the cause could even damage other components in your vehicle.

Canadian models are equipped with this symbol:

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) warning light
If the warning light comes on, there may be a malfunction in the ABS system (the standard braking system will still function). Check the system by:

1. Stopping in a safe place and switching off the ignition.

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2. Restart the engine.

3. If the warning light goes off, no further action is required.

If the warning light remains on, the vehicle should be driven to a trained and qualified Volvo service technician for inspection. See page 115 for additional information.

Canadian models are equipped with this symbol:

Rear fog light
This symbol indicates that the rear fog light (located in the driver's side tail light cluster) is on.

Stability system
This indicator symbol flashes when the DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control system) is actively working to stabilize the vehicle. See page 153 for more detailed information.

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) - option
This symbol illuminates to indicate that tire pressure in one or more tires is low. See page 252 for detailed information.

Low fuel level
When this light comes on, there are approximately 2.1 US gallons (8 liters) of fuel remaining in the tank.

Information symbol
The information symbol illuminates and a text message is displayed if a fault is detected in one of the vehicle's systems. The message can be erased and the symbol can be turned off by pressing the READ button (see page 126 for information) or this will take place automatically after a short time (the length of time varies, depending on the function affected).

The information symbol may also illuminate together with other symbols.

High beam indicator
This symbol illuminates when the high beam headlights are on, or if the high beam flash function is used.

Left turn signal indicator

Right turn signal indicator

note NOTE
  • Both turn signal indicators will flash when the hazard warning flashers are used.
  • If either of these indicators flash faster than normal, the direction indicators are not functioning properly.
  • Indicator and warning symbols

    Low oil pressure
    If the light comes on while driving, stop the vehicle, stop the engine immediately, and check the engine oil level. If the oil level is normal and the light stays on after restart, have the vehicle towed to the nearest trained and qualified Volvo service technician. This is normal, provided it goes off when the engine speed is increased.

    Parking brake applied
    This symbol illuminates when the parking brake is applied. On models

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    equipped with the electric parking brake, this symbol flashes while the brake is being applied and then glows steadily.

    A flashing symbol means that a fault has been detected. See the message in the information display.

    Canadian models are equipped with this symbol:

    note NOTE
    This symbol also comes on when the mechanical parking brake is only slightly applied.

    Airbags - SRS
    If this light comes on while the vehicle is being driven, or remains on for longer than approximately 10 seconds after the vehicle has been started, the SRS system's diagnostic functions have detected a fault in a seat belt lock or pretensioner, a front airbag, side impact airbag, and/or an inflatable curtain. Have the system(s) inspected by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician as soon as possible.

    Seat belt reminder
    This symbol comes on for approximately 6 seconds if the driver has not fastened his or her seat belt.

    Generator not charging
    This symbol comes on during driving if a fault has occurred in the electrical system. Contact an authorized Volvo workshop.

    Engine temperature
    Engine overheating can result from low oil or coolant levels, towing or hard driving at high heat and altitude, or mechanical malfunction. Engine overheating will be signaled with text and a red warning triangle in the middle of the instrument display. The exact text will depend on the degree of overheating. It may range from "HIGH ENGINE TEMP - SLOW DOWN" to "HIGH ENGINE TEMP - STOP ENGINE." If appropriate, other messages, such as "COOLANT LEVEL LOW" will also be displayed. If your engine does overheat so that you must stop the engine, always allow the engine to cool before attempting to check oil and coolant levels.

    Fault in brake system
    If this symbol lights, the brake fluid level may be too low. Stop the vehicle in a safe place and check the level in the brake fluid reservoir, see page 223. If the level in the reservoir is below MIN, the vehicle should be transported to an authorized Volvo workshop to have the brake system checked.

    If the brake and ABS symbols come on at the same time, there may be a fault in the brake force distribution system.

    1. Stop the vehicle in a safe place and turn off the engine.

    2. Restart the engine.

  • If both symbols extinguish, continue driving.
  • If the symbols remain on, check the level in the brake fluid reservoir. See page 223. If the brake fluid level is normal but the symbols are still lit, the vehicle can be driven, with great care, to an authorized Volvo workshop to have the brake system checked.
  • If the level in the reservoir is below MIN, the vehicle should be transported to an authorized Volvo workshop to have the brake system checked.

    warning WARNING
  • If the fluid level is below the MIN mark in the reservoir or if a warning message is displayed in the text window: DO NOT DRIVE. Have the vehicle towed to an authorized Volvo retailer and have the brake system inspected.
  • If the ABS and Brake system lights are on at the same time, there is a risk of reduced vehicle stability.
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    Warning symbol
    The red warning symbol comes on when a fault has been indicated which could affect the safety and/or drivability of the vehicle. An explanatory text is shown on the information display at the same time. The symbol remains visible until the fault has been rectified but the text message can be cleared with the READ button, see page 126. The warning symbol can also come on in conjunction with other symbols.


    1. Stop in a safe place. Do not drive the vehicle further.

    2. Read the information on the information display. Implement the action in accordance with the message in the display. Clear the message using READ.

    Reminder - doors not closed
    If one of the doors, the hood or trunk lid is not closed properly, the information or warning symbol comes on together with an explanatory text message in the instrument panel. Stop the vehicle in a safe place as soon as possible and close the door, hood or tailgate.

    If the vehicle is driven at a speed lower than approximately 5 mph (7 km/h), the information symbol comes on.

    If the vehicle is driven at a speed higher than approximately 5 mph (7 km/h), the warning symbol comes on.

    Trip odometers

    Odometer display

    Button for toggling between T1 and T2, and for resetting the odometer.

    The trip odometers are used to measure short distances. A short press on the button toggles between the two trip odometers T1 and T2. A long press (more than 2 seconds) resets an active trip odometer to zero. The distance is shown in the display.

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    Control for setting the clock.

    Turn the control clockwise/counterclockwise to set the time. The set time is shown in the information display.

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    Ignition modes


    Inserting and removing the remote key
    The various ignition modes are accessed by inserting the remote key into the ignition slot.

    The remote key can be removed from the ignition slot by pressing the key in. It will then be ejected slightly and can be removed from the slot. The gear selector must be in position P (Park).

    note NOTE
    The brake pedal must not be depressed when accessing ignition modes I or II.

    Foreign objects in the ignition slot can impair function or damage the lock.

    Ignition mode 0
    Insert the remote key in the ignition slot.

    Ignition mode I
    Press the remote key into the ignition slot and press START/STOP ENGINE.

    Ignition mode II
    Press the remote key into the ignition slot and press START/STOP ENGINE for approx. 2 seconds.

    Ignition mode III (engine start)
    Start the engine, see page 109.

    Stopping the engine
    Press START/STOP ENGINE. (If the engine is running and the vehicle is moving, keep the button depressed until the engine stops).

    Return to ignition mode 0
    Press START/STOP ENGINE to return from I, II, or III to ignition mode 0.

    note NOTE
    During towing, ignition mode II should be used so that the lighting can be switched on.

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    Functions with timer
    The audio system can be operated without a key for 15 minutes at a time by pressing the POWER button. The power windows work for several minutes after the key has been removed, although not after the door has been opened.

    note NOTE
    Use the POWER button for the audio system when the engine is not running to avoid discharging the battery.

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    Front seats

    Lumbar support: turn the control for firmer or softer lumbar support.

    Front-rear adjustment: lift the bar and move the seat to the position of your choice.

    Raise/lower front edge of seat cushion, pump up/down.

    Backrest tilt: turn the control to adjust the angle of the backrest.

    Raise/lower the seat, pump up/down.

    Control panel for power seat.

    warning WARNING
  • Do not adjust the seat while driving. The seat should be adjusted so that the brake pedal can be depressed fully. In addition, position the seat as far rearward as comfort and control allow.
  • Check that the seat is securely locked into position after adjusting.
  • Folding the front seat backrest

    The front passenger seat backrest can be folded to a horizontal position to make room for a long load. Fold the backrest as follows:

    Move the seat as far back as possible.

    Adjust the backrest to an upright position.

    Lift the catches on the rear of the backrest.

    Without releasing the catches, push the backrest forward.

    Move the seat as far forward as possible so that the head restraint slides under the glove compartment.

    warning WARNING
    Cover sharp edges on the load to help prevent injury to occupants. Secure the load to help prevent shifting during sudden stops.

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    Power seat (option)

    Front edge of seat cushion up/down

    Seat forward/backward and up/down

    Backrest tilt

    The seats can be adjusted for a short period after unlocking the door with the remote control without the key in the ignition slot. Seat adjustment is normally made when the ignition is on and can always be made when the engine is running.

    note NOTE
  • Only one of the power seat's controls can be used at the same time.
  • The power seats have an overload protector that activates if a seat is blocked by any object. If this occurs, switch off the ignition (key in position 0) and wait for a short period before operating the seat again.
  • Seat with memory function (option)

    Stored seat position

    Stored seat position

    Stored seat position

    Memory button

    Programming the memory
    Three different seating and door mirror positions can be stored in the driver seat's memory.

    The following example explains how button 1 can be programmed. Buttons 2 and 3 can be programmed in the same way.

    To program (store) a seat position and door mirror position in button 1:

    1. Move the seat (and door mirrors) to the desired position using the seat and mirror adjustment controls.

    2. Press and hold down the M (memory) button.

    3. With the memory button depressed, press the button 1 briefly to store the current position for the seat/mirrors.

    To move the seat and mirrors to the position that they were in when a button was programmed:

    1. Press and hold down button 1 until the seat and mirrors stop moving.

    note NOTE
    As a safety precaution, the seat will stop automatically if the button is released before the seat has reached the preset position.

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    Remote keyless entry system and the driver's seat
    The remote control transmitter also controls the position of the power driver's seat in the following way:

    1. Adjust the seat to your preferences.

    2. When you leave your vehicle, lock it using the remote control.

    The position of the driver's seat is now stored in the remote control's memory.

    Automatic seat adjustment
    To move the seat to the position in which you left it:

    1. Unlock the driver's door with the same remote control (the one used to lock the doors)

    2. Open the driver's door within 2 minutes.

    The driver's seat will automatically move to the position in which you left it.

    note NOTE
  • The key memory is independent of the seat memory.
  • The seat will Move to this position even if someone else has moved it to a different seating position and locked the vehicle with a different remote control.
  • This feature will work in the same way with all of the remote control transmitters that you use with your vehicle.
  • The function can be activated/deactivated under Car key memory Seat & mirror positions. For a description of the menu system, see the information beginning on page 125.

    Emergency stop
    If the seat accidentally begins to move, press one of the buttons to stop the seat.

    warning WARNING
  • Because the driver's seat can be adjusted with the ignition off, children should never be left unattended in the vehicle.
  • Movement of the seat can be STOPPED at any time by pressing any button on the power seat control panel.
  • Do not adjust the seat while driving. The seat should be adjusted so that the brake pedal can be depressed fully. In addition, position the seat as far rearward as comfort and control allow.
  • The seat rails on the floor must not be obstructed in any way when the seat is in motion.
  • Heated/ventilated seats (option)
    See page 131.

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    Rear seats

    Folding down the rear seat backrests

    The three sections of the rear seat backrest can be folded down in different combinations to make it easier to transport long objects.

  • The left (driver's side) section can be folded down separately.
  • The center section can be folded down separately.
  • The right (passenger's side) section can be folded down together with the center section.
  • All three sections can be folded down together.

    Release and lower the center head restraint (see page 86) if the center and/or right section of the backrest is to be lowered. The outboard head restraints fold down automatically.

    Pull up the backrest release control on the respective section(s) and fold the section(s) down.

    note NOTE
    It may be necessary to move the front seats forward or put their backrests in a more upright position before folding down the rear seat backrests.

    warning WARNING
  • When the backrest(s) are returned to the upright position, check that it is properly locked in place. The red indicators should not be visible.
  • Return the outboard head restraints to the upright position.
  • Long loads should always be securely anchored to help avoid injury in the event of a sudden stop.
  • Always turn the engine off and apply the parking brake when loading/unloading the vehicle.
  • Place the transmission in the Park (P) position to help prevent inadvertent movement of the gear selector.
  • On hot days, the temperature in the vehicle interior can rise very quickly. Exposure of people to these high temperatures for even a short period of time can cause heat-related injury or death. Small children are particularly at risk.
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    Rear center head restraint

    The center head restraint should be adjusted according to the passenger's height. The restraint should be carefully adjusted to support the occupant's head.

  • Pull the head restraint up as required.
  • To lower, press and hold the button (located at the center, between the backrest and the head restraint) while pressing the head restrain down.

    warning WARNING
    The center rear seat head restraint should only be in its lowest position when this seat is NOT occupied. When the center position is occupied, the head restraint should be correctly adjusted to the passenger's height.

    Manually lowering the rear seat's outboard head restraints

  • Pull the handle closest to the head restraint to fold it down.
  • To return the head restraint to the upright position, push it up until it clicks into place.

    note NOTE
    The head restraint must be returned to the upright position manually.

    warning WARNING
    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.

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    Steering wheel


    Lever for releasing/locking the steering wheel

    Possible positions

    The steering wheel can be adjusted for both height and reach:

    1. Pull the lever toward you to release the steering wheel.

    2. Adjust the steering wheel to the position that suits you.

    3. Push back the lever to fix the steering wheel in place. If the lever is difficult to push into place, press the steering wheel lightly at the same time as you push the lever.

    warning WARNING
    Never adjust the steering wheel while driving.

    With speed-dependent power steering (option) the level of steering force can be adjusted, see page 155.


    Cruise control, see page 156
      Adaptive cruise control (option), see page 158.

    Audio controls, see page 124.

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    Press the steering wheel hub to sound the horn.

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    Lighting panel

    Thumb wheel for adjusting display and instrument lighting

    Rear fog light

    Front fog lights

    Headlights/parking lights

    Instrument lighting
    Illumination of the display and instrument lights will vary, depending on ignition mode.

    The display lighting is automatically subdued in darkness and the sensitivity is set with the thumb wheel.

    The intensity of the instrument lighting is adjusted with the thumb wheel.

    High/low beam headlights

    Low beams
    When the engine is started, the low beams are activated automatically (daytime running lights) if the headlight control is in position or .

    Daytime running lights can be deactivated by an authorized Volvo workshop.

    note NOTE
  • The use of daytime running lights is mandatory in Canada.
  • Continuous high beams cannot be activated when the headlight switch is in position or . High beam flash will function in these positions.
  • High beam flash
    Move the lever toward the steering wheel to position . The high beams come on until the lever is released.

    High/low beam headlights
    Continuous high beams
    Set the ignition to mode II.

    With the light switch in position , pull the turn signal lever toward the steering wheel to position to toggle between high and low beams (this also applies on models equipped with the optional Active Bi-Xenon® headlights).

    The symbol illuminates in the instrument panel to indicate that the high beams are on.

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    Active Bi-Xenon® Lights (ABL)-option

    When the ABL function is activated, the headlight beams adjust laterally to help light up a curve according to movements of the steering wheel (see the right-pointing beam in the illustration).

    This function is activated automatically when the engine is started and can be deactivated/reactivated by pressing the ABL button in the center console. This button lights up when the ABL function is activated, and will flash if there is a fault in the system.

    note NOTE
    This function is only active in twilight or dark conditions, and only when the vehicle is in motion.

    Parking lights

    The front and rear parking lights can be turned on even when the ignition is switched off.

    Turn the headlight control to the center position (the license plate lighting comes on at the same time).

    The lighting also comes on when the trunk lid is opened in order to alert anyone traveling behind your vehicle.

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    Brake lights

    The brake lights come on automatically when the brakes are applied.

    Emergency brake lights (EBL)
    Emergency Brake Lights, EBL, activate in the event of sudden braking or if the ABS system is activated. This function causes an additional taillight on each side of the vehicle to illuminate to help alert vehicles traveling behind.

    The EBL function activates if:

  • The ABS system activates for more than approximately a half second
  • In the event of sudden braking while the vehicle is moving at speeds above approximately 6 mph (10 km/h)

    When the vehicle has come to a stop, the brake lights and additional taillights remain on for as long as the brake pedal is depressed or until braking force on the vehicle is reduced.

    Front fog lights

    The front fog lights can be switched on together with high/low beams or the parking lights.

    Press the button to switch the fog lights on/off. The light in the button comes on when the fog lights are on.

    note NOTE
    Regulations regarding the use of the front fog lights may vary, depending on where you drive.

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    Rear fog light

    The single rear fog light is located in the driver's side taillight cluster.

    The rear fog light will only function in combination with the high/low beam headlights or the optional front fog lights.

    Press the button to switch the rear fog light on/off. The rear fog light indicator symbol on the instrument panel and the light in the button come on when the rear fog light is switched on.

    note NOTE
    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).

    Hazard warning flashers

    The hazard warning flasher should be used to indicate that the vehicle has become a traffic hazard. To activate the flashers, press the button in the center dash. Press the button again to turn off the flashers.

    note NOTE
  • Regulations regarding the use of the hazard warning flasher may vary, depending on where you live.
  • The hazard warning flashers will be activated automatically if an airbag deploys.
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    Turn signals

    When changing lanes
    The driver can automatically flash the turn signals 3 times by moving the turn signal lever up or down to the first position and releasing it.

    When turning
    Move the lever as far up or down as possible to start the turn signals. The turn signals will be cancelled automatically by the movement of the steering wheel, or the lever can be returned to its initial position by hand.

    note NOTE
  • This automatic flashing sequence can be interrupted by immediately moving the lever in the opposite direction.
  • If the turn signal indicator flashes faster than normal, check for a burned-out turn signal bulb.
  • Interior lighting, front

    Drivers side front reading light, on/off

    Passenger's side front reading light, on/off

    Overhead courtesy lighting.

    The lighting in the front part of the passenger compartment is controlled with the buttons and in the roof console.

    Switch has three positions for all passenger compartment lighting:

  • Off - right side depressed, automatic lighting off.
  • Neutral position.
  • On - left side depressed, passenger compartment lighting on.

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    Interior lighting, rear

    The lights are switched on or off by pressing each respective button.

    Courtesy lights/door step lighting (option)
    The courtesy lights/door step lighting switch on/off automatically when one of the front doors is opened/closed.

    Glove compartment lighting
    The glove compartment lighting switches on/off automatically when the lid is opened/closed.

    Overhead courtesy lighting
    The passenger compartment lighting is switched on and off automatically when button is in the neutral position.

    The lighting comes on and remains on for 30 seconds if:

  • the vehicle is unlocked from the outside with the key or remote control
  • the engine is switched off and the ignition is in mode 0.

    The lighting switches off when:

  • the engine is started
  • the vehicle is locked from the outside.

    The lighting comes on and remains on for two minutes if one of the doors is open.

    The passenger compartment lighting can be switched on and off manually within 30 minutes after the vehicle has been unlocked.

    If the lighting is switched on manually and the vehicle is locked, the courtesy lighting will switch off automatically after one minute.

    Home safe lighting

    When you leave your vehicle at night, you can make use of the home safe lighting function to illuminate the area in front of the vehicle.

    1. Remove the key from the ignition slot.

    2. Pull the direction indicator lever as far as possible towards the steering wheel and release it.

    3. Exit the vehicle and lock the doors.

    The headlights, parking lights, turn signals, lights in the door mirrors, license plate lights, and footwell lighting will illuminate and remain on for 301, 60 or 90 seconds. The time interval can be set under Car settingsLight settingsHome safe lighting. For a description of the menu system, see page 125.

    1Factory setting

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    Approach lighting

    Approach lighting is activated by pressing the approach light button on the remote key (see the illustration on page 54).

    When the function has been activated, the parking lights, indicator lights, door mirror lights, license plate lighting, dome lighting and door step lighting come on.

    The time interval for this lighting can be set under Car settingsLight settings Approach lighting. For a description of the menu system, see page 125.

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