Volvo XC90 Towing Capacity Chart

Volvo XC90 towing capacity

Astounding tech, sumptuous comfort, impressive safety, the Volvo XC90 towing capacity is just one of the many attractive virtues this flagship luxury SUV offers you. It's a part of the massive practicality one offers, like seating for up to seven occupants, cargo capacity that comes in at up to 85.7 cubic feet, and savings at the pump. But before you hook up that shiny new camper, understanding what your XC90 can and can't tow is key.

We'll take you through the tow rating a new Volvo XC90 comes with, and how to get the most out of it on this page. So get ready for a boost of fun on your next adventure or easy gear-hauling for your next DIY project; the possibilities are nearly endless.

What Is My Volvo XC90 Towing Capacity?

For starters, a used Volvo XC90 for sale comes with a different towing capacity than a new one. Fret not, as all model years can accommodate an impressive load. At a glance, here's the towing capacity by model years:

But this is not the full story. You'll need to equip the Volvo XC90 towing package to use this capacity fully. As well, The specific towing capacity varies depending on the powertrain equipped. The towing package, though, involves a trailer hitch and trailer wiring harness. But, when choosing accessories for your new XC90, you can also choose a stealthy power-retractable hitch for sleek style to boot.

Please note, you can find your vehicle's precise towing capacity in your owner's manual, and the specific towing capacity listed must not be exceeded under any circumstance. As well, do not tow a trailer with your new XC90 until the mileage has reached at least 620 miles. So, with the tow package equipped, for the 2022 model year and by powertrain, here are the different XC90 towing capacity ratings:

2022 Volvo XC90 T5 towing capacity

Packing a direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the T5 powertrain comes in front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) form and lays down 250 horsepower, with 258 pound-foot of torque. Regardless of FWD or AWD, when properly equipped, the T5 powertrain XC90 towing capacity comes in at up to 4,000 lbs.

2022 Volvo XC90 T6 towing capacity

Using a direct-injected 2.0-liter turbo and supercharged four-cylinder engine, the T6 powertrain only comes in AWD form and delivers 316 horsepower, with 295 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, the T6 powertrain Volvo XC90 towing capacity can haul up to 5,000 lbs.

Volvo XC90 Towing Capacity Chart

Year Towing Capacity1
2022-2017 4,000-5,000 pounds
2016 5,000 pounds
2014-2007 3,970-4,960 pounds
2006-2005 4,000-5,000 pounds
2004 5,000 pounds

Available Features for Safe XC90 Towing

No matter if you lease a Volvo XC90 SUV or a Volvo S60 sedan, all vehicles from Volvo Cars are designed to keep you protected on the road. That's true of towing too, and the following features are available to help make it a breeze:

Trailer Stability Assist

An available feature that's part of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) will intelligently monitor and help to prevent the most intimidating aspect of towing a trailer: sudden swaying. If trailer sway is detected, whether it's from wind or uneven roads, TSA will step in and intelligently apply the brakes to regain stability.

Dynamic Drive Mode and Dynamic Suspension Control

With the available drive modes and pneumatic suspension system, your XC90 can be optimized for towing with dynamic mode. With the Dynamic Drive Mode, the transmission prioritizes traction, getting that additional load moving with ease. For the pneumatic suspension system control, selecting "Dynamic" will also assist with handling the extra weight.

Volvo XC90 Towing Tips

Even with those available features, safely using your Volvo XC90 towing capacity relies on a few things that you'll want to keep in mind:

Match recommended full-load tire pressure

More weight is being placed on your vehicle's tires when towing. Over time, tires can lose a slight amount of pressure. In your doorjamb and owner's manual, you can find the recommended tire pressure for driving with a full load; ensure that your tires match this specified pressure before towing to avoid dangerous situations like a blowout.

Leave extra braking and turning distance

With additional weight, more stress is put on the vehicle's brakes. The distance needed to stop can be misjudged when towing for the first time. Leave around twice the braking distance between you and the vehicle ahead than you normally would. Also, vehicle handling changes quite noticeably when towing, so anticipate needing more room to turn, and take said turn carefully.

Avoid steep inclines

Brakes aren't all, as your engine and drivetrain also are under increased stress while towing. Drive slowly up inclines to avoid unnecessary wear and tear, and avoid inclines of over 12% while towing a trailer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much can a Volvo XC90 tow?

Quite a lot. The Volvo XC90 towing capacity varies by model year, powertrain, and optional equipment. For a new T5 powertrain Volvo XC90 SUV, though, the towing capacity comes in at up to 4,000 lbs when properly equipped. Choose the available T6 powertrain, and the towing capacity rises to a rating of up to 5,000 lbs when properly equipped. That's enough for many kinds of campers, a fishing boat, a few motorcycles, and much more.

Is the Volvo XC90 good for towing?

Yes, a Volvo XC90 is an excellent SUV for towing. On new models, the Volvo XC90 towing capacity can come in at up to 5,000 lbs when properly equipped and when you choose the available T6 powertrain. A new XC90 with the T5 powertrain comes with a towing capacity of up to 4,000 lbs when properly equipped too. Beyond being able to handle many loads, the XC90 also offers available features like Trailer Stability Assist to make the process a breeze.

Can a Volvo XC90 tow a horse trailer?

Yes, the Volvo XC90 towing capacity is more than enough to handle certain-sized horse trailers. Specifically, the towing capacity of a new XC90 comes in at up to 5,000 lbs when properly equipped. A typical trailer for one horse weighs around 1,500 to 2,000 lbs, and the average adult horse weighs approximately 1,000 lbs. On average, a two-horse trailer weighs between 2,500 to 3,200 lbs. These are estimates for typical horse trailer setups, but so long as the fully-loaded trailer does not exceed your vehicle's specific towing capacity, you'll be good to go.

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