235/65R17 Tires for Your Volvo XC90

In the United States, Volvo made a big change to their game plan by discontinuing the V70 station wagon to focus on the XC70 Cross Country and XC90.

XC90 drivers like the fact they're getting the combination of safety and versatility in an SUV. If there's one quibble, it's a pattern of very average tire wear. Perhaps it's a combination of a higher center gravity and suspension dynamics, but whatever the root causes, many SUV/CUV vehicles wear their tires markedly faster compared to a sedan of similar mass. Therefore, XC90 drivers should also look at wear relative to cost so they can lower their treadwear cost per mile.

Be sure to check your tire size as Volvo used both 235/65R17 and 235/60R18 as Original Equipment. The best choice for your vehicle will depend on the weather conditions you encounter. If you're running the 235/65R17 size and need an all-season option to use year-round, consider the following options: 

235/65-17 General Grabber HTS $152*
General Grabber HTS
235/65-17 Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 $158*
Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia $158*
235/65-17 Goodyear CS Assurance TripleTred All-Season $169*
Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season $169*

The General Grabber HTS stands out to me because of its wet grip capabilities. It was designed to combine style, comfort, durability and performance in a tire that offers pleasant road manners and a long life, in addition to year-round traction, including in light snow.

When testing the Bridgestone Dueler H/L422 Ecopia, I found it to offer average traction in wet conditions. The tire does provide handling and comfort with a reduced environmental impact. Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia tires are designed to enhance vehicle fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance along with the vehicle's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while delivering year-round all-season traction.

Goodyear's Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season's predecessor, the Fortera TripleTred, was successfully used by many Snowbelt drivers. This newer model displayed good emergency handling and decent wet grip during our tests. CS TripleTred All-Season tires feature three unique zones designed to provide all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions.

Installing a set of winter / snow tires is the best option if you experience harsh winter conditions. If you reside in an area where all-season tires are what you need, keep these three options in mind as you search for a combination of treadwear, road manners, wet grip and light snow grip. Getting the right tire will help make your XC90 that much safer.

*Prices subject to change


Monday, March 2, 2015 by Anne

exceedingly disappointing to read that the Goodyear assurance are recommended for the XC90. My XC90 couldn't get up my driveway with them on (less than 9 months old). My husband's acadia with continentals did just fine. If new tires don't solve the problem I'll have to sell the car. Now I have no idea what tires to try.
Monday, March 2, 2015 by cy


Thank you for your input.

I looked through our records to see if we had information on which exact Goodyear Assurance model you purchased since Goodyear uses the Assurance name on a few different models but I couldn't find a record of the tire that we recommended and shipped for your parameters.

As I stated at the end of the above blog, Installing a set of winter / snow tires is the best option if you experience harsh winter conditions.
Thanks. Cy.
Sunday, March 29, 2015 by Michael

My 2009 volvo xc90 indeed. Burns the outer side of tread evenly at an extreme rate compared to my other vehicles. Your article above and other forums i have read show similarities to my volvos issue with wearing tread..i need p235/70r18 for my model...what can i do to improve this problem...i went 40000 miles this year and had to replace all four tires twice..this is becoming very costly...any imput or recommended tires
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by cy


Thanks for your input. The normal 2009 XC90 18” size is 235/60-18 so if you’re not running that size now I would switch back to it.

I’d recommend going with the General Grabber HTS as it offers the best balance between value, overall performance and decent wear for its price (wait until Friday 4/3 to order if you can as that’s when General starts a $70 mail-in rebate).

If you’ve been running the Original Equipment placard air pressure recommendations of 36 psi Front & 36 psi Rear, then I would experiment with running +5 over (41 psi Front & 41 psi Rear). Keep an eye on the evenness of your tire, the higher air pressure should help combat shoulder wear without causing excessive center wear.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by paul

dear sir I have xc90 v8 2007 I bought it second hand it had latitude hp tour 255 *55* 18 I want to go to the original size tyres can I do that
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by Cy

Paul, as long as you have the Original Equipment 18" wheels then you can go back to the 235/60-18 OE size used on some US spec 2007 XC 90's. Cy.

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