Volvo XC90 2015-2023 Owners Manual / Starting and driving / Eco drive mode

Volvo XC90: Starting and driving / Eco drive mode

Eco drive mode can help make driving more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly. Use this mode to save fuel and promote ecofriendly driving.

When Eco mode is activated, the following characteristics are modified:

  • The automatic transmission's shifting points.
  • Engine control and accelerator pedal response.
  • Eco Coast functionality is activated and engine braking is disabled when the accelerator pedal is released at speeds between 65 and 140 km/h (40 and 87 mph).
  • Some of the climate system settings will be reduced or switched off.
  • The suspension's self-leveling function* will lower ground clearance to help reduce wind resistance.
  • Information will be shown in the ECO gauge in the instrument panel to help promote more eco-friendly and economical driving.

Coast function Eco Coast

Eco Coast essentially deactivates engine braking, allowing the vehicle's kinetic energy to be used to roll greater distances. When the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the transmission is automatically disengaged from the engine. Engine speed is reduced to idling speed to reduce fuel consumption.

This function is most effective in driving situations where the vehicle can roll freely for a long distance e.g. on roads with slight downgrades or when a decrease in speed is anticipated such as when approaching an area with a lower speed limit.

Activating Eco Coast

The function is activated when the accelerator pedal is fully released and the following conditions are met:

  • Eco drive mode is activated.
  • The gear selector is in D.
  • The vehicle's speed is approximately 65-140 km/h (40-87 mph).
  • The gradient of the downgrade is less than approximately 6%.

COASTING will be displayed in the instrument panel when Eco Coast is being used.


Eco Coast is not available if

  • the engine and/or transmission are not at normal working temperatures
  • the gear selector is moved from D to manual shifting mode
  • the vehicle's speed is not within the 65-140 km/h (40-87 mph) range
  • the gradient of the downgrade is more than approximately 6%
  • the steering wheel paddles* are being used for manual shifting.

Deactivating and turning off Eco Coast

In certain situations, it may be advisable to deactivate or turn off Eco Coast so that engine braking can be used. These situations might include driving down steep hills or before passing another vehicle to help ensure this can be done as safely as possible.

Deactivate Eco Coast by

  • pressing the accelerator or brake pedal
  • moving the gear selector to manual mode
  • using the steering wheel paddles* to shift. Turn off Eco Coast by
  • switching to another drive mode*
  • deactivating Eco drive mode in Function view.

It is possible to roll short distances even without Eco Coast in order to help conserve fuel. However, for the best fuel economy, Eco Coast should be activated and used to roll longer distances.

Cruise control Eco Cruise

When cruise control is activated in the Eco drive mode, the vehicle's acceleration and deceleration will be slower than in other drive modes to help further conserve fuel. Because of this, the vehicle's actual speed may be slightly above or below the set speed.

  • On a level road, the vehicle's actual speed may differ from the set speed when cruise control is active and the vehicle is coasting.
  • On a steep uphill gradient, the vehicle's speed is reduced until the transmission downshifts. Reduced acceleration is then initiated in order to reach the set speed.
  • On a downhill gradient in which the vehicle is coasting, the vehicle's actual speed may be slightly above or below the set speed. The function uses engine braking to keep the set speed. If necessary, the normal brakes are also applied.

ECO gauge in the instrument panel

Volvo XC90. Eco drive mode

Eco gauge in 12" instrument panel*.

Volvo XC90. Eco drive mode

Eco gauge in 8" instrument panel.

The ECO gauge indicates how economical current driving is:

  • A low reading in the green area of the gauge indicates economical driving.
  • A high reading is shown when driving is not economical, e.g. heavy braking or rapid acceleration.

The ECO gauge also has an indicator showing how a reference driver would drive in the same driving situation. This is shown by the short pointer in the gauge.

ECO Climate

In Eco mode, ECO climate is automatically activated in the passenger compartment to help reduce energy consumption.


When the Eco drive mode is activated, settings for certain climate system and electricity consuming functions are reduced. Some of these settings can be reset manually, but full functionality will only be restored by switching off Eco mode or adapting the Individual* drive mode to full climate system functionality.

If condensation forms on the windows, tap the max defroster button, which will function normally.

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