Volvo XC90 2015-2023 Owners Manual / Starting and driving / Drive modes

Volvo XC90: Starting and driving / Drive modes


Drive modes affect the vehicle's driving characteristics in different ways to enhance and simplify the driving experience in certain types of situations.

Drive modes enable easy access to the vehicle's many functions and settings in different driving situations. The following systems are adapted to help optimize driving characteristics in each drive mode:

  • Steering
  • Engine/transmission/all-wheel drive*
  • Brakes
  • Pneumatic suspension* and shock absorbers
  • Instrument panel
  • Start/Stop function
  • Climate control settings

Select the drive mode that is adapted to the current driving conditions. Keep in mind that not all drive modes are available in all situations.

Available drive modes

When the engine is started, the vehicle will be in Comfort mode and the start/stop function will be activated. Drive mode can be changed once the vehicle is started, e.g. to Individual mode. Once Individual mode is selected, you can adjust settings to personal preferences, e.g. to show the tachometer.


Comfort is the vehicle's default mode. This setting offers driving comfort, light steering and soft suspension.

In Comfort mode, no tachometer will be displayed in the instrument panel1.


  • Adapt the vehicle for more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly driving with Eco mode.

In this mode, the Start/Stop function is activated, the ground clearance is lower to reduce air resistance and certain climate settings are reduced.

When driving in Eco mode, an ECO gauge indicating how economical the driving is will be displayed in the instrument panel.

Off Road

  • Helps maximize the vehicle's ability to traverse difficult terrain or poor roads.

In this mode, ground clearance is high, steering is light, and all-wheel drive* and the lowspeed function with assistance for driving downhill (HDC2) are activated. The Start/Stop function is deactivated.

This mode can only be activated at low speeds. The permitted speed range will be shown in the speedometer. If this speed is exceeded, Off Road mode will be deactivated and another drive mode activated.

In Off Road mode, a compass will be displayed between the speedometer and the tachometer in the instrument panel.


This drive mode is not designed to be used for normal street driving.


Due to the increased ground clearance, if the Off Road mode was selected when the engine was switched off, the suspension will lower when the engine is restarted.


Do not use the Off Road drive mode when towing a trailer without an electrical connection. This could result in damage to the pneumatic suspension system's bellows.


  • Dynamic mode is designed to help provide sportier driving characteristics and a faster acceleration response.

Gear shifting will be faster and more distinct and the transmission will prioritize gears with a higher traction force.

Steering response is faster, suspension is stiffer and ground clearance is lower to help reduce body roll when cornering.

The Start/Stop function is deactivated.

Dynamic mode is also available in a Polestar Engineered* version.


  • Customizes drive mode to personal preferences.

Select one of the drive modes as a basis and adjust the settings to achieve your preferred driving characteristics. These settings will be stored in the active driver profile and will be available every time the vehicle is unlocked with that remote key.

Individual drive mode is only available if it has been activated in the center display.

Volvo XC90. Drive modes

Settings view3 for Individual drive mode.

  1. Tap Settings in the Top view.
  2. Tap My Car Volvo XC90. Drive modes Individual Drive Mode and select Individual Drive Mode.
  3. Under Presets, select one of the following drive modes as a basis: Eco, Comfort, Dynamic or Polestar Engineered*.

    The following settings can be modified:

    • Driver Display
    • Steering Force
    • Powertrain Characteristics
    • Brake Characteristics
    • Suspension Control
    • ECO Climate
    • Start/Stop.

1 Only applies to vehicles with 8-inch instrument panels.

2 Hill Descent Control

3 The illustration is generic - details may vary according to vehicle model.

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