Volvo XC90 2015-2023 Owners Manual / Starting and driving / Towing using a towline

Volvo XC90: Starting and driving / Towing using a towline

This section refers to one vehicle being towed behind another using a towline. Before towing another vehicle, check applicable speed limit regulations.

Preparations and towing


For some transmission variants, it is not possible to shift from P position if the engine is switched off. Contact an authorized Volvo workshop for assistance towing or call a professional towing service.


Note that the vehicle must always be towed with the wheels rolling forward.

  • Do not tow a vehicle with automatic transmission at a speed greater than 80 km/h (50 mph) or for a distance greater than 80 km (50 miles).


  • Ignition mode II must be active – all airbags are deactivated in ignition mode I.
  • Always have the remote key in the vehicle when it is towed.


The brake and steering servos do not work when the engine is off – it takes about 5 times more pressure on the brake pedal and steering requires much more effort than normal.

  1. Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
  2. Attach the towline to the towing eyelet.
  3. Put the vehicle in ignition mode II – without pressing the brake pedal, turn the start knob clockwise and hold it there for about 4 seconds. Release the knob, which will automatically return to its original position.
  4. Move the gear selector to neutral (N) and release the parking brake.

    If the battery charge level is too low, it may not be possible to release the parking brake. Connect an auxiliary battery to the vehicle if the battery is discharged.

    • The towing vehicle can now start driving.
  5. Keep the towline taut when the towing vehicle slows down by applying light pressure to the brake pedal. This will help avoid jarring movements.
  6. Be prepared to apply the brakes to stop the vehicle.

Jump starting

Do not tow the vehicle to start the engine. Use an auxiliary battery if the start battery's charge level is so low that the engine cannot be started.


Attempting to tow with the engine running could result in damage to the three-way catalytic converter.

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