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Foreword
This owner's manual and the corresponding supplements should be read carefully to familiarise yourself with
your vehicle.
Also, the regular care and maintenance and correct handling of the vehicle will contribute to preserve its value.
For safety reasons, note the information concerning accessories, modifications and parts exchange.
If selling the vehicle, give all of the onboard documentation to the new owner as this should be kept with the
vehicle.
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Contents
The structure of this manual . . . . .
Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Safety First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Safe driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brief introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Proper sitting position for occupants . . . . . . . . .
Pedal area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Stowing luggage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Why wear seat belts? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Belt tension devices* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Airbag system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brief introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Side airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Curtain airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Deactivating airbags* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brief introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Child seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Securing child seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Operating instructions . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cockpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Instruments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Digital display in the instrument panel . . . . . . .
Warning lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Steering wheel controls* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Audio control from controls on the steering
wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Unlocking and locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Central locking* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Radio frequency remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Anti-theft alarm system* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tailgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sliding/tilting roof* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lights and visibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Interior lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Visibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windscreen washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windscreen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rearview mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Seats and stowage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The importance of correct seat adjustment . . . .
Head restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear seat bench . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Stowage compartments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ashtrays, cigarette lighter and electrical sockets
First-aid kit, warning triangle, fire extinguisher*
Luggage compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning . .
Heating and ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Air conditioning* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Climatronic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
General notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ignition lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting and stopping the engine . . . . . . . . . . .
Manual gearbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Automatic gearbox* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Handbrake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cruise control system (CCS)* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tips and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Intelligent technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Anti-lock brake system and traction control ABS
Electronic stabilisation programme (ESP)* . . . .
Driving and the environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Running-in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exhaust gasses purification system . . . . . . . . . .
Driving abroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trailer towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Driving economically and with respect for the
environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Cleaning and caring for your vehicle . . . . . . .
General notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Care of the vehicle exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Care of the vehicle interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Accessories, parts replacement and
modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Accessories and parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Roof aerial* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mobile telephones and two-way radios . . . . . . .
Fitting a towing bracket* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Checking and refilling levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Refuelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Petrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Diesel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Working in the engine compartment . . . . . . . . .
Engine oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Washer fluid and windscreen wiper blades . . . .
Brake fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If and when . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vehicle tools, spare wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wheel change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tyre repair kit* (Tyre Mobility System) . . . . . . . .
Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bulb change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Jump-starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Towing and tow-starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
General notes on the technical data . . . . . . .
What you should be aware of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
How are the figures measured? . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Towing a trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Checking fluid levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Petrol engine 1.2 44 kW (60 bhp) . . . . . . . . . . .
Petrol engine 1.2 51 kW (69 bhp) . . . . . . . . . . .
Petrol engine 1.4 63 kW (86 bhp) . . . . . . . . . . .
Petrol engine 1.4 litre 55 kW (75 hp). Automatic
Petrol engine 1.4 74 kW (100 bhp) . . . . . . . . . .
Petrol engine 1.6l 77 kW (105 bhp) . . . . . . . . . .
Petrol engine 1.8 110 kW (150 bhp) . . . . . . . . .
Petrol engine 1.8l 132 kW (180 bhp) CUPRA . .
Diesel engine 1.4 litre TDI 51 kW (70 bhp) . . . .
Diesel engine 1.4 litre TDI 59 kW (80 bhp) . . . .
Diesel engine 1.9l TDI 74 kW (100 bhp) . . . . . .
Diesel engine 1.9l TDI 96 kW (131 bhp) . . . . . .
Diesel engine 1.9 TDI 118kW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dimensions and capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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The structure of this manual
Before reading this manual it must be understood
This manual contains a description of the vehicle equipment at the time of
publication. Some of the equipment described here will not be available until
a later date, or is available only in certain markets.
Due to the fact that this is a general manual for the IBIZA, some of the equip-
ment and functions that are described in this manual are not included in all
types or variants of the model; they may be different or be modified
depending on the technical requirements and on the market; this should in
no way be interpreted as misleading advertising.
The illustrations are intended as a general guide, and may vary from the
equipment fitted in your vehicle in some details.
The direction indications (left, right, front, rear) appearing in this manual
refer to the normal forward working direction of the vehicle except when
otherwise indicated.
The equipment marked with an asterisk* is supplied as standard on certain
versions of the model only, it can be supplied as an option on some models,
or else it is only on sale in certain countries.
® All registered marks are indicated with ®. Even if the copyright symbol
does not appear this does not mean that the mark is not copyrighted.
> The section is continued on the following page.
@ This shows the end of the section.
WARNING
Texts with this symbol contain safety information. They warn you of serious
dangers, possibly involving accident or injury.
Caution
Texts with this symbol draw your attention to a possible risk of damage to
your vehicle.
For the sake of the environment
Texts with this symbol refer to points relevant to the protection of the environ-
ment.
Note
Texts preceded by this symbol contain additional information.
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Content
This manual is structured to give you the information you need as quickly and
clearly as possible. The contents of this Manual are grouped into relatively
short sections making up chapters (e.g. “Air conditioning”). The entire
manual is divided into five large parts which are:
1. Safety First
Information on the vehicle equipment relating to passive safety such as seat
belts, airbags, seats, etc.
2. Controls and equipment
Information about the distribution of controls in the driver position of the
vehicle, about the seat adjustment possibilities, how to create a suitable
climate in the passenger compartment, etc.
3. Tips and Maintenance
Advice relating to driving, care and maintenance of your vehicle and certain
problems which you may solve yourself.
4. Technical Data
Figures, values and the dimensions of your vehicle.
5. Alphabetic index
At the end of this manual there is a detailed alphabetical index, this will help
you to rapidly find the information you require.
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Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data
Safety First
Safe driving
Brief introduction
Dear SEAT Driver
Safety first!
This chapter contains important information, tips, suggestions and
warnings that you should read and follow in the interest of your own
safety and the safety of your passengers.
WARNING
• This manual contains important information concerning the driver's
and passengers' handling of the vehicle. The other booklets in the vehicle
wallet also contain further information that you should be aware of for your
own safety and for the safety of your passengers.
• Ensure that the onboard documentation is kept in the vehicle at all
times. This is especially important when lending or selling the vehicle to
another person.
Safety equipment
The safety equipment is a part of the occupant protection
system and can reduce the risk of injury during an accident.
Never “gamble” with your safety and the safety of your passengers. In the
event of an accident, the safety equipment could reduce the risk of injury. The
following list includes most of the safety equipment in your SEAT:
• three-point seat belts,
• belt tension limiter for the front and rear side seats,
• belt tension devices for the front seats,
• front airbags,
• side airbags in the front seat backrests,
• curtain airbags,
• “ISOFIX” anchor points for child seats in the rear side seats with the
“ISOFIX” system,
• height-adjustable head restraints,
• rear-centre head restraints with in-use position and non-use position,
• adjustable steering column.
The safety equipment mentioned above works together to provide you and
your passengers with the best possible protection in accident situations. But
this safety equipment cannot help you or your passengers if you or your
passengers assume an incorrect sitting position or do not properly adjust or
use this equipment.
Safe driving 8
Therefore, information is provided about why this equipment is so important,
how it protects you, what you have to observe when using it and how you and
your passengers can achieve the greatest possible benefit from the safety
equipment fitted. This manual includes important warnings that you and your
passengers should observe in order to reduce the risk of injury.
Safety is everyone's business!
Before every trip
The driver bears the responsibility for his passengers and the
operational worthiness of the vehicle.
For your own safety and the safety of your passengers, always note
the following points before every trip:
– Ensure that the vehicle's lights and turn signals operate flaw-
lessly.
– Check tyre pressure.
– Ensure that all windows provide a clear and good view of the
surroundings.
– Secure all baggage ⇒page 15.
– Make sure that no objects can interfere with the pedals.
– Adjust front seat, head restraint and mirrors properly for your
size.
– Ensure that the passenger in the central rear seat always has the
head restraint in the correct position for use.
– Instruct passengers to adjust the head restraints according to
their height.
– Protect children with appropriate child seats and properly
applied seat belts ⇒page 42.
– Assume the correct sitting position. Instruct your passengers
also to assume a proper sitting position. ⇒page 9.
– Fasten your safety belt securely. Instruct your passengers also to
fasten their seat belts properly ⇒page 16.
What affects driving safety?
Driving safety is largely determined by your driving style and
the personal behaviour of all occupants.
As driver, you are responsible for yourself and your passengers.
When your concentration or driving safety is affected, you endanger
yourself as well as others on the road ⇒ , for this reason:
– Do not allow yourself to be distracted from the traffic around you,
e.g. by passengers or telephone conversations.
– Never drive when your driving ability is impaired (e.g. by medica-
tion, alcohol, drugs).
– Observe traffic laws and speed limits.
– Always reduce your speed as appropriate for road, traffic and
weather conditions.
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Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data
– When travelling long distances, take breaks regularly - at least
every two hours.
– If possible, avoid driving when you are tired or are under pres-
sure of time.
WARNING
When driving safety is impaired during a trip, the risk of injury and acci-
dents increases.
Proper sitting position for occupants
Proper sitting position for driver
The proper sitting position for the driver is important for safe
and relaxed driving.
For your own safety and to reduce the risk of injury in the event of an
accident, we recommend the following adjustments for the driver:
– Adjust the steering wheel so that there is a distance of at least
25 cm between the steering wheel and the centre of your chest
⇒fig. 1.
– Move the driver's seat forwards or backwards so that you are able
to press the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals to the floor with
your knees still slightly angled ⇒ .
– Ensure that you can reach the highest point of the steering
wheel.
– Adjust the head restraint so that its upper edge is at the same
level as the top of your head, or as close as possible to the same
level as the top of your head ⇒fig. 2.
– Move the backrest to an upright position so that your back rests
completely against it.
Fig. 1 The proper
distance between driver
and steering wheel
Fig. 2 Proper head
restraint position for
driver
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– Fasten your seat belt correctly ⇒page 16.
– Keep both feet in the foot well so that you have the vehicle under
control at all times.
Adjustment of the driver's seat ⇒page 104.
WARNING
• An incorrect sitting position of the driver can lead to severe injuries.
• Adjust the driver's seat so that there is at least 25 cm distance between
the centre of the chest and the hub of the steering wheel ⇒page 9, fig. 1.
If you are sitting nearer than 25 cm, the airbag system cannot protect you
properly.
• If your physical constitution prevents you from maintaining the
minimum distance of 25 cm, contact a qualified workshop. The workshop
will help you decide if special specific modifications are necessary.
• When driving, always hold the steering wheel with both hands on the
outside of the ring at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions. This reduces the
risk of injury when the driver airbag is triggered.
• Never hold the steering wheel at the 12 o'clock position, or in any other
manner (e.g. in the centre of the steering wheel). In such cases, you may
sustain injuries to the arms, hands and head.
• To reduce the risk of injury to the driver during sudden braking manoeu-
vres or an accident, never drive with the backrest tilted far back! The airbag
system and seat belts can only provide optimal protection when the back-
rest is in an upright position and the driver is wearing his or her seat belt
properly. The further the backrests are tilted to the rear, the greater the risk
of injury due to incorrect positioning of the belt web or the incorrect sitting
position!
• Adjust the head restraint properly to achieve optimal protection.
Proper sitting position for front passenger
The front passenger must sit at least 25 cm away from the
dash panel so that the airbag can provide the greatest
possible protection in the event that it is triggered.
For your own safety and to reduce the risk of injury in the event of an
accident, we recommend the following adjustments for the front
passenger:
– Move the front passenger seat back as far as possible ⇒ .
– Move the backrest to an upright position so that your back rests
completely against it.
– Adjust the head restraint so that its upper edge is at the same
level as the top of your head, or as close as possible to the same
level as the top of your head ⇒page 12.
– Keep both feet in the foot well in front of the front passenger seat.
– Fasten your seat belt correctly ⇒page 16.
The passenger airbag can be deactivated in exceptional circumstances
⇒page 40.
For detailed information on how to adjust the front passenger's seat, see
⇒page 107.
WARNING
• An incorrect sitting position of the front passenger can lead to severe
injuries.
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Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data
• Adjust the front passenger seat so that there is at least 25 cm between
your breastbone and the dash panel. If you are sitting nearer than 25 cm,
the airbag system cannot protect you properly.
• If your physical constitution prevents you from maintaining the
minimum distance of 25 cm, contact a qualified workshop. The workshop
will help you decide if special specific modifications are necessary.
• Always keep your feet in the foot well when the vehicle is moving; never
rest them on the instrument panel, out the window or on the seat. An incor-
rect sitting position exposes you to an increased risk of injury in the event
of a braking manoeuvre or an accident. If the airbag is triggered, you could
sustain severe injuries due to an incorrect sitting position.
• To reduce the risk of injury to the front passenger during sudden
braking manoeuvres or an accident, never travel with the backrest tilted far
back! The airbag system and seat belts can only provide optimal protection
when the backrest is in an upright position and the front passenger is
wearing his or her seat belt properly. The further the backrests are tilted to
the rear, the greater the risk of injury due to incorrect positioning of the
belt web or the incorrect sitting position!
• Adjust the head restraint properly to achieve maximum protection.
Correct sitting position for passengers in the rear seats
Passengers in the rear seats must sit up straight, keep their
feet in the footwells, have the rear central head restraint posi-
tioned for use and wear their seat belts properly.
To reduce the risk of injury in the event of a sudden braking
manoeuvre or an accident, passengers on the rear bench seat must
observe the following:
– Adjust the headrest to the correct position ⇒page 12.
– Keep both feet in the foot well in front of the rear seat.
– Fasten your seat belt correctly ⇒page 16.
– Use an appropriate child restraint system when you take children
in the vehicle ⇒page 42.
WARNING
• If the passengers on the rear seat are not sitting properly, they could
sustain severe injuries.
• Adjust the head restraint properly to achieve maximum protection.
• Seat belts can only provide optimal protection when backrests are in an
upright position and the passengers are wearing their seat belts properly.
If passengers on the rear seat are not sitting in an upright position, the risk
of injury due to incorrect positioning of the belt web increases.
WARNING (continued)
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Correct adjustment of head restraints
Properly adjusted head restraints are an important part of
occupant protection and can reduce the risk of injuries in
most accident situations.
Adjust the head restraint properly to achieve maximum protection.
– Adjust the head restraint so that its upper edge is at the same
level as the top of your head, or as close as possible to the same
level as the top of your head and, at the very least, at eye level
⇒fig. 3 and ⇒fig. 4.
Adjusting the head restraints ⇒page 105.
WARNING
• Travelling with the head restraints removed or improperly adjusted
increases the risk of severe injuries.
• Incorrectly adjusted head restraints could result in death in the event of
a collision or accident.
• Incorrectly adjusted head restraints also increase the risk of injury
during sudden or unexpected driving or braking manoeuvres.
• The head restraints must always be adjusted according to the occu-
pant's size.
Fig. 3 Properly adjusted
head restraint viewed
from the front
Fig. 4 Properly adjusted
head restraint viewed
from the side
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Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data
Centre rear head restraint*
The central rear head restraint has 2 positions:
• Raised position or position for use ⇒fig. 5. In this position, the head
restraint is used normally, protecting the occupant of the rear central seat,
along with the rear seat belts.
• Rest position ⇒fig. 5. This position improves the driver's rear visi-
bility.
To fit the head restraint in position for use , pull on the edges with both
hands in the direction of the arrow. To place it in rest position , lower the
head restraint.
WARNING
Whenever a passenger is seated in the rear central seat, the head restraint
should be placed in the position for use .
Note
Note the instructions on the adjustment of the head restraints.
Examples of incorrect sitting positions
An incorrect sitting position can lead to severe injuries to
occupants.
Seat belts can provide optimal protection only when the belt webs
are properly positioned. Incorrect sitting positions substantially
reduce the protective function of seat belts and increase the risk of
injury due to incorrect belt web position. As the driver, you are
responsible for all vehicle occupants, especially children.
– Never permit anyone to assume an incorrect sitting position in
the vehicle while travelling ⇒ .
The following list contains examples of sitting positions that could be
dangerous for all occupants. The list is not complete, but we would like to
make you aware of this issue.
Therefore, whenever the vehicle is in motion:
• Never stand in the vehicle,
• never stand on the seats,
• never kneel on the seats,
• never tilt your backrest far to the rear,
• never lean against the dash panel,
• never lie on the rear bench,
• never sit on the front edge of a seat,
• never sit sideways,
Fig. 5 Adjusting central
rear head restraint
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• never lean out of a window,
• never put your feet out of a window,
• never put your feet on the dash panel,
• never put your feet on the surface of a seat,
• never travel in a foot well,
• never travel on a seat without wearing the seat belt,
• never carry any person in the luggage compartment.
WARNING
• Every incorrect sitting position increases the risk of severe injuries.
• Sitting in an incorrect position exposes the occupants to severe injuries
if airbags deploy, striking an occupant who has assumed an incorrect
sitting position.
• Before the vehicle moves, assume the proper sitting position and main-
tain it throughout the trip. Before every trip, instruct your passengers to
assume the proper sitting position and to maintain it during the trip
⇒page 9, “Proper sitting position for occupants”.
Pedal area
Pedals
The operation and freedom of movement of all pedals must
never be impaired by objects or floor mats.
– Ensure that you can always press the accelerator, brake and
clutch pedals unimpaired to the floor.
– Ensure that the pedals can return unimpaired to their initial posi-
tions.
Use only floor mats which leave the pedal area free and can be securely
fastened in the foot well.
If a brake circuit fails, the brake pedal must be free to move further than
normal in order to bring the vehicle to a stop.
Wear suitable shoes
Always wear shoes which support your feet properly and give you a good feel
for the pedals.
WARNING
• Restricting pedal operation can lead to critical situations while driving.
• Never place objects in the driver foot well. An object could move into the
pedal area and impair pedal operation. In the event of a sudden driving or
braking manoeuvre, you will not be able to operate the brake, clutch or
accelerator pedal. Risk of accident!
Floor mats on the driver side
Only floor mats may be used which can be securely fastened
in the foot well and do not impair operation of the pedals.
– Ensure that the floor mats are securely fastened during the trip
and do not obstruct the pedals ⇒ .
Only use floor mats which leave the pedals clear and which are secured to
prevent them from slipping. You can obtain suitable floor mats from a quali-
fied dealership.
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WARNING
• If the pedals are obstructed, you could cause an accident. Risk of
serious injuries.
• Ensure that the floor mats are always securely attached.
• Never lay or fit floor mats or other floor coverings over the original floor
mats. This would reduce the pedal area and could obstruct the pedals. Risk
of accident.
Stowing luggage
Loading the luggage compartment
All luggage and other loose objects must be safely secured in
the luggage compartment.
Unsecured objects which shift back and forth could affect safety or
driving characteristics of the vehicle by shifting the centre of gravity.
– Distribute the load evenly in the luggage compartment.
– Lay and stow heavy luggage as far forward as possible in the
luggage compartment.
– Stow heavy luggage as low as possible in the luggage compart-
ment.
WARNING
• Loose luggage and other objects in the luggage compartment can
cause serious injuries.
• Always put objects in the luggage compartment.
• During sudden manoeuvres or accidents, loose objects can be thrown
forward, injuring vehicle occupants or even to third parties. This increased
risk of injury will be further increased if a loose object is struck by an
inflating airbag. If this happens, objects can be transformed into
“missiles”. Risk of fatal injury.
• Please note that the centre of gravity may shift when transporting
heavy objects; this may affect the vehicle's handling and lead to an acci-
dent. Therefore, it is essential to adjust your speed and driving style
accordingly, to avoid accidents.
• Never exceed the allowed axle loads or allowed maximum weight. If the
allowed axle load or the allowed total weight is exceeded, the driving char-
acteristics of the vehicle may change, leading to accidents, injuries and
damage to the vehicle.
• Never leave your vehicle unattended, especially when the tailgate is
open. Children could climb into the luggage compartment closing the door
behind them; they will remain trapped without help and there is a mortal
risk.
• Never allow children to play in or around the vehicle. Close and lock
both the tailgate and all the doors when you leave the vehicle. Before you
lock the vehicle, make sure that there are no adults or children in the
vehicle.
• Never transport passengers in the luggage compartment. Every
passenger must be properly belted in ⇒page 16.
Note
• Air circulation in the vehicle helps reduce fogging of the windows. Used
air escapes through ventilation slits in the side trim of the luggage compart-
ment. Ensure that the ventilation slits are never covered.
WARNING (continued)
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Seat belts
Introduction
Before driving: remember your seat belt!
Properly worn seat belts can save lives!
In this chapter you will learn why seat belts are so important, how
they work and how to properly fasten, adjust and wear them.
– Read and observe all the information as well as the warnings in
this chapter.
WARNING
• If the seat belts are worn incorrectly or not at all, the risk of severe inju-
ries increases.
• Properly worn seat belts can reduce severe injuries in the event of
sudden braking manoeuvres or accidents. Therefore, you and your passen-
gers should always wear the seat belts properly as long as the vehicle is in
motion.
• Pregnant women or persons with physical disabilities must also use
seat belts. Like all other occupants, these persons can also sustain severe
injuries if they are not wearing their seat belts properly.
Number of seats
Your vehicle has five passenger places, two individual front seats and three
places on the rear seat. Each seat is equipped with a three-point seat belt.
WARNING
• Never transport more people than there are seats available in the
vehicle.
• Every occupant in the vehicle must properly fasten and wear the seat
belt belonging to his or her seat. Children must be protected with an appro-
priate child restraint system.
Seat belt warning lamp* $
The warning lamp acts as a reminder to the driver to fasten
the seat belt.
Before starting the vehicle:
– Fasten your safety belt securely.
– Instruct your passengers to fasten their seat belts properly before
driving off.
– Protect children by using child seats of the correct height for the
age of the child.
The warning lamp $ in the combi-instrument lights up if the driver seat belt
is not fastened when the ignition is switched on. In addition, an acoustic
signal can also be heard for a couple of seconds.
The warning lamp* $ does not go out until the driver seat belt is fastened
while the ignition is switched on.
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Why wear seat belts?
Frontal collisions and the laws of physics
In the event of a frontal collision, a large amount of kinetic
energy is generated.
It is easy to explain how the laws of physics work in the case of a head-on
collision: When a vehicle starts moving ⇒fig. 6 there is a certain amount of
energy known as “kinetic energy”, both in the vehicle and in the occupants.
The amount of “kinetic energy” depends on the speed of the vehicle and the
weight of the vehicle and passengers. The higher the speed and the greater
the weight, the more energy there is to be “released” in an accident.
The most significant factor, however, is the speed of the vehicle. If the speed
doubles from 25 km/h to 50 km/h, for example, the kinetic energy increases
by a factor of four.
Because the passengers in our example are not restrained by seat belts, the
entire amount of kinetic energy has to be absorbed at the point of impact
⇒fig. 7.
Even at speeds of 30 km/h to 50 km/h, the forces acting on bodies in a colli-
sion can easily exceed one tonne (1,000 kg). At greater speed these forces
are even higher.
Passengers not wearing seat belts are not “attached” to the vehicle. In a
frontal collision they will continue to move forward at the speed their vehicle
Fig. 6 Vehicle about to hit
a wall: the occupants are
not wearing seatbelts
Fig. 7 The vehicle hits
the wall: the occupants
are not wearing seatbelts
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was travelling just before the impact. This example applies not only to frontal
accidents, but to all accidents and collisions.
The danger of not using the seat belt
Many people believe that the occupants can protect them-
selves with their hands in a minor collision, this is false.
Even at low speeds the forces acting on the body in a collision are so great
that it is not possible to brace oneself with one's hands. In a frontal collision,
unbelted passengers are thrown forward and will make violent contact with
the steering wheel, dashboard, windscreen or whatever else is in the way
⇒fig. 8.
The airbag system is not a substitute for the seat belts. When deployed,
airbags provide only additional protection. All occupants (including the
driver) must be wearing seat belts properly during the trip. This will reduce
the risk of severe injuries in the event of an accident – regardless of whether
an airbag is fitted for the seat.
Note that airbags can be triggered only once. To achieve the best possible
protection, the seat belt must always be worn properly so that you will be
protected in accidents in which no airbag is deployed.
It is also important for the rear passengers to wear seat belts properly, as they
could otherwise be thrown forward violently in an accident. Rear passengers
who do not use seat belts endanger not only themselves but also the front
occupants ⇒fig. 9.
Fig. 8 A driver not
wearing a seat belt is
thrown forward violently.
Fig. 9 The unbelted rear
passenger is thrown
forward violently, hitting
the driver wearing a seat
belt.
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Seat belts protect
Passengers not wearing seat belts risk severe injuries in the
event of an accident.
Properly worn seat belts hold the vehicle occupants in the correct sitting posi-
tions and substantially reduce the kinetic energy in the event of an accident.
Seat belts also help to prevent uncontrolled movements that could lead to
severe injuries. In addition, properly worn seat belts reduce the danger of
being thrown from the car.
Passengers wearing their seat belts correctly benefit greatly from the ability
of the belts to absorb kinetic energy. The front crumple zones and other
passive safety features (such as the airbag system) are also designed to
absorb the kinetic energy generated in a collision. Taken together, all these
features reduce the forces acting on the occupants and consequently the risk
of injury.
Our examples describe frontal collisions. Of course, properly worn seat belts
reduce substantially the risk of injury in all other types of accidents. This is
why it is so important to fasten seat belts before every trip, even when "just
driving around the corner".
Ensure that your passengers wear their seat belts as well. Accident statistics
have shown properly worn seat belts to be an effective means of substantially
reducing the risk of injury and improving the chances of survival in a serious
accident. Furthermore, properly worn seat belts improve the protection
provided by airbags in the event of an accident. For this reason, wearing a
seat belt is required by law in most countries.
Although your vehicle is equipped with airbags, the seat belts must be
fastened and worn. The front airbags, for example, are only triggered in some
frontal accidents. The front airbags will not be triggered during minor frontal
collisions, minor side collisions, rear collisions, rolls or accidents in which the
airbag trigger threshold in the control unit is not exceeded.
Therefore, you should always wear your seat belt and ensure that your
passengers have fastened their seat belts properly before you drive off!
Safety notes on using seat belts
If seat belts are used correctly, they can reduce the risk of
injury in an accident.
– Always wear the seat belt as described in this booklet.
– Ensure that the seat belts can be fastened at all times and are not
damaged.
WARNING
• If the seat belts are worn incorrectly or not at all, the risk of severe inju-
ries increases. The optimal protection from seat belts can be achieved only
if you use them properly.
Fig. 10 Driver wearing
the seat belt properly: is
secured by the belt in
sharp braking
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• Fasten your seat belt before every trip - even when driving in town. That
applies also to your front and rear passengers – danger of injury!
• The seat belt cannot offer its full protection if the belt web is not posi-
tioned correctly.
• Never allow two passengers (even children) to share the same seat belt.
• Keep both feet in the foot-well in front of your seat as long as the
vehicle is in motion.
• Never unbuckle a seat belt while the vehicle is in motion. Risk of fatal
injury.
• The belt webbing must never be twisted while it is being worn.
• The belt webbing should never lie on hard or fragile objects (such as
glasses or pens, etc.) because this can cause injuries.
• Do not allow the seat belt to be damaged or jammed, or to rub on any
sharp edges.
• Never wear the seat belt under the arm or in any other incorrect posi-
tion.
• Loose, bulky clothing (such as an overcoat over a jacket) impairs the
proper fit and function of the belts, reducing their capacity to protect.
• The slot in the seat belt buckle must not be blocked with paper or other
objects, as this can prevent the latch plate from engaging securely.
• Never use seat belt clips, retaining rings or similar instruments to alter
the position of the belt webbing.
• Frayed or torn seat belts or damage to the connections, belt retractors
or parts of the buckle could cause severe injuries in the event of an acci-
dent. Therefore, you must check the condition of all seat belts at regular
intervals.
• Seat belts which have been worn in an accident and stretched must be
replaced by a qualified workshop. Renewal may be necessary even if there
is no apparent damage. The belt anchorage should also be checked.
• Do not attempt to repair a damaged seat belt yourself. The seat belts
must not be removed or modified in any way.
• The belts must be kept clean, otherwise the retractors may not work
properly.
Seat belts
Seat belt adjustment
The seat belts for the front and rear occupants are locked into
position by a latch.
The seat belt cannot offer its full protection if the belt web is not
positioned correctly.
WARNING (continued) WARNING (continued)
Fig. 11 Belt buckle and
latch plate of seat belt
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– Adjust the seat and head restraint correctly.
– To fasten the belt, take hold of the latch plate and pull it slowly
across your chest and lap.
– Insert the latch plate into the buckle for the appropriate seat and
push it down until it is securely locked with an audible click
⇒page 20, fig. 11.
– Pull the belt to ensure that the latch plate is securely engaged in
the buckle.
The seat belts are equipped with an automatic retractor on the shoulder
strap. Full freedom of movement is permitted when the shoulder belt is pulled
slowly. However, during sudden braking, during travel in mountains or bends
and during acceleration, the automatic retractor on the shoulder belt is
locked.
The automatic belt retractors on the front seats are fitted with belt tension
devices ⇒page 24.
WARNING
• An incorrectly worn seat belt web can cause severe injuries in the event
of an accident.
• The seat belts offer best protection only when the backrests are in an
upright position and the seat belts have been fastened properly.
• Never put the latch plate in the buckle of another seat. If you do this, the
seat belt will not protect you properly and the risk of injury is increased.
• If an occupant is incorrectly belted in, the belt cannot protect him or her
properly. An incorrectly positioned belt web can cause extremely severe
injuries.
Seat belt position
Seat belts offer their maximum protection only when they are
properly positioned.
Fig. 12 Correct belt web
and head restraint posi-
tions, viewed from front
Fig. 13 Correct belt web
and head restraint posi-
tions, viewed from side
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WARNING
• An incorrectly worn seat belt web can cause severe injuries in the event
of an accident.
• The shoulder belt must be positioned around the middle of the
shoulder. The seat belt must lie flat and snugly on the torso ⇒page 21,
fig. 12.
• The lap part of the seat belt must lie across the pelvis, never across the
stomach. The seat belt must lie flat and snugly on the pelvis ⇒page 21,
fig. 13. Pull the belt tight if necessary to take up any slack.
• Read and observe the warnings ⇒page 19.
Pregnant women must also fasten their seat belts properly
The best protection for the unborn child is for the mother to
wear the seat belt properly at all times during the pregnancy.
The seat belt provides maximum protection only when the belt web
is properly positioned ⇒page 21.
– Adjust the front seat and head restraint correctly.
– Holding the latch plate, pull the belt evenly across your chest and
as low as possible over the pelvis ⇒fig. 14.
– Insert the latch plate into the buckle for the corresponding seat
and push it down until it is securely locked with an audible click
⇒ .
– Pull the belt to ensure that the latch plate is securely engaged in
the buckle.
WARNING
• An incorrectly worn seat belt web can cause severe injuries in the event
of an accident.
• For pregnant women, the lap part of the seat belt must lie as low as
possible over the pelvis, never across the stomach, and always lie flat so
that no pressure is exerted on the abdomen.
• Read and observe the warnings ⇒page 19.
Fig. 14 Positioning seat
belts during pregnancy
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Seat belt release
The seat belt must not be unfastened until the vehicle has
come to a standstill.
– Press the red button on the belt buckle ⇒fig. 15. The latch plate
is released and springs out ⇒ .
– Guide the belt back by hand so that it rolls up easily and the trim
is not damaged.
WARNING
Never unbuckle a seat belt while the vehicle is in motion. If you do, you
increase the risk of sustaining severe or fatal injuries.
Adjusting the seat belt height
Seat belt height adjusters can be used to adjust the position
of the seat belt at the shoulder.
The seat belt adjuster for the front seats can be used to adjust the
proper belt position at the shoulder.
– Press the upper part of the shoulder belt guide and hold it in this
position ⇒fig. 16.
– Move the shoulder belt guide up or down until you have adjusted
the seat belt to the correct position.
– After adjusting, pull the shoulder belt sharply to check that the
catch on the shoulder belt guide is engaged securely.
Fig. 15 Removing latch
plate from buckle
Fig. 16 Location of the
belt height adjuster
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Incorrectly fastened seat belts
Incorrectly worn seat belts can cause severe injuries.
Seat belts can provide optimal protection only if the belt web is
properly worn. The seat belts must be fastened exactly in the order
described in this chapter. An incorrect sitting position impairs
substantially the protection a seat belt offers and can lead to severe
or fatal injuries. The risk of severe or fatal injuries is especially
increased when a deploying airbag strikes an occupant who has
assumed an incorrect sitting position. As driver, you are responsible
for all vehicle occupants, especially children. Therefore:
– Never permit anyone to assume an incorrect sitting position in
the vehicle while travelling ⇒ .
WARNING
• An incorrectly worn seat belt increases the risk of severe injuries.
• Before every trip, instruct your passengers to adjust their seat belts
properly and to wear them during the trip.
• Read and always observe information and warnings concerning the use
of seat belts ⇒page 19.
Belt tension devices*
Function of the belt tension device
During a frontal collision, the seat belts on the front seats are
retracted automatically.
The seat belts for the front occupants are equipped with belt tension devices.
Sensors will trigger the belt tension devices during severe head-on, lateral
and rear collisions only if the seat belt is being worn. This retracts and
tightens the seat belts, reducing the forward motion of the occupants.
The belt tension device can be triggered only once.
The belt tension devices will not be triggered in the event of a light frontal,
side or rear collision, if the vehicle overturns, or in situations where no large
forces act on the front, side or rear of the vehicle.
Note
• If the belt tension devices are triggered, a fine dust is produced. This is
normal and is no indication that there was a fire in the vehicle.
• The relevant safety requirements must be observed when the vehicle or
components of the system are scrapped. A qualified workshop is familiar with
these regulations and will be pleased to pass on the information to you.
Service and disposal of belt tension devices
The belt tension devices are components of the seat belts that are installed
in the seats of your vehicle. If you work on the belt tension devices or remove
and install parts of the system when performing other repair work, the seat
belt may be damaged. The consequence may be that, in the event of an acci-
dent, the belt tension devices function incorrectly or not at all.
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So that the effectiveness of the belt tension device is not reduced and that
removed parts do not cause any injuries or environmental pollution, regula-
tions, which are known to the qualified workshops, must be observed.
WARNING
• If repairs are not carried out by a professional, or if the belt tension
devices are used incorrectly, the risk of severe or fatal injuries increases.
The belt tension devices may fail to trigger or may trigger in the wrong
circumstances.
• Never attempt to repair, adjust, remove or install parts of the belt
tension devices or seat belts.
• The belt tension device and seat belt including its automatic retractor
cannot be repaired.
• Any work on the belt tension devices and seat belts, including the
removal and refitting of system parts in conjunction with other repair work,
must be performed by a qualified workshop only.
• The belt tension devices will only provide protection for one accident
and must be changed it they have been activated.
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Airbag system
Brief introduction
Why wear a seat belt and assume the correct sitting
position?
For the inflating airbags to achieve the best protection, the
seat belt must always be worn properly and the correct sitting
position must be assumed.
For your own safety and the safety of the passengers, please ensure
the following before you drive:
– Always wear the seat belt properly.
– Adjust the driver seat and the steering wheel correctly.
– Adjust the front passenger seat correctly.
– Adjust the head restraint seat correctly ⇒page 12.
– Use the correct child restraint system to protect children in your
vehicle.
The airbag deploys in fractions of a second and with a high velocity. If you
have assumed an incorrect seating position at that moment, you could
sustain critical injuries. Therefore, it is essential that all occupants maintain
a correct sitting position while travelling.
Braking heavily the moment before an accident may cause an occupant not
wearing a seat belt to be thrown forward into the area of the deploying airbag.
In this case, the inflating airbag may inflict critical or fatal injuries upon the
occupant. This applies particularly to children.
Always maintain the greatest possible distance between yourself and the
front airbag. This way, the front airbags can completely deploy when trig-
gered, providing their maximum protection.
The most important factors that will trigger an airbag are: the type of acci-
dent, the angle of collision and the speed of the vehicle.
Whether the airbags are triggered depends primarily on the vehicle deceler-
ation rate resulting from the collision and detected by the control unit. If the
vehicle deceleration occurring during the collision and measured by the
control unit remains below the specified reference values, the front, side
and/or curtain airbag will not be triggered. Take into account that the visible
damage in a vehicle following an accident, for whatever reason, are not an
indication as to why the airbags were triggered.
WARNING
• Wearing the seat belt incorrectly or assuming an incorrect sitting posi-
tion can lead to critical or fatal injuries.
• All occupants, including children, who are not properly belted can
sustain critical or fatal injuries if the airbag is triggered. You should always
transport all children up to 12 years of age on the rear seat. Never transport
children in the vehicle if they are not restrained or the restraint system is
not appropriate for their age, size or weight.
• If you are not wearing a seat belt or if you lean forward or to the side or
assume an incorrect sitting position, the risk of injury is increased
substantially. This increased risk of injury will be further increased if you
are struck by an inflating airbag.
• To reduce the risk of injury from an inflating airbag, always wear the
seat belt properly.
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• Always properly adjust the front seats.
The danger of fitting a child seat on the front passenger seat
Rear-facing child seats must never be used on the front
passenger seat when the front passenger airbag is enabled.
An enabled front airbag on the front passenger side is potentially a major
danger to a child. The front passenger seat is life threatening to a child if you
transport the child in a rear-facing child seat. You should always transport all
children up to 12 years of age on the rear seat.
If a rear-facing child seat is secured to the front passenger seat, an inflating
airbag can strike it with such great force that critical or fatal injuries may
result.
Therefore we urgently recommend that you transport children on the rear
seats. That is the safest place in the vehicle for children. Alternatively, the
front passenger airbag can be disabled with a key-operated switch
⇒page 40. When transporting children, use a child seat appropriate to the
age and size of each child.
For those vehicles that do not include a key lock switch to turn the airbag off,
an Authorised Service Centre must be consulted.
WARNING
• If a child seat is secured to the front passenger seat, the risk to the child
of sustaining critical or fatal injuries in the event of an accident increases.
• Never secure a rear-facing child seat to the front passenger seat if the
front passenger airbag is enabled. The child can suffer critical or fatal inju-
ries when the front passenger airbag is triggered.
• An inflating front passenger airbag can strike the rear-facing child seat
and hurl it with great force against the door, the roof or the backrest.
• If, under special circumstances, it should be necessary to transport a
child in a rear-facing child seat on the front passenger seat, it is absolutely
essential that you observe the following safety measures:
− Disable the front passenger airbag ⇒page 40, “Deactivating
airbags*”.
− The child seat must be approved by the child seat manufacturer for
use on a front passenger seat with front or side airbag.
− Follow the installation instructions of the child seat manufacturer
and absolutely observe all warnings
− Before properly installing the child seat, push the front passenger
seat all the way to the rear so that the greatest possible distance to the
front passenger airbag is ensured.
− Ensure that no objects prevent the front passenger seat from being
pushed completely back.
− The backrest of the front passenger seat must be in an upright
position.
Warning lamp for airbag and belt tension device system °
This warning lamp monitors the airbag and belt tension
device system.
The warning lamp monitors all airbags and belt tension devices in the
vehicle, including control units and wiring connections.
WARNING (continued) WARNING (continued)
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Monitoring of airbag and belt tension device system
The functionality of the airbag and belt tension device system is constantly
monitored electronically. The warning lamp ° will light up for a few seconds
every time the ignition is switched on (self-diagnosis).
The system must be checked when the warning lamp ° :
• does not come on when the ignition is switched on,
• does not go out about 4 seconds after the ignition is switched on,
• goes out and then comes on again after the ignition is switched on,
• or if it comes on or flickers while the car is moving.
In the event of a malfunction, the warning lamp remains on continuously.
Have the airbag system inspected immediately by a qualified workshop.
If any of the airbags are de-activated by the Authorised Service Centre, the
indicator lights for several seconds more after the verification and will turn off
if there is no fault.
WARNING
• If there is a malfunction, the airbag and belt tension device system
cannot properly perform its protective function.
• If a malfunction should occur, have the system checked immediately by
a qualified workshop. Otherwise there is a risk that, in the event of an acci-
dent, the airbag system and belt tension devices may not be triggered, or
may not be triggered correctly.
Repair, care and disposal of the airbags
The parts of the airbag system are installed in various places in your vehicle.
If you work on the airbag system or remove and install parts of the system
when performing other repair work, parts of the airbag system may be
damaged. The consequence may be that, in the event of an accident, the
airbag inflates incorrectly or does not inflate at all.
The relevant safety requirements must be observed when the vehicle or
components of the airbag are scrapped. The specialist workshops and the
Vehicle disposal centres are familiar with these requirements.
WARNING
• If repairs are not carried out by a professional, or if the airbags are used
incorrectly, the risk of severe or fatal injuries is increased. The airbags may
fail to inflate, or could inflate in the wrong circumstances.
• Do not cover or stick anything on the steering wheel hub or the soft
plastic surface of the airbag unit on the passenger side of the dashboard,
and do not obstruct or modify them in any way.
• It is important not to attach any objects such as cup holders or tele-
phone mountings to the surfaces covering the airbag units.
• To clean the steering wheel or dash panel, you may use only a dry cloth
or one moistened with water. Never clean the dash panel and surface of the
airbag module with cleansers containing solvents. Solvents cause the
surface to become porous. If the airbag inflates, disintegrating plastic
parts can cause substantial injuries.
• Never attempt to repair, adjust, remove or install parts of the airbag
system.
• Any work on the airbag system or removal and installation of the airbag
components for other repairs (such as repairs to the steering wheel) should
be performed only by a qualified workshop. Qualified workshops have the
necessary tools, repair information and qualified personnel.
• We urgently recommend that you go to a qualified workshop for all work
on the airbag system.
• Never attempt to alter the front bumper or the body.
• The airbags provide protection for one accident only, if they have been
deployed they must be replaced.
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Front airbags
Description of front airbags
The airbag system is not a substitute for the seat belts.
The front airbag for the driver is located in the steering wheel ⇒fig. 17 and
the airbag for the front passenger is located in the dash panel ⇒fig. 18.
Airbags are identified by the text “AIRBAG”.
In conjunction with the seat belts, the front airbag system gives the front
occupants additional protection for the head and chest in the event of a
severe frontal collision ⇒page 32, “Safety notes on front airbag system”.
In addition to their normal function of restraining the occupants, the seat
belts also hold the driver and front passenger in a position where the airbags
can provide maximum protection in a frontal collision.
The airbag system is not a substitute for seat belts, but is an integral part of
the vehicle's overall passive safety system. Please bear in mind that the
airbag system can only work effectively when the occupants are wearing their
seat belts correctly and have adjusted the head restraints properly. For this
reason, it is most important to wear the seat belts at all times, not only
because this is required by law in most countries, but also for your safety.
The main parts of the front airbag system are:
• an electronic control and monitoring system (control unit),
• the two front airbags (airbag with gas generator) for the driver and front
passenger,
• a warning lamp ° in the dash panel insert ⇒page 27.
The functionality of the airbag system is monitored electronically. The airbag
warning lamp will light up for a few seconds every time the ignition is
switched on (self-diagnosis).
There is a fault in the system if the warning lamp °
• does not come on when the ignition is switched on ⇒page 27,
• does not go out about 4 seconds after the ignition is switched on,
• goes out and then comes on again after the ignition is switched on,
• or if it comes on or flickers while the car is moving.
Fig. 17 Driver airbag
located in steering wheel
Fig. 18 Front passenger
airbag located in dash
panel
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The front airbag system will not be triggered if:
• if the ignition is switched off,
• during a minor frontal collision,
• during a side collision,
• during a rear-end collision,
• or if the vehicle rolls.
WARNING
• The seat belts and airbags can only provide maximum protection if the
occupants are seated correctly ⇒page 9, “Proper sitting position for occu-
pants”.
• If a fault should occur in the airbag system, have the system checked
immediately by a qualified workshop. Otherwise there is a danger that
during a frontal collision, the system may fail to trigger, or not trigger
correctly.
Function of front airbags
Inflated airbags reduce the risk of head or chest injury.
The airbag system is designed so that the airbags for the driver and front
passenger are triggered in a severe frontal collision.
In certain types of accident the front, curtain and side airbags may be trig-
gered together.
When the system is triggered, the airbags fill with a propellant gas and
deploy in front of the driver and front passenger ⇒fig. 19. The fully deployed
airbags cushion the forward movement of the front occupants and help to
reduce the risk of injury to the head and the upper part of the body.
The special design of the airbag allows the controlled escape of the propel-
lant gas when an occupant puts pressure on the bag. Thus, the head and
chest are surrounded and protected by the airbag. Once the impact has been
absorbed, the airbag deflates sufficiently for the front occupants to see
forward.
Fig. 19 Inflated front
airbags
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In order to provide the desired extra protection in an accident, the airbags
have to deploy extremely rapidly (within fractions of a second). A fine dust
may develop when the airbag deploys. This is normal and is no indication
that there was a fire in the vehicle.
The function of the airbag covers if the airbags are triggered
The airbag covers fold out of the steering wheel or dash panel when the driver
and front passenger airbags deploy ⇒fig. 20. The airbag covers remain
connected to the steering wheel or the dash panel.
Fig. 20 Airbag covers reacting when the airbags are trig-
gered
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Safety notes on front airbag system
If you use airbags correctly, they can considerably reduce the
risk of injury in many kinds of accident.
WARNING
• It is important for the driver and front passenger to maintain a distance
of at least 25 cm from the steering wheel or dash panel. If the minimum
distance is not observed then the airbags do not correctly protect the
vehicle occupants; risk of fatal injuries! In addition, the front seats and
head restraints must always be positioned correctly for the height of the
occupant.
• If you are not wearing a seat belt or if you lean forward or to the side or
assume an incorrect sitting position, the risk of injury is increased
substantially. This increased risk of injury will be further increased if you
are struck by an inflating airbag.
• Never let a child travel on the front seat without an appropriate restraint
system. If the airbag is triggered in an accident, children can sustain
serious or fatal injuries from the airbag as it inflates ⇒page 42, “Child
safety”.
• Occupants sitting in the front of the vehicle must never carry any
objects or pets in the deployment space between them and the airbags, or
allow children or other passengers to travel in this position.
• The airbags provide protection for one accident only, if they have been
deployed they must be replaced.
• It is also important not to attach any objects such as cup holders or
telephone mountings to the surfaces covering the airbag units.
• Do not attempt to modify components of the airbag system in any
way.
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Side airbags
Description of side airbags
The airbag system is not a substitute for the seat belts.
The side airbags are located in the driver seat and front passenger seat back-
rests ⇒fig. 21. The locations are identified by the text “AIRBAG” in the upper
region of the backrests.
In conjunction with the seat belts, the side airbag system gives the front seat
occupants additional protection for the upper body in the event of a severe
side collision ⇒page 36, “Safety notes on the operation of the side airbag
system”.
In a side collision the side airbags reduce the risk of injury to passengers on
the front seats to the areas of the body facing the impact. In addition to their
normal function of protecting the occupants in a collision, the seat belts also
hold the passengers on the front seats in a position where the side airbags
can provide maximum protection.
The airbag system is not a substitute for seat belts, but is an integral part of
the vehicle's overall passive safety system. Please bear in mind that the
airbag system can only work effectively when the occupants are wearing their
seat belts. For this reason, it is most important to wear the seat belts at all
times, not only because this is required by law in most countries, but also for
your safety.
The side airbag system will not be triggered
• if the ignition is switched off,
• during a minor side collision,
• during a frontal collision,
• during a rear-end collision,
• or if the vehicle rolls.
The main parts of the airbag system are
• an electronic control and monitoring system (control unit),
• the side airbags in the sides of the backrests of the front seats,
• a warning lamp ° in the dash panel insert ⇒page 27.
The functionality of the airbag system is monitored electronically. The airbag
warning lamp will light up for approx. 4 seconds every time the ignition is
switched on (self-diagnosis).
WARNING
• In a side-on collision, the side airbags will not work, if the sensors do
not correctly measure the pressure increase on the interior of the doors,
due to air escaping through the areas with holes or openings in the door
panel.
• Never drive the vehicle if the interior panels have been removed.
• Never drive if the interior door panels have been removed or if the
panels have not been correctly fitted.
Fig. 21 Side airbag in
driver seat
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• Never drive the vehicle if the loudspeakers in the door panels have
been removed, unless the holes left by the loudspeakers have been
correctly closed.
• Always check that the openings are closed or covered if loudspeakers
or other equipment are fitted in the interior door panels.
• Any work carried out to the doors should be made in a qualified author-
ised workshop.
• The seat belts and airbags can only provide maximum protection if the
occupants are seated correctly ⇒page 9, “Proper sitting position for occu-
pants”.
• If a fault should occur in the airbag system, have the system checked
immediately by a qualified workshop. Otherwise there is a danger that
during a side collision, the system may fail to trigger, or not trigger
correctly.
Function of side airbags
Inflated airbags can reduce the risk of head or chest injury in
many side impact collisions.
In some side collisions the side airbag is triggered on the impact side of the
vehicle ⇒fig. 22.
In certain types of accident the front, curtain and side airbags may be trig-
gered together.
When the system is triggered, the airbag is filled with propellant gas.
In order to provide the desired extra protection in an accident, the airbags
have to deploy extremely rapidly (within fractions of a second). A fine dust
may develop when the airbag deploys. This is normal and is no indication
that there was a fire in the vehicle.
The fully deployed airbags cushion the movement of the occupants of the
front seats and help to reduce the risk of injury to the upper body.
WARNING (continued)
Fig. 22 Inflated side
airbag on left side of
vehicle
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The special design of the airbag allows the controlled escape of the propel-
lant gas when an occupant puts pressure on the bag. Thus, the head and
chest are surrounded and protected by the airbag.
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Safety notes on the operation of the side airbag system
If airbags are used correctly, they can considerably reduce the
risk of injury in side impact collisions.
WARNING
• If you do not wear a seat belt, if you lean forward, or are not seated
correctly while the vehicle is in motion, you are at greater risk of injury
should the side airbag system be triggered in an accident.
• In order for the side airbags to provide their maximum protection, the
prescribed sitting position must always be maintained with seat belts
fastened while travelling.
• Occupants of the outer seats must never carry any objects or pets in the
deployment space between them and the airbags, or allow children or
other passengers to travel in this position. It is also important not to attach
any accessories (such as cup holders) to the doors. This would impair the
protection offered by the side airbags.
• The built-in coat hooks should be used only for lightweight clothing. Do
not leave any heavy or sharp-edged objects in the pockets.
• Great forces, such as hard blows or kicks, must not be exerted upon the
backrest bolster because the system may be damaged. In this case the side
airbags would not be triggered.
• Under no circumstances should protective covers be fitted over the
driver seat or front passenger seat unless the covers have been expressly
approved for use in your vehicle. Because the airbag deploys from the side
of the backrest, the use of conventional seat covers would obstruct the side
airbag, seriously reducing the airbag's effectiveness.
• Any damage to the original seat upholstery or around the seams of the
side airbag units must be repaired immediately by a qualified workshop.
• The airbags provide protection for one accident only, if they have been
deployed they must be replaced.
• When children assume an incorrect sitting position, they expose them-
selves to an increased risk of injury in the event of an accident. This is
particularly the case if the child is travelling on the front passenger seat
and the airbag system is triggered in an accident; this could have critical
consequences including serious injury or death ⇒page 42, “Child safety”.
• Any work on the side airbag system or removal and installation of the
airbag components for other repairs (such as removal of the front seat)
should only be performed by a qualified workshop. Otherwise, a fault may
be introduced into the operation of the airbag system.
• Do not attempt to modify components of the airbag system in any way.
• The side and head airbags are managed through sensors located in the
interior of the front doors. To ensure the correct functioning of the side and
head airbags neither the doors nor the door panels should be modified in
any way (e.g. fitting loudspeakers). If the front door is damaged in any way,
this may affect the correct working of the system. All work carried out on
the front door must be made in a qualified workshop.
WARNING (continued)
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Curtain airbags
Description of curtain airbags
The airbag system is not a substitute for the seat belts.
The curtain airbags are located on both sides in the interior above the doors
⇒fig. 23 and are identified with the text “AIRBAG”.
In conjunction with the seat belts, the curtain airbag system gives the occu-
pants additional protection for the head and upper body in the event of a
severe side collision ⇒page 38, “Safety notes on the operation of the
curtain airbag system”.
The airbag system is not a substitute for seat belts, but is an integral part of
the vehicle's overall passive safety system. Please bear in mind that the
airbag system can only work effectively when the occupants are wearing their
seat belts correctly and have adjusted the head restraints properly. For this
reason, it is most important to wear the seat belts at all times, not only
because this is required by law in most countries, but also for your safety
The main parts of the curtain airbag system are:
• an electronic control and monitoring system (control unit),
• the curtain airbags (airbags with gas generator) for the driver, front
passenger and passengers on the rear seats,
• a warning lamp ° in the dash panel insert ⇒page 27.
The functionality of the airbag system is monitored electronically.
The curtain airbag system will not be triggered
• if the ignition is switched off,
• during a frontal collision,
• during a rear-end collision,
Fig. 23 Location of left curtain airbag
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• if the vehicle rolls,
• during a minorside collision,
WARNING
If a fault should occur in the airbag system, have the system checked imme-
diately by a qualified workshop. Otherwise there is a danger that during a
collision, the system may fail to trigger, or not trigger correctly.
Function of curtain airbags
Fully inflated airbags reduce the risk of head or chest injury in
a side collision.
During some side collisions the curtain airbag is triggered on the impact side
of the vehicle ⇒fig. 24.
In certain types of accident the front, side and curtain airbags may be trig-
gered together.
When the system is triggered, the airbag is filled with propellant gas. In the
process, the curtain bag covers the side windows and door pillars.
In order to provide the desired extra protection in an accident, the airbags
have to deploy extremely rapidly (within fractions of a second). A fine dust
may develop when the airbag deploys. This is normal and is no indication
that there was a fire in the vehicle.
The fully deployed airbags cushion the movement of the front occupants and
help to reduce the risk of injury to the upper body.
The special design of the airbag allows the controlled escape of the propel-
lant gas when an occupant puts pressure on the bag. Thus, the head and
chest are surrounded and protected by the airbag.
Safety notes on the operation of the curtain airbag system
If you use airbags correctly, they can considerably reduce the
risk of injury in many kinds of accident.
WARNING
• In order for the side airbags to provide their maximum protection, the
prescribed sitting position must always be maintained with seat belts
fastened while travelling.
• For safety reasons, the head air bag must be disconnected in those
vehicles fitted with a passenger compartment separation screen. See an
Authorised Service Centre to make this adjustment.
• There must be no other persons, animals or objects between the occu-
pants of the outer seats and the deployment space of the curtain airbags
so that the curtain airbag can deploy without restriction and provide the
Fig. 24 Deployed curtain
airbags
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greatest possible protection. Therefore, sun blinds which have not been
expressly approved for use in your vehicle may not be attached to the side
windows.
• The built-in coat hooks should be used only for lightweight clothing. Do
not leave any heavy or sharp-edged objects in the pockets. When using the
coat hooks, do not hang the clothes on coat hangers.
• The airbags provide protection for one accident only, if they have been
deployed they must be replaced.
• Any work on the curtain airbag system or removal and installation of
the airbag components for other repairs (such as removal of the roof lining)
should only be performed by a qualified workshop. Otherwise, a fault may
be introduced into the operation of the airbag system.
• Do not attempt to modify components of the airbag system in any way.
• The side and head airbags are managed through sensors located in the
interior of the front doors. To ensure the correct functioning of the side and
head airbags neither the doors nor the door panels should be modified in
any way (e.g. fitting loudspeakers). If the front door is damaged in any way,
this may affect the correct working of the system. All work carried out on
the front door must be made in a qualified workshop.
WARNING (continued)
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Deactivating airbags*
Disabling front passenger airbag
If you fit a rear-facing child seat to the front passenger seat,
the front passenger airbag must be de-activated.
When the passenger airbag is deactivated, this means that only the
frontal and side airbags are deactivated. All the other airbags in the
vehicle remain functional.
Disabling front passenger airbag
– Switch off ignition.
– Turn the ignition switch in the key operated switch in the glove
box to the position OFF ⇒fig. 25.
– Check that the warning lamp “AIRBAG OFF” in the dash panel
⇒fig. 26 remains lit ⇒ when the ignition is switched on.
Enabling front passenger airbag
– Switch off ignition.
– Turn the ignition switch in the key-operated switch in the glove
box to the position ON ⇒fig. 25.
Fig. 25 In the glove
compartment: key for
enabling and disabling
front passenger airbag
Fig. 26 Warning lamp for
deactivated passenger
airbag in centre console
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– Check that the warning lamp “AIRBAG OFF” in the dash panel
does ⇒page 40, fig. 26 not light up when the ignition is
switched on ⇒ .
WARNING
• The driver is responsible for the proper position of the key-operated
switch.
• You should deactivate the front passenger airbag only if you have to use
a rear-facing child seat in exceptional cases. ⇒page 42, “Child safety”.
• Never install a child seat facing backwards (or rear-facing) on the front
passenger seat unless the front passenger airbag has been disabled. This
represents a risk of fatal injuries to the child! However, if it is necessary in
exceptional circumstances to transport a child in a rear-facing child seat on
the front passenger seat, you must always disable the front passenger
airbag.
• As soon as the child seat is no longer needed on the front passenger
seat, enable the front passenger airbag again.
• Only deactivate the passenger airbag when the ignition is off, other-
wise a fault may occur in the airbag system, this will create a danger that
in case of an accident, the airbag does not deploy properly or does not
deploy at all.
• When the passenger airbag is deactivated, if the warning lamp AIRBAG
OFF is not continuously lit up when the front passenger airbag is disabled,
there may be a fault in the airbag system:
− Have the airbag system inspected immediately by a qualified work-
shop.
− Do not use a child seat on the front passenger seat! The front
passenger airbag could be triggered despite the fact that there is a fault
in the system and, as a result, a child could sustain serious or fatal inju-
ries.
− It is not certain whether the front passenger airbag will deploy
during an accident! Inform your passengers of this.
• When using the ignition key to activate / deactivate the passenger
frontal airbag, only the passenger frontal and side airbag will be activated
/ deactivated. The curtain airbag on the passenger side will remain
active.
WARNING (continued)
Child safety 42
Child safety
Brief introduction
Introduction
Statistics show that children are generally safer on the rear
seat than on the front passenger seat.
We recommend that children under 12 years of age be transported on the rear
seats. Children travelling on the rear seat must use a child restraint system or
the seat belts provided, depending on their age, height and weight. For
safety reasons, the child restraint system should be installed in the centre of
the rear seat or behind the front passenger's seat.
The physical principles involved and the forces acting in a collision apply to
children just as much as adults ⇒page 17, “Why wear seat belts?”. But
unlike adults, children do not have fully developed muscle and bone struc-
tures. This means that children are subject to a greater risk of injury.
To reduce this risk, children must always use special child restraint systems
when travelling in the vehicle.
We recommend the use of child safety products from the SEAT Genuine Acces-
sories Program including systems for all ages made by “Peke”
1)
.
These systems have been especially designed and approved, complying with
the ECE-R44. regulation.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions and observe any statutory require-
ments when installing and using child seats. Always read and observe
⇒page 43, “Safety notes on using child seats”.
We recommend that you include the manufacturer's directions for child seat
use in the vehicle wallet and always keep them in the vehicle.
1)
Not for all countries
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Safety notes on using child seats
Proper use of child seats substantially reduces the risk of
injury in an accident!
As the driver, you are responsible for any children you transport in
your vehicle.
– Protect your children by properly using appropriate child seats
⇒page 44.
– Always ensure that the belt webbing is properly positioned
according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the
child seat.
– When travelling, do not allow children to distract you from traffic.
– Take breaks regularly during long trips. Take a break at least
every two hours.
WARNING
• Never install a child seat facing backwards (or rear-facing) on the front
passenger seat unless the front passenger airbag has been disabled. This
could lead to a risk of potentially fatal injuries to the child! However, if it is
necessary, in exceptional cases, to transport a child in the front passenger
seat, the front passenger airbag must always be disabled ⇒page 40,
“Deactivating airbags*”. If the passenger seat has a height adjustment
option, move it to the highest position.
• For those vehicles that do not include a key lock switch to turn the
airbag off, an Authorised Service Centre must be consulted.
• All passengers, especially children, must assume the proper sitting
position and be properly belted in while travelling.
• Never hold children or babies on your lap, this can result in potentially
fatal injuries to the child!
• Never allow a child to be transported in a vehicle without being properly
secured, or to stand up or kneel on a seat while travelling. In an accident,
the child could be flung through the vehicle, causing possibly fatal injuries
to themselves and other occupants.
• If children assume an improper sitting position when the car is moving,
they expose themselves to greater risk of injury during a sudden braking
manoeuvre or in an accident. This is particularly the case if the child is trav-
elling on the front passenger seat and the airbag system is triggered in an
accident; this could have consequences including serious injury or death.
• A suitable child seat can protect your child!
• Never leave a child unsupervised in a child seat or alone in the vehicle.
• Depending on weather conditions, it may become extremely hot or cold
inside the vehicle. This can be fatal.
• Children who are less than 1.5 metres tall must not wear a normal seat
belt without a child restraint system, as this could cause injuries to the
abdominal and neck areas during a sudden braking manoeuvre or in an
accident.
• Do not allow the belt webbing to become twisted or jammed, or to rub
on any sharp edges.
• Incorrectly worn seat belts can cause injuries even in a minor collision
or sudden braking manoeuvres.
• The seat belt provides maximum protection only when the belt web is
properly positioned ⇒page 20, “Seat belts”.
• Only one child may occupy a child seat ⇒page 44, “Child seats”.
WARNING (continued)
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Child seats
Categorisation of child seats into groups
Use only child seats that are officially approved and suitable
for the child.
Child seats are subject to the regulation ECE-R 44. ECE-R means: Economic
Commission for Europe Regulation
The child seats are grouped into 5 categories:
Group 0: Children up to 10 kg
Group 0+: Children up to 13 kg
Group 1: from 9 to 18 kg
Group 2: from 15 to 25 kg
Group 3: from 22 to 36 kg
Child seats that have been tested and approved under the ECE R 44 standard
bear the test mark on the seat (the letter E in a circle with the test number
below it).
Group 0 and 0+ child seats
A suitable child seat and a correctly adjusted seat belt can
help to protect your child.
Group 0: For babies from about 9 months old and 10 kg in weight the most
suitable seats are those appearing in the illustration ⇒fig. 27.
Group 0+: For babies from about 18 months old and 13 kg in weight the most
suitable seats are those appearing in the illustration ⇒fig. 27.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions and observe any statutory require-
ments when installing and using child seats.
We recommend that you include the manufacturer's directions for child seat
use in the vehicle wallet and always keep them in the vehicle.
WARNING
Read and always observe information and warnings concerning the use of
child seats ⇒ in “Safety notes on using child seats” on page 43.
Fig. 27 A group 0 rear-
facing child seat fitted on
the rear seat.
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Group 1 child seats
A suitable child seat and a correctly adjusted seat belt can
help to protect your child.
Child seats using the “ISOFIX” and “Toptether” system (or even the anti-rota-
tion system) or seats in which the child faces the rear of the car are most
appropriate for babies and small children weighing between 9 and 18 kg.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions and observe any statutory require-
ments when installing and using child seats.
We recommend that you include the manufacturer's directions for child seat
use in the vehicle wallet and always keep them in the vehicle.
WARNING
Read and always observe information and warnings concerning the use of
child seats ⇒ in “Safety notes on using child seats” on page 43.
Group 2 and 3 child seats
A suitable child seat and a correctly adjusted seat belt can
help to protect your child.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions and observe any statutory require-
ments when installing and using child seats.
We recommend that you include the manufacturer's directions for child seat
use in the vehicle wallet and always keep them in the vehicle.
Group 2 child seats
Children under 7 years of age weighing between 15 and 25 kg are best
protected by group 2 child seats in conjunction with properly adjusted seat
belts.
Group 3 child seats
Children over 7 years of age weighing between 22 and 36 kg but less than 1.5
metres tall are best protected by seat cushions with head restraints in
conjunction with properly worn seat belts ⇒fig. 29.
Fig. 28 A category 1
forward-facing child seat
fitted on the rear seat.
Fig. 29 Forward-facing
child seat installed on rear
seat.
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WARNING
• The shoulder part of the seat belt must lie approximately on the centre
of the shoulder, never across the neck or the arm. The seat belt must lie
close to the torso. The lap belt part must lie across the pelvis, not across
the stomach, and always fit closely. Pull the belt tight if necessary to take
up any slack ⇒page 20, “Seat belts”.
• Read and always observe information and warnings concerning the use
of child seats ⇒ in “Safety notes on using child seats” on page 43.
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Securing child seats
Ways to secure a child seat
A child seat can be secured differently on the rear seat and on the front passenger seat.
You can secure a child seat to the rear seat or front passenger seat in the
following ways:
• Child seats in groups 0 to 3 can be secured with a seat belt.
• Child seats from the groups 0, 0+ and 1 using the “ISOFIX” and
“Toptether” systems or the antirotation system may be secured without using
the adult seatbelt and using the “ISOFIX” and “Toptether” anchors or the anti-
rotation mechanism/brackets ⇒page 48.
U: Suitable for universal approved restraining systems for use in this age
category (universal retention systems are those fitted using the adult
seat belt.
UF Suitable for universal forward-facing retention systems approved for use
with this age group.
*: Move the passenger seat as far to rear as possible, as high as possible
and always deactivate the airbag.
L: Suitable for retention systems using the “ISOFIX” and “Toptether”
anchors or antirotation mechanism/bracket
X Seat position not suitable for children in this age group.
WARNING
• When travelling, children must be secured in the vehicle with a
restraint system suitable for age, weight and size.
• Never install a child seat facing backwards (or rear-facing) on the front
passenger seat unless the front passenger airbag has been disabled. This
represents a risk of fatal injuries to the child! However, if a child must,
under exceptional circumstances, travel in the front passenger seat, the
passenger airbag must be deactivated ⇒page 40, “Deactivating airbags*”
and the seat put into the highest position where possible.
• Read and always observe information and warnings concerning the use
of child seats ⇒ in “Safety notes on using child seats” on page 43.
Weight class Weight
Seat locations
Front passenger Rear outer Rear centre
Group 0 <10 kg U* U U
Group 0+ <13 kg U* U U
Group 1 9-18 kg U* U/L U
Group 2 / 3 15-36 kg X UF UF
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Securing the child seat using the “ISOFIX” and “Toptether”
system or the antirotation mechanism/system
Child seats with the “ISOFIX” and “Toptether” system can be
secured quickly, easily and safely on the rear outer seats.
When removing or fitting the child seat, please be sure to follow the
manufacturer's instructions.
– Move the seat as far to rear as it will go.
– Press the child seat onto the “ISOFIX” retaining rings until the
child seat can be heard to engage securely. If the child seat is
equipped with “Toptether” anchor points, secure it to the corre-
spondent ring. If the child seat is fitted with any other antirota-
tion system, follow the manufacturer instructions carefully.
– Pull on both sides of the child seat to ensure that it is secure.
Two “ISOFIX” retaining rings are fitted on each rear seat. In some vehicles, the
rings are secured to the seat frame and in others they are secured to the rear
floor. Access to “ISOFIX” rings is between the rear back rest and the seat.
“Toptether” rings are located in the space behind the rear seats. They are
often located on the rear of the seat backs.
Child seats with “ISOFIX” and “Toptether” mountings are available from the
Authorised Service Centres.
WARNING
• The retaining rings are designed only for use with “ISOFIX” and
“Toptether” child seats.
• Never secure child seats that do not have the “ISOFIX” or Toptether
system, retaining belts or objects to the fastening rings – this can result in
potentially fatal injuries to the child!
• Ensure that the child seat is secured correctly using the “ISOFIX” and
Toptether anchors.
Fig. 30 ISOFIX securing
rings
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Fig. 31 Instrument panel
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Operating instructions
Cockpit
Overview
Overview of the instrument panel
This overview will help you to familiarise yourself with the
controls and displays.
Door release lever
Air vent
Light switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Light dimmer for instrument panel lighting* . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Headlight range control* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Turn signal and dipped beam lever and cruise control system*
Instrument panel and warning lights:
− Instruments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
− Indication lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Horn (works only when the ignition is on)/ and driver front
airbag* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Steering and starter lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windscreen wiper and and windscreen wash lever and opera-
tion of the multi-function display* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Switch for hazard warning lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Switch for heated rear window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Airbag disconnected warning light* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cup holder* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Radio casing*/Radio navigation system*
Passenger airbag* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Glove box/Stowage compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Switches for:
− Heating and ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
− Air conditioning* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
− Climatronic* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ashtray/ cigarette lighter/socket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Handbrake lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Automatic / manual gearbox lever * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pedals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Controls on the steering wheel* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Steering column control lever* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Stowage compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bonnet release lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Control for adjusting electric wing mirrors* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Central locking button* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Electric window controls* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Note
Some of the items of equipment listed here are fitted only on certain
models/model years or are optional extras.
A1
A2
A3 90
A4 91
A5 91
A6 93, 142
A7
52
60
A8
26
A9 132
A10
97, 55
A11 92
A12 91
A13 27
A14 112
A15
A16 29
A17 110
A18
119
122
125
A19 113
A20 141
A21 137,136
A22 14
A23 68
A24 130
A25 111
A26 182
A27 102
A28 73
A29 84
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Instruments
Instrument overview
The instruments display the vehicle operating status.
Fig. 32 Detailed view of dash panel instrument panel
The layout of the instruments depends upon the model and engine.
Rev counter* ⇒page 53
Coolant temperature gauge ⇒page 53
Fuel gauge ⇒page 54
Speedometer ⇒page 54
Digital clock*/Outside temperature display*/Multifunction display
⇒page 54
Display field for selector lever position ⇒page 58
Distance display with service interval display* ⇒page 58
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
A6
A7
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Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data
Rev counter
The rev. counter displays the engine speed in revolutions per
minute.
The start of the red zone on the dial ⇒page 52, fig. 32 indicates the
maximum engine speed which may be used briefly when the engine is warm
and after it has been run in properly. However, it is advisable to change up a
gear or move the selector lever to D (or lift your foot off the accelerator) before
the needle reaches the red zone.
Caution
The rev counter needle must never enter the red zone on the scale. Risk of
engine damage.
For the sake of the environment
Changing up a gear early will help you to save fuel and minimise engine
noise.
Engine coolant temperature display ±
This gauge shows the engine coolant temperature.
Needle in cold zone
Avoid high engine speeds and heavy engine loads ⇒fig. 33.
Needle in normal zone
In normal driving conditions, the needle should be in the middle section of
the scale. The temperature may also rise when the engine is working hard,
especially at high outside temperatures. This is no cause for concern, as long
as the warning lamp does not light up on the instrument panel.
Needle in warning zone
The warning lamp* ⇒page 60, fig. 40 will light up and a buzzer will be
heard if the needle is in the warning zone. Stop the car and switch off the
engine. Check the coolant level ⇒page 187 ⇒ .
Even if the coolant level is correct do not continue driving. You should obtain
technical assistance.
A1
Fig. 33 Engine coolant
temperature
AA
AB
AC
AC
A2
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WARNING
When working in the engine compartment, always bear in mind the safety
warnings ⇒page 180.
Caution
Accessories in front of the air inlet reduce the cooling effect of the coolant. At
high outside temperatures and high engine loads, there is a risk of the
engine overheating.
Fuel gauge g and reserve indicator
Instrument panel: fuel gauge
The fuel tank has a capacity of approx. 45 litres.
When the needle reaches the reserve zone ⇒fig. 34 the warning lamp will
light and an acoustic signal will sound reminding the driver to refuel. At this
point there are still about 7 litres of fuel in the tank.
Speedometer
The speedometer is equipped with a digital odometer and a trip counter, in
addition to a service intervals display.
During the running-in period, the instructions shown on ⇒page 151 should
be followed.
Digital display in the instrument panel
Digital clock*
– Turn the setting knob ⇒page 52, fig. 32 anti-clockwise to
the stop to set the hour. If the knob is turned briefly anti-clock-
wise the clock will advance one hour further.
– Turn the setting knob clockwise to the limit stop to set the
minutes. If the knob is turned briefly clockwise the clock will
advance one minute further.
Fig. 34 Fuel gauge
A5
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Ambient temperature display*
The outside temperature is displayed when the ignition is
switched on.
At descending temperatures between +4°C down to -7°C and at ascending
temperatures from -5°C up to +6°C in addition to the outside temperature
display, an ice crystal is displayed and if vehicle speed is over 10 km/h an
acoustic buzzer is heard.
The illumination of the crystal symbol aims to warn the driver of the risk of
ice, so that he/she proceeds with due care.
When the vehicle is stationary or travelling at very low speeds, the tempera-
ture displayed may be slightly higher than the actual outside temperature as
a result of heat coming from the engine.
Display with multi-function display (MFD)*
The multi-function display (MFD) shows you diverse journey
and consumption data.
Fig. 35 Windscreen wiper
and windscreen wash
lever: button A and rocker
switch B
Fig. 36 Digital instru-
ment panel display:
Outside temperature
display
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The multi-function system uses two automatic memories: 1 - Actual
memory and 2 - Total memory. The selected memory will be shown
in the upper right-hand corner of the display.
Selecting memory
– With the ignition switched on, briefly press the button
⇒page 55, fig. 35 on the windscreen wiper lever to move
between the two memories.
Resetting the memory
– Select the memory that you would like to reset.
– Press and hold button on the windscreen wiper lever for at
least 2 seconds.
The trip memory 1 collects the travel and consumption data from the moment
the ignition is switched on until it is switched off. If the journey is continued
within two hours of switching off the ignition, the new values will be added to
the existing trip recorder memory. The memory will automatically be deleted
if the journey is interrupted for more than two hours.
The total journey memory 2 collects the journey data for any number of indi-
vidual journeys (even if the ignition is switched off for longer than two hours)
up to a total of 99 hours and 59 minutes travel time, 9999 miles distance trav-
elled and 999 litres of fuel consumed. The memory will automatically be
deleted if one of the named values is reached.
Displays in the multi-function display (MFD)*
You can switch between the following displays in the multi-function display
(MFD) by operating the rocker switch ⇒fig. 37 on the windscreen wiper
lever.
AA
AA
Fig. 37 Windscreen wiper
and windscreen wash
lever: button A and rocker
switch B
Fig. 38 Digital instru-
ment panel display:
outside temperature
display.
AB
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Memory displays
• Time
• Journey duration
• Average speed
• Distance
• Distance to empty (the distance you can travel with the remaining fuel)
• Average fuel consumption
• Current fuel consumption
• Ambient temperature display
Time
The time is also displayed when the ignition is switched off. The clock can be
set with the right-hand rotating button below the rev counter “digital clock”.
min - Journey duration
The display shows the amount of time which has elapsed since the ignition
was switched on.
The maximum display value in both memories is 99 hours and 59 minutes.
The memory will automatically be deleted once this value has been reached.
Ø km/h - Average speed
The average speed will be shown after a distance of approximately 100
metres has been travelled. Dashes will appear in the display until that time.
The display will be updated every 5 seconds whilst the vehicle is in motion.
Miles - Distance travelled
The display shows the distance travelled since the ignition was switched on.
The maximum display value in both memories is 9999 miles. The memory will
automatically be deleted once this value has been reached.
g Miles - Fuel range
The fuel range is calculated using the figures for tank content and current fuel
consumption. It shows how far the vehicle can travel using the same condi-
tions as a reference.
Ø litre/100km - Average fuel consumption
The average fuel consumption will be shown ⇒page 56, fig. 38 after a
distance of approximately 100 metres has been travelled. Dashes will appear
in the display until that time. The display will be updated every 5 seconds
whilst the vehicle is in motion. The amount of fuel used will not be shown.
ltr/100km or ltr/hr - Current fuel consumption
The display will show the current fuel consumption in litre/km whilst the
vehicle is in motion or in litre/hour when the vehicle is in a stationary position
with the engine running.
Using this display you can see how your driving style affects fuel consump-
tion ⇒page 160.
Ambient temperature display
The measurement margin extends from -45°C to +58°C. At temperatures
lower than +4°C, an “ice crystal symbol” is displayed and a “warning” sounds
if the vehicle is moving at more than 10 km/h (ice warning). This symbol will
flash for about 10 seconds and remains lit until the exterior temperature rises
above +4°C or 6°C if it was already lit.
WARNING
There could be black ice on the road surface even if the “snowflake symbol”
is not shown. You should, for this reason, not rely exclusively on this
display - Risk of accident!
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Note
When the vehicle is stationary or travelling at very low speeds, the tempera-
ture displayed may be slightly higher than the actual ambient temperature as
a result of the heat radiated from the engine.
Display field for selector lever position*
The position of the automatic gearbox selector lever is shown on the display
⇒page 137.
Mileage display or Service Interval Display
Distance display
The upper counter in the display registers the total distance covered by the
vehicle.
The lower counter registers the short journeys. The last digit indicates steps
of 100 metres. The trip recorder counter may be reset by the reset button
⇒page 52, fig. 32 .
Service interval display
A Service pre-warning will appear in the mileage displays if a service is due
soon. A spanner symbol appears and the display “km” with the distance that
can be driven until the next service appointment is due. The display will
change after approximately 10 seconds. A clock symbol appears and the
number of days until the next service appointment is due.
The following message appears on the instrument panel if a service is due:
INSP- Maintenance service
The service message will disappear approximately 20 seconds after the igni-
tion is switched on or the engine is running. This may also be turned off
pressing the short journey counter reset button for more than 0.5 seconds.
2)
The Service Centre who carry out the maintenance service will reset the main-
tenance interval display on completion of the service.
We recommend that the repair and maintenance work only be carried out at
Authorised Service Centres.
With the ignition switched on, you can call up the current service message by
pressing the trip counter reset button for 2 seconds.
The service indicator can also be reset by pressing the trip counter button.
Proceed as follows:
- Switch off ignition.
- Keep “Reset” button on distance counter pressed.
- Connect ignition with the “Reset” button pressed. The fixed mode
display appears.
- Release the reset button and rotate it to the right. The display will return
to the normal mode. The indication has been reset.
Fig. 39 Service interval
display
2)
With “Ignition OFF” the maintenance display remains visible.
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Caution
We recommend that the resetting of the service interval indicator be carried
out in an Authorised Service Centre to avoid possible faults in the vehicle.
Note
• The indication can only be reset when a pre-warning or warning is indi-
cated.
• Do not reset the display between two service intervals, otherwise the
display will be incorrect.
• The values are stored even when the battery is disconnected.
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Warning lamps
Overview of the warning lamps
The warning lamps indicate a number of different functions and possible faults.
Fig. 40 Instrument panel with warning lamps. Some of
the items of equipment listed here are fitted only on
certain models/model years or are optional extras.
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Item Symbol Meaning of warning and control lamps Further information
¯
Alternator fault ⇒page 62

Electro-hydraulic steering ⇒page 62
î"C
Engine fault (petrol engine) ⇒page 63
¯
Glow plug system for diesel engine
If lit: preheating active
If flashing: engine fault
⇒page 63
´ ¯
Turn signals in operation ⇒page 63
±
Coolant level / coolant temperature ⇒page 63
¯
Main beam switched on ⇒page 64
g
Fuel level / reserve ⇒page 64
C
Anti-lock brake system (ABS) * ⇒page 64
C
Parking brake applied
or low brake fluid level or
fault in brake system
⇒page 65
°
Airbag or belt tension device system fault or airbag disabled ⇒page 24 ⇒page 27
$
Seat belt warning lamp* ⇒page 16

Fault in the emission control system ⇒page 65

Traction control system (TCS)*/Electronic stabilisation pro-
gramme (ESP)*
⇒page 66
A1
A2
A3
A3
A4
A5
A6
A7
A8
A9
A10
A11
A12
A13
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WARNING
• Failure to observe warning lamps and warning messages can result in
serious personal injury or damage to your vehicle.
• The risk of an accident increases if your vehicle breaks down. Use a
warning triangle to draw the attention of other road users to your
stationary vehicle so that it does not represent a danger.
• The engine compartment of any motor vehicle is a area! Before you
open the bonnet to work on the engine or in the engine compartment, you
must switch off the engine and allow it to cool to reduce the risk of scalding
or other injuries. Read and observe the relevant warnings ⇒page 180.
Note
• The appropriate warning lamp for a fault will light up in vehicles without
warning or information texts in the display.
• In vehicles with warning or information texts in the display, the appro-
priate warning lamp for a fault will light up and a warning or information text
will also appear in the display.
Alternator ¯
This warning lamp signals a fault in the alternator.
The warning lamp ¯ lights up when the ignition is switched on. It should go
out when the engine has started running.
If the warning lamp ¯ lights up while driving, the alternator is no longer
charging the battery. You should immediately drive to the nearest qualified
workshop.
You should avoid using electrical equipment that is not absolutely necessary
because this will drain the battery.
If the indicator flashes the voltage is insufficient for normal vehicle
operation.
Electro-hydraulic steering* 
The level of steering assistance depends on the vehicle speed and on the
steering angle.
The warning lamp should light up for a few seconds when the ignition is
switched on. It should go out when the engine has started running.
=
Pollen accumulation in the diesel engine particulate filter ⇒page 66
:
Electronic immobiliser ⇒page 67
º
Engine oil pressure ⇒page 67
~
Trailer turn signals in operation ⇒page 67
Item Symbol Meaning of warning and control lamps Further information
A14
A15
A16
A17
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There is a fault in the electro-hydraulic steering system if the lamp does not
go out or lights up whilst the vehicle is in motion. Take the vehicle to the
Authorised Service Centre as soon as possible.
Note
When towing the vehicle with the engine stopped or due to a fault in the
power steering, this will not operate. The vehicle can still be steered, but it
will require greater force to turn the steering wheel.
Engine management î"C
This warning lamp monitors the engine management system
for petrol engines.
The warning lamp î"C (Electronic Power Control) lights up when the ignition
is switched on to show that the lamp is working properly. It should go out
when the engine has started running.
If a fault develops in the electronic engine management system while you are
driving, this warning lamp will light up. Stop the vehicle and seek technical
assistance.
Glow plug system / Engine fault* ¯
The warning lamp lights up to show that the glow plugs are
preheating. It flashes if there is an engine fault.
Warning lamp ¯ is lit
The warning lamp ¯ lights up while the glow plugs are preheating. When the
warning lamp goes off, the engine should be started straight away.
Warning lamp ¯ flashes
If a fault develops in the engine management system while you are driving,
the glow plug lamp will flash ¯. Take the vehicle to an Authorised Service
Centre as soon as possible and have the engine checked.
Turn signals ´ ¯
The warning lamp flashes when the turn signals are in oper-
ation.
Depending on which turn signal is operated, either the left ´ or right ¯ indi-
cator lamp flashes. Both warning lamps will flash at the same time when the
hazard warning lights are switched on.
If one turn signal fails, the warning lamp will start flashing twice as fast.
Further information on the turn signals ⇒page 93.
Coolant Level* / temperature ±
The warning lamp lights up if the coolant temperature is too
high or if the coolant level is too low.
There is a fault if:
• The warning symbol does not go out again after a few seconds.
• The warning lamp lights up or flashes while the vehicle is moving, while
three acoustic warning signals ⇒ are emitted.
This means that either the coolant level is too low or the coolant temperature
is too high.
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Coolant temperature too high
First look at the coolant temperature gauge. The coolant temperature is too
high if the needle is over the warning area on the dial. Stop the vehicle,
switch off the engine and wait for it to cool down. Check the coolant level.
If the coolant level is correct, the overheating may be caused by a malfunction
of the radiator fan. Check the radiator fan fuse and have it replaced if neces-
sary ⇒page 213.
If the warning lamp lights up again after driving on for a short distance, stop
the vehicle and switch off the engine. Contact an Authorised Service Centre
or a qualified workshop.
Coolant level too low
First look at the coolant temperature gauge. If the needle is in the normal
range, top up with coolant at the earliest opportunity ⇒ .
WARNING
• If your vehicle is immobilised for any technical reasons, move it to a
safe distance from traffic. Turn off the engine, turn on the hazard lights and
place the warning triangle.
• Never open the bonnet if you can see or hear steam or coolant escaping
from the engine compartment. Risk of scalding. Wait until you can no
longer see or hear escaping steam or coolant.
• The engine compartment of any motor vehicle is a dangerous area!
Before carrying out any work in the engine compartment, switch off the
engine and allow it to cool down. Always note the corresponding warnings
⇒page 180.
Main beam headlights ¯
This warning lamp lights up when the main beams are on.
The warning lamp ¯ lights up when the main beams are on or when the
headlight flasher is operated.
Further information ⇒page 93.
Fuel level / reserve g
This symbol lights up to indicate that the fuel tank is down to
the reserve level.
This lights when only 7 litres of fuel remain in the tank. Also, an audible
warning is given. This serves as a reminder to fill up with fuel at the earliest
opportunity ⇒page 177.
Anti-lock brake system (ABS) C
A warning lamp system monitors the ABS.
The warning lamp C should light up for a few seconds when the ignition is
switched on. It goes out again after the system has run through an automatic
test sequence.
There is a fault in the ABS if:
• The warning lamp C does not light up when the ignition is switched on.
• The warning lamp does not go out again after a few seconds.
• The warning lamp lights up when the vehicle is moving.
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The vehicle can still be braked in the normal way (except that the ABS control
function will not function). Please take the vehicle to a qualified workshop as
soon as possible. For further information on the ABS see the ⇒page 148.
If a fault occurs in the ABS, the ESP* warning lamp will also light up.
Brake system fault
If the ABS warning lamp C lights up together with the brake warning lamp
C, this indicates not only a fault in the ABS function, but also a possible fault
in the brake system ⇒ .
WARNING
• Before opening the bonnet, read and observe the warnings on
⇒page 180, “Working in the engine compartment”.
• If the brake warning lamp C should light up together with the ABS
warning lamp C, stop the vehicle immediately and check the brake fluid
level in the reservoir ⇒page 192, “Brake fluid”. If the fluid level has
dropped below the “MIN” mark you must not drive on. Risk of accident.
Obtain technical assistance.
• If the brake fluid level is correct, the fault in the brake system may have
been caused by a failure of the ABS system. This could cause the rear
wheels to lock quickly when you brake. This could cause the rear to break
away. Risk of skidding. Stop the vehicle and seek technical assistance.
Brake system* / handbrake C
The warning lamp lights up if the handbrake is applied, if the
brake fluid level falls too low or if there is a fault in the brake
system.
This warning lamp C lights up if
• If the handbrake is on
• If the brake fluid level is too low ⇒page 192
• If there is a fault in the brake system
This warning lamp can light up together with the anti-lock brake system
warning lamp.
WARNING
• If the brake warning lamp does not go out, or if it lights up when
driving, the brake fluid level ⇒page 192, “Brake fluid” in the reservoir is
too low. Risk of accident. Stop the vehicle and do not drive on. Obtain tech-
nical assistance.
• If the brake warning lamp C lights up together with the ABS warning
lamp C, the control function of the ABS could be out of action. This could
cause the rear wheels to lock quickly when you brake. This could cause the
rear to break away. Risk of skidding. Stop the vehicle and seek technical
assistance.
Emission control system* 
This warning lamp monitors the exhaust system.
Warning lamp  flashes:
When there is misfiring that can damage the catalytic converter. Reduce
speed and drive carefully to the nearest qualified workshop to have the
engine checked.
Warning lamp  is lit:
If a fault has developed during driving which has reduced the quality of the
exhaust gas (e.g. lambda probe fault). Reduce speed and drive carefully to
the nearest qualified workshop to have the engine checked.
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Traction control system (TCS)*
The traction control system prevents the driven wheels from
spinning when the vehicle is accelerating
The warning lamp lights up when the ignition is switched on and should turn
out after about 2 seconds.
When the TCS is operating while driving, the warning lamp flashes. If the
system is deactivated or if there is any fault in the same, the warning lamp will
remain lit.
It will also come on if a fault should occur in the ABS because the TCS oper-
ates in conjunction with the ABS. For further information see ⇒page 147,
“Brakes”.
Electronic stabilisation programme (ESP)* 
This warning lamp monitors the electronic stabilisation
programme.
This programme includes the ABS, EDL and TCS.
The warning lamp  has the following functions:
• It will light for about 2 seconds when the ignition is switched on while a
test of the function is carried out.
• It flashes when the ESP is activated when driving.
• It will light up continuously if there is a malfunction in the ESP.
• It will light up continuously if the ESP is switched off.
• It will also come on if a fault should occur in the ABS because the ESP
operates in conjunction with the ABS.
If the ESP warning lamp  lights up and stays on after the engine is started,
this may mean that the control system has temporarily switched off the ESP.
In this case the ESP can be reactivated by switching the ignition off and then
on again. If the warning lamp goes out, this means the system is fully
functional.
Soot accumulation in the diesel engine particulate filter * =
If the indicator lights = you may help the filter clear itself by driving in the
appropriate manner.
To do this, drive about 15 minutes in 4th or 5th gear (automatic gearbox: S
gear range) at a speed of 60 km/h, with the engine running at approximately
2000 rpm. In this way, the pollen build up in the filter is burned. When
cleaning is successful, the indicator turns off.
If the indicator = is not deactivated, bring the vehicle to a specialised work-
shop to repair the fault.
WARNING
• Always drive according to the road weather conditions, the terrain and
traffic. Driving recommendations should never lead to illegal maneouvers
in surrounding traffic.
• The diesel engine particulate filter may reach extremely high tempera-
tures; it should not enter into contact with flammable materials under-
neath the vehicle. Failure to comply could result in fire.
Caution
Vehicles equipped with a diesel engine particulate filter must not be refueled
using biodiesel (RME), given that the fuel system may be damaged.
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Electronic immobiliser 
Inside the key there is a chip that deactivates the electronic immobiliser auto-
matically when the key is inserted into the ignition. The immobiliser will be
activated again automatically as soon as you pull the key out of the ignition
lock.
The engine can, however, be started if the appropriate coded SEAT genuine
key is used.
Note
The vehicle cannot be operated properly if you do not have a genuine SEAT
key.
Engine oil pressure º
This warning lamp indicates that the engine oil pressure is
too low.
If this warning symbol starts to flash, and is accompanied by three audible
warnings, switch off the engine and check the oil level. If the oil level is too
low, add more engine oil ⇒page 183.
If the symbol flashes although the oil level is correct, do not drive on. The
engine must not even run at idle speed. Obtain technical assistance.
Trailer turn signals ~
This warning lamp also flashes when the turn signals are
operated while towing a caravan or trailer.
The warning lamp ~ flashes when the turn signals are operated, provided a
trailer is correctly attached and connected to the vehicle.
The warning lamp will not flash if one of the turn signals on the trailer fails.
Differential lock fault (EDL)*
EDL operates along with the ABS in vehicles equipped with an
Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP)*
A malfunction in the EDL is indicated by the ABS warning lamp C. Please
take the vehicle to a qualified workshop as soon as possible. For further infor-
mation on the EDL ⇒page 150, “Electronic differential lock (EDL)*”
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Steering wheel controls*
Audio control from controls on the steering wheel
Fig. 41 Controls on the
steering wheel
Fig. 42 Controls on the
steering wheel
Button
Short press Long press
Radio CD Audio CD mp3 CDC Radio CD Audio CD mp3 CDC
Volume up Continue volume up
Volume down Continue volume down
Search upwards
for station
Following track
Search upwards
for station
Fast forward
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AC
AA
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Button
Short press Long press
Radio CD Audio CD mp3 CDC Radio CD Audio CD mp3 CDC
Search down-
wards for station
Previous track
Search down-
wards for station
Rewind
Change source cycle
No specified function
Silence No specified function
Next preset No function
Change folder Change CD
No specified function
Previous preset No function
Previous folder Previous CD
No specified function
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AF
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Unlocking and locking
Doors
Locking and unlocking the vehicle
From the outside of the vehicle, the driver's door may be
locked or unlocked using the key.
When opened, the latch will rise up (for vehicles without central locking)
For vehicles equipped with electric windows and central locking, if the key is
maintained in the opening position all of the electric side windows will open.
When locking the latch will descend (for vehicles without central locking)
In some vehicle models equipped with electric windows and central locking,
if the key is maintained in the locking position on the driver side, any side
windows left open, as well as the electric sunroof, will close.
For vehicles without central locking, the passenger door and the rear doors
may be locked from the outside without using a key. Just press the button
down and close the door.
The latch on the driver’s door may not be pushed down while the door is open
(only in vehicles without central locking). This avoids accidentally leaving the
keys in the ignition.
From inside all the doors may be locked by pushing the security buttons down
(in vehicles without central locking).
WARNING
• Exercise extreme caution when closing the windows and the sunroof
from the outside of the vehicle.
• Closing from the outside without taking care or observing all the
vehicle may cause bruising for other people especially children.
• When locking a vehicle, never leave children unaccompanied inside, as
it will be difficult to provide assistance if required.
• When the doors are locked, any intrusion is impeded, for example while
stopped at a red light.
Central locking*
Description
The central locking system enables you to lock and unlock all
the doors and the tailgate from one point.
Central locking can be activated using any of the following options:
• the key, by inserting it into the driver's door cylinder and rotating manu-
ally,
• the central locking button, (electronic control) in the passenger compart-
ment ⇒page 73,
• the radio frequency remote control, using the buttons on the key
⇒page 78.
Various functions are available to improve the vehicle security:
- Locking system “Safe”
- Selective unlocking system*
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- Auto-locking to prevent involuntary unlocking
- Automatic speed dependent locking and unlocking system*
- Emergency unlocking system
Note
For anti-theft security, only the driver's door is fitted with a lock cylinder.
Safety system “Safe”
This is an anti-theft device consisting of a double lock for the
door locks and a deactivation function for the boot in order to
make forced entry more difficult.
Activation
The “safe” system is activated when the vehicle is locked using the key or the
remote control.
To activate this system with the key, rotate the key once in the door lock
cylinder in the locking direction.
To activate the system using the remote control, press the lock button on the
remote once.
When this system is activated, it is not possible to open the doors normally,
from the outside or the inside. The boot/tailgate may not be opened. The
central locking button does not work.
Voluntary deactivation
The “Safe” system can be deactivated voluntarily by the user.
This is done by locking two times in quick succession (in under 2 seconds).
This double locking can be executed using the key or the remote control.
Using the key, rotate the lock cylinder twice in the locking direction.
To activate the system using the remote control, press the lock button on the
remote twice.
When the “Safe” system is deactivated, the alarm volumetric sensor is also
deactivated.
When the “Safe” system is deactivated, the doors are locked using the simple
locking system, meaning that they may be opened from the interior but not
from the exterior.
Involuntary deactivation
The methods described for deactivation of the “Safe” system may be
executed involuntarily (for example, if we press the button because we
want to lock the vehicle, and it locks as a result, however, we are not sure that
it is locked and we press the button once more within 2 seconds, we will have
deactivated the “Safe” system).
Deactivation when opening
To deactivate the system on opening, see “Selective unlocking system*”.
“Safe” status
On the driver's door, there is a light indicator visible from the outside of the
vehicle that indicates the “Safe” system status.
We can see that the “Safe” system is activated, by the flashing of the light
indicator. The indicator will flash on all vehicles, whether they are fitted with
an alarm or not, and until the vehicle is unlocked.
Remember:
Safe activated with or without alarm: Indicator flashes continuously.
Safe deactivated without alarm: The indicator remains off.
Safe deactivated with alarm: The indicator remains off.
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WARNING
No one should remain in the vehicle if the “Safe” deadlock mechanism has
been activated. It is not possible to open the doors from the inside or the
outside and this would make any outside intervention difficult in case of
emergency. Danger of death. People could become trapped inside in an
emergency.
Selective unlocking system*
This system allows for unlocking only the driver's door, or all
the vehicle.
Driver's door unlock button
This is done by a simple unlocking (once). This can be done with the key or
the remote control.
With the key, rotate the key once in the lock cylinder in the unlock direction.
The driver's door will be released from the “Safe” system and unlocked and
may be opened, the indicator light will also be switched off. For vehicles fitted
with an alarm, this system is deactivated.
Using the remote control, press the unlock button on the remote once. The
“Safe” system is deactivated for all the vehicle, only the driver's door is
unlocked for opening, the alarm is turned off as is the light indicator.
Unlocking all doors and the boot
So that all the doors and the boot can be opened, the unlock button on
the remote must be pressed twice.
The button must be pressed twice in under 2 seconds and this will deactivate
the “Safe” system for all the vehicle, all doors will be unlocked and the boot
will be activated. The indicator will be turned off as will be the alarm for those
vehicles fitted with one.
Unlocking the boot
See ⇒page 78 and ⇒page 83.
Locking system for involuntary unlocking
This is an anti-theft system and will avoid situations where
the vehicle is opened unintentionally
The vehicle will be re-locked automatically, if it is unlocked and neither the
boot or any of the doors are opened within 30 seconds. This function
prevents the vehicle from remaining unlocked if the unlocking button is
pressed by mistake.
Automatic speed dependent locking and unlocking system*
This is a safety system to prevent access to the vehicle from
the exterior when the vehicle is in transit (for example, when
stopped at a traffic light).
Locking
The doors and the boot are automatically locked when vehicle speed exceeds
15 km/h.
If the vehicle is stopped and one of the doors is opened, when the vehicle
moves off again and exceeds a speed of 15 km/h the unlocked door(s) will be
locked once more.
Unlocking
The driver's door automatically unlocks when the key is removed from the
ignition.
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Each door may be unlocked and opened from the interior (for example when
a passenger gets out). For this, simply operate the lever on the inside of the
door twice.
WARNING
The door handles should never be operated when the vehicle is running:
the door will open.
Emergency unlocking system
The entire vehicle is unlocked if the airbags are triggered during an accident,
except for the boot. It is possible to lock the vehicle from inside using the
central locking, after turning the ignition off and back on again.
Central locking button
The vehicle can be locked and unlocked from the inside using
the central locking button.
Locking the vehicle
– Press the button ⇒ .
Unlocking the doors
– Press the button .
The central locking button is still operative when the ignition is switched off.
Except, if the "safe" security system is activated.
Please note the following when you use the central locking button to lock your
vehicle:
• It will not be possible to open the doors or the tailgate from the outside
(this may offer extra safety, for instance when stopped at traffic lights).
Fig. 43 Central locking
button
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• The driver's door cannot be locked if it is open. This prevents you from
locking yourself out of the vehicle.
• Repeated operation of the central locking will deactivate the central
locking button for 30 seconds. Once this time has passed, the button may be
used once more.
• There is a danger that the key may remain inside the vehicle, if the vehicle
is locked using the central locking button when the driver's door is closed
and, for example, the passenger door open. If this door is closed, then the
keys will remain inside the vehicle.
• All doors may be locked separately from inside the car. Do this by pulling
the door release lever twice.
WARNING
• If the vehicle is locked, children and disabled people may be trapped
inside.
• The central locking button is not operative in the following cases.
• When the vehicle is locked from the outside (using the remote or the
key).
• While the ignition is not activated after unlocking the door lock cylinder
with the key.
Note
• Vehicle locked, button
• Vehicle unlocked, button
Childproof locks
The childproof lock prevents the rear doors being opened
from the inside. This system prevents minors from opening a
door accidentally while the vehicle is moving.
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Fig. 44 Child safety lock
on the left hand side door
Fig. 45 Child safety lock
on the right hand side
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This function is independent of the electronic opening and locking
systems of the vehicle. It only affects the rear doors. It is only
possible to activate it and deactivate it manually, as described
below:
Activating the childproof lock
– Unlock the car and open the door you wish to childproof.
– With the door open, rotate the groove in the door using the igni-
tion key, anti-clockwise for the left hand side doors, and clock-
wise for the right hand side doors ⇒page 74, fig. 44,
⇒page 74, fig. 45.
Deactivating the childproof lock
– Unlock the car and open the door for which you wish to deacti-
vate the childproof lock.
– With the door open, rotate the groove in the door using the igni-
tion key, anti-clockwise for the right-hand side doors, and clock-
wise for the left-hand side doors ⇒page 74, fig. 44, ⇒page 74,
fig. 45.
When the childproof lock is activated, the door can be opened from the
outside only. The childproof lock can be activated and deactivated using the
key in the groove when the door is open, as described above.
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Keys
Key set
The set of keys includes a remote control, a key without a
remote control and a key tab with the number of the key.
The key set belonging to your vehicle consists of the following items:
• a key with a remote control ⇒fig. 46 ,
• one key without remote control ,
• one key tab with the key number.
Plastic key tab
Spare keys cannot be issued without the key number on the key tab ⇒fig. 46
. Therefore:
• Always keep the key tab in a safe place.
• Never leave the key tab in the vehicle.
If you sell the vehicle, please give the plastic key tab to the new owner.
Folding key*
To unfoldkey bit, press button. This unfolds thanks to a spring device
⇒fig. 47.
To fold the key bit, press the button and push with the hand, until it is
correctly folded ⇒fig. 47.
Fig. 46 Set of keys
Fig. 47 Folding key
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Duplicate keys
If you need a replacement key, take your key tab to an Authorised Service
Centre.
WARNING
• Incorrect use of the keys can result in critical injuries.
• Never leave children or disabled persons in the vehicle; in case of emer-
gency they may not be able to leave the vehicle or look after themselves.
• Unsupervised use of a key could mean that the engine is started or that
electrical equipment is used (e.g. electric windows). Risk of accident. The
doors can be locked using the remote control key. This could result in
people being trapped in the vehicle in an emergency.
• Never leave any of the vehicle keys in the vehicle. Unauthorised use of
your vehicle could result in injury, damage or theft. Always take the key
with you when you leave the vehicle.
• Never remove the key from the ignition if the vehicle is in motion. Risk
of accident. The steering lock could engage suddenly, and you would not be
able to steer the vehicle.
Caution
There are electronic components in the key and remote control. Protect the
keys from moisture and excessive vibration.
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Radio frequency remote control
Locking and unlocking the vehicle
The remote control key can be used to lock and unlock the
vehicle from a distance.
The following functions can be performed using the remote control and
without using the key itself
• Opening and closing central locking system.
• Turning the anti theft alarm* and the locking security system (double
lock) on and off.
• Turning interior light on.
The radiofrequency remote control device with batteries is fitted in the head
of the vehicle key. The receiver is in the interior of the vehicle.
The indicator light for the key always flashes when the remote control is used.
The range (red zones) ⇒fig. 49 of the remote control is shown in the
diagram. The maximum range depends on a number of circumstances.
When the batteries are running down the range is also reduced.
Opening and closing the vehicle
To open, place the key within the range, pointing towards the vehicle and
briefly press the open button ⇒fig. 48 . The indicators flash twice. To
Fig. 48 Assignment of
buttons on the remote
control key
Fig. 49 Range of the
remote control
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lockthe vehicle, press the lock button briefly ⇒fig. 48 . The indicators
flash once.
By pressing the lock button twice ⇒page 78, fig. 48 both the locking
security mechanism (double lock) and the volumetric alarm* are deactivated
but the perimetric alarm* remains active and this is indicated by the indicator
light on the driver’s door.
Selective unlocking*
When the button ⇒page 78, fig. 48 is pressed once, the driver's door
is unlocked, all others remain locked.
Press the button ⇒page 78, fig. 48 twice to unlock all doors.
WARNING
• Incorrect use of the key can result in critical injuries.
• Never leave children or disabled persons in the vehicle; in case of emer-
gency they may not be able to leave the vehicle or look after themselves.
• Never leave any of the vehicle keys in the vehicle. This could result in
serious injuries, accidents or the theft of your vehicle. Always take the key
with you when you leave the vehicle.
• Unsupervised use of a key could mean that the engine is started or that
electrical equipment is used (e.g. electric windows). Risk of accident. The
vehicle can be locked using the remote control key. This could result in
people being trapped in the vehicle in an emergency.
Note
• The radio-frequency remote control can also be programmed so that only
the driver's door is unlocked the first time that the unlocking button on the
radio frequency remote control key is pressed. When the button is pressed
once more, all doors and the tailgate will be unlocked.
• The remote control functions only when you are in range ⇒page 78,
fig. 49 (red area).
• If the vehicle is unlocked using the button, the vehicle will be
locked again automatically if any of the doors or the tailgate are not opened
within 30 seconds of unlocking the vehicle. This function prevents the vehicle
from remaining unlocked if the unlocking button is pressed by mistake.
• If the vehicle cannot be opened and closed using the remote control, the
remote control key will have to be re-synchronised ⇒page 79.
Changing the battery
If the battery indicator does not flash when the buttons are pushed, the
battery must be replaced.
Caution
Use of inappropriate batteries may damage the radio frequency remote
control. For this reason, always replace the dead battery with another of the
same size and power.
For the sake of the environment
The flat batteries must be disposed of in accordance with regulations
governing the protection of the environment.
Synchronising the remote control key
Synchronising the remote control key
– Use both keys that have been delivered with the vehicle; the key
with the remote and the normal key ⇒page 78, fig. 48
⇒page 78, fig. 49.
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– Maximum time allowed for synchronising is 30 seconds.
– The normal key is used to activate the ignition, and the key with
the remote control is the key to be programmed.
– Check that the car is open before commencing programming.
– Place the key without remote control in the contact inside the
steering and ignition lock.
– Use the key with remote control and mechanically lock the
vehicle from the driver's door.
– Open and close the driver's door lock mechanically, using the
remote control key.
– At the same time press the button on the remote control
key.
– Complete the procedure by removing the key from the contact.
It is possible that the vehicle could no longer be opened and closed with the
remote control if the button is repeatedly pressed outside of the effective
range of the radio frequency remote control. The remote control key will have
to be resynchronised.
Spare remote control keys are available from Authorised Service Centres, they
must be matched to the locking system.
Anti-theft alarm system*
Description of anti-theft alarm system*
The anti-theft alarm triggers an alarm if unauthorised move-
ments are detected around the vehicle.
The anti-theft alarm makes it more difficult to break into the vehicle or steal
it. Audible and visible alarms are triggered if the car is opened using the
mechanical key, or if unauthorised access is gained to the vehicle.
The anti-theft alarm system is automatically switched on when the vehicle is
locked. For this, either turn the key once in the lock towards the locking posi-
tion or press button on the radio-frequency remote control*. The
system is activated immediately and the indicator light located on the
driver’s door will flash along with the indicators indicating that the alarm and
the locking security system (double lock) have been turned on.
When the vehicle is locked the indicator lamps light up only if the alarm has
been correctly activated (all the protection zones should be correctly closed).
If any of the doors or the bonnet are open, when the alarm is connected these
will not be included in the protection zones of the vehicle. If the door or
bonnet is subsequently closed, they will automatically be included in the
vehicle protection zones and the indicators will flash accordingly.
When does the system trigger an alarm?
The alarm system is triggered, in the locked vehicle, when:
• a door
• the bonnet or
• the tailgate
are unduly opened
• or the ignition is switched on
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The acoustic signals sound and the indicators flash for approx. 30 seconds.
How is the alarm switched off?
To deactivate the anti-theft alarm, rotate the key in the opening direction or
press the button on the remote control.
• The indicator light flashes twice on opening and the alarm is deactivated.
• The indicator light flashes once on closing and the alarm is activated.
In vehicles equipped with an additional* alarm system, if the vehicle is
opened using the driver's door key, you have 15 sec to insert the key in the
ignition lock and activate the ignition. Otherwise, the alarm will go off for 30
sec. and the ignition will be blocked.
In vehicles with keys without remote control it is necessary to wait 30 seconds
until the alarm stops. Then lock the vehicle using the key and repeat the
above process.
If the vehicle is opened at any door other than the driver's door or the tailgate
the alarm will go off for 30 seconds.
Note
• After 28 days the indicator light will switch off to prevent the battery
running down where the vehicle has been left parked for a long period of
time. The alarm system remains activated.
• If, after the alarm has stopped, attempts are made to open another
protection zone, the alarm will be triggered again.
• The alarm system can be activated or deactivated using the remote
control ⇒page 78.
Volumetric sensor*
Monitoring or control function incorporated in the anti-theft
alarm*, that detects unauthorized vehicle entry using ultra-
sound.
The system consists of 3 sensors, 2 emitters and a receptor.
Activation
– It is automatically turned on with the anti-theft alarm, when the
vehicle is locked mechanically with the key and when the button
on the remote control is used.
Deactivation
– Open the vehicle with the key, either mechanically
3)
or by
pressing the button on the remote control.
– Press the button on the remote control twice. Only the volu-
metric sensor is deactivated. The alarm system remains acti-
vated.
The interior monitoring system will be switched on automatically with the
anti-theft alarm. All of the doors and the tailgate must be closed to activate
the sensor of the interior monitoring system.
The interior monitor should be switched off, if for example animals are briefly
left in the locked vehicle. Their movements could otherwise trigger an alarm.
The interior monitor should also be deactivated if the windows are left
slightly open, otherwise the alarm may be triggered due to the effect caused
by wind entering the vehicle.
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The time period from when the door is opened until the key is inserted in the contact
should not exceed 15 sec., otherwise the alarm will be triggered.
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Note
• If, after deactivating the volumetric sensor, the vehicle is locked using the
remote control or the key in the door lock in under 30 seconds, the volumetric
sensor will remain deactivated. The other functions of the antitheft alarm*
will remain activated. After this time, the deactivation function of the volu-
metric sensor is cancelled.
• If the vehicle is relocked and the alarm is activated without the volumetric
sensor function, relocking will activate the alarm with all its functions, except
the volumetric sensor. This function is reactivated when the alarm is next
switched on, unless it is deliberately switched off.
• If the alarm has been triggered by the volumetric sensor, this will be indi-
cated by a flashing of the indicator on the driver's door. The flash is different
to the flash indicating the alarm is activated.
• If the alarm is triggered three times by the volumetric sensor, the alarm
system is no longer triggered.
• Triggering caused by other sensors (doors, boot opening, etc.) will
continue.
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Tailgate
Opening and locking
The operation of the tailgate opening system is electric. It is
activated by using the handle on the tailgate
Opening the tailgate
– Pull on the release lever and lift the tailgate ⇒fig. 50. The
keyhole should now be in a vertical position ⇒fig. 51 .
Closing the tailgate
– Grip the tailgate by the handle on the interior lining and close it,
using a light movement.
When the keyhole ⇒fig. 51 is in a vertical position, the tailgate will open
and lock automatically using the central locking system. Also, the tailgate
may be opened and locked using a key.
When the keyhole is horizontal ⇒fig. 51, if the tailgate is closed it
remains locked and can only be opened again using the main key.
To open the tailgate the key must be turned all the way ⇒fig. 51 in the
direction of the arrow. In this position the key may not be removed from the
lock.
Fig. 50 Boot lid: opening
from the outside
Fig. 51 Closing the tail-
gate
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If the keyhole is in horizontal position, this implies that the tailgate is locked
and can only be opened using the main key.
WARNING
• Always close the tailgate properly. Risk of accident or injury.
• Do not close the tailgate by pushing it down with your hand on the
window. The glass could shatter. Risk of injury!
• Ensure the tailgate is locked after closing. If not, it may open unexpect-
edly while driving.
• Never allow children to play in or around the vehicle. A locked vehicle
can be subjected to extremely high and low temperatures, depending on
the time of year. This could cause serious injuries/illness. It could even
have fatal consequences. Close and lock both the tailgate and all the other
doors when you are not using the vehicle.
• Never close the tailgate without observing and ensuring it is clear, to do
otherwise could cause serious injury to you and others. Make sure that no
one is in the path of the tailgate.
• Never drive with the tailgate open or half-closed, exhaust gasses may
penetrate into the interior of the vehicle. Danger of poisoning!
• If only the boot is opened then do not leave the key inside. The vehicle
may not be opened if the key is left inside.
Windows
Opening or closing the windows electrically*
The front and rear electric windows can be operated using the
controls in the driver's door.
Opening and closing the windows
– Press the button to open a window.
– Pull button to close a window ⇒ .
Always close the windows fully if you park the vehicle or leave it unattended
⇒ .
You can use the electric windows for approx. 10 minutes after switching off
the ignition if neither the driver door nor the front passenger door has been
opened and the key has not been removed from the ignition.
Fig. 52 Detail of driver
door: controls for the front
and rear windows
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Buttons in the driver door
Button for window in front left door
Button for window in front right door
Buttons for rear windows*
Safety switch for deactivating the electric window buttons in the rear
doors
Button for window in rear right door
Button for window in rear left door
Safety switch @*
Safety switch in the driver door can be used to disable the electric window
buttons in the rear doors.
Safety switch not pressed: buttons on rear doors are activated.
Safety switch pressed: buttons on rear doors are deactivated.
WARNING
• Incorrect use of the electric windows can result in injury.
• Never close the tailgate without observing and ensuring it is clear, to do
otherwise could cause serious injury to you and others. Make sure that no
one is in the path of a window.
• Always take the vehicle key with you when you leave the vehicle.
• Never leave children or disabled persons in the vehicle, particularly if
they have access to the keys. Unsupervised use of a key could mean that
the engine is started or that electrical equipment is used (e.g. electric
windows). Risk of accident. The doors can be locked using the remote
control key. This could result in people being trapped in the vehicle in an
emergency.
• The electric windows will work until the key has been removed from the
ignition and one of the front doors has been opened.
• If necessary, use the safety switch to disable the rear electric windows.
Make sure that they have been disabled.
Note
If the window is not able to close because it is stiff or because of an obstruc-
tion, the window will automatically open again ⇒page 86. If this happens,
check why the window could not be closed before attempting to close it
again.
One-touch opening and closing*
The one-touch opening and closing function is only possible
on the front doors and can only be activated from the driver's
door.
One-touch closing
– Pull up the button for the window briefly to the second position.
The window closes fully.
One-touch opening
– Push down the button for the window briefly to the second posi-
tion. The window opens fully.
Restoring one-touch opening and closing
– Close all windows.
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– Use the key to lock the vehicle from outside and hold the key in
the lock position for at least one second. The one-touch function
is now ready for operation.
The buttons ⇒page 84, fig. 52 and have two levels for opening the
window and two for closing it. This makes it easier to open or close windows
to the desired position.
One-touch closing does not work when the ignition has been switched off,
even if the key is in the ignition.
The automatic open and close function will not work if the battery has been
temporarily disconnected, or if the battery is flat. The function then has to be
reactivated.
The one-touch function and roll-back function will not work if there is a
malfunction in the electric windows. Contact an Authorised Service Centre.
Roll-back function
The windows have a roll-back function. This reduces the risk
of injuries when the windows are closing.
• If a window is obstructed when closing automatically, the window stops
at this point and lowers immediately ⇒ .
• If this happens, check immediately (within 10 seconds) why the window
could not be closed before attempting to close it again. After 10 seconds the
normal automatic function resumes.
• If the window is still obstructed, the window stops at this point.
• If there is no obvious reason why the window cannot be closed, try to
close it again within five seconds.
If you wait longer than 5 - 10 seconds, the window will open fully when you
operate one of the buttons. One-touch closing is reactivated.
The one-touch function and roll-back function will not work if there is a
malfunction in the electric windows. Contact an Authorised Service Centre.
WARNING
• Incorrect use of the electric windows can result in injury.
• Always take the key with you when leaving the vehicle, even if you only
intend to be gone for a short time. Please ensure that children are never left
unsupervised in the vehicle.
• The electric windows will work until the key has been removed from the
ignition and one of the front doors has been opened.
• Never close the tailgate without observing and ensuring it is clear, to do
otherwise could cause serious injury to you and others. Make sure that no
one is in the path of a window.
• Never allow people to remain in the vehicle when you close the vehicle
from the outside. The windows cannot be opened even in an emergency.
Note
The roll-back function is deactivated if the windows are closed from the
outside of the vehicle using the ignition key for convenience closing
⇒page 86.
Convenience opening and closing*
Using the door lock
– Hold the key in the door lock of the driver door in either the
locking or the unlocking position until all windows are either
opened or closed.
– Release the key to interrupt this function.
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Vent wings*
The rear vent wings can be opened and closed manually.
Opening
– Pull the release lever ⇒fig. 53 in the direction of the arrow and
push it out at the same time until the lever engages. The lever
inserts when the deflector is half open or fully open.
Closing
– Pull the release lever in the opposite direction to the arrow and
push it back until the lever engages.
WARNING
• Incorrect use of the vent wings can result in injury!
• Never close the tailgate without observing and ensuring it is clear, to do
otherwise could cause serious injury to you and others. Make sure that no
one is in the path of a window.
Sliding/tilting roof*
Opening and closing the sliding/tilting roof
The sliding/tilting sunroof is opened and closed using the
rotary button when the ignition is switched on.
Closing the sliding/tilting sunroof
– Turn the rotary button to position ⇒fig. 54 ⇒ .
Fig. 53 Release lever for
mechanical vent wing
WARNING (continued)
Fig. 54 Roof lining
description: rotary sun
roof control
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Opening/tilting the sliding/tilting sunroof
– Turn the rotary button to position . The sunroof opens to the
convenience position where wind noise is reduced.
– To open the roof further, turn the switch to position and hold
the switch in this position until the roof opens to the desired
position.
Tilting the sliding/tilting sunroof
– Turn the rotary button to position .
Always close the sliding/tilting roof fully if you park the vehicle or leave it
unattended ⇒ .
The sliding/tilting sunroof can be operated for up to about ten minutes after
the ignition has been switched off, provided the driver door and the front
passenger door are not opened.
Sunroof blind
The sunroof blind is opened together with the sliding/tilting roof. If required,
it can be closed by hand when the sunroof is closed.
WARNING
• Incorrect use of the sliding/tilting sunroof can result in injury.
• Never close the sliding/tilting sunroof without observing and ensuring
it is clear, to do otherwise could cause serious injury to you and others.
Make sure that no one is in the path of the sliding/tilting sunroof.
• Always take the vehicle key with you when you leave the vehicle.
• Never leave children or disabled persons in the vehicle, particularly if
they have access to the keys. Unsupervised use of a key could mean that
the engine is started or that electrical equipment is used (e.g. electric
sliding/tilting sunroof). Risk of accident! The doors can be locked using the
remote control key. This could result in people being trapped in the vehicle
in an emergency.
• The sliding/tilting sunroof continues to function until one of the front
doors is opened and the key removed from the ignition.
Convenience closing*
Using the door lock
– Hold the key in the door lock of the driver's door in the locking
position until the sliding/tilting sunroof is closed.
– Release the key to interrupt this function.
Note
The sliding/tilting sunroof rotary button remains in the last position selected
if the roof is closed using convenience closing from outside the vehicle and
will have to be re-positioned the next time you drive.
AC
AB
AD
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Roll-back function of the sliding/tilting roof*
The sliding/tilting roof has a roll-back function which prevents larger objects
getting trapped when the roof is closed. The roll-back function does not
prevent fingers getting pinched against the roof opening. The sliding/tilting
sunroof stops and opens again immediately if it is obstructed when closing.
If the sliding/tilting roof has been opened again by the roll-back function, it
can be closed only by pressing the rotary button at the front in position
⇒fig. 55 until the sliding/tilting roof has closed fully. Please note that the
sunroof will now close without the roll-back function.
Operation in the event of a breakdown
In the event of a breakdown, the sunroof may be closed manually.
• Remove the plastic cover by inserting a screwdriver in the rear section.
• Remove the lever from the cover fastening, insert it in the opening as far
as possible (pushing against the spring) and close the sliding roof.
• Fit the lever back into position.
Fig. 55 Roof lining
description: rotary sun
roof control
Fig. 56 Emergency
closing handle
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Lights and visibility
Lights
Switching lights on and off ´
Switching on the side lights
– Turn the light switch ⇒fig. 57 to position >.
Switching on dipped headlights
– Turn the light switch to position µ.
Switching off the lights
– Turn the light switch to position 0.
Switching on the fog lights*
– Turn the switch from position > or µ to the first stop. The
symbol j in the light switch lights up.
Switching on the rear fog lights (vehicles with front fog lights)
– Turn the switch from position > or µ to the second stop ⇒ .
An indicator lamp on the switch itself lights up.
Switching on the rear fog lights (vehicles with no front fog lights)
– Turn the switch from position > or µ to the end. An indicator
lamp on the switch itself lights up.
WARNING
Never drive with just the side lights on. Risk of accident. The side lights are
not bright enough to illuminate the road ahead and to ensure that other
road users are able to see you. Always use your dipped headlights if it is
dark or if visibility is poor.
Note
• The dipped beam headlights will only work with the ignition on. The side
lights come on automatically when the ignition is turned off.
• If the lights are left on after the key has been taken out of the ignition lock,
a buzzer sounds when the driver door is opened. This is a reminder to switch
off the lights.
Fig. 57 Detailed view of
dash panel lights, fog
light and rear fog light
control
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• The rear fog light is so bright that it can dazzle drivers behind you. You
should use the rear fog light only when visibility is very poor.
• If you are towing a trailer equipped with a rear fog light on a vehicle with
a factory-fitted towing bracket, the rear fog light on the car will automatically
be switched off.
• The use of the lighting described here is subject to the relevant statutory
requirements.
Instrument and switch lighting / Headlight range control
Instrument and switch lighting
When the headlights are switched on, the brightness of the instruments and
switch lighting can be regulated to suit your requirements by turning the
thumb wheel ⇒fig. 58 .
Those vehicles fitted with xenon gas discharge headlights are fitted with an
automatic headlight range system.
Headlight range control
Using the electrical headlight range control, you can adjust the headlight
range to the load level that is being carried in the vehicle. In this way it is
possible to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic more than necessary. At the same
time, the driver has the best possible lighting for the road ahead using the
correct headlight settings.
The headlights can only be adjusted when the dipped beam is switched on.
To lower the beam, turn the thumb wheel down from the basic setting 0.
Dynamic headlight range control
Vehicles with gas discharge lamps (xenon lamps) are equipped with dynamic
headlight range control. When you switch on the lights, their range regulates
itself according to the vehicle load.
Vehicles with gas discharge lamps do not have headlight range control.
Rear window heating T
Fig. 58 Instrument panel:
regulation for instrument
and switch illumination
and headlight range
control
A1
A1
A2
A2
A2
Fig. 59 Instrument panel:
heated rear window
switch
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The rear window heating only works when the engine is running. When it is
switched on, a lamp lights up on the switch.
After 20 minutes, the heating device of the rear window switches off automat-
ically. If the button is pushed again, after 20 minutes the rear window heater
stays on continuously until the ignition is switched off.
For the sake of the environment
The rear window heater should be disconnected as soon as the glass is
demisted. By saving electrical power you can also save fuel.
Note
To avoid possible damage to the battery, an automatic temporary disconnec-
tion of this function is possible, coming back on when normal operating
conditions are reestablished.
Hazard warning lights ¿
The hazard warning lights are used to draw the attention of
other road users to your vehicle in emergencies.
If your vehicle breaks down:
1. Park your vehicle at a safe distance from moving traffic.
2. Press the button to switch on the hazard warning lights ⇒ .
3. Switch the engine off.
4. Apply the handbrake.
5. On a manual gearbox, engage 1st gear, and for an automatic
move the selector lever to P.
6. Use the warning triangle to draw the attention of other road users
to your vehicle.
Fig. 60 Instrument panel:
switch for hazard warning
lights
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7. Always take the vehicle key with you when you leave the vehicle.
You should switch on the hazard warning lights to warn other road users, for
instance when:
• reaching the tail end of a traffic jam
• there is an emergency
• your vehicle breaks down due to a technical defect
• you are towing another vehicle or your vehicle is being towed.
All turn signals flash simultaneously when the hazard warning lights are
switched on. That is that the two turn signal indicator lamps ´ ¯ and the
indicator lamp in the switch ¿ will flash at the same time. The hazard
warning lights also work when the ignition is switched off.
WARNING
• The risk of an accident increases if your vehicle breaks down. Always
use the hazard warning lights and a warning triangle to draw the attention
of other road users to your stationary vehicle.
• Never park where the catalytic converter could come into contact with
inflammable materials under the vehicle, for example dry grass or spilt
petrol. This could start a fire!
Note
• The battery will run down if the hazard warning lights are left on for a long
time, even if the ignition is switched off.
• The use of the hazard warning lights described here is subject to the rele-
vant statutory requirements.
Turn signal and main beam headlight lever
The turn signal and main beam lever also operates the
parking lights and the headlight flasher.
The turn signal and main beam headlight lever has the following
functions:
Switching on the turn signals
– Move the lever all the way up ⇒fig. 61 to indicate right, and
all the way down to indicate left.
Signalling a lane change
– Push the lever up or down to the point where you incur
resistance and then release the lever. The turn signal will flash
several times. The corresponding warning lamp will also flash.
Fig. 61 Turn signal and
main beam headlight
lever
A1
A2
A1 A2
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Switching main beam on and off
– Turn the light switch to position µ.
– Press the lever forward ⇒page 93, fig. 61 to switch on the
main beams.
– Pull the lever back towards you to switch the main beam head-
lights off again.
Headlight flasher
– Pull the lever towards the steering wheel to operate the
flasher.
Switching on parking lights
– Switch off the ignition and remove the key from the lock.
– Move the lever up or down to turn on the right or left-hand
parking lights respectively.
WARNING
The main beam can dazzle other drivers. Risk of accident! Never use the
main beam headlights or the headlight flasher if they could dazzle other
drivers.
Note
• The turn signals only work when the ignition is switched on. The corre-
sponding warning lamp ´ or ¯ flashes in the combi-instrument. The
warning lamp ~ flashes when the turn signals are operated, provided a
trailer is correctly attached and connected to the vehicle. If a turn signal bulb
is defective, the warning lamp flashes at double speed. If the trailer turn
signal bulbs are damaged, warning lamp ~ does not light up. You should
have the bulb replaced.
• The main beam headlights can only be switched on if the dipped beam
headlights are already on. The warning lamp ¯ then comes on in the combi-
instrument.
• The headlight flasher comes on for as long as you pull the lever – even if
no other lights are switched on. The warning lamp ¯ then comes on in the
combi-instrument.
• When the parking lights are switched on, the headlight and the rear light
on the corresponding side of the vehicle light up. The parking lights will only
work if the key is removed from the ignition. If the lights are switched on, a
buzzer gives an audible warning while the driver door is open.
• If the turn signal lever is left on after the key has been taken out of the
ignition lock, an acoustic signal sounds when the driver door is opened. This
is a reminder to switch off the turn signal, unless of course you wish to leave
the parking light on.
A4
A3
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Interior lights
Front interior light
The switch ⇒fig. 62 is used to select the following positions:
Courtesy light position 7
Sliding switch in central position The interior lights are automatically
switched on when the vehicle is unlocked or the key removed from the igni-
tion lock and turn off about 20 seconds after the closure of the doors. The
interior lights are switched off when the vehicle is locked or when the ignition
is switched on.
Interior light switched on ¯
Move the knob to the position ¯.
Interior light switched off O
Move the knob to the position O ⇒fig. 62.
Note
If not all the vehicle doors are closed, the interior lights will be switched off
after approx. 10 minutes, providing the key has been removed and the cour-
tesy light position selected. This prevents the battery discharging.
Front reading light*
Switching on the reading light ¯
Press the corresponding button ⇒fig. 63 to switch on the reading light.
Switching off the reading lights ¯
Press the corresponding button to switch off the reading light.
Fig. 62 Interior roof trim:
front interior lights
AA
Fig. 63 Front reading
light
AB
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Glove box light*
The light in the glove box on the front passenger side will only light up if the
lights are switched on and the glove box is open.
Boot light*
The light is activated when the tailgate is open, even when the ignition and
lights are turned off. For this reason ensure that the tailgate is always
closed.
Visibility
Sun visors
The sun visors for the driver and the front passenger can be pulled out of their
mountings in the centre of the vehicle and turned towards the doors
⇒fig. 65.
The sun shades are fitted with a courtesy mirror, its cover and a card holder.
Fig. 64 Luggage
compartment light
Fig. 65 Sun visor on the
driver side
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Windscreen washers
Front windscreen wipers `
The windscreen wiper lever controls the windscreen wipers
and the automatic wash and wipe.
The windscreen wiper lever ⇒fig. 66 has the following positions:
Switching off the wipers
– Move the lever to position .
Intermittent wipe
– Move the lever up to position .
– Move the control to the left or right to set the length of the
intervals. Control to the left: long intervals; control to the right:
short intervals. Four wiper interval stages can be set using switch
.
Slow wipe
– Move the lever up to position .
Continuous wipe
– Move the lever up to position .
Brief wipe
– Move the lever down to position to give the windscreen a brief
wipe.
Wash and wipe automatic system \
– Pull the lever towards the steering wheel - Position , the wind-
screen washer is activated.
– Release the lever. The wipers-washers will keep running for
approximately four seconds.
The windscreen will be wiped again after approximately five seconds once the
wipe/wash system has been operated.
WARNING
• Worn and dirty wiper blades obstruct visibility and reduce safety levels.
• In cold conditions, you should not use the wash / wipe system unless
you have warmed the windscreen with the heating and ventilation system.
The washer fluid could otherwise freeze on the windscreen and obscure
your view of the road.
Fig. 66 Windscreen wiper
and windscreen wash
lever
A0
A1
AA
AA
A2
A3
A4
A5
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• Always note the corresponding warnings on ⇒page 190.
Caution
In icy conditions, always check that the wiper blades are not frozen to the
glass before using the wipers for the first time. If you switch on the wipers
when the wiper blades are frozen to the windscreen, you could damage both
the wiper blades and the wiper motor.
Note
• The windscreen wipers will only work when the ignition is switched on.
• The heat output of the heated jets* is controlled automatically when the
ignition is switched on, depending upon the outside temperature.
Rain sensor*
The rain sensor controls the frequency of the windscreen
wiper intervals, depending on the amount of rain.
Switching on the rain sensor
– Move the windscreen wiper lever into position ⇒fig. 67.
– Move the control to the left or right to set the sensitivity of the
rain sensor. Control to the right: highly sensitive. Control to the
left: less sensitive.
The rain sensor is part of the interval wipe function. You will have to switch
the rain sensor back on if you switch off the ignition. This is done by switching
the wiper intermittent function off and back on.
WARNING (continued)
Fig. 67 Windscreen wiper
lever
A1
AA
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Note
• Do not put stickers on the windscreen in front of the sensor. This may
cause sensor disruption or faults.
Rear window wiper \
The windscreen wiper lever operates the windscreen wiper
and the wash and wipe system for the rear window.
Switching on the interval wipe
– Press the lever forwards to position ⇒fig. 68. The wiper will
wipe the window approximately every 6 seconds.
Switching off the interval wipe function
– Pull the lever back from position towards the steering wheel.
The wiper will continue to function for a short period if you switch
off whilst the wipers are in motion.
Switching on the windscreen wiper and washer system
– Press the lever fully forwards to position ⇒fig. 68. The rear
wiper and washer operate at the same time. The windscreen
wash system will function as long as you hold the lever in this
position.
– Release the lever. The washer system stops and the wipers
continue until the end of the cycle.
– Move the lever towards the steering wheel to switch off.
WARNING
• A worn or dirty wiper blade will obstruct visibility and reduce safety.
• Always note the corresponding warnings on ⇒page 190.
Caution
In icy conditions, always check that the wiper blade is not frozen to the glass
before using the wiper for the first time. If you switch on the wiper when the
wiper blade is frozen to the glass, this could damage both the wiper blade
and the wiper motor.
Note
• The rear window wiper will only work when the ignition is switched on.
• Depending on the version of the model, when you engage reverse gear
and with the headlight wiper activated, the lamps are wiped.
Fig. 68 Windscreen wiper
and windscreen wash
lever: rear window wiper
A6
A6
A7
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Headlight washer system
The headlight washers clean the headlight lenses.
The headlight washers are activated automatically when the windscreen
washer is used and the windscreen wiper lever is pulled towards the steering
wheel for at least 1.5 seconds – provided the dipped headlights or main
beams are switched on. Clean off stubborn dirt (insects, etc.) from the head-
lights at regular intervals, for instance when filling the fuel tank.
Note
• To ensure that the headlight washers work properly in winter, keep the
nozzle holders in the bumper free of snow and remove any ice with a de-icer
spray.
• To remove water, the windscreen wipers will be activated from time to
time, the headlight wipers will be activated every three cycles.
Windscreen
Athermic windscreen*
Vehicles with an athermic windscreen have an area without athermal treat-
ment above the rear-view mirror ⇒fig. 69. This surface has been designed
for the operation of electronic components of fitted devices (for example elec-
tronic pricing system).
Note
The customer should ensure that the electronic pricing device is fitted in the
correct area for operation.
Fig. 69 Location of the
electronic pricing device
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Rearview mirrors
Adjusting the head restraints
Before beginning any journey, adjust the rear-view mirrors for correct
visibility.
Interior mirror
It is dangerous to drive if you cannot see clearly through the
rear window.
Manual anti-dazzle function for interior mirror
In the basic mirror position, the lever at the bottom edge of the mirror should
be at the front. Pull the lever to the back to select the anti-dazzle function.
Automatic anti-dazzle interior mirror*
The automatic anti-dazzle function can be switched on and off
as desired.
Switching off anti-dazzle function
– Press button ⇒fig. 70. Warning lamp goes out:
Switching on anti-dazzle function
– Press button ⇒fig. 70. Warning lamp is lit.
Anti-dazzle function
The anti-dazzle function is activated every time the ignition is switched on.
The green indicator lamp lights up in the mirror housing.
When the anti-dazzle function is activated the interior mirror will darken auto-
matically according to the amount of light it receives (for example from the
headlights of a vehicle behind). The anti-dazzle function is cancelled if
reverse gear is engaged.
Fig. 70 Automatic anti-
dazzle interior mirror.
AA AB
AA
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Note
• The automatic anti-dazzle function will only work properly if the sun
blind* for the rear window is retracted and there are no other objects
preventing light from reaching the interior mirror.
• If you have to stick any type of sticker on the windscreen, do not do so in
front of the sensors. Doing so could prevent the anti-dazzle function from
working well or even from working at all.
Folding in the wing mirrors
The wing mirrors of the vehicle may be folded in. For this, press the mirror
housing towards the vehicle.
Note
Before washing the vehicle with an automatic car wash, fold in the mirrors to
avoid damage.
Electric wing mirrors*
The exterior mirrors can be adjusted using the rotary knob in
the centre console.
Basic setting of exterior mirrors
1. Turn knob ⇒fig. 71 to position L (left exterior mirror).
2. Turn the rotary knob to position the mirror so that you have a
good view to the rear of the vehicle.
3. Turn knob to position R (right exterior mirror).
4. Swivel the rotary knob to position the mirror so that you have a
good view to the rear of the car ⇒ .
Heating the exterior mirrors*
– Turn the control to the demisting position | ⇒fig. 71.
Fig. 71 Exterior mirror
control
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– Place the control in position L or R once the mirrors have
demisted to prevent unnecessary use of the battery.
Folding in exterior mirrors*
– Turn the control ⇒page 102, fig. 71 to position ç to fold in the
exterior mirrors. You should always fold in the exterior mirrors if
you are driving through an automatic car wash. This will help
prevent damage.
Folding exterior mirrors back out to the extended position*
– Turn the knob to position L or R to fold the exterior mirrors back
out ⇒ .
Synchronised wing mirror adjustment*
1. Turn the control to the position L (left exterior mirror).
2. Turn the rotary knob to position the mirror so that you have a
good view to the rear of the vehicle. The right exterior mirror will
be adjusted at the same time (synchronised).
WARNING
• The rear view convex or aspheric mirror increase the field of vision
however the objects appear smaller and further away in the mirrors. If you
use these mirrors to estimate the distance to vehicles behind you when
changing lane, you could make a mistake. Risk of accident.
• If possible, use the interior mirror to estimate distances to vehicles
behind you.
• Make sure that you do not get your finger trapped between the mirror
and the mirror base when folding back the mirrors. Risk of injury!
For the sake of the environment
The exterior mirror heating should be switched off when it is no longer
needed. Fuel is wasted otherwise.
Note
• If the electrical adjustment ever fails to operate, the mirrors can be
adjusted by hand by lightly pressing the edge of the mirror glass.
• In vehicles with electric wing mirrors, the following points should be
observed: if, due to an external force (e.g. a knock while manoeuvring), the
adjustment of the mirror housing is altered, the mirror will have to be
completely folded electrically. Do not readjust the mirror housing by hand, as
this will interfere with the mirror adjuster function.
• The rear view mirrors can be adjusted separately or simultaneously, as
described before.
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Seats and stowage
The importance of correct seat adjustment
Proper seat adjustment optimises the level of protection
offered by seat belts and airbags.
Your vehicle has five passenger places, two individual front seats and three
places on the rear seat. Each seat is equipped with a three-point seat belt.
The driver seat and front passenger seat can be adjusted in many ways to suit
the physical requirements of the vehicle occupants. The correct seat position
is very important for:
• fast and easy operation of all controls on the instrument panel,
• relaxed posture that does not cause drowsiness,
• safe driving ⇒page 7,
• and to ensure that the seat belts and airbag system provide maximum
protection ⇒page 16.
WARNING
• If the driver and passengers assume improper sitting positions, they
may sustain critical injuries.
• Never transport more people than there are seats available in the
vehicle.
• Every occupant in the vehicle must properly fasten and wear the seat
belt belonging to his or her seat. Children must be protected with an appro-
priate child restraint system ⇒page 42, “Child safety”.
• The front seats and all head restraints must always be adjusted to body
size and the seat belt must always be properly adjusted to provide you and
your passengers with optimum protection.
• Always keep your feet in the foot well when the vehicle is moving; never
rest them on the dash panel, out of the window or on the seat. This also
applies to passengers. An incorrect sitting position exposes you to an
increased risk of injury in the event of a braking manoeuvre or an accident.
If the airbag is triggered, you could sustain severe injuries due to an incor-
rect sitting position.
• It is important for the driver and front passenger to maintain a distance
of at least 25 cm from the steering wheel or dash panel. Failure to respect
the minimum distance means that the airbag will not protect you. Risk of
fatal injury. The distance between the driver and the steering wheel or
between the front passenger and the dash panel should always be as great
as possible.
• Adjust the driver or front passenger seat only when the vehicle is
stationary. Otherwise your seat could move unexpectedly while the vehicle
is moving. This could increase the risk of an accident and therefore injury.
In addition, while adjusting your seat, you will assume an incorrect sitting
position. Risk of fatal accidents.
• Special guidelines apply to installing a child seat on the front
passenger seat. When installing a child seat, observe the warning note in
the ⇒page 42, “Child safety”.
WARNING (continued)
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Head restraints
Correct adjustment of head restraints
Properly adjusted head restraints are an important part of
occupant protection and can reduce the risk of injuries in
most accident situations.
– Adjust the head restraint so that its upper edge is at the same
level as the top of your head, or as close as possible to the same
level as the top of your head and, as a very minimum at eye level
⇒fig. 72 and ⇒fig. 73.
Adjusting the head restraints ⇒page 106.
WARNING
• Travelling with the head restraints removed or improperly adjusted
increases the risk of severe injuries.
• Improperly adjusted head restraints could lead to death in the event of
a collision or accident.
• Incorrectly adjusted head restraints also increase the risk of injury
during sudden or unexpected driving or braking manoeuvres.
• The head restraints must always be adjusted according to the occu-
pant's size.
Fig. 72 Front view: head
restraints and seat belts
correctly adjusted
Fig. 73 Side view: head
restraints and seat belts
correctly adjusted
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Removing or adjusting head restraints
The head restraints can be adjusted by moving them up and
down.
Adjusting height (front seats)
– Press the button on the side and pull upwards to the desired
position.
– To lower the head restraint, press the button and push head
restraint downwards.
– Make sure that it engages securely into position.
Adjust height (rear outer seats)
– Press the button on the side and pull upwards or downwards to
the desired position.
– Make sure that the head restraint engages securely in one of its
positions.
Adjusting height (rear central seat)
– Press the button on the side and pull upwards to the desired
position.
– To lower the head restraint, press the button and push head
restraint downwards.
– Make sure that the head restraint engages securely in one of its
positions ⇒page 13.
Angle adjustment (front seats)
– Press the head restraint forward or back to the required position.
Removing the head restraint
– Push the head restraint up as far as it will go.
– Press the button ⇒fig. 74 (arrow).
– Pull head restraint out of fitting without releasing the button.
Fitting the head restraint
– Insert the head restraint into the guides on the rear backrest.
– Push head restraint down.
– Adjust the head rest to suit body size ⇒page 12.
WARNING
• Never drive if the head restraints have been removed. Risk of injury.
Fig. 74 Adjusting and
removing the head
restraints
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• Never drive if the head restraints are in an unsuitable position, there is
a risk of serious injury.
• After refitting the head restraint, you must always adjust it properly for
height to achieve optimal protection.
• Please observe the safety warnings ⇒page 105, “Correct adjustment
of head restraints”.
Note
• To fit and remove the rear head restraints, gently tilt the seat back
forwards.
• When fitting the head restraints again, insert the tubes as far as possible
into the guides without pressing the button.
Front seats
Adjustment of the front seats
To fold and unfold the seat back* (for two-door vehicles without
the function Easy - Entry*)
4)
– To fold the seat back down, pull the lever upwards, in the
direction of the arrow and push the seat back forwards.
– To unfold the seatback, push it back.
WARNING (continued)
4)
Easy-entry function
Fig. 75 Front left seat
controls
A1
A2
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To fold and unfold the seat back* (for two-door vehicles with the
function Easy - Entry*)
4)
– To fold the seat back down, pull the lever upwards, in the
direction of the arrow and push the seat back forwards. You can
push the seat forwards at the same time to make entry to the rear
seats easier.
– To unfold the seat back, first move the seat completely back.
Adjusting the seat forwards and backwards
– Pull up the grip and move the seat forwards or backwards.
– Then release the grip and move the seat further until the
catch engages.
Adjusting the seat height*
– Pull the lever up or push down (several times if necessary) from
its home position. This adjusts the seat height in stages.
Adjusting the backrest angle
– Take your weight off the backrest and turn the hand wheel.
The Easy-Entry function facilitates the access to the vehicle rear seats. Before
lifting the seat back, return the seat to the original position. The seat inserts
when the seat back is lifted.
WARNING
• Never adjust the driver or front passenger seat while the vehicle is in
motion. While adjusting your seat, you will assume an incorrect sitting
position. Risk of fatal accidents. Adjust the driver or front passenger seat
only when the vehicle is stationary.
• To reduce the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger during
sudden braking manoeuvres or an accident, never drive with the backrest
tilted far to the rear. The maximum protection of the seat belt can be
achieved only when the backrests are in an upright position and the driver
and front passenger have properly adjusted their seat belts. The further
the backrests are tilted to the rear, the greater the risk of injury due to
improper positioning of the belt web!
• Exercise caution when adjusting the seat height or forwards/back-
wards position. Injuries can be caused if the backrest is tilted without due
care and attention.
Heated seats* µ
The front seat cushions and backrests can be heated electri-
cally.
A1
A2
A2
A1
A3
A4
WARNING (continued)
Fig. 76 Thumb wheel for
the front seat heating
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– Turn the appropriate thumb wheel ⇒page 108, fig. 76 to switch
on the seat heating. The seat heating is switched off in the 0
position.
The seat heating only works when the ignition is switched on. The left thumb
wheel controls the left seat and the right thumb wheel the right seat.
Caution
To avoid damaging the heating elements, please do not kneel on the seat or
apply sharp pressure at a single point to the seat cushion and backrest.
Rear seat bench
Folding down rear seats
Folding seat down
– Remove the head restraint ⇒page 106.
– Pull the front edge of the seat cushion ⇒fig. 77 upwards in
the direction of the arrow.
– Lift the cushion forwards in the direction of the arrow.
– Pull the release button ⇒fig. 78 in the direction of the arrow and
fold the backrest forwards
– Insert the head restraints in their corresponding fastenings.
Folding seat forward
– Remove the head restraints from their fastening on the seat
cushion.
– Lift the backrest until it correctly engages in the catches.
– Check that it has engaged correctly.
Fig. 77 Folding up the
rear seat cushion
Fig. 78 Button for
unlocking the rear back-
rest
A1
A2
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– Replace the rear head restraints ⇒page 106.
– Lower the cushion and push it backwards below the seatbelt
buckles.
– Press the front part of the cushion downwards.
On split rear seats
5)
the backrest and cushion can be lowered and raised
respectively in two sections.
WARNING
• Please be careful when folding back the backrest! Injuries can be
caused if the backrest is tilted without due care and attention.
• Do no trap or damage seatbelts when raising the backrest.
• After raising the backrest, check it has engaged properly in position.
• The three point automatic seat belt only works correctly when the back-
rest of the central seat is correctly engaged.
Stowage compartments
Stowage compartment on the front passenger side
The compartment can be opened by pulling the lever ⇒fig. 79.
WARNING
Always keep the stowage compartment cover closed while the vehicle is in
motion to reduce the risk of injury during a sudden braking manoeuvre or
in the event of an accident.
5)
Optional equipment
Fig. 79 Passenger side:
stowage compartment
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Object compartment, driver's side
There is an object compartment on the driver's side
To open the compartment, pull outwards ⇒fig. 80.
Stowage drawer under front right seat*
To open
– Press button and pull outwards, holding it with a hand.
To close
– Press inwards until it engages.
Fig. 80 Driver's side
compartment
Fig. 81 Stowage
compartment under the
front passenger seat
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Seat storage pocket*
There is a storage pocket on the rear of the front seats.
Front cup holder*
To open
– Press on the edge of cup holder, this opens with a spring action.
To close
– Press the cup holder until it is completely closed.
WARNING
• Never place hot drinks in the drink holders. During normal or sudden
driving manoeuvres, sudden braking or an accident, the hot drink could be
spilled. Danger of scalding.
• Never use rigid materials (for example, glass or ceramic), these could
cause injury in the case of an accident.
• When travelling the drinks holder should always be closed to prevent
risk in the event of sudden breaking or accident.
Fig. 82 Seat storage
pocket
Fig. 83 Front cup holder
in the centre console
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Rear cup holder*
On the rear part of the centre console, behind the hand brake, there is a
drinks holder installed* ⇒fig. 84.
Ashtrays, cigarette lighter and electrical
sockets
Front ashtray
Opening
– Press the lower part of the ashtray cover ⇒fig. 85 and it will
open automatically with a spring action.
Emptying the ashtray
– Hold the ashtray on the right-hand side and pull upwards.
Replacement
– Push ashtray into holder.
Fig. 84 Cupholder in the
centre console
Fig. 85 Front ashtray
AA
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Closing
– Move the ashtray cover towards the gearstick until it engages.
WARNING
Never put paper in the ashtray. Hot ash could ignite the paper in the
ashtray.
Cigarette lighter
– Press on the cigarette lighter ⇒fig. 86 to activate it ⇒ .
– Wait for the lighter to pop out slightly.
– Pull out the cigarette lighter and light the cigarette on the
glowing coil.
WARNING
• Improper use of the cigarette lighter can lead to serious injuries or start
a fire.
• Take care when using the cigarette lighter. Carelessness or negligence
when using the cigarette lighter can cause burns, risk of injury.
• The lighter only works when the ignition is turned on or the engine is
running. To avoid the risk of fire, never leave children unsupervised in the
vehicle.
Electrical sockets
The 12 Volt cigarette lighter socket can also be used for other electrical
components with a power rating of up to 120 Watt. When the engine is
switched off, however, the vehicle battery will discharge. Further information
⇒page 172.
WARNING
The current sockets and the connected accessories will only operate when
the ignition is on or when the engine is running. Improper use of the
sockets or electrical accessories can lead to serious injuries or cause a fire.
To avoid the risk of injury, never leave children unsupervised in the vehicle.
Note
• Using electrical appliances with the engine switched off will drain the
battery.
• Before using any electrical accessories, see the instructions on
⇒page 172.
Fig. 86 Cigarette lighter
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Auxiliary audio connection (AUX-IN)
– Lift the AUX. cover ⇒fig. 87.
– Insert the pin fully (See the radio manual).
Connector for Apple* iPod
®

The iPod
®
connector is in the glove compartment on the
passenger side.
For information concerning the use of this equipment, please see the Radio
handbook.
Fig. 87 Auxiliary audio
connection
Fig. 88 iPod connection
in glove box on passenger
side.
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USB* connection
In the glove box on the passenger side there is a USB port.
For information concerning the use of this equipment, please see the Radio
handbook.
First-aid kit, warning triangle, fire
extinguisher*
First-aid kit, warning triangle and fire extinguisher
The use of reflective warning triangles is obligatory in emergencies in some
countries. As are the first aid kit and a set of spare lightbulbs.
The first-aid kit and the fire extinguisher are located in the luggage compart-
ment, in the side compartments and held in place by Velcro.
The warning triangle may be located in the rear of the luggage compartment
held in place by rubber bands.
Note
• The first aid kit, the warning triangles and the fire extinguisher are not
supplied with the vehicle as standard.
• The first aid kit, the warning triangles and the fire extinguisher should
meet legal requirements.
• The expiry date of the content of the first aid kit should be checked.
• Ensure that the fire extinguisher is fully functional. The fire extinguisher
should, therefore, be checked regularly. The sticker on the fire extinguisher
will inform you of the next date for checking.
• Before acquiring accessories and emergency equipment see the instruc-
tions on ⇒page 172, “Accessories, parts replacement and modifications”.
Luggage compartment
Stowing luggage
All luggage must be securely stowed.
Please observe the following points to ensure the vehicle handles
well at all times:
– Distribute the load as evenly as possible.
– Place heavy objects as far forward in the luggage compartment
as possible.
Fig. 89 USB connection*
in glove box on passenger
side.
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WARNING
• Loose luggage and other loose items in the vehicle can cause serious
injuries.
• Loose objects in the luggage compartment can suddenly move and
change the way the vehicle handles.
• During sudden manoeuvres or accidents, loose objects in the
passenger compartment can be flung forward, injuring vehicle occupants.
• Always put objects in the luggage compartment.
• When you transport heavy objects, always keep in mind that a change
in the centre of gravity can also cause changes in vehicle handling.
• Please observe information on safe driving ⇒page 7, “Safe driving”.
Caution
Hard objects on the shelf could chafe against the wires of the heating
element in the rear window and cause damage.
Note
The ventilation slots in front of the rear side windows must not be covered as
this would prevent stale air being extracted from the vehicle.
Luggage compartment cover
Removing the cover
– Disengage the loops ⇒fig. 90 from the retaining pins
– Extract the cover from its slot, in its rest position and pull
outwards.
WARNING
Do not place heavy or hard objects on the luggage compartment cover, this
will endanger the vehicle occupants in case of sudden braking.
Caution
• Before closing the tailgate, ensure that the stowage compartment tray is
correctly fitted.
Fig. 90 Luggage
compartment cover
AB AA
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• An overloaded boot could mean that the rear stowage tray is not correctly
seated and it may be bent or damaged.
• If the boot is overloaded, remove the tray.
Note
• Ensure that, when placing items of clothing on the luggage compartment
cover, rear visibility is not reduced.
Roof carrier*
Please observe the following points if you intend to carry loads on the roof:
• For safety reasons, only luggage racks and accessories approved by SEAT
should be used.
• It is imperative to precisely follow the fitting instructions included for the
rack, taking special care when fitting the front bar in the holes designed for
this and the rear bar between the marks on the upper part of the rear door
frame while respecting the correct direction of travel indicated in the installa-
tion manual. Not following these instructions may lead to paintwork damage
or marks on the bodywork.
• Pay special attention to the tightening torque of the attachment bolts and
check them following a short journey. If necessary, retighten the bolts and
check them at regular intervals.
• Distribute the load evenly. A maximum load of 40 kg only is permitted for
each roof carrier system support bar, the load must be distributed evenly over
the entire length. However, the maximum load permitted for the entire roof
(including the support system) of 75 kg must not be exceeded nor should the
total weight of the vehicle be exceeded. See the chapter on “Technical Data”.
• When transporting heavy or large objects on the roof, any change in the
normal vehicle behaviour due to a change in the centre of gravity or an
increased wind resistance must be taken into account. For this reason, a suit-
able speed and driving style must be used.
• For those vehicles fitted with a sunroof*, ensure that it does not interfere
with the load on the roof carrier system when opened.
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Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning
Heating and ventilation
Controls
– Using the controls ⇒fig. 91 and and with the switch
you can set the temperature, air distribution and the blower
speed.
– Press the button to switch air recirculation mode on or off. A
button is illuminated by a yellow lamp for as long as the function
is switched on.
Temperature
Switch sets the temperature. The required temperature inside the vehicle
cannot be lower than the ambient temperature. Maximum heat output, which
is needed to defrost the windows quickly, is only available when the engine
has reached its operating temperature.
Blower
The air flow can be set at four speeds with switch . The blower should
always be set at the lowest speed when driving slowly.
Air distribution
Control for setting the flow of air in the required direction.
1 – Air distribution towards the windscreen. Air recirculation is, for safety
reasons, not possible in this position.
3 – Air distribution to the upper body.
) – Air distribution to footwell.
, – Air distribution to the windscreen and the footwell.
Air recirculation mode -
Air recirculation on (button symbol lights up) prevents strong odours
in the outside air from entering the vehicle interior, for example when driving
through a tunnel or queuing in traffic ⇒ .
When the outside temperature is low, using air recirculation mode provides
more effective heating by heating air from the vehicle interior instead of cold
air from outside.
WARNING
• For your safety, the windows should never be fogged up or covered with
snow or ice. This is essential to ensure good visibility. Please familiarise
yourself with the correct operation of the heating and ventilation system,
including the demist/defrost functions for the windows.
Fig. 91 On the dash
panel: Heater controls
AA AC AB
AD
AA
AB
AC
AD -
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• In air recirculation mode, no ambient air enters the vehicle interior. The
windows can quickly fog over if the heating is switched off. Therefore, you
should never leave the air recirculation mode switched on for longer
periods, as this increases the risk of an accident.
Note
• Please observe the general notes ⇒page 128.
Vehicle ventilation or heating
Ventilating the passenger compartment
– Turn the temperature selector ⇒fig. 92 anti-clockwise.
– Turn blower switch to speed settings 1 -4.
– Set the airflow to the desired direction using air distribution
control .
– Open the relevant air outlets.
Heating the interior
– Turn the temperature selector ⇒fig. 92 clockwise to select
the required temperature.
– Turn blower switch to speed settings 1 -4.
– Set the airflow to the desired direction using air distribution
control .
– Open the relevant air outlets.
Defrosting the windscreen
– Turn the temperature selector ⇒fig. 92 clockwise to the
maximum temperature.
– Turn the blower switch to setting 4.
– Set air distribution to 1.
– Close outlet .
– Open and turn outlet towards side windows
Demisting the windscreen and the side windows
– Turn the temperature selector ⇒fig. 92 to the heating zone.
– Turn blower switch to speed settings 2 -3.
– Set air distribution to 1.
WARNING (continued)
Fig. 92 On the dash
panel: Heater controls
A1
A7
AC
AA
A7
AC
AA
AB
A3
A4
AA
A7
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– Close outlets .
– Open and turn outlets towards side windows
When the windows are demisted and as a preventive measure, the switch
can be set in position ,, thus obtaining greater comfort while preventing the
windows from misting again.
Heating
Maximum heat output, which is needed to defrost the windows quickly, is
only available when the engine has reached its operating temperature.
Note
Remember that the temperature of the engine coolant should be optimum to
ensure that the heating system functions correctly ( except in vehicles fitted
with additional heating*)
Air outlets
A3
A4
AC
Fig. 93 Air vent
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Air distribution
The outlets and can be closed or opened separately and the air flow
directed according to need.
Air vent closed: operating lever vertical.
Air vent open: operating lever horizontal.
Swivelling the outlet with the operating lever, it is possible to direct the air
output as desired.
Air conditioning*
Controls
The air conditioning system only works when the engine is running
and the fan is switched on.
– Using the controls ⇒fig. 94 and and with the switch
you can set the temperature, air distribution and the blower
speed.
– To switch a function on or off, press the appropriate button or
. When the function is activated, a warning light on the button
comes on.
– To demist the wind screens:
– Set air distribution to 1.
Switch on symbol Main air output through outlets:
1
1,2
)
5
,
1, 2, 5
3
3, 4
AC
A3 A4
Fig. 94 On the instru-
ment panel: air condi-
tioning controls
AA AC AB
AD
AE
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– Turn the fan control to one of the two levels depending on the
speed required.
– Rotate the temperature control to the desired level.
– Close outlets .
– Open and turn outlets towards side windows.
Temperature selector ⇒page 123
Blower control. There are four speed settings for the blower. The blower
should always be set at the lowest speed when driving slowly.
Air distribution control ⇒page 123
Air recirculation button ⇒page 124
Button – Coolant on button ⇒page 123
WARNING
For your safety, the windows should never be fogged up or covered with
snow or ice. This is essential to ensure good visibility. Please familiarise
yourself with the correct operation of the heating and ventilation system,
including the demist/defrost functions for the windows.
Note
Please observe the general notes.
Vehicle interior heating or cooling system
Heating of the vehicle interior
– Disconnect the cooling system using button ⇒fig. 95 (the
button light goes off).
– Turn the temperature selector to set the desired temperature.
– Turn the blower switch to one of the settings 1-4.
– Set the air distribution control to the air flow configuration
desired: (towards the windscreen), (towards the chest),
(towards the foot rest) and (towards the windscreen and
foot rest areas).
Cooling the passenger compartment
– Connect the cooling system with button (the button light
should light up).
A3
A4
AA
AB
AC
AD -
AE AC
Fig. 95 On the instru-
ment panel: air condi-
tioning controls
AC
AA
AC
1 3
) ,
AC
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– Turn the temperature control switch until the desired interior
temperature is obtained.
– Turn the blower switch to one of the settings 1-4.
– Set the air distribution control to the air flow configuration
desired: (towards the windscreen), (towards the chest),
(towards the foot rest) and (towards the windscreen and
foot rest areas).
Heating
Maximum heat output, which is needed to defrost the windows quickly, is
only available when the engine has reached its operating temperature.
Coolant system
When the cooling system is switched on, not only the temperature, but also
the air humidity in the vehicle interior is reduced. This improves comfort for
the vehicle occupants and prevents misting of the windows when the outside
air humidity is high.
If the cooling system cannot be switched on this may be due to the following
reasons:
• the engine is not running.
• The blower is switched off.
• The outside temperature is lower than +5°C.
• the cooling system compressor has been temporarily switched off
because the engine coolant temperature is too high.
• The air conditioning fuse is faulty.
• Another fault in the vehicle. Have the air conditioning checked by a qual-
ified workshop.
Air recirculation
Air recirculation mode prevents fumes or unpleasant smells
from entering the vehicle.
When air recirculation mode is switched on (button ⇒page 123, fig. 95
with warning lamp) strong odours in the outside air do not enter the vehicle
interior, for example when passing through a tunnel or in queuing traffic.
When the outside temperature is low, using air recirculation mode provides
more effective heating by heating air from the vehicle interior instead of cold
air from outside.
When the outside temperature is high, using air recirculation mode provides
more effective cooling by cooling air from the vehicle interior instead of warm
air from outside.
For reasons of safety, air recirculation is not possible when the control for air
distribution is set to the windscreen setting 1.
WARNING
In air recirculation mode, no ambient air enters the vehicle interior. If the
air conditioning system is switched off, the windows can quickly mist over.
Therefore, you should never leave the air recirculation mode switched on
for longer periods, as this increases the risk of an accident.
Note
• When reverse gear is engaged the air recirculation connects automatically
to prevent the entrance of exhaust fumes in the vehicle on travelling back-
wards. The control light on the button does not light up.
• If the temperature control is turned to the coldest setting (blue point) and
the switch is activated, the “Air recirculation” function is automatically
activated in order to cool the passenger compartment rapidly using a
minimum of energy and the function indicator will light.
1 3
) ,
-
-
-
AC
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• If the function is not deactivated by pressing the button, this will be deac-
tivated after about 20 min.
Economic use of the air conditioning
When the air conditioning is switched on, the compressor consumes engine
power and has an effect on fuel consumption. Observe the following points
in order to have the equipment operating for a short a time as possible.
• If the vehicle interior has overheated due to excessive solar radiation, it is
best to open the windows or doors to allow the hot air to escape.
• When travelling the air conditioning should not be switched on if the
windows or sun roof are open.*
Climatronic
Control switches
The air conditioning system only works when the engine is running and the blower is switched on.
Fig. 96 On the instrument panel: Climatronic controls
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– Turn the temperature selector ⇒page 125, fig. 96 to set the
desired temperature.
– The functions will be switched on when the buttons are pressed.
When the function is activated, a symbol is displayed on the
screen. Press the button again to switch off the function.
Blower speed control and ON / OFF system.
Blower level indicator
Outside temperature display
Defrost windscreen display
Air recirculation display:
Display for air flow direction
Display AUTO (automatic operation)
Interior temperature selected display
Display ECON (air conditioning off)
Interior temperature selector.
Button – defrost function for the windscreen. The air drawn in from
outside the vehicle is directed at the windscreen. The air recirculation
mode, if switched on, will be switched off as soon as the defrost function
is switched on. At temperatures over 3°C, the air conditioning system will
be switched on automatically and the blower speed will be increased by
one level in order to dry the air.
Button – Automatic temperature, ventilation and air distribution
control ⇒page 126
Button – Air distribution to footwell
Button – Air distribution to the upper body.
Button – Air distribution to head.
Button – To connect economic mode. When the button light is on,
the air conditioning is disconnected to save fuel.
Button – Manual air recirculation mode.
WARNING
For your safety, the windows should never be fogged up or covered with
snow or ice. This is essential to ensure good visibility. Please familiarise
yourself with the correct operation of the heating and ventilation system,
including the demist/defrost functions for the windows.
Note
Please observe the general notes.
Automatic mode
In automatic mode air temperature, flow, and distribution are
automatically regulated so that a specified temperature is
attained as quickly as possible and then maintained.
Switching on automatic mode
– Press the button . The display is visible ⇒page 125,
fig. 96 .
– Turn the temperature selector to set the desired temperature
inside the vehicle. We recommend 22°C (72°F).
A comfortable interior climate is quickly reached when a temperature of
+22°C (72°F) is set in automatic mode. It can be changed as necessary to suit
individual preferences or particular circumstances. It is possible to select
interior temperatures from +18°C (64°F) to +29°C (86°F). If a lower or higher
temperature is selected, LO or HI is displayed on the screen. These are
approximate temperatures and the actual temperature may be slightly higher
or lower depending on the outside conditions.
A10
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
A6
A7
A8
A9
A10
A11 1
A12 AUTO
A13 )
A14 3
A15 J
A16 ECON
A17 -
AUTO
A7
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Climatronic maintains a constant temperature level fully automatically. The
temperature of the air supplied to the interior, the blower speed and the air
distribution are regulated automatically. The system also allows for the effect
of strong sunlight, so there is no need for manual adjustment. Therefore,
automatic mode provides the best comfort for the vehicle occupants in virtu-
ally all conditions throughout the year.
Automatic mode is switched off whenever an adjustment is made using the
buttons for the air distribution, blower or . The temperature continues
to be regulated.
Manual mode
In manual mode you can adjust the air temperature, flow, and
distribution yourself.
Switching on manual mode
– Press one of the buttons ⇒page 125, fig. 96 to , or turn
the blower control . The display is switched off .
Temperature
It is possible to select interior temperatures from +18°C (64°F) to +29°C
(86°F). These are approximate temperatures and the actual temperature may
be slightly higher or lower depending on the outside conditions.
If a temperature below 18°C (64°F) is selected, the display switches to LO. In
this setting the system runs at maximum cooling output and the temperature
is not regulated.
If a temperature above 29°C (86°F) is selected the display indicates HI. In this
setting the system runs at maximum heating output and the temperature is
not controlled.
Blower
The blower can be infinitely adjusted with the blower control . Always have
the blower running at a low setting to ensure a constant flow of fresh air into
the vehicle. If the blower is switched off (no level displayed ) and the
control is turned further to the left, the Climatronic is switched off. Then OFF
is displayed on the screen.
Air distribution
The air distribution is adjusted using the buttons , and . It is also
possible to open and close some of the air outlets separately.
Switching the air conditioning system on and off
Pressing the button switches off the air cooling system to save fuel.
The temperature continues to be regulated. The set temperature can then
only be reached if it is higher than the outside temperature.
Air recirculation mode
Air recirculation mode prevents fumes or unpleasant smells
from entering the vehicle.
– Press the button to switch air recirculation mode on or off.
This is ON if the symbol - ⇒page 125, fig. 96 is displayed
on the screen.
Air recirculation mode prevents strong odours in the ambient air from
entering the vehicle interior, for example when passing through a tunnel or in
queuing traffic.
When the outside temperature is low, using air recirculation mode provides
more effective heating by heating air from the vehicle interior instead of cold
air from outside.
ECON
A13 A15
A1 A7
A1
A2
3 J ·
ECON
-
A5
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When the outside temperature is high, using air recirculation mode provides
more effective cooling by cooling air from the vehicle interior instead of warm
air from outside.
For reasons of safety, air recirculation is not possible when the control for air
distribution is set to the windscreen setting 1.
WARNING
In air recirculation mode, no ambient air enters the vehicle interior. If the
air conditioning system is switched off, the windows can quickly mist over.
Therefore, you should never leave the air recirculation mode switched on
for longer periods, as this increases the risk of an accident.
Note
When reverse gear is engaged the air recirculation connects automatically to
prevent the entrance of exhaust fumes in the vehicle on travelling backwards.
In this case the symbol for air recirculation is not displayed.
General notes
The pollen filter
The pollution filter (a combined particulate filter and active carbon filter)
serves as a barrier against impurities in the ambient air, including dust and
pollen.
For the air conditioning system to work with maximum efficiency, the pollen
filter must be replaced at the intervals specified in the Maintenance Program.
If the filter loses efficiency prematurely due to use in areas with very high
levels of air pollution, the pollen filter must be changed more frequently than
stated in the Service Schedule.
Caution
• If you suspect that the air conditioning is damaged, switch off the air
conditioning with button to prevent further damage and have it
checked by a qualified workshop.
• Repairs to the air conditioning system require specialist knowledge and
special tools. Therefore, we recommend that you take the vehicle to a quali-
fied workshop should problems occur.
Note
• If the humidity and temperature outside the vehicle are high, condensa-
tion can drip off the evaporator in the cooling system and form a pool under-
neath the vehicle, this is completely normal and there is no need to suspect
a leak.
• Keep the air intake slots in front of the windscreen free of snow, ice and
leaves to ensure heating and cooling is not impaired, and to prevent the
windows misting over.
• The air from the vents flows through the passenger compartment and is
extracted by slots designed for this purpose. Do not cover these slots with
articles of clothing or other objects.
• The air conditioning system operates most effectively with the windows
and the sliding/tilting roof* closed. However, if the sun has heated up the
vehicle, the air inside can be cooled more quickly by opening the windows for
a short period.
• Do not smoke while air recirculation mode is on, as smoke drawn into the
air conditioning system leaves a residue on the evaporator, producing a
permanent unpleasant odour.
• At low outside temperatures the compressor switches off automatically.
The button cannot be switched on either.
• It is advisable to connect the air conditioning at least once a month, to
lubricate the system gaskets and prevent leaks. If a decrease in the cooling
capacity is detected, an Authorised Service Centre should be consulted to
check the system.
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• For correct operation of the system, do not block the grille between the
button and the button 1.
• When the engine is under extreme strain, switch off the compressor for a
moment.
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Driving
Address
Adjusting the steering wheel position
The height and reach of the steering wheel can be freely
adjusted to suit the driver.
– Adjust the driver seat to the correct position.
– Push down the lever ⇒fig. 97 located under the steering
column ⇒ .
– Adjust the steering wheel in this way until the correct position is
set ⇒fig. 98.
– Then push the lever up again firmly ⇒ .
WARNING
• Incorrect use of the steering column adjustment function and an incor-
rect seating position can result in serious injury.
• To avoid accidents, the steering column should be adjusted only when
the vehicle is stationary. Risk of accident.
Fig. 97 Adjusting the
steering wheel position
Fig. 98 Proper sitting
position for driver
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• Adjust the driver seat or steering wheel so that there is a distance of at
least 25 cm between the steering wheel and your breast bone ⇒page 130,
fig. 98. If you fail to observe the minimum distance, the airbag will not
protect you. Risk of fatal injury.
• If your physical constitution prevents you from maintaining the
minimum distance of 25 cm, contact an Authorised Service Centre. The
Authorised Service Centre will help you decide if special specific modifica-
tions are necessary.
• If you adjust the steering wheel so that it points towards your face, the
driver airbag will not protect you properly in the event of an accident. Make
sure that the steering wheel points towards your chest.
• When driving, always hold the steering wheel with both hands on the
outside of the ring at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions. Never hold the
steering wheel at the 12 o'clock position, or in any other manner (e.g. in
the centre of the steering wheel, or on the inside of the rim). In such cases,
you could receive severe injuries to the arms, hands and head.
Safety
Electronic stabilisation programme (ESP)*
ESP helps make driving safer in certain situations.
The Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP) contains the electronic differential
lock (EDL) and the traction control system (TCS). The ESP function works in
conjunction with the ABS. Both warning lamps will light up if the ESP or ABS
systems are faulty.
The ESP is started automatically when the engine is started.
In specific circumstances where you require less traction, you can switch off
the ESP by pressing button ⇒fig. 99 .
For example:
• When driving with snow chains,
• when driving in deep snow or on loose surfaces,
WARNING (continued)
Fig. 99 Detail of the
centre console: ESP
button
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• when rocking the vehicle backwards and forwards to free it from mud, for
example.
You should press the button to switch the ESP back on when you no longer
need wheel spin.
The TCS and EDL are also switched off if the ESP is switched off. That is to say,
these systems are not available while ESP is not activated.
When does the button light up or flash?
• It lights up when the ignition is switched on and should go out again after
about 2 seconds.
• It will start flashing to indicate that ESP is counteracting an unstable
driving condition.
• It will light up continuously if there is a malfunction in the ESP.
• It will light up continuously if the ESP is switched off.
WARNING
• The electronic stabilisation programme (ESP) cannot defy the laws of
physics. This should be kept in mind, particularly on slippery and wet
roads and when towing a trailer.
• Always adapt your driving style to suit the condition of the roads and
the traffic situation. Do not let the extra safety afforded by ESP tempt you
into taking any risks when driving, this can cause accidents.
• Please refer to the corresponding warning notes on ESP in ⇒page 147,
“Intelligent technology”.
Ignition lock
Position of the ignition key
Ignition switched off, steering lock
In the position ⇒fig. 100 the ignition and the engine are OFF and the
steering may be locked.
For the Steering lock to operate without the ignition key, turn the steering
wheel until it locks with an audible sound. You should always lock the
steering wheel when you leave your vehicle. This will help prevent theft of the
vehicle ⇒ .
Switching on the ignition or glow plug system
Turn the ignition key to this position and let go of the key. If the key cannot be
turned or is difficult to turn from position to position , move the
steering wheel (to take the load off the steering lock mechanism) until the key
turns freely.
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Fig. 100 Ignition key
positions
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Starting
The engine is started when the key is in this position. Electrical components
with a high power consumption are switched off temporarily.
Each time that the vehicle must be started, the ignition key must be turned to
the position . The repetitive start prevention lock of the ignition prevents
possible damage to the starter motor if the engine is already running.
WARNING
• Wait for the vehicle to come to a standstill before removing the ignition
key from the lock. The steering lock could be activated immediately - Risk
of accident!
• Always remove the key from the ignition lock when leaving the vehicle,
even if you only intend to be gone for a short period. This is especially
important if you must leave children or disabled people in the vehicle, they
could accidentally start the engine or work electrical equipment such as
the windows possibly resulting in an accident.
• Unsupervised use of the keys could result in the engine being started
or electrical systems, such as the electric windows, being used. This can
result in serious injury.
Caution
The starter motor will only work when the engine is stopped (ignition key
position ).
Electronic immobiliser
The immobiliser prevents unauthorised persons from driving
the vehicle.
Inside the key there is a chip that deactivates the electronic immobiliser auto-
matically when the key is inserted into the ignition.
The immobiliser will be activated again automatically as soon as you pull the
key out of the ignition lock.
The engine can only be started using a genuine SEAT key with the correct
code.
Note
The vehicle cannot be operated properly if you do not have a genuine SEAT
key.
Starting and stopping the engine
Starting petrol engines
The engine can only be started using a genuine SEAT key with
the correct code.
– Move the gear lever to the neutral position and depress the
clutch pedal fully and hold it in this position, the starter will then
only have to turn the engine.
– Turn the ignition key to position ⇒page 132 to start the engine.
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A0
A2
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– Let go of the ignition key as soon as the engine starts; the starter
motor must not be allowed to run on with the engine.
After starting a very hot engine, you may need to press the accelerator briefly.
When starting from cold, the engine may be a little noisy for the first few
seconds until oil pressure has built up in the hydraulic valve compensators.
This is quite normal, and no cause for concern.
If the engine does not start immediately, switch off the starter after about
10 seconds and try again after about half a minute. If the engine still does not
start, the fuel pump fuse should be checked ⇒page 213, “Fuses”.
WARNING
• Never start or run the engine in unventilated or closed rooms. The
exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide, an odourless and colourless
poisonous gas. Risk of fatal accidents. Carbon monoxide can cause loss of
consciousness. It can also cause death.
• Never leave the vehicle unattended if the engine is running.
• Never use “cold start sprays”, they could explode or cause the engine
to run at high revs. Risk of injury.
Caution
• When the engine is cold, you should avoid high engine speeds, driving at
full throttle and over-loading the engine. Risk of engine damage.
• The vehicle should not be pushed or towed for more than approximately
50 metres to start the engine. Fuel could enter the catalytic converter and
damage it.
• Before attempting to push-start or tow a vehicle to start it, you should first
try to start it using the battery of another vehicle. Note and follow the instruc-
tions ⇒page 230, “Jump-starting”.
For the sake of the environment
Do not warm-up the engine by running the engine with the vehicle stationary.
You should drive off as soon as you start the engine. This helps the engine
reach operating temperature faster and reduces emissions.
Starting diesel engines
The engine can only be started using a genuine SEAT key with
the correct code.
– Move the gear lever to the neutral position and depress the
clutch pedal fully and hold it in this position, the starter will then
only have to turn the engine.
– Turn the ignition key to the starting position.
– Turn the ignition key to position ⇒page 132, fig. 100 . The
indication lamp ¯ will light for engine pre-heating.
– When the warning lamp goes out, turn the key to position to
start the engine. Do not press the accelerator.
– Let go of the ignition key as soon as the engine starts, the starter
motor must not be allowed to run on with the engine.
When starting from cold, the engine may be a little noisy for the first few
seconds until oil pressure has built up in the hydraulic valve compensators.
This is quite normal, and no cause for concern.
If there are problems starting the engine, see ⇒page 230.
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Glow plug system for the diesel engine
To avoid unnecessary load on the battery, do not use any other major elec-
trical equipment while the glow plugs are pre-heating.
Start the engine as soon as the glow plug warning lamp ⇒page 63 goes out.
Starting the engine after the fuel tank has been completely run dry
If the fuel tank has been completely run dry, it may take longer than normal
(up to one minute) to start the engine after refuelling with diesel fuel. This is
because the system must eliminate air first.
WARNING
• Never start or run the engine in unventilated or closed rooms. The
exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide, an odourless and colourless
poisonous gas. Risk of fatal accidents. Carbon monoxide can cause loss of
consciousness. It can also cause death.
• Never leave the vehicle unattended if the engine is running.
• Never use “cold start sprays”, they could explode or cause the engine
to run at high revs. Risk of injury.
Caution
• When the engine is cold, you should avoid high engine speeds, driving at
full throttle and over-loading the engine. Risk of engine damage.
• The vehicle should not be pushed or towed for more than approximately
50 metres to start the engine. Fuel could enter the catalytic converter and
damage it.
• Before attempting to push-start or tow a vehicle to start it, you should first
try to start it using the battery of another vehicle. Note and follow the instruc-
tions ⇒page 230, “Jump-starting”.
For the sake of the environment
Do not warm-up the engine by running the engine with the vehicle stationary.
You should drive off as soon as you start the engine. This helps the engine
reach operating temperature faster and reduces emissions.
Switching off the engine
– Stopping the engine.
– Turn the ignition key to position ⇒page 132, fig. 100 .
After the engine is switched off the radiator fan may run on for up to 10
minutes, even if the ignition is switched off. It is also possible that it will turn
itself on once more if the temperature of the coolant increases due to the
elimination of built up heat in the engine compartment or if this is heated due
to prolonged exposure to the heat of the sun.
WARNING
• Never switch off the engine until the vehicle is stationary.
• The brake servo works only when the engine is running. You will need
more strength to brake the vehicle when the engine is switched off. As you
cannot brake in the normal manner, there is a greater risk of accidents and
serious injury.
• The steering lock can engage immediately when the key is removed
from the ignition lock. The vehicle cannot be steered. Risk of accident.
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Caution
If the engine has been driven hard for a long period, the engine could over-
heat when it is switched off. Risk of engine damage. For this reason, you
should idle the engine for approx. 2 minutes before you switch it off.
Manual gearbox
Driving a car with a manual gearbox
Selecting the reverse gear
– The vehicle should be stationary with the engine idling. Press the
clutch right down.
– Place the gear lever into neutral gate and push the lever all the
way down.
– Slide the gearstick to the left, and then into the reverse position
shown on the gearstick.
Certain versions of the model may include a 6-speed manual gearbox, the
diagram is shown on the gearstick.
The reverse gear can only be engaged when the vehicle is stationary. When
the engine is running, before engaging this gear wait about 6 seconds with
the clutch pressed in fully in order to protect the gearbox.
The reversing lights come on when the reverse gear is selected and the igni-
tion is on.
WARNING
• When the engine is running, the vehicle will start to move as soon as a
gear is engaged and the clutch released.
• Never select the reverse gear when the vehicle is in motion. Risk of acci-
dent.
Note
• Do not rest your hand on the gear lever when driving. The pressure of your
hand could cause premature wear on the selector forks in the gearbox.
• When changing gear, you should always depress the clutch fully to avoid
unnecessary wear and damage.
• Do not hold the car “on the clutch” on hills. This causes premature wear
and damage to the clutch.
Fig. 101 Centre Console:
gear shift pattern of a 5-
speed manual gearbox
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Automatic gearbox*
Gearbox programmes
The automatic gearbox has two gearbox programmes.
The gearbox management system is equipped with two driving programmes.
Depending on the driver or the driving situation, either a consumption
oriented programme or a more “sporty” programme will be selected.
The programme selection will be carried out automatically depending on how
the accelerator is used.
• The consumption-oriented programme will be selected if you use the
accelerator slowly or normally. This means that the gearbox will shift up
earlier and down later.
• A more “sporty” driving programme which shifts up gear later will be
selected if you use the accelerator more quickly.
Note
A programme will, depending on the driving resistance, be selected automat-
ically that guarantees more pulling power, thus avoiding having to shift gear
constantly.
Fig. 102 Centre console:
Automatic gearbox
selector lever
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Selector lever lock functions
The selector lever lock in position P or N prevents gears from
being engaged inadvertently, which would cause the vehicle
to move.
The selector lever lock is released as follows:
– Switch on the ignition.
– Press and hold the brake pedal and press the selector lever lock
on the left of the selector lever at the same time.
A delay device prevents the lever form blocking, on gently passing through
position N (for example, from R to D),. This makes it possible, if the car is
stuck, to remove it “by swinging it”. Only when the lever is in position N for
more than 1 second, without pressing the brake, does the lever block come
into operation.
At speeds of over 5 km/h the selector lever lock is automatically deactivated
in position N.
Selector lever positions
P - parking lock
This is the correct position for parking the vehicle. To engage and disengage
P press the button on the gearstick knob and depress the brake pedal, while
the car is running.
If the car is not running, it can be unlocked by pressing the knob button.
R - reverse gear
This should only be engaged when the vehicle is at a standstill and the
engine idling. Before engaging position R, starting from position P or N,
depress the brake pedal and press the button on the gearstick knob.
In position R and with the ignition on, the reversing lights come on.
Fig. 103 Centre console:
Automatic gearbox
selector lever
Fig. 104 Instrument
panel display: Move the
selector lever to position
P.
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N - neutral (idling)
To take the lever out of position N at speeds of below 5 km/h or when the car
is at a standstill but the ignition is switched on, depress the brake pedal and
press the lock button on the gearstick knob.
D - Drive (forwards)
The four gears automatically change up or down, depending on engine load
and vehicle speed.
In certain conditions it is preferable to place the selector lever provisionally in
one of the positions described below:
3 - Position for uneven surfaces
Gears 1st, 2nd and 3rd automatically change up or down depending on the
engine load and vehicle speed. 4th gear is blocked. This increases the engine
braking effect when decelerating.
This position is recommended when in position D and under certain driving
conditions, there are frequent changes between 3rd and 4th.
2 - Position for hilly roads
Position recommended for long slopes.
1st and 2nd gear change automatically depending on engine load and
vehicle speed. 3rd and 4th do not operate.
1 - Position for very steep slopes or manoeuvres
Recommended position for extreme slopes.
The vehicle only travels in 1st gear. 2nd, 3rd and 4th are blocked.
The cruise control* can not be used in position 1.
Caution
Never move the selector lever to R or P when driving. This could damage the
gearbox. Risk of accident!
Note
The selector lever can be placed in positions 3, 2 and 1 when the change is
made manually, but the automatic gearbox does not change to a lower gear
until the number of revolutions is appropriate.
Kick-down feature
This system allows maximum acceleration. When the accelerator is
depressed to full throttle, and depending on the vehicle speed and engine
speed, the lowest gear is engaged. As soon as the maximum engine speed
for that gear is reached, the next gear up is engaged.
WARNING
Remember that the drive wheels may skid if the kick-down feature is acti-
vated when driving on icy or slippery roads. Danger of skidding!
Instructions for driving
Starting
The engine can only be started when the selector lever is at N or P
⇒page 133.
Selecting a range
When the car is at a standstill and the engine is running, always depress the
brake pedal before selecting a range.
Do not accelerate on selecting a range when the engine is at a standstill
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If, while driving, the selector lever accidentally moves to position N, first
release the accelerator pedal and wait until the engine slows to idling before
selecting a forward gear ⇒ .
Starting
Select a range (R, D, 3, 2, 1). Wait until the change has taken place and the
power transmission of the drive wheels has stabilised (slight pressure is
noticeable). Then depress the accelerator.
Stopping
In the case of a temporary stop, for example at a traffic light, it is not neces-
sary to move to position N, it is sufficient to brake using the brake pedal. The
engine should only run at idle speed.
Parking
On slopes, first pull handbrake on firmly and then connect block. This
prevents overloading of the locking mechanism, making the subsequent
deactivation easier ⇒ .
Emergency start
For vehicles fitted with an automatic gearbox the engine can not be started by
towing or pushing the vehicle ⇒page 233.
If the vehicle battery is flat, a battery from another car can be used to jump-
start the car using a set of jump leads ⇒page 133.
Towing
If the vehicle requires towing at any time, observe the instructions of
⇒page 233, “Towing and tow-starting”.
Back-up programme
In the event of a malfunction of the gearbox electronics, emergency
programmes are activated, according to the type of fault.
• The gearbox continues to connect gears automatically, but the operations
are jerky. Consult the Authorised Service Centre.
• The gearbox does not automatically engage gears.
In this case they can be changed manually. 3rd gear is only available in posi-
tions D, 3 and 2 of the selector lever.
In positions 1 and R of the selector lever 1st gear and reverse gear are avail-
able respectively as normal.
As the torque converter is required to work more, especially due to the lack of
2nd gear, it is possible that the gearbox oil may overheat. In this case, consult
the Authorised Service Centre as soon as possible.
WARNING
• In all the ranges the vehicle must always be held with the foot brake
when the engine is running. This is because an automatic gearbox still
transmits power even at idling speed, and the vehicle tends to “creep”.
• If, when the car is at a standstill and the engine is idling, a range is
connected, take care not to accelerate accidentally (for example, when
working in the engine compartment), as the car will start to move immedi-
ately.
• Before working on a running engine, place the selector lever in position
P and apply the handbrake.
• To prevent the vehicle from moving out of control, the handbrake
should always be applied when the vehicle is at a standstill. In addition
move the selector lever to position P.
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Handbrake
Using the handbrake
The handbrake should be applied firmly to prevent the
vehicle from accidentally rolling away.
Always apply the handbrake when you leave your vehicle and when
you park.
Applying the handbrake
– Pull the handbrake lever up firmly ⇒fig. 105.
Releasing the handbrake
– Pull the lever up slightly and press the release knob in the direc-
tion of the arrow ⇒fig. 105 and guide the handbrake lever down
fully ⇒ .
Always apply the handbrake firmly. This prevents you driving with the hand-
brake applied ⇒ .
The handbrake warning lamp C lights up when the handbrake is applied
and the ignition switched on. The warning lamp goes out when the hand-
brake is released.
WARNING
• Never use the handbrake to slow down the vehicle when it is in motion.
The braking distance is considerably longer, as braking is only applied to
the rear wheels. Risk of accident!
• If it is only partially released this will cause overheating of the rear
brakes, which can impair the function of the brake system and could lead
to an accident. This also causes premature wear on the rear brake
pads/linings.
Caution
Always apply the handbrake before you leave the vehicle. The first gear
should also be selected.
Parking
The handbrake should always be firmly applied when the
vehicle is parked.
Always note the following points when parking the vehicle:
– Use the foot brake to stop the vehicle.
– Apply the handbrake.
– The first gear should also be selected.
Fig. 105 Handbrake
between the front seats
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– Switch off the engine and remove the key from the ignition lock.
Turn the steering wheel slightly to engage the steering lock.
– Always take you car keys with you when you leave the vehicle
⇒ .
Additional notes on parking the vehicle on gradients:
Turn the steering wheel so that the vehicle would roll against the kerb if it did
start to roll.
• If the vehicle is facing downhill, turn the front wheels so that they point
towards the kerb.
• If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn the front wheels so that they point away
from the kerb.
• Secure the vehicle as normal by applying the handbrake firmly and
selecting first gear.
WARNING
• Take measures to reduce the risk of injury when you leave your vehicle
unattended.
• Never park where the hot exhaust system could ignite inflammable
materials, such as dry grass, low bushes, spilt fuel etc.
• Never allow vehicle occupants to remain in the vehicle when it is
locked. They would be unable to open the vehicle from the inside, and
could become trapped in the vehicle in an emergency. In the event of an
emergency, locked doors will delay assistance to occupants.
• Never leave children unsupervised in the vehicle. They could set the
vehicle in motion, for example, by releasing the handbrake or the gear
lever / selector lever.
• Depending on weather conditions, it may become extremely hot or cold
inside the vehicle. This can be fatal.
Cruise control system (CCS)*
Description
The cruise control system is able to maintain the set speed in
the range from approx. 30 km/h to 180 km/h.
Once the speed setting has been saved, you may take your foot off the accel-
erator.
WARNING
It could be dangerous to use the cruise control system if it is not possible
to drive at constant speed.
• For safety reasons the cruise control system should not be used in
dense traffic, in sections with bends or where roads conditions are poor
(e.g. aquaplaning, loose chippings, slippery surfaces, snow). Risk of acci-
dent.
• Always switch off the CCS when you have finished using it. This will
prevent you using it by mistake.
• It is dangerous to use a set speed which is too high for the current road,
traffic or weather conditions. Risk of accident.
Note
The cruise control cannot maintain a constant speed when descending gradi-
ents. The vehicle will accelerate under its own weight. Use the foot brake to
slow the vehicle.
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Switching the cruise control system on and off
Switching on the system
– Move the control ⇒fig. 106 to the left to ON.
Switching off system
– Move the control to the right to OFF or turn the ignition off
when the vehicle is stationary.
Setting speed*
– Press the lower part SET of the rocker switch ⇒fig. 107 once
briefly when you have reached the speed you wish to set.
When you release the rocker switch, the current speed is set and held
constant.
Fig. 106 Turn signal and
main beam headlight
lever switch and rocker
switch for the cruise
control
AA
AA
Fig. 107 Turn signal and
main beam headlight
lever switch and rocker
switch for the cruise
control
AB
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Adjusting set speed*
The speed can be altered without touching the accelerator or
the brake.
Setting a higher speed
– Press the upper part RES of the rocker switch ⇒fig. 108 to
increase the speed. The vehicle will continue to accelerate for as
long as you keep the rocker switch pressed. When you release
the switch, the new speed is stored.
Setting a lower speed
– Press the lower part SET– of the rocker switch to reduce the
speed. The vehicle will automatically reduce its speed for as long
as you keep the switch pressed. When you release the switch, the
new speed is stored.
When you increase speed with the accelerator and then release the pedal, the
system will automatically restore the set speed. This will not be the case,
however, if the vehicle speed is more than 10 km/h higher than the stored
speed for longer than 5 minutes. The speed will have to be stored again.
Control of the set speed is switched off if you reduce speed by depressing the
brake pedal. Reactivate the control by pressing once on the upper part of the
rocker switch RES+ ⇒fig. 108 .
WARNING
It is dangerous to use a set speed which is too high for the current road,
traffic or weather conditions. Risk of accident.
Switching off system temporarily*
The cruise control system will be switched off in the following situations:
• if the brake pedal is depressed,
Fig. 108 Turn signal and
main beam headlight
lever switch and rocker
switch for the cruise
control
AB
AB
AB
Fig. 109 Turn signal and
main beam headlight
lever switch and rocker
switch for the cruise
control
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• if the clutch pedal is depressed,
• if the vehicle is accelerated to over 180 km/h,
• when the lever is moved in the direction of OFF without fully being
engaged.
To resume cruise control, release the brake or clutch pedal or reduce the
vehicle speed to less than 180 km/h and press once on the upper part of the
rocker switch RES ⇒page 144, fig. 109 .
WARNING
It is dangerous to use a set speed which is too high for the current road,
traffic or weather conditions. Risk of accident.
Completely switching off the system
Vehicles with a manual gearbox
The system is completely turned off by moving the control all the way to
the right hand side (OFF engaged), or when the vehicle is stationary, ignition
off.
Vehicles with an automatic gearbox
To completely disengage the system, the selector lever must be placed in one
of the following positions: P, N, R or 1 or with the vehicle stopped and the
ignition turned off.
AA
AB
Fig. 110 Turn signal and
main beam headlight
lever switch and rocker
switch for the cruise
control
AA
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Brakes
Brake servo
The brake servo amplifies the pressure you apply to the brake pedal. It works
only when the engine is running.
If the brake servo is not functioning due to a malfunction, or if the vehicle has
to be towed, you will have to press the brake pedal considerably harder to
make up for the lack of servo assistance.
WARNING
The braking distance can also be affected by external factors.
• Never let the vehicle coast with the engine switched off. Failure to do so
could result in an accident. The braking distance is increased considerably
as the brake servo does not function.
• If the brake servo is not functioning, for example if the vehicle is being
towed, you will have to press the brake pedal considerably harder than
normal.
Brake assist system (BAS)*
The Brake Assist System function is only included in vehicles
with ESP.
In an emergency, most drivers brake in time, but not with maximum force.
This results in unnecessarily long braking distances.
The brake assist system intervenes here, if you press the brake pedal very
quickly, the brake assist system registers an emergency situation. It then very
quickly builds up the full brake pressure so that the ABS can be activated
more quickly and efficiently, thus reducing the braking distance.
Do not reduce the pressure on the brake pedal. The brake assist system
switches off automatically as soon as you release the brake.
WARNING
• The risk of accident is higher if you drive too fast, if you do not keep
your distance to the vehicle in front, and when the road surface is slippery
or wet. The increased accident risk cannot be reduced by the brake assist
system.
• The brake assist system cannot defy the laws of physics. Slippery and
wet roads are dangerous even with the brake assist system! Therefore, it is
essential that you adjust your speed to suit the road and traffic conditions.
Do not let the extra safety features tempt you into taking any risks when
driving.
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Anti-lock brake system and traction control
ABS
Anti-lock brake system (ABS)
The anti-lock brake system prevents the wheels locking
during braking.
The anti-lock brake system (ABS) is an important part of the vehicle’s active
safety system.
How the ABS works
If one of the wheels is turns too slowly in relation to the road speed, and is
close to locking, the system will reduce the braking pressure for this wheel.
The driver is made aware of this control process by a pulsating of the brake
pedal and audible noise. This is a deliberate warning to the driver that one or
more of the wheels is tending to lock and the ABS control function has inter-
vened. In this situation it is important to keep the brake pedal fully depressed
so the ABS can regulate the brake application. Do not “pump”.
If you brake hard on a slippery road surface, the best possible control is
retained as the wheels do not lock.
However, ABS will not necessarily guarantee shorter braking distances in all
conditions. The braking distance could even be longer if you brake on gravel
or on fresh snow covering a slippery surface.
WARNING
• The anti-lock brake system cannot defy the laws of physics. Slippery
and wet roads are dangerous even with ABS! If you notice that the ABS is
working (to counteract locked wheels under braking), you should reduce
speed immediately to suit the road and traffic conditions. Do not let the
extra safety features tempt you into taking any risks when driving.
• The effectiveness of ABS is also determined by the tyres fitted
⇒page 196.
• If the running gear or brakes are modified, the effectiveness of the ABS
could be severely limited.
Traction control system (TCS)*
The traction control system prevents the drive wheels from
spinning when the car is accelerating. The system always
includes ABS
Description and operation of the traction control system during acceleration
(TCS)
TCS reduces engine power to help prevent the drive wheels of front-wheel
drive vehicles losing traction during acceleration. The system works in the
entire speed range in conjunction with ABS. If a malfunction should occur in
the ABS, the TCS will also be out of action.
TCS helps the vehicle to start moving, accelerate and climb a gradient in slip-
pery conditions where this may otherwise be difficult or even impossible.
The TCS is switched on automatically when the engine is started. If necessary,
it may be turned on or off pushing the button on the centre console.
When the TCS is off, the warning lamp is lit. The TCS should normally be left
switched on at all times. Only in exceptional circumstances, when slipping of
the wheels is required, should it be disconnected, for example
• With compact temporary spare wheel.
• When using the snow chains.
• When driving in deep snow or on loose surfaces.
• When the vehicle is bogged-down, to free it by “rocking.”
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The TCS should be switched on again afterwards as soon as possible.
WARNING
• It must be remembered that TCS cannot defy the laws of physics. This
should be kept in mind, particularly on slippery and wet roads and when
towing a trailer.
• Always adapt your driving style to suit the condition of the roads and
the traffic situation. Do not let the extra safety afforded by TCS tempt you
into taking any risks when driving, this can cause accidents.
Caution
• In order to ensure that TCS function correctly, all four wheels must be
fitted with the same tyres. Any differences in the rolling radius of the tyres can
cause the system to reduce engine power when this is not desired.
• Modifications to the vehicle (e.g. to the engine, the brake system, running
gear or any components affecting the wheels and tyres) could affect the effi-
ciency of the ABS and TCS.
Electronic stabilisation programme (ESP)*
General notes
The electronic stabilisation programme increases the
vehicle’s stability on the road.
The electronic stabilisation programme helps to reduce the danger of skid-
ding.
The electronic stabilisation programme (ESP) consists of ABS, EDL and TCS.
Electronic Stabilising Program (ESP)*
ESP reduces the danger of skidding by braking the wheels individually.
The system uses the steering wheel angle and road speed to calculate the
changes of direction desired by the driver, and constantly compares them
with the actual behaviour of the vehicle. If the desired course is not being
maintained (for instance, if the car is starting to skid), then the ESP compen-
sates automatically by braking the appropriate wheel.
The forces acting on the braked wheel bring the vehicle back to a stable
condition. If the vehicle tends to oversteer, the system will act on the front
wheel on the outside of the turn.
WARNING
• It must be remembered that ESP cannot defy the laws of physics. This
should be kept in mind, particularly on slippery and wet roads and when
towing a trailer.
• Always adapt your driving style to suit the condition of the roads and
the traffic situation. Do not let the extra safety afforded by ESP tempt you
into taking any risks when driving, this can cause accidents.
Caution
• In order to ensure that ESP functions correctly, all four wheels must be
fitted with the same tyres. Any differences in the rolling radius of the tyres can
cause the system to reduce engine power when this is not desired.
• Modifications to the vehicle (e.g. to the engine, the brake system, running
gear or any components affecting the wheels and tyres) could affect the effi-
ciency of the ABS, EDL, ESP and TCS.
Note
To disconnect using the ESP button ⇒page 131.
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Anti-lock brake system (ABS)
The anti-lock brake system prevents the wheels locking during braking
⇒page 148.
Electronic differential lock (EDL)*
The electronic differential lock helps prevent the loss of trac-
tion caused if one of the driven wheels starts spinning.
EDL helps the vehicle to start moving, accelerate and climb a gradient in slip-
pery conditions where this may otherwise be difficult or even impossible.
The system will control the revolutions of the drive wheels using the ABS
sensors (in case of an EDL fault the warning lamp for ABS lights up)
⇒page 64.
At speeds of up to approximately 80 km/h, it is able to balance out differ-
ences in the speed of the driven wheels of approximately 100 rpm caused by
a slippery road surface on one side of the vehicle. It does this by braking the
wheel which has lost traction and distributing more driving force to the other
driven wheel via the differential.
To prevent the disc brake of the braked wheel from overheating, the EDL cuts
out automatically if subjected to excessive loads. The vehicle will continue to
function normally without EDL. For this reason, the driver is not informed that
the EDL has been switched off.
The EDL will switch on again automatically when the brake has cooled down.
WARNING
• When accelerating on a slippery surface, for example on ice and snow,
press the accelerator carefully. Despite EDL, the driven wheels may start to
spin. This could impair the vehicle’s stability.
• Always adapt your driving style to suit road conditions and the traffic
situation. Do not let the extra safety afforded by EDL tempt you into taking
any risks when driving, this can cause accidents.
Caution
Modifications to the vehicle (e.g. to the engine, the brake system, running
gear or any components affecting the wheels and tyres) could affect the effi-
ciency of the EDL ⇒page 172.
The traction control system (TCS)
The traction control system prevents the drive wheels from spinning when the
car is accelerating ⇒page 148.
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Driving and the environment
Running-in
Running in a new engine
The engine needs to be run-in over the first 1,500 km.
Up to 1,000 kilometres
– Do not drive faster than three quarters of top speed.
– Do not accelerate hard.
– Avoid high engine revolutions.
– Do not tow a trailer.
From 1000 to 1500 km
– Speeds can be gradually increased to the maximum road speed
or maximum permissible engine speed (rpm).
During its first few hours of running, the internal friction in the engine is
greater than later on when all the moving parts have bedded in.
For the sake of the environment
If the engine is run in gently, the life of the engine will be increased and its oil
consumption reduced.
Deep water (Cupra version)
The speed of the vehicle through puddles and passages of water must not
exceed 25 km/h.
Running in tyres and brake pads
New tyres should be run-in carefully for the first 500 km. New
brake pads should be run-in carefully for the first 200 km.
During the first 200 km, you can compensate for the reduced braking effect
by applying more pressure to the brake pedal. If you need to make an emer-
gency stop, the braking distance will be longer with new brake pads than with
brake pads which have been run-in.
WARNING
• New tyres do not give maximum grip to start with, and require running-
in. This may cause an accident. Drive particularly carefully in the first 500
km.
• New brake pads must be “run in” and do not have the correct friction
properties during the first 200 km. However, the reduced braking capacity
may be compensated by pressing on the brake pedal a little harder.
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Braking effect and braking distance
The braking effect and braking distance are influenced by
driving situations and road conditions.
The efficiency of the brakes depends directly on the brake pad wear. The rate
of wear of the brake pads depends to a great extent on the conditions under
which the vehicle is operated and the way the vehicle is driven. If you often
drive in town traffic, drive short distances or have a sporty driving style, we
recommend that you have the thickness of your brake pads checked by an
Authorised Service Centre more frequently than recommended in the Service
Schedule.
If you drive with wet brakes, for example, after crossing areas of water, in
heavy rainfall or even after washing the car, the effect of the brakes is less-
ened as the brake discs are wet or even frozen (in winter): The brakes should
be “dried” by pressing the pedal to restore full braking effect.
WARNING
Longer braking distances and faults in the brake system increase the risk
of accidents.
• New brake pads must be run in and do not have the correct friction
during the first 200 km. However, the reduced braking capacity may be
compensated by pressing on the brake pedal a little harder. This also
applies when new brake pads are fitted.
• If brakes are wet or frozen, or if you are driving on roads which have
been gritted with salt, braking power may set in later than normal.
• On steep descents if the brakes are excessively used they will over
heat. Before driving down a long steep gradient, it is advisable to reduce
speed and change to a lower gear (or move the selector lever to a lower gear
if your vehicle has automatic transmission). This makes use of engine
braking and relieves the brakes.
• Never let the brakes “rub” by applying light pressure. Continuous
braking will cause the brakes to overheat and will increase the braking
distance. Apply and then release the brakes alternately.
• Never let the vehicle coast with the engine switched off. The braking
distance is increased considerably as the brake servo does not function.
• Very heavy use of the brakes may cause a vapour lock if the brake fluid
is left in the system for too long. This impairs the braking effect.
• Non-standard or damaged front spoilers could restrict the airflow to the
brakes and cause them to overheat. Observe the relevant instructions
before purchasing accessories ⇒page 172, “Modifications”.
• If a brake circuit fails, the braking distance will be increased consider-
ably. Contact a qualified workshop immediately and avoid unnecessary
journeys.
Exhaust gasses purification system
Catalytic converter*
To conserve the useful life of the catalytic converter
– Always use unleaded petrol.
– Do not run the fuel tank dry.
– For engine oil changes, do not replenish with too much engine oil
⇒page 186, “Topping up engine oil º”.
– Never tow the vehicle to start it, use jump leads if necessary
⇒page 230.
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If you notice misfiring, uneven running or loss of power when the vehicle is
moving, reduce speed immediately and have the vehicle inspected at the
nearest qualified workshop. In general, the exhaust warning lamp will light
up when any of the described symptoms occur ⇒page 60. If this happens,
unburnt fuel can enter the exhaust system and escape into the environment.
The catalytic converter can also be damaged by overheating.
WARNING
The catalytic converter reaches very high temperatures! Fire hazard!
• Never park where the catalytic converter could come into contact with
dry grass or inflammable materials under the vehicle.
• Do not apply additional underseal or anti-corrosion coatings to the
exhaust pipes, catalytic converter or the heat shields on the exhaust
system. These materials could catch fire when the vehicle is driven.
Caution
Never fully drain the fuel tank, in this case, the irregularity of the fuel supply
may cause ignition problems. This allows unburnt fuel to enter the exhaust
system, which could cause overheating and damage the catalytic converter.
For the sake of the environment
Even when the emission control system is working perfectly, there may be a
smell of sulphur from the exhaust under some conditions. This depends on
the sulphur content of the fuel used. Quite often the problem can be reme-
died by changing to another brand of fuel.
Diesel engine particulate filter*
The diesel engine particulate filter eliminates soot produced
by burning diesel.
The diesel engine dust filter eliminates most of the soot from the exhaust gas
system. Under normal driving conditions, the filter cleans itself. If the driving
conditions do not allow the filter to clean itself (for example, multiple short
trips) the filter will be obstructed by dust and pollen and the indicator = for
the diesel engine particulate filter indicator will light. See under Warning
Lights.
WARNING
• The diesel engine particulate filter may reach extremely high tempera-
tures; it should not enter into contact with flammable materials under-
neath the vehicle. Failure to comply could result in fire.
Caution
Vehicles equipped with a diesel engine particulate filter must not be refueled
using biodiesel (RME), given that the fuel system may be damaged.
Driving abroad
Notes
For driving abroad, the following must be taken into consideration:
• For vehicles fitted with a catalytic converter ensure that unleaded petrol is
available for the journey. See the chapter “Refuelling”. Automobile organisa-
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tions will have information about service station networks selling unleaded
fuel.
• In some countries it is possible that a vehicle model is sold under condi-
tions where some spare parts are not available or that the Authorised Service
Centre may only carry out limited repairs.
SEAT importers and distributors will gladly provide information about the
technical preparation of your vehicle in addition to necessary maintenance
and repair possibilities.
Adhesive strips for headlights
If you have to drive a right-hand drive vehicle in a left-hand drive country, or
vice versa, the asymmetric dipped beam headlights will dazzle oncoming
traffic.
To prevent dazzling, you must apply stickers to certain parts of the headlight
lenses. Further information is available from your Authorised Service
Centre.
Adjusting simple headlights for driving on the left*
On the right headlight, if you are changing from driving on the right-hand side
to the left-hand side ⇒fig. 111.
Fig. 111 Right headlight
Fig. 112 Left headlight
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On the left headlight, if you are changing from driving on the right-hand side
to the left-hand side ⇒page 154, fig. 112.
Covering simple headlights for driving on the right*
On the right headlight, if you are changing from driving on the left-hand side
to the right-hand side ⇒fig. 113.
On the left headlight, if you are changing from driving on the left-hand side to
the right-hand side ⇒fig. 114.
Fig. 113 Right headlight
Fig. 114 Left headlight
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Covering bifocal headlamps for driving on the left*
On the right headlight, if you are changing from driving on the right-hand side
to the left-hand side ⇒fig. 115.
On the left headlight, if you are changing from driving on the right-hand side
to the left-hand side ⇒fig. 116.
Covering bifocal headlamps for driving on the right*
Fig. 115 Right headlight
Fig. 116 Left headlight
Fig. 117 Right headlight
Fig. 118 Left headlight
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On the right hand side headlight, if you are changing from driving on the left-
hand side to the right-hand side ⇒page 156, fig. 117.
On the left headlight, if you are changing from driving on the left-hand side to
the right-hand side ⇒page 156, fig. 118.
Covering GDL headlamps for driving on the left*
On the right headlight, if you are changing from driving on the right-hand side
to the left-hand side ⇒fig. 119.
On the left headlight, if you are changing from driving on the right-hand side
to the left-hand side ⇒fig. 120.
Fig. 119 Right headlight
Fig. 120 Left headlight
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Covering GDL headlamps for driving on the right*
On the right headlight, if you are changing from driving on the left-hand side
to the right-hand side ⇒fig. 121.
On the left headlight, if you are changing from driving on the left-hand side to
the right-hand side ⇒fig. 122.
Trailer towing
What do you need to bear in mind when towing a trailer?
Your vehicle may be used to tow a trailer when fitted with the correct equip-
ment.
If the car is supplied with a factory-fitted towing bracket it will already have
the necessary technical modifications and meet the statutory requirements
for towing a trailer. For the after-market fitting of a trailer towing bracket see
⇒page 175.
Connectors
Your vehicle is fitted with a 12-pin connector for the electrical connection
between the trailer and the vehicle.
If the trailer has a 7-pin plug you will need to use an adapter cable. This is
available from any SEAT dealer.
Trailer weight / draw bar loading
Never exceed the authorised towing limit. If you do not load the trailer up to
the maximum permitted trailer weight, you can then climb correspondingly
steeper gradients.
The maximum trailer weights listed are only applicable for altitudes up to
1,000 m above sea level. With increasing altitude the engine power and
therefore the vehicle's climbing ability are impaired because of the reduced
air density. The maximum trailer weight has to be reduced accordingly. The
weight of the vehicle and trailer combination must be reduced by 10% for
every further 1,000 m (or part thereof). The gross combination weight is the
actual weight of the laden vehicle plus the actual weight of the laden trailer.
Fig. 121 Right headlight
Fig. 122 Left headlight
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Where possible, operate the trailer with the maximum permitted draw bar
weight on the ball joint of the towing bracket, but do not exceed the specified
limit.
The figures for trailer weights and draw bar weights that are given on the
data plate of the towing bracket are for certification purposes only. The
correct figures for your specific model, which may be lower than these figures
for the towing bracket, are given in the registration documents ⇒Section
“Technical data”.
Distributing the load
Distribute loads in the trailer so that heavy objects are as near to the axle as
possible. Loads carried in the trailer must be secured to prevent them
moving.
Tyre pressure
Set tyre pressure to the maximum permissible pressure shown on the sticker
on the inside of the fuel tank flap. Set the tyre pressure of the trailer tyres in
accordance with the trailer manufacturer's recommendations.
Exterior mirrors
Check whether you can see enough of the road behind the trailer with the
standard mirrors. If this is not the case you should have additional mirrors
fitted. Both exterior mirrors should be mounted on hinged extension
brackets. Adjust the mirrors to give sufficient vision to the rear.
WARNING
Never transport people in a trailer. This could result in fatal accidents.
Note
• Towing a trailer places additional demands on the vehicle. We recom-
mend additional services between the normal inspection intervals if the
vehicle is used frequently for towing a trailer.
• Find out whether special regulations apply to towing a trailer in your
country.
Ball coupling of towing bracket*
The ball coupling of the towing bracket is located in the tool
box
The ball coupling is provided with instructions on fitting and removing the
ball coupling of the towing bracket.
WARNING
The towing bracket ball coupling must be stored securely in the luggage
compartment to prevent them being flung through the vehicle and causing
injury.
Note
• By law, the ball coupling must be removed if a trailer is not being towed
and it obscures the number plate.
Driving tips
Driving with a trailer always requires extra care.
Weight distribution
The weight distribution of a loaded trailer with an unladen vehicle is very
unfavourable. However, if this cannot be avoided, drive extra slowly to allow
for the unbalanced weight distribution.
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Speed
The stability of the vehicle and trailer is reduced with increasing speed. For
this reason it is advisable not to drive at the maximum permissible speed in
unfavourable road, weather or wind conditions. This applies especially when
driving downhill.
You should always reduce speed immediately if the trailer shows the slightest
sign of snaking. Never try to stop the “snaking” by increasing speed.
Always brake in good time. If the trailer has an overrun brake, apply the
brakes gently at first and then firmly. This will prevent the jerking that can be
caused by the trailer wheels locking. Select a low gear in good time before
going down a steep descent. This enables you to use the engine braking to
slow down the vehicle.
Heating
At very high temperatures and during prolonged ascents, driving in a low gear
and high engine speed, always monitor the temperature indicator for the
coolant ⇒page 51.
Electronic Stabilisation Program*
Do not switch off the ESP* when towing a trailer. The ESP* makes it easier to
stabilise if the trailer starts to snake.
Driving economically and with respect for the
environment
General Observations
Fuel consumption, environmental pollution and wear to the engine, brakes
and tyres depends in large part on your driving style. Fuel consumption may
be reduced from 10 to 15 % by driving defensively and economically. Below
we will give you some suggestions to "alleviate" some of the strain in the
environment and, at the same time, your wallet.
Anticipate the traffic situation well in advance
A vehicle uses most fuel when accelerating. When you anticipate the situa-
tion, you will have to brake less often and, thus, accelerate less. If it is
possible, let the vehicle roll with a gear engaged, for example, if you see a red
light ahead.
Change gear early to save energy
An effective way of saving fuel is to change up through the gears quickly.
Running the engine at high rpm in the lower gears uses an unnecessary
amount of fuel.
Manual gearbox: Change from first to second gear as quickly as possible. We
recommend that, whenever possible, you change to a higher gear upon
reaching 2,000 rpms.
Automatic gearbox: Accelerate slowly and avoid the “kick-down” position.
Avoid driving at high speed
We advise you not to drive at the top speed permitted by the vehicle. Fuel
consumption, exhaust emissions and noise levels all increase very rapidly at
higher speeds. Driving at moderate speeds will help to save fuel.
Avoid idling
It is worthwhile switching off the engine when waiting in a traffic jam, at level
crossings or at traffic lights with a long red phase. The fuel saved after only
30 - 40 seconds is greater than the amount of fuel needed to restart the
engine.
The engine takes a very long time to warm up when it is running at idling
speed. Mechanical wear and pollutant emissions are also especially high
during this initial warm-up phase. It is therefore best to drive off immediately
after starting the engine. Avoid running the engine at high speed.
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Periodic maintenance
Periodic maintenance work guarantees that, before beginning a journey, you
will not waste fuel. A well-serviced engine gives you the benefit of improved
fuel efficiency as well as maximum reliability and an enhanced resale value.
A maladjusted engine may mean an increase of 10 % over normal fuel
consumption.
Check the oil level every time you fill the tank. Oil consumption depends to a
great extent on the engine load and engine speed. It is quite normal that the
oil consumption of a new engine only reaches its lowest level after a certain
mileage. This means that the oil consumption can only be properly assessed
after about 5,000 km. Depending on your personal driving style, oil consump-
tion can be up to 0.5 litres per 1,000 km.
Avoid short journeys
To reduce the consumption and emission of polluting gases, the engine and
the exhaust filtration systems should reach the optimum service tempera-
ture.
With the engine cold, fuel consumption is proportionally higher. The engine
does not warm up and fuel consumption does not regularise until having
driven some four kilometres. This is the reason why we recommend avoiding
short trips wherever possible.
Maintain the correct tyre pressures
Bear in mind that keeping the tyres at an adequate pressure saves fuel. If the
tyre pressures are just 1 bar too low, this can put the fuel consumption up by
as much as 5 %. Due to the greater rolling resistance, under-inflation also
increases tyre wear and impairs handling.
The tyre pressures should always be checked when the tyres are cold.
Do not use winter tyres all through the year: they will increase fuel consump-
tion by up to 10 %.
Avoid unnecessary weight
Every kilo of extra weight will put up the fuel consumption, so it is worth
checking the luggage compartment occasionally to make sure that no unnec-
essary loads are being transported.
Save electrical energy
The engine activates the alternator, which produces electricity. With the need
for electricity, fuel consumption is also increased. Because of this, always
turn off electrical equipment when you do not need them. Examples of equip-
ment that use a lot of electricity are: the fan at high speeds, the rear window
heating or the seat heaters*.
Logbook
A good way of keeping a check on fuel consumption is to take regular notes.
You will be able to note the variations (both positive and negative) and react
accordingly.
Environmental friendliness
Environmental protection is a top priority in the design, choice of materials
and production of your new Seat.
Design measures for economical recycling
• Joints and connections designed for ease of dismantling
• Modular construction to facilitate dismantling
• Increased use of single-grade materials
• Plastic parts and elastomers are labelled in accordance with ISO 1043,
ISO 11469 and ISO 1629
Choice of materials
• Nearly all materials used can be recycled
• Similar types of plastics grouped together for easy recycling
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• Recycled materials used in manufacture
• Reduced “vapour emissions” from plastics
• CFC-free refrigerant in air conditioning
Compliance with prohibited materials laws: cadmium, asbestos, lead,
mercury, chrome VI.
Manufacturing methods
• Use of recycled material for manufacturing plastic parts
• Solvent-free cavity sealing
• Solvent-free wax for protecting the vehicles in transit
• Solvent-free adhesives
• No CFCs used in production
• Surplus materials used extensively for energy conversion and building
materials
• Overall water consumption reduced
• Heat recovery systems
• Water-soluble paint
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Cleaning and caring for your vehicle
General notes
Regular washing and care help maintain the value of your
vehicle.
Regular care
Regular and expert care helps to maintain the value of the vehicle. This may
also be one of the requirements for acknowledging warranty claims in the
event of corrosion or paint defects.
The best way to protect the car against environmental contaminants is to
wash and wax it frequently. The longer substances such as insects, bird drop-
pings, resinous tree sap, road dirt, industrial deposits, tar, soot or road salt
and other aggressive materials remain on the vehicle, the more damage they
do to the paintwork. High temperatures (for instance in strong sunlight)
further intensify the corrosive effect.
After the period when salt is put on the roads it is important to have the
underside of the vehicle washed thoroughly.
Car care products
Car care products are available from your Authorised Service Centre. Keep the
product instructions until you have used up the product.
WARNING
• Car care products can be toxic. For this, they must always be kept
closed in their original container. Keep out of children's reach. Failure to
comply could result in poisoning.
• Always read and observe the instructions and warnings on the package
before using car care products. Improper use could damage your health or
your vehicle. The use of certain products may produce noxious vapours;
these should be used in well ventilated areas.
• Never use fuel, turpentine, engine oil, nail varnish remover or other
volatile fluids. These are toxic and highly flammable. There is a fire / explo-
sion risk.
• Before you wash your vehicle, or carry out any maintenance, switch off
the engine, apply the handbrake firmly and remove the key from the igni-
tion.
Caution
Never attempt to remove dirt, mud or dust if the surface of the vehicle is dry.
Never use a dry cloth or sponge for cleaning purposes. This could damage the
paintwork or glass on your vehicle. Soak dirt, mud or dust with plenty of
water.
For the sake of the environment
• When purchasing car care products, try to select ones which are not
harmful to the environment.
• Left over car care products should not be disposed of with ordinary house-
hold waste. Observe the disposal information on the package.
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Care of the vehicle exterior
Automatic car washes
The paint is so durable that the car can normally be washed without problems
in an automatic car wash. However, the effect on the paint depends to a large
extent on the design of the car wash, the brushes used, the filtering of the
wash water and the type of detergents and wax solutions used, etc.
Before going through a car wash, be sure to take the usual precautions such
as closing the windows and sunroof. There is nothing to note apart from that.
If the vehicle has special accessories such as spoilers or a roof carrier or two-
way radio aerial, etc., it is advisable to consult the car wash operator.
After the car has been washed, the brakes could hesitate to respond as the
brake discs and pads will be wet, or even frozen in winter. “Dry ” the brakes
by braking several times.
WARNING
Moisture, ice and salt on the brakes may affect braking efficiency. Risk of
accident.
Caution
Before putting the vehicle in a carwash tunnel, do not tighten the aerial if it is
folded as this may cause damage.
Washing by hand
Washing the vehicle
– First soften the dirt with plenty of water and rinse off.
– Clean the vehicle with a soft sponge, a glove or a brush. Start on
the roof and work your way down. Use only light pressure.
– Rinse the sponge or glove as much as possible.
– Special car shampoo should only be used for very stubborn dirt.
– Clean the wheels, sill panels etc. last using a different sponge or
glove.
– Rinse the vehicle thoroughly with water.
– Dry the surface of the vehicle gently using a chamois leather.
– If it is cold, dry the rubber seals and the surfaces they touch with
a cloth to prevent them freezing. Apply silicone spray to the
rubber seals.
After cleaning the vehicle
– If possible, avoid sudden braking directly after washing the
vehicle. You must “dry” the brakes by applying the brakes care-
fully several times ⇒page 152, “Braking effect and braking
distance”.
WARNING
• The ignition must always be switched off before the vehicle is washed.
• Protect your hands and arms from cuts on sharp metal edges when
cleaning the underbody, the inside of the wheel housings etc. Risk of
injury.
• Moisture, ice and salt on the brakes may affect braking efficiency. Risk
of accident.
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Caution
• Never attempt to remove dirt, mud or dust if the surface of the vehicle is
dry. Never use a dry cloth or sponge for cleaning purposes. This could scratch
the paintwork or glass on your vehicle.
• Washing the vehicle in low temperatures: if the vehicle is rinsed with a
hose, do not direct the water into the lock cylinders or the gaps around the
doors, luggage compartment, or bonnet. Otherwise there is a risk of malfunc-
tion.
For the sake of the environment
In the interests of environmental protection, the car should be washed only
in specially provided wash bays. This prevents toxic, oil-laden waste water
entering the sewerage system. In some districts, washing vehicles anywhere
else may be prohibited.
Note
Do not wash the vehicle in direct sunlight.
Washing the car with a high pressure cleaner
Be particularly careful when using a high pressure cleaner!
– Always observe the instructions for the high-pressure cleaner,
particularly those concerning the pressure and the spraying
distance.
– Increase the spraying distance for soft materials and painted
bumpers.
– Do not use a high pressure cleaner to remove ice or snow from
windows ⇒page 166.
– Never use concentrated jet nozzles or so-called “dirt blasters”
⇒ .
– If possible, avoid sudden braking directly after washing the
vehicle. You must “dry” the brakes by applying the brakes care-
fully several times ⇒page 152.
WARNING
• Never wash tyres with a concentrated jet or cylindrical jet (“rotating
nozzle”). Even at large spraying distances and short cleaning times, visible
and invisible damage can occur to the tyres. This may cause an accident.
• Moisture, ice and salt on the brakes may affect braking efficiency. Risk
of accident.
Caution
• Do not use water hotter than 60
°
C. This could damage the car.
• To avoid damage to the vehicle, maintain a sufficient distance from sensi-
tive materials for example: flexible hoses, plastic, sound proofing, etc. This is
especially important for bumpers painted in the same colour as the vehicle.
The closer the nozzle is to the surface, the greater the wear on the material.
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Waxing the car
Regular waxing protects the paintwork.
You need to apply wax to your car if water does not form small drops and run
off the paintwork when it is clean.
Good quality hard wax is available from your Authorised Service Centre.
A good coat of wax helps to protects the paintwork from environmental
contaminants ⇒page 163. It is also effective in protecting against minor
scratches.
Even if a wax solution is used regularly in the car wash, it is advisable to
protect the paint with a coat of hard wax at least twice a year.
Polishing the paintwork
Polishing brings back gloss to the paintwork.
Polishing is only necessary if the paint has lost its shine, and the gloss cannot
be brought back by applying wax. Polish can be obtained from your Author-
ised Service Centre.
The car must be waxed after polishing if the polish used does not contain wax
compounds to seal the paint ⇒page 166, “Waxing the car”.
Caution
To prevent damage to the paintwork:
• Do not use polishes and hard wax on painted parts with a matte finish or
on plastic parts.
• Do not polish your vehicle in a sandy or dusty environment.
Caring for plastic parts
Solvents will damage plastic parts.
If normal washing fails to clean plastic parts, clean them with special solvent-
free plastic cleaning and care products.
Caution
• The use of liquid air freshener directly over the air vents of the vehicle may
damage the plastic parts if the liquid is accidentally spilled.
• Cleaning products which contain solvents will damage the material.
Cleaning windows and exterior mirrors
Cleaning the windows
– Moisten the windows with commercially available, alcohol based
glass cleaner.
– Dry the windows with a clean chamois leather or a lint-free cloth.
Removing snow
– Use a small brush to remove snow from the windows and mirrors.
Removing ice
– Use a de-icer spray.
Use a clean cloth or chamois leather to dry the windows. Chamois leathers
which have been used on painted surfaces are not suitable for use on
windows. They will be soiled with wax deposits which would smear the
windows.
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If possible use a de-icing spray to remove ice. If you use an ice scraper, push
it in one direction only. Do not move it to and fro.
Use window cleaner or a silicone remover to clean off rubber, oil, grease and
silicone deposits.
Wax deposits have to be removed with a special cleaner which is available
from your Authorised Service Centre. Wax deposits on the windscreen could
cause the wiper blades to judder. A window cleanser specifically for removing
wax will stop the blades juddering if added to the windscreen washer fluid.
Grease removing cleansers will not remove wax deposits.
Caution
• Never use warm or hot water to remove snow and ice from windows and
mirrors. This could cause the glass to crack!
• The heating element for the rear window is located on the inner side of the
window. To prevent damage, do not put stickers over the heating elements on
the inside of the window.
Cleaning windscreen wiper blades
Clean wiper blades are essential for clear vision.
1. Use a soft cloth to remove dust and dirt from the windscreen
wiper blades.
2. Use window cleanser to clean the windscreen wiper blades. Use
a sponge or a cloth to remove stubborn stains.
Care of rubber seals
If rubber seals are well looked after, they will not freeze so
quickly.
1. Use a soft cloth to remove dust and dirt from the rubber seals.
2. Apply a specialist care product to the rubber seals.
The weather strips on the doors, windows, bonnet and rear lid will remain
pliable and last longer if they are treated with a suitable care product (for
example silicone spray).
Caring for rubber seals will also prevent premature ageing and leaks. The
doors will be easier to open. If rubber seals are well looked after, they will not
freeze so quickly in winter.
Door lock cylinders
The door lock cylinders can freeze up in winter.
To de-ice the lock cylinders you should only use spray with lubricating and
anti-corrosive properties.
Cleaning chrome parts
1. Clean chrome parts with a damp cloth.
2. Polish chrome parts with a soft, dry cloth.
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If this does not provide satisfying results, use a specialist chrome cleaning
product. Chrome cleaning products will remove stains and coatings from the
surface.
Caution
To prevent scratching chrome surfaces:
• Never use an abrasive care product on chrome.
• Do not clean or polish chrome parts in a sandy or dusty environment.
Steel wheels
– Clean steel wheels regularly using a separate sponge.
Use an industrial cleanser to remove brake dust. Any damage to the paint on
steel wheels should be repaired before the metal starts to rust.
WARNING
• Never wash tyres with a cylindrical jet. Even at large spraying distances
and short cleaning times, visible and invisible damage can occur to the
tyres. This may cause an accident.
• Moisture, ice and salt on the brakes may affect braking efficiency. Risk
of accident. If possible, avoid sudden braking immediately after washing
the vehicle. You must “dry” the brakes by applying the brakes carefully
several times ⇒page 152, “Braking effect and braking distance”.
Cleaning alloy wheels
Every two weeks
– Wash salt and brake dust from alloy wheels.
– Use an acid free detergent to clean the wheels.
Every three months
– Apply a hard wax compound to the wheels.
Alloy wheels require regular attention to preserve their appearance. It is
important to remove road salt and brake dust by washing the wheels at
regular intervals, otherwise the finish will be impaired.
Always use an acid-free detergent for alloy wheels.
Car polish or other abrasive agents should not be used. If the protective
coating is damaged, e.g. by stone impact, the damaged area should be
repaired immediately.
WARNING
• Never wash tyres with a cylindrical jet. Even at large spraying distances
and short cleaning times, visible and invisible damage can occur to the
tyres. This may cause an accident.
• Moisture, ice and salt on the brakes may affect braking efficiency. Risk
of accident. If possible, avoid sudden braking immediately after washing
the vehicle. You must “dry” the brakes by applying the brakes carefully
several times ⇒page 152, “Braking effect and braking distance”.
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Underbody sealant
The underside of the vehicle is coated to protect it from corro-
sion and damage.
The protective coating could be damaged when driving. We recommend that
the protective coating under the body and on the running gear should be
checked, and reinstated if necessary, before and after the winter season.
We recommend that repair work and additional anti-corrosion work is carried
out by your Authorised Service Centre.
WARNING
Do not apply underseal or anti-corrosion coatings to the exhaust pipes,
catalytic converter or the heat shields on the exhaust system. The heat of
the exhaust system or the engine could cause them to ignite! This is a fire
hazard.
Cleaning the engine compartment
Take special care when cleaning the engine compartment.
Anti-corrosion treatment
The engine compartment and the surface of the power unit are given anti-
corrosion treatment at the factory.
Good corrosion protection is particularly important in winter when the car is
frequently driven on salted roads. To prevent the salt corroding the vehicle,
the entire engine compartment should be thoroughly cleaned before and
after the salting period.
Your Authorised Service Centre is able to provide the correct cleaning and
preserving products and has the necessary equipment. For this reason, we
recommend having this work performed by them.
The anti-corrosion protection is usually removed if the engine compartment
is cleaned with grease removing solutions, or if you have the engine cleaned.
If this job is carried out, you should ensure that all surfaces, seams, joints and
components in the engine compartment are given anti-corrosion treatment
afterwards.
WARNING
• When working in the engine compartment, always observe the safety
warnings ⇒page 180.
• Switch off the engine, apply the parking brake firmly and always
remove the key from the ignition before you open the bonnet.
• Allow the engine to cool before you clean the engine compartment.
• Do not clean the underside of vehicle, wheel arches without protecting
your hands and arms. You may cut yourself on sharp-edged metal parts.
Failure to comply could result in injury.
• Moisture, ice and salt on the brakes may affect braking efficiency. Risk
of accident. If possible, avoid sudden braking immediately after washing
the vehicle.
• Never touch the radiator fan. It is temperature-controlled and could
start automatically, even when the key is removed from the ignition!
For the sake of the environment
Fuel, grease and oil deposits could be removed when the engine is washed.
The polluted water must be cleaned in an oil separator. For this reason,
engine washing should be carried out only by a qualified workshop or a suit-
able filling station.
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Care of the vehicle interior
Cleaning plastic parts and the dash panel
– Use a clean, damp cloth to clean plastic parts and the dash
panel.
– If this does not provide satisfactory results, use a special
solvent-free plastic cleaning product.
WARNING
Never clean the dash panel and surface of the airbag module with cleansers
containing solvents. Solvents cause the surface to become porous. If the
airbag inflates, disintegrating plastic parts can cause substantial injuries.
Caution
Cleaning products which contain solvents will damage the material.
Cleaning wooden trim*
– Clean the wooden trim with a clean cloth moistened with water.
– If this does not provide satisfactory results, use a gentle soap
solution.
Caution
Cleaning products which contain solvents will damage the material.
Cleaning cloth seat covers and fabric trim
Cloth seat covers and fabric trim on the doors, headlining etc. can be cleaned
with a special interior cleanser or with dry foam and a soft brush.
Cleaning leather*
Normal cleaning
– Moisten a cotton or woollen cloth with water and wipe over the
leather surfaces.
Cleaning stubborn stains
– More stubborn dirt can be removed using a mild soap solution
(pure liquid soap; two tablespoons diluted in one litre of water)
and a cloth.
– Do not let the water soak through the leather or soak into the
seams.
– Then wipe off with a soft, dry cloth.
Leather care
– The leather should be treated regularly (about twice a year) with
a special leather-care product, which is available from your
Authorised Service Centre.
– Apply these products very sparingly.
– Then wipe off with a soft, dry cloth.
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SEAT does everything possible to preserve the special qualities of leather, as
a natural product. Because of the natural properties of the specially selected
hides employed, the finished leather has a certain sensitivity to grease and
dirt, etc. so a degree of care is required in everyday use and when looking
after the leather.
Dust and grit in the pores and seams can scratch and damage the surface. If
the vehicle is left standing in the sun for long periods, the leather should be
protected against direct sunlight to prevent it from fading. However, slight
colour variations in high-quality natural leather are normal.
Caution
• Do not use solvents, wax polish, shoe cream, spot removers or similar
products on leather.
• To avoid damage, stubborn stains should be removed by a qualified
workshop.
Cleaning seat belts
A dirty belt may stop the seat belt working properly.
Keep the seat belts clean and check all seat belts regularly.
Cleaning seat belts
– Carefully pull the dirty seat belt right out and leave it out.
– Clean the dirty seat belts with a gentle soap solution.
– Allow the seat belt fabric to dry.
– Do not roll up the seat belt until it is dry.
If large stains form on the belts the belt will not retract correctly into the auto-
matic belt retractor.
WARNING
• Do not use chemical cleaning agents on the seat belts, as this can
impair the strength of the webbing. Ensure that the belts do not come into
contact with corrosive fluids.
• Check the condition of all seat belts at regular intervals. If you notice
that the belt webbing, fittings, retractor mechanism or buckle of any of the
belts is damaged, the belt must be replaced by a specialist workshop.
• Do not attempt to repair a damaged seat belt yourself. The seat belts
must not be removed or modified in any way.
Caution
After cleaning, allow seat belts to dry completely before rolling them up.
Otherwise the belt retractors could become damaged.
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Accessories, parts replacement and modifications
Accessories and parts
Always consult an Authorised Service Centre before
purchasing accessories and parts.
Your vehicle is designed to offer a high standard of active and passive safety.
Before purchasing accessories and parts, and before making technical
changes to your car, we recommend that you consult your Authorised Service
Centre.
SEAT dealerships will be happy to provide you with the latest information
about the use, legal requirements and recommendations from the manufac-
turer regarding accessories and parts.
We recommend you use only SEAT Approved Accessories
®
and SEAT
Approved Spare Parts
®
. This way, SEAT can guarantee that the product in
question is suitable, reliable and safe. Authorised Service Centres have the
necessary experience and facilities to ensure that parts are installed correctly
and professionally.
Despite continuous observation of the market, SEAT is not able to assess the
reliability, safety and suitability of parts not approved by SEAT. For this reason
SEAT cannot assume responsibility for any non-genuine parts used, even if
these parts have been approved by an official testing agency or are covered
by an official approval certificate.
Any equipment subsequently installed which has a direct effect on the
vehicle and/or the way it is driven (e.g. cruise control system or electronically-
controlled suspension) must be approved by SEAT for use in your vehicle and
bear the e mark (the European Union's authorisation symbol).
If any additional electrical components are fitted which do not serve to
control the vehicle itself (for instance a refrigerator box, laptop or ventilator
fan, etc.), these must bear the CE mark (European Union manufacturer
conformity declaration).
WARNING
Accessories, for example telephone holders or drink holders, should never
be fitted on the covers of, or within the working range of, the airbags. If
they are, there is a danger of resulting injury if the airbag is triggered in an
accident.
Modifications
Modifications must always be carried out according to our
specifications.
Unauthorised modifications to the electronic components or software in the
vehicle may cause malfunctions. Due to the way the electronic components
are linked together in networks, other systems may be affected by the faults.
This can seriously impair safety, lead to excessive wear of components, and
also invalidate your vehicle registration documents.
SEAT Authorised Service Centres cannot be held liable for any damage
caused by modifications and/or work performed incorrectly.
For this reason, we recommend that all work should be performed by an
Authorised Service Centre using genuine and SEAT
®
approved parts and
accessories.
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WARNING
Incorrectly performed modifications or other work on your vehicle can lead
to malfunctions and cause accidents.
Roof aerial*
The vehicle may be fitted with a collapsible roof aerial* with antitheft
system*, which can be folded backwards, when, for example, going through
an automatic carwash.
To fold
Unscrew the aerial rod, tilting it backwards into a horizontal position and then
screw in again.
To return to working position
Continue in the reverse order to that given in the previous instruction.
Caution
Before putting the vehicle in a carwash tunnel, do not tighten the aerial if it is
folded as this may cause damage.
Mobile telephones and two-way radios
You will require an external aerial for mobile phones and two-
way radios.
SEAT has approved your vehicle for use with mobile telephones and two-way
radios providing the following conditions are observed:
• The correct installation of an external aerial,
• transmitting power of maximum 10 watts.
An external aerial is needed to give the equipment its optimal range.
First consult your Authorised Service Centre if you wish to use a mobile tele-
phone or a two-way radio with a transmitting power in excess of 10 watts.
Here you will receive information concerning the technical possibilities for
retrofitting this equipment.
Mobile telephones and two-way radios should be fitted only by a qualified
workshop, for example an Authorised Service Centre.
WARNING
• Always concentrate primarily on driving. If you are distracted while
driving you could have an accident.
• Never attach the telephone mountings to the surfaces covering the
airbag units or within the range of the airbags, danger of injury if the airbag
is triggered.
• If you use mobile telephones or two-way radios in the vehicle without
an external aerial, electromagnetic radiation in the vehicle could exceed
authorised limits. This also applies to external aerials that have not been
correctly installed.
Caution
Failure to observe the above conditions could cause the electronics to
malfunction. The most common causes of faults are:
• no external aerial,
• external aerial incorrectly installed,
• transmitting power in excess of 10 watts.
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Note
Please observe the operating instructions of your mobile telephone / two-way
radio.
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Fitting a towing bracket*
It is possible to fit a towing bracket to the rear of the vehicle.
Fig. 123 Attachment
points for towing bracket
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If a towing bracket is to be fitted after the vehicle is purchased, this must be
completed according to the instructions of the towing bracket manufacturer.
The attachment points for the towing bracket are underneath the vehicle.
The distance between the centre of the ball coupling and the ground should
never be lower than the measurement indicated when the vehicle is fully
loaded including the maximum resting weight.
Measurement for securing the towing bracket:
65 mm (minimum)
from 350 mm to 420 mm (fully laden vehicle)
960 mm
345 mm
188 mm
Fitting a towing bracket
• Driving with a trailer implies additional work for the vehicle. Therefore,
before fitting a towing bracket, please contact an Authorised Service Centre
to check whether your cooling system needs modification.
• Observe the legal requirements in your country (e.g. the fitting of a sepa-
rate warning lamp).
• Certain vehicle components, e.g. the rear bumper must be removed and
reinstalled. The towing bracket securing bolts must be tightened using a
torque wrench, and an electrical socket must be used to connect to the
vehicle's electrical system. This requires specialist knowledge and tools.
• The figures in the illustration show the dimensions and attachment points
which must be observed if you are retrofitting a towing bracket.
WARNING
Towing brackets should be fitted by specialists.
• If the towing bracket is incorrectly installed, there is serious danger of
an accident.
• For your own safety, please observe the instructions provided by the
manufacturer of the towing bracket.
Caution
• If the electrical socket is incorrectly installed, this could cause damage to
the vehicle's electrical system.
Note
For the sports model (FR, SPORT, CUPRA...), fitting of a trailer bracket is not
recommended due to the design of the bumpers.
AA
AB
AC
AD
AE
AF
WARNING (continued)
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Checking and refilling levels
Refuelling
The tank flap is released manually. The tank holds approxi-
mately 45 litres.
Unscrewing the tank cap
– Lift the lid.
– Grip the cap and then insert the key into the lock and rotate 180
°

to the left.
– Unscrew the cap, turning it anti-clockwise.
Closing the tank cap
– Screw the tank cap to the right, until the point of feeling a “click”.
– Turn the key in the lock, without releasing the cap in the clock-
wise direction 180
°
.
– Remove the key and close the flap until it clicks into place. The
tank cap is secured with an anti-loss attachment
The tank flap is at the rear of the vehicle on the right.
If the automatic filler nozzle is operated correctly, it will switch itself off as
soon as the tank is “full”. Never attempt to fill beyond this point, as this will
fill the expansion chamber. Fuel may leak out if ambient conditions are warm.
The correct fuel grade for your vehicle is given on a sticker on the inside of the
fuel tank flap.
WARNING
• Fuel is highly inflammable and can cause serious burns and other inju-
ries.
− Never smoke or use any naked flame when filling the fuel tank of the
vehicle, or a spare fuel canister, with fuel. This is an explosion hazard.
− Follow legal requirements for the use of spare fuel canisters.
− For safety reasons we do not recommend carrying a spare fuel
canister in the vehicle. The canister could be damaged in an accident
and leak.
• If, in exceptional circumstances, you have to carry a spare fuel canister,
please observe the following points:
− Never fill the spare fuel canister inside the vehicle or on it. An elec-
trostatic charge could build up during filling, causing the fuel fumes to
ignite. This may be fatally explosive. Always place the canister on the
ground to fill it.
Fig. 124 Tank flap open
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− Insert the fuel nozzle into the mouth of the canister as far as
possible.
− If the spare fuel canister is made of metal, the filling nozzle must be
in contact with the canister during filling. This helps prevent an electro-
static charge building up.
− Never spill fuel in the vehicle or in the luggage compartment. Fuel
vapours are explosive. Danger of death.
Caution
• Fuel spills should be removed from the paintwork immediately.
• Never run the tank completely dry. An irregular fuel supply could cause
misfiring. As a result, unburnt fuel could enter the catalytic converter and
cause damage.
For the sake of the environment
Do not try to put in more fuel after the automatic filler nozzle has switched off;
this may cause the fuel to overflow if it becomes warm.
Petrol
Petrol types
The correct petrol types are listed on a sticker inside the fuel
tank flap.
Only unleaded petrol, corresponding to the standard DIN EN 228, may be
used for vehicles with catalytic converters (EN = “European Norm”).
Fuel types are differentiated by the octane rating, e.g: 91, 95, 98 RON (RON
= “Regulation Octane Number, unit for determining the knock resistance of
petrol”). You may use petrol with a higher octane number than the one recom-
mended for your engine. However, this has no advantage in terms of fuel
consumption and engine power. If, in exceptional circumstances, the correct
octane rating is not available:
• For engines which require Premium unleaded petrol (95 RON) the
following is valid: Regular unleaded fuel with 91 RON can also be used. This
can, however, result in a slight loss of power under certain driving conditions.
• For engines which require Premium unleaded petrol (98 RON) the
following is valid: Premium unleaded fuel with 95 RON can also be used. This
can, however, result in a slight loss of power under certain driving conditions.
– If premium unleaded petrol is not available, the engine can be run on
regular unleaded petrol with 91 RON as an “emergency measure”. In this
case only use moderate engine speeds and a light throttle. Avoid using full
throttle. Fill up with premium petrol as soon as possible.
Caution
• Petrol that follows EN 228 may be mixed with small quantities of ethanol.
However, the so-called “bioethanol fuels” available at commercial establish-
ments with reference E50 or E85, which contain a high percentage of ethanol,
may not be used, as they will damage the fuel system.
• Even one tankfull of leaded fuel would permanently impair the efficiency
of the catalytic converter.
• High engine speed and full throttle can damage the engine when using
petrol with an octane rating lower than the correct grade for the engine.
For the sake of the environment
Just one full tank of leaded fuel would seriously impair the efficiency of the
catalytic converter.
WARNING (continued)
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Petrol additives
Petrol additives improve the quality of the petrol.
The quality of the petrol influences running behaviour, performance and
service life of the engine. For this reason you should use good quality petrol
containing additives. These additives will help to prevent corrosion, keep the
fuel system clean and prevent deposits from building up in the engine.
If good quality petrol with additives is not available or engine problems occur,
the required additives must be added during refuelling.
Diesel
Diesel*
Diesel fuel must correspond to DIN EN 590 (EN = “European standard”). It
must have a cetane number (CN) of at least 51. The cetane number indicates
the ignition quality of the diesel fuel.
Notes on filling with fuel ⇒page 177.
RME fuel*
Only those vehicles fitted with special equipment (number PR
2G0 for biodiesel use) may use biodiesel corresponding to
the standard DIN EN 14214.
The biodiesel fuel must comply with the DIN EN 14.214 (FAME) Standard.
• Biodiesel is a methylester obtained from rapeseed oil.
• DIN is a German abbreviation for “Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.”,
the German standards institute.
• EN means European Norm.
• FAME is the English abbreviation for “Fatty Acid Methyl Ester”
If the date sticker of the vehicle includes the number PR 2G0 optional equip-
ment) this means that that vehicle has been prepared for biodiesel use.
Your Authorised Service Centre or automobile association will be able to
advise on where you can obtain RME biodiesel fuel.
Your Authorised Service Centre can also be consulted to know if the vehicle
has been prepared for biodiesel use.
Things to note about RME fuel (biodiesel)
• The performance of a vehicle using biodiesel maybe somewhat reduced.
• Fuel consumption of a vehicle using biodiesel may be slightly higher.
• RME fuel can be used in winter at temperatures down to approx. -10°C.
• At outside temperatures below -10° C, we recommend using winter diesel
fuel.
Caution
• RME fuel can damage the fuel system in vehicles which are not suitably
adjusted.
• If you decide to use biodiesel in your vehicle, please use only RME fuel
which is DIN E 14,214 compliant.
• If you use biodiesel that does not meet the required standard, the fuel
filter could become clogged.
Note
• In case of low exterior temperatures and a fuel biodiesel percentage of
higher than 50%, an increase in gas emission may occur during operation of
the independent heating.
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• The fuel filter may become clogged when fuel is changed to biodiesel. For
this reason, we recommend that, about every 300 or 400 km, following a fuel
change, also change the fuel filter. Also note the instructions in the Inspec-
tion and Maintenance plan.
• If the vehicle is to remain parked for more than about two weeks, we
recommend filling the fuel tank with biodiesel and driving about 50 km in
order to avoid damage to the injection system.
Winter driving
Diesel can thicken in winter.
Winter-grade diesel
When using “summer-grade diesel fuel”, difficulties may be experienced at
sub-zero temperatures because the fuel thickens due to wax separation. For
this reason, “winter-grade diesel fuel” is available in some countries during
the cold months. It can be used at temperatures as low as -22
°
C.
In countries with different climatic conditions the diesel fuel sold generally
has different temperature characteristics. Check with an Authorised Service
Centre or filling stations in the country concerned regarding the type of diesel
fuels available.
Filter pre-heater
Your vehicle is fitted with a fuel filter pre-heater, making it well equipped for
operation in winter. This ensures that the fuel system remains operational to
approx. -24
°
C, provided you use winter-grade diesel which is safe to -15
°
C.
However, if the fuel has waxed to such an extent that the engine will not start
at temperatures of under -24
°
C, simply place the vehicle in a warm place for
a while.
Caution
Do not mix fuel additives (“thinners”, or similar additives) with diesel fuel.
Working in the engine compartment
Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment
Any work carried out in the engine compartment or on the
engine must be carried out cautiously.
Before starting any work on the engine or in the engine compart-
ment:
1. Switch off the engine and remove the key from the ignition.
2. Apply the handbrake.
3. Move the gear stick to neutral or the selector lever to position P.
4. Wait for the engine to cool down.
5. Keep children away from the vehicle.
6. Raise the bonnet ⇒page 182.
You should not do any work in the engine compartment unless you know
exactly how to carry out the jobs and have the correct tools! Have the work
carried out by a qualified workshop if you are uncertain.
All service fluids and consumables, e.g. coolant, engine oil, spark plugs and
batteries, are being constantly developed. SEAT provides a constant flow of
information to the Authorised Service Centres concerning modifications. For
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this reason we recommend that you have service fluids and consumables
replaced by an Authorised Service Centre. Please observe the relevant
instructions ⇒page 172. The engine compartment of any motor vehicle is a
hazardous area ⇒ .
WARNING
All work on the engine or in the engine compartment, e.g. checking and
refilling fluids, involves the danger of injury and scalding as well as the risk
of accident or fire.
• Never open the bonnet if you see steam, smoke or coolant escaping
from the engine compartment. Otherwise, there is a risk of sustaining
burns. Wait until no more steam or coolant is emitted, then allow the
engine to cool before carefully opening the bonnet.
• Switch off the engine and remove the key from the ignition.
• Apply the handbrake and move the gear stick to neutral or selector
lever to position P.
• Keep children away from the vehicle.
• Never touch hot engine parts. There is a risk of burns.
• Never spill liquids on a hot engine or on a hot exhaust gas system. This
is a fire hazard.
• Avoid causing short-circuits in the electrical system, particularly at the
points where the jump leads are attached ⇒page 231. The battery could
explode.
• Never touch the radiator fan. It is temperature controlled and could
start automatically, even when the engine has been switched off and the
key removed from the ignition!
• Do not unscrew the cap on the expansion tank when the engine is hot.
If the coolant is hot, the cooling system will be pressurised!
• Protect face, hands and arms by covering the cap with a large, thick
cloth to protect against escaping coolant and steam.
• Always make sure you have not left any objects, such as cleaning cloths
and tools, in the engine compartment.
• If you have to work underneath the vehicle, you must use suitable
stands additionally to support the vehicle, there is a risk of accident!. A
hydraulic jack is insufficient for securing the vehicle and there is a risk of
injury.
• If any work has to be performed when the engine is started or with the
engine running, there is an additional, potentially fatal, safety risk from the
rotating parts, such as the drive belts, alternator, radiator fan, etc., and
from the high-voltage ignition system. You should also observe the
following points:
− Never touch the electrical wiring of the ignition system.
− Ensure that jewellery, loose clothing and long hair do not get
trapped in rotating engine parts. Danger of death. Before starting any
work remove jewellery, tie back and cover hair, and wear tight-fitting
clothes.
− Always think carefully about pressing the accelerator if a gear is
engaged in either an automatic or manual gearbox. The vehicle could
move, even if the handbrake is applied. Danger of death.
• If work has to be carried out on the fuel system or on electrical compo-
nents, you must observe the following safety notes in addition to the above
warnings:
− Always disconnect the battery. The vehicle must be unlocked when
this is done, otherwise the alarm will be triggered.
− Do not smoke.
− Never work near naked flames.
− Always have a fire extinguisher on hand.
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Caution
When changing or topping up service fluids, make absolutely certain that you
fill the fluids into the correct reservoirs. Failure to observe this point will result
in serious malfunctions and engine damage!
For the sake of the environment
Service fluids leaks are harmful to the environment. For this reason you
should make regular checks on the ground underneath your vehicle. If you
find spots of oil or other fluids, have your vehicle inspected in a qualified
workshop.
Opening the bonnet
The bonnet is released from inside the vehicle.
Before opening the bonnet ensure that the windscreen wipers are in
rest position.
– To release the bonnet, pull the lever under the dashboard
⇒fig. 125 in the direction indicated (arrow). The bonnet will be
released by a spring action ⇒ .
– Lift the bonnet using the release lever (arrow) and open the
bonnet.
– Release the bonnet stay and secure it in fixture designed for this
in the bonnet.
WARNING
Hot coolant can scald!
• Never open the bonnet if you see steam, smoke or coolant escaping
from the engine compartment.
• Wait until no more steam, smoke or coolant is emitted from the bonnet,
then carefully open the bonnet.
• When working in the engine compartment, always observe the safety
warnings ⇒page 180.
Closing the bonnet
– Raise the bonnet slightly.
– Release the bonnet stay and replace it in its support.
– At a height of about 30 cm let it fall so it is locked.
Fig. 125 Arrester hook
for bonnet.
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If the bonnet does not close, do not press downwards. Open it once more and
let it fall as before.
WARNING
If the bonnet is not closed properly, it could open while you are driving and
completely obscure your view of the road. Risk of accident.
• After closing the bonnet, always check that it is properly secured. The
bonnet must be flush with the surrounding body panels.
• If you notice that the bonnet latch is not secured when the vehicle is
moving, stop the vehicle immediately and close the bonnet properly. Risk
of accident.
Engine oil
Engine oil specifications
The engine oil used must conform with exact specifications.
Specifications
The engine comes with a special, high quality, multi grade oil that can be
used in all seasons of the year except for those regions affected by extreme
cold.
As the use of good quality oil is necessary for the correct operation and long
service life of the engine, when it becomes necessary to replenish or change
the oil, always use an oil that complies to the VW standards.
If it is not possible to find oil conforming to the VW standards then oil
conforming to the ACEA or API standards with an appropriate viscosity at
atmospheric temperature should be used instead. The use of this type of oil
may have some repercussions on the performance of the engine for example,
long starting time, increased consumption and a higher emission level.
If a top up is required then different oils may be mixed as long as they all
conform to the VW standards.
The specifications (VW standards) set out in the following page should
appear on the container of the service oil; the container will display together
the different standards for petrol and diesel engines, the oil can be used for
both types of engines.
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Oil properties
Viscosity
The viscosity class of the oil is selected according to the diagram.
When the ambient temperature falls outside the limits of the scale for a short
period, an oil change is not required.
Mono-grade oil
Single grade oils are generally not suitable for all year round use, due to
ranges of viscosity
6)
.
These oils are only useful in a climate that is constantly very cold or very
warm.
Engine oil additives
No type of additive should be mixed with the engine oil. The deterioration
caused by these additives is not covered by the warranty.
Fig. 126 Types of oil
according to temperature
Engine type Specification
Petrol VW 501 01/ VW 502 00/ VW 504 00
Diesel VW 505 00/ VW 505 01/ VW 507 00/ VW 506 01
Diesel Injector Pump
a)
a)
Only use recommended oils, otherwise you may damage the engine.
VW 505 01/ VW 507 00/ VW 506 01
Diesel Injector Pump Motor 118 kW
a)
VW 506 01/ VW 507 00
Diesel Engines with Particulate filter (DPF)
a)
VW 507 00
6)
Viscosity: oil density
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Note
Before a long trip, we recommend finding an engine oil that conforms to the
corresponding VW specifications and keeping it in the vehicle. This way, the
correct engine oil will always be available for a top-up if needed.
Checking the engine oil level
The engine oil dipstick indicates the level of the oil.
Checking oil level
– Park the vehicle in a horizontal position.
– Briefly run the engine at idle speed until the service temperature
is reached then stop.
– Wait two minutes.
– Pull out the dipstick. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth and
insert it again, pushing it in as far as it will go.
– Then pull it out once more and check the oil level ⇒fig. 127. Top
up with engine oil if necessary.
Oil level in area
- Do not add oil.
Oil level in area
- Oil can be topped up. The indicated oil level should be after the zone
Oil level in area
- Oil must be topped up. The indicated oil level should be found, after, in zone
Depending on how you drive and the conditions in which the car is used, oil
consumption can be up to 0.5 L/1000 km. Oil consumption is likely to be
higher for the first 5000 km. For this reason the engine oil level must be
checked at regular intervals, preferably when filling the tank and before a
journey.
WARNING
Any work carried out in the engine compartment or on the engine must be
carried out cautiously.
• When working in the engine compartment, always observe the safety
warnings ⇒page 180.
Caution
If the oil level is above the area do not start the engine. This could result
in damage to the engine and catalytic converter. Contact an Authorised
Service Centre.
Fig. 127 Engine oil
dipstick.
AA
AB
AA
AC
AA
AA
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Topping up engine oil º
Top up gradually with small quantities of oil.
Before opening the bonnet, read and observe the warnings ⇒ in
“Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment” on
page 180.
– Unscrew cap from oil filler opening ⇒fig. 128.
– Top-up oil in small amounts, using the correct oil.
– To avoid over-filling with engine oil, you should top-up using
small quantities, wait a while and check the oil level before
adding any more oil.
– As soon as the oil level is in area , carefully close the cap.
The position of the oil filler opening is shown in the corresponding engine
compartment diagram ⇒page 242.
Engine oil specification ⇒page 183.
WARNING
Oil is highly inflammable! Ensure that no oil comes into contact with hot
engine components when topping up.
Caution
If the oil level is above the area do not start the engine. This could result
in damage to the engine and catalytic converter. Contact a qualified work-
shop.
For the sake of the environment
The oil level must never be above area . Otherwise oil can be drawn in
through the crankcase breather and escape into the atmosphere via the
exhaust system.
Changing engine oil
The engine oil must be changed at the intervals given in the
service schedule.
We recommend that you have the engine oil changed by an Authorised
Service Centre.
The oil change intervals are shown in the Maintenance Programme.
WARNING
Only change the oil yourself if you have the specialist knowledge required!
Fig. 128 In the engine
compartment: Engine oil
filler cap
AB
AA
AA
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• Before opening the bonnet, read and observe the warnings
⇒page 180, “Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment”.
• Wait for the engine to cool down. Hot oil may cause burn injuries.
• Wear eye protection to avoid injuries caused by splashes of oil.
• When removing the oil drain plug with your fingers, keep your arm hori-
zontal to help prevent oil from running down your arm.
• Wash your skin thoroughly if it comes into contact with engine oil.
• Engine oil is poisonous! Used oil must be stored in a safe place out of
the reach of children until it is disposed of.
Caution
No additives should be used with engine oil. This could result in engine
damage. Any damage caused by the use of such additives would not be
covered by the factory warranty.
For the sake of the environment
• Because of the disposal problems, the necessary special tools and
specialist knowledge required, we recommend that you have the engine oil
and filter changed by an Authorised Service Centre.
• Never pour oil down drains or into the ground.
• Use a suitable container when draining the used oil. It has to be large
enough to hold all the engine oil.
Coolant
Coolant specifications
Coolant is a mixture of water and at least 40% coolant addi-
tive.
The cooling system must be filled with a mixture of water and at least 40 % of
our coolant additive G 12+ or an additive with the specification TT-VW 774 F
(it is dyed purple). This mixture gives the necessary frost protection down to
-25
°
C and protects the alloy parts of the cooling system against corrosion. It
also prevents scaling and raises the boiling point of the coolant.
The concentration of coolant must always be at least 40% - even if frost
protection is not required.
If greater frost protection is required in very cold climates, the proportion of
the antifreeze additive G 12+ can be increased. However, the percentage of
coolant additives should not exceed 60%, as this would reduce the frost
protection. It would also reduce the cooling effect. A mixture with 60%
coolant additive will give frost protection to approx. -40
°
C.
WARNING
• The coolant additive is toxic. There is a toxic risk. Always keep the
coolant additive in the original container which should be stored out of the
reach of children. The same applies to coolant which you have drained off.
• The coolant additive G 12+ must be added in sufficient quantities to
provide anti-freeze protection at the coldest ambient temperatures that
can be expected. At extremely cold ambient temperatures, the coolant
could freeze, causing the vehicle to breakdown. As the heater would also
not work in this situation, there is a risk of suffering exposure!
WARNING (continued)
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Caution
• Other additives may give considerably inferior corrosion protection. The
resulting corrosion in the cooling system can lead to a loss of coolant,
causing serious damage to the engine.
• The coolant additive G 12+ (purple) can be mixed with the additive G 12
(red) or G 11. Never mix G12 (red colour) with G 11.
Checking the coolant level and topping up ¶
The correct coolant level is important for fault-free func-
tioning of the engine cooling system.
Before opening the bonnet, read and observe the warnings ⇒ in
“Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment” on
page 180.
Opening the coolant expansion tank
– Switch off the engine and allow it to cool.
– To prevent scalding, cover the cap on the expansion tank with a
thick cloth and carefully unscrew the cap ⇒ .
Checking coolant level
– Look into the open coolant expansion tank and read off the
coolant level.
– If the level is underneath the “MIN” mark, top up with coolant.
Topping up coolant
– Only use new coolant.
– Do not fill above the “MAX” mark.
Closing the coolant expansion tank
– Screw the cap on again tightly.
The position of the coolant expansion reservoir is shown in the corresponding
engine compartment diagram ⇒page 242.
Make sure that the coolant meets the required specifications ⇒page 187.
Do not use a different type of additive if coolant additive G 12+, is not avail-
able. In this case use only water and bring the coolant concentration back up
to the correct level as soon as possible by putting in the specified additive
⇒page 187.
Always top up with new coolant.
Do not fill above the “MAX” mark. Otherwise the excess coolant will be forced
out of the cooling system when the engine is hot.
Fig. 129 In the engine
compartment: Coolant
expansion tank cap
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The coolant additive G 12+ (dyed purple) may be mixed with G 12 (dyed red)
and also with G 11.
WARNING
Any work carried out in the engine compartment or on the engine must be
carried out cautiously.
• When working in the engine compartment, always observe the safety
warnings ⇒page 180.
• When the engine is warm or hot, the cooling system is pressurised! Do
not unscrew the cap on the expansion tank when the engine is hot. This is
a burn injury risk.
Caution
• When mixed with other additives the colour of G 12 will change to brown.
If this occurs you should have the coolant changed immediately. Failure to do
so will result in engine damage!
• If a lot of coolant has been lost, wait for the engine to cool down before
putting in cold coolant. This avoids damaging the engine. Large coolant
losses are an indication of leaks in the cooling system. See a specialised
workshop immediately and have the cooling system checked. Otherwise,
there is a risk of engine damage.
Washer fluid and windscreen wiper blades
Topping up washer fluid <
The water for cleaning the windscreen should always be
mixed with washer fluid.
The windscreen washer and the headlight washing system are supplied with
fluid from the windscreen washer fluid container in the engine compartment.
The container holds approx. 2 litres; in vehicles with headlamp washers* it
holds approx. 4.5 litres.
The reservoir is located on the right-hand side of the engine compartment.
Plain water is not enough to clean the windscreen and headlights. We recom-
mend that you always add a product to the windscreen washer fluid.
Approved windscreen cleaning products exist on the market with high deter-
gent and anti-freeze properties, these may be added all-year-round. Please
follow the dilution instructions on the packaging.
Fig. 130 In the engine
compartment: Cap of
windscreen washer fluid
reservoir.
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WARNING
Any work carried out in the engine compartment or on the engine must be
carried out cautiously.
• When working in the engine compartment, always observe the safety
warnings ⇒page 180.
Caution
• Never put radiator anti-freeze or other additives into the windscreen
washer fluid.
• Always use approved windscreen cleansing products diluted as per
instructions. If you use other washer fluids or soap solutions, the tiny holes
in the fan-shaped nozzles could become blocked.
Changing windscreen wiper blades
If the windscreen wiper blades are in perfect condition, you
will benefit from an improved visibility. Damaged wiper
blades should be replaced immediately.
Removing the wiper blade
– Lift the windscreen wiper arm.
– Press on the securing tab.
– Extract the wiper blade from the wiper arm.
Fitting the wiper blade
– Insert the wiper blade onto the windscreen wiper arm until it
clicks into place.
– Make sure that the blade faces down when fitting a blade with
integrated deflector blade.
Fig. 131 Change wind-
screen wiper blade
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If the windscreen wipers smear, they should be replaced if they are damaged,
or cleaned if they are soiled.
If this does not produce the desired results, the setting angle of the wind-
screen wiper arms might be incorrect. They should be checked by a qualified
workshop and corrected if necessary.
WARNING
Do not drive unless you have good visibility through all windows!
• Clean the windscreen wiper blades and all windows regularly.
• The wiper blades should be changed once or twice a year.
Caution
• Damaged or dirty windscreen wipers could scratch the windscreen.
• Never use fuel, nail varnish remover, paint thinner or similar products to
clean the windows. This could damage the windscreen wiper blades.
• Never move the windscreen wiper or windscreen wiper arm manually. This
could cause damage.
Note
• The wiper arms can be moved to the service position only when the
bonnet is properly closed.
Changing the rear wiper blade
A good rear wiper blade is essential for clear rear vision.
Damaged wiper blades should be replaced immediately.
Removing the wiper blade
– Lift the rear wiper arm.
– Release the blade by pulling it in the direction of the arrow .
Fitting the wiper blade
– Insert the wiper blade onto the windscreen wiper arm until it
clicks into place.
Check the condition of the wiper blade regularly. Change as required.
If the windscreen wiper scrapes, it should be replaced if damaged, or cleaned
if soiled.
If this is not sufficient, refer to a qualified workshop.
Fig. 132 Changing the
rear window wiper blade
A2
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WARNING
Do not drive unless you have good visibility through all windows!
• Clean the windscreen wiper blades and all windows regularly.
• The wiper blades should be changed once or twice a year.
Caution
• A damaged or dirty window wiper could scratch the rear window.
• Never use fuel, nail varnish remover, paint thinner or similar products to
clean the window.
• Never move the windscreen wiper by hand. This could cause damage.
Brake fluid
Checking the brake fluid level
The brake fluid is checked at the intervals given in the service
schedule.
– Read off the fluid level at the transparent brake fluid reservoir. It
should always be between the “MIN” and “MAX” marks.
The position of the brake fluid reservoir is shown in the corresponding engine
compartment diagram ⇒page 242. The brake fluid reservoir has a black and
yellow cap.
The brake fluid level drops slightly when the vehicle is being used as the
brake pads are automatically adjusted as they wear.
Fig. 133 In the engine
compartment: Brake fluid
reservoir cover
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However, if the level goes down noticeably in a short time, or drops below the
“MIN” mark, there may be a leak in the brake system. A display on the instru-
ment panel will warn you if the brake fluid level is too low ⇒page 60.
WARNING
Before opening the bonnet to check the brake fluid level, read and observe
the warnings ⇒page 180.
Changing the brake fluid
The Maintenance Program indicates the brake fluid change
intervals.
We recommend that you have the brake fluid changed by an Authorised
Service Centre.
Before opening the bonnet, please read and follow the warnings ⇒ in
“Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment” on page 180 in
“Working in the engine compartment”.
Brake fluid absorbs moisture. In the course of time, it will absorb water from
the ambient air. If the water content in the brake fluid is too high, the brake
system could corrode. This also considerably reduces the boiling point of the
brake fluid. Heavy use of the brakes may then cause a vapour lock which
could impair the braking effect.
It is important that you use only brake fluid compliant with the US standard
FMVSS 116 DOT 4. We recommend the use of Genuine SEAT brake fluid.
WARNING
Brake fluid is poisonous. Old brake fluid impairs the braking effect.
• Before opening the bonnet to check the brake fluid level, read and
observe the warnings ⇒page 180.
• Brake fluid should be stored in the closed original container in a safe
place out of reach of children. There is a toxic risk.
• Complete the brake fluid change according to the Maintenance
Program. Heavy use of the brakes may cause a vapour lock if the brake fluid
is left in the system for too long. This would seriously affect the efficiency
of the brakes and the safety of the vehicle. This may cause an accident.
Caution
Brake fluid could damage the paintwork. Wipe off any brake fluid from the
paintwork immediately.
For the sake of the environment
Brake fluid must be drained and disposed of in the proper manner observing
environmental regulations.
WARNING (continued)
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Battery
Warnings on handling the battery
WARNING
Always be aware of the danger of injury and chemical burns as well as the
risk of accident or fire when working on the battery and the electrical
system:
• Wear eye protection. Protect your eyes, skin and clothing from acid and
particles containing lead.
• Battery acid is very corrosive and caustic. Wear protective gloves and
eye protection. Do not tilt the batteries. This could spill acid through the
vents. Rinse battery acid from eyes immediately for several minutes with
clear water. Then seek medical care immediately. Neutralize any acid
splashes on the skin or clothing with a soapy solution, and rinse off with
plenty of water. If acid is swallowed by mistake, consult a doctor immedi-
ately.
• Fires, sparks, naked lights and smoking are prohibited. When handling
cables and electrical equipment, avoid causing sparks and electrostatic
charge. Never short the battery terminals. High-energy sparks can cause
injury.
• A highly explosive mixture of gases is released when the battery is
under charge. The batteries should be charged in a well-ventilated room
only.
• Keep children away from acid and batteries.
• Before working on the electrical system, you must switch off the
engine, the ignition and all consumers. The negative cable on the battery
must be disconnected. When a light bulb is changed, you need only switch
off the light.
• Deactivate the anti-theft alarm by unlocking the vehicle before you
disconnect the battery! The alarm will otherwise be triggered.
• When disconnecting the battery from the vehicle electrical system,
disconnect first the negative cable and then the positive cable.
• Switch off all electrical consumers before reconnecting the battery.
Reconnect first the positive cable and then the negative cable. Never
reverse the polarity of the connections. This could cause an electrical fire.
• Never charge a frozen battery, or one which has thawed. This could
result in explosions and chemical burns. Always replace a battery which
has frozen. A flat battery can freeze at temperatures around 0
°
C.
• Ensure that the vent hose is always connected to the battery.
• Never use a defective battery. This may be fatally explosive. Replace a
damaged battery immediately.
Caution
• Never disconnect the battery if the ignition is switched on or if the engine
is running. This could damage the electrical system or electronic compo-
nents.
• Do not expose the battery to direct sunlight over a long period of time, as
the intense ultraviolet radiation can damage the battery housing.
Ç
Wear eye protection
_
Battery acid is very corrosive and caustic. Wear protec-
tive gloves and eye protection!
®
Fires, sparks, naked lights and smoking are prohibited!
¿
A highly explosive mixture of gases is released when the
battery is under charge.
®
Keep children away from acid and batteries!
WARNING (continued)
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• If the vehicle is left standing in cold conditions for a long period, protect
the battery from frost. If it “freezes” it will be damaged.
Checking the electrolyte level
The electrolyte level should be checked regularly in high-
mileage vehicles, in hot countries and in older batteries.
– Open the bonnet and open the battery cover at the front ⇒ in
“Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment” on
page 180 ⇒ in “Warnings on handling the battery” on
page 194.
– Check the colour display in the "magic eye" on the top of the
battery.
– If there are air bubbles in the window, tap the window gently until
they disperse.
The position of the battery is shown in the corresponding engine compart-
ment diagram ⇒page 242.
The round window (“magic eye”) on the top of the battery changes colour,
depending on the charge level and electrolyte level of the battery.
If the colour in the window is colourless or bright yellow, the electrolyte level
of the battery is too low. Have the battery checked by a qualified workshop.
The colours green and black are used by the workshops for diagnostic
purposes.
Charging and changing the vehicle battery
The battery is maintenance-free and is checked during the
inspection service. All work on the vehicle battery requires
specialist knowledge.
If you often drive short distances or if the vehicle is not driven for long
periods, the battery should be checked by a qualified workshop between the
scheduled services.
If the battery has discharged and you have problems starting the vehicle, the
battery might be damaged. If this happens, we recommend you have the
vehicle battery checked by an Authorised Service Centre where it will be re-
charged or replaced.
Charging the battery
The vehicle battery should be charged by a qualified workshop only, as
batteries using special technology have been installed and they must be
charged in a controlled environment.
Replacing a vehicle battery
The battery has been developed to suit the conditions of its location and has
special safety features.
Genuine SEAT batteries fulfil the maintenance, performance and safety spec-
ifications of your vehicle.
WARNING
• We recommend you use only maintenance-free or cycle free leak-proof
batteries which comply with the standards T 825 06 and VW7 50 73. This
standard applies as of 2001.
• Before starting any work on the batteries, you must read and observe
the warnings ⇒ in “Warnings on handling the battery” on page 194.
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For the sake of the environment
Batteries contain toxic substances such as sulphuric acid and lead. They
must be disposed of appropriately and must not be disposed of with ordinary
household waste.
Wheels
General notes
Avoiding damage
– If you have to drive over a kerb or similar obstacle, drive very
slowly and as near as possible at a right angle to the kerb.
– Keep grease, oil and fuel off the tyres.
– Inspect the tyres regularly for damage (cuts, cracks or blisters,
etc.). Remove any foreign objects embedded in the treads.
Storing tyres
– Mark tyres when you remove them to indicate the direction of
rotation. This ensures you will be able to install them correctly
when you replace them.
– When removed, the wheels and/or tyres should be stored in a
cool, dry and preferably dark location.
– Store tyres in a vertical position if they are not fitted on wheel
rims.
New tyres
New tyres have to be run in ⇒page 151.
The tread depth of new tyres may vary, according to the type and make of tyre
and the tread pattern.
Concealed damage
Damage to tyres and rims is often not readily visible. If you notice unusual
vibrations or the car pulling to one side, this may indicate that one of the tyres
is damaged. The tyres should be checked immediately by an Authorised
Service Centre.
Tyres with directional tread pattern
An arrow on the tyre sidewall indicates the direction of rotation on tyres with
directional tread. Always observe the direction of rotation indicated when
fitting the wheel. This guarantees optimum grip and helps to avoid aqua-
planing, excessive noise and wear.
WARNING
• New tyres do not have maximum grip in the first 500 km. Drive particu-
larly carefully to avoid risk of accident.
• Never drive with damaged tyres. This may cause an accident.
• If you notice unusual vibration or if the vehicle pulls to one side when
driving, stop the vehicle immediately and check the tyres for damage.
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Checking tyre pressure
The correct tyre pressure can be seen on the sticker on the
inside of the tank flap.
1. Read the required tyre inflation pressure from the sticker. The
values refer to Summer tyres. For Winter tyres, you must add 0.2
bar to the values given on the sticker.
2. The tyre pressures should only be checked when the tyres are
cold. The slightly raised pressures of warm tyres must not be
reduced.
3. Adjust the tyre pressure to the load you are carrying.
Tyre pressure
The correct tyre pressure is especially important at high speeds. The pressure
should therefore be checked at least once a month and before starting a
journey.
WARNING
A tyre can easily burst if the pressure is too low, causing an accident!
• At continuously high speeds, a tyre with insufficient pressure flexes
more. In this way it becomes too hot, and this can cause tread separation
and tyre blow-out. Always observe the recommended tyre pressures.
• If the tyre pressure is too low or too high, the tyres will wear prema-
turely and the vehicle will not handle well. Risk of accident!
For the sake of the environment
Under-inflated tyres will increase fuel consumption.
Tyre service life
The service life of tyres is dependent on tyre pressure, driving
style and fitting.
Fig. 134 Tyre tread wear
indicators
Fig. 135 Changing
wheels
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Wear indicators
The original tyres on your vehicle have 1.6 mm high “tread wear indicators”
⇒page 197, fig. 134, running across the tread. Depending on the make,
there will be six to eight of them evenly spaced around the tyre. Markings on
the tyre sidewall (for instance the letters “TWI” or other symbols) indicate the
positions of the tread wear indicators. The minimum tread depth required by
law is 1.6 mm (measured in the tread grooves next to the tread wear indica-
tors). Worn tyres must be replaced. Different figures may apply in export
countries ⇒ .
Tyre pressure
Incorrect tyre pressure causes premature wear and could cause tyre blow-out.
For this reason, the tyre pressure should be checked at least once per month
⇒page 197.
Driving style
Fast cornering, heavy acceleration and hard braking all increase tyre wear.
Changing wheels around
If the front tyres are worn considerably more than the rear ones it is advisable
to change them around as shown ⇒page 197, fig. 135. All the tyres will then
last for about the same time.
Wheel balance
The wheels on new vehicles are balanced. However, various factors encoun-
tered in normal driving can cause them to become unbalanced, which results
in steering vibration.
Unbalanced wheels should be rebalanced, as they otherwise cause excessive
wear on steering, suspension and tyres. A wheel must also be rebalanced
when a new tyre is fitted.
Incorrect wheel alignment
Incorrect wheel alignment causes excessive tyre wear, impairing the safety of
the vehicle. If tyres show excessive wear, you should have the wheel align-
ment checked by an Authorised Service Centre.
WARNING
There is a serious danger of accidents if a tyre bursts during driving!
• The tyres must be replaced at the latest when the tread is worn down to
the tread wear indicators. Failure to do so could result in an accident. Worn
tyres do not grip well at high speeds on wet roads. There is also a greater
risk of “aquaplaning”.
• At continuously high speeds, a tyre with insufficient pressure flexes
more. This causes it to overheat. This can cause tread separation and tyre
blow-out. Risk of accident. Always observe the recommended tyre pres-
sures.
• If tyres show excessive wear, you should have the running gear checked
by an Authorised Service Centre.
• Keep chemicals such as oil, fuel and brake fluid away from tyres.
• Damaged wheels and tyres must be replaced immediately!
For the sake of the environment
Under-inflated tyres will increase fuel consumption.
New tyres and wheels
New tyres and wheels have to be run-in.
The tyres and wheel rims are an essential part of the vehicle's design. The
tyres and rims approved by SEAT are specially matched to the characteristics
of the vehicle and make a major contribution to good road holding and safe
handling ⇒ .
Tyres should be replaced at least in pairs and not individually (i.e. both front
tyres or both rear tyres together). A knowledge of tyre designations makes it
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easier to choose the correct tyres. Radial tyres have the tyre designations
marked on the sidewall, for example:
195/65 R15 91T
This contains the following information:
195 Tyre width in mm
65 Height/width ratio in %
R Tyre construction: Radial
15 Rim diameter in inches
91 Load rating code
T Speed rating
The tyres could also have the following information:
• A direction of rotation symbol
• “Reinforced” denotes heavy-duty tyres.
The manufacturing date is also indicated on the tyre sidewall (possibly only
on the inner side of the wheel).
“DOT... 1103...” means, for example, that the tyre was produced in the 11th
week of 2003.
We recommend that work on tyres and wheels is carried out by an Authorised
Service Centre. They are familiar with the procedure and have the necessary
special tools and spare parts as well as the proper facilities for disposing of
the old tyres.
Any Authorised Service Centre has full information on the technical require-
ments when installing or changing tyres, wheels or wheel trims.
WARNING
• We recommend that you use only wheels and tyres which have been
approved by SEAT for your model. Failure to do so could impair vehicle
handling. Risk of accident.
• Avoid running the vehicle on tyres that are more than six years old. If
you have no alternative, you should drive slowly and with extra care at all
times.
• Never use old tyres or those with an unknown “history of use”.
• If wheel trims are retrofitted, you must ensure that the flow of air to the
brakes is not restricted. This could cause them to overheat.
• All four wheels must be fitted with radial tyres of the same type, size
(rolling circumference) and the same tread pattern.
For the sake of the environment
Old tyres must be disposed of according to the laws in the country concerned.
Note
• For technical reasons, it is not generally possible to use the wheels from
other vehicles. This can also apply to wheels of the same model. The use of
wheels or tyres which have not been approved by SEAT for use with your
model may invalidate the vehicle's type approval for use on public roads.
• If the spare tyre is not the same as the tyres that are mounted on the
vehicle - for example with winter tyres - you should only use the spare tyre for
a short period of time and drive with extra care. Refit the normal road wheel
as soon as possible.
Wheel bolts
Wheel bolts must be tightened to the correct torque.
The design of wheel bolts is matched to the rims. If different wheel rims are
fitted, the correct wheel bolts with the right length and correctly shaped bolt
WARNING (continued)
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heads must be used. This ensures that wheels are fitted securely and that the
brake system functions correctly.
In certain circumstances, you may not use wheel bolts from a different car -
even if it is the same model ⇒page 172.
WARNING
If the wheel bolts are not tightened correctly, the wheel could become
loose while driving. Risk of accident.
• The wheel bolts must be clean and turn easily. Never apply grease or oil
to them.
• Use only wheel bolts which belong to the wheel.
• If the prescribed torque of the wheel bolts is too low, they could loosen
whilst the vehicle is in motion. Risk of accident! If the tightening torque is
too high, the wheel bolts and threads could be damaged.
Caution
The prescribed torque for wheel bolts for steel and alloy wheels is 120 Nm.
Winter tyres
Winter tyres will improve the vehicles handling on snow and
ice.
In winter conditions winter tyres will considerably improve the vehicles
handling. The design of summer tyres (width, rubber compound, tread
pattern) gives less grip on ice and snow.
Winter tyres must be inflated to a pressure 0.2 bar higher than the pressures
specified for summer tyres (see sticker on tank flap).
Winter tyres must be fitted on all four wheels.
Information on permitted winter tyre sizes can be found in the vehicle's regis-
tration documents. Use only radial winter tyres. All tyre sizes listed in the
vehicle documentation also apply to winter tyres.
Winter tyres lose their effectiveness when the tread is worn down to a depth
of 4 mm.
The speed rating code ⇒page 198, “New tyres and wheels” determines the
following speed limits: ⇒
Q max. 160 km/h
S max. 180 km/h
T max. 190 km/h
H max. 210 km/h
In some countries, vehicles which can exceed the speed rating of the fitted
tyre must have an appropriate sticker in the driver's field of view. These
stickers are available from your Authorised Service Centre. The legal require-
ments of each country must be followed.
Do not have winter tyres fitted for unnecessarily long periods. Vehicles with
summer tyres handle better when the roads are free of snow and ice.
If you have a flat tyre, please refer to the notes on the spare wheel
⇒page 198, “New tyres and wheels”.
WARNING
The maximum speed for the winter tyres must not be exceeded. Otherwise,
this could lead to tyre damage and thus, an accident risk.
For the sake of the environment
Fit your summer tyres in good time. They are quieter, do not wear so quickly
and reduce fuel consumption.
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Note
• The rims of the IBIZA CUPRA have been designed so as not to obstruct the
optional 4-cylinder brake unit.
• The CUPRA version has a specific tyre for driving in winter of 205/40 17 XL
84H. When you use this winter tyre, do not exceed 210 km/h.
Snow chains
Snow chains are only permitted on the front wheels and only for tyres 155/80
R13; 165/70 R14 and 185/80 R14. Snow chains must have fine-pitch links
which do not protrude more than 15 mm, including tension device.
Remaining tyres can be fitted with chains no thicker than 9 mm.
Remove wheel hub covers and trim rings before fitting snow chains. For safety
reasons cover caps, available in any Authorised Service Centre, must then be
fitted over the wheel bolts.
WARNING
Observe the fitting instructions provided by the snow chain manufacturer.
Caution
You must remove the snow chains to drive on roads which are free of snow.
Otherwise they will impair handling, damage the tyres and wear out very
quickly.
Note
In some countries, the speed limit for using snow chains is 50 km/h. The legal
requirements of the country should be followed.
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If and when
Vehicle tools, spare wheel
Vehicle Tools
The vehicle onboard tools are located under the floor panel in
the luggage compartment.
– Lift floor panel
– Take the onboard tools out of the vehicle.
The tool kit includes:
• Jack*
• Hook for removing wheel covers* or hub caps*
• Box spanner for wheel bolts*
• Reversible screwdriver with handle (including hexagonal interior) for the
wheel bolts. The screwdriver is a combination tool.
• Towing ring*
• Adapter for the anti-theft wheel bolts*
Some of the items listed are only provided in certain models / model years,
or are optional extras.
WARNING
• Do not use the hexagonal socket in the screwdriver handle to tighten
the wheel bolts as with this it is not possible to tighten the bolts to the
required torque, risk of accident.
• The jack supplied by the factory is only designed for changing wheels
on this model. On no account attempt to use it for lifting heavier vehicles
or other loads, risk of injury.
• Use the jack only on firm, level ground.
• Never start the engine when the vehicle is on the jack, risk of accident.
• If work is to be carried out underneath the vehicle, this must be secured
by suitable stands. Otherwise, there is a risk of injury.
WARNING (continued)
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Tool box only for 17 inch wheel* - Cupra Version
On-board tools*/Jack*
The vehicle may also have:
Screwdriver with handle (including hexagonal interior) for the wheel
bolts. The screwdriver blade is reversible.
Jack. Before replacing the jack in its compartment, fully insert the arm.
Then, push the crank against the side of the jack.
Wire hook
Box spanner for wheel bolts
Towing eye
WARNING
• The jack supplied by the factory is only for this model. It must never be
used for other heavier vehicles or for other loads.
• Never start the engine when the car is raised. Risk of accident.
• When work is being carried out underneath the vehicle, it must be
secured using suitable frames.
Note
Never use the inner hexagon of the screwdriver for loosening or tightening
the wheel bolts.
Compact temporary spare wheel*
If provided as part of the vehicle's equipment, the compact
temporary spare wheel is only intended for temporary use
over short distances.
The temporary spare wheel is stored under the floor panel in the luggage
compartment and is attached by a thumbnut.
How to use the compact temporary spare wheel
Should you ever have a punctured tyre, the compact temporary spare wheel
is only intended for temporary use until you can reach a workshop. The
standard-size road wheel should be replaced as soon as possible.
Please note the following restrictions when using the compact temporary
spare wheel. This spare wheel has been specially designed for your vehicle,
thus, it cannot be changed with the spare wheel from another vehicle.
No other type of tyre (normal summer or winter tyre) may be fitted on the
compact temporary spare wheel rim.
Snow chains
For technical reasons, snow chains must not be used on the compact tempo-
rary spare wheel.
Fig. 136 Tool box
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
WARNING (continued)
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If you should have a puncture on one of the front wheels when using snow
chains, fit the compact temporary spare in place of one of the rear wheels.
You can then attach the snow chains to the wheel taken from the rear and use
this wheel to replace the punctured front wheel.
WARNING
• The tyre pressures must be checked and corrected as soon as possible.
• Do not drive faster than 80 km/h. Higher speeds can cause an accident.
• Avoid heavy acceleration, hard braking and fast cornering, risk of acci-
dent.
• Never use two or more compact spare tyres at the same time, risk of
accident.
• No other type of tyre (normal summer or winter tyre) may be fitted on
the compact temporary spare wheel rim.
17 inch* spare wheel - Cupra version
The wheel is in a well under the carpet of the boot, secured
with a threaded plastic nut.
Fig. 137 Access to the
spare wheel
Fig. 138 Securing the
defective wheel in the
spare wheel well
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Taking out the spare wheel
7)
– Lift the carpet, then remove the plastic nut anticlockwise.
– Take out the tool box* and remove the spare wheel*.
Securing the defective wheel in the spare wheel well
– Put the defective wheel into its housing, and then put the tool
box* into the hollow in the wheel.
– Turn the plastic nut clockwise until the defective wheel is well
secured.
– Unhook the carpet and place it on the floor.
WARNING
Check the spare wheel and the tools are firmly held to avoid injury to
passengers in the event of sudden braking or collision.
Tyre repair kit*
The tyre repair kit (for vehicles not including a spare wheel) is
stored under the floor panel in the luggage compartment.
Your vehicle is equipped with the Tyre Mobility System “Tyre repair kit”.
The tyre repair kit consists of a container with sealing compound to repair the
puncture and a compressor to generate the required tyre pressure. The kit will
reliably seal punctures up to a size of about 4 mm caused by the penetration
of a foreign body into the tyre.
Note
• Seek professional assistance if the repair of a tyre puncture is not
possible with the sealing compound.
Wheel change
Preparation work
What you must do before changing a wheel.
– If you have a flat tyre or puncture, park the vehicle as far away
from the flow of traffic as possible. Choose a location that is as
level as possible.
– All passengers should leave the vehicle. They should wait in a
safe area (for instance behind the roadside crash barrier).
– Switch off the engine. Switch on the hazard warning lights.
– Apply the handbrake firmly.
– Engage the first gear, or put the selector lever to position P for
those vehicles with an automatic gearbox.
– If you are towing a trailer, unhitch it from your vehicle.
– Take the vehicle tools and the spare wheel out of the luggage
compartment.
7)
The 17 inch spare wheel is only carried if the "SEAT racing brakes" option is chosen.
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WARNING
Put the hazard warning lights on and place the warning triangle in position.
This is for your own safety and also warns other road users.
Caution
If you have to change the tyre on a gradient, block the wheel opposite the
wheel being changed by placing a stone or similar object under it to prevent
the vehicle from rolling away.
Note
Please observe legal requirements when doing so.
Changing a wheel
Change the wheel as described below
– Pull off the hub cap see also ⇒page 207.
– Slacken the wheel bolts.
– Raise the car with the jack in the corresponding zone.
– Take off the wheel and then put on the spare wheel.
– Lower the vehicle.
– Tighten the wheel bolts firmly in diagonal sequence with the box
spanner.
– Replace the hub cap.
After changing a wheel
After changing the wheel there are still tasks to complete.
– Put the tools and jack back in the luggage compartment.
– Place the wheel with the defective tyre in the luggage compart-
ment and secure it.
– Check the tyre pressure of the newly fitted tyre as soon as
possible.
– Have the tightening torque of the wheel bolts checked as soon as
possible with a torque wrench. The prescribed torque is 120 Nm.
Note
• If you notice that the wheel bolts are corroded and difficult to turn when
changing a wheel, they must be replaced before having the wheel bolt torque
checked.
• In the interest of safety, drive at moderate speeds until the wheel bolt
torque has been checked.
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Wheel trims
The wheel trims must be removed to gain access to the wheel
bolts.
Dismantle
– Insert the extraction hook from the tools in the corresponding
hole ⇒fig. 139.
– Pull off the hub cap.
Wheel covers*
The wheel covers must be removed for access to the wheel
bolts
Dismantle
– Remove the wheel cover using the wire hook ⇒fig. 140.
– Hook this into one of the cut-outs of the wheel cover.
Fit
– Fit the wheel cover onto the wheel rim by pressing it firmly. Put
pressure initially on the point of the cut-out for the valve. Next fit
the rest of the hubcap.
Fig. 139 Changing the
wheel: Removing a hub
cap
Fig. 140 Remove the
complete hub cap
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Loosening the wheel bolts
The wheel bolts must be loosened before raising the vehicle.
Loosening
– Fit the box spanner as far as it will go over the wheel bolt.
– Grasp the box spanner by the end turn it about one full turn to the
left ⇒fig. 141.
Tightening
– Fit the box spanner as far as it will go over the wheel bolt.
– Grasp the box spanner close to the end and turn the bolt to the
right until it is secured.
– An adapter is required to unscrew or tighten the anti-theft wheel
bolts.
WARNING
Loosen the wheel bolts only about one turn before raising the vehicle with
the jack, loosening the wheel bolts more than one turn can result in an acci-
dent.
Note
• Do not use the hexagonal socket in the screwdriver handle to loosen or
tighten the wheel bolts.
• If the wheel bolt is very tight, you may be able to loosen it by pushing
down the end of the spanner carefully with your foot. Hold on to the vehicle
for support and take care not to slip.
Fig. 141 Changing the
wheel: loosen the wheel
bolts
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Raising the vehicle
The vehicle must be raised with a jack to remove the wheel.
– Locate the jacking point under the door sill closest to the wheel
to be changed ⇒fig. 142.
– Wind up the jack under the jacking point until the arm of the jack
is directly below the vertical rib under the door sill.
– Align the jack so that the arm of the jack fits around the rib under
the door sill and the movable base plate of the jack is flat on the
ground ⇒fig. 143.
– Raise the vehicle until the defective wheel is just clear of the
ground.
Recesses at the front and rear of the door sills mark the jacking points
⇒fig. 142. A position has been made for each wheel. Do not fit the jack
anywhere else.
An unstable surface under the jack may cause the vehicle to slip off the jack.
Therefore, the jack must be fitted on solid ground offering good support. Use
a large and stable base, if necessary. On a hard, slippery surface (such as
tiles) use a rubber mat or similar to prevent the jack from slipping.
WARNING
• Take all precautions so that the base of the jack does not slip. Failure to
do so could result in an accident.
• The vehicle can be damaged if the jack is not applied at the correct
jacking points. There is also a risk of injury since the jack can slip off
suddenly if it is not properly engaged.
Fig. 142 The jacking
points
Fig. 143 Fitting the jack
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Removing and fitting the wheel
For removal and fitting the wheel, the following tasks must be
completed.
Change the wheel as described below after loosening the wheel
bolts and raising the vehicle with the jack.
Removing a wheel
– Unscrew the bolts using the hexagonal tool in the handle of the
screwdriver (vehicle tool) and place them on a clean surface
⇒fig. 144.
Fitting a wheel
– Screw in the wheel bolts and tighten them lightly using the
hexagonal socket in the screwdriver handle.
The wheel bolts should be clean and turn easily. Before fitting the spare
wheel, inspect the condition of the wheel and hub mounting surfaces. These
surfaces must be clean before fitting the wheel.
The hexagonal socket in the screwdriver handle makes it easier to turn the
wheel bolts when they are loose. The reversible screwdriver blade should be
removed when the tool is used for this purpose.
If tyres with a specific direction of rotation are fitted, note the direction of
rotation.
Note
Do not use the hexagonal socket in the screwdriver handle to loosen or
tighten the wheel bolts.
Anti-theft wheel bolts*
A special adapter is required to turn the anti-theft wheel
bolts.
Fig. 144 Changing the
wheel: hexagonal socket
in screwdriver handle to
turn the wheel bolts after
they have been loosened
Fig. 145 Anti-theft wheel
bolt
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– Insert the adapter onto the wheel bolt and push it on as far as it
will go ⇒page 210, fig. 145.
– Fit the box spanner as far as it will go over the adapter.
– Loosen or tighten the wheel bolt as appropriate.
Error code
The code number of the anti-theft wheel bolt is stamped on the front of the
adaptor.
The code number should be noted and kept in a safe place, as it is only by
using the code number that a duplicate adaptor can be obtained from an
Authorised Service Centre.
Tyres with directional tread pattern
Tyres with directional tread pattern must be fitted so that they
rotate in the correct direction.
A directional tread pattern can be identified by arrows on the sidewall that
point in the direction of rotation. Always note the direction of rotation indi-
cated when fitting the wheel. This is important so that these tyres can give
maximum grip and avoid excessive noise, tread wear and aquaplaning.
If, in an emergency, you have to fit the spare wheel so it rotates in the wrong
direction, you must drive extremely carefully. The tyre will not give optimum
performance. This is particularly important when driving on wet roads.
To benefit from the advantages of tyres with this type of tread pattern, the
defective tyre should be replaced as soon as possible so that all tyres again
rotate in the correct direction.
Tyre repair kit* (Tyre Mobility System)
General information and safety notes
Your vehicle is equipped with a tyre repair kit: the Tyre Mobility System.
In the event of a tyre puncture, sealing compound and an air compressor are
located in the luggage compartment under the floor panel.
The Tyre Mobility System will reliably seal punctures caused by the penetra-
tion of a foreign body of up to about 4 mm in diameter.
It is not necessary to remove the foreign body from the tyre.
Instructions for the sealing compound are located on the sealing compound
container.
Notes for the proper use of the air compressor are included in an additional
instruction leaflet.
WARNING
• Do not attempt to repair a puncture with the sealing compound if the
tyre has been damaged by driving the car after the tyre has lost its air.
• Always observe warnings and follow instructions concerning
compressor and sealing compound carefully.
• Do not drive faster than 80 km/h, avoid heavy acceleration, hard
braking and fast cornering.
• Tyres which have been repaired with sealing compound are only suit-
able for temporary use over a short period. Therefore, please drive carefully
to the next available qualified workshop.
For the sake of the environment
Used sealing compound containers should be disposed of at a proper facility.
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Note
Seek professional assistance if the repair of a tyre puncture is not possible
with the sealing compound.
Preparation work
Certain steps must be taken before repairing a tyre.
– If you have a flat tyre or puncture, park the vehicle as far away
from the flow of traffic as possible.
– Apply the handbrake firmly.
– Engage the first gear, of put the selector lever to position P.
– All passengers should leave the vehicle. They should wait in a
safe area (for instance behind the roadside crash barrier).
– Check whether a repair is possible using the Tyre Mobility System
“General information and safety notes.”
– Unscrew inflation cap from the affected wheel.
– Take the tyre repair kit out of the luggage compartment.
WARNING
Put the hazard warning lights on and place the warning triangle in position.
This is for your own safety and also warns other road users.
Caution
Take special care if you have to repair a tyre on a gradient.
Note
Please observe legal requirements when doing so.
Tyre repair
The following sections describe the procedures for repairing
a tyre.
Using the sealing compound
– The instructions on the container give detailed information on
how to use the sealing compound.
Inflating the tyre.
– Remove the air compressor and hose from the container.
– Screw the retaining nut onto the valve.
– Plug the compressor cable into a 12 volt socket.
– Turn on compressor and monitor the pressure shown on the pres-
sure gauge.
Completing the repair
– Remove the compressor hose from the valve.
– Fit the valve cap.
– Unplug the compressor from the socket.
– Return all tools to their proper storing location.
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Note
The compressor should never be allowed to run for longer than 6 minutes.
Fuses
Changing a fuse
If a fuse has blown it must be replaced
fuse cover
– Switch off the ignition and the component concerned.
– Identify the fuse for the failed component ⇒page 215.
– Take the plastic clip from inside the fuse cover, fit it onto the
blown fuse and pull the fuse out.
– Replace the blown fuse (which will have a melted metal strip)
with a new fuse of the same ampere rating.
The individual electrical circuits are protected by fuses. The fuses are located
behind a cover at the left-hand end of the dash panel. In versions with the
steering wheel on the right the fuses are on the right-hand side of the instru-
ment panel, behind a cover.
The electric windows are protected by circuit breakers. These reset automat-
ically after a few seconds when the overload (caused for example by frozen
windows) has been corrected.
Colour coding of fuses
WARNING
Never “repair” damaged fuses and never replace them with fuses with a
higher rating. Failure to comply could result in fire. This could also cause
damage to other parts of the electrical system.
Note
• If a newly replaced fuse blows again after a short time, the electrical
system must be checked by a qualified workshop as soon as possible.
Fig. 146 Fuses in the
dash panel
Colour Amperes
Beige 5
Brown 7,5
red 10
blue 15
yellow 20
natural (white) 25
green 30
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• If you replace a fuse with a stronger fuse, you could cause damage to
another location in the electrical system.
• Always keep some spare fuses in the vehicle. These are available from
SEAT dealers.
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Fuses on left side of dash panel
Fuses
Number Consumer Amperes
1 Secondary water pump 1.8 20 VT (T16) 15
2 ABS/ESP 10
3 Vacant
4 Brake light, clutch switch, relay coils 5
5 Engine control unit (petrol) 5
6 Right side light 5
7 Left side light 5
8 Mirror heating unit 5
9 Lambda probe 10
10
Signal“S”
a)
. Radio unit
5
11 Electric mirror power supply 5
12 Headlamp height adjustment 5
13 Oil pressure/level sensor 5
14 Additional heating engine/fuel pump 10
15 Automatic gearbox unit 10
16 Heated seats 15
17 Engine control unit 5
18 Instrument panel /Heating and ventilation, Navigation, Headlamp height adjustment, Electric mirror 10
19 Reversing light 10
20 Windscreen washer pump 10
21 Main beam headlight, right 10
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22 Main beam headlight, left 10
23 Number plate light/side light indicator 5
24 Rear windscreen wiper 10
25 Injectors(fuel) 10
26 Brake light switch /ESP (Turn sensor) 10
27 Instrument panel/Diagnosis 5
28 Switchboard: glovebox light, boot light, interior light 10
29 Climatronic 5
30 Power supply central locking unit 5
31 Left front window control 25
32 Vacant
33 Self powered alarm horn 15
34 Engine control unit 15
35 Sunroof 20
36 Engine ventilator heating /blower 25
37 Headlight washer pump 20
38 Front and rear fog lights 15
39 Engine control unit (petrol) 15
40 Engine control unit diesel + SDI Fuel pump 30
41 Fuel gauge 15
42 Ignition transformer+ Engine control unit T70 15
43 Dipped headlight (right side) 15
44 Left rear window control 25
45 Front right window control 25
Number Consumer Amperes
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Fuses below steering wheel in relay holder
PTC fuses
46 Windscreen wiper unit 20
47 Heated rear window unit 20
48 Indicator unit 15
49 Cigarette lighter 15
50 Locking unit 15
51 Radio/CD/GPS/Telephone 20
52 Horn 20
53 Dipped headlight (left side) 15
54 Right rear window control 25
a)
The signal “S”is a system which includes the starter and steering lock and enables, after the ignition is switched off and without removing the key from the steering and starter lock,
certain electrical components to be switched on, including for example, the radio, the courtesy light, etc. This function is deactivated on removing the key from the steering and starter
lock.
Number Consumer Amperes
1 PTCs (Supplementary electrical heating using air) 40
2 PTCs (Supplementary electrical heating using air) 40
3 PTCs (Supplementary electrical heating using air) 40
Number Consumer Amperes
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Fuses in engine compartment above battery
Metal fuses
8)
Non-metal fuses
Fig. 147 Fuse box above
battery
8)
These fuses may only be changed at an authorised Service Centre
Number Consumer Amperes
1 Alternator/Starter motor 175
2 Power supply voltage distributor inside vehicle 110
3 Power assisted steering pump 50
4 Spark plug preheating (diesel) 50
5 Electroblower clima heater/fan 40
6 ABS unit 40
Number Consumer Amperes
7 ABS unit 25
8 Electroblower clima heater/fan 30
9 ABS unit 10
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Some of the electrical items listed in the table are only fitted on certain
models or are optional extras.
Please note that the above list, while correct at the time of printing, is subject
to alterations.
Bulb change
General notes
Before changing any bulb, first turn off the equipment concerned.
Do not touch the bulb glass. Fingerprints vaporise in the heat, causing a
reduction in the bulb life and condensation on the mirror surface, thus
reducing efficiency.
A bulb should only be replaced by one of the same type. The type is inscribed
on the bulb, either on the glass part or on the base.
It is highly recommended to keep a box of spare bulbs in the vehicle. At the
very least, the bulbs that most affect road safety should have spares in the
vehicle.
Rear lights on frame
Brake/position 12V/P21/5W
Turn signals 12V/P21W
Rear lights on tailgate
small position light 12V/W5W
antifog lamp 12V/P21W
reverse lamp 12V/P21W
Single reflector headlamps*
full beam/dipped beam 12V 60/55W (H4)
turn indicator 12V/PY 21W
position lamp 12/W5W
Double reflector headlamps
dipped beam12V/55W (H7)
roadway 12V/55W (H3)
turn signals 12V/PY21W
position lights 12V/W5W
10 Cable control unit 5
11 Clima fan 5
12 Vacant
13 Jatco unit for automatic gearbox 5
14 Vacant
15 Vacant
16 Vacant
Number Consumer Amperes
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Xenon headlights
9)
Dipped beam12V/35W (D1S)
10)
roadway 12V/55W (H7)
turn signals 12V/PY21W
position lights 12V/W5W
Fog lights*
Fog lights 12V/55W (H3)
Registration plate light
Registration plate light - C5W
Caution
• The halogen lamps (H3, H7...) are pressurised and might explode on
changing them.
• Therefore protective gloves and glasses should be worn when changing a
halogen lamp.
Note
• Due to the difficulty in accessing the lamps, any replacement work should
be done by a SEAT dealer. However, we shall explain how to change these
lamps, except for the xenon lights*.
Main headlight lamps
Dipped headlights
Main beam headlights
9)
On this type of headlight, the bulb changes must be made by the SEAT dealer, given
that complex elements must be removed from the vehicle and a reset must be made
on the automatic control system incorporated.
10)
The Xenon bulbs discharge 2.5 times the light flux and have an average lifespan of 5
times more than that of halogen bulbs, this means that, except due to unusual circum-
stances, there is no need to change the bulbs for the whole life of the vehicle.
Fig. 148 Main headlight
lamps
Fig. 149 Main headlight
lamps
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Side lights
Indicator lights
Dipped headlight lamp
– Raise the bonnet.
– Remove the loops ⇒fig. 150 outwards in the direction of the
arrow and remove the cover.
– Remove the lamp cable connector ⇒fig. 151.
– Undo the retainer spring and remove.
– Remove the lamp and fit the new lamp in the same position,
making sure it sits correctly.
– Press the retaining spring on the lamp base and clip on.
– Plug in the connector.
– Fit the plastic cover and replace the loops ⇒fig. 150.
– Check the headlight adjustment.
AC
AD
Fig. 150 Dipped head-
light lamp
Fig. 151 Dipped head-
light lamp
A2
AA
A2
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Main beam lights
– Raise the bonnet.
– Remove the loops ⇒fig. 152 outwards in the direction of the
arrow and remove the cover.
– Remove the lamp cable connector ⇒fig. 153.
– Undo the retainer spring and remove.
– Remove the lamp and fit the new lamp in the same position,
making sure it sits correctly.
– Press the retaining spring on the lamp base and clip on.
– Plug in the connection cable.
– Fit the plastic cover and replace the loops ⇒fig. 152.
– Check the headlight adjustment.
Fig. 152 Main beam lamp
Fig. 153 Main beam lamp
A2
AB
A2
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Side beam lights
– Raise the bonnet.
– Remove the loops ⇒fig. 154 in the direction of the arrow and
remove the cover.
– Pull on the cables to release the lamp holder from the casing
⇒fig. 155.
– Pull on the lamp and replace.
– To assemble proceed in reverse order.
– Fit the plastic cover and secure the loop.
Fig. 154 Side lights
Fig. 155 Side lights
A1
AC
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Turn indicator lamps
– Raise the bonnet.
– Remove the loops ⇒fig. 156 in the direction of the arrow and
remove the cover.
– Turn the lamp holder to the left and remove it from the casing
⇒fig. 157 .
– Installation is done in the reverse order.
– Fit the plastic cover and secure the loop.
Fig. 156 Indicator lights
Fig. 157 Indicator lights
A1
AD
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Fog lights
– Remove the grille, taking out the bolt ⇒fig. 158, carefully
pull the grille on the side of the screw and release the cover.
– Undo the two fastening bolts ⇒fig. 158 and when released
unplug the connector.
– Release the headlight cover.
– Unplug the lamp cable.
– Undo the lamp retainer spring and remove.
– Remove the lamp and fit the new lamp in the same position,
making sure it sits correctly.
– Press the retaining spring on the lamp base and clip on.
– Plug in the lamp cable.
– The assembly of the cover and the headlamp is carried out in
reverse order.
Fig. 158 Fog lights
Fig. 159 Fog lights
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Side indicator lamps
– Press the indicator to the left or to the right to remove the lamp.
– Remove the lamp holder from the indicator.
– Remove the failed bulb and replace with a new bulb.
– Insert the lamp holder in the indicator guide until it clicks into
place.
– First fit the indicator in the opening in the chassis, fastening the
tabs ⇒fig. 160, and then fit in the lamp as shown by the
arrow ⇒fig. 160.
Rear light on tailgate: Accessing the rear light
Side light 1/ Fog light/ reverse light
– Open the tailgate.
Fig. 160 Side indicators
A1
A2
Fig. 161 Rear light on
tailgate
Fig. 162 Rear light on
tailgate
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– Remove the plastic cover ⇒page 226, fig. 161 and the
plastic caps ⇒page 226, fig. 161 carefully levering with the
flat part of a screwdriver and taking special care not to scratch
the paintwork.
– Extract the bolts ⇒page 226, fig. 162 and disconnect the
connector.
– Remove the rear light from its housing.
Rear light on tailgate: Accessing the rear light
Side light 1/ Fog light/ reverse light
– Unscrew the bolts ⇒fig. 164 and take the lamp holder out.
– Press and rotate the large lamp holder to the left. For the small
lamp, rotate and extract the lamp holder and pull on the lamp.
– Remove lamp and replace.
– Fit the lamp holder and fit.
– Fit the caps and the plastic cover ⇒fig. 163.
Note
Ensure that all of the joints, sealing components and the plastic caps are
correctly fitted.
AA
AB
AC
Fig. 163 Rear light on
tailgate
Fig. 164 Access to the
lamp
AD
AB AA
AB
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Rear lights on frame
Side light 2/ Brake light/ Indicator light
– Open the tailgate.
– Unscrew the screws ⇒fig. 165 using a flat-blade screwdriver.
– Move the rear light outwards and pull.
– If necessary, unplug the connector.
– Unscrew the bolt ⇒fig. 166.
– Take out the lamp holder.
– Press and rotate the lamps to the left.
– Remove faulty lamp and replace it.
– Proceed in the reverse order, pressing gently on the outer edge
of the rear light (in the area of the metal clips).
Note
Make sure that when assembling all seals and rubbers are correctly fitted.
Number plate light
– Release transparent lamp cover by levering the tab with the flat
part of a screwdriver.
– Remove the defective lamp from the lamp holder, holding it in
the centre, press to one side and fit new lamp.
– Fit lamp cover in its space, taking special care when replacing the
rubber seal and press until it clicks into place.
Fig. 165 Rear lights on
bodywork
Fig. 166 Rear lights on
bodywork
AF
AG
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Interior light and front reading light
To remove glass
– Insert a fine screwdriver between the casing and the glass
⇒fig. 167.
– Carefully remove the glass, levering it to avoid possible damage.
To replace the lamps
– Pull the lamps outwards.
– To remove the central lamp, hold and press to one side.
Assembly
– Proceed in the reverse order, pressing gently on the outer edge
of the side light.
– First fit the glass with the fastening tabs over the frame of the
switch. Next press the front part until the two long tabs click on
the support.
Additional brake lights*
Given the difficulty involved in the replacement of this light it should be done
by the Technical Service.
Glovebox light*
– Insert screwdriver above, between the light and the glove box.
– Carefully remove the light Next lift the light out sideways.
– Replace the bulb.
– Insert the light on the connector side, first underneath then push
at the top until it clicks into place.
Fig. 167 Front reading
light
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Boot light*
– Extract the tulip shaped fitting by pressing on the inside edge of
this -arrow- using the flat side of a screwdriver ⇒fig. 168.
– Press the lamp sideways and remove it from its housing
⇒fig. 169.
Jump-starting
Jump leads
The jump lead must have a sufficient wire cross section.
If the engine fails to start because of a discharged battery, the battery can be
connected to the battery of another vehicle to start the engine.
Jump leads
Jump leads must comply with the standard DIN 72553 (see manufacturer's
documentation). The wire cross section must be at least 25 mm
2
for petrol
engines and at least 35 mm
2
for diesel engines.
Note
• The vehicles must not touch each other, otherwise electricity could flow as
soon as the positive terminals are connected.
• The discharged battery must be properly connected to the vehicles elec-
trical system.
Fig. 168 Luggage
compartment light
Fig. 169 Luggage
compartment light
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How to jump start: description
In ⇒fig. 170, the flat battery is and the charged battery .
Jump lead terminal connections
– Switch off the ignition on both vehicles ⇒ .
1. Connect one end of the red jump lead to the positive ⇒fig. 170
terminal of the vehicle with the flat battery ⇒ .
2. Connect the other end of the red jump lead to the positive
terminal in the vehicle providing assistance.
3. Connect one end of the black jump lead to the negative terminal
on the battery of the vehicle providing assistance.
4. Connect the other end of the black jump lead to a solid metal
component which is bolted on to the engine block, or onto the
engine block itself of the vehicle with the flat battery. Do not
connect it to a point near the battery ⇒ .
5. Position the leads in such a way that they cannot come into
contact with any moving parts in the engine compartment.
Starting
6. Start the engine of the vehicle with the boosting battery and let
it run at idling speed.
7. Start the engine of the car with the flat battery and wait one or
two minutes until the engine is “running”.
Removing the jump leads
8. Before you remove the jump leads, switch off the headlights (if
they are switched on).
9. Turn on the heater blower and rear window heater in the vehicle
with the flat battery. This helps minimise voltage peaks which are
generated when the leads are disconnected.
10. When the engine is running, disconnect the leads in reverse
order to the details given above.
Connect the battery clamps so they have good metal-to-metal contact with
the battery terminals.
If the engine fails to start, switch off the starter after about 10 seconds and
try again after about half a minute.
Fig. 170 How to connect
the jump leads
AA AB
A+
A+
A-
AX
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WARNING
• Please note the safety warnings referring to working in the engine
compartment ⇒page 180, “Working in the engine compartment”.
• The battery providing assistance must have the same voltage as the flat
battery (12V) and approximately the same capacity (see imprint on
battery). Failure to comply could result in an explosion.
• Never use jump leads when one of the batteries is frozen. Danger of
explosion! Even after the battery has thawed, battery acid could leak and
cause chemical burns. If a battery freezes, it should be replaced.
• Keep sparks, flames and lighted cigarettes away from batteries, danger
of explosion. Failure to comply could result in an explosion.
• Observe the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the jump
leads.
• Do not connect the negative cable from the other vehicle directly to the
negative terminal of the flat battery. The gas emitted from the battery could
be ignited by sparks. Danger of explosion.
• Do not attach the negative cable from the other vehicle to parts of the
fuel system or to the brake line.
• The non-insulated parts of the battery clamps must not be allowed to
touch. The jump lead attached to the positive battery terminal must not
touch metal parts of the vehicle, this can cause a short circuit.
• Position the leads in such a way that they cannot come into contact
with any moving parts in the engine compartment.
• Do not bend over the batteries. This could result in chemical burns.
Note
The vehicles must not touch each other, otherwise electricity could flow as
soon as the positive terminals are connected.
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Towing and tow-starting
Tow-starting*
The use of jump leads is preferable to tow-starting.
We recommend that you do not tow-start your vehicle. Jump-starting
is preferable ⇒page 230.
However, if your vehicle has to be tow-started:
– Engage the 2
nd
or the 3
rd
gear.
– Keep the clutch pressed down.
– Switch on the ignition.
– Once both vehicles are moving, release the clutch.
– As soon as the engine starts, press the clutch and move the gear
lever into neutral. This helps to prevent driving into the towing
vehicle.
WARNING
The risk of accidents is high when tow-starting. The vehicle being towed
can easily collide with the towing vehicle.
Caution
When tow-starting, fuel could enter the catalytic converter and damage it.
Towing eyes
Please observe the following points if you use a tow-rope:
Notes for the driver of the towing vehicle
– Drive slowly at first until the tow-rope is taut. Then accelerate
gradually.
– Begin and change gears cautiously. If you are driving an auto-
matic vehicle, accelerate gently.
– Remember that the brake servo and power steering are not
working in the vehicle you are towing. Brake earlier than you
would normally, but with a more gentle pressure on the brake.
Notes for the driver of the towed vehicle
– Ensure that the tow-rope remains taut at all times when towing.
Fig. 171 Towing eye at
the front of the vehicle
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Fitting the front towing eye
– First remove the right hand cover from the lower part of the
bumper.
– Remove the bolt ⇒page 233, fig. 171.
– Take the towing ring from the onboard tools.
– Rotate the towing ring to the left until it is completely tightened
into position.
– To remove the ring, rotate it to the right.
Tow-rope or tow-bar
It is easier and safer to tow a vehicle with a tow-bar. You should only use a
tow-rope if you do not have a tow-bar.
A tow-rope should be slightly elastic to reduce the loading on both vehicles.
It is advisable to use a tow-rope made of synthetic fibre or similarly elastic
material.
Attach the tow-rope or the tow-bar only to the towing eyes provided or a
towing bracket.
Driving style
Towing requires some experience, especially when using a tow-rope. Both
drivers should be familiar with the technique required for towing. Inexperi-
enced drivers should not attempt to tow-start or tow away another vehicle.
Do not pull too hard with the towing vehicle and take care to avoid jerking the
tow-rope. When towing on an unpaved road, there is always a risk of over-
loading and damaging the anchorage points.
The ignition of the vehicle being towed must be switched on to prevent the
steering wheel from locking and also to allow the use of the turn signals,
horn, windscreen wipers and washers.
As the brake servo does not work if the engine is not running, you must apply
considerably more pressure to the brake pedal than you normally would.
As the power assisted steering does not work if the engine is not running, you
will need more strength to steer than you normally would.
Towing vehicles with an automatic gearbox
• Put the selector lever into position “N”.
• Do not drive faster than 50 km/h when towing a vehicle.
• Do not tow further than 50 km.
• If a breakdown vehicle is used, the vehicle must be towed with the front
wheels raised.
Note
• Observe legal requirements when towing or tow-starting.
• Switch on the hazard warning lights of both vehicles. However, observe
any regulations to the contrary.
• For technical reasons, vehicles with an automatic gearbox must not be
tow-started.
• If damage to your vehicle means that there is no lubricant in the gearbox,
you must raise the drive wheels while the vehicle is being towed.
• If the vehicle has to be towed more than 50 km, the front wheels must be
raised during towing, and towing should be carried out by a qualified person.
• The steering wheel is locked when the vehicle has no electrical power. The
vehicle must then be towed with the front wheels raised. Towing should be
carried out by a qualified person.
• The towing eye should always be kept in the vehicle. Please refer to the
notes on ⇒page 233.
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Front towing eye - Cupra version
To tow the vehicle from the front, the cover in the lower front
grille should be removed.
Remove the cover
– First remove the fastener that secures it, with the screwdriver
supplied ⇒fig. 172.
– Remove the cover by releasing the two side tabs at the same time
⇒fig. 173.
Fitting the towing eye
– Screw in the towing eye that is in the vehicle tool box*, turning it
to the left until it is perfectly screwed in ⇒fig. 174.
– To remove the eye, turn it to the right and put it in its place in the
toolbox*
– To place the cover, hold the two side tabs and place the cover in
position.
Fig. 172 Eye cover in the
lower front grille.
Fig. 173 Eye cover in the
lower front grille.
Fig. 174 Towing eye at
the front of the vehicle
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Note
The eye should always be carried in the vehicle, as it is specifically for this
model.
Rear towline anchorage
At the rear, on the right below the rear bumper is a towline point.
Fig. 175 Rear towing ring
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Technical Data
General notes on the technical data
What you should be aware of
General notes
All data in the official vehicle documents take precedence over this data.
All data in these documents are valid for the basic model as offered in Spain.
The vehicle data card included in the Maintenance Programme or the vehicle
registration documents shows which engine is installed in the vehicle.
The figures may be different if additional equipment is fitted, for different
models, for special vehicles and for other countries.
Abbreviations used in this paragraph of the Technical Data
Abbreviation Meaning
kW Kilowatt, engine power measurement.
bhp Brake horse power, formerly used to denote engine power
at rpm Revolutions per minute - engine speed.
Nm Newton metres, unit of engine torque.
l/100 km Fuel consumption in litres per 100 kilometres
g/km Carbon dioxide emissions in grams per kilometre.
CO
2
Carbon dioxide
CN Cetane number, indication of the ignition quality of the diesel.
RON Research octane number, indication of the knock resistance of petrol.
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Vehicle identification data
The most important data are given on the type plate and the
vehicle data sticker.
Vehicles for certain export countries do not have a type plate.
Type plate
The type plate is located on the left rib inside the engine compartment.
Vehicle identification number
The vehicle identification number (chassis number) can be read from outside
the vehicle through a viewer in the windscreen. This is located on the left-
hand side of the vehicle in the lower area of the windscreen. It is also located
on the right hand side of the engine compartment.
Vehicle data
The data sticker is placed on the inside of the spare wheel recess in the
luggage compartment.
The following information can be found in the vehicle information ⇒fig. 176:
This information also figures in the Maintenance Program.
Production control number
Vehicle identification number (chassis number)
Model code number
Model designation / engine power output
Engine and gearbox code letters
Paint number / interior trim code
Optional equipment codes
Consumption values
CO
2
emissions values.
The data of 2 to 9 also figure in the Maintenance Program.
CO
2
emissions values.
Consumption (litres/100 km) / CO
2
emissions (g/km) urban
Consumption (litres/100 km) / CO
2
emissions (g/km) motorway
Consumption (litres/100 km) / CO
2
emissions (g/km) combination
Fig. 176 Vehicle data
sticker – luggage
compartment
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
A6
A7
A8
A9
AB
AC
AA
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How are the figures measured?
Fuel consumption
The consumption and emission details shown on the vehicle data sticker differ from one vehicle to another.
The fuel consumption and CO
2
emissions of the vehicle can be found on the
vehicle data sticker.
The fuel consumption and emissions figures given are based on the weight
category of the car, which is determined according to the engine/gearbox
combination and the equipment fitted.
The consumption and emission figures are calculated in accordance with the
EC test requirements 1999/100/EC. These test requirements specify a real-
istic test method based on normal everyday driving.
The following test conditions are applied:
Note
• Actual consumption may vary from quoted test values, depending on
personal driving style, road and traffic conditions, the weather and the condi-
tion of the vehicle.
Urban cycle The urban cycle starts with an engine cold start. City driving is then simulated.
Extra urban cycle
In the extra urban cycle the vehicle undergoes frequent acceleration and braking in all gears, as in normal everyday driving. The
road speed ranges from 0 to 120 km/h.
Combined
The average overall consumption is calculated with a weighting of around 37% for the urban cycle and 63% for the extra urban
cycle.
CO
2
emissions
The exhaust gases are collected during both driving cycles to calculate carbon dioxide emissions. The gas composition is then
analysed to evaluate the CO
2
content and other emissions.
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Weights
Kerb weight refers to the basic model with a fuel tank filled to 90% capacity
and without optional extras. The figure quoted includes 75 kg to allow for the
weight of the driver.
For special versions and optional equipment fittings or for the addition of
accessories, the weight of the vehicle will increase ⇒ .
WARNING
• Please note that the centre of gravity may shift when transporting
heavy objects; this may affect the vehicle's handling and lead to an acci-
dent. Always adjust your speed and driving style to suit road conditions
and requirements.
• Never exceed the gross axle weight rating or the gross vehicle weight
rating. If the allowed axle load or the allowed total weight is exceeded, the
driving characteristics of the vehicle may change, leading to accidents,
injuries and damage to the vehicle.
Towing a trailer
Trailer weights
Trailer weights
The trailer weights and drawbar loads approved are selected in intensive
trials according to precisely defined criteria. The approved trailer weights are
valid for vehicles in the EU for maximum speeds of 80 km/h (in certain
circumstances up to 100 km/h). The figures may be different in other coun-
tries. All data in the official vehicle documents take precedence over these
data ⇒ .
Drawbar load
The maximum permitted weight exerted by the trailer drawbar on the ball joint
of the towing bracket must not exceed 75 kg.
In the interest of road safety, we recommend that you always tow
approaching the maximum drawbar load. The response of the trailer on the
road will be poor if the drawbar load is too small.
If the maximum permissible drawbar load cannot be met (e.g. with small,
empty and light-weight single axle trailers or tandem axle trailers with an axle
base of less than 1 metre), at least 4% of the actual trailer weight is a legal
stipulation for a drawbar load.
WARNING
• For safety reasons, you should not drive at speeds above 80 km/h when
towing a trailer. This also applies to countries where higher speeds are
permitted.
• Never exceed the maximum trailer weights or the draw bar loading. If
the permissible axle load or the permissible total weight is exceeded, the
driving characteristics of the vehicle may change, leading to accidents,
injuries and damage to the vehicle.
Wheels
Tyre pressure, snow chains, wheel bolts
Tyre pressures
The sticker with the tyre pressure values can be found on the inside of the
tank flap. The tyre pressure values given there are for cold tyres. The slightly
raised pressures of warm tyres must not be reduced ⇒ .
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Snow chains
Snow chains are only permitted on the front wheels and only for tyres 155/80
R13; 165/70 R14 and 185/80 R14. Snow chains must have fine-pitch links
which do not protrude more than 15 mm, including tension device.
Remaining tyres can be fitted with chains no thicker than 9 mm.
Wheel bolts
After the wheels have been changed, the tightening torque of the wheel bolts
should be checked as soon as possible with a torque wrench ⇒ . The tight-
ening torque for steel and alloy wheels is 120 Nm.
WARNING
• Check the tyre pressure at least once per month. Correct tyre pressure
is very important. If the tyre pressure is too high or too low, there is an
increased danger of accidents, particularly at high speeds.
• If the torque of the wheel bolts is too low, they could loosen whilst the
vehicle is in motion. Risk of accident! If the tightening torque is too high,
the wheel bolts and threads could be damaged.
Note
We recommend that you ask your Authorised Service Centre for information
about appropriate wheel, tyre and snow chain size.
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Technical Data
Checking fluid levels
From time to time, the levels of the different fluids in the
vehicle must be checked. Never fill with incorrect fluids, to do
so may cause serious damage to the engine.
Radiator expansion tank
Engine oil dipstick.
Engine oil filler cap
Brake fluid reservoir
Battery
Windscreen washer fluid container
The checking and replenishment of the service fluids are carried out on the
components mentioned above. These operations are described in the
⇒page 180.
Overview
Further explanations, instructions and restrictions on the technical data are
contained as of ⇒page 237.
Note
The layout of parts may vary according to engine.
Fig. 177 Diagram for the
location of the various
elements
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
A6
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Petrol engine 1.2 44 kW (60 bhp)
General engine data
Performance figures
Weights
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 44 (60)/ 5200
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 108/ 3000
No. of cylinders, capacity
in cm
3
3/ 1198
Compression 10,5 +/- 0,3
Fuel
Super 95 RON
a)
/Normal 91 RON
b)
a)
Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.
b)
With a slight power loss
Maximum speed in km/h 159
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 10,8
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 17,2
3 doors 5 doors
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1537 1560
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1102 1127
Gross axle weight, front in kg 809 814
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 778 800
Permitted roof load in kg 75 75
Technical Data 244
Trailer weights
Engine oil capacity
Petrol engine 1.2 51 kW (69 bhp)
General engine data
Performance figures
With no brakes, gradients up to 12% 500
With brakes, gradients up to 12% 800
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 2.8 litres
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 51 (69)/ 5400
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 112/ 3000
No. of cylinders, capacity
in cm
3
3/ 1198
Compression 10,5 +/- 0,3
Fuel
Super 95 RON
a)
/Normal 91 RON
b)
a)
Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.
b)
With a slight power loss
Maximum speed in km/h 170
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 9,3
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 14,2
Technical Data 245
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Weights
Trailer weights
Engine oil capacity
Petrol engine 1.4 63 kW (86 bhp)
General engine data
3 doors 5 doors
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1537 1560
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1102 1127
Gross axle weight, front in kg 809 814
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 778 800
Permitted roof load in kg 75 75
With no brakes, gradients up to 12% 500
With brakes, gradients up to 12% 800
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 3.2 litres
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 63 (86)/ 5000
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 132/ 3800
No. of cylinders, capacity
in cm
3
4/ 1390
Compression 10,5 +/- 0,3
Fuel
Super 95 RON
a)
/Normal 91 RON
b)
a)
Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.
b)
Slight power loss
Technical Data 246
Performance figures
Weights
Trailer weights
Engine oil capacity
Maximum speed in km/h 180
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 8,1
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 11,9
3 doors 5 doors
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1542 1567
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1103 1128
Gross axle weight, front in kg 815 820
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 775 795
Permitted roof load in kg 75 75
With no brakes, gradients up to 12% 600
With brakes, gradients up to 12% 1000
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 3.2 litres
Technical Data 247
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Petrol engine 1.4 litre 55 kW (75 hp). Automatic
General engine data
Performance figures
Weights
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 55 (75)/ 5000
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 126/ 3800
No. of cylinders, capacity
in cm
3
4/ 1390
Compression 10,5
Fuel
Super 95 RON
a)
/Normal 91 RON
b)
a)
Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.
b)
Slight power loss
Maximum speed in km/h 169
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 10,1
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 15,6
3 doors 5 doors
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1562 1589
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1142 1169
Gross axle weight, front in kg 855 860
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 770 795
Permitted roof load in kg 75 75
Technical Data 248
Trailer weights
Engine oil capacity
Petrol engine 1.4 74 kW (100 bhp)
General engine data
Performance figures
With no brakes, gradients up to 12% 500
With brakes, gradients up to 12% 800
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 3.5 litres
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 74 (100)/ 6000
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 126/ 4400
No. of cylinders, capacity
in cm
3
4/ 1390
Compression 10,5
Fuel
Super 98 RON
a)
/Super 95 RON
b)
a)
Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.
b)
Slight power loss
Maximum speed in km/h 190
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 7,3
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 11,2
Technical Data 249
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Weights
Trailer weights
Engine oil capacity
Petrol engine 1.6l 77 kW (105 bhp)
General engine data
3 doors 5 doors
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1543 1568
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1104 1129
Gross axle weight, front in kg 814 820
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 778 798
Permitted roof load in kg 75 75
With no brakes, gradients up to 12% 500
With brakes, gradients up to 12% 1000
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 3.5 litres
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 77 (105)/5 600
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 153/ 3800
No. of cylinders, capacity
in cm
3
4/ 1598
Compression 10,5+/- 0,2
Fuel
95 super RON
a)
a)
Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.
Technical Data 250
Performance figures
Weights
Trailer weights
Engine oil capacity
Maximum speed in km/h 192
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 7,2
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 11,0
3 doors 5 doors
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1564 1589
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1144 1169
Gross axle weight, front in kg 825 830
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 783 800
Permitted roof load in kg 75 75
With no brakes, gradients up to 12% 550
With brakes, gradients up to 12% 1000
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 4.0 litres
Technical Data 251
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Petrol engine 1.8 110 kW (150 bhp)
General engine data
Performance figures
Weights
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 110 (150)/ 5500
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 220/ 1450-4500
No. of cylinders, capacity
in cm
3
4/ 1781
Compression 9,5 ± 0,5
Fuel
Super 95 RON
a)
/Normal 91 RON
b)
a)
Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.
b)
Slight power loss
Maximum speed in km/h 216
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 5,8
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 8,4
3 doors 5 doors
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1649 1698
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1229 1278
Gross axle weight, front in kg 902 940
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 790 802
Permitted roof load in kg 75 75
Technical Data 252
Trailer weights
Engine oil capacity
Petrol engine 1.8l 132 kW (180 bhp) CUPRA
General engine data
Performance figures
With no brakes, gradients up to 12% 600
With brakes, gradients up to 12% 1200
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 4.3 litres
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 132 (180)/5800
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 245/2000
No. of cylinders / capacity in cm
3
4/1781
Compression 9,5
Fuel
98 RON
a)
Super unleaded
b)
a)
Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.
b)
If the described fuel is not available then fuel conforming to the standard 95 RON1 lead free may be used.
Maximum speed in km/h 229,7
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 5,14
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 7,29
Technical Data 253
Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data
Weights
Engine oil filling capacity
Diesel engine 1.4 litre TDI 51 kW (70 bhp)
General engine data
Performance figures
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1649
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1252
Gross axle weight, front in kg 902
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 790
Permitted roof load in kg 75
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 5.3 litres
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 51 (70)/ 4000
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 195/2200
No. of cylinders, capacity
in cm
3
3/1422
Compression 19,5 ± 0,5
Fuel
Min. 51 CN
a)
a)
Cetane-Number (cetane index) = Measure of the combustion power of the diesel
Maximum speed in km/h 166
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 9,6
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 14,8
Technical Data 254
Weights
Trailer weights
Engine oil capacity
Diesel engine 1.4 litre TDI 59 kW (80 bhp)
General engine data
3 doors 5 doors
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1620 1644
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1181 1206
Gross axle weight, front in kg 890 897
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 775 795
Permitted roof load in kg 75 75
With no brakes, gradients up to 12% 600
With brakes, gradients up to 12% 1000
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 3.8 litres
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 59 (80)/ 4000
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 195/ 2200
No. of cylinders, capacity
in cm
3
3/ 1492
Compression 19,5 ± 0,5
Fuel
Min. 51 CN
a)
a)
Cetane-Number (cetane index) = Measure of the combustion power of the diesel
Technical Data 255
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Performance figures
Weights
Trailer weights
Engine oil capacity
Maximum speed in km/h 176
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 8,7
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 12,9
3 doors 5 doors
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1620 1644
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1181 1206
Gross axle weight, front in kg 890 897
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 775 795
Permitted roof load in kg 75 75
With no brakes, gradients up to 12% 600
With brakes, gradients up to 12% 1000
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 3.8 litres
Technical Data 256
Diesel engine 1.9l TDI 74 kW (100 bhp)
General engine data
Performance figures
Weights
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 74 (100)/ 4000
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 240/ 1800 - 2400
No. of cylinders, capacity
in cm
3
4/ 1896
Compression 19
Fuel
Min. 51 CN
a)
a)
Cetane-Number (cetane index) = Measure of the combustion power of the diesel.
Maximum speed in km/h 190
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 7,4
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 10,8
3 doors 5 doors
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1658 1682
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1219 1244
Gross axle weight, front in kg 920 926
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 784 804
Permitted roof load in kg 75 75
Technical Data 257
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Trailer weights
Engine oil capacity
Diesel engine 1.9l TDI 96 kW (131 bhp)
General engine data
Performance figures
With no brakes, gradients up to 12% 600
With brakes, gradients up to 12% 1200
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 4.3 litres
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 96(131)/ 4000
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 310/ 1900
No. of cylinders, capacity
in cm
3
4/ 1896
Compression 19
Fuel
Min. 51 CN
a)
a)
Cetane-Number (cetane index) = Measure of the combustion power of the diesel.
Maximum speed in km/h 208
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 6,4
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 9,3
Technical Data 258
Weights
Trailer weights
Engine oil capacity
Diesel engine 1.9 TDI 118kW
General engine data
3 doors 5 doors
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1675 1693
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1249 1252
Gross axle weight, front in kg 935 940
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 783 810
Permitted roof load in kg 75 75
With no brakes, gradients up to 12% 600
With brakes, gradients up to 12% 1200
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 4.3 litres
Power output in kW (bhp) rpm 118 (160)/3750
Maximum torque in Nm at rpm 330/2000
No. of cylinders / capacity in cm
3
4/1896
Compression 18,5
Fuel
a)
a)
BIODIESEL is NOT suitable as fuel for this engine.
Min 51 CN
b)
b)
Cetane-Number (cetane index) = Measure of the combustion power of the diesel
Technical Data 259
Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data
Performance figures
Weights
Engine oil filling capacity
Maximum speed in km/h 220,2
Acceleration from 0-80 km/h in sec. 5,25
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in sec. 7,6
Gross vehicle weight in kg 1675
Weight in working order (with driver) in kg 1290
Gross axle weight, front in kg 935
Gross axle weight, rear in kg 783
Permitted roof load in kg 75
Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change
a)
a)
Only use engine oil 0W-30 that meets the standards VW506 01 or VW 507 00.
5 litres
Technical Data 260
Dimensions and capacities
Dimensions
Length, width 3,953 mm/ 1,698 mm
Height at kerb weight 1,441 mm
Front and rear projection 931 mm/ 662 mm
Wheelbase 2,460 mm
Turning circle 10.54 m
Track width
a)
a)
This data will change depending on the type of wheel rim.
Front Rear
1,435 mm 1,424 mm
1,419 mm 1,408 mm
Capacities
Fuel tank 45 litres, reserve 7 litres.
Windscreen washer fluid container with headlight washer 2 l/ 4.5 l
Tyre pressure
Summer-grade tyres:
The correct tyre pressure can be seen on the sticker on the inside of the tank flap.
Winter tyres:
The pressure of these tyres is the same as the summer tyre pressure plus 0.2 bar.
Index 261
Index
A
ABS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Acoustic signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Acoustic warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Adjustable service interval display . . . . . . . . . . 58
Adjusting simple headlights
driving on the left . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
driving on the right . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Adjusting the seat belt height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Air conditioning system
Climatronic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
General notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Air conditioning* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Air outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Air recirculation
Semi-automatic air conditioning . . . . . . . . 124
Air recirculation mode
Climatronic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Airbag covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Airbag system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Curtain airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Front airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Side airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Airbags
Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Safety notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Alarm system
Switching off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Alterations to the vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Alternator
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Ambient temperature display . . . . . . . . . . . . 55, 57
Anti-freeze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Anti-lock brake system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Anti-theft alarm system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Switching off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Anti-theft wheel bolts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Aquaplaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Athermic windscreen* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Automatic anti-dazzle interior mirror*
Activating the anti-dazzle function . . . . . . 101
Deactivating anti-dazzle function . . . . . . . . 101
Automatic car washes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Automatic gearbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Instructions for driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Kick-down feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Selector lever positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Automatic wiper/wash function for the rear window
99
Auxiliary audio connection: AUX-IN . . . . . . . . . 115
B
Ball coupling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
BAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Battery
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Winter conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Belt tension device
Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Belt tension devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Biodiesel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Bonnet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Boot* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96, 230
Brake assist system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Brake fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Brake pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151, 152
Brake servo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147, 152
Brake system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Braking distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Bulb changes
general notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Index 262
Buzzer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94, 132
C
Car care
Exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Car care products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Car phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Car washes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Catalytic converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Central locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Automatic speed dependent locking and un-
locking system* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Emergency unlocking system . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Locking system for involuntary unlocking . . 72
Selective unlocking system* . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Unlocking system* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Central locking button
Central locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
unlocking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Cetane number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Change lamps
dipped headlight lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Changing gear
See Manual gearbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Changing lamps
interior light and reading light . . . . . . . . . . 229
rear light units on the boot: access to the lamp
227
rear light units on the boot: access to the rear
light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
changing lamps
rear lights on frame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Changing the lamps
glovebox light* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
main beam lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Main headlight lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
number plate light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
side beam lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Side indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
Changing windscreen wiper blades . . . . . . . . . 190
Chassis number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Checking battery electrolyte level . . . . . . . . . . 195
Checking engine oil level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Child seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Categorisation in groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Group 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Group 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Group 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Groups 0 and 0+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Safety notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Securing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Child seats
ISOFIX and Toptether system . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
on the front passenger seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Cigarette lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Cleaning alloy wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Cleaning and caring for your vehicle . . . . . . . . 163
Cleaning chrome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Cleaning cloth seat covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Cleaning dash panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Cleaning engine compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Cleaning fabric trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Cleaning leather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Cleaning plastic parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Cleaning seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
Cleaning steel wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Cleaning windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Cleaning wooden trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Climatronic
automatic mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
General notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
manual mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Cockpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Connector for Apple iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Control
Light switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
wing mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Control lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Control lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Controls
Electric windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Convenience closing
Sliding/tilting roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Convenience opening
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Index 263
Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187, 188
Coolant Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Coolant level
warning light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Coolant Loss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Coolant temperature
Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Safety instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Correct adjustment of front head restraints . . . . 12
Cruise control system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Curtain airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Safety notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
D
Danger of fitting a child seat on the front passenger
seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Deep Water in Cupra version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Diesel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Diesel engine
Winter driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Diesel engine particulate filter* . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Differential lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Differential lock fault (EDL)
warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Digital clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Dipped headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Disabling front passenger airbag
Safety notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Disabling the airbag
Disabling front passenger airbag . . . . . . . . . 40
Displays in the Multi-function display
Memory displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Door lock cylinders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Door release lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Doors
Childproof locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Unlocking and locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Drive wheels traction control system . . . . . . . . 148
Driving
Driving abroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Economically / With Respect for the
Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
With a trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
with a trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Driving abroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Driving economically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Driving safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Driving with respect for the environment . . . . . 160
Duplicate keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Dust filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Dynamic headlight range control . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
E
EDL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
EDS
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Electrical sockets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Electrohydraulic steering
warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Electronic differential lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Electronic immobiliser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67, 133
Electronic stabilisation program . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Electronic stabilisation programme . . . . . . . . . . 66
Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Electronic stabilisation programme (ESP)
warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Emission control system
warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Engine
Running in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Engine compartment
Working in the engine compartment . . . . . 180
Engine coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Engine fault
warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Engine management
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Engine oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Checking level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Oil properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Topping up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Engine oil dipstick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Engine oil pressure
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Index 264
Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Environmental friendliness . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Environmental tip
Avoiding pollution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
ESP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66, 149
Exhaust gasses purification system . . . . . . . . 152
Exterior mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
External aerial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
F
Floor mats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Fog lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Front airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Safety notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Front ashtray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Front cup holder* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Front interior light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Front passenger airbag deactivation . . . . . . . . . 40
Front reading light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Front seat adjustment
Lumbar support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Fuel
Diesel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Petrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Fuel level
Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Fuel reserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Fuel Tank
Opening the fuel tank flap . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Fuel tank
See Fuel reserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Fuel: save . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
G
G 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Gear shift pattern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
General overview of the engine compartment 242
Glove compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Glow plug system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
H
Handbrake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65, 141
Hazard warning lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
head restraints
Adjusting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105, 106
adjustment of the head restraint angle . . . 106
Removing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Headlight flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Headlight range control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Driving abroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Fog lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Washer system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Heated front seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Heating and ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Heating system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
High pressure cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
How to jump start description . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
I
Identification number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Ignition key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Ignition lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Indicator lights
indication lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Instrument and switch lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Instrument lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Instrument panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Instruments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Intermittent wipe, windscreen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
ISOFIX and Toptether system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
J
Jump leads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Jump-starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
K
Key tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Index 265
L
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Load compartment
See Luggage compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Luggage compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15, 116
See also Luggage compartment . . . . . . . . . . 15
Luggage compartment cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
M
Main beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Main beam headlights
Indicator lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Main headlight lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
Manual gearbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Manual heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Manual heating system
Defrosting the windscreen . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Demisting the windscreen and side windows . .
120
MFD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Mileage display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Mirrors
courtesy mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Interior mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Wing mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Mobile phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Multi-function display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
N
Number of seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
O
Observations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Octane number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Oil change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Oil properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
One-touch opening and closing
Electric windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Opening and locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Overview
Control lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Instrument panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Instruments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Warning lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
P
Paintwork
Polishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Waxing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Parking lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Pedals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Petrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Trips to foreign countries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Petrol additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Petrol engines, starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Physical principles of a frontal collision . . . . . . 17
Plastic key tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Plastic parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Pollen filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
R
Radio frequency remote control
Changing the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Radio wave remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Rain sensor* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Rear cupholder* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Rear fog lamp
indicator lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Rear seat bench . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Rear seats,
folding down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Rear window heating
Heating element wires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Rear window wiper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Rear-view mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Rearview mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Refuelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Remote control key
Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Synchronising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Index 266
Removing and fitting the wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
Repairs
Airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Replacement keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Replacing lamps
fog lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Rev counter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Reverse gear
Manual gearbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
RME fuel (biodiesel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Roll-back function
Sliding/tilting roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Roof aerial* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Roof carrier* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Rubber seals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Running in
Brake pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Running in tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
S
Safe driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Safety equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Safety instructions
Coolant temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Safety notes
Belt tension devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Curtain airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Disabling front passenger airbag . . . . . . . . 41
Front airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Side airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Using child seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Using seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Safety system- safe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Seals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Seat adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104, 107
Seat belt position
Pregnant women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Seat belt release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Seat belt warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Incorrectly fastened . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Not worn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Safety notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Seat belts protect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Seat heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Selective opening* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Semiautomatic air conditioning
controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Shoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Side airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Safety notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Side lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Sitting position
Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Front passenger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Incorrect sitting position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Passengers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Sitting position, occupants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Sliding/tilting roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Snow chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201, 241
Soot accumulation in the diesel engine particulate
filter *
Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Spare wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Spares . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Starting Petrol engines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Starting the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133, 134
After the fuel tank has been run dry . . . . . 135
Steam cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Steering lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Steering wheel controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Steering wheel height adjustment . . . . . . . . . 130
Stowage
front right seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Stowage compartment
Front passenger side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Index 267
Sun visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Sunroof blind
Sliding/tilting roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Switch
Hazard warning lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Rear window heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Switches
Electric windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Sliding/tilting roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Switching off the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
T
Tailgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Tank
fuel level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
reserve indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
tank capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
TCS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
TCS (Traction control system)
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
The danger of not using the seat belt . . . . . . . . 18
Tightening torque of wheel bolts . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Towing a trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158, 240
Towing bracket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Towing bracket, fitting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Towing eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Tow-starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Traction control system
warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Trailer turn signals
Indicator lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Trailer weights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Trips, checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Turn signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63, 94
Two-way radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Type plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Tyre Mobility-System (Tyre repair kit) . . . 205, 211
Tyre pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Tyre pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Tyre repair kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205, 211
Tyres and wheels
Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Tyres service life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Tyres tread depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Tyres with directional tread pattern . . . . . . . . . 196
U
Underbody sealant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
USB* connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
V
Vehicle battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Vehicle data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Vehicle identification data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Vehicle identification number . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Vehicle interior heating or cooling system . . . 123
Vehicle paint
Car care products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Vehicle tools
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Vehicle wallet storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
vent wings* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Ventilation slits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Volumetric sensor*
Activation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Deactivation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
W
Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Warning lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Warning triangle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Washer fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Washing by hand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Washing the vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Washing with high pressure cleaners . . . . . . . 165
Water in the windscreen washer tank . . . . . . . 189
Wear indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Wheel bolts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208, 241
Torque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Wheel change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Wheel trims . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196, 240
Index 268
Why assume the correct sitting position? . . . . . 26
Why should head restraints be correctly adjusted?
12
Why wear seat belts? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 17
Why wear seatbelts? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Windscreen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Windscreen defrosting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Windscreen wiper blades
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Windscreen wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Changing blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Changing the rear blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Winter driving
Diesel engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Winter tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Wiper/wash automatic function . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Working in the engine compartment . . . . . . . . 180
SEAT S.A. is permanently concerned about continuous development of its types and models. For this reason we ask you to understand,
that at any given time, changes regarding shape, equipment and technique may take place on the car delivered. For this reason no
right at all may derive based on the data, drawings and descriptions in this current handbook.
All texts, illustrations and standards in this handbook are based on the status of information at the time of printing. Except for error
or omission, the information included in the current handbook is valid as of the date of closing print.
Re-printing, copying or translating, whether total or partial is not allowed unless SEAT allows it in written form.
SEAT reserves all rights in accordance with the "Copyright" Act.
All rights on changes are reserved.

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Foreword
This owner's manual and the corresponding supplements should be read carefully to familiarise yourself with your vehicle. Also, the regular care and maintenance and correct handling of the vehicle will contribute to preserve its value. For safety reasons, note the information concerning accessories, modifications and parts exchange. If selling the vehicle, give all of the onboard documentation to the new owner as this should be kept with the vehicle.

Contents

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Contents
The structure of this manual Content
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Operating instructions

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51 51 51 52 54 60 68 68 70 70 70 76 78 80 83 84 87 90 90 95 96 97 100 101 104 104 105 107 109 110 113

First-aid kit, warning triangle, fire extinguisher* Luggage compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

116 116 119 119 122 125 128 130 130 131 132 133 136 137 141 142

Cockpit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
................................ 6 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Instruments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Digital display in the instrument panel . . . . . . . Warning lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning . .
Heating and ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Air conditioning* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Climatronic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Safety First

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7 7 7 9 14 15 16 16 17 20 24 26 26 29 33 37 40 42 42 44 47

Safe driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brief introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Proper sitting position for occupants . . . . . . . . . Pedal area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stowing luggage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Steering wheel controls* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Audio control from controls on the steering wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ignition lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Starting and stopping the engine . . . . . . . . . . . Manual gearbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Automatic gearbox* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Handbrake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cruise control system (CCS)* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Unlocking and locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Central locking* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Radio frequency remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anti-theft alarm system* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tailgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sliding/tilting roof* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Why wear seat belts? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belt tension devices* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Airbag system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brief introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Front airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Side airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Curtain airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deactivating airbags* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Tips and Maintenance

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147 147 147 148 149 151 151 152 153 158 160

Lights and visibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Interior lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Visibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Windscreen washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Windscreen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rearview mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Intelligent technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anti-lock brake system and traction control ABS Electronic stabilisation programme (ESP)* . . . .

Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brief introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Child seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Securing child seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Driving and the environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Running-in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exhaust gasses purification system . . . . . . . . . . Driving abroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trailer towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Driving economically and with respect for the environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Seats and stowage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The importance of correct seat adjustment . . . . Head restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Front seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rear seat bench . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stowage compartments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ashtrays, cigarette lighter and electrical sockets

Tyre repair kit* (Tyre Mobility System) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9l TDI 74 kW (100 bhp) .. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wheel change . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What you should be aware of . . . . . Engine oil . . . . . . . . . . .8l 132 kW (180 bhp) CUPRA . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . Battery . .. . . . Working in the engine compartment . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .4 63 kW (86 bhp) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diesel engine 1. . . . . . .. . .. .. . .4 Contents Cleaning and caring for your vehicle . . . . 237 237 237 239 General notes on the technical data . .. . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . Index . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Automatic Petrol engine 1. . . . . . . . . . . . ... . Care of the vehicle interior . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . Fitting a towing bracket* . . . . . . Fuses . . . . . . Petrol engine 1. . . . . . . . . . . . .2 44 kW (60 bhp) . . . . . .8 110 kW (150 bhp) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Petrol engine 1. . . . . . . . . . . . Petrol engine 1. . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . How are the figures measured? . Checking fluid levels . . . . . .9l TDI 96 kW (131 bhp) . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Care of the vehicle exterior . . . . . Petrol engine 1. . . . . .. . .. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . Dimensions and capacities .4 litre TDI 59 kW (80 bhp) . . . . . Petrol engine 1. . . . . . . .4 74 kW (100 bhp) .. . .. . . . . . . . 240 240 242 242 243 244 245 247 248 249 251 252 253 254 256 257 258 260 Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Accessories. . . . .. . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261 If and when . .. . . . Diesel engine 1.. Diesel engine 1. Diesel engine 1. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Technical Data . . . . . . . . Bulb change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Petrol . . . . . . .. . . . 163 163 164 170 172 172 172 173 173 175 177 177 178 179 180 183 187 189 192 194 196 202 202 205 211 213 219 230 233 Towing a trailer . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Petrol engine 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . Accessories and parts . . .2 51 kW (69 bhp) . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. . . Diesel engine 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Towing and tow-starting . . . . . . . . .6l 77 kW (105 bhp) . . . . . . Mobile telephones and two-way radios . . . . . . . . . . . Jump-starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Checking and refilling levels . . . Petrol engine 1.4 litre 55 kW (75 hp). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . Vehicle tools. Washer fluid and windscreen wiper blades . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . . . . . . .. . . . . parts replacement and modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . Roof aerial* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . spare wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .. . . . Refuelling . . . . . .. . . . Diesel . . . . . . . Wheels . Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. .9 TDI 118kW . . .. . . . . . . Brake fluid . . .4 litre TDI 51 kW (70 bhp) . . .

For the sake of the environment Texts with this symbol refer to points relevant to the protection of the environment.The structure of this manual 5 The structure of this manual Before reading this manual it must be understood This manual contains a description of the vehicle equipment at the time of publication. The illustrations are intended as a general guide. WARNING Texts with this symbol contain safety information. this should in no way be interpreted as misleading advertising.  The section is continued on the following page.  This shows the end of the section. Caution Texts with this symbol draw your attention to a possible risk of damage to your vehicle. some of the equipment and functions that are described in this manual are not included in all types or variants of the model. They warn you of serious dangers. Even if the copyright symbol does not appear this does not mean that the mark is not copyrighted. or is available only in certain markets. possibly involving accident or injury. rear) appearing in this manual refer to the normal forward working direction of the vehicle except when otherwise indicated. and may vary from the equipment fitted in your vehicle in some details. ® All registered marks are indicated with ®. it can be supplied as an option on some models. they may be different or be modified depending on the technical requirements and on the market. The direction indications (left. or else it is only on sale in certain countries. Some of the equipment described here will not be available until a later date. right. front. . Due to the fact that this is a general manual for the IBIZA. Note Texts preceded by this symbol contain additional information. The equipment marked with an asterisk* is supplied as standard on certain versions of the model only.

etc. The entire manual is divided into five large parts which are: 1. this will help you to rapidly find the information you require. “Air conditioning”). about the seat adjustment possibilities. Controls and equipment Information about the distribution of controls in the driver position of the vehicle. seats. Technical Data Figures. 5. Alphabetic index At the end of this manual there is a detailed alphabetical index.6 Content Content This manual is structured to give you the information you need as quickly and clearly as possible. . Tips and Maintenance Advice relating to driving. 3. The contents of this Manual are grouped into relatively short sections making up chapters (e. values and the dimensions of your vehicle.g. 4. Safety First Information on the vehicle equipment relating to passive safety such as seat belts. care and maintenance of your vehicle and certain problems which you may solve yourself. how to create a suitable climate in the passenger compartment. airbags. etc. 2.

But this safety equipment cannot help you or your passengers if you or your passengers assume an incorrect sitting position or do not properly adjust or use this equipment. belt tension devices for the front seats. curtain airbags. belt tension limiter for the front and rear side seats. The following list includes most of the safety equipment in your SEAT: WARNING • This manual contains important information concerning the driver's and passengers' handling of the vehicle. • • • • • • • • • • three-point seat belts. Safety equipment The safety equipment is a part of the occupant protection system and can reduce the risk of injury during an accident. front airbags. suggestions and warnings that you should read and follow in the interest of your own safety and the safety of your passengers. Never “gamble” with your safety and the safety of your passengers. The other booklets in the vehicle wallet also contain further information that you should be aware of for your own safety and for the safety of your passengers. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . In the event of an accident. side airbags in the front seat backrests. tips. height-adjustable head restraints. The safety equipment mentioned above works together to provide you and your passengers with the best possible protection in accident situations.Safe driving 7 Safety First Safe driving Brief introduction Dear SEAT Driver Safety first! This chapter contains important information. adjustable steering column. Ensure that the onboard documentation is kept in the vehicle at all times. This is especially important when lending or selling the vehicle to another person. the safety equipment could reduce the risk of injury. rear-centre head restraints with in-use position and non-use position. • “ISOFIX” anchor points for child seats in the rear side seats with the “ISOFIX” system.

head restraint and mirrors properly for your size. alcohol. – Never drive when your driving ability is impaired (e. – Observe traffic laws and speed limits.g. – Check tyre pressure. – Always reduce your speed as appropriate for road. by passengers or telephone conversations. drugs). – Protect children with appropriate child seats and properly applied seat belts ⇒ page 42. – Assume the correct sitting position.g. – Adjust front seat. what you have to observe when using it and how you and your passengers can achieve the greatest possible benefit from the safety equipment fitted. Instruct your passengers also to fasten their seat belts properly ⇒ page 16. information is provided about why this equipment is so important. For your own safety and the safety of your passengers. – Fasten your safety belt securely. What affects driving safety? Driving safety is largely determined by your driving style and the personal behaviour of all occupants.8 Safe driving Therefore. – Make sure that no objects can interfere with the pedals. Instruct your passengers also to assume a proper sitting position. e. for this reason: – Do not allow yourself to be distracted from the traffic around you. This manual includes important warnings that you and your passengers should observe in order to reduce the risk of injury. Before every trip The driver bears the responsibility for his passengers and the operational worthiness of the vehicle. always note the following points before every trip: – Ensure that the vehicle's lights and turn signals operate flawlessly. As driver. When your concentration or driving safety is affected. . you are responsible for yourself and your passengers. ⇒ page 9. – Secure all baggage ⇒ page 15. traffic and weather conditions. – Ensure that all windows provide a clear and good view of the surroundings. by medication. how it protects you. Safety is everyone's business! – Instruct passengers to adjust the head restraints according to their height. – Ensure that the passenger in the central rear seat always has the head restraint in the correct position for use. you endanger yourself as well as others on the road ⇒ .

WARNING When driving safety is impaired during a trip. – Adjust the head restraint so that its upper edge is at the same level as the top of your head. 1 The proper distance between driver and steering wheel – Move the backrest to an upright position so that your back rests completely against it. take breaks regularly . 1.Safe driving 9 – When travelling long distances. Fig. 2. For your own safety and to reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident.at least every two hours. – Ensure that you can reach the highest point of the steering wheel. we recommend the following adjustments for the driver: – Adjust the steering wheel so that there is a distance of at least 25 cm between the steering wheel and the centre of your chest ⇒ fig. Fig. – Move the driver's seat forwards or backwards so that you are able to press the accelerator. 2 Proper head restraint position for driver Proper sitting position for occupants Proper sitting position for driver The proper sitting position for the driver is important for safe and relaxed driving. or as close as possible to the same level as the top of your head ⇒ fig. avoid driving when you are tired or are under pressure of time. – If possible. Tips and Maintenance Technical Data Safety First Operating instructions . brake and clutch pedals to the floor with your knees still slightly angled ⇒ . the risk of injury and accidents increases.

When driving. fig. – Keep both feet in the foot well in front of the front passenger seat. – Fasten your seat belt correctly ⇒ page 16. If you are sitting nearer than 25 cm. hands and head. • An incorrect sitting position of the front passenger can lead to severe injuries. see ⇒ page 107. WARNING • • An incorrect sitting position of the driver can lead to severe injuries. never drive with the backrest tilted far back! The airbag system and seat belts can only provide optimal protection when the backrest is in an upright position and the driver is wearing his or her seat belt properly. you may sustain injuries to the arms. the airbag system cannot protect you properly. • • • • If your physical constitution prevents you from maintaining the minimum distance of 25 cm. Adjust the driver's seat so that there is at least 25 cm distance between the centre of the chest and the hub of the steering wheel ⇒ page 9. in the centre of the steering wheel). The further the backrests are tilted to the rear. 1. or in any other manner (e. – Move the backrest to an upright position so that your back rests completely against it.g. To reduce the risk of injury to the driver during sudden braking manoeuvres or an accident. . or as close as possible to the same level as the top of your head ⇒ page 12. we recommend the following adjustments for the front passenger: – Move the front passenger seat back as far as possible ⇒ . The workshop will help you decide if special specific modifications are necessary. contact a qualified workshop. Proper sitting position for front passenger The front passenger must sit at least 25 cm away from the dash panel so that the airbag can provide the greatest possible protection in the event that it is triggered. The passenger airbag can be deactivated in exceptional circumstances ⇒ page 40. This reduces the risk of injury when the driver airbag is triggered. – Adjust the head restraint so that its upper edge is at the same level as the top of your head. In such cases. – Keep both feet in the foot well so that you have the vehicle under control at all times.10 Safe driving – Fasten your seat belt correctly ⇒ page 16. Never hold the steering wheel at the 12 o'clock position. For detailed information on how to adjust the front passenger's seat. the greater the risk of injury due to incorrect positioning of the belt web or the incorrect sitting position! WARNING • Adjust the head restraint properly to achieve optimal protection. Adjustment of the driver's seat ⇒ page 104. always hold the steering wheel with both hands on the outside of the ring at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions. For your own safety and to reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident.

Seat belts can only provide optimal protection when backrests are in an upright position and the passengers are wearing their seat belts properly. Adjust the head restraint properly to achieve maximum protection. keep their feet in the footwells. If the airbag is triggered. The further the backrests are tilted to the rear. • Correct sitting position for passengers in the rear seats Passengers in the rear seats must sit up straight. never travel with the backrest tilted far back! The airbag system and seat belts can only provide optimal protection when the backrest is in an upright position and the front passenger is wearing his or her seat belt properly. Always keep your feet in the foot well when the vehicle is moving. the airbag system cannot protect you properly. If your physical constitution prevents you from maintaining the minimum distance of 25 cm. passengers on the rear bench seat must observe the following: Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . To reduce the risk of injury in the event of a sudden braking manoeuvre or an accident. contact a qualified workshop. WARNING • • • If the passengers on the rear seat are not sitting properly. • To reduce the risk of injury to the front passenger during sudden braking manoeuvres or an accident. the greater the risk of injury due to incorrect positioning of the belt web or the incorrect sitting position! Adjust the head restraint properly to achieve maximum protection. If passengers on the rear seat are not sitting in an upright position. have the rear central head restraint positioned for use and wear their seat belts properly. The workshop will help you decide if special specific modifications are necessary. out the window or on the seat. An incorrect sitting position exposes you to an increased risk of injury in the event of a braking manoeuvre or an accident.Safe driving 11 WARNING (continued) – Adjust the headrest to the correct position ⇒ page 12. – Use an appropriate child restraint system when you take children in the vehicle ⇒ page 42. • • • Adjust the front passenger seat so that there is at least 25 cm between your breastbone and the dash panel. If you are sitting nearer than 25 cm. they could sustain severe injuries. the risk of injury due to incorrect positioning of the belt web increases. – Fasten your seat belt correctly ⇒ page 16. – Keep both feet in the foot well in front of the rear seat. never rest them on the instrument panel. you could sustain severe injuries due to an incorrect sitting position.

The head restraints must always be adjusted according to the occupant's size. Incorrectly adjusted head restraints could result in death in the event of a collision or accident. • Fig. at the very least. WARNING • • • Fig.12 Safe driving Correct adjustment of head restraints Properly adjusted head restraints are an important part of occupant protection and can reduce the risk of injuries in most accident situations. Incorrectly adjusted head restraints also increase the risk of injury during sudden or unexpected driving or braking manoeuvres. or as close as possible to the same level as the top of your head and. 4. – Adjust the head restraint so that its upper edge is at the same level as the top of your head. 3 and ⇒ fig. 3 Properly adjusted head restraint viewed from the front Travelling with the head restraints removed or improperly adjusted increases the risk of severe injuries. Adjust the head restraint properly to achieve maximum protection. at eye level ⇒ fig. Adjusting the head restraints ⇒ page 105. 4 Properly adjusted head restraint viewed from the side .

– Never permit anyone to assume an incorrect sitting position in the vehicle while travelling ⇒ . never kneel on the seats. protecting the occupant of the rear central seat. Examples of incorrect sitting positions An incorrect sitting position can lead to severe injuries to occupants. Incorrect sitting positions substantially reduce the protective function of seat belts and increase the risk of injury due to incorrect belt web position. The following list contains examples of sitting positions that could be dangerous for all occupants. 5. the head restraint A should be placed in the position for use A. To place it in rest position A. but we would like to make you aware of this issue. especially children. This position improves the driver's rear visibility.Safe driving 13 Centre rear head restraint* Note Note the instructions on the adjustment of the head restraints. 5 Adjusting central rear head restraint The central rear head restraint has 2 positions: • • A Raised position or position for use A ⇒ fig. along with the rear seat belts. never lean against the dash panel. WARNING Whenever a passenger is seated in the rear central seat. In this position. never tilt your backrest far to the rear. you are responsible for all vehicle occupants. never stand on the seats. never lie on the rear bench. 5. lower the head restraint. whenever the vehicle is in motion: Fig. never sit sideways. pull on the edges with both B hands in the direction of the arrow. Seat belts can provide optimal protection only when the belt webs are properly positioned. The list is not complete. Therefore. Technical Data Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance . the head restraint is used normally. As the driver. • • • • • • • • Never stand in the vehicle. never sit on the front edge of a seat. B Rest position A ⇒ fig. A To fit the head restraint in position for use A.

never carry any person in the luggage compartment. Before the vehicle moves. brake and clutch pedals unimpaired to the floor. assume the proper sitting position and maintain it throughout the trip. never put your feet on the dash panel. Use only floor mats which leave the pedal area free and can be securely fastened in the foot well. Wear suitable shoes WARNING • • • Always wear shoes which support your feet properly and give you a good feel for the pedals. “Proper sitting position for occupants”. the brake pedal must be free to move further than normal in order to bring the vehicle to a stop. striking an occupant who has assumed an incorrect sitting position. never put your feet on the surface of a seat. In the event of a sudden driving or braking manoeuvre. WARNING • • Restricting pedal operation can lead to critical situations while driving. Never place objects in the driver foot well. – Ensure that you can always press the accelerator. Before every trip. Every incorrect sitting position increases the risk of severe injuries. never put your feet out of a window. If a brake circuit fails. never travel in a foot well.14 Safe driving • • • • • • • never lean out of a window. Floor mats on the driver side Only floor mats may be used which can be securely fastened in the foot well and do not impair operation of the pedals. Risk of accident! Pedal area Pedals The operation and freedom of movement of all pedals must never be impaired by objects or floor mats. Only use floor mats which leave the pedals clear and which are secured to prevent them from slipping. You can obtain suitable floor mats from a qualified dealership. instruct your passengers to assume the proper sitting position and to maintain it during the trip ⇒ page 9. Sitting in an incorrect position exposes the occupants to severe injuries if airbags deploy. clutch or accelerator pedal. . never travel on a seat without wearing the seat belt. An object could move into the pedal area and impair pedal operation. you will not be able to operate the brake. – Ensure that the floor mats are securely fastened during the trip and do not obstruct the pedals ⇒ . – Ensure that the pedals can return unimpaired to their initial positions.

Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Never exceed the allowed axle loads or allowed maximum weight. Never lay or fit floor mats or other floor coverings over the original floor mats. Risk of serious injuries. Risk of accident. Unsecured objects which shift back and forth could affect safety or driving characteristics of the vehicle by shifting the centre of gravity. leading to accidents. – Lay and stow heavy luggage as far forward as possible in the luggage compartment. • Stowing luggage Loading the luggage compartment All luggage and other loose objects must be safely secured in the luggage compartment. Ensure that the ventilation slits are never covered. • • WARNING Note • Safety First Air circulation in the vehicle helps reduce fogging of the windows. this may affect the vehicle's handling and lead to an accident. Used air escapes through ventilation slits in the side trim of the luggage compartment. Risk of fatal injury. injuries and damage to the vehicle. Children could climb into the luggage compartment closing the door behind them. Close and lock both the tailgate and all the doors when you leave the vehicle. This would reduce the pedal area and could obstruct the pedals. Therefore. During sudden manoeuvres or accidents. Every passenger must be properly belted in ⇒ page 16. loose objects can be thrown forward. • • • Never allow children to play in or around the vehicle. – Distribute the load evenly in the luggage compartment. you could cause an accident. injuring vehicle occupants or even to third parties. – Stow heavy luggage as low as possible in the luggage compartment. Never leave your vehicle unattended. they will remain trapped without help and there is a mortal risk.Safe driving 15 WARNING WARNING (continued) • • • If the pedals are obstructed. If the allowed axle load or the allowed total weight is exceeded. especially when the tailgate is open. • • Always put objects in the luggage compartment. it is essential to adjust your speed and driving style accordingly. If this happens. make sure that there are no adults or children in the vehicle. Ensure that the floor mats are always securely attached. to avoid accidents. Before you lock the vehicle. objects can be transformed into “missiles”. Loose luggage and other objects in the luggage compartment can cause serious injuries. Never transport passengers in the luggage compartment. Please note that the centre of gravity may shift when transporting heavy objects. This increased risk of injury will be further increased if a loose object is struck by an inflating airbag. the driving characteristics of the vehicle may change.

– Instruct your passengers to fasten their seat belts properly before driving off. Each seat is equipped with a three-point seat belt. The warning lamp*  does not go out until the driver seat belt is fastened while the ignition is switched on. Every occupant in the vehicle must properly fasten and wear the seat belt belonging to his or her seat. WARNING • • If the seat belts are worn incorrectly or not at all. the risk of severe injuries increases. WARNING • • Never transport more people than there are seats available in the vehicle. Properly worn seat belts can reduce severe injuries in the event of sudden braking manoeuvres or accidents. Before starting the vehicle: – Fasten your safety belt securely. how they work and how to properly fasten. – Protect children by using child seats of the correct height for the age of the child. The warning lamp  in the combi-instrument lights up if the driver seat belt is not fastened when the ignition is switched on. Number of seats Your vehicle has five passenger places. these persons can also sustain severe injuries if they are not wearing their seat belts properly. In addition. an acoustic signal can also be heard for a couple of seconds. two individual front seats and three places on the rear seat. Therefore.16 Seat belts Seat belts Introduction Before driving: remember your seat belt! Properly worn seat belts can save lives! In this chapter you will learn why seat belts are so important. . you and your passengers should always wear the seat belts properly as long as the vehicle is in motion. Children must be protected with an appropriate child restraint system. Like all other occupants. adjust and wear them. Seat belt warning lamp*  The warning lamp acts as a reminder to the driver to fasten the seat belt. • Pregnant women or persons with physical disabilities must also use seat belts. – Read and observe all the information as well as the warnings in this chapter.

is the speed of the vehicle. The most significant factor. Fig. Even at speeds of 30 km/h to 50 km/h. both in the vehicle and in the occupants. a large amount of kinetic energy is generated. 6 Vehicle about to hit a wall: the occupants are not wearing seatbelts The amount of “kinetic energy” depends on the speed of the vehicle and the weight of the vehicle and passengers. If the speed doubles from 25 km/h to 50 km/h. At greater speed these forces are even higher. 7 The vehicle hits the wall: the occupants are not wearing seatbelts It is easy to explain how the laws of physics work in the case of a head-on collision: When a vehicle starts moving ⇒ fig. 6 there is a certain amount of energy known as “kinetic energy”. the more energy there is to be “released” in an accident. the kinetic energy increases by a factor of four. the entire amount of kinetic energy has to be absorbed at the point of impact ⇒ fig. Fig. the forces acting on bodies in a collision can easily exceed one tonne (1. Passengers not wearing seat belts are not “attached” to the vehicle. for example. In a frontal collision they will continue to move forward at the speed their vehicle Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 7.000 kg). however.Seat belts 17 Why wear seat belts? Frontal collisions and the laws of physics In the event of a frontal collision. Because the passengers in our example are not restrained by seat belts. The higher the speed and the greater the weight.

9. unbelted passengers are thrown forward and will make violent contact with the steering wheel. All occupants (including the driver) must be wearing seat belts properly during the trip. Fig. The danger of not using the seat belt Many people believe that the occupants can protect themselves with their hands in a minor collision. Rear passengers who do not use seat belts endanger not only themselves but also the front occupants ⇒ fig. Fig. When deployed. windscreen or whatever else is in the way ⇒ fig. this is false. Even at low speeds the forces acting on the body in a collision are so great that it is not possible to brace oneself with one's hands. hitting the driver wearing a seat belt. . 8. dashboard. airbags provide only additional protection. It is also important for the rear passengers to wear seat belts properly. The airbag system is not a substitute for the seat belts. Note that airbags can be triggered only once. In a frontal collision. the seat belt must always be worn properly so that you will be protected in accidents in which no airbag is deployed. 8 A driver not wearing a seat belt is thrown forward violently. This example applies not only to frontal accidents. 9 The unbelted rear passenger is thrown forward violently. To achieve the best possible protection. as they could otherwise be thrown forward violently in an accident. This will reduce the risk of severe injuries in the event of an accident – regardless of whether an airbag is fitted for the seat.18 Seat belts was travelling just before the impact. but to all accidents and collisions.

Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Passengers wearing their seat belts correctly benefit greatly from the ability of the belts to absorb kinetic energy. WARNING • If the seat belts are worn incorrectly or not at all. Seat belts also help to prevent uncontrolled movements that could lead to severe injuries. For this reason. the seat belts must be fastened and worn. properly worn seat belts reduce the danger of being thrown from the car. all these features reduce the forces acting on the occupants and consequently the risk of injury. they can reduce the risk of injury in an accident. This is If seat belts are used correctly. for example. you should always wear your seat belt and ensure that your passengers have fastened their seat belts properly before you drive off! Safety notes on using seat belts Properly worn seat belts hold the vehicle occupants in the correct sitting positions and substantially reduce the kinetic energy in the event of an accident. why it is so important to fasten seat belts before every trip. Ensure that your passengers wear their seat belts as well. Fig. The front airbags. are only triggered in some frontal accidents. rolls or accidents in which the airbag trigger threshold in the control unit is not exceeded. even when "just driving around the corner". properly worn seat belts improve the protection provided by airbags in the event of an accident. Our examples describe frontal collisions. The front crumple zones and other passive safety features (such as the airbag system) are also designed to absorb the kinetic energy generated in a collision. minor side collisions.Seat belts 19 Seat belts protect Passengers not wearing seat belts risk severe injuries in the event of an accident. Furthermore. In addition. The front airbags will not be triggered during minor frontal collisions. rear collisions. Of course. the risk of severe injuries increases. properly worn seat belts reduce substantially the risk of injury in all other types of accidents. Accident statistics have shown properly worn seat belts to be an effective means of substantially reducing the risk of injury and improving the chances of survival in a serious accident. – Always wear the seat belt as described in this booklet. wearing a seat belt is required by law in most countries. The optimal protection from seat belts can be achieved only if you use them properly. – Ensure that the seat belts can be fastened at all times and are not damaged. Although your vehicle is equipped with airbags. Taken together. 10 Driver wearing the seat belt properly: is secured by the belt in sharp braking Therefore.

as this can prevent the latch plate from engaging securely. Risk of fatal injury. The seat belt cannot offer its full protection if the belt web is not positioned correctly. Frayed or torn seat belts or damage to the connections. The belt anchorage should also be checked. Fig. The seat belts must not be removed or modified in any way.even when driving in town. Never wear the seat belt under the arm or in any other incorrect position. you must check the condition of all seat belts at regular intervals. Therefore. Never use seat belt clips. Never unbuckle a seat belt while the vehicle is in motion. belt retractors or parts of the buckle could cause severe injuries in the event of an accident.) because this can cause injuries. otherwise the retractors may not work properly. Never allow two passengers (even children) to share the same seat belt. Do not allow the seat belt to be damaged or jammed. That applies also to your front and rear passengers – danger of injury! • • • • • • • • • • • • The seat belt cannot offer its full protection if the belt web is not positioned correctly. The slot in the seat belt buckle must not be blocked with paper or other objects. Renewal may be necessary even if there is no apparent damage. or to rub on any sharp edges. The belt webbing must never be twisted while it is being worn. reducing their capacity to protect. 11 Belt buckle and latch plate of seat belt • Seat belts which have been worn in an accident and stretched must be replaced by a qualified workshop. bulky clothing (such as an overcoat over a jacket) impairs the proper fit and function of the belts. retaining rings or similar instruments to alter the position of the belt webbing. etc. Keep both feet in the foot-well in front of your seat as long as the vehicle is in motion.20 Seat belts WARNING (continued) WARNING (continued) • Fasten your seat belt before every trip . • • Do not attempt to repair a damaged seat belt yourself. The belts must be kept clean. . Seat belts Seat belt adjustment The seat belts for the front and rear occupants are locked into position by a latch. The belt webbing should never lie on hard or fragile objects (such as glasses or pens. Loose.

take hold of the latch plate and pull it slowly across your chest and lap. viewed from side Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 13 Correct belt web and head restraint positions. during travel in mountains or bends and during acceleration. fig. – Pull the belt to ensure that the latch plate is securely engaged in the buckle. If an occupant is incorrectly belted in. Seat belt position Seat belts offer their maximum protection only when they are properly positioned. 12 Correct belt web and head restraint positions. An incorrectly positioned belt web can cause extremely severe injuries. Full freedom of movement is permitted when the shoulder belt is pulled slowly.Seat belts 21 – Adjust the seat and head restraint correctly. The seat belts are equipped with an automatic retractor on the shoulder strap. – To fasten the belt. Fig. the seat belt will not protect you properly and the risk of injury is increased. – Insert the latch plate into the buckle for the appropriate seat and push it down until it is securely locked with an audible click ⇒ page 20. during sudden braking. • • Never put the latch plate in the buckle of another seat. viewed from front WARNING • An incorrectly worn seat belt web can cause severe injuries in the event of an accident. The automatic belt retractors on the front seats are fitted with belt tension devices ⇒ page 24. 11. the automatic retractor on the shoulder belt is locked. • The seat belts offer best protection only when the backrests are in an upright position and the seat belts have been fastened properly. the belt cannot protect him or her properly. Fig. If you do this. However.

The seat belt must lie flat and snugly on the torso ⇒ page 21. – Insert the latch plate into the buckle for the corresponding seat and push it down until it is securely locked with an audible click ⇒ . Pull the belt tight if necessary to take up any slack. Fig. never across the stomach. Pregnant women must also fasten their seat belts properly The best protection for the unborn child is for the mother to wear the seat belt properly at all times during the pregnancy. – Holding the latch plate. 14. The seat belt must lie flat and snugly on the pelvis ⇒ page 21. 12. The shoulder belt must be positioned around the middle of the shoulder. pull the belt evenly across your chest and as low as possible over the pelvis ⇒ fig. – Adjust the front seat and head restraint correctly. and always lie flat so that no pressure is exerted on the abdomen. An incorrectly worn seat belt web can cause severe injuries in the event of an accident. fig. 14 Positioning seat belts during pregnancy . The lap part of the seat belt must lie across the pelvis. 13. Read and observe the warnings ⇒ page 19. the lap part of the seat belt must lie as low as possible over the pelvis.22 Seat belts WARNING • • • • The seat belt provides maximum protection only when the belt web is properly positioned ⇒ page 21. – Pull the belt to ensure that the latch plate is securely engaged in the buckle. For pregnant women. WARNING • • • An incorrectly worn seat belt web can cause severe injuries in the event of an accident. fig. Read and observe the warnings ⇒ page 19. never across the stomach.

pull the shoulder belt sharply to check that the catch on the shoulder belt guide is engaged securely. If you do. 16 Location of the belt height adjuster – Press the red button on the belt buckle ⇒ fig. 15 Removing latch plate from buckle Fig. The seat belt adjuster for the front seats can be used to adjust the proper belt position at the shoulder. Fig. – After adjusting. – Move the shoulder belt guide up or down until you have adjusted the seat belt to the correct position. WARNING Never unbuckle a seat belt while the vehicle is in motion. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . you increase the risk of sustaining severe or fatal injuries. – Guide the belt back by hand so that it rolls up easily and the trim is not damaged. 15. Adjusting the seat belt height Seat belt height adjusters can be used to adjust the position of the seat belt at the shoulder. The latch plate is released and springs out ⇒ .Seat belts 23 Seat belt release The seat belt must not be unfastened until the vehicle has come to a standstill. 16. – Press the upper part of the shoulder belt guide and hold it in this position ⇒ fig.

The relevant safety requirements must be observed when the vehicle or components of the system are scrapped. A qualified workshop is familiar with these regulations and will be pleased to pass on the information to you. The consequence may be that. side or rear collision. This retracts and tightens the seat belts. Sensors will trigger the belt tension devices during severe head-on. During a frontal collision. Before every trip. Read and always observe information and warnings concerning the use of seat belts ⇒ page 19. This is normal and is no indication that there was a fire in the vehicle. side or rear of the vehicle. The seat belts for the front occupants are equipped with belt tension devices. you are responsible for all vehicle occupants.24 Seat belts Incorrectly fastened seat belts Incorrectly worn seat belts can cause severe injuries. or in situations where no large forces act on the front. As driver. the seat belts on the front seats are retracted automatically. The risk of severe or fatal injuries is especially increased when a deploying airbag strikes an occupant who has assumed an incorrect sitting position. Therefore: – Never permit anyone to assume an incorrect sitting position in the vehicle while travelling ⇒ . reducing the forward motion of the occupants. If you work on the belt tension devices or remove and install parts of the system when performing other repair work. the seat belt may be damaged. The belt tension device can be triggered only once. The seat belts must be fastened exactly in the order described in this chapter. especially children. An incorrect sitting position impairs substantially the protection a seat belt offers and can lead to severe or fatal injuries. in the event of an accident. a fine dust is produced. instruct your passengers to adjust their seat belts properly and to wear them during the trip. if the vehicle overturns. the belt tension devices function incorrectly or not at all. Belt tension devices* Function of the belt tension device Seat belts can provide optimal protection only if the belt web is properly worn. WARNING • • • An incorrectly worn seat belt increases the risk of severe injuries. The belt tension devices will not be triggered in the event of a light frontal. Service and disposal of belt tension devices The belt tension devices are components of the seat belts that are installed in the seats of your vehicle. • • Note If the belt tension devices are triggered. lateral and rear collisions only if the seat belt is being worn. .

WARNING If repairs are not carried out by a professional. The belt tension devices will only provide protection for one accident and must be changed it they have been activated. adjust. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . The belt tension device and seat belt including its automatic retractor cannot be repaired. which are known to the qualified workshops. remove or install parts of the belt tension devices or seat belts. including the removal and refitting of system parts in conjunction with other repair work. The belt tension devices may fail to trigger or may trigger in the wrong circumstances.Seat belts 25 So that the effectiveness of the belt tension device is not reduced and that removed parts do not cause any injuries or environmental pollution. Any work on the belt tension devices and seat belts. must be performed by a qualified workshop only. must be observed. or if the belt tension devices are used incorrectly. the risk of severe or fatal injuries increases. • • • • • Never attempt to repair. regulations.

– Adjust the head restraint seat correctly ⇒ page 12. Always maintain the greatest possible distance between yourself and the front airbag. Therefore. All occupants. The most important factors that will trigger an airbag are: the type of accident. Braking heavily the moment before an accident may cause an occupant not wearing a seat belt to be thrown forward into the area of the deploying airbag. Take into account that the visible damage in a vehicle following an accident. the inflating airbag may inflict critical or fatal injuries upon the occupant. To reduce the risk of injury from an inflating airbag. always wear the seat belt properly. you could sustain critical injuries. including children. Never transport children in the vehicle if they are not restrained or the restraint system is not appropriate for their age. You should always transport all children up to 12 years of age on the rear seat. Whether the airbags are triggered depends primarily on the vehicle deceleration rate resulting from the collision and detected by the control unit. If the vehicle deceleration occurring during the collision and measured by the control unit remains below the specified reference values. If you have assumed an incorrect seating position at that moment. This way. For your own safety and the safety of the passengers. the angle of collision and the speed of the vehicle. the risk of injury is increased substantially. for whatever reason. – Adjust the front passenger seat correctly. – Use the correct child restraint system to protect children in your vehicle. side and/or curtain airbag will not be triggered. WARNING • • Wearing the seat belt incorrectly or assuming an incorrect sitting position can lead to critical or fatal injuries. This applies particularly to children. it is essential that all occupants maintain a correct sitting position while travelling. • • . The airbag deploys in fractions of a second and with a high velocity. If you are not wearing a seat belt or if you lean forward or to the side or assume an incorrect sitting position. providing their maximum protection. This increased risk of injury will be further increased if you are struck by an inflating airbag. are not an indication as to why the airbags were triggered. the seat belt must always be worn properly and the correct sitting position must be assumed. who are not properly belted can sustain critical or fatal injuries if the airbag is triggered. size or weight. the front. – Adjust the driver seat and the steering wheel correctly. please ensure the following before you drive: – Always wear the seat belt properly.26 Airbag system Airbag system Brief introduction Why wear a seat belt and assume the correct sitting position? For the inflating airbags to achieve the best protection. In this case. the front airbags can completely deploy when triggered.

Airbag system 27 WARNING (continued) WARNING (continued) • Always properly adjust the front seats. − Follow the installation instructions of the child seat manufacturer and absolutely observe all warnings − Before properly installing the child seat. Warning lamp for airbag and belt tension device system  This warning lamp monitors the airbag and belt tension device system. − The child seat must be approved by the child seat manufacturer for use on a front passenger seat with front or side airbag. The child can suffer critical or fatal injuries when the front passenger airbag is triggered. the front passenger airbag can be disabled with a key-operated switch ⇒ page 40. If a rear-facing child seat is secured to the front passenger seat. use a child seat appropriate to the age and size of each child. • • An inflating front passenger airbag can strike the rear-facing child seat and hurl it with great force against the door. − The backrest of the front passenger seat must be in an upright position. including control units and wiring connections. it is absolutely essential that you observe the following safety measures: − Disable the front passenger airbag ⇒ page 40. under special circumstances. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . For those vehicles that do not include a key lock switch to turn the airbag off. push the front passenger seat all the way to the rear so that the greatest possible distance to the front passenger airbag is ensured. Therefore we urgently recommend that you transport children on the rear seats. the roof or the backrest. the risk to the child of sustaining critical or fatal injuries in the event of an accident increases. − Ensure that no objects prevent the front passenger seat from being pushed completely back. If. Alternatively. You should always transport all children up to 12 years of age on the rear seat. “Deactivating airbags*”. The warning lamp monitors all airbags and belt tension devices in the vehicle. The danger of fitting a child seat on the front passenger seat Rear-facing child seats must never be used on the front passenger seat when the front passenger airbag is enabled. Never secure a rear-facing child seat to the front passenger seat if the front passenger airbag is enabled. That is the safest place in the vehicle for children. an Authorised Service Centre must be consulted. WARNING • • If a child seat is secured to the front passenger seat. it should be necessary to transport a child in a rear-facing child seat on the front passenger seat. The front passenger seat is life threatening to a child if you transport the child in a rear-facing child seat. An enabled front airbag on the front passenger side is potentially a major danger to a child. When transporting children. an inflating airbag can strike it with such great force that critical or fatal injuries may result.

or could inflate in the wrong circumstances. It is important not to attach any objects such as cup holders or telephone mountings to the surfaces covering the airbag units. and do not obstruct or modify them in any way. adjust. have the system checked immediately by a qualified workshop. or if the airbags are used incorrectly. parts of the airbag system may be • • • . The airbags provide protection for one accident only. the airbag and belt tension device system cannot properly perform its protective function. Any work on the airbag system or removal and installation of the airbag components for other repairs (such as repairs to the steering wheel) should be performed only by a qualified workshop. Never attempt to repair. If any of the airbags are de-activated by the Authorised Service Centre. If a malfunction should occur. The system must be checked when the warning lamp  : damaged. care and disposal of the airbags The parts of the airbag system are installed in various places in your vehicle. or may not be triggered correctly. disintegrating plastic parts can cause substantial injuries. WARNING • • • • If repairs are not carried out by a professional. goes out and then comes on again after the ignition is switched on. you may use only a dry cloth or one moistened with water. To clean the steering wheel or dash panel. does not go out about 4 seconds after the ignition is switched on. the warning lamp remains on continuously. Have the airbag system inspected immediately by a qualified workshop. the risk of severe or fatal injuries is increased. The relevant safety requirements must be observed when the vehicle or components of the airbag are scrapped. Never attempt to alter the front bumper or the body. The specialist workshops and the Vehicle disposal centres are familiar with these requirements. or if it comes on or flickers while the car is moving. remove or install parts of the airbag system. if they have been deployed they must be replaced. the indicator lights for several seconds more after the verification and will turn off if there is no fault.28 Airbag system Monitoring of airbag and belt tension device system The functionality of the airbag and belt tension device system is constantly monitored electronically. The airbags may fail to inflate. Never clean the dash panel and surface of the airbag module with cleansers containing solvents. If the airbag inflates. In the event of a malfunction. Do not cover or stick anything on the steering wheel hub or the soft plastic surface of the airbag unit on the passenger side of the dashboard. We urgently recommend that you go to a qualified workshop for all work on the airbag system. The consequence may be that. repair information and qualified personnel. the airbag inflates incorrectly or does not inflate at all. Qualified workshops have the necessary tools. If you work on the airbag system or remove and install parts of the system when performing other repair work. The warning lamp  will light up for a few seconds every time the ignition is switched on (self-diagnosis). • • Repair. in the event of an accident. in the event of an accident. Otherwise there is a risk that. the airbag system and belt tension devices may not be triggered. WARNING • • If there is a malfunction. Solvents cause the surface to become porous. • • • • does not come on when the ignition is switched on.

the front airbag system gives the front occupants additional protection for the head and chest in the event of a severe frontal collision ⇒ page 32. it is most important to wear the seat belts at all times. 18. The airbag system is not a substitute for seat belts. The airbag warning lamp will light up for a few seconds every time the ignition is switched on (self-diagnosis). but is an integral part of the vehicle's overall passive safety system. Please bear in mind that the airbag system can only work effectively when the occupants are wearing their seat belts correctly and have adjusted the head restraints properly. does not go out about 4 seconds after the ignition is switched on. 17 and the airbag for the front passenger is located in the dash panel ⇒ fig. goes out and then comes on again after the ignition is switched on. For this reason. The front airbag for the driver is located in the steering wheel ⇒ fig. In conjunction with the seat belts. but also for your safety. 18 Front passenger airbag located in dash panel • • • • does not come on when the ignition is switched on ⇒ page 27. Airbags are identified by the text “AIRBAG”. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . “Safety notes on front airbag system”. There is a fault in the system if the warning lamp  Fig. In addition to their normal function of restraining the occupants. not only because this is required by law in most countries. The main parts of the front airbag system are: Fig. the seat belts also hold the driver and front passenger in a position where the airbags can provide maximum protection in a frontal collision.Airbag system 29 Front airbags Description of front airbags The airbag system is not a substitute for the seat belts. The functionality of the airbag system is monitored electronically. the two front airbags (airbag with gas generator) for the driver and front passenger. or if it comes on or flickers while the car is moving. a warning lamp  in the dash panel insert ⇒ page 27. 17 Driver airbag located in steering wheel • • • an electronic control and monitoring system (control unit).

Thus. In certain types of accident the front. The fully deployed airbags cushion the forward movement of the front occupants and help to reduce the risk of injury to the head and the upper part of the body. during a side collision. Fig. WARNING • • The seat belts and airbags can only provide maximum protection if the occupants are seated correctly ⇒ page 9. the system may fail to trigger. the airbags fill with a propellant gas and deploy in front of the driver and front passenger ⇒ fig. or not trigger correctly. if the ignition is switched off. If a fault should occur in the airbag system. 19. . during a rear-end collision. curtain and side airbags may be triggered together. the head and chest are surrounded and protected by the airbag. the airbag deflates sufficiently for the front occupants to see forward. during a minor frontal collision. Once the impact has been absorbed. When the system is triggered. or if the vehicle rolls. 19 Inflated front airbags The airbag system is designed so that the airbags for the driver and front passenger are triggered in a severe frontal collision. “Proper sitting position for occupants”. Otherwise there is a danger that during a frontal collision. The special design of the airbag allows the controlled escape of the propellant gas when an occupant puts pressure on the bag.30 Airbag system The front airbag system will not be triggered if: • • • • • Function of front airbags Inflated airbags reduce the risk of head or chest injury. have the system checked immediately by a qualified workshop.

Airbag system 31 In order to provide the desired extra protection in an accident. 20. the airbags have to deploy extremely rapidly (within fractions of a second). 20 Airbag covers reacting when the airbags are triggered The airbag covers fold out of the steering wheel or dash panel when the driver and front passenger airbags deploy ⇒ fig. This is normal and is no indication that there was a fire in the vehicle. A fine dust may develop when the airbag deploys. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . The function of the airbag covers if the airbags are triggered Fig. The airbag covers remain connected to the steering wheel or the dash panel.

It is also important not to attach any objects such as cup holders or telephone mountings to the surfaces covering the airbag units. If the airbag is triggered in an accident. If the minimum distance is not observed then the airbags do not correctly protect the vehicle occupants. “Child safety”. WARNING • It is important for the driver and front passenger to maintain a distance of at least 25 cm from the steering wheel or dash panel. . children can sustain serious or fatal injuries from the airbag as it inflates ⇒ page 42. • Never let a child travel on the front seat without an appropriate restraint system. the risk of injury is increased substantially. risk of fatal injuries! In addition. • • • • Occupants sitting in the front of the vehicle must never carry any objects or pets in the deployment space between them and the airbags. if they have been deployed they must be replaced. the front seats and head restraints must always be positioned correctly for the height of the occupant. This increased risk of injury will be further increased if you are struck by an inflating airbag.32 Airbag system Safety notes on front airbag system If you use airbags correctly. • If you are not wearing a seat belt or if you lean forward or to the side or assume an incorrect sitting position. The airbags provide protection for one accident only. or allow children or other passengers to travel in this position. Do not attempt to modify components of the airbag system in any way. they can considerably reduce the risk of injury in many kinds of accident.

The locations are identified by the text “AIRBAG” in the upper region of the backrests. In conjunction with the seat belts. Never drive the vehicle if the interior panels have been removed. Fig. but also for your safety. Please bear in mind that the airbag system can only work effectively when the occupants are wearing their seat belts. a warning lamp  in the dash panel insert ⇒ page 27. The airbag system is not a substitute for seat belts. WARNING • In a side-on collision. In a side collision the side airbags reduce the risk of injury to passengers on the front seats to the areas of the body facing the impact. during a frontal collision. “Safety notes on the operation of the side airbag system”. if the sensors do not correctly measure the pressure increase on the interior of the doors. the side airbag system gives the front seat occupants additional protection for the upper body in the event of a severe side collision ⇒ page 36. during a minor side collision. 21.Airbag system 33 Side airbags Description of side airbags The airbag system is not a substitute for the seat belts. The airbag warning lamp will light up for approx. the seat belts also hold the passengers on the front seats in a position where the side airbags can provide maximum protection. In addition to their normal function of protecting the occupants in a collision. • • Never drive if the interior door panels have been removed or if the panels have not been correctly fitted. the side airbags will not work. For this reason. 4 seconds every time the ignition is switched on (self-diagnosis). Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . • • • • • • • • The side airbag system will not be triggered if the ignition is switched off. it is most important to wear the seat belts at all times. but is an integral part of the vehicle's overall passive safety system. The functionality of the airbag system is monitored electronically. during a rear-end collision. the side airbags in the sides of the backrests of the front seats. not only because this is required by law in most countries. or if the vehicle rolls. 21 Side airbag in driver seat The side airbags are located in the driver seat and front passenger seat backrests ⇒ fig. The main parts of the airbag system are an electronic control and monitoring system (control unit). due to air escaping through the areas with holes or openings in the door panel.

Fig. the airbags have to deploy extremely rapidly (within fractions of a second). “Proper sitting position for occupants”. If a fault should occur in the airbag system. In certain types of accident the front. or not trigger correctly. curtain and side airbags may be triggered together. This is normal and is no indication that there was a fire in the vehicle. When the system is triggered. Otherwise there is a danger that during a side collision. the airbag is filled with propellant gas. A fine dust may develop when the airbag deploys. Always check that the openings are closed or covered if loudspeakers or other equipment are fitted in the interior door panels. In order to provide the desired extra protection in an accident. 22. The fully deployed airbags cushion the movement of the occupants of the front seats and help to reduce the risk of injury to the upper body. 22 Inflated side airbag on left side of vehicle In some side collisions the side airbag is triggered on the impact side of the vehicle ⇒ fig. • • • • • Never drive the vehicle if the loudspeakers in the door panels have been removed. the system may fail to trigger. Any work carried out to the doors should be made in a qualified authorised workshop. The seat belts and airbags can only provide maximum protection if the occupants are seated correctly ⇒ page 9. .34 Airbag system WARNING (continued) Function of side airbags Inflated airbags can reduce the risk of head or chest injury in many side impact collisions. have the system checked immediately by a qualified workshop. unless the holes left by the loudspeakers have been correctly closed.

Airbag system 35 The special design of the airbag allows the controlled escape of the propellant gas when an occupant puts pressure on the bag. Thus. the head and chest are surrounded and protected by the airbag. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .

If the front door is damaged in any way. • • • If you do not wear a seat belt. they expose themselves to an increased risk of injury in the event of an accident. must not be exerted upon the backrest bolster because the system may be damaged. Because the airbag deploys from the side of the backrest. this could have critical consequences including serious injury or death ⇒ page 42. a fault may be introduced into the operation of the airbag system. This would impair the protection offered by the side airbags. such as hard blows or kicks. The airbags provide protection for one accident only. The built-in coat hooks should be used only for lightweight clothing. Occupants of the outer seats must never carry any objects or pets in the deployment space between them and the airbags. • • Great forces. the use of conventional seat covers would obstruct the side airbag. “Child safety”. seriously reducing the airbag's effectiveness.g. this may affect the correct working of the system.36 Airbag system Safety notes on the operation of the side airbag system If airbags are used correctly. they can considerably reduce the risk of injury in side impact collisions. • Any work on the side airbag system or removal and installation of the airbag components for other repairs (such as removal of the front seat) should only be performed by a qualified workshop. Otherwise. if you lean forward. or allow children or other passengers to travel in this position. WARNING WARNING (continued) • When children assume an incorrect sitting position. All work carried out on the front door must be made in a qualified workshop. In order for the side airbags to provide their maximum protection. fitting loudspeakers). you are at greater risk of injury should the side airbag system be triggered in an accident. Do not leave any heavy or sharp-edged objects in the pockets. The side and head airbags are managed through sensors located in the interior of the front doors. To ensure the correct functioning of the side and head airbags neither the doors nor the door panels should be modified in any way (e. This is particularly the case if the child is travelling on the front passenger seat and the airbag system is triggered in an accident. • • Do not attempt to modify components of the airbag system in any way. It is also important not to attach any accessories (such as cup holders) to the doors. . the prescribed sitting position must always be maintained with seat belts fastened while travelling. or are not seated correctly while the vehicle is in motion. • • Any damage to the original seat upholstery or around the seams of the side airbag units must be repaired immediately by a qualified workshop. • Under no circumstances should protective covers be fitted over the driver seat or front passenger seat unless the covers have been expressly approved for use in your vehicle. if they have been deployed they must be replaced. In this case the side airbags would not be triggered.

the curtain airbag system gives the occupants additional protection for the head and upper body in the event of a severe side collision ⇒ page 38.Airbag system 37 Curtain airbags Description of curtain airbags The airbag system is not a substitute for the seat belts. during a frontal collision. a warning lamp  in the dash panel insert ⇒ page 27. but is an integral part of the vehicle's overall passive safety system. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 23 Location of left curtain airbag The curtain airbags are located on both sides in the interior above the doors ⇒ fig. it is most important to wear the seat belts at all times. during a rear-end collision. The airbag system is not a substitute for seat belts. For this reason. Please bear in mind that the airbag system can only work effectively when the occupants are wearing their seat belts correctly and have adjusted the head restraints properly. 23 and are identified with the text “AIRBAG”. front passenger and passengers on the rear seats. The functionality of the airbag system is monitored electronically. but also for your safety • • • The main parts of the curtain airbag system are: an electronic control and monitoring system (control unit). The curtain airbag system will not be triggered • • • if the ignition is switched off. “Safety notes on the operation of the curtain airbag system”. the curtain airbags (airbags with gas generator) for the driver. not only because this is required by law in most countries. In conjunction with the seat belts. Fig.

A fine dust may develop when the airbag deploys. There must be no other persons. the prescribed sitting position must always be maintained with seat belts fastened while travelling. the head air bag must be disconnected in those vehicles fitted with a passenger compartment separation screen. they can considerably reduce the risk of injury in many kinds of accident. . Safety notes on the operation of the curtain airbag system If you use airbags correctly. or not trigger correctly. have the system checked immediately by a qualified workshop. This is normal and is no indication that there was a fire in the vehicle. Function of curtain airbags Fully inflated airbags reduce the risk of head or chest injury in a side collision. When the system is triggered. the system may fail to trigger. The fully deployed airbags cushion the movement of the front occupants and help to reduce the risk of injury to the upper body. 24 Deployed curtain airbags In order for the side airbags to provide their maximum protection. the curtain bag covers the side windows and door pillars. The special design of the airbag allows the controlled escape of the propellant gas when an occupant puts pressure on the bag. the head and chest are surrounded and protected by the airbag. WARNING If a fault should occur in the airbag system. the airbag is filled with propellant gas. • • For safety reasons. animals or objects between the occupants of the outer seats and the deployment space of the curtain airbags so that the curtain airbag can deploy without restriction and provide the During some side collisions the curtain airbag is triggered on the impact side of the vehicle ⇒ fig. the airbags have to deploy extremely rapidly (within fractions of a second).38 Airbag system • • if the vehicle rolls. 24. Thus. In the process. WARNING • Fig. during a minorside collision. side and curtain airbags may be triggered together. In certain types of accident the front. See an Authorised Service Centre to make this adjustment. In order to provide the desired extra protection in an accident. Otherwise there is a danger that during a collision.

Do not leave any heavy or sharp-edged objects in the pockets. this may affect the correct working of the system. Do not attempt to modify components of the airbag system in any way. if they have been deployed they must be replaced. Otherwise. To ensure the correct functioning of the side and head airbags neither the doors nor the door panels should be modified in any way (e. fitting loudspeakers). If the front door is damaged in any way.g. The airbags provide protection for one accident only. a fault may be introduced into the operation of the airbag system. All work carried out on the front door must be made in a qualified workshop. Any work on the curtain airbag system or removal and installation of the airbag components for other repairs (such as removal of the roof lining) should only be performed by a qualified workshop. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . • • The side and head airbags are managed through sensors located in the interior of the front doors. Therefore.Airbag system 39 WARNING (continued) greatest possible protection. When using the coat hooks. do not hang the clothes on coat hangers. • • • The built-in coat hooks should be used only for lightweight clothing. sun blinds which have not been expressly approved for use in your vehicle may not be attached to the side windows.

Fig. – Check that the warning lamp “AIRBAG OFF” in the dash panel ⇒ fig. 25. Enabling front passenger airbag – Switch off ignition. .40 Airbag system Deactivating airbags* Disabling front passenger airbag If you fit a rear-facing child seat to the front passenger seat. this means that only the frontal and side airbags are deactivated. 25. All the other airbags in the vehicle remain functional. 25 In the glove compartment: key for enabling and disabling front passenger airbag Disabling front passenger airbag – Switch off ignition. 26 Warning lamp for deactivated passenger airbag in centre console When the passenger airbag is deactivated. – Turn the ignition switch in the key operated switch in the glove box to the position OFF ⇒ fig. – Turn the ignition switch in the key-operated switch in the glove box to the position ON ⇒ fig. Fig. 26 remains lit ⇒ when the ignition is switched on. the front passenger airbag must be de-activated.

• • As soon as the child seat is no longer needed on the front passenger seat. WARNING • • • • The driver is responsible for the proper position of the key-operated switch. fig. You should deactivate the front passenger airbag only if you have to use a rear-facing child seat in exceptional cases. WARNING (continued) − It is not certain whether the front passenger airbag will deploy during an accident! Inform your passengers of this. enable the front passenger airbag again. − Do not use a child seat on the front passenger seat! The front passenger airbag could be triggered despite the fact that there is a fault in the system and. The curtain airbag on the passenger side will remain active.Airbag system 41 – Check that the warning lamp “AIRBAG OFF” in the dash panel does ⇒ page 40. this will create a danger that in case of an accident. “Child safety”. • When the passenger airbag is deactivated. ⇒ page 42. When using the ignition key to activate / deactivate the passenger frontal airbag. if the warning lamp AIRBAG OFF is not continuously lit up when the front passenger airbag is disabled. only the passenger frontal and side airbag will be activated / deactivated. otherwise a fault may occur in the airbag system. a child could sustain serious or fatal injuries. there may be a fault in the airbag system: − Have the airbag system inspected immediately by a qualified workshop. Never install a child seat facing backwards (or rear-facing) on the front passenger seat unless the front passenger airbag has been disabled. Only deactivate the passenger airbag when the ignition is off. if it is necessary in exceptional circumstances to transport a child in a rear-facing child seat on the front passenger seat. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 26 not light up when the ignition is switched on ⇒ . you must always disable the front passenger airbag. as a result. the airbag does not deploy properly or does not deploy at all. This represents a risk of fatal injuries to the child! However.

1) Not for all countries . To reduce this risk. But unlike adults. Children travelling on the rear seat must use a child restraint system or the seat belts provided. The physical principles involved and the forces acting in a collision apply to children just as much as adults ⇒ page 17. We recommend that children under 12 years of age be transported on the rear seats. These systems have been especially designed and approved. the child restraint system should be installed in the centre of the rear seat or behind the front passenger's seat. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and observe any statutory requirements when installing and using child seats.42 Child safety Child safety Brief introduction Introduction Statistics show that children are generally safer on the rear seat than on the front passenger seat. We recommend the use of child safety products from the SEAT Genuine Accessories Program including systems for all ages made by “Peke”1) . This means that children are subject to a greater risk of injury. depending on their age. children do not have fully developed muscle and bone structures. regulation. height and weight. For safety reasons. “Safety notes on using child seats”. Always read and observe ⇒ page 43. complying with the ECE-R44. “Why wear seat belts?”. We recommend that you include the manufacturer's directions for child seat use in the vehicle wallet and always keep them in the vehicle. children must always use special child restraint systems when travelling in the vehicle.

A suitable child seat can protect your child! Never leave a child unsupervised in a child seat or alone in the vehicle. • • For those vehicles that do not include a key lock switch to turn the airbag off. WARNING • Never install a child seat facing backwards (or rear-facing) on the front passenger seat unless the front passenger airbag has been disabled. or to stand up or kneel on a seat while travelling. you are responsible for any children you transport in your vehicle. • • • • Incorrectly worn seat belts can cause injuries even in a minor collision or sudden braking manoeuvres. If the passenger seat has a height adjustment option. “Deactivating airbags*”. especially children. the child could be flung through the vehicle. if it is necessary. move it to the highest position. The seat belt provides maximum protection only when the belt web is properly positioned ⇒ page 20. All passengers. Do not allow the belt webbing to become twisted or jammed. “Child seats”. or to rub on any sharp edges. the front passenger airbag must always be disabled ⇒ page 40. it may become extremely hot or cold inside the vehicle. an Authorised Service Centre must be consulted. WARNING (continued) • • Never hold children or babies on your lap.5 metres tall must not wear a normal seat belt without a child restraint system. this could have consequences including serious injury or death. This could lead to a risk of potentially fatal injuries to the child! However. • • • • • Depending on weather conditions. In an accident.Child safety 43 Safety notes on using child seats Proper use of child seats substantially reduces the risk of injury in an accident! As the driver. – Protect your children by properly using appropriate child seats ⇒ page 44. to transport a child in the front passenger seat. Take a break at least every two hours. Only one child may occupy a child seat ⇒ page 44. this can result in potentially fatal injuries to the child! Never allow a child to be transported in a vehicle without being properly secured. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . do not allow children to distract you from traffic. – Always ensure that the belt webbing is properly positioned according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child seat. as this could cause injuries to the abdominal and neck areas during a sudden braking manoeuvre or in an accident. in exceptional cases. This can be fatal. – When travelling. “Seat belts”. This is particularly the case if the child is travelling on the front passenger seat and the airbag system is triggered in an accident. must assume the proper sitting position and be properly belted in while travelling. – Take breaks regularly during long trips. Children who are less than 1. If children assume an improper sitting position when the car is moving. they expose themselves to greater risk of injury during a sudden braking manoeuvre or in an accident. causing possibly fatal injuries to themselves and other occupants.

WARNING Read and always observe information and warnings concerning the use of child seats ⇒ in “Safety notes on using child seats” on page 43. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and observe any statutory requirements when installing and using child seats. ECE-R means: Economic Commission for Europe Regulation The child seats are grouped into 5 categories: Group 0: Children up to 10 kg Group 0+: Children up to 13 kg Group 1: from 9 to 18 kg Group 2: from 15 to 25 kg Group 3: from 22 to 36 kg Child seats that have been tested and approved under the ECE R 44 standard bear the test mark on the seat (the letter E in a circle with the test number below it). Fig. Group 0 and 0+ child seats A suitable child seat and a correctly adjusted seat belt can help to protect your child. 27.44 Child safety Child seats Categorisation of child seats into groups Use only child seats that are officially approved and suitable for the child. We recommend that you include the manufacturer's directions for child seat use in the vehicle wallet and always keep them in the vehicle. . 27. Group 0+: For babies from about 18 months old and 13 kg in weight the most suitable seats are those appearing in the illustration ⇒ fig. Child seats are subject to the regulation ECE-R 44. 27 A group 0 rearfacing child seat fitted on the rear seat. Group 0: For babies from about 9 months old and 10 kg in weight the most suitable seats are those appearing in the illustration ⇒ fig.

28 A category 1 forward-facing child seat fitted on the rear seat. Fig. 29. WARNING Read and always observe information and warnings concerning the use of child seats ⇒ in “Safety notes on using child seats” on page 43.5 metres tall are best protected by seat cushions with head restraints in conjunction with properly worn seat belts ⇒ fig. Group 3 child seats Children over 7 years of age weighing between 22 and 36 kg but less than 1. Group 2 and 3 child seats A suitable child seat and a correctly adjusted seat belt can help to protect your child. We recommend that you include the manufacturer's directions for child seat use in the vehicle wallet and always keep them in the vehicle. Group 2 child seats Children under 7 years of age weighing between 15 and 25 kg are best protected by group 2 child seats in conjunction with properly adjusted seat belts. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and observe any statutory requirements when installing and using child seats. 29 Forward-facing child seat installed on rear seat. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and observe any statutory requirements when installing and using child seats. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . We recommend that you include the manufacturer's directions for child seat use in the vehicle wallet and always keep them in the vehicle.Child safety 45 Group 1 child seats A suitable child seat and a correctly adjusted seat belt can help to protect your child. Fig. Child seats using the “ISOFIX” and “Toptether” system (or even the anti-rotation system) or seats in which the child faces the rear of the car are most appropriate for babies and small children weighing between 9 and 18 kg.

not across the stomach. Pull the belt tight if necessary to take up any slack ⇒ page 20. The seat belt must lie close to the torso. The lap belt part must lie across the pelvis. • Read and always observe information and warnings concerning the use of child seats ⇒ in “Safety notes on using child seats” on page 43. and always fit closely. “Seat belts”. never across the neck or the arm.46 Child safety WARNING • The shoulder part of the seat belt must lie approximately on the centre of the shoulder. .

WARNING • • When travelling. weight and size. the passenger airbag must be deactivated ⇒ page 40. travel in the front passenger seat. Child seats from the groups 0. “Deactivating airbags*” and the seat put into the highest position where possible. UF Suitable for universal forward-facing retention systems approved for use with this age group. • Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . This represents a risk of fatal injuries to the child! However. Read and always observe information and warnings concerning the use of child seats ⇒ in “Safety notes on using child seats” on page 43. L: Suitable for retention systems using the “ISOFIX” and “Toptether” anchors or antirotation mechanism/bracket X Seat position not suitable for children in this age group. *: Move the passenger seat as far to rear as possible. 0+ and 1 using the “ISOFIX” and “Toptether” systems or the antirotation system may be secured without using the adult seatbelt and using the “ISOFIX” and “Toptether” anchors or the antirotation mechanism/brackets ⇒ page 48. You can secure a child seat to the rear seat or front passenger seat in the following ways: • • Child seats in groups 0 to 3 can be secured with a seat belt. as high as possible and always deactivate the airbag. children must be secured in the vehicle with a restraint system suitable for age. under exceptional circumstances. if a child must. Never install a child seat facing backwards (or rear-facing) on the front passenger seat unless the front passenger airbag has been disabled.Child safety 47 Securing child seats Ways to secure a child seat A child seat can be secured differently on the rear seat and on the front passenger seat. Seat locations Weight class Group 0 Group 0+ Group 1 Group 2 / 3 Weight <10 kg <13 kg 9-18 kg 15-36 kg Front passenger U* U* U* X Rear outer U U U/L UF Rear centre U U U UF U: Suitable for universal approved restraining systems for use in this age category (universal retention systems are those fitted using the adult seat belt.

WARNING • • • Fig. Never secure child seats that do not have the “ISOFIX” or Toptether system. If the child seat is fitted with any other antirotation system. – Pull on both sides of the child seat to ensure that it is secure. 30 ISOFIX securing rings The retaining rings are designed only for use with “ISOFIX” and “Toptether” child seats. In some vehicles. “Toptether” rings are located in the space behind the rear seats. Child seats with “ISOFIX” and “Toptether” mountings are available from the Authorised Service Centres. easily and safely on the rear outer seats.48 Child safety Securing the child seat using the “ISOFIX” and “Toptether” system or the antirotation mechanism/system Child seats with the “ISOFIX” and “Toptether” system can be secured quickly. – Press the child seat onto the “ISOFIX” retaining rings until the child seat can be heard to engage securely. follow the manufacturer instructions carefully. retaining belts or objects to the fastening rings – this can result in potentially fatal injuries to the child! Ensure that the child seat is secured correctly using the “ISOFIX” and Toptether anchors. If the child seat is equipped with “Toptether” anchor points. Two “ISOFIX” retaining rings are fitted on each rear seat. Access to “ISOFIX” rings is between the rear back rest and the seat. – Move the seat as far to rear as it will go. They are often located on the rear of the seat backs. secure it to the correspondent ring. please be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. . When removing or fitting the child seat. the rings are secured to the seat frame and in others they are secured to the rear floor.

49 Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .

50 Fig. 31 Instrument panel .

Switch for heated rear window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Airbag disconnected warning light* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Electric window controls* . . . . . − Air conditioning* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . − Indication lamps . . . . . 130 Steering column control lever* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Turn signal and dipped beam lever and cruise control system* 93. . . 60 26 132 97. . . . . . . . . . . . 29 110 119 122 Door release lever Air vent 90 Light switch . . . . .136 14 Pedals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Central locking button* . . . . 91 Headlight range control* . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Control for adjusting electric wing mirrors* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . tion of the multi-function display* . . . 55 92 91 27 112 8 A Horn (works only when the ignition is on)/ and driver front airbag* . . . . . . . .Cockpit 51 Operating instructions Cockpit Overview Overview of the instrument panel This overview will help you to familiarise yourself with the controls and displays. . . 113 Ashtray/ cigarette lighter/socket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137. 111 Stowage compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glove box/Stowage compartment . . 9 A Steering and starter lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Switch for hazard warning lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Bonnet release lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Handbrake lever . . . . . 142 Instrument panel and warning lights: 52 − Instruments . 1 A 2 A 3 A 4 A 5 A 6 A 7 A 15 A 16 A 17 A 18 A Radio casing*/Radio navigation system* Passenger airbag* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Light dimmer for instrument panel lighting* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Controls on the steering wheel* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cup holder* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 A Windscreen wiper and and windscreen wash lever and opera11 A 12 A 13 A 14 A 19 A 20 A 21 A 22 A 23 A 24 A 25 A 26 A 27 A 28 A 29 A 125 − Climatronic* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Switches for: − Heating and ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . . . Note Some of the items of equipment listed here are fitted only on certain models/model years or are optional extras. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Automatic / manual gearbox lever * . . . . . . .

1 A 2 A 3 A 4 A 5 A Digital clock*/Outside temperature display*/Multifunction display Rev counter* ⇒ page 53 Coolant temperature gauge ⇒ page 53 Fuel gauge ⇒ page 54 Speedometer ⇒ page 54 ⇒ page 54 6 A Display field for selector lever position ⇒ page 58 7 A Distance display with service interval display* ⇒ page 58 .52 Cockpit Instruments Instrument overview The instruments display the vehicle operating status. Fig. 32 Detailed view of dash panel instrument panel The layout of the instruments depends upon the model and engine.

This is no cause for concern.Cockpit 53 Rev counter The rev. counter displays the engine speed in revolutions per minute. However. For the sake of the environment Changing up a gear early will help you to save fuel and minimise engine noise. it is advisable to change up a gear or move the selector lever to D (or lift your foot off the accelerator) before the needle reaches the red zone. C Needle in warning zone A 2 The warning lamp* ⇒ page 60. fig. The temperature may also rise when the engine is working hard. 1 The start of the red zone on the dial ⇒ page 52. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . You should obtain technical assistance. Check the coolant level ⇒ page 187 ⇒ . especially at high outside temperatures. 33 Engine coolant temperature Avoid high engine speeds and heavy engine loads ⇒ fig. Caution The rev counter needle must never enter the red zone on the scale. Risk of engine damage. Stop the car and switch off the engine. A Needle in cold zone A Fig. Engine coolant temperature display  This gauge shows the engine coolant temperature. Even if the coolant level is correct do not continue driving. fig. 33. the needle should be in the middle section of the scale. as long C as the warning lamp A does not light up on the instrument panel. B Needle in normal zone A In normal driving conditions. 32 A indicates the maximum engine speed which may be used briefly when the engine is warm and after it has been run in properly. 40 A will light up and a buzzer will be heard if the needle is in the warning zone.

– Turn the setting knob clockwise to the limit stop to set the minutes. Caution Accessories in front of the air inlet reduce the cooling effect of the coolant. there is a risk of the engine overheating.54 Cockpit WARNING When working in the engine compartment. fig. At high outside temperatures and high engine loads. Fuel gauge  and reserve indicator Digital display in the instrument panel Digital clock* 5 – Turn the setting knob ⇒ page 52. always bear in mind the safety warnings ⇒ page 180. 32 A anti-clockwise to the stop to set the hour. During the running-in period. Speedometer The speedometer is equipped with a digital odometer and a trip counter. 45 litres. in addition to a service intervals display. At this point there are still about 7 litres of fuel in the tank. Fig. If the knob is turned briefly clockwise the clock will advance one minute further. When the needle reaches the reserve zone ⇒ fig. the instructions shown on ⇒ page 151 should be followed. If the knob is turned briefly anti-clockwise the clock will advance one hour further. 34 Fuel gauge Instrument panel: fuel gauge The fuel tank has a capacity of approx. 34 the warning lamp will light and an acoustic signal will sound reminding the driver to refuel. .

the temperature displayed may be slightly higher than the actual outside temperature as a result of heat coming from the engine. 36 Digital instrument panel display: Outside temperature display Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . an ice crystal is displayed and if vehicle speed is over 10 km/h an acoustic buzzer is heard.Cockpit 55 Ambient temperature display* The outside temperature is displayed when the ignition is switched on. The illumination of the crystal symbol aims to warn the driver of the risk of ice. When the vehicle is stationary or travelling at very low speeds. 35 Windscreen wiper and windscreen wash lever: button A and rocker switch B Fig. Fig. Display with multi-function display (MFD)* The multi-function display (MFD) shows you diverse journey and consumption data. At descending temperatures between +4°C down to -7°C and at ascending temperatures from -5°C up to +6°C in addition to the outside temperature display. so that he/she proceeds with due care.

Actual memory and 2 . The selected memory will be shown in the upper right-hand corner of the display. The memory will automatically be deleted if the journey is interrupted for more than two hours. If the journey is continued within two hours of switching off the ignition. The total journey memory 2 collects the journey data for any number of individual journeys (even if the ignition is switched off for longer than two hours) up to a total of 99 hours and 59 minutes travel time. 9999 miles distance travelled and 999 litres of fuel consumed.56 Cockpit The multi-function system uses two automatic memories: 1 . Displays in the multi-function display (MFD)* Fig. Fig. the new values will be added to the existing trip recorder memory. The memory will automatically be deleted if one of the named values is reached. You can switch between the following displays in the multi-function display B (MFD) by operating the rocker switch ⇒ fig.Total memory. Resetting the memory – Select the memory that you would like to reset. A – Press and hold button A on the windscreen wiper lever for at least 2 seconds. 37 A on the windscreen wiper lever. . 37 Windscreen wiper and windscreen wash lever: button A and rocker switch B The trip memory 1 collects the travel and consumption data from the moment the ignition is switched on until it is switched off. fig. Selecting memory – With the ignition switched on. briefly press the button A ⇒ page 55. 38 Digital instrument panel display: outside temperature display. 35 A on the windscreen wiper lever to move between the two memories.

At temperatures lower than +4°C. Miles .Fuel range The fuel range is calculated using the figures for tank content and current fuel consumption. fig. The maximum display value in both memories is 9999 miles. Time Journey duration Average speed Distance Distance to empty (the distance you can travel with the remaining fuel) Average fuel consumption Current fuel consumption Ambient temperature display Time The time is also displayed when the ignition is switched off. an “ice crystal symbol” is displayed and a “warning” sounds if the vehicle is moving at more than 10 km/h (ice warning). Dashes will appear in the display until that time. min . You should. It shows how far the vehicle can travel using the same conditions as a reference. Ambient temperature display The measurement margin extends from -45°C to +58°C.Risk of accident! Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . The display will be updated every 5 seconds whilst the vehicle is in motion. The maximum display value in both memories is 99 hours and 59 minutes. The amount of fuel used will not be shown.Distance travelled The display shows the distance travelled since the ignition was switched on. WARNING There could be black ice on the road surface even if the “snowflake symbol” is not shown. Ø km/h . Dashes will appear in the display until that time.Current fuel consumption The display will show the current fuel consumption in litre/km whilst the vehicle is in motion or in litre/hour when the vehicle is in a stationary position with the engine running. 38 after a distance of approximately 100 metres has been travelled. The memory will automatically be deleted once this value has been reached. not rely exclusively on this display . Ø litre/100km .Cockpit 57 Memory displays • • • • • • • •  Miles . Using this display you can see how your driving style affects fuel consumption ⇒ page 160. The memory will automatically be deleted once this value has been reached.Journey duration The display shows the amount of time which has elapsed since the ignition was switched on. This symbol will flash for about 10 seconds and remains lit until the exterior temperature rises above +4°C or 6°C if it was already lit. The clock can be set with the right-hand rotating button below the rev counter “digital clock”. ltr/100km or ltr/hr .Average speed The average speed will be shown after a distance of approximately 100 metres has been travelled. for this reason.Average fuel consumption The average fuel consumption will be shown ⇒ page 56. The display will be updated every 5 seconds whilst the vehicle is in motion.

Proceed as follows: Switch off ignition. The lower counter registers the short journeys. We recommend that the repair and maintenance work only be carried out at Authorised Service Centres.58 Cockpit Note When the vehicle is stationary or travelling at very low speeds. A spanner symbol appears and the display “km” with the distance that can be driven until the next service appointment is due. you can call up the current service message by pressing the trip counter reset button for 2 seconds. Service interval display A Service pre-warning will appear in the mileage displays if a service is due soon. With “Ignition OFF” the maintenance display remains visible.5 seconds. The last digit indicates steps of 100 metres. The service indicator can also be reset by pressing the trip counter button. The fixed mode display appears.Maintenance service The service message will disappear approximately 20 seconds after the ignition is switched on or the engine is running. the temperature displayed may be slightly higher than the actual ambient temperature as a result of the heat radiated from the engine. Mileage display or Service Interval Display Fig. The display will return to the normal mode. Keep “Reset” button on distance counter pressed. 39 Service interval display Distance display The upper counter in the display registers the total distance covered by the vehicle. The display will change after approximately 10 seconds. Display field for selector lever position* The position of the automatic gearbox selector lever is shown on the display ⇒ page 137. With the ignition switched on. A clock symbol appears and the number of days until the next service appointment is due. The following message appears on the instrument panel if a service is due: INSP. Release the reset button and rotate it to the right. 2) . Connect ignition with the “Reset” button pressed. fig. The indication has been reset. The trip recorder counter may be reset by the reset button 6 ⇒ page 52. This may also be turned off pressing the short journey counter reset button for more than 0.2) The Service Centre who carry out the maintenance service will reset the maintenance interval display on completion of the service. 32 A.

Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . otherwise the display will be incorrect.Cockpit 59 Caution We recommend that the resetting of the service interval indicator be carried out in an Authorised Service Centre to avoid possible faults in the vehicle. The values are stored even when the battery is disconnected. Do not reset the display between two service intervals. • • • Note The indication can only be reset when a pre-warning or warning is indicated.

60 Cockpit Warning lamps Overview of the warning lamps The warning lamps indicate a number of different functions and possible faults. Some of the items of equipment listed here are fitted only on certain models/model years or are optional extras. . Fig. 40 Instrument panel with warning lamps.

Cockpit 61 Item 1 A 2 A 3 A Symbol Meaning of warning and control lamps Alternator fault Electro-hydraulic steering Engine fault (petrol engine) Glow plug system for diesel engine If lit: preheating active If flashing: engine fault Turn signals in operation Coolant level / coolant temperature Main beam switched on Fuel level / reserve Anti-lock brake system (ABS) * Parking brake applied or low brake fluid level or fault in brake system Further information ⇒ page 62 ⇒ page 62 ⇒ page 63 ⇒ page 63 ⇒ page 63 ⇒ page 63 ⇒ page 64 ⇒ page 64 ⇒ page 64 ⇒ page 65               Operating instructions 3 A 4 A 5 A 6 A 7 A 8 A 9 A 10 A 11 A 12 A 13 A Airbag or belt tension device system fault or airbag disabled ⇒ page 24 ⇒ page 27 Seat belt warning lamp* Fault in the emission control system Traction control system (TCS)*/Electronic stabilisation programme (ESP)* ⇒ page 16 ⇒ page 65 ⇒ page 66 Safety First Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .

• • • Failure to observe warning lamps and warning messages can result in serious personal injury or damage to your vehicle. the appropriate warning lamp for a fault will light up and a warning or information text will also appear in the display. It should go out when the engine has started running. In vehicles with warning or information texts in the display. If the warning lamp  lights up while driving. Use a warning triangle to draw the attention of other road users to your stationary vehicle so that it does not represent a danger. If the indicator flashes the voltage is insufficient for normal vehicle operation. you must switch off the engine and allow it to cool to reduce the risk of scalding or other injuries. • • Note The appropriate warning lamp for a fault will light up in vehicles without warning or information texts in the display.62 Cockpit Item 14 A 15 A 16 A 17 A Symbol Meaning of warning and control lamps Pollen accumulation in the diesel engine particulate filter Electronic immobiliser Engine oil pressure Trailer turn signals in operation Further information ⇒ page 66 ⇒ page 67 ⇒ page 67 ⇒ page 67     WARNING Alternator  This warning lamp signals a fault in the alternator. The warning lamp  lights up when the ignition is switched on. You should immediately drive to the nearest qualified workshop. Electro-hydraulic steering*  The level of steering assistance depends on the vehicle speed and on the steering angle. . the alternator is no longer charging the battery. The warning lamp should light up for a few seconds when the ignition is switched on. Read and observe the relevant warnings ⇒ page 180. You should avoid using electrical equipment that is not absolutely necessary because this will drain the battery. It should go out when the engine has started running. The engine compartment of any motor vehicle is a area! Before you open the bonnet to work on the engine or in the engine compartment. The risk of an accident increases if your vehicle breaks down.

while three acoustic warning signals ⇒ are emitted. Take the vehicle to the Authorised Service Centre as soon as possible. There is a fault if: Glow plug system / Engine fault*  The warning lamp lights up to show that the glow plugs are preheating. this warning lamp will light up. the glow plug lamp will flash . This means that either the coolant level is too low or the coolant temperature is too high. If a fault develops in the electronic engine management system while you are driving. Depending on which turn signal is operated. If one turn signal fails. • • The warning symbol does not go out again after a few seconds. but it will require greater force to turn the steering wheel. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Note When towing the vehicle with the engine stopped or due to a fault in the power steering. the warning lamp will start flashing twice as fast. The vehicle can still be steered. It flashes if there is an engine fault. Further information on the turn signals ⇒ page 93. The warning lamp lights up or flashes while the vehicle is moving. the engine should be started straight away. either the left  or right  indicator lamp flashes. Engine management  This warning lamp monitors the engine management system for petrol engines. Turn signals   The warning lamp flashes when the turn signals are in operation. this will not operate. Warning lamp  flashes If a fault develops in the engine management system while you are driving. Take the vehicle to an Authorised Service Centre as soon as possible and have the engine checked. Stop the vehicle and seek technical assistance. The warning lamp  (Electronic Power Control) lights up when the ignition is switched on to show that the lamp is working properly.Cockpit 63 There is a fault in the electro-hydraulic steering system if the lamp does not go out or lights up whilst the vehicle is in motion. Coolant Level* / temperature  The warning lamp lights up if the coolant temperature is too high or if the coolant level is too low. When the warning lamp goes off. It should go out when the engine has started running. Both warning lamps will flash at the same time when the hazard warning lights are switched on. Warning lamp  is lit The warning lamp  lights up while the glow plugs are preheating.

The warning lamp lights up when the vehicle is moving. • • • The warning lamp  does not light up when the ignition is switched on. Turn off the engine. Anti-lock brake system (ABS)  A warning lamp system monitors the ABS. Risk of scalding. stop the vehicle and switch off the engine. WARNING • • • If your vehicle is immobilised for any technical reasons. Check the radiator fan fuse and have it replaced if necessary ⇒ page 213. There is a fault in the ABS if: The engine compartment of any motor vehicle is a dangerous area! Before carrying out any work in the engine compartment. It goes out again after the system has run through an automatic test sequence. If the warning lamp lights up again after driving on for a short distance. The warning lamp  should light up for a few seconds when the ignition is switched on. Also. Further information ⇒ page 93. move it to a safe distance from traffic. switch off the engine and wait for it to cool down. This lights when only 7 litres of fuel remain in the tank. The warning lamp does not go out again after a few seconds. top up with coolant at the earliest opportunity ⇒ . Check the coolant level. Wait until you can no longer see or hear escaping steam or coolant. Never open the bonnet if you can see or hear steam or coolant escaping from the engine compartment. This serves as a reminder to fill up with fuel at the earliest opportunity ⇒ page 177. switch off the engine and allow it to cool down. If the needle is in the normal range. If the coolant level is correct. an audible warning is given. The coolant temperature is too high if the needle is over the warning area on the dial.64 Cockpit Coolant temperature too high First look at the coolant temperature gauge. turn on the hazard lights and place the warning triangle. Stop the vehicle. Contact an Authorised Service Centre or a qualified workshop. . Coolant level too low First look at the coolant temperature gauge. Always note the corresponding warnings ⇒ page 180. Fuel level / reserve  This symbol lights up to indicate that the fuel tank is down to the reserve level. Main beam headlights  This warning lamp lights up when the main beams are on. The warning lamp  lights up when the main beams are on or when the headlight flasher is operated. the overheating may be caused by a malfunction of the radiator fan.

Emission control system*  This warning lamp monitors the exhaust system. Obtain technical assistance. Risk of skidding. • • If the brake fluid level is too low ⇒ page 192 If there is a fault in the brake system This warning lamp can light up together with the anti-lock brake system warning lamp. If the fluid level has dropped below the “MIN” mark you must not drive on. Please take the vehicle to a qualified workshop as soon as possible. “Brake fluid” in the reservoir is too low. “Working in the engine compartment”. Warning lamp  is lit: If a fault has developed during driving which has reduced the quality of the exhaust gas (e. Warning lamp  flashes: When there is misfiring that can damage the catalytic converter. this indicates not only a fault in the ABS function. Reduce speed and drive carefully to the nearest qualified workshop to have the engine checked. This could cause the rear to break away. If the brake warning lamp  should light up together with the ABS warning lamp . the ESP* warning lamp will also light up. If a fault occurs in the ABS. “Brake fluid”. Risk of skidding. • If the brake warning lamp  lights up together with the ABS warning lamp . the control function of the ABS could be out of action. Risk of accident. read and observe the warnings on ⇒ page 180. For further information on the ABS see the ⇒ page 148. WARNING • WARNING If the brake warning lamp does not go out. Brake system fault If the ABS warning lamp  lights up together with the brake warning lamp . Stop the vehicle and do not drive on. Stop the vehicle and seek technical assistance. • • Before opening the bonnet. This warning lamp  lights up if • Safety First If the handbrake is on Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . but also a possible fault in the brake system ⇒ . if the brake fluid level falls too low or if there is a fault in the brake system. This could cause the rear to break away. • If the brake fluid level is correct. Stop the vehicle and seek technical assistance. the brake fluid level ⇒ page 192. stop the vehicle immediately and check the brake fluid level in the reservoir ⇒ page 192. the fault in the brake system may have been caused by a failure of the ABS system. Obtain technical assistance.Cockpit 65 The vehicle can still be braked in the normal way (except that the ABS control function will not function). or if it lights up when driving. This could cause the rear wheels to lock quickly when you brake. Brake system* / handbrake  The warning lamp lights up if the handbrake is applied. This could cause the rear wheels to lock quickly when you brake. Reduce speed and drive carefully to the nearest qualified workshop to have the engine checked. lambda probe fault).g. Risk of accident.

If the ESP warning lamp  lights up and stays on after the engine is started. It will light up continuously if the ESP is switched off. Caution Vehicles equipped with a diesel engine particulate filter must not be refueled using biodiesel (RME). the indicator turns off. EDL and TCS. This programme includes the ABS. It will also come on if a fault should occur in the ABS because the TCS operates in conjunction with the ABS. It will light up continuously if there is a malfunction in the ESP. When the TCS is operating while driving. .66 Cockpit Traction control system (TCS)* The traction control system prevents the driven wheels from spinning when the vehicle is accelerating The warning lamp lights up when the ignition is switched on and should turn out after about 2 seconds. In this case the ESP can be reactivated by switching the ignition off and then on again. When cleaning is successful. it should not enter into contact with flammable materials underneath the vehicle. bring the vehicle to a specialised workshop to repair the fault. Failure to comply could result in fire. Electronic stabilisation programme (ESP)*  This warning lamp monitors the electronic stabilisation programme. To do this. the terrain and traffic. given that the fuel system may be damaged. the pollen build up in the filter is burned. the warning lamp flashes. It will also come on if a fault should occur in the ABS because the ESP operates in conjunction with the ABS. drive about 15 minutes in 4th or 5th gear (automatic gearbox: S gear range) at a speed of 60 km/h. with the engine running at approximately 2000 rpm. The diesel engine particulate filter may reach extremely high temperatures. If the warning lamp goes out. • • • • • It will light for about 2 seconds when the ignition is switched on while a test of the function is carried out. Driving recommendations should never lead to illegal maneouvers in surrounding traffic. It flashes when the ESP is activated when driving. If the indicator  is not deactivated. the warning lamp will remain lit. For further information see ⇒ page 147. this may mean that the control system has temporarily switched off the ESP. If the system is deactivated or if there is any fault in the same. Soot accumulation in the diesel engine particulate filter *  If the indicator lights  you may help the filter clear itself by driving in the appropriate manner. this means the system is fully functional. “Brakes”. In this way. The warning lamp  has the following functions: WARNING • • Always drive according to the road weather conditions.

The warning lamp  flashes when the turn signals are operated. switch off the engine and check the oil level.Cockpit 67 Electronic immobiliser  Inside the key there is a chip that deactivates the electronic immobiliser automatically when the key is inserted into the ignition. do not drive on. For further information on the EDL ⇒ page 150. provided a trailer is correctly attached and connected to the vehicle. Obtain technical assistance. “Electronic differential lock (EDL)*” Engine oil pressure  This warning lamp indicates that the engine oil pressure is too low. The engine must not even run at idle speed. If the symbol flashes although the oil level is correct. Note The vehicle cannot be operated properly if you do not have a genuine SEAT key. The immobiliser will be activated again automatically as soon as you pull the key out of the ignition lock. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . and is accompanied by three audible warnings. Please take the vehicle to a qualified workshop as soon as possible. The warning lamp will not flash if one of the turn signals on the trailer fails. Differential lock fault (EDL)* EDL operates along with the ABS in vehicles equipped with an Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP)* A malfunction in the EDL is indicated by the ABS warning lamp . If the oil level is too low. be started if the appropriate coded SEAT genuine key is used. however. add more engine oil ⇒ page 183. If this warning symbol starts to flash. The engine can. Trailer turn signals  This warning lamp also flashes when the turn signals are operated while towing a caravan or trailer.

41 Controls on the steering wheel Fig. 42 Controls on the steering wheel Short press Button Radio A A B A C A Long press CD Audio Volume up CD mp3 CDC Radio CD Audio CD mp3 CDC Continue volume up Continue volume down Search upwards for station Fast forward Volume down Search upwards for station Following track .68 Steering wheel controls* Steering wheel controls* Audio control from controls on the steering wheel Fig.

Steering wheel controls* 69 Short press Button Radio Search downwards for station CD Audio CD mp3 CDC Radio Search downwards for station Long press CD Audio CD mp3 CDC D A Previous track Change source cycle Silence Rewind No specified function No specified function E A F A G A Next preset Previous preset No function No function Change folder Previous folder Change CD Previous CD No specified function No specified function H A Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .

When opened. never leave children unaccompanied inside. When the doors are locked. the passenger door and the rear doors may be locked from the outside without using a key. using the buttons on the key ⇒ page 78. the radio frequency remote control. For vehicles without central locking. When locking a vehicle. (electronic control) in the passenger compartment ⇒ page 73. if the key is maintained in the opening position all of the electric side windows will open. Central locking can be activated using any of the following options: • • • the key. for example while stopped at a red light. From inside all the doors may be locked by pushing the security buttons down (in vehicles without central locking). as it will be difficult to provide assistance if required. if the key is maintained in the locking position on the driver side. the central locking button. any intrusion is impeded. Various functions are available to improve the vehicle security: Locking system “Safe” Selective unlocking system* WARNING • Exercise extreme caution when closing the windows and the sunroof from the outside of the vehicle. . the driver's door may be locked or unlocked using the key. by inserting it into the driver's door cylinder and rotating manually. the latch will rise up (for vehicles without central locking) For vehicles equipped with electric windows and central locking. any side windows left open.70 Unlocking and locking Unlocking and locking Doors Locking and unlocking the vehicle From the outside of the vehicle. The latch on the driver’s door may not be pushed down while the door is open (only in vehicles without central locking). This avoids accidentally leaving the keys in the ignition. When locking the latch will descend (for vehicles without central locking) In some vehicle models equipped with electric windows and central locking. as well as the electric sunroof. Just press the button down and close the door. WARNING (continued) • • • Closing from the outside without taking care or observing all the vehicle may cause bruising for other people especially children. Central locking* Description The central locking system enables you to lock and unlock all the doors and the tailgate from one point. will close.

To activate the system using the remote control. The central locking button does not work. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . whether they are fitted with an alarm or not. Safe deactivated without alarm: The indicator remains off. meaning that they may be opened from the interior but not from the exterior. This double locking can be executed using the key or the remote control. and until the vehicle is unlocked. Remember: Safe activated with or without alarm: Indicator flashes continuously. This is done by locking two times in quick succession (in under 2 seconds). Deactivation when opening To deactivate the system on opening. we are not sure that it is locked and we press the button once more within 2 seconds. only the driver's door is fitted with a lock cylinder. When this system is activated. “Safe” status On the driver's door. however. press the lock button on the remote  twice. we will have deactivated the “Safe” system). When the “Safe” system is deactivated. from the outside or the inside. there is a light indicator visible from the outside of the vehicle that indicates the “Safe” system status. Involuntary deactivation Note For anti-theft security. When the “Safe” system is deactivated. the alarm volumetric sensor is also deactivated. Activation The “safe” system is activated when the vehicle is locked using the key or the remote control. Safe deactivated with alarm: The indicator remains off. Using the key. press the lock button on the remote  once. and it locks as a result. it is not possible to open the doors normally. Safety system “Safe” This is an anti-theft device consisting of a double lock for the door locks and a deactivation function for the boot in order to make forced entry more difficult. We can see that the “Safe” system is activated. The boot/tailgate may not be opened. The indicator will flash on all vehicles. The methods described for deactivation of the “Safe” system may be executed involuntarily (for example. if we press the button  because we want to lock the vehicle. the doors are locked using the simple locking system.Unlocking and locking 71 - Auto-locking to prevent involuntary unlocking Automatic speed dependent locking and unlocking system* Emergency unlocking system To activate the system using the remote control. by the flashing of the light indicator. rotate the key once in the door lock cylinder in the locking direction. Voluntary deactivation The “Safe” system can be deactivated voluntarily by the user. rotate the lock cylinder twice in the locking direction. To activate this system with the key. see “Selective unlocking system*”.

when stopped at a traffic light). Unlocking all doors and the boot So that all the doors and the boot can be opened. if it is unlocked and neither the boot or any of the doors are opened within 30 seconds. only the driver's door is unlocked for opening. The driver's door will be released from the “Safe” system and unlocked and may be opened. This function prevents the vehicle from remaining unlocked if the unlocking button is pressed by mistake. It is not possible to open the doors from the inside or the outside and this would make any outside intervention difficult in case of emergency. this system is deactivated. Automatic speed dependent locking and unlocking system* This is a safety system to prevent access to the vehicle from the exterior when the vehicle is in transit (for example. For vehicles fitted with an alarm. rotate the key once in the lock cylinder in the unlock direction. The indicator will be turned off as will be the alarm for those vehicles fitted with one. or all the vehicle. the alarm is turned off as is the light indicator. The “Safe” system is deactivated for all the vehicle. See ⇒ page 78 and ⇒ page 83. People could become trapped inside in an emergency. Using the remote control. Driver's door unlock button This is done by a simple unlocking (once). Locking system for involuntary unlocking This is an anti-theft system and will avoid situations where the vehicle is opened unintentionally The vehicle will be re-locked automatically. Locking The doors and the boot are automatically locked when vehicle speed exceeds 15 km/h. all doors will be unlocked and the boot will be activated. The button must be pressed twice in under 2 seconds and this will deactivate the “Safe” system for all the vehicle. If the vehicle is stopped and one of the doors is opened. Selective unlocking system* This system allows for unlocking only the driver's door. With the key. press the unlock button on the remote  once. the indicator light will also be switched off. when the vehicle moves off again and exceeds a speed of 15 km/h the unlocked door(s) will be locked once more. This can be done with the key or the remote control. the unlock button  on the remote must be pressed twice. Unlocking The driver's door automatically unlocks when the key is removed from the ignition.72 Unlocking and locking Unlocking the boot WARNING No one should remain in the vehicle if the “Safe” deadlock mechanism has been activated. . Danger of death.

Except. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . • It will not be possible to open the doors or the tailgate from the outside (this may offer extra safety. Fig. for instance when stopped at traffic lights). Central locking button The vehicle can be locked and unlocked from the inside using the central locking button. if the "safe" security system is activated. Please note the following when you use the central locking button to lock your vehicle: . simply operate the lever on the inside of the door twice.Unlocking and locking 73 Each door may be unlocked and opened from the interior (for example when a passenger gets out). For this. after turning the ignition off and back on again. It is possible to lock the vehicle from inside using the central locking. WARNING The door handles should never be operated when the vehicle is running: the door will open. The central locking button is still operative when the ignition is switched off. except for the boot. Emergency unlocking system The entire vehicle is unlocked if the airbags are triggered during an accident. 43 Central locking button Locking the vehicle – Press the button  ⇒ Unlocking the doors – Press the button  .

All doors may be locked separately from inside the car. Fig. button  Fig. Do this by pulling the door release lever twice. 44 Child safety lock on the left hand side door When the vehicle is locked from the outside (using the remote or the key). This system prevents minors from opening a door accidentally while the vehicle is moving. 45 Child safety lock on the right hand side door . This prevents you from locking yourself out of the vehicle. While the ignition is not activated after unlocking the door lock cylinder with the key. for example. Repeated operation of the central locking will deactivate the central locking button for 30 seconds. • • Note Vehicle locked. Childproof locks The childproof lock prevents the rear doors being opened from the inside. then the keys will remain inside the vehicle. button  Vehicle unlocked. the button may be used once more. The central locking button is not operative in the following cases. If this door is closed. Once this time has passed.74 Unlocking and locking • • • The driver's door cannot be locked if it is open. the passenger door open. There is a danger that the key may remain inside the vehicle. children and disabled people may be trapped inside. • WARNING • • • • If the vehicle is locked. if the vehicle is locked using the central locking button when the driver's door is closed and.

Unlocking and locking 75 This function is independent of the electronic opening and locking systems of the vehicle. fig. 44. 45. as described above. fig. It only affects the rear doors. Deactivating the childproof lock – Unlock the car and open the door for which you wish to deactivate the childproof lock. fig. – With the door open. ⇒ page 74. 45. and clockwise for the left-hand side doors ⇒ page 74. It is only possible to activate it and deactivate it manually. the door can be opened from the outside only. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . rotate the groove in the door using the ignition key. anti-clockwise for the left hand side doors. ⇒ page 74. fig. as described below: Activating the childproof lock – Unlock the car and open the door you wish to childproof. – With the door open. 44. The childproof lock can be activated and deactivated using the key in the groove when the door is open. and clockwise for the right hand side doors ⇒ page 74. rotate the groove in the door using the ignition key. anti-clockwise for the right-hand side doors. When the childproof lock is activated.

Fig. 46 A. Folding key* To unfoldkey bit. Plastic key tab Spare keys cannot be issued without the key number on the key tab ⇒ fig. 47 Folding key The key set belonging to your vehicle consists of the following items: • • • Fig. B one key without remote control A. please give the plastic key tab to the new owner. press the button and push with the hand. until it is correctly folded ⇒ fig. If you sell the vehicle. 47. Therefore: • • Always keep the key tab in a safe place. 46 Set of keys A a key with a remote control ⇒ fig. 46 B A. 47. To fold the key bit. a key without a remote control and a key tab with the number of the key. press button. . C one key tab A with the key number.76 Unlocking and locking Keys Key set The set of keys includes a remote control. This unfolds thanks to a spring device ⇒ fig. Never leave the key tab in the vehicle.

Never leave children or disabled persons in the vehicle. electric windows). Always take the key with you when you leave the vehicle. and you would not be able to steer the vehicle. The doors can be locked using the remote control key. This could result in people being trapped in the vehicle in an emergency. damage or theft. take your key tab to an Authorised Service Centre. Unsupervised use of a key could mean that the engine is started or that electrical equipment is used (e. Risk of accident.g. Caution There are electronic components in the key and remote control.Unlocking and locking 77 Duplicate keys If you need a replacement key. Risk of accident. Never remove the key from the ignition if the vehicle is in motion. in case of emergency they may not be able to leave the vehicle or look after themselves. WARNING • • • Incorrect use of the keys can result in critical injuries. The steering lock could engage suddenly. Unauthorised use of your vehicle could result in injury. Protect the keys from moisture and excessive vibration. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . • • Never leave any of the vehicle keys in the vehicle.

place the key within the range. pointing towards the vehicle and 1 briefly press the open button  ⇒ fig. The range (red zones) ⇒ fig. 49 Range of the remote control The following functions can be performed using the remote control and without using the key itself Fig. The receiver is in the interior of the vehicle. When the batteries are running down the range is also reduced. Turning the anti theft alarm* and the locking security system (double lock) on and off. Fig. 48 A. 48 Assignment of buttons on the remote control key • • • Opening and closing central locking system. The indicator light for the key always flashes when the remote control is used.78 Unlocking and locking Radio frequency remote control Locking and unlocking the vehicle The remote control key can be used to lock and unlock the vehicle from a distance. 49 of the remote control is shown in the diagram. To . The radiofrequency remote control device with batteries is fitted in the head of the vehicle key. Opening and closing the vehicle To open. Turning interior light on. The maximum range depends on a number of circumstances. The indicators flash twice.

49 (red area). 1 Press the button  ⇒ page 78. electric windows). 48 A twice to unlock all doors. The indicators flash once. the remote control key will have to be re-synchronised ⇒ page 79. 48 A both the locking security mechanism (double lock) and the volumetric alarm* are deactivated but the perimetric alarm* remains active and this is indicated by the indicator light on the driver’s door. fig. • 1 If the vehicle is unlocked using the  A button. fig. 48 A is pressed once. Always take the key with you when you leave the vehicle. the battery must be replaced. • Note Synchronising the remote control key Synchronising the remote control key – Use both keys that have been delivered with the vehicle.Unlocking and locking 79 2 lockthe vehicle. For the sake of the environment The flat batteries must be disposed of in accordance with regulations governing the protection of the environment. For this reason. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . • If the vehicle cannot be opened and closed using the remote control. Risk of accident. fig. This could result in serious injuries. accidents or the theft of your vehicle. 48 A. The radio-frequency remote control can also be programmed so that only the driver's door is unlocked the first time that the unlocking button on the radio frequency remote control key is pressed. fig. the key with the remote and the normal key ⇒ page 78. When the button is pressed once more. This function prevents the vehicle from remaining unlocked if the unlocking button is pressed by mistake. the vehicle will be locked again automatically if any of the doors or the tailgate are not opened within 30 seconds of unlocking the vehicle. all doors and the tailgate will be unlocked. the driver's door is unlocked. Changing the battery If the battery indicator does not flash when the buttons are pushed. fig. This could result in people being trapped in the vehicle in an emergency. 49. • The remote control functions only when you are in range ⇒ page 78. Never leave children or disabled persons in the vehicle.g. Never leave any of the vehicle keys in the vehicle. all others remain locked. Unsupervised use of a key could mean that the engine is started or that electrical equipment is used (e. press the lock button briefly  ⇒ fig. The vehicle can be locked using the remote control key. in case of emergency they may not be able to leave the vehicle or look after themselves. fig. 48 ⇒ page 78. Selective unlocking* 1 When the button  ⇒ page 78. WARNING • • • • Incorrect use of the key can result in critical injuries. Caution Use of inappropriate batteries may damage the radio frequency remote control. always replace the dead battery with another of the same size and power. 2 By pressing the lock button twice  ⇒ page 78.

– Place the key without remote control in the contact inside the steering and ignition lock. – Open and close the driver's door lock mechanically. 1 A on the remote control Anti-theft alarm system* Description of anti-theft alarm system* The anti-theft alarm triggers an alarm if unauthorised movements are detected around the vehicle. they will automatically be included in the vehicle protection zones and the indicators will flash accordingly. or if unauthorised access is gained to the vehicle. in the locked vehicle. – Check that the car is open before commencing programming. The anti-theft alarm makes it more difficult to break into the vehicle or steal it. using the remote control key. – The normal key is used to activate the ignition. when: – Complete the procedure by removing the key from the contact. – At the same time press the button  key. The system is activated immediately and the indicator light located on the driver’s door will flash along with the indicators indicating that the alarm and the locking security system (double lock) have been turned on. When the vehicle is locked the indicator lamps light up only if the alarm has been correctly activated (all the protection zones should be correctly closed). when the alarm is connected these will not be included in the protection zones of the vehicle. • • • • a door the bonnet or the tailgate are unduly opened or the ignition is switched on . It is possible that the vehicle could no longer be opened and closed with the remote control if the button  is repeatedly pressed outside of the effective range of the radio frequency remote control. For this. either turn the key once in the lock towards the locking posi2 tion or press button  A on the radio-frequency remote control*. If the door or bonnet is subsequently closed. The anti-theft alarm system is automatically switched on when the vehicle is locked. If any of the doors or the bonnet are open. they must be matched to the locking system.80 Unlocking and locking – Maximum time allowed for synchronising is 30 seconds. Audible and visible alarms are triggered if the car is opened using the mechanical key. When does the system trigger an alarm? The alarm system is triggered. Spare remote control keys are available from Authorised Service Centres. – Use the key with remote control and mechanically lock the vehicle from the driver's door. The remote control key will have to be resynchronised. and the key with the remote control is the key to be programmed.

you have 15 sec to insert the key in the ignition lock and activate the ignition. otherwise the alarm may be triggered due to the effect caused by wind entering the vehicle. Their movements could otherwise trigger an alarm. • • • Note After 28 days the indicator light will switch off to prevent the battery running down where the vehicle has been left parked for a long period of time. – Press the button  on the remote control twice. The interior monitoring system will be switched on automatically with the anti-theft alarm. Activation – It is automatically turned on with the anti-theft alarm. rotate the key in the opening direction or press the button  on the remote control. The alarm system can be activated or deactivated using the remote control ⇒ page 78. 2 emitters and a receptor. and the ignition will be blocked.Unlocking and locking 81 The acoustic signals sound and the indicators flash for approx. If. All of the doors and the tailgate must be closed to activate the sensor of the interior monitoring system. The system consists of 3 sensors. after the alarm has stopped. Then lock the vehicle using the key and repeat the above process. 3) • • The indicator light flashes twice on opening and the alarm is deactivated. Otherwise. if for example animals are briefly left in the locked vehicle. If the vehicle is opened at any door other than the driver's door or the tailgate the alarm will go off for 30 seconds. attempts are made to open another protection zone. that detects unauthorized vehicle entry using ultrasound. The time period from when the door is opened until the key is inserted in the contact should not exceed 15 sec. The indicator light flashes once on closing and the alarm is activated. Only the volumetric sensor is deactivated. The interior monitor should be switched off. the alarm will go off for 30 sec. either mechanically3) or by pressing the button  on the remote control. when the vehicle is locked mechanically with the key and when the button  on the remote control is used. In vehicles equipped with an additional* alarm system. How is the alarm switched off? To deactivate the anti-theft alarm. The alarm system remains activated. In vehicles with keys without remote control it is necessary to wait 30 seconds until the alarm stops. The alarm system remains activated. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 30 seconds. the alarm will be triggered again. The interior monitor should also be deactivated if the windows are left slightly open. Volumetric sensor* Monitoring or control function incorporated in the anti-theft alarm*. if the vehicle is opened using the driver's door key. otherwise the alarm will be triggered. Deactivation – Open the vehicle with the key..

• If the vehicle is relocked and the alarm is activated without the volumetric sensor function. the volumetric sensor will remain deactivated. The flash is different to the flash indicating the alarm is activated. The other functions of the antitheft alarm* will remain activated. except the volumetric sensor. If the alarm is triggered three times by the volumetric sensor. after deactivating the volumetric sensor. unless it is deliberately switched off.82 Unlocking and locking • Note If. the alarm system is no longer triggered.) will continue. the vehicle is locked using the remote control or the key in the door lock in under 30 seconds. boot opening. the deactivation function of the volumetric sensor is cancelled. this will be indicated by a flashing of the indicator on the driver's door. Triggering caused by other sensors (doors. etc. After this time. relocking will activate the alarm with all its functions. • • • If the alarm has been triggered by the volumetric sensor. This function is reactivated when the alarm is next switched on. .

51 is in a vertical position. The A keyhole should now be in a vertical position ⇒ fig. 51. A When the keyhole A ⇒ fig. 51 in the direction of the arrow.Unlocking and locking 83 Tailgate Opening and locking The operation of the tailgate opening system is electric. 51 A. using a light movement. Also. C To open the tailgate the key must be turned all the way A ⇒ fig. 50 Boot lid: opening from the outside Closing the tailgate – Grip the tailgate by the handle on the interior lining and close it. the tailgate will open and lock automatically using the central locking system. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . B When the keyhole is horizontal A ⇒ fig. the tailgate may be opened and locked using a key. In this position the key may not be removed from the lock. 50. Fig. if the tailgate is closed it remains locked and can only be opened again using the main key. 51 Closing the tailgate Opening the tailgate – Pull on the release lever and lift the tailgate ⇒ fig. It is activated by using the handle on the tailgate Fig.

WARNING • • • • Always close the tailgate properly. – Pull button  to close a window ⇒ . Risk of accident or injury. • Never close the tailgate without observing and ensuring it is clear. Windows Opening or closing the windows electrically* The front and rear electric windows can be operated using the controls in the driver's door. • Never drive with the tailgate open or half-closed. . You can use the electric windows for approx. exhaust gasses may penetrate into the interior of the vehicle. 10 minutes after switching off the ignition if neither the driver door nor the front passenger door has been opened and the key has not been removed from the ignition. Always close the windows fully if you park the vehicle or leave it unattended ⇒ . A locked vehicle can be subjected to extremely high and low temperatures. Close and lock both the tailgate and all the other doors when you are not using the vehicle. Make sure that no one is in the path of the tailgate. The vehicle may not be opened if the key is left inside. Fig. 52 Detail of driver door: controls for the front and rear windows Opening and closing the windows – Press the button  to open a window. This could cause serious injuries/illness.84 Unlocking and locking If the keyhole is in horizontal position. If not. Danger of poisoning! • If only the boot is opened then do not leave the key inside. Never allow children to play in or around the vehicle. to do otherwise could cause serious injury to you and others. this implies that the tailgate is locked and can only be opened using the main key. The glass could shatter. It could even have fatal consequences. depending on the time of year. Do not close the tailgate by pushing it down with your hand on the window. Risk of injury! Ensure the tailgate is locked after closing. it may open unexpectedly while driving.

to do otherwise could cause serious injury to you and others. electric windows). check why the window could not be closed before attempting to close it again. use the safety switch to disable the rear electric windows. One-touch closing – Pull up the button for the window briefly to the second position.Unlocking and locking 85 Buttons in the driver door 1 A Button for window in front left door 2 A Button for window in front right door WARNING (continued) • If necessary. The window opens fully. Never close the tailgate without observing and ensuring it is clear. One-touch opening and closing* The one-touch opening and closing function is only possible on the front doors and can only be activated from the driver's door. Safety switch pressed: buttons on rear doors are deactivated.g. • The electric windows will work until the key has been removed from the ignition and one of the front doors has been opened. Make sure that they have been disabled. WARNING • • • • Incorrect use of the electric windows can result in injury. particularly if they have access to the keys. This could result in people being trapped in the vehicle in an emergency. Buttons for rear windows* 3 A Safety switch for deactivating the electric window buttons in the rear doors 4 A Button for window in rear right door 5 A Button for window in rear left door Note If the window is not able to close because it is stiff or because of an obstruction. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . If this happens. Make sure that no one is in the path of a window. Risk of accident. the window will automatically open again ⇒ page 86. One-touch opening – Push down the button for the window briefly to the second position. Never leave children or disabled persons in the vehicle. The window closes fully. Always take the vehicle key with you when you leave the vehicle. Safety switch not pressed: buttons on rear doors are activated. Safety switch * 3 Safety switch A in the driver door can be used to disable the electric window buttons in the rear doors. Restoring one-touch opening and closing – Close all windows. The doors can be locked using the remote control key. Unsupervised use of a key could mean that the engine is started or that electrical equipment is used (e.

52 A and A have two levels for opening the window and two for closing it. After 10 seconds the normal automatic function resumes. . Please ensure that children are never left unsupervised in the vehicle. If you wait longer than 5 . Roll-back function The windows have a roll-back function. the window will open fully when you operate one of the buttons. This reduces the risk of injuries when the windows are closing. – Release the key to interrupt this function. This makes it easier to open or close windows to the desired position. If the window is still obstructed.10 seconds. fig. the window stops at this point and lowers immediately ⇒ . If this happens. even if the key is in the ignition. The one-touch function and roll-back function will not work if there is a malfunction in the electric windows. One-touch closing does not work when the ignition has been switched off. Never close the tailgate without observing and ensuring it is clear. • • • • If a window is obstructed when closing automatically. Contact an Authorised Service Centre. even if you only intend to be gone for a short time. Always take the key with you when leaving the vehicle. check immediately (within 10 seconds) why the window could not be closed before attempting to close it again. WARNING • • • • • Incorrect use of the electric windows can result in injury. The one-touch function is now ready for operation. the window stops at this point.86 Unlocking and locking – Use the key to lock the vehicle from outside and hold the key in the lock position for at least one second. or if the battery is flat. Note The roll-back function is deactivated if the windows are closed from the outside of the vehicle using the ignition key for convenience closing ⇒ page 86. The electric windows will work until the key has been removed from the ignition and one of the front doors has been opened. Contact an Authorised Service Centre. The windows cannot be opened even in an emergency. The automatic open and close function will not work if the battery has been temporarily disconnected. 1 2 The buttons ⇒ page 84. One-touch closing is reactivated. try to close it again within five seconds. Convenience opening and closing* Using the door lock – Hold the key in the door lock of the driver door in either the locking or the unlocking position until all windows are either opened or closed. The function then has to be reactivated. If there is no obvious reason why the window cannot be closed. Make sure that no one is in the path of a window. Never allow people to remain in the vehicle when you close the vehicle from the outside. to do otherwise could cause serious injury to you and others. The one-touch function and roll-back function will not work if there is a malfunction in the electric windows.

Closing – Pull the release lever in the opposite direction to the arrow and push it back until the lever engages. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 54 ⇒ . The lever inserts when the deflector is half open or fully open.Unlocking and locking 87 Vent wings* The rear vent wings can be opened and closed manually. Make sure that no one is in the path of a window. Fig. to do otherwise could cause serious injury to you and others. Sliding/tilting roof* Opening and closing the sliding/tilting roof The sliding/tilting sunroof is opened and closed using the rotary button when the ignition is switched on. 54 Roof lining description: rotary sun roof control WARNING • Incorrect use of the vent wings can result in injury! Closing the sliding/tilting sunroof A – Turn the rotary button to position A ⇒ fig. Fig. 53 Release lever for mechanical vent wing Opening – Pull the release lever ⇒ fig. 53 in the direction of the arrow and push it out at the same time until the lever engages. WARNING (continued) • Never close the tailgate without observing and ensuring it is clear.

it can be closed by hand when the sunroof is closed. Sunroof blind The sunroof blind is opened together with the sliding/tilting roof. Risk of accident! The doors can be locked using the . WARNING • • • • Incorrect use of the sliding/tilting sunroof can result in injury. Always take the vehicle key with you when you leave the vehicle.g. WARNING (continued) remote control key. This could result in people being trapped in the vehicle in an emergency. If required. Never leave children or disabled persons in the vehicle. The sliding/tilting sunroof can be operated for up to about ten minutes after the ignition has been switched off. provided the driver door and the front passenger door are not opened. – Release the key to interrupt this function. Tilting the sliding/tilting sunroof D – Turn the rotary button to position A. electric sliding/tilting sunroof). Make sure that no one is in the path of the sliding/tilting sunroof. Note The sliding/tilting sunroof rotary button remains in the last position selected if the roof is closed using convenience closing from outside the vehicle and will have to be re-positioned the next time you drive. The sunroof opens to the convenience position where wind noise is reduced. – Hold the key in the door lock of the driver's door in the locking position until the sliding/tilting sunroof is closed. turn the switch to position A and hold the switch in this position until the roof opens to the desired position. Never close the sliding/tilting sunroof without observing and ensuring it is clear. B – To open the roof further. to do otherwise could cause serious injury to you and others. particularly if they have access to the keys. Unsupervised use of a key could mean that the engine is started or that electrical equipment is used (e. Convenience closing* Using the door lock Always close the sliding/tilting roof fully if you park the vehicle or leave it unattended ⇒ .88 Unlocking and locking Opening/tilting the sliding/tilting sunroof C – Turn the rotary button to position A. • The sliding/tilting sunroof continues to function until one of the front doors is opened and the key removed from the ignition.

insert it in the opening as far as possible (pushing against the spring) and close the sliding roof.Unlocking and locking 89 Roll-back function of the sliding/tilting roof* The sliding/tilting roof has a roll-back function which prevents larger objects getting trapped when the roof is closed. Fig. Fit the lever back into position. it A can be closed only by pressing the rotary button at the front in position A ⇒ fig. The sliding/tilting sunroof stops and opens again immediately if it is obstructed when closing. the sunroof may be closed manually. 55 until the sliding/tilting roof has closed fully. 56 Emergency closing handle Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . If the sliding/tilting roof has been opened again by the roll-back function. 55 Roof lining description: rotary sun roof control • • • Remove the plastic cover by inserting a screwdriver in the rear section. Operation in the event of a breakdown In the event of a breakdown. The roll-back function does not prevent fingers getting pinched against the roof opening. Please note that the sunroof will now close without the roll-back function. Fig. Remove the lever from the cover fastening.

57 to position . Always use your dipped headlights if it is dark or if visibility is poor. Switching on the rear fog lights (vehicles with front fog lights) – Turn the switch from position  or  to the second stop ⇒ An indicator lamp on the switch itself lights up. • • Note The dipped beam headlights will only work with the ignition on. a buzzer sounds when the driver door is opened. fog light and rear fog light control WARNING Never drive with just the side lights on. An indicator lamp on the switch itself lights up. This is a reminder to switch off the lights. Switching on dipped headlights – Turn the light switch to position . Switching off the lights – Turn the light switch to position 0. Switching on the side lights – Turn the light switch ⇒ fig. . . The side lights are not bright enough to illuminate the road ahead and to ensure that other road users are able to see you.90 Lights and visibility Lights and visibility Lights Switching lights on and off  Switching on the fog lights* – Turn the switch from position  or  to the first stop. If the lights are left on after the key has been taken out of the ignition lock. Fig. Switching on the rear fog lights (vehicles with no front fog lights) – Turn the switch from position  or  to the end. Risk of accident. The symbol  in the light switch lights up. The side lights come on automatically when the ignition is turned off. 57 Detailed view of dash panel lights.

the brightness of the instruments and switch lighting can be regulated to suit your requirements by turning the 1 thumb wheel ⇒ fig. turn the thumb wheel down A from the basic setting 0. 58 A. the rear fog light on the car will automatically be switched off. their range regulates itself according to the vehicle load. 2 To lower the beam. In this way it is possible to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic more than necessary. At the same time. The use of the lighting described here is subject to the relevant statutory requirements. 2 Headlight range control A 2 Using the electrical headlight range control.Lights and visibility 91 • • • The rear fog light is so bright that it can dazzle drivers behind you. A you can adjust the headlight range to the load level that is being carried in the vehicle. If you are towing a trailer equipped with a rear fog light on a vehicle with a factory-fitted towing bracket. Those vehicles fitted with xenon gas discharge headlights are fitted with an automatic headlight range system. Fig. Rear window heating  Fig. the driver has the best possible lighting for the road ahead using the correct headlight settings. The headlights can only be adjusted when the dipped beam is switched on. You should use the rear fog light only when visibility is very poor. 59 Instrument panel: heated rear window switch Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Vehicles with gas discharge lamps do not have headlight range control. When you switch on the lights. 58 Instrument panel: regulation for instrument and switch illumination and headlight range control 1 Instrument and switch lighting A When the headlights are switched on. Dynamic headlight range control Instrument and switch lighting / Headlight range control Vehicles with gas discharge lamps (xenon lamps) are equipped with dynamic headlight range control.

When it is switched on. 6. engage 1st gear. 60 Instrument panel: switch for hazard warning lights If your vehicle breaks down: 1. Apply the handbrake. an automatic temporary disconnection of this function is possible. On a manual gearbox. Park your vehicle at a safe distance from moving traffic. . the heating device of the rear window switches off automatically. By saving electrical power you can also save fuel. 4. If the button is pushed again. For the sake of the environment The rear window heater should be disconnected as soon as the glass is demisted. Use the warning triangle to draw the attention of other road users to your vehicle. . Press the button to switch on the hazard warning lights ⇒ 3. Hazard warning lights  The hazard warning lights are used to draw the attention of other road users to your vehicle in emergencies. After 20 minutes. 2. Switch the engine off. after 20 minutes the rear window heater stays on continuously until the ignition is switched off. 5. Fig.92 Lights and visibility The rear window heating only works when the engine is running. and for an automatic move the selector lever to P. a lamp lights up on the switch. coming back on when normal operating conditions are reestablished. Note To avoid possible damage to the battery.

Always use the hazard warning lights and a warning triangle to draw the attention of other road users to your stationary vehicle.Lights and visibility 93 7. for instance when: Turn signal and main beam headlight lever The turn signal and main beam lever also operates the parking lights and the headlight flasher. The corresponding warning lamp will also flash. • • • • reaching the tail end of a traffic jam there is an emergency your vehicle breaks down due to a technical defect you are towing another vehicle or your vehicle is being towed. 1 – Move the lever all the way up ⇒ fig. even if the ignition is switched off. and 2 all the way down A to indicate left. You should switch on the hazard warning lights to warn other road users. That is that the two turn signal indicator lamps   and the indicator lamp in the switch  will flash at the same time. 61 A to indicate right. for example dry grass or spilt petrol. Always take the vehicle key with you when you leave the vehicle. The hazard warning lights also work when the ignition is switched off. This could start a fire! The turn signal and main beam headlight lever has the following functions: Switching on the turn signals • • Note The battery will run down if the hazard warning lights are left on for a long time. Signalling a lane change 1 2 – Push the lever up A or down A to the point where you incur resistance and then release the lever. 61 Turn signal and main beam headlight lever Never park where the catalytic converter could come into contact with inflammable materials under the vehicle. All turn signals flash simultaneously when the hazard warning lights are switched on. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . The use of the hazard warning lights described here is subject to the relevant statutory requirements. • • Fig. WARNING The risk of an accident increases if your vehicle breaks down. The turn signal will flash several times.

a buzzer gives an audible warning while the driver door is open. The warning lamp  then comes on in the combiinstrument. • • • The main beam headlights can only be switched on if the dipped beam headlights are already on. The parking lights will only work if the key is removed from the ignition.94 Lights and visibility Switching main beam on and off – Turn the light switch to position . unless of course you wish to leave the parking light on. If the trailer turn • Note . • WARNING The main beam can dazzle other drivers. Risk of accident! Never use the main beam headlights or the headlight flasher if they could dazzle other drivers. If a turn signal bulb is defective. 4 – Press the lever forward ⇒ page 93. the warning lamp flashes at double speed. an acoustic signal sounds when the driver door is opened. This is a reminder to switch off the turn signal. the headlight and the rear light on the corresponding side of the vehicle light up. 61 A to switch on the main beams. Switching on parking lights – Switch off the ignition and remove the key from the lock. If the lights are switched on. If the turn signal lever is left on after the key has been taken out of the ignition lock. The warning lamp  then comes on in the combi-instrument. – Move the lever up or down to turn on the right or left-hand parking lights respectively. The warning lamp  flashes when the turn signals are operated. The headlight flasher comes on for as long as you pull the lever – even if no other lights are switched on. The corresponding warning lamp  or  flashes in the combi-instrument. Headlight flasher 3 – Pull the lever towards the steering wheel A to operate the flasher. signal bulbs are damaged. provided a trailer is correctly attached and connected to the vehicle. When the parking lights are switched on. warning lamp  does not light up. The turn signals only work when the ignition is switched on. fig. – Pull the lever back towards you to switch the main beam headlights off again. You should have the bulb replaced.

62. Fig. 10 minutes. 63 to switch on the reading light. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . This prevents the battery discharging. providing the key has been removed and the courtesy light position selected. Front reading light* Fig. the interior lights will be switched off after approx. Interior light switched off O Move the knob to the position O ⇒ fig. 62 is used to select the following positions: Courtesy light position  Sliding switch in central position The interior lights are automatically switched on when the vehicle is unlocked or the key removed from the ignition lock and turn off about 20 seconds after the closure of the doors.Lights and visibility 95 Interior lights Front interior light Note If not all the vehicle doors are closed. 63 Front reading light Switching on the reading light  B Press the corresponding button A ⇒ fig. 62 Interior roof trim: front interior lights A The switch A ⇒ fig. The interior lights are switched off when the vehicle is locked or when the ignition is switched on. Interior light switched on  Move the knob to the position . Switching off the reading lights  Press the corresponding button to switch off the reading light.

96 Lights and visibility Glove box light* The light in the glove box on the front passenger side will only light up if the lights are switched on and the glove box is open. 65 Sun visor on the driver side Fig. its cover and a card holder. 65. The light is activated when the tailgate is open. For this reason ensure that the tailgate is always closed. 64 Luggage compartment light The sun visors for the driver and the front passenger can be pulled out of their mountings in the centre of the vehicle and turned towards the doors ⇒ fig. . Visibility Sun visors Boot light* Fig. even when the ignition and lights are turned off. The sun shades are fitted with a courtesy mirror.

The washer fluid could otherwise freeze on the windscreen and obscure your view of the road. Intermittent wipe 1 – Move the lever up to position A. A – Move the control A to the left or right to set the length of the intervals. – Release the lever. Brief wipe 4 – Move the lever down to position A to give the windscreen a brief wipe. WARNING • • Worn and dirty wiper blades obstruct visibility and reduce safety levels. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . The windscreen will be wiped again after approximately five seconds once the wipe/wash system has been operated. Continuous wipe 3 – Move the lever up to position A. Slow wipe 2 – Move the lever up to position A. The wipers-washers will keep running for approximately four seconds.Lights and visibility 97 Windscreen washers Front windscreen wipers  The windscreen wiper lever controls the windscreen wipers and the automatic wash and wipe. Four wiper interval stages can be set using switch A A. you should not use the wash / wipe system unless you have warmed the windscreen with the heating and ventilation system. Wash and wipe automatic system  Fig. In cold conditions. Control to the left: long intervals. control to the right: short intervals. The windscreen wiper lever ⇒ fig.Position A. the windscreen washer is activated. 66 Windscreen wiper and windscreen wash lever 5 – Pull the lever towards the steering wheel . 66 has the following positions: Switching off the wipers 0 – Move the lever to position A.

• • Note The windscreen wipers will only work when the ignition is switched on. • Always note the corresponding warnings on ⇒ page 190. . depending upon the outside temperature.98 Lights and visibility WARNING (continued) Rain sensor* The rain sensor controls the frequency of the windscreen wiper intervals. The heat output of the heated jets* is controlled automatically when the ignition is switched on. 67 Windscreen wiper lever Switching on the rain sensor 1 – Move the windscreen wiper lever into position A ⇒ fig. You will have to switch the rain sensor back on if you switch off the ignition. Control to the left: less sensitive. A – Move the control A to the left or right to set the sensitivity of the rain sensor. This is done by switching the wiper intermittent function off and back on. you could damage both the wiper blades and the wiper motor. depending on the amount of rain. Control to the right: highly sensitive. Fig. Caution In icy conditions. 67. The rain sensor is part of the interval wipe function. always check that the wiper blades are not frozen to the glass before using the wipers for the first time. If you switch on the wipers when the wiper blades are frozen to the windscreen.

6 – Pull the lever back from position A towards the steering wheel. the lamps are wiped. Caution In icy conditions. 68. always check that the wiper blade is not frozen to the glass before using the wiper for the first time. This may cause sensor disruption or faults. 7 – Press the lever fully forwards to position A ⇒ fig. 68 Windscreen wiper and windscreen wash lever: rear window wiper A worn or dirty wiper blade will obstruct visibility and reduce safety. The washer system stops and the wipers continue until the end of the cycle. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . when you engage reverse gear and with the headlight wiper activated. • • Note The rear window wiper will only work when the ignition is switched on. If you switch on the wiper when the wiper blade is frozen to the glass. Switching on the interval wipe 6 – Press the lever forwards to position A ⇒ fig. The wiper will wipe the window approximately every 6 seconds. The wiper will continue to function for a short period if you switch off whilst the wipers are in motion. Switching on the windscreen wiper and washer system Rear window wiper  The windscreen wiper lever operates the windscreen wiper and the wash and wipe system for the rear window. – Release the lever. this could damage both the wiper blade and the wiper motor. The windscreen wash system will function as long as you hold the lever in this position. Always note the corresponding warnings on ⇒ page 190. 68.Lights and visibility 99 Switching off the interval wipe function • Note Do not put stickers on the windscreen in front of the sensor. The rear wiper and washer operate at the same time. WARNING • • Fig. Depending on the version of the model. – Move the lever towards the steering wheel to switch off.

for instance when filling the fuel tank. Note The customer should ensure that the electronic pricing device is fitted in the correct area for operation. This surface has been designed for the operation of electronic components of fitted devices (for example electronic pricing system).100 Lights and visibility Headlight washer system The headlight washers clean the headlight lenses. the windscreen wipers will be activated from time to time. 69. Note • • To ensure that the headlight washers work properly in winter. 69 Location of the electronic pricing device To remove water. Clean off stubborn dirt (insects. Fig. Windscreen Athermic windscreen* The headlight washers are activated automatically when the windscreen washer is used and the windscreen wiper lever is pulled towards the steering wheel for at least 1. etc. the headlight wipers will be activated every three cycles.5 seconds – provided the dipped headlights or main beams are switched on. keep the nozzle holders in the bumper free of snow and remove any ice with a de-icer spray.) from the headlights at regular intervals. . Vehicles with an athermic windscreen have an area without athermal treatment above the rear-view mirror ⇒ fig.

Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . adjust the rear-view mirrors for correct visibility. Warning lamp is lit.Lights and visibility 101 Rearview mirrors Adjusting the head restraints Before beginning any journey. The green indicator lamp lights up in the mirror housing. 70 Automatic antidazzle interior mirror. Interior mirror It is dangerous to drive if you cannot see clearly through the rear window. the lever at the bottom edge of the mirror should be at the front. Switching off anti-dazzle function A B – Press button A ⇒ fig. Automatic anti-dazzle interior mirror* The automatic anti-dazzle function can be switched on and off as desired. Anti-dazzle function The anti-dazzle function is activated every time the ignition is switched on. Fig. When the anti-dazzle function is activated the interior mirror will darken automatically according to the amount of light it receives (for example from the headlights of a vehicle behind). Warning lamp A goes out: Switching on anti-dazzle function A – Press button A ⇒ fig. 70. Manual anti-dazzle function for interior mirror In the basic mirror position. Pull the lever to the back to select the anti-dazzle function. The anti-dazzle function is cancelled if reverse gear is engaged. 70.

Basic setting of exterior mirrors 1. 3. fold in the mirrors to avoid damage. Folding in the wing mirrors The wing mirrors of the vehicle may be folded in. 71 to position L (left exterior mirror). . Turn knob ⇒ fig. Swivel the rotary knob to position the mirror so that you have a good view to the rear of the car ⇒ . The automatic anti-dazzle function will only work properly if the sun blind* for the rear window is retracted and there are no other objects preventing light from reaching the interior mirror. 71 Exterior mirror control Note Before washing the vehicle with an automatic car wash. If you have to stick any type of sticker on the windscreen. Heating the exterior mirrors* – Turn the control to the demisting position  ⇒ fig. do not do so in front of the sensors. press the mirror housing towards the vehicle. Turn the rotary knob to position the mirror so that you have a good view to the rear of the vehicle. Doing so could prevent the anti-dazzle function from working well or even from working at all. 4. 2.102 Lights and visibility • • Note Electric wing mirrors* The exterior mirrors can be adjusted using the rotary knob in the centre console. Fig. For this. 71. Turn knob to position R (right exterior mirror).

You should always fold in the exterior mirrors if you are driving through an automatic car wash. 2. If you use these mirrors to estimate the distance to vehicles behind you when changing lane. In vehicles with electric wing mirrors. Turn the rotary knob to position the mirror so that you have a good view to the rear of the vehicle. For the sake of the environment The exterior mirror heating should be switched off when it is no longer needed. due to an external force (e. 71 to position  to fold in the exterior mirrors. WARNING • The rear view convex or aspheric mirror increase the field of vision however the objects appear smaller and further away in the mirrors.Lights and visibility 103 – Place the control in position L or R once the mirrors have demisted to prevent unnecessary use of the battery. This will help prevent damage. as described before. the adjustment of the mirror housing is altered. Do not readjust the mirror housing by hand. • • Note If the electrical adjustment ever fails to operate. If possible. Turn the control to the position L (left exterior mirror). The right exterior mirror will be adjusted at the same time (synchronised). Risk of accident. as this will interfere with the mirror adjuster function. Fuel is wasted otherwise. use the interior mirror to estimate distances to vehicles behind you. • The rear view mirrors can be adjusted separately or simultaneously. you could make a mistake. Risk of injury! Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .g. the mirror will have to be completely folded electrically. fig. a knock while manoeuvring). Folding exterior mirrors back out to the extended position* – Turn the knob to position L or R to fold the exterior mirrors back out ⇒ . the following points should be observed: if. the mirrors can be adjusted by hand by lightly pressing the edge of the mirror glass. • • Make sure that you do not get your finger trapped between the mirror and the mirror base when folding back the mirrors. Folding in exterior mirrors* – Turn the control ⇒ page 102. Synchronised wing mirror adjustment* 1.

Risk of fatal injury. • WARNING If the driver and passengers assume improper sitting positions. The correct seat position is very important for: WARNING (continued) • Always keep your feet in the foot well when the vehicle is moving. In addition. If the airbag is triggered. • • • • • fast and easy operation of all controls on the instrument panel. This also applies to passengers. relaxed posture that does not cause drowsiness. The driver seat and front passenger seat can be adjusted in many ways to suit the physical requirements of the vehicle occupants. you will assume an incorrect sitting position. . When installing a child seat. and to ensure that the seat belts and airbag system provide maximum protection ⇒ page 16. out of the window or on the seat. observe the warning note in the ⇒ page 42. never rest them on the dash panel. The front seats and all head restraints must always be adjusted to body size and the seat belt must always be properly adjusted to provide you and your passengers with optimum protection. The distance between the driver and the steering wheel or between the front passenger and the dash panel should always be as great as possible. Otherwise your seat could move unexpectedly while the vehicle is moving. Children must be protected with an appropriate child restraint system ⇒ page 42. “Child safety”. Each seat is equipped with a three-point seat belt.104 Seats and stowage Seats and stowage The importance of correct seat adjustment Proper seat adjustment optimises the level of protection offered by seat belts and airbags. while adjusting your seat. This could increase the risk of an accident and therefore injury. “Child safety”. they may sustain critical injuries. • • • • • Never transport more people than there are seats available in the vehicle. Risk of fatal accidents. Adjust the driver or front passenger seat only when the vehicle is stationary. two individual front seats and three places on the rear seat. safe driving ⇒ page 7. It is important for the driver and front passenger to maintain a distance of at least 25 cm from the steering wheel or dash panel. Special guidelines apply to installing a child seat on the front passenger seat. An incorrect sitting position exposes you to an increased risk of injury in the event of a braking manoeuvre or an accident. you could sustain severe injuries due to an incorrect sitting position. Your vehicle has five passenger places. Every occupant in the vehicle must properly fasten and wear the seat belt belonging to his or her seat. Failure to respect the minimum distance means that the airbag will not protect you.

72 Front view: head restraints and seat belts correctly adjusted Adjusting the head restraints ⇒ page 106. 73 Side view: head restraints and seat belts correctly adjusted – Adjust the head restraint so that its upper edge is at the same level as the top of your head.Seats and stowage 105 Head restraints Correct adjustment of head restraints Properly adjusted head restraints are an important part of occupant protection and can reduce the risk of injuries in most accident situations. 73. Fig. or as close as possible to the same level as the top of your head and. Improperly adjusted head restraints could lead to death in the event of a collision or accident. 72 and ⇒ fig. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . WARNING • • • • Travelling with the head restraints removed or improperly adjusted increases the risk of severe injuries. Incorrectly adjusted head restraints also increase the risk of injury during sudden or unexpected driving or braking manoeuvres. as a very minimum at eye level ⇒ fig. The head restraints must always be adjusted according to the occupant's size. Fig.

press the button and push head restraint downwards. press the button and push head restraint downwards. 74 (arrow). – Make sure that the head restraint engages securely in one of its positions ⇒ page 13. Fitting the head restraint – Insert the head restraint into the guides on the rear backrest.106 Seats and stowage Removing or adjusting head restraints The head restraints can be adjusted by moving them up and down. Risk of injury. – Make sure that the head restraint engages securely in one of its positions. – Pull head restraint out of fitting without releasing the button. Adjusting height (front seats) – Press the button on the side and pull upwards to the desired position. 74 Adjusting and removing the head restraints Removing the head restraint – Push the head restraint up as far as it will go. WARNING • Never drive if the head restraints have been removed. – To lower the head restraint. Adjusting height (rear central seat) – Press the button on the side and pull upwards to the desired position. Fig. – To lower the head restraint. Adjust height (rear outer seats) – Press the button on the side and pull upwards or downwards to the desired position. – Press the button ⇒ fig. – Make sure that it engages securely into position. – Push head restraint down. Angle adjustment (front seats) – Press the head restraint forward or back to the required position. . – Adjust the head rest to suit body size ⇒ page 12.

insert the tubes as far as possible into the guides without pressing the button. • • Note To fit and remove the rear head restraints. 75 Front left seat controls 1 A To fold and unfold the seat back* (for two-door vehicles without the function Easy . “Correct adjustment of head restraints”. gently tilt the seat back forwards. When fitting the head restraints again. push it back. Please observe the safety warnings ⇒ page 105. 4) Easy-entry function Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .Entry*)4) 2 – To fold the seat back down. Fig.Seats and stowage 107 WARNING (continued) Front seats Adjustment of the front seats • • • Never drive if the head restraints are in an unsuitable position. – To unfold the seatback. After refitting the head restraint. you must always adjust it properly for height to achieve optimal protection. there is a risk of serious injury. pull the lever A upwards. in the direction of the arrow and push the seat back forwards.

108 Seats and stowage 1 A To fold and unfold the seat back* (for two-door vehicles with the function Easy .Entry*)4) 2 – To fold the seat back down. the greater the risk of injury due to improper positioning of the belt web! Exercise caution when adjusting the seat height or forwards/backwards position. • – Pull up the grip and move the seat forwards or backwards. Risk of fatal accidents. 2 A Adjusting the seat forwards and backwards To reduce the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger during sudden braking manoeuvres or an accident. The seat inserts when the seat back is lifted. While adjusting your seat. The maximum protection of the seat belt can be achieved only when the backrests are in an upright position and the driver and front passenger have properly adjusted their seat belts. return the seat to the original position. pull the lever A upwards. The Easy-Entry function facilitates the access to the vehicle rear seats. 4 A Adjusting the backrest angle – Take your weight off the backrest and turn the hand wheel. never drive with the backrest tilted far to the rear. You can push the seat forwards at the same time to make entry to the rear seats easier. This adjusts the seat height in stages. Injuries can be caused if the backrest is tilted without due care and attention. 76 Thumb wheel for the front seat heating . 3 A Adjusting the seat height* Heated seats*  The front seat cushions and backrests can be heated electrically. WARNING (continued) • – To unfold the seat back. Adjust the driver or front passenger seat only when the vehicle is stationary. first move the seat completely back. WARNING • Never adjust the driver or front passenger seat while the vehicle is in motion. in the direction of the arrow and push the seat back forwards. – Pull the lever up or push down (several times if necessary) from its home position. The further the backrests are tilted to the rear. Fig. you will assume an incorrect sitting position. Before lifting the seat back. 1 – Then release the grip A and move the seat further until the catch engages.

Seats and stowage 109 – Turn the appropriate thumb wheel ⇒ page 108. The seat heating only works when the ignition is switched on. 77 Folding up the rear seat cushion – Lift the backrest until it correctly engages in the catches. – Check that it has engaged correctly. The seat heating is switched off in the 0 position. please do not kneel on the seat or apply sharp pressure at a single point to the seat cushion and backrest. Fig. The left thumb wheel controls the left seat and the right thumb wheel the right seat. Caution To avoid damaging the heating elements. 78 Button for unlocking the rear backrest Rear seat bench Folding down rear seats Folding seat down – Remove the head restraint ⇒ page 106. 77 the direction of the arrow. – Pull the release button ⇒ fig. Fig. Folding seat forward – Remove the head restraints from their fastening on the seat cushion. 78 in the direction of the arrow and fold the backrest forwards – Insert the head restraints in their corresponding fastenings. fig. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . – Pull the front edge of the seat cushion ⇒ fig. 1 A upwards in 2 – Lift the cushion A forwards in the direction of the arrow. 76 to switch on the seat heating.

110 Seats and stowage – Replace the rear head restraints ⇒ page 106. On split rear seats 5) the backrest and cushion can be lowered and raised respectively in two sections. After raising the backrest. check it has engaged properly in position. WARNING Always keep the stowage compartment cover closed while the vehicle is in motion to reduce the risk of injury during a sudden braking manoeuvre or in the event of an accident. 79. 79 Passenger side: stowage compartment The three point automatic seat belt only works correctly when the backrest of the central seat is correctly engaged. – Lower the cushion and push it backwards below the seatbelt buckles. Fig. Stowage compartments Stowage compartment on the front passenger side WARNING • • • • Please be careful when folding back the backrest! Injuries can be caused if the backrest is tilted without due care and attention. Do no trap or damage seatbelts when raising the backrest. – Press the front part of the cushion downwards. The compartment can be opened by pulling the lever ⇒ fig. 5) Optional equipment .

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Object compartment, driver's side There is an object compartment on the driver's side

Stowage drawer under front right seat*

Fig. 81 Stowage compartment under the front passenger seat Fig. 80 Driver's side compartment

To open
To open the compartment, pull outwards ⇒ fig. 80.

– Press button and pull outwards, holding it with a hand. To close – Press inwards until it engages.

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Seat storage pocket*

Front cup holder*

Fig. 82 Seat storage pocket

Fig. 83 Front cup holder in the centre console

There is a storage pocket on the rear of the front seats.

To open – Press on the edge of cup holder, this opens with a spring action. To close – Press the cup holder until it is completely closed.

WARNING

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Never place hot drinks in the drink holders. During normal or sudden driving manoeuvres, sudden braking or an accident, the hot drink could be spilled. Danger of scalding. Never use rigid materials (for example, glass or ceramic), these could cause injury in the case of an accident. When travelling the drinks holder should always be closed to prevent risk in the event of sudden breaking or accident.

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Rear cup holder*

Ashtrays, cigarette lighter and electrical sockets
Front ashtray

Fig. 84 Cupholder in the centre console

On the rear part of the centre console, behind the hand brake, there is a drinks holder installed* ⇒ fig. 84.
Fig. 85 Front ashtray

Opening
A – Press the lower part of the ashtray cover A ⇒ fig. 85 and it will open automatically with a spring action.

Emptying the ashtray – Hold the ashtray on the right-hand side and pull upwards. Replacement – Push ashtray into holder.

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Closing – Move the ashtray cover towards the gearstick until it engages.

WARNING

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Improper use of the cigarette lighter can lead to serious injuries or start a fire. Take care when using the cigarette lighter. Carelessness or negligence when using the cigarette lighter can cause burns, risk of injury. The lighter only works when the ignition is turned on or the engine is running. To avoid the risk of fire, never leave children unsupervised in the vehicle.

WARNING
Never put paper in the ashtray. Hot ash could ignite the paper in the ashtray.

Cigarette lighter Electrical sockets
The 12 Volt cigarette lighter socket can also be used for other electrical components with a power rating of up to 120 Watt. When the engine is switched off, however, the vehicle battery will discharge. Further information ⇒ page 172.

WARNING
The current sockets and the connected accessories will only operate when the ignition is on or when the engine is running. Improper use of the sockets or electrical accessories can lead to serious injuries or cause a fire. To avoid the risk of injury, never leave children unsupervised in the vehicle.
Fig. 86 Cigarette lighter

– Press on the cigarette lighter ⇒ fig. 86 to activate it ⇒ – Wait for the lighter to pop out slightly. – Pull out the cigarette lighter and light the cigarette on the glowing coil.

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Note

Using electrical appliances with the engine switched off will drain the battery.

Before using any electrical accessories, see the instructions on ⇒ page 172.

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Auxiliary audio connection (AUX-IN)

Connector for Apple* iPod® The iPod® connector is in the glove compartment on the passenger side.

Fig. 87 Auxiliary audio connection

– Lift the AUX. cover ⇒ fig. 87. – Insert the pin fully (See the radio manual).

Fig. 88 iPod connection in glove box on passenger side.

For information concerning the use of this equipment, please see the Radio handbook.

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89 USB connection* in glove box on passenger side. fire extinguisher* First-aid kit. be checked regularly. Note The first aid kit. warning triangle and fire extinguisher The use of reflective warning triangles is obligatory in emergencies in some countries. warning triangle. All luggage must be securely stowed. The sticker on the fire extinguisher will inform you of the next date for checking. • • • • • Fig. please see the Radio handbook. parts replacement and modifications”. Ensure that the fire extinguisher is fully functional. – Place heavy objects as far forward in the luggage compartment as possible. The fire extinguisher should. Please observe the following points to ensure the vehicle handles well at all times: – Distribute the load as evenly as possible. . The expiry date of the content of the first aid kit should be checked. the warning triangles and the fire extinguisher should meet legal requirements.116 Seats and stowage USB* connection In the glove box on the passenger side there is a USB port. Luggage compartment Stowing luggage First-aid kit. For information concerning the use of this equipment. Before acquiring accessories and emergency equipment see the instructions on ⇒ page 172. the warning triangles and the fire extinguisher are not supplied with the vehicle as standard. The warning triangle may be located in the rear of the luggage compartment held in place by rubber bands. in the side compartments and held in place by Velcro. The first aid kit. As are the first aid kit and a set of spare lightbulbs. The first-aid kit and the fire extinguisher are located in the luggage compartment. “Accessories. therefore.

Caution Hard objects on the shelf could chafe against the wires of the heating element in the rear window and cause damage. ensure that the stowage compartment tray is correctly fitted.Seats and stowage 117 WARNING Luggage compartment cover • • • • • • Loose luggage and other loose items in the vehicle can cause serious injuries. always keep in mind that a change in the centre of gravity can also cause changes in vehicle handling. Fig. WARNING Do not place heavy or hard objects on the luggage compartment cover. 90 Luggage compartment cover Removing the cover B A – Disengage the loops ⇒ fig. this will endanger the vehicle occupants in case of sudden braking. loose objects in the passenger compartment can be flung forward. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 90 A from the retaining pins A Note The ventilation slots in front of the rear side windows must not be covered as this would prevent stale air being extracted from the vehicle. in its rest position and pull outwards. – Extract the cover from its slot. During sudden manoeuvres or accidents. • Caution Before closing the tailgate. Please observe information on safe driving ⇒ page 7. When you transport heavy objects. injuring vehicle occupants. Always put objects in the luggage compartment. “Safe driving”. Loose objects in the luggage compartment can suddenly move and change the way the vehicle handles.

taking special care when fitting the front bar in the holes designed for this and the rear bar between the marks on the upper part of the rear door frame while respecting the correct direction of travel indicated in the installation manual. a suitable speed and driving style must be used. Roof carrier* Please observe the following points if you intend to carry loads on the roof: • • For safety reasons. ensure that it does not interfere with the load on the roof carrier system when opened. See the chapter on “Technical Data”. increased wind resistance must be taken into account. Distribute the load evenly. remove the tray. • For those vehicles fitted with a sunroof*. when placing items of clothing on the luggage compartment cover. rear visibility is not reduced. the load must be distributed evenly over the entire length. However. retighten the bolts and check them at regular intervals. If the boot is overloaded. When transporting heavy or large objects on the roof. If necessary. A maximum load of 40 kg only is permitted for each roof carrier system support bar. only luggage racks and accessories approved by SEAT should be used. It is imperative to precisely follow the fitting instructions included for the rack. Note Ensure that. • • Pay special attention to the tightening torque of the attachment bolts and check them following a short journey. any change in the normal vehicle behaviour due to a change in the centre of gravity or an • . Not following these instructions may lead to paintwork damage or marks on the bodywork.118 Seats and stowage • • • An overloaded boot could mean that the rear stowage tray is not correctly seated and it may be bent or damaged. For this reason. the maximum load permitted for the entire roof (including the support system) of 75 kg must not be exceeded nor should the total weight of the vehicle be exceeded.

91 On the dash panel: Heater controls A C B – Using the controls ⇒ fig. Please familiarise yourself with the correct operation of the heating and ventilation system. Fig. The required temperature inside the vehicle cannot be lower than the ambient temperature. WARNING • Temperature A Switch A sets the temperature. air distribution and the blower speed. Ventilation and Air conditioning Heating and ventilation Controls is needed to defrost the windows quickly.  – Air distribution to the windscreen and the footwell. Maximum heat output.  – Air distribution to footwell. D – Press the button A to switch air recirculation mode on or off. Ventilation and Air conditioning 119 Heating. Blower B The air flow can be set at four speeds with switch A. for example when driving through a tunnel or queuing in traffic ⇒ . Air recirculation is. is only available when the engine has reached its operating temperature. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Air distribution C Control A for setting the flow of air in the required direction. for safety reasons. When the outside temperature is low. A button is illuminated by a yellow lamp for as long as the function is switched on. which For your safety.  – Air distribution to the upper body. Air recirculation mode  D Air recirculation A on (button symbol  lights up) prevents strong odours in the outside air from entering the vehicle interior. using air recirculation mode provides more effective heating by heating air from the vehicle interior instead of cold air from outside. The blower should always be set at the lowest speed when driving slowly. not possible in this position. 91 A and A and with the switch A you can set the temperature. including the demist/defrost functions for the windows.  – Air distribution towards the windscreen.Heating. the windows should never be fogged up or covered with snow or ice. This is essential to ensure good visibility.

– Open the relevant air outlets. 92 maximum temperature. no ambient air enters the vehicle interior. • Note Please observe the general notes ⇒ page 128.120 Heating. – Open the relevant air outlets. A A clockwise to select In air recirculation mode. 4 – Open and turn outlet A towards side windows Fig. Ventilation and Air conditioning WARNING (continued) • – Set the airflow to the desired direction using air distribution C control A. 7 – Turn blower switch A to speed settings 2 -3. The windows can quickly fog over if the heating is switched off. 92 A A to the heating zone. 7 – Turn blower switch A to speed settings 1 -4. – Set air distribution to . 3 – Close outlet A. . A A clockwise to the – Set air distribution to . as this increases the risk of an accident. Ventilating the passenger compartment – Turn the temperature selector ⇒ fig. B – Turn the blower switch A to setting 4. 92 1 A anti-clockwise. 92 On the dash panel: Heater controls Demisting the windscreen and the side windows – Turn the temperature selector ⇒ fig. 92 the required temperature. Defrosting the windscreen – Turn the temperature selector ⇒ fig. you should never leave the air recirculation mode switched on for longer periods. Vehicle ventilation or heating – Set the airflow to the desired direction using air distribution C control A. Therefore. Heating the interior – Turn the temperature selector ⇒ fig. 7 – Turn blower switch A to speed settings 1 -4.

93 Air vent Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . the switch A can be set in position .Heating. Heating Maximum heat output. 4 – Open and turn outlets A towards side windows C When the windows are demisted and as a preventive measure. thus obtaining greater comfort while preventing the windows from misting again. Note Remember that the temperature of the engine coolant should be optimum to ensure that the heating system functions correctly ( except in vehicles fitted with additional heating*) Air outlets Fig. is only available when the engine has reached its operating temperature. which is needed to defrost the windows quickly. Ventilation and Air conditioning 121 3 – Close outlets A.

D – To switch a function on or off. – To demist the wind screens: – Set air distribution to . Ventilation and Air conditioning C Air distribution A Air conditioning* Main air output through outlets: 1.122 Heating.2 5 1. 4 Switch on symbol     Controls 3 4 The outlets A and A can be closed or opened separately and the air flow directed according to need. Air vent closed: operating lever vertical. Fig. A C B – Using the controls ⇒ fig. a warning light on the button comes on. When the function is activated. it is possible to direct the air output as desired. air distribution and the blower speed. . press the appropriate button A or E A. 5 3. Air vent open: operating lever horizontal. 94 On the instrument panel: air conditioning controls The air conditioning system only works when the engine is running and the fan is switched on. 2. Swivelling the outlet with the operating lever. 94 A and A and with the switch A you can set the temperature.

C – Set the air distribution control A to the air flow configuration desired:  (towards the windscreen). 4 – Open and turn outlets A towards side windows. 95 On the instrument panel: air conditioning controls WARNING For your safety.  (towards the foot rest) and  (towards the windscreen and foot rest areas).Heating.  (towards the chest). 95 AC (the button light goes off). Heating of the vehicle interior – Disconnect the cooling system using button ⇒ fig. – Turn the blower switch to one of the settings 1-4. the windows should never be fogged up or covered with snow or ice. Ventilation and Air conditioning 123 – Turn the fan control to one of the two levels depending on the speed required. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . This is essential to ensure good visibility. – Rotate the temperature control to the desired level. There are four speed settings for the blower. including the demist/defrost functions for the windows. C A Air distribution control ⇒ page 123 D A Air recirculation button  ⇒ page 124 E A Button AC – Coolant on button ⇒ page 123 Fig. A – Turn the temperature selector A to set the desired temperature. Note Please observe the general notes. The blower Vehicle interior heating or cooling system should always be set at the lowest speed when driving slowly. 3 – Close outlets A. Cooling the passenger compartment – Connect the cooling system with button AC (the button light should light up). Please familiarise yourself with the correct operation of the heating and ventilation system. A A Temperature selector ⇒ page 123 B A Blower control.

is only available when the engine has reached its operating temperature. for example when passing through a tunnel or in queuing traffic. When air recirculation mode is switched on (button ⇒ page 123. which is needed to defrost the windows quickly. The air conditioning fuse is faulty.  (towards the foot rest) and  (towards the windscreen and foot rest areas). – Set the air distribution control to the air flow configuration desired:  (towards the windscreen). Have the air conditioning checked by a qualified workshop. no ambient air enters the vehicle interior. you should never leave the air recirculation mode switched on for longer periods. If the temperature control is turned to the coldest setting (blue point) and the switch AC is activated. Therefore. Another fault in the vehicle. When the outside temperature is low. The blower is switched off. but also the air humidity in the vehicle interior is reduced. using air recirculation mode provides more effective cooling by cooling air from the vehicle interior instead of warm air from outside. Heating Maximum heat output. the cooling system compressor has been temporarily switched off because the engine coolant temperature is too high. air recirculation is not possible when the control for air distribution is set to the windscreen setting . as this increases the risk of an accident. fig.124 Heating. using air recirculation mode provides more effective heating by heating air from the vehicle interior instead of cold air from outside.  (towards the chest). Coolant system When the cooling system is switched on. If the air conditioning system is switched off. – Turn the blower switch to one of the settings 1-4. the “Air recirculation” function is automatically activated in order to cool the passenger compartment rapidly using a minimum of energy and the function indicator will light. not only the temperature. 95  with warning lamp) strong odours in the outside air do not enter the vehicle interior. Ventilation and Air conditioning – Turn the temperature control switch until the desired interior temperature is obtained. • • Note When reverse gear is engaged the air recirculation connects automatically to prevent the entrance of exhaust fumes in the vehicle on travelling backwards. • • • • • • the engine is not running. If the cooling system cannot be switched on this may be due to the following reasons: Air recirculation  Air recirculation mode prevents fumes or unpleasant smells from entering the vehicle. This improves comfort for the vehicle occupants and prevents misting of the windows when the outside air humidity is high. the windows can quickly mist over. The outside temperature is lower than +5°C. The control light on the button  does not light up. When the outside temperature is high. For reasons of safety. WARNING In air recirculation mode. .

* Economic use of the air conditioning When the air conditioning is switched on. this will be deactivated after about 20 min.Heating. • • If the vehicle interior has overheated due to excessive solar radiation. Observe the following points in order to have the equipment operating for a short a time as possible. Climatronic Control switches Fig. 96 On the instrument panel: Climatronic controls The air conditioning system only works when the engine is running and the blower is switched on. it is best to open the windows or doors to allow the hot air to escape. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . When travelling the air conditioning should not be switched on if the windows or sun roof are open. Ventilation and Air conditioning 125 • If the function is not deactivated by pressing the button. the compressor consumes engine power and has an effect on fuel consumption.

. It can be changed as necessary to suit individual preferences or particular circumstances. the air conditioning system will be switched on automatically and the blower speed will be increased by one level in order to dry the air. Button AUTO – Automatic temperature. Blower level indicator Outside temperature display Defrost windscreen display Air recirculation display: Display for air flow direction Display AUTO (automatic operation) Interior temperature selected display Display ECON (air conditioning off) Interior temperature selector. When the function is activated. 1 A 2 A 3 A 4 A 5 A 6 A 7 A 8 A 9 A 10 A 11 A A 12 13 A 14 A 15 A 16 A 17 A Blower speed control and ON / OFF system.126 Heating. the air conditioning is disconnected to save fuel. 96 desired temperature. When the button light is on. Button  – Manual air recirculation mode. including the demist/defrost functions for the windows. Button  – Air distribution to head. 96 A. will be switched off as soon as the defrost function is switched on. 10 A to set the WARNING For your safety. We recommend 22°C (72°F). It is possible to select interior temperatures from +18°C (64°F) to +29°C (86°F). the windows should never be fogged up or covered with snow or ice. and distribution are automatically regulated so that a specified temperature is attained as quickly as possible and then maintained. if switched on. If a lower or higher temperature is selected. Switching on automatic mode – Press the button AUTO . Button  – defrost function for the windscreen. A comfortable interior climate is quickly reached when a temperature of +22°C (72°F) is set in automatic mode. LO or HI is displayed on the screen. fig. – Turn the temperature selector to set the desired temperature inside the vehicle. Automatic mode In automatic mode air temperature. The air recirculation mode. Press the button again to switch off the function. At temperatures over 3°C. 7 fig. The display is visible ⇒ page 125. The air drawn in from outside the vehicle is directed at the windscreen. a symbol is displayed on the screen. Ventilation and Air conditioning – Turn the temperature selector ⇒ page 125. – The functions will be switched on when the buttons are pressed. flow. Please familiarise yourself with the correct operation of the heating and ventilation system. Button ECON – To connect economic mode. ventilation and air distribution control ⇒ page 126 Button  – Air distribution to footwell Button  – Air distribution to the upper body. This is essential to ensure good visibility. These are approximate temperatures and the actual temperature may be slightly higher or lower depending on the outside conditions. Note Please observe the general notes.

5 This is ON if the symbol  ⇒ page 125. the blower speed and the air distribution are regulated automatically. fig. It is also possible to open and close some of the air outlets separately. the Climatronic is switched off. blower or ECON . The display is switched off A. Therefore. If a temperature below 18°C (64°F) is selected. – Press the button  to switch air recirculation mode on or off. Then OFF is displayed on the screen. If the blower is switched off (no level displayed A) and the control is turned further to the left. Ventilation and Air conditioning 127 Climatronic maintains a constant temperature level fully automatically. Air recirculation mode Air recirculation mode prevents fumes or unpleasant smells from entering the vehicle. The set temperature can then only be reached if it is higher than the outside temperature. fig. In this setting the system runs at maximum cooling output and the temperature is not regulated. The temperature of the air supplied to the interior. flow. Air distribution The air distribution is adjusted using the buttons  . the display switches to LO. and distribution yourself. The system also allows for the effect of strong sunlight.Heating. Pressing the button ECON switches off the air cooling system to save fuel. 96 A to A. Automatic mode is switched off whenever an adjustment is made using the buttons for the air distribution. automatic mode provides the best comfort for the vehicle occupants in virtually all conditions throughout the year. In this setting the system runs at maximum heating output and the temperature is not controlled. for example when passing through a tunnel or in queuing traffic. These are approximate temperatures and the actual temperature may be slightly higher or lower depending on the outside conditions. When the outside temperature is low. Air recirculation mode prevents strong odours in the ambient air from entering the vehicle interior. The temperature continues to be regulated. If a temperature above 29°C (86°F) is selected the display indicates HI. 96 A is displayed on the screen. using air recirculation mode provides more effective heating by heating air from the vehicle interior instead of cold air from outside. Switching on manual mode 13 15 – Press one of the buttons ⇒ page 125. so there is no need for manual adjustment. The temperature continues to be regulated. or turn 1 7 the blower control A. Temperature It is possible to select interior temperatures from +18°C (64°F) to +29°C (86°F). Always have the blower running at a low setting to ensure a constant flow of fresh air into 2 the vehicle. Blower 1 The blower can be infinitely adjusted with the blower control A. Switching the air conditioning system on and off Manual mode In manual mode you can adjust the air temperature. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .  and  .

If a decrease in the cooling capacity is detected. ice and leaves to ensure heating and cooling is not impaired. For the air conditioning system to work with maximum efficiency. The air conditioning system operates most effectively with the windows and the sliding/tilting roof* closed. the air inside can be cooled more quickly by opening the windows for a short period. this is completely normal and there is no need to suspect a leak. It is advisable to connect the air conditioning at least once a month. Keep the air intake slots in front of the windscreen free of snow. we recommend that you take the vehicle to a qualified workshop should problems occur. At low outside temperatures the compressor switches off automatically. Do not cover these slots with articles of clothing or other objects. If the air conditioning system is switched off. • • • General notes The pollen filter The pollution filter (a combined particulate filter and active carbon filter) serves as a barrier against impurities in the ambient air. Therefore. If the humidity and temperature outside the vehicle are high. producing a permanent unpleasant odour. no ambient air enters the vehicle interior. In this case the symbol  for air recirculation is not displayed. switch off the air conditioning with button ECON to prevent further damage and have it checked by a qualified workshop. the pollen filter must be changed more frequently than stated in the Service Schedule. air recirculation is not possible when the control for air distribution is set to the windscreen setting . . using air recirculation mode provides more effective cooling by cooling air from the vehicle interior instead of warm air from outside. if the sun has heated up the vehicle.128 Heating. to lubricate the system gaskets and prevent leaks. condensation can drip off the evaporator in the cooling system and form a pool underneath the vehicle. Therefore. Repairs to the air conditioning system require specialist knowledge and special tools. Ventilation and Air conditioning When the outside temperature is high. However. and to prevent the windows misting over. • Note Note When reverse gear is engaged the air recirculation connects automatically to prevent the entrance of exhaust fumes in the vehicle on travelling backwards. the windows can quickly mist over. • • • Do not smoke while air recirculation mode is on. as this increases the risk of an accident. including dust and pollen. an Authorised Service Centre should be consulted to check the system. WARNING In air recirculation mode. The AUTO button cannot be switched on either. The air from the vents flows through the passenger compartment and is extracted by slots designed for this purpose. If the filter loses efficiency prematurely due to use in areas with very high levels of air pollution. you should never leave the air recirculation mode switched on for longer periods. as smoke drawn into the air conditioning system leaves a residue on the evaporator. • • Caution If you suspect that the air conditioning is damaged. the pollen filter must be replaced at the intervals specified in the Maintenance Program. For reasons of safety.

Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Ventilation and Air conditioning 129 • • For correct operation of the system. When the engine is under extreme strain.Heating. switch off the compressor for a moment. do not block the grille between the AUTO button and the button .

98 Proper sitting position for driver – Adjust the driver seat to the correct position. – Then push the lever up again firmly ⇒ . Fig. 97 located under the steering column ⇒ . Fig. 97 Adjusting the steering wheel position – Adjust the steering wheel in this way until the correct position is set ⇒ fig.130 Driving Driving Address Adjusting the steering wheel position The height and reach of the steering wheel can be freely adjusted to suit the driver. To avoid accidents. WARNING • • Incorrect use of the steering column adjustment function and an incorrect seating position can result in serious injury. 98. Risk of accident. . A – Push down the lever A ⇒ fig. the steering column should be adjusted only when the vehicle is stationary.

you could receive severe injuries to the arms. Fig. Both warning lamps will light up if the ESP or ABS systems are faulty. • • If you adjust the steering wheel so that it points towards your face. 98. When driving. If you fail to observe the minimum distance. Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . when driving in deep snow or on loose surfaces. The ESP is started automatically when the engine is started. Risk of fatal injury.Driving 131 WARNING (continued) Safety Electronic stabilisation programme (ESP)* ESP helps make driving safer in certain situations. hands and head. The ESP function works in conjunction with the ABS.g. For example: • • Safety First Operating instructions When driving with snow chains. contact an Authorised Service Centre. • Adjust the driver seat or steering wheel so that there is a distance of at least 25 cm between the steering wheel and your breast bone ⇒ page 130. the airbag will not protect you. Make sure that the steering wheel points towards your chest. 99 Detail of the centre console: ESP button The Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP) contains the electronic differential lock (EDL) and the traction control system (TCS). Never hold the steering wheel at the 12 o'clock position. 99  . The Authorised Service Centre will help you decide if special specific modifications are necessary. or in any other manner (e. always hold the steering wheel with both hands on the outside of the ring at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions. in the centre of the steering wheel. you can switch off the ESP by pressing button ⇒ fig. In such cases. or on the inside of the rim). fig. the driver airbag will not protect you properly in the event of an accident. • If your physical constitution prevents you from maintaining the minimum distance of 25 cm. In specific circumstances where you require less traction.

This should be kept in mind. steering lock A The electronic stabilisation programme (ESP) cannot defy the laws of physics. For the Steering lock to operate without the ignition key. 100 the ignition and the engine are OFF and the steering may be locked. Ignition lock Position of the ignition key • • • • When does the  button light up or flash? It lights up when the ignition is switched on and should go out again after about 2 seconds. these systems are not available while ESP is not activated. It will light up continuously if there is a malfunction in the ESP. turn the steering wheel until it locks with an audible sound. 100 Ignition key positions 0 Ignition switched off. The TCS and EDL are also switched off if the ESP is switched off. Please refer to the corresponding warning notes on ESP in ⇒ page 147. particularly on slippery and wet roads and when towing a trailer. Always adapt your driving style to suit the condition of the roads and the traffic situation. move the steering wheel (to take the load off the steering lock mechanism) until the key turns freely. Do not let the extra safety afforded by ESP tempt you into taking any risks when driving. That is to say. “Intelligent technology”. for example. You should always lock the steering wheel when you leave your vehicle. . It will light up continuously if the ESP is switched off. It will start flashing to indicate that ESP is counteracting an unstable driving condition. In the position ⇒ fig. this can cause accidents. 1 Switching on the ignition or glow plug system A Turn the ignition key to this position and let go of the key. You should press the button to switch the ESP back on when you no longer need wheel spin.132 Driving • when rocking the vehicle backwards and forwards to free it from mud. If the key cannot be 0 12 turned or is difficult to turn from position A to position A. WARNING • • • Fig. This will help prevent theft of the vehicle ⇒ .

WARNING • • Wait for the vehicle to come to a standstill before removing the ignition key from the lock. The steering lock could be activated immediately . the starter will then only have to turn the engine. such as the electric windows. Starting and stopping the engine Starting petrol engines The engine can only be started using a genuine SEAT key with the correct code. • Unsupervised use of the keys could result in the engine being started or electrical systems. they could accidentally start the engine or work electrical equipment such as the windows possibly resulting in an accident. This is especially important if you must leave children or disabled people in the vehicle. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . The immobiliser will be activated again automatically as soon as you pull the key out of the ignition lock. This can result in serious injury. – Move the gear lever to the neutral position and depress the clutch pedal fully and hold it in this position. being used. The repetitive start prevention lock of the ignition prevents possible damage to the starter motor if the engine is already running. the ignition key must be turned to 0 the position A. Each time that the vehicle must be started.Driving 133 2 Starting A Electronic immobiliser The immobiliser prevents unauthorised persons from driving the vehicle. The engine can only be started using a genuine SEAT key with the correct code. – Turn the ignition key to position ⇒ page 132 to start the engine. Note The vehicle cannot be operated properly if you do not have a genuine SEAT key. even if you only intend to be gone for a short period. The engine is started when the key is in this position.Risk of accident! Always remove the key from the ignition lock when leaving the vehicle. Electrical components with a high power consumption are switched off temporarily. Caution The starter motor will only work when the engine is stopped (ignition key 2 position A ). Inside the key there is a chip that deactivates the electronic immobiliser automatically when the key is inserted into the ignition.

you may need to press the accelerator briefly. When starting from cold. fig. an odourless and colourless poisonous gas. Do not press the accelerator. Note and follow the instructions ⇒ page 230. 1 A. Risk of fatal accidents. You should drive off as soon as you start the engine. driving at full throttle and over-loading the engine. It can also cause death. This helps the engine reach operating temperature faster and reduces emissions. and no cause for concern. The WARNING • Never start or run the engine in unventilated or closed rooms. the engine may be a little noisy for the first few seconds until oil pressure has built up in the hydraulic valve compensators. “Jump-starting”. • • Never leave the vehicle unattended if the engine is running.134 Driving – Let go of the ignition key as soon as the engine starts. you should first try to start it using the battery of another vehicle. turn the key to position A to start the engine. “Fuses”. If there are problems starting the engine. they could explode or cause the engine to run at high revs. If the engine still does not start. see ⇒ page 230. the engine may be a little noisy for the first few seconds until oil pressure has built up in the hydraulic valve compensators. Risk of engine damage. Starting diesel engines The engine can only be started using a genuine SEAT key with the correct code. The vehicle should not be pushed or towed for more than approximately 50 metres to start the engine. the starter motor must not be allowed to run on with the engine. After starting a very hot engine. Carbon monoxide can cause loss of consciousness. – Let go of the ignition key as soon as the engine starts. switch off the starter after about 10 seconds and try again after about half a minute. – Turn the ignition key to position ⇒ page 132. the starter will then only have to turn the engine. – Move the gear lever to the neutral position and depress the clutch pedal fully and hold it in this position. the fuel pump fuse should be checked ⇒ page 213. Before attempting to push-start or tow a vehicle to start it. The exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide. Never use “cold start sprays”. This is quite normal. • • • Caution When the engine is cold. the starter motor must not be allowed to run on with the engine. When starting from cold. This is quite normal. 2 – When the warning lamp goes out. Risk of injury. If the engine does not start immediately. For the sake of the environment Do not warm-up the engine by running the engine with the vehicle stationary. . 100 indication lamp  will light for engine pre-heating. you should avoid high engine speeds. Fuel could enter the catalytic converter and damage it. – Turn the ignition key to the starting position. and no cause for concern.

they could explode or cause the engine to run at high revs. For the sake of the environment Do not warm-up the engine by running the engine with the vehicle stationary. Never start or run the engine in unventilated or closed rooms. Carbon monoxide can cause loss of consciousness. fig. This helps the engine reach operating temperature faster and reduces emissions. You will need more strength to brake the vehicle when the engine is switched off. there is a greater risk of accidents and serious injury. WARNING • – Turn the ignition key to position ⇒ page 132. it may take longer than normal (up to one minute) to start the engine after refuelling with diesel fuel. It is also possible that it will turn itself on once more if the temperature of the coolant increases due to the elimination of built up heat in the engine compartment or if this is heated due to prolonged exposure to the heat of the sun. The brake servo works only when the engine is running. 100 0 A. WARNING • • • Caution When the engine is cold. Start the engine as soon as the glow plug warning lamp ⇒ page 63 goes out. The exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide. • • Never switch off the engine until the vehicle is stationary. Note and follow the instructions ⇒ page 230. an odourless and colourless poisonous gas. As you cannot brake in the normal manner. • Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .Driving 135 Glow plug system for the diesel engine To avoid unnecessary load on the battery. Starting the engine after the fuel tank has been completely run dry If the fuel tank has been completely run dry. even if the ignition is switched off. Risk of injury. The vehicle should not be pushed or towed for more than approximately 50 metres to start the engine. The steering lock can engage immediately when the key is removed from the ignition lock. Fuel could enter the catalytic converter and damage it. Risk of accident. driving at full throttle and over-loading the engine. Risk of fatal accidents. Risk of engine damage. do not use any other major electrical equipment while the glow plugs are pre-heating. Switching off the engine – Stopping the engine. Never use “cold start sprays”. After the engine is switched off the radiator fan may run on for up to 10 minutes. “Jump-starting”. This is because the system must eliminate air first. you should avoid high engine speeds. you should first try to start it using the battery of another vehicle. The vehicle cannot be steered. It can also cause death. You should drive off as soon as you start the engine. • • Never leave the vehicle unattended if the engine is running. Before attempting to push-start or tow a vehicle to start it.

The reverse gear can only be engaged when the vehicle is stationary. • • When changing gear. Manual gearbox Driving a car with a manual gearbox WARNING • • When the engine is running. 101 Centre Console: gear shift pattern of a 5speed manual gearbox Note Do not rest your hand on the gear lever when driving. .136 Driving Caution If the engine has been driven hard for a long period. the engine could overheat when it is switched off. The reversing lights come on when the reverse gear is selected and the ignition is on. Certain versions of the model may include a 6-speed manual gearbox. Selecting the reverse gear – The vehicle should be stationary with the engine idling. Press the clutch right down. This causes premature wear and damage to the clutch. – Place the gear lever into neutral gate and push the lever all the way down. the vehicle will start to move as soon as a gear is engaged and the clutch released. you should idle the engine for approx. Never select the reverse gear when the vehicle is in motion. Do not hold the car “on the clutch” on hills. The pressure of your hand could cause premature wear on the selector forks in the gearbox. When the engine is running. you should always depress the clutch fully to avoid unnecessary wear and damage. before engaging this gear wait about 6 seconds with the clutch pressed in fully in order to protect the gearbox. For this reason. and then into the reverse position shown on the gearstick. the diagram is shown on the gearstick. Risk of accident. Risk of engine damage. 2 minutes before you switch it off. • Fig. – Slide the gearstick to the left.

Note A programme will. thus avoiding having to shift gear constantly. Fig. • • The consumption-oriented programme will be selected if you use the accelerator slowly or normally. Depending on the driver or the driving situation. be selected automatically that guarantees more pulling power. 102 Centre console: Automatic gearbox selector lever The gearbox management system is equipped with two driving programmes. depending on the driving resistance. The programme selection will be carried out automatically depending on how the accelerator is used.Driving 137 Automatic gearbox* Gearbox programmes The automatic gearbox has two gearbox programmes. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . A more “sporty” driving programme which shifts up gear later will be selected if you use the accelerator more quickly. either a consumption oriented programme or a more “sporty” programme will be selected. This means that the gearbox will shift up earlier and down later.

to remove it “by swinging it”. it can be unlocked by pressing the knob button. 104 Instrument panel display: Move the selector lever to position P. while the car is running. A delay device prevents the lever form blocking. which would cause the vehicle to move. Fig..reverse gear This should only be engaged when the vehicle is at a standstill and the engine idling. Fig. This makes it possible. from R to D). Only when the lever is in position N for more than 1 second. the reversing lights come on. 103 Centre console: Automatic gearbox selector lever Selector lever positions P . R . starting from position P or N. on gently passing through position N (for example. Before engaging position R. . if the car is stuck.parking lock This is the correct position for parking the vehicle. At speeds of over 5 km/h the selector lever lock is automatically deactivated in position N. without pressing the brake. – Press and hold the brake pedal and press the selector lever lock on the left of the selector lever at the same time. In position R and with the ignition on. depress the brake pedal and press the button on the gearstick knob.138 Driving Selector lever lock functions The selector lever lock in position P or N prevents gears from being engaged inadvertently. To engage and disengage P press the button on the gearstick knob and depress the brake pedal. The selector lever lock is released as follows: – Switch on the ignition. If the car is not running. does the lever block come into operation.

Danger of skidding! Instructions for driving Starting The engine can only be started when the selector lever is at N or P ⇒ page 133.Position for uneven surfaces Gears 1st. 2nd. Selecting a range When the car is at a standstill and the engine is running. This could damage the gearbox. there are frequent changes between 3rd and 4th. depress the brake pedal and press the lock button on the gearstick knob. In certain conditions it is preferable to place the selector lever provisionally in one of the positions described below: 3 . 3rd and 4th do not operate. Kick-down feature This system allows maximum acceleration. depending on engine load and vehicle speed. This position is recommended when in position D and under certain driving conditions. the lowest gear is engaged.Position for hilly roads Position recommended for long slopes. 3rd and 4th are blocked. 2nd and 3rd automatically change up or down depending on the engine load and vehicle speed.neutral (idling) To take the lever out of position N at speeds of below 5 km/h or when the car is at a standstill but the ignition is switched on. This increases the engine braking effect when decelerating. The vehicle only travels in 1st gear. Note The selector lever can be placed in positions 3. always depress the brake pedal before selecting a range. WARNING Remember that the drive wheels may skid if the kick-down feature is activated when driving on icy or slippery roads.Drive (forwards) The four gears automatically change up or down. As soon as the maximum engine speed for that gear is reached. 1st and 2nd gear change automatically depending on engine load and vehicle speed. When the accelerator is depressed to full throttle.Driving 139 N . and depending on the vehicle speed and engine speed. 1 . but the automatic gearbox does not change to a lower gear until the number of revolutions is appropriate. 2 . The cruise control* can not be used in position 1. 2 and 1 when the change is made manually. Risk of accident! Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . the next gear up is engaged.Position for very steep slopes or manoeuvres Recommended position for extreme slopes. D . Do not accelerate on selecting a range when the engine is at a standstill Caution Never move the selector lever to R or P when driving. 4th gear is blocked.

WARNING • • In all the ranges the vehicle must always be held with the foot brake when the engine is running. 1). the selector lever accidentally moves to position N. Emergency start For vehicles fitted with an automatic gearbox the engine can not be started by towing or pushing the vehicle ⇒ page 233. according to the type of fault. 3 and 2 of the selector lever. Stopping In the case of a temporary stop. In addition move the selector lever to position P. 2. In this case. first release the accelerator pedal and wait until the engine slows to idling before . Towing If the vehicle requires towing at any time. Wait until the change has taken place and the power transmission of the drive wheels has stabilised (slight pressure is noticeable). This is because an automatic gearbox still transmits power even at idling speed. but the operations are jerky. Parking On slopes. 3. consult the Authorised Service Centre as soon as possible. it is possible that the gearbox oil may overheat. the handbrake should always be applied when the vehicle is at a standstill. • • • The gearbox continues to connect gears automatically. and the vehicle tends to “creep”. 3rd gear is only available in positions D. Before working on a running engine. when the car is at a standstill and the engine is idling. especially due to the lack of 2nd gear. As the torque converter is required to work more. D. • The gearbox does not automatically engage gears.140 Driving If. place the selector lever in position P and apply the handbrake. emergency programmes are activated. it is not necessary to move to position N. as the car will start to move immediately. making the subsequent deactivation easier ⇒ . take care not to accelerate accidentally (for example. . for example at a traffic light. first pull handbrake on firmly and then connect block. Then depress the accelerator. while driving. If the vehicle battery is flat. The engine should only run at idle speed. when working in the engine compartment). a battery from another car can be used to jumpstart the car using a set of jump leads ⇒ page 133. observe the instructions of ⇒ page 233. This prevents overloading of the locking mechanism. To prevent the vehicle from moving out of control. If. In this case they can be changed manually. a range is connected. “Towing and tow-starting”. selecting a forward gear ⇒ Starting Select a range (R. Back-up programme In the event of a malfunction of the gearbox electronics. Consult the Authorised Service Centre. In positions 1 and R of the selector lever 1st gear and reverse gear are available respectively as normal. it is sufficient to brake using the brake pedal.

The handbrake warning lamp  lights up when the handbrake is applied and the ignition switched on. WARNING • • Never use the handbrake to slow down the vehicle when it is in motion. The warning lamp goes out when the handbrake is released. The braking distance is considerably longer. This prevents you driving with the handbrake applied ⇒ . Always apply the handbrake firmly. Tips and Maintenance Technical Data Safety First Operating instructions . – Use the foot brake to stop the vehicle. 105 Handbrake between the front seats Always apply the handbrake before you leave the vehicle.Driving 141 Handbrake Using the handbrake The handbrake should be applied firmly to prevent the vehicle from accidentally rolling away. 105 and guide the handbrake lever down fully ⇒ . This also causes premature wear on the rear brake pads/linings. 105. Parking The handbrake should always be firmly applied when the vehicle is parked. Risk of accident! If it is only partially released this will cause overheating of the rear brakes. The first gear should also be selected. Always apply the handbrake when you leave your vehicle and when you park. Caution Fig. Applying the handbrake – Pull the handbrake lever up firmly ⇒ fig. Always note the following points when parking the vehicle: Releasing the handbrake – Pull the lever up slightly and press the release knob in the direction of the arrow ⇒ fig. which can impair the function of the brake system and could lead to an accident. as braking is only applied to the rear wheels. – The first gear should also be selected. – Apply the handbrake.

It is dangerous to use a set speed which is too high for the current road. Never allow vehicle occupants to remain in the vehicle when it is locked. Cruise control system (CCS)* Description The cruise control system is able to maintain the set speed in the range from approx. • Depending on weather conditions.g. Risk of accident. WARNING It could be dangerous to use the cruise control system if it is not possible to drive at constant speed. This can be fatal. This will prevent you using it by mistake. in sections with bends or where roads conditions are poor (e. If the vehicle is facing uphill. They would be unable to open the vehicle from the inside. The vehicle will accelerate under its own weight. Secure the vehicle as normal by applying the handbrake firmly and selecting first gear.142 Driving – Switch off the engine and remove the key from the ignition lock. Never park where the hot exhaust system could ignite inflammable materials. Turn the steering wheel slightly to engage the steering lock. you may take your foot off the accelerator. low bushes. Use the foot brake to slow the vehicle. Once the speed setting has been saved. – Always take you car keys with you when you leave the vehicle ⇒ . • • • Take measures to reduce the risk of injury when you leave your vehicle unattended. • WARNING For safety reasons the cruise control system should not be used in dense traffic. for example. turn the front wheels so that they point away from the kerb. and could become trapped in the vehicle in an emergency. spilt fuel etc. aquaplaning. • • Note The cruise control cannot maintain a constant speed when descending gradients. it may become extremely hot or cold inside the vehicle. slippery surfaces. turn the front wheels so that they point towards the kerb. such as dry grass. by releasing the handbrake or the gear lever / selector lever. Risk of accident. locked doors will delay assistance to occupants. Additional notes on parking the vehicle on gradients: Turn the steering wheel so that the vehicle would roll against the kerb if it did start to roll. In the event of an emergency. 30 km/h to 180 km/h. snow). . • • • If the vehicle is facing downhill. traffic or weather conditions. • Never leave children unsupervised in the vehicle. Always switch off the CCS when you have finished using it. They could set the vehicle in motion. loose chippings.

the current speed is set and held constant. 107 A once briefly when you have reached the speed you wish to set. 106 A to the left to ON. Switching on the system A – Move the control ⇒ fig. 107 Turn signal and main beam headlight lever switch and rocker switch for the cruise control B – Press the lower part SET of the rocker switch ⇒ fig. When you release the rocker switch. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Switching off system A – Move the control A to the right to OFF or turn the ignition off when the vehicle is stationary. 106 Turn signal and main beam headlight lever switch and rocker switch for the cruise control Fig.Driving 143 Switching the cruise control system on and off Setting speed* Fig.

When you increase speed with the accelerator and then release the pedal. the new speed is stored. Fig. This will not be the case. the new speed is stored. 108 Turn signal and main beam headlight lever switch and rocker switch for the cruise control Switching off system temporarily* Setting a higher speed B – Press the upper part RES of the rocker switch ⇒ fig. however. Risk of accident. When you release the switch. . 108 A. Setting a lower speed B – Press the lower part SET– of the rocker switch A to reduce the speed. 108 A to increase the speed. Fig.144 Driving Adjusting set speed* The speed can be altered without touching the accelerator or the brake. the system will automatically restore the set speed. When you release the switch. 109 Turn signal and main beam headlight lever switch and rocker switch for the cruise control The cruise control system will be switched off in the following situations: • if the brake pedal is depressed. The vehicle will automatically reduce its speed for as long as you keep the switch pressed. if the vehicle speed is more than 10 km/h higher than the stored speed for longer than 5 minutes. traffic or weather conditions. Reactivate the control by pressing once on the upper part of the B rocker switch RES+ ⇒ fig. Control of the set speed is switched off if you reduce speed by depressing the brake pedal. The speed will have to be stored again. WARNING It is dangerous to use a set speed which is too high for the current road. The vehicle will continue to accelerate for as long as you keep the rocker switch pressed.

A Vehicles with a manual gearbox A The system is completely turned off by moving the control A all the way to the right hand side (OFF engaged).Driving 145 • • • if the clutch pedal is depressed. Risk of accident. traffic or weather conditions. 110 Turn signal and main beam headlight lever switch and rocker switch for the cruise control Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . To resume cruise control. fig. N. Completely switching off the system Fig. or when the vehicle is stationary. ignition off. 109 A. release the brake or clutch pedal or reduce the vehicle speed to less than 180 km/h and press once on the upper part of the B rocker switch RES ⇒ page 144. if the vehicle is accelerated to over 180 km/h. R or 1 or with the vehicle stopped and the ignition turned off. WARNING It is dangerous to use a set speed which is too high for the current road. the selector lever must be placed in one of the following positions: P. Vehicles with an automatic gearbox To completely disengage the system. when the lever A is moved in the direction of OFF without fully being engaged.

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but not with maximum force. WARNING The braking distance can also be affected by external factors. This results in unnecessarily long braking distances. The brake assist system switches off automatically as soon as you release the brake. WARNING • The risk of accident is higher if you drive too fast. • Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . • • Never let the vehicle coast with the engine switched off. The braking distance is increased considerably as the brake servo does not function. If the brake servo is not functioning. and when the road surface is slippery or wet. or if the vehicle has to be towed. The brake assist system cannot defy the laws of physics. if you press the brake pedal very quickly. Failure to do so could result in an accident. the brake assist system registers an emergency situation. you will have to press the brake pedal considerably harder to make up for the lack of servo assistance. Do not let the extra safety features tempt you into taking any risks when driving. most drivers brake in time. It then very quickly builds up the full brake pressure so that the ABS can be activated more quickly and efficiently. If the brake servo is not functioning due to a malfunction. thus reducing the braking distance. The brake assist system intervenes here.Intelligent technology 147 Tips and Maintenance Intelligent technology Brakes Brake servo The brake servo amplifies the pressure you apply to the brake pedal. It works only when the engine is running. In an emergency. it is essential that you adjust your speed to suit the road and traffic conditions. if you do not keep your distance to the vehicle in front. Do not reduce the pressure on the brake pedal. for example if the vehicle is being towed. Slippery and wet roads are dangerous even with the brake assist system! Therefore. The increased accident risk cannot be reduced by the brake assist system. Brake assist system (BAS)* The Brake Assist System function is only included in vehicles with ESP. you will have to press the brake pedal considerably harder than normal.

the system will reduce the braking pressure for this wheel. When the vehicle is bogged-down. WARNING (continued) • • The effectiveness of ABS is also determined by the tyres fitted ⇒ page 196. How the ABS works If one of the wheels is turns too slowly in relation to the road speed. Do not “pump”. The system always includes ABS Description and operation of the traction control system during acceleration (TCS) TCS reduces engine power to help prevent the drive wheels of front-wheel drive vehicles losing traction during acceleration. The TCS is switched on automatically when the engine is started. The driver is made aware of this control process by a pulsating of the brake pedal and audible noise. If necessary. you should reduce speed immediately to suit the road and traffic conditions. If the running gear or brakes are modified. the best possible control is retained as the wheels do not lock. The braking distance could even be longer if you brake on gravel or on fresh snow covering a slippery surface. When the TCS is off. Traction control system (TCS)* The traction control system prevents the drive wheels from spinning when the car is accelerating. Slippery and wet roads are dangerous even with ABS! If you notice that the ABS is working (to counteract locked wheels under braking). when slipping of the wheels is required. and is close to locking. The system works in the entire speed range in conjunction with ABS. • • • • With compact temporary spare wheel. Do not let the extra safety features tempt you into taking any risks when driving. should it be disconnected. TCS helps the vehicle to start moving. the TCS will also be out of action. Only in exceptional circumstances. the warning lamp is lit. This is a deliberate warning to the driver that one or more of the wheels is tending to lock and the ABS control function has intervened.148 Intelligent technology Anti-lock brake system and traction control ABS Anti-lock brake system (ABS) The anti-lock brake system prevents the wheels locking during braking. for example WARNING • The anti-lock brake system cannot defy the laws of physics. the effectiveness of the ABS could be severely limited. When driving in deep snow or on loose surfaces. The TCS should normally be left switched on at all times. If you brake hard on a slippery road surface.” . The anti-lock brake system (ABS) is an important part of the vehicle’s active safety system. ABS will not necessarily guarantee shorter braking distances in all conditions. If a malfunction should occur in the ABS. When using the snow chains. However. accelerate and climb a gradient in slippery conditions where this may otherwise be difficult or even impossible. it may be turned on or off pushing the button on the centre console. to free it by “rocking. In this situation it is important to keep the brake pedal fully depressed so the ABS can regulate the brake application.

this can cause accidents.Intelligent technology 149 The TCS should be switched on again afterwards as soon as possible. particularly on slippery and wet roads and when towing a trailer. • • Caution In order to ensure that TCS function correctly. The forces acting on the braked wheel bring the vehicle back to a stable condition. Do not let the extra safety afforded by ESP tempt you into taking any risks when driving. • • Caution In order to ensure that ESP functions correctly. EDL and TCS. Do not let the extra safety afforded by TCS tempt you into taking any risks when driving. the brake system. particularly on slippery and wet roads and when towing a trailer. if the car is starting to skid). the brake system. all four wheels must be fitted with the same tyres. to the engine. Always adapt your driving style to suit the condition of the roads and the traffic situation. EDL. Always adapt your driving style to suit the condition of the roads and the traffic situation. The electronic stabilisation programme helps to reduce the danger of skidding. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .g. Electronic stabilisation programme (ESP)* General notes The electronic stabilisation programme increases the vehicle’s stability on the road. This should be kept in mind. The system uses the steering wheel angle and road speed to calculate the changes of direction desired by the driver.g. Note To disconnect using the ESP button ⇒ page 131. all four wheels must be fitted with the same tyres. and constantly compares them with the actual behaviour of the vehicle. WARNING • • It must be remembered that TCS cannot defy the laws of physics. If the desired course is not being maintained (for instance. this can cause accidents. running gear or any components affecting the wheels and tyres) could affect the efficiency of the ABS and TCS. If the vehicle tends to oversteer. then the ESP compensates automatically by braking the appropriate wheel. Modifications to the vehicle (e. WARNING • • It must be remembered that ESP cannot defy the laws of physics. running gear or any components affecting the wheels and tyres) could affect the efficiency of the ABS. Modifications to the vehicle (e. The electronic stabilisation programme (ESP) consists of ABS. Electronic Stabilising Program (ESP)* ESP reduces the danger of skidding by braking the wheels individually. to the engine. Any differences in the rolling radius of the tyres can cause the system to reduce engine power when this is not desired. ESP and TCS. This should be kept in mind. Any differences in the rolling radius of the tyres can cause the system to reduce engine power when this is not desired. the system will act on the front wheel on the outside of the turn.

WARNING (continued) • Always adapt your driving style to suit road conditions and the traffic situation. this can cause accidents. To prevent the disc brake of the braked wheel from overheating. Caution Modifications to the vehicle (e. it is able to balance out differences in the speed of the driven wheels of approximately 100 rpm caused by a slippery road surface on one side of the vehicle. press the accelerator carefully. accelerate and climb a gradient in slippery conditions where this may otherwise be difficult or even impossible. Do not let the extra safety afforded by EDL tempt you into taking any risks when driving. EDL helps the vehicle to start moving. At speeds of up to approximately 80 km/h. to the engine. The vehicle will continue to function normally without EDL.g. . the driver is not informed that the EDL has been switched off. the brake system. It does this by braking the wheel which has lost traction and distributing more driving force to the other driven wheel via the differential. running gear or any components affecting the wheels and tyres) could affect the efficiency of the EDL ⇒ page 172. for example on ice and snow. For this reason. the driven wheels may start to spin. Despite EDL. WARNING • When accelerating on a slippery surface. The traction control system (TCS) The traction control system prevents the drive wheels from spinning when the car is accelerating ⇒ page 148.150 Intelligent technology Anti-lock brake system (ABS) The anti-lock brake system prevents the wheels locking during braking ⇒ page 148. the EDL cuts out automatically if subjected to excessive loads. Electronic differential lock (EDL)* The electronic differential lock helps prevent the loss of traction caused if one of the driven wheels starts spinning. The EDL will switch on again automatically when the brake has cooled down. This could impair the vehicle’s stability. The system will control the revolutions of the drive wheels using the ABS sensors (in case of an EDL fault the warning lamp for ABS lights up) ⇒ page 64.

– Do not tow a trailer.500 km. you can compensate for the reduced braking effect by applying more pressure to the brake pedal. If you need to make an emergency stop. Drive particularly carefully in the first 500 km.000 kilometres – Do not drive faster than three quarters of top speed. and require runningin. During its first few hours of running. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . the reduced braking capacity may be compensated by pressing on the brake pedal a little harder. For the sake of the environment If the engine is run in gently. However. – Do not accelerate hard. Up to 1. This may cause an accident. Deep water (Cupra version) The speed of the vehicle through puddles and passages of water must not exceed 25 km/h. From 1000 to 1500 km – Speeds can be gradually increased to the maximum road speed or maximum permissible engine speed (rpm). New brake pads must be “run in” and do not have the correct friction properties during the first 200 km. WARNING • • New tyres do not give maximum grip to start with. During the first 200 km. the life of the engine will be increased and its oil consumption reduced. the internal friction in the engine is greater than later on when all the moving parts have bedded in. the braking distance will be longer with new brake pads than with brake pads which have been run-in. Running in tyres and brake pads New tyres should be run-in carefully for the first 500 km. New brake pads should be run-in carefully for the first 200 km. – Avoid high engine revolutions.Driving and the environment 151 Driving and the environment Running-in Running in a new engine The engine needs to be run-in over the first 1.

The rate of wear of the brake pads depends to a great extent on the conditions under which the vehicle is operated and the way the vehicle is driven. after crossing areas of water. – For engine oil changes. .152 Driving and the environment Braking effect and braking distance The braking effect and braking distance are influenced by driving situations and road conditions. This also applies when new brake pads are fitted. The braking distance is increased considerably as the brake servo does not function. This makes use of engine braking and relieves the brakes. Before driving down a long steep gradient. • • If brakes are wet or frozen. Very heavy use of the brakes may cause a vapour lock if the brake fluid is left in the system for too long. or if you are driving on roads which have been gritted with salt. use jump leads if necessary ⇒ page 230. in heavy rainfall or even after washing the car. • New brake pads must be run in and do not have the correct friction during the first 200 km. WARNING Longer braking distances and faults in the brake system increase the risk of accidents. Observe the relevant instructions before purchasing accessories ⇒ page 172. “Modifications”. If you drive with wet brakes. Non-standard or damaged front spoilers could restrict the airflow to the brakes and cause them to overheat. – Do not run the fuel tank dry. braking power may set in later than normal. the effect of the brakes is lessened as the brake discs are wet or even frozen (in winter): The brakes should be “dried” by pressing the pedal to restore full braking effect. drive short distances or have a sporty driving style. However. Never let the vehicle coast with the engine switched off. Contact a qualified workshop immediately and avoid unnecessary journeys. Continuous braking will cause the brakes to overheat and will increase the braking distance. The efficiency of the brakes depends directly on the brake pad wear. WARNING (continued) • • • • • Never let the brakes “rub” by applying light pressure. This impairs the braking effect. Apply and then release the brakes alternately. the reduced braking capacity may be compensated by pressing on the brake pedal a little harder. we recommend that you have the thickness of your brake pads checked by an Authorised Service Centre more frequently than recommended in the Service Schedule. Exhaust gasses purification system Catalytic converter* To conserve the useful life of the catalytic converter – Always use unleaded petrol. for example. “Topping up engine oil ”. the braking distance will be increased considerably. it is advisable to reduce speed and change to a lower gear (or move the selector lever to a lower gear if your vehicle has automatic transmission). If you often drive in town traffic. – Never tow the vehicle to start it. If a brake circuit fails. On steep descents if the brakes are excessively used they will over heat. do not replenish with too much engine oil ⇒ page 186.

Failure to comply could result in fire. For the sake of the environment Even when the emission control system is working perfectly. If the driving conditions do not allow the filter to clean itself (for example. This allows unburnt fuel to enter the exhaust system. See the chapter “Refuelling”. Automobile organisa- Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Caution Never fully drain the fuel tank. which could cause overheating and damage the catalytic converter. These materials could catch fire when the vehicle is driven. The catalytic converter can also be damaged by overheating. multiple short trips) the filter will be obstructed by dust and pollen and the indicator  for the diesel engine particulate filter indicator will light. given that the fuel system may be damaged. Driving abroad Notes For driving abroad. Caution Vehicles equipped with a diesel engine particulate filter must not be refueled using biodiesel (RME). in this case. Diesel engine particulate filter* The diesel engine particulate filter eliminates soot produced by burning diesel. uneven running or loss of power when the vehicle is moving. reduce speed immediately and have the vehicle inspected at the nearest qualified workshop. the following must be taken into consideration: • For vehicles fitted with a catalytic converter ensure that unleaded petrol is available for the journey.Driving and the environment 153 If you notice misfiring. it should not enter into contact with flammable materials underneath the vehicle. the irregularity of the fuel supply may cause ignition problems. Quite often the problem can be remedied by changing to another brand of fuel. In general. See under Warning Lights. WARNING The catalytic converter reaches very high temperatures! Fire hazard! • • Never park where the catalytic converter could come into contact with dry grass or inflammable materials under the vehicle. WARNING • The diesel engine particulate filter may reach extremely high temperatures. If this happens. unburnt fuel can enter the exhaust system and escape into the environment. catalytic converter or the heat shields on the exhaust system. there may be a smell of sulphur from the exhaust under some conditions. Under normal driving conditions. Do not apply additional underseal or anti-corrosion coatings to the exhaust pipes. This depends on the sulphur content of the fuel used. The diesel engine dust filter eliminates most of the soot from the exhaust gas system. the exhaust warning lamp will light up when any of the described symptoms occur ⇒ page 60. the filter cleans itself.

Adjusting simple headlights for driving on the left* • In some countries it is possible that a vehicle model is sold under conditions where some spare parts are not available or that the Authorised Service Centre may only carry out limited repairs. 111. SEAT importers and distributors will gladly provide information about the technical preparation of your vehicle in addition to necessary maintenance and repair possibilities. 111 Right headlight Fig. 112 Left headlight On the right headlight. Fig.154 Driving and the environment tions will have information about service station networks selling unleaded fuel. the asymmetric dipped beam headlights will dazzle oncoming traffic. . if you are changing from driving on the right-hand side to the left-hand side ⇒ fig. you must apply stickers to certain parts of the headlight lenses. Adhesive strips for headlights If you have to drive a right-hand drive vehicle in a left-hand drive country. Further information is available from your Authorised Service Centre. To prevent dazzling. or vice versa.

114. if you are changing from driving on the left-hand side to the right-hand side ⇒ fig. fig. 114 Left headlight Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .Driving and the environment 155 On the left headlight. On the left headlight. if you are changing from driving on the right-hand side to the left-hand side ⇒ page 154. 113. if you are changing from driving on the left-hand side to the right-hand side ⇒ fig. Covering simple headlights for driving on the right* Fig. 113 Right headlight Fig. On the right headlight. 112.

116.156 Driving and the environment Covering bifocal headlamps for driving on the left* On the left headlight. Fig. 117 Right headlight Fig. 115. Covering bifocal headlamps for driving on the right* Fig. 115 Right headlight Fig. 116 Left headlight On the right headlight. 118 Left headlight . if you are changing from driving on the right-hand side to the left-hand side ⇒ fig. if you are changing from driving on the right-hand side to the left-hand side ⇒ fig.

On the left headlight. if you are changing from driving on the right-hand side to the left-hand side ⇒ fig. 120 Left headlight On the right headlight. Covering GDL headlamps for driving on the left* Fig. fig. 120. if you are changing from driving on the lefthand side to the right-hand side ⇒ page 156.Driving and the environment 157 On the right hand side headlight. Fig. 119 Right headlight Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . if you are changing from driving on the left-hand side to the right-hand side ⇒ page 156. fig. 117. 119. 118. On the left headlight. if you are changing from driving on the right-hand side to the left-hand side ⇒ fig.

If you do not load the trailer up to the maximum permitted trailer weight. This is available from any SEAT dealer. The maximum trailer weight has to be reduced accordingly. you can then climb correspondingly steeper gradients. . The maximum trailer weights listed are only applicable for altitudes up to 1.000 m (or part thereof). Trailer weight / draw bar loading Never exceed the authorised towing limit. With increasing altitude the engine power and therefore the vehicle's climbing ability are impaired because of the reduced air density. 121 Right headlight On the right headlight. if you are changing from driving on the left-hand side to the right-hand side ⇒ fig. If the trailer has a 7-pin plug you will need to use an adapter cable. Connectors Your vehicle is fitted with a 12-pin connector for the electrical connection between the trailer and the vehicle. Fig. If the car is supplied with a factory-fitted towing bracket it will already have the necessary technical modifications and meet the statutory requirements for towing a trailer. 122 Left headlight Fig. The gross combination weight is the actual weight of the laden vehicle plus the actual weight of the laden trailer. For the after-market fitting of a trailer towing bracket see ⇒ page 175. if you are changing from driving on the left-hand side to the right-hand side ⇒ fig. Trailer towing What do you need to bear in mind when towing a trailer? Your vehicle may be used to tow a trailer when fitted with the correct equipment.158 Driving and the environment Covering GDL headlamps for driving on the right* On the left headlight. The weight of the vehicle and trailer combination must be reduced by 10% for every further 1. 122.000 m above sea level. 121.

Adjust the mirrors to give sufficient vision to the rear. Ball coupling of towing bracket* The ball coupling of the towing bracket is located in the tool box The ball coupling is provided with instructions on fitting and removing the ball coupling of the towing bracket. operate the trailer with the maximum permitted draw bar weight on the ball joint of the towing bracket. if this cannot be avoided. the ball coupling must be removed if a trailer is not being towed and it obscures the number plate. The correct figures for your specific model. This could result in fatal accidents. If this is not the case you should have additional mirrors fitted. Tyre pressure Set tyre pressure to the maximum permissible pressure shown on the sticker on the inside of the fuel tank flap. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . However. which may be lower than these figures for the towing bracket.Driving and the environment 159 Where possible. • Note Towing a trailer places additional demands on the vehicle. WARNING Never transport people in a trailer. We recommend additional services between the normal inspection intervals if the vehicle is used frequently for towing a trailer. Weight distribution The weight distribution of a loaded trailer with an unladen vehicle is very unfavourable. drive extra slowly to allow for the unbalanced weight distribution. Distributing the load Distribute loads in the trailer so that heavy objects are as near to the axle as possible. are given in the registration documents ⇒ Section “Technical data”. Driving tips Driving with a trailer always requires extra care. Loads carried in the trailer must be secured to prevent them moving. The figures for trailer weights and draw bar weights that are given on the data plate of the towing bracket are for certification purposes only. Both exterior mirrors should be mounted on hinged extension brackets. Exterior mirrors Check whether you can see enough of the road behind the trailer with the standard mirrors. but do not exceed the specified limit. Set the tyre pressure of the trailer tyres in accordance with the trailer manufacturer's recommendations. • Note By law. WARNING The towing bracket ball coupling must be stored securely in the luggage compartment to prevent them being flung through the vehicle and causing injury. • Find out whether special regulations apply to towing a trailer in your country.

always monitor the temperature indicator for the coolant ⇒ page 51. exhaust emissions and noise levels all increase very rapidly at higher speeds. your wallet.000 rpms. Running the engine at high rpm in the lower gears uses an unnecessary amount of fuel. This enables you to use the engine braking to slow down the vehicle. Never try to stop the “snaking” by increasing speed. The ESP* makes it easier to stabilise if the trailer starts to snake. apply the brakes gently at first and then firmly. Below It is worthwhile switching off the engine when waiting in a traffic jam. we will give you some suggestions to "alleviate" some of the strain in the environment and. if you see a red light ahead. Change gear early to save energy An effective way of saving fuel is to change up through the gears quickly. This applies especially when driving downhill. driving in a low gear and high engine speed. The engine takes a very long time to warm up when it is running at idling speed. Avoid driving at high speed We advise you not to drive at the top speed permitted by the vehicle. accelerate less. thus. Fuel consumption. Mechanical wear and pollutant emissions are also especially high during this initial warm-up phase. It is therefore best to drive off immediately after starting the engine. Avoid idling Driving economically and with respect for the environment General Observations Fuel consumption. you will have to brake less often and. If the trailer has an overrun brake. When you anticipate the situation. at level crossings or at traffic lights with a long red phase. Driving at moderate speeds will help to save fuel. brakes and tyres depends in large part on your driving style. Avoid running the engine at high speed. You should always reduce speed immediately if the trailer shows the slightest sign of snaking. Always brake in good time. at the same time. Select a low gear in good time before going down a steep descent. . whenever possible. weather or wind conditions. for example. We recommend that. let the vehicle roll with a gear engaged. Automatic gearbox: Accelerate slowly and avoid the “kick-down” position.40 seconds is greater than the amount of fuel needed to restart the engine. environmental pollution and wear to the engine. Anticipate the traffic situation well in advance A vehicle uses most fuel when accelerating. you change to a higher gear upon reaching 2. Manual gearbox: Change from first to second gear as quickly as possible. The fuel saved after only 30 . If it is possible. This will prevent the jerking that can be caused by the trailer wheels locking.160 Driving and the environment Speed The stability of the vehicle and trailer is reduced with increasing speed. Fuel consumption may be reduced from 10 to 15 % by driving defensively and economically. Heating At very high temperatures and during prolonged ascents. Electronic Stabilisation Program* Do not switch off the ESP* when towing a trailer. For this reason it is advisable not to drive at the maximum permissible speed in unfavourable road.

Depending on your personal driving style. Maintain the correct tyre pressures Bear in mind that keeping the tyres at an adequate pressure saves fuel.000 km. A well-serviced engine gives you the benefit of improved fuel efficiency as well as maximum reliability and an enhanced resale value.5 litres per 1.000 km. Avoid short journeys To reduce the consumption and emission of polluting gases. fuel consumption is proportionally higher. ISO 11469 and ISO 1629 Choice of materials Nearly all materials used can be recycled Similar types of plastics grouped together for easy recycling Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . This means that the oil consumption can only be properly assessed after about 5. this can put the fuel consumption up by as much as 5 %. which produces electricity. Logbook A good way of keeping a check on fuel consumption is to take regular notes. The tyre pressures should always be checked when the tyres are cold. choice of materials and production of your new Seat. fuel consumption is also increased. the engine and the exhaust filtration systems should reach the optimum service temperature. so it is worth checking the luggage compartment occasionally to make sure that no unnecessary loads are being transported. This is the reason why we recommend avoiding short trips wherever possible. The engine does not warm up and fuel consumption does not regularise until having driven some four kilometres. A maladjusted engine may mean an increase of 10 % over normal fuel consumption. Because of this. With the need for electricity.Driving and the environment 161 Periodic maintenance Periodic maintenance work guarantees that. you will not waste fuel. Avoid unnecessary weight Every kilo of extra weight will put up the fuel consumption. the rear window heating or the seat heaters*. It is quite normal that the oil consumption of a new engine only reaches its lowest level after a certain mileage. Save electrical energy The engine activates the alternator. before beginning a journey. With the engine cold. You will be able to note the variations (both positive and negative) and react accordingly. Do not use winter tyres all through the year: they will increase fuel consumption by up to 10 %. Oil consumption depends to a great extent on the engine load and engine speed. oil consumption can be up to 0. Environmental friendliness Environmental protection is a top priority in the design. Check the oil level every time you fill the tank. Examples of equipment that use a lot of electricity are: the fan at high speeds. If the tyre pressures are just 1 bar too low. Due to the greater rolling resistance. always turn off electrical equipment when you do not need them. under-inflation also increases tyre wear and impairs handling. Design measures for economical recycling • • • • • • Joints and connections designed for ease of dismantling Modular construction to facilitate dismantling Increased use of single-grade materials Plastic parts and elastomers are labelled in accordance with ISO 1043.

asbestos. lead. • • • • • • • • • Manufacturing methods Use of recycled material for manufacturing plastic parts Solvent-free cavity sealing Solvent-free wax for protecting the vehicles in transit Solvent-free adhesives No CFCs used in production Surplus materials used extensively for energy conversion and building materials Overall water consumption reduced Heat recovery systems Water-soluble paint .162 Driving and the environment • • • Recycled materials used in manufacture Reduced “vapour emissions” from plastics CFC-free refrigerant in air conditioning Compliance with prohibited materials laws: cadmium. chrome VI. mercury.

Improper use could damage your health or Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Observe the disposal information on the package. the more damage they do to the paintwork. they must always be kept closed in their original container. resinous tree sap. Caution Never attempt to remove dirt. WARNING • • Car care products can be toxic. Never use a dry cloth or sponge for cleaning purposes. After the period when salt is put on the roads it is important to have the underside of the vehicle washed thoroughly. Failure to comply could result in poisoning. There is a fire / explosion risk. Keep out of children's reach. mud or dust if the surface of the vehicle is dry. The best way to protect the car against environmental contaminants is to wash and wax it frequently. WARNING (continued) your vehicle. switch off the engine. Car care products Car care products are available from your Authorised Service Centre. Left over car care products should not be disposed of with ordinary household waste. or carry out any maintenance. For this. • • Never use fuel. these should be used in well ventilated areas. Regular care Regular and expert care helps to maintain the value of the vehicle. The longer substances such as insects. Soak dirt. These are toxic and highly flammable. tar. High temperatures (for instance in strong sunlight) further intensify the corrosive effect. engine oil. nail varnish remover or other volatile fluids. This may also be one of the requirements for acknowledging warranty claims in the event of corrosion or paint defects. Always read and observe the instructions and warnings on the package before using car care products.Cleaning and caring for your vehicle 163 Cleaning and caring for your vehicle General notes Regular washing and care help maintain the value of your vehicle. apply the handbrake firmly and remove the key from the ignition. mud or dust with plenty of water. Keep the product instructions until you have used up the product. Before you wash your vehicle. turpentine. The use of certain products may produce noxious vapours. This could damage the paintwork or glass on your vehicle. • • For the sake of the environment When purchasing car care products. bird droppings. soot or road salt and other aggressive materials remain on the vehicle. try to select ones which are not harmful to the environment. industrial deposits. road dirt.

WARNING • • • The ignition must always be switched off before the vehicle is washed. Before going through a car wash. the brakes could hesitate to respond as the brake discs and pads will be wet. avoid sudden braking directly after washing the vehicle. If the vehicle has special accessories such as spoilers or a roof carrier or twoway radio aerial. Risk of accident. Caution Before putting the vehicle in a carwash tunnel. the filtering of the wash water and the type of detergents and wax solutions used. dry the rubber seals and the surfaces they touch with a cloth to prevent them freezing. – Special car shampoo should only be used for very stubborn dirt. be sure to take the usual precautions such as closing the windows and sunroof. There is nothing to note apart from that. “Dry ” the brakes by braking several times. “Braking effect and braking distance”. the effect on the paint depends to a large extent on the design of the car wash. – Clean the wheels. the inside of the wheel housings etc. etc. Washing by hand Washing the vehicle – First soften the dirt with plenty of water and rinse off. WARNING Moisture. Risk of accident. sill panels etc. You must “dry” the brakes by applying the brakes carefully several times ⇒ page 152. After the car has been washed. ice and salt on the brakes may affect braking efficiency.164 Cleaning and caring for your vehicle Care of the vehicle exterior Automatic car washes The paint is so durable that the car can normally be washed without problems in an automatic car wash. After cleaning the vehicle – If possible. – Rinse the vehicle thoroughly with water. . – Dry the surface of the vehicle gently using a chamois leather. – If it is cold. – Rinse the sponge or glove as much as possible.. the brushes used. Start on the roof and work your way down. Moisture. Use only light pressure. it is advisable to consult the car wash operator. do not tighten the aerial if it is folded as this may cause damage. However. Apply silicone spray to the rubber seals. etc. last using a different sponge or glove. or even frozen in winter. Protect your hands and arms from cuts on sharp metal edges when cleaning the underbody. a glove or a brush. ice and salt on the brakes may affect braking efficiency. – Clean the vehicle with a soft sponge. Risk of injury.

You must “dry” the brakes by applying the brakes carefully several times ⇒ page 152. This prevents toxic. • • Do not use water hotter than 60°C. This is especially important for bumpers painted in the same colour as the vehicle. The closer the nozzle is to the surface. plastic. Note Do not wash the vehicle in direct sunlight. visible and invisible damage can occur to the tyres. To avoid damage to the vehicle. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . WARNING • • Never wash tyres with a concentrated jet or cylindrical jet (“rotating nozzle”). do not direct the water into the lock cylinders or the gaps around the doors. the greater the wear on the material. – Increase the spraying distance for soft materials and painted bumpers. the car should be washed only in specially provided wash bays. maintain a sufficient distance from sensitive materials for example: flexible hoses. Moisture. Never attempt to remove dirt. ice and salt on the brakes may affect braking efficiency. Caution Washing the car with a high pressure cleaner Be particularly careful when using a high pressure cleaner! – Always observe the instructions for the high-pressure cleaner. This could damage the car. washing vehicles anywhere else may be prohibited. luggage compartment. avoid sudden braking directly after washing the vehicle. Washing the vehicle in low temperatures: if the vehicle is rinsed with a hose. Never use a dry cloth or sponge for cleaning purposes.Cleaning and caring for your vehicle 165 • • Caution – Do not use a high pressure cleaner to remove ice or snow from windows ⇒ page 166. or bonnet. – Never use concentrated jet nozzles or so-called “dirt blasters” ⇒ . For the sake of the environment In the interests of environmental protection. – If possible. Otherwise there is a risk of malfunction. Risk of accident. Even at large spraying distances and short cleaning times. In some districts. oil-laden waste water entering the sewerage system. This may cause an accident. This could scratch the paintwork or glass on your vehicle. mud or dust if the surface of the vehicle is dry. sound proofing. particularly those concerning the pressure and the spraying distance. etc.

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Waxing the car Regular waxing protects the paintwork.
You need to apply wax to your car if water does not form small drops and run off the paintwork when it is clean. Good quality hard wax is available from your Authorised Service Centre. A good coat of wax helps to protects the paintwork from environmental contaminants ⇒ page 163. It is also effective in protecting against minor scratches. Even if a wax solution is used regularly in the car wash, it is advisable to protect the paint with a coat of hard wax at least twice a year.

Caring for plastic parts Solvents will damage plastic parts.
If normal washing fails to clean plastic parts, clean them with special solventfree plastic cleaning and care products.

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The use of liquid air freshener directly over the air vents of the vehicle may damage the plastic parts if the liquid is accidentally spilled. Cleaning products which contain solvents will damage the material.

Cleaning windows and exterior mirrors Polishing the paintwork
Cleaning the windows

Polishing brings back gloss to the paintwork.
Polishing is only necessary if the paint has lost its shine, and the gloss cannot be brought back by applying wax. Polish can be obtained from your Authorised Service Centre. The car must be waxed after polishing if the polish used does not contain wax compounds to seal the paint ⇒ page 166, “Waxing the car”.

– Moisten the windows with commercially available, alcohol based glass cleaner. – Dry the windows with a clean chamois leather or a lint-free cloth. Removing snow – Use a small brush to remove snow from the windows and mirrors. Removing ice – Use a de-icer spray.
Use a clean cloth or chamois leather to dry the windows. Chamois leathers which have been used on painted surfaces are not suitable for use on windows. They will be soiled with wax deposits which would smear the windows.

Caution
To prevent damage to the paintwork:

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Do not use polishes and hard wax on painted parts with a matte finish or on plastic parts. Do not polish your vehicle in a sandy or dusty environment.

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If possible use a de-icing spray to remove ice. If you use an ice scraper, push it in one direction only. Do not move it to and fro. Use window cleaner or a silicone remover to clean off rubber, oil, grease and silicone deposits. Wax deposits have to be removed with a special cleaner which is available from your Authorised Service Centre. Wax deposits on the windscreen could cause the wiper blades to judder. A window cleanser specifically for removing wax will stop the blades juddering if added to the windscreen washer fluid. Grease removing cleansers will not remove wax deposits.

Care of rubber seals If rubber seals are well looked after, they will not freeze so quickly.
1. Use a soft cloth to remove dust and dirt from the rubber seals. 2. Apply a specialist care product to the rubber seals.
The weather strips on the doors, windows, bonnet and rear lid will remain pliable and last longer if they are treated with a suitable care product (for example silicone spray). Caring for rubber seals will also prevent premature ageing and leaks. The doors will be easier to open. If rubber seals are well looked after, they will not freeze so quickly in winter.

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Never use warm or hot water to remove snow and ice from windows and mirrors. This could cause the glass to crack!

The heating element for the rear window is located on the inner side of the window. To prevent damage, do not put stickers over the heating elements on the inside of the window.

Door lock cylinders Cleaning windscreen wiper blades
Clean wiper blades are essential for clear vision. 1. Use a soft cloth to remove dust and dirt from the windscreen wiper blades. 2. Use window cleanser to clean the windscreen wiper blades. Use a sponge or a cloth to remove stubborn stains.

The door lock cylinders can freeze up in winter.
To de-ice the lock cylinders you should only use spray with lubricating and anti-corrosive properties.

Cleaning chrome parts
1. Clean chrome parts with a damp cloth. 2. Polish chrome parts with a soft, dry cloth.

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If this does not provide satisfying results, use a specialist chrome cleaning product. Chrome cleaning products will remove stains and coatings from the surface.

Cleaning alloy wheels
Every two weeks – Wash salt and brake dust from alloy wheels.

Caution
To prevent scratching chrome surfaces:

– Use an acid free detergent to clean the wheels. Every three months – Apply a hard wax compound to the wheels.
Alloy wheels require regular attention to preserve their appearance. It is important to remove road salt and brake dust by washing the wheels at regular intervals, otherwise the finish will be impaired. Always use an acid-free detergent for alloy wheels. Car polish or other abrasive agents should not be used. If the protective coating is damaged, e.g. by stone impact, the damaged area should be repaired immediately.

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Never use an abrasive care product on chrome. Do not clean or polish chrome parts in a sandy or dusty environment.

Steel wheels
– Clean steel wheels regularly using a separate sponge.
Use an industrial cleanser to remove brake dust. Any damage to the paint on steel wheels should be repaired before the metal starts to rust.

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Never wash tyres with a cylindrical jet. Even at large spraying distances and short cleaning times, visible and invisible damage can occur to the tyres. This may cause an accident. Moisture, ice and salt on the brakes may affect braking efficiency. Risk of accident. If possible, avoid sudden braking immediately after washing the vehicle. You must “dry” the brakes by applying the brakes carefully several times ⇒ page 152, “Braking effect and braking distance”.

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Never wash tyres with a cylindrical jet. Even at large spraying distances and short cleaning times, visible and invisible damage can occur to the tyres. This may cause an accident. Moisture, ice and salt on the brakes may affect braking efficiency. Risk of accident. If possible, avoid sudden braking immediately after washing the vehicle. You must “dry” the brakes by applying the brakes carefully several times ⇒ page 152, “Braking effect and braking distance”.

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Underbody sealant The underside of the vehicle is coated to protect it from corrosion and damage.
The protective coating could be damaged when driving. We recommend that the protective coating under the body and on the running gear should be checked, and reinstated if necessary, before and after the winter season. We recommend that repair work and additional anti-corrosion work is carried out by your Authorised Service Centre.

The anti-corrosion protection is usually removed if the engine compartment is cleaned with grease removing solutions, or if you have the engine cleaned. If this job is carried out, you should ensure that all surfaces, seams, joints and components in the engine compartment are given anti-corrosion treatment afterwards.

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When working in the engine compartment, always observe the safety warnings ⇒ page 180. Switch off the engine, apply the parking brake firmly and always remove the key from the ignition before you open the bonnet. Allow the engine to cool before you clean the engine compartment.

WARNING
Do not apply underseal or anti-corrosion coatings to the exhaust pipes, catalytic converter or the heat shields on the exhaust system. The heat of the exhaust system or the engine could cause them to ignite! This is a fire hazard.

Do not clean the underside of vehicle, wheel arches without protecting your hands and arms. You may cut yourself on sharp-edged metal parts. Failure to comply could result in injury. Moisture, ice and salt on the brakes may affect braking efficiency. Risk of accident. If possible, avoid sudden braking immediately after washing the vehicle. Never touch the radiator fan. It is temperature-controlled and could start automatically, even when the key is removed from the ignition!

Cleaning the engine compartment Take special care when cleaning the engine compartment.
Anti-corrosion treatment The engine compartment and the surface of the power unit are given anticorrosion treatment at the factory. Good corrosion protection is particularly important in winter when the car is frequently driven on salted roads. To prevent the salt corroding the vehicle, the entire engine compartment should be thoroughly cleaned before and after the salting period. Your Authorised Service Centre is able to provide the correct cleaning and preserving products and has the necessary equipment. For this reason, we recommend having this work performed by them. Safety First Operating instructions

For the sake of the environment
Fuel, grease and oil deposits could be removed when the engine is washed. The polluted water must be cleaned in an oil separator. For this reason, engine washing should be carried out only by a qualified workshop or a suitable filling station.

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Care of the vehicle interior
Cleaning plastic parts and the dash panel
– Use a clean, damp cloth to clean plastic parts and the dash panel. – If this does not provide satisfactory results, use a special solvent-free plastic cleaning product.

Cleaning cloth seat covers and fabric trim
Cloth seat covers and fabric trim on the doors, headlining etc. can be cleaned with a special interior cleanser or with dry foam and a soft brush.

Cleaning leather*
Normal cleaning – Moisten a cotton or woollen cloth with water and wipe over the leather surfaces. Cleaning stubborn stains – More stubborn dirt can be removed using a mild soap solution (pure liquid soap; two tablespoons diluted in one litre of water) and a cloth. – Do not let the water soak through the leather or soak into the seams. – Then wipe off with a soft, dry cloth.

WARNING
Never clean the dash panel and surface of the airbag module with cleansers containing solvents. Solvents cause the surface to become porous. If the airbag inflates, disintegrating plastic parts can cause substantial injuries.

Caution
Cleaning products which contain solvents will damage the material.

Cleaning wooden trim*
– Clean the wooden trim with a clean cloth moistened with water. – If this does not provide satisfactory results, use a gentle soap solution.

Leather care – The leather should be treated regularly (about twice a year) with a special leather-care product, which is available from your Authorised Service Centre. – Apply these products very sparingly.

Caution
Cleaning products which contain solvents will damage the material.

– Then wipe off with a soft, dry cloth.

shoe cream. If the vehicle is left standing in the sun for long periods. – Allow the seat belt fabric to dry. Ensure that the belts do not come into contact with corrosive fluids. Keep the seat belts clean and check all seat belts regularly. – Do not roll up the seat belt until it is dry. If large stains form on the belts the belt will not retract correctly into the automatic belt retractor. allow seat belts to dry completely before rolling them up. as a natural product. etc. Cleaning seat belts – Carefully pull the dirty seat belt right out and leave it out. slight colour variations in high-quality natural leather are normal. • • Caution Do not use solvents. so a degree of care is required in everyday use and when looking after the leather. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . WARNING • • • Do not use chemical cleaning agents on the seat belts. To avoid damage. – Clean the dirty seat belts with a gentle soap solution. as this can impair the strength of the webbing. Because of the natural properties of the specially selected hides employed. Check the condition of all seat belts at regular intervals. Otherwise the belt retractors could become damaged. Do not attempt to repair a damaged seat belt yourself. If you notice that the belt webbing. However. the leather should be protected against direct sunlight to prevent it from fading. fittings. Caution After cleaning. the belt must be replaced by a specialist workshop. wax polish. Dust and grit in the pores and seams can scratch and damage the surface.Cleaning and caring for your vehicle 171 SEAT does everything possible to preserve the special qualities of leather. The seat belts must not be removed or modified in any way. Cleaning seat belts A dirty belt may stop the seat belt working properly. the finished leather has a certain sensitivity to grease and dirt. retractor mechanism or buckle of any of the belts is damaged. stubborn stains should be removed by a qualified workshop. spot removers or similar products on leather.

For this reason. should never be fitted on the covers of. Before purchasing accessories and parts. for example telephone holders or drink holders. cruise control system or electronicallycontrolled suspension) must be approved by SEAT for use in your vehicle and bear the e mark (the European Union's authorisation symbol). SEAT can guarantee that the product in question is suitable. Your vehicle is designed to offer a high standard of active and passive safety. there is a danger of resulting injury if the airbag is triggered in an accident. laptop or ventilator ® and fan.g. Any equipment subsequently installed which has a direct effect on the vehicle and/or the way it is driven (e. etc. reliable and safe. SEAT is not able to assess the reliability. even if these parts have been approved by an official testing agency or are covered by an official approval certificate. This can seriously impair safety. safety and suitability of parts not approved by SEAT. SEAT Authorised Service Centres cannot be held liable for any damage caused by modifications and/or work performed incorrectly. If they are. other systems may be affected by the faults. Authorised Service Centres have the necessary experience and facilities to ensure that parts are installed correctly and professionally.).172 Accessories. parts replacement and modifications Accessories and parts Always consult an Authorised Service Centre before purchasing accessories and parts. SEAT dealerships will be happy to provide you with the latest information about the use. parts replacement and modifications Accessories. Modifications Modifications must always be carried out according to our specifications. the airbags. and before making technical changes to your car. we recommend that you consult your Authorised Service Centre. Unauthorised modifications to the electronic components or software in the vehicle may cause malfunctions. This way. and also invalidate your vehicle registration documents. For this reason SEAT cannot assume responsibility for any non-genuine parts used. Due to the way the electronic components are linked together in networks. these must bear the CE mark (European Union manufacturer conformity declaration). SEAT We recommend you use only SEAT Approved Accessories Approved Spare Parts®. . lead to excessive wear of components. If any additional electrical components are fitted which do not serve to control the vehicle itself (for instance a refrigerator box. or within the working range of. legal requirements and recommendations from the manufacturer regarding accessories and parts. Despite continuous observation of the market. we recommend that all work should be performed by an Authorised Service Centre using genuine and SEAT® approved parts and accessories. WARNING Accessories.

parts replacement and modifications 173 WARNING Incorrectly performed modifications or other work on your vehicle can lead to malfunctions and cause accidents. First consult your Authorised Service Centre if you wish to use a mobile telephone or a two-way radio with a transmitting power in excess of 10 watts. This also applies to external aerials that have not been correctly installed. Caution Before putting the vehicle in a carwash tunnel. • • The correct installation of an external aerial. If you are distracted while driving you could have an accident. tilting it backwards into a horizontal position and then screw in again. transmitting power in excess of 10 watts. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . for example. Caution Mobile telephones and two-way radios You will require an external aerial for mobile phones and twoway radios. do not tighten the aerial if it is folded as this may cause damage. which can be folded backwards. when. for example an Authorised Service Centre. Here you will receive information concerning the technical possibilities for retrofitting this equipment. Roof aerial* The vehicle may be fitted with a collapsible roof aerial* with antitheft system*. To return to working position Continue in the reverse order to that given in the previous instruction. SEAT has approved your vehicle for use with mobile telephones and two-way radios providing the following conditions are observed: Failure to observe the above conditions could cause the electronics to malfunction. external aerial incorrectly installed. danger of injury if the airbag is triggered. An external aerial is needed to give the equipment its optimal range.Accessories. Never attach the telephone mountings to the surfaces covering the airbag units or within the range of the airbags. electromagnetic radiation in the vehicle could exceed authorised limits. If you use mobile telephones or two-way radios in the vehicle without an external aerial. going through an automatic carwash. transmitting power of maximum 10 watts. WARNING • • • Always concentrate primarily on driving. To fold Unscrew the aerial rod. Mobile telephones and two-way radios should be fitted only by a qualified workshop. The most common causes of faults are: • • • no external aerial.

174 Accessories. parts replacement and modifications Note Please observe the operating instructions of your mobile telephone / two-way radio. .

123 Attachment points for towing bracket Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Fig. parts replacement and modifications 175 Fitting a towing bracket* It is possible to fit a towing bracket to the rear of the vehicle.Accessories.

the rear bumper must be removed and reinstalled. before fitting a towing bracket.g.. • If the towing bracket is incorrectly installed. fitting of a trailer bracket is not recommended due to the design of the bumpers. and an electrical socket must be used to connect to the vehicle's electrical system. Certain vehicle components. 65 mm (minimum) from 350 mm to 420 mm (fully laden vehicle) 960 mm 345 mm 188 mm Note For the sports model (FR. there is serious danger of an accident. this could cause damage to the vehicle's electrical system. please contact an Authorised Service Centre to check whether your cooling system needs modification. Measurement for securing the towing bracket: B A C A D A E A F A • Caution If the electrical socket is incorrectly installed. This requires specialist knowledge and tools.. this must be completed according to the instructions of the towing bracket manufacturer. A The attachment points for the towing bracket A are underneath the vehicle. The towing bracket securing bolts must be tightened using a torque wrench. SPORT. WARNING (continued) • For your own safety. e. please observe the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the towing bracket.g. Therefore. Observe the legal requirements in your country (e. • WARNING Towing brackets should be fitted by specialists. the fitting of a separate warning lamp). The figures in the illustration show the dimensions and attachment points which must be observed if you are retrofitting a towing bracket. .176 Accessories. The distance between the centre of the ball coupling and the ground should never be lower than the measurement indicated when the vehicle is fully loaded including the maximum resting weight.). Fitting a towing bracket • • • Driving with a trailer implies additional work for the vehicle. CUPRA. parts replacement and modifications If a towing bracket is to be fitted after the vehicle is purchased.

The correct fuel grade for your vehicle is given on a sticker on the inside of the fuel tank flap. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . – Turn the key in the lock. • If. turning it anti-clockwise. with fuel. it will switch itself off as soon as the tank is “full”. causing the fuel fumes to ignite. without releasing the cap in the clockwise direction 180°. Never attempt to fill beyond this point. – Grip the cap and then insert the key into the lock and rotate 180° to the left. or a spare fuel canister. Fuel may leak out if ambient conditions are warm. The canister could be damaged in an accident and leak. please observe the following points: − Never fill the spare fuel canister inside the vehicle or on it. you have to carry a spare fuel canister. − Follow legal requirements for the use of spare fuel canisters. An electrostatic charge could build up during filling.Checking and refilling levels 177 Checking and refilling levels Refuelling The tank flap is released manually. as this will fill the expansion chamber. Always place the canister on the ground to fill it. The tank holds approximately 45 litres. until the point of feeling a “click”. – Remove the key and close the flap until it clicks into place. 124 Tank flap open Fuel is highly inflammable and can cause serious burns and other injuries. Unscrewing the tank cap – Lift the lid. If the automatic filler nozzle is operated correctly. Closing the tank cap – Screw the tank cap to the right. − Never smoke or use any naked flame when filling the fuel tank of the vehicle. The tank cap is secured with an anti-loss attachment The tank flap is at the rear of the vehicle on the right. – Unscrew the cap. − For safety reasons we do not recommend carrying a spare fuel canister in the vehicle. in exceptional circumstances. This may be fatally explosive. This is an explosion hazard. WARNING • Fig.

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− Insert the fuel nozzle into the mouth of the canister as far as possible. − If the spare fuel canister is made of metal, the filling nozzle must be in contact with the canister during filling. This helps prevent an electrostatic charge building up. − Never spill fuel in the vehicle or in the luggage compartment. Fuel vapours are explosive. Danger of death.

Fuel types are differentiated by the octane rating, e.g: 91, 95, 98 RON (RON = “Regulation Octane Number, unit for determining the knock resistance of petrol”). You may use petrol with a higher octane number than the one recommended for your engine. However, this has no advantage in terms of fuel consumption and engine power. If, in exceptional circumstances, the correct octane rating is not available:

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For engines which require Premium unleaded petrol (95 RON) the following is valid: Regular unleaded fuel with 91 RON can also be used. This can, however, result in a slight loss of power under certain driving conditions. For engines which require Premium unleaded petrol (98 RON) the following is valid: Premium unleaded fuel with 95 RON can also be used. This can, however, result in a slight loss of power under certain driving conditions. – If premium unleaded petrol is not available, the engine can be run on regular unleaded petrol with 91 RON as an “emergency measure”. In this case only use moderate engine speeds and a light throttle. Avoid using full throttle. Fill up with premium petrol as soon as possible.

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Caution
Fuel spills should be removed from the paintwork immediately.

Never run the tank completely dry. An irregular fuel supply could cause misfiring. As a result, unburnt fuel could enter the catalytic converter and cause damage.

For the sake of the environment
Do not try to put in more fuel after the automatic filler nozzle has switched off; this may cause the fuel to overflow if it becomes warm.

Caution

Petrol that follows EN 228 may be mixed with small quantities of ethanol. However, the so-called “bioethanol fuels” available at commercial establishments with reference E50 or E85, which contain a high percentage of ethanol, may not be used, as they will damage the fuel system. Even one tankfull of leaded fuel would permanently impair the efficiency of the catalytic converter. High engine speed and full throttle can damage the engine when using petrol with an octane rating lower than the correct grade for the engine.

Petrol
Petrol types The correct petrol types are listed on a sticker inside the fuel tank flap.
Only unleaded petrol, corresponding to the standard DIN EN 228, may be used for vehicles with catalytic converters (EN = “European Norm”).

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For the sake of the environment
Just one full tank of leaded fuel would seriously impair the efficiency of the catalytic converter.

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Petrol additives Petrol additives improve the quality of the petrol.
The quality of the petrol influences running behaviour, performance and service life of the engine. For this reason you should use good quality petrol containing additives. These additives will help to prevent corrosion, keep the fuel system clean and prevent deposits from building up in the engine. If good quality petrol with additives is not available or engine problems occur, the required additives must be added during refuelling.

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DIN is a German abbreviation for “Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.”, the German standards institute. EN means European Norm. FAME is the English abbreviation for “Fatty Acid Methyl Ester”

If the date sticker of the vehicle includes the number PR 2G0 optional equipment) this means that that vehicle has been prepared for biodiesel use. Your Authorised Service Centre or automobile association will be able to advise on where you can obtain RME biodiesel fuel. Your Authorised Service Centre can also be consulted to know if the vehicle has been prepared for biodiesel use. Things to note about RME fuel (biodiesel)

Diesel
Diesel*
Diesel fuel must correspond to DIN EN 590 (EN = “European standard”). It must have a cetane number (CN) of at least 51. The cetane number indicates the ignition quality of the diesel fuel. Notes on filling with fuel ⇒ page 177.

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The performance of a vehicle using biodiesel maybe somewhat reduced. Fuel consumption of a vehicle using biodiesel may be slightly higher. RME fuel can be used in winter at temperatures down to approx. -10°C.

At outside temperatures below -10° C, we recommend using winter diesel fuel.

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Caution

RME fuel can damage the fuel system in vehicles which are not suitably adjusted. If you decide to use biodiesel in your vehicle, please use only RME fuel which is DIN E 14,214 compliant.

RME fuel* Only those vehicles fitted with special equipment (number PR 2G0 for biodiesel use) may use biodiesel corresponding to the standard DIN EN 14214.
The biodiesel fuel must comply with the DIN EN 14.214 (FAME) Standard.

If you use biodiesel that does not meet the required standard, the fuel filter could become clogged.

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Biodiesel is a methylester obtained from rapeseed oil.

In case of low exterior temperatures and a fuel biodiesel percentage of higher than 50%, an increase in gas emission may occur during operation of the independent heating.

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The fuel filter may become clogged when fuel is changed to biodiesel. For this reason, we recommend that, about every 300 or 400 km, following a fuel change, also change the fuel filter. Also note the instructions in the Inspection and Maintenance plan. If the vehicle is to remain parked for more than about two weeks, we recommend filling the fuel tank with biodiesel and driving about 50 km in order to avoid damage to the injection system.

Caution
Do not mix fuel additives (“thinners”, or similar additives) with diesel fuel.

Working in the engine compartment
Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment

Winter driving Diesel can thicken in winter.
Winter-grade diesel When using “summer-grade diesel fuel”, difficulties may be experienced at sub-zero temperatures because the fuel thickens due to wax separation. For this reason, “winter-grade diesel fuel” is available in some countries during the cold months. It can be used at temperatures as low as -22°C. In countries with different climatic conditions the diesel fuel sold generally has different temperature characteristics. Check with an Authorised Service Centre or filling stations in the country concerned regarding the type of diesel fuels available. Filter pre-heater Your vehicle is fitted with a fuel filter pre-heater, making it well equipped for operation in winter. This ensures that the fuel system remains operational to approx. -24°C, provided you use winter-grade diesel which is safe to -15°C. However, if the fuel has waxed to such an extent that the engine will not start at temperatures of under -24°C, simply place the vehicle in a warm place for a while.

Any work carried out in the engine compartment or on the engine must be carried out cautiously.
Before starting any work on the engine or in the engine compartment: 1. Switch off the engine and remove the key from the ignition. 2. Apply the handbrake. 3. Move the gear stick to neutral or the selector lever to position P. 4. Wait for the engine to cool down. 5. Keep children away from the vehicle. 6. Raise the bonnet ⇒ page 182.
You should not do any work in the engine compartment unless you know exactly how to carry out the jobs and have the correct tools! Have the work carried out by a qualified workshop if you are uncertain. All service fluids and consumables, e.g. coolant, engine oil, spark plugs and batteries, are being constantly developed. SEAT provides a constant flow of information to the Authorised Service Centres concerning modifications. For

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this reason we recommend that you have service fluids and consumables replaced by an Authorised Service Centre. Please observe the relevant instructions ⇒ page 172. The engine compartment of any motor vehicle is a hazardous area ⇒ .

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Always make sure you have not left any objects, such as cleaning cloths and tools, in the engine compartment. If you have to work underneath the vehicle, you must use suitable stands additionally to support the vehicle, there is a risk of accident!. A hydraulic jack is insufficient for securing the vehicle and there is a risk of injury. If any work has to be performed when the engine is started or with the engine running, there is an additional, potentially fatal, safety risk from the rotating parts, such as the drive belts, alternator, radiator fan, etc., and from the high-voltage ignition system. You should also observe the following points: − Never touch the electrical wiring of the ignition system. − Ensure that jewellery, loose clothing and long hair do not get trapped in rotating engine parts. Danger of death. Before starting any work remove jewellery, tie back and cover hair, and wear tight-fitting clothes. − Always think carefully about pressing the accelerator if a gear is engaged in either an automatic or manual gearbox. The vehicle could move, even if the handbrake is applied. Danger of death.

WARNING
All work on the engine or in the engine compartment, e.g. checking and refilling fluids, involves the danger of injury and scalding as well as the risk of accident or fire.

Never open the bonnet if you see steam, smoke or coolant escaping from the engine compartment. Otherwise, there is a risk of sustaining burns. Wait until no more steam or coolant is emitted, then allow the engine to cool before carefully opening the bonnet.

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Switch off the engine and remove the key from the ignition.

Apply the handbrake and move the gear stick to neutral or selector lever to position P. Keep children away from the vehicle. Never touch hot engine parts. There is a risk of burns.

Never spill liquids on a hot engine or on a hot exhaust gas system. This is a fire hazard. Avoid causing short-circuits in the electrical system, particularly at the points where the jump leads are attached ⇒ page 231. The battery could explode. Never touch the radiator fan. It is temperature controlled and could start automatically, even when the engine has been switched off and the key removed from the ignition!

If work has to be carried out on the fuel system or on electrical components, you must observe the following safety notes in addition to the above warnings: − Always disconnect the battery. The vehicle must be unlocked when this is done, otherwise the alarm will be triggered. − Do not smoke. − Never work near naked flames. − Always have a fire extinguisher on hand.

Do not unscrew the cap on the expansion tank when the engine is hot. If the coolant is hot, the cooling system will be pressurised! Protect face, hands and arms by covering the cap with a large, thick cloth to protect against escaping coolant and steam.

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Caution
When changing or topping up service fluids, make absolutely certain that you fill the fluids into the correct reservoirs. Failure to observe this point will result in serious malfunctions and engine damage!

Before opening the bonnet ensure that the windscreen wipers are in rest position. – To release the bonnet, pull the lever under the dashboard ⇒ fig. 125 in the direction indicated (arrow). The bonnet will be released by a spring action ⇒ . – Lift the bonnet using the release lever (arrow) and open the bonnet. – Release the bonnet stay and secure it in fixture designed for this in the bonnet.

For the sake of the environment
Service fluids leaks are harmful to the environment. For this reason you should make regular checks on the ground underneath your vehicle. If you find spots of oil or other fluids, have your vehicle inspected in a qualified workshop.

Opening the bonnet The bonnet is released from inside the vehicle.

WARNING
Hot coolant can scald!

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Never open the bonnet if you see steam, smoke or coolant escaping from the engine compartment.

Wait until no more steam, smoke or coolant is emitted from the bonnet, then carefully open the bonnet. When working in the engine compartment, always observe the safety warnings ⇒ page 180.

Closing the bonnet
– Raise the bonnet slightly.
Fig. 125 Arrester hook for bonnet.

– Release the bonnet stay and replace it in its support. – At a height of about 30 cm let it fall so it is locked.

long starting time. The specifications (VW standards) set out in the following page should appear on the container of the service oil. The bonnet must be flush with the surrounding body panels. If you notice that the bonnet latch is not secured when the vehicle is moving. Risk of accident. always check that it is properly secured. increased consumption and a higher emission level. when it becomes necessary to replenish or change the oil. may have some repercussions on the performance of the engine for example. If a top up is required then different oils may be mixed as long as they all conform to the VW standards. Specifications The engine comes with a special. Open it once more and let it fall as before. it could open while you are driving and completely obscure your view of the road. As the use of good quality oil is necessary for the correct operation and long service life of the engine.Checking and refilling levels 183 If the bonnet does not close. high quality. Engine oil Engine oil specifications The engine oil used must conform with exact specifications. stop the vehicle immediately and close the bonnet properly. do not press downwards. the container will display together the different standards for petrol and diesel engines. If it is not possible to find oil conforming to the VW standards then oil conforming to the ACEA or API standards with an appropriate viscosity at atmospheric temperature should be used instead. multi grade oil that can be used in all seasons of the year except for those regions affected by extreme cold. The use of this type of oil Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . • • After closing the bonnet. Risk of accident. WARNING If the bonnet is not closed properly. always use an oil that complies to the VW standards. the oil can be used for both types of engines.

Engine oil additives No type of additive should be mixed with the engine oil. Fig. When the ambient temperature falls outside the limits of the scale for a short period. Mono-grade oil Single grade oils are generally not suitable for all year round use. otherwise you may damage the engine.184 Checking and refilling levels Oil properties Viscosity The viscosity class of the oil is selected according to the diagram. an oil change is not required. 6) Viscosity: oil density . 126 Types of oil according to temperature Engine type Petrol Diesel Diesel Injector Pump a) Diesel Injector Pump Motor 118 kWa) Diesel Engines with Particulate filter (DPF)a) a) Specification VW 501 01/ VW 502 00/ VW 504 00 VW 505 00/ VW 505 01/ VW 507 00/ VW 506 01 VW 505 01/ VW 507 00/ VW 506 01 VW 506 01/ VW 507 00 VW 507 00 Only use recommended oils. due to ranges of viscosity6) . The deterioration caused by these additives is not covered by the warranty. These oils are only useful in a climate that is constantly very cold or very warm.

For this reason the engine oil level must be checked at regular intervals. after. pushing it in as far as it will go. Any work carried out in the engine compartment or on the engine must be carried out cautiously.Checking and refilling levels 185 Note Before a long trip. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 127 Engine oil dipstick. Checking oil level – Park the vehicle in a horizontal position.Oil must be topped up. The indicated oil level should be after the zone A C Oil level in area A . The indicated oil level should be found. – Pull out the dipstick. – Briefly run the engine at idle speed until the service temperature is reached then stop. we recommend finding an engine oil that conforms to the corresponding VW specifications and keeping it in the vehicle. 127. Caution A If the oil level is above the area A do not start the engine. the correct engine oil will always be available for a top-up if needed. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth and insert it again. – Wait two minutes. always observe the safety warnings ⇒ page 180. This way. This could result in damage to the engine and catalytic converter. • When working in the engine compartment. WARNING Fig.Oil can be topped up. Contact an Authorised Service Centre. Oil consumption is likely to be higher for the first 5000 km. A Oil level in area A Checking the engine oil level The engine oil dipstick indicates the level of the oil. Top up with engine oil if necessary. in zone A A Depending on how you drive and the conditions in which the car is used. preferably when filling the tank and before a journey.5 L/1000 km. – Then pull it out once more and check the oil level ⇒ fig. .Do not add oil. oil consumption can be up to 0. B Oil level in area A A .

read and observe the warnings ⇒ in “Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment” on page 180. you should top-up using small quantities. using the correct oil. . – To avoid over-filling with engine oil. This could result in damage to the engine and catalytic converter. Changing engine oil The engine oil must be changed at the intervals given in the service schedule. We recommend that you have the engine oil changed by an Authorised Service Centre. wait a while and check the oil level before adding any more oil. 128 In the engine compartment: Engine oil filler cap A The oil level must never be above area A. – Unscrew cap from oil filler opening ⇒ fig. B – As soon as the oil level is in area A. The oil change intervals are shown in the Maintenance Programme. carefully close the cap. WARNING Oil is highly inflammable! Ensure that no oil comes into contact with hot engine components when topping up.186 Checking and refilling levels Topping up engine oil  Top up gradually with small quantities of oil. Otherwise oil can be drawn in through the crankcase breather and escape into the atmosphere via the exhaust system. – Top-up oil in small amounts. 128. Contact a qualified workshop. Caution A If the oil level is above the area A do not start the engine. For the sake of the environment Fig. Engine oil specification ⇒ page 183. WARNING Only change the oil yourself if you have the specialist knowledge required! The position of the oil filler opening is shown in the corresponding engine compartment diagram ⇒ page 242. Before opening the bonnet.

Checking and refilling levels 187 WARNING (continued) Coolant Coolant specifications Coolant is a mixture of water and at least 40% coolant additive. causing the vehicle to breakdown. If greater frost protection is required in very cold climates. Never pour oil down drains or into the ground. • • • For the sake of the environment Because of the disposal problems. Wait for the engine to cool down. It would also reduce the cooling effect. There is a toxic risk. A mixture with 60% coolant additive will give frost protection to approx. However. At extremely cold ambient temperatures. Hot oil may cause burn injuries. This could result in engine damage. the percentage of coolant additives should not exceed 60%. The same applies to coolant which you have drained off. we recommend that you have the engine oil and filter changed by an Authorised Service Centre. • • • • • • Before opening the bonnet. As the heater would also not work in this situation. there is a risk of suffering exposure! Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . The coolant additive G 12+ must be added in sufficient quantities to provide anti-freeze protection at the coldest ambient temperatures that can be expected. Wash your skin thoroughly if it comes into contact with engine oil. Use a suitable container when draining the used oil. It has to be large enough to hold all the engine oil. Caution No additives should be used with engine oil. Any damage caused by the use of such additives would not be covered by the factory warranty. Engine oil is poisonous! Used oil must be stored in a safe place out of the reach of children until it is disposed of. -40°C. keep your arm horizontal to help prevent oil from running down your arm. the proportion of the antifreeze additive G 12+ can be increased. The cooling system must be filled with a mixture of water and at least 40 % of our coolant additive G 12+ or an additive with the specification TT-VW 774 F (it is dyed purple). The concentration of coolant must always be at least 40% . It also prevents scaling and raises the boiling point of the coolant. the necessary special tools and specialist knowledge required. Wear eye protection to avoid injuries caused by splashes of oil. This mixture gives the necessary frost protection down to -25°C and protects the alloy parts of the cooling system against corrosion. as this would reduce the frost protection. the coolant could freeze. “Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment”. Always keep the coolant additive in the original container which should be stored out of the reach of children.even if frost protection is not required. WARNING • • The coolant additive is toxic. read and observe the warnings ⇒ page 180. When removing the oil drain plug with your fingers.

cover the cap on the expansion tank with a thick cloth and carefully unscrew the cap ⇒ . The position of the coolant expansion reservoir is shown in the corresponding engine compartment diagram ⇒ page 242. read and observe the warnings ⇒ in “Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment” on page 180. – To prevent scalding. – Switch off the engine and allow it to cool. Do not use a different type of additive if coolant additive G 12+. – Do not fill above the “MAX” mark. Otherwise the excess coolant will be forced out of the cooling system when the engine is hot. 129 In the engine compartment: Coolant expansion tank cap Before opening the bonnet. Always top up with new coolant. Do not fill above the “MAX” mark. The coolant additive G 12+ (purple) can be mixed with the additive G 12 (red) or G 11. .188 Checking and refilling levels Opening the coolant expansion tank • • Caution Other additives may give considerably inferior corrosion protection. Fig. causing serious damage to the engine. – If the level is underneath the “MIN” mark. top up with coolant. In this case use only water and bring the coolant concentration back up to the correct level as soon as possible by putting in the specified additive ⇒ page 187. Closing the coolant expansion tank – Screw the cap on again tightly. Make sure that the coolant meets the required specifications ⇒ page 187. Checking the coolant level and topping up  The correct coolant level is important for fault-free functioning of the engine cooling system. Never mix G12 (red colour) with G 11. is not available. Topping up coolant – Only use new coolant. The resulting corrosion in the cooling system can lead to a loss of coolant. Checking coolant level – Look into the open coolant expansion tank and read off the coolant level.

Large coolant losses are an indication of leaks in the cooling system. This avoids damaging the engine. these may be added all-year-round.Checking and refilling levels 189 The coolant additive G 12+ (dyed purple) may be mixed with G 12 (dyed red) and also with G 11. Failure to do so will result in engine damage! If a lot of coolant has been lost. See a specialised workshop immediately and have the cooling system checked. in vehicles with headlamp washers* it holds approx. 130 In the engine compartment: Cap of windscreen washer fluid reservoir. Approved windscreen cleaning products exist on the market with high detergent and anti-freeze properties. WARNING Any work carried out in the engine compartment or on the engine must be carried out cautiously. • • Caution When mixed with other additives the colour of G 12 will change to brown. We recommend that you always add a product to the windscreen washer fluid. Please follow the dilution instructions on the packaging. Fig. The container holds approx. always observe the safety warnings ⇒ page 180. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 2 litres. there is a risk of engine damage. 4. Plain water is not enough to clean the windscreen and headlights. wait for the engine to cool down before putting in cold coolant. the cooling system is pressurised! Do not unscrew the cap on the expansion tank when the engine is hot. If this occurs you should have the coolant changed immediately. The reservoir is located on the right-hand side of the engine compartment. Washer fluid and windscreen wiper blades Topping up washer fluid  The water for cleaning the windscreen should always be mixed with washer fluid. Otherwise. • When working in the engine compartment. This is a burn injury risk.5 litres. The windscreen washer and the headlight washing system are supplied with fluid from the windscreen washer fluid container in the engine compartment. • When the engine is warm or hot.

Damaged wiper blades should be replaced immediately. the tiny holes in the fan-shaped nozzles could become blocked.190 Checking and refilling levels WARNING Any work carried out in the engine compartment or on the engine must be carried out cautiously. • When working in the engine compartment. you will benefit from an improved visibility. – Press on the securing tab. • • Caution Never put radiator anti-freeze or other additives into the windscreen washer fluid. If you use other washer fluids or soap solutions. Fitting the wiper blade – Insert the wiper blade onto the windscreen wiper arm until it clicks into place. . Changing windscreen wiper blades If the windscreen wiper blades are in perfect condition. 131 Change windscreen wiper blade Removing the wiper blade – Lift the windscreen wiper arm. – Make sure that the blade faces down when fitting a blade with integrated deflector blade. always observe the safety warnings ⇒ page 180. Always use approved windscreen cleansing products diluted as per instructions. Fig. – Extract the wiper blade from the wiper arm.

Fitting the wiper blade – Insert the wiper blade onto the windscreen wiper arm until it clicks into place. If this does not produce the desired results. If this is not sufficient. Changing the rear wiper blade A good rear wiper blade is essential for clear rear vision. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . This could cause damage. Never move the windscreen wiper or windscreen wiper arm manually. WARNING Do not drive unless you have good visibility through all windows! • • • • • Clean the windscreen wiper blades and all windows regularly. nail varnish remover. it should be replaced if damaged. Caution Damaged or dirty windscreen wipers could scratch the windscreen. 132 Changing the rear window wiper blade Never use fuel. If the windscreen wiper scrapes. refer to a qualified workshop. paint thinner or similar products to clean the windows. Damaged wiper blades should be replaced immediately. Check the condition of the wiper blade regularly. Removing the wiper blade – Lift the rear wiper arm. they should be replaced if they are damaged. They should be checked by a qualified workshop and corrected if necessary. 2 – Release the blade by pulling it in the direction of the arrow A.Checking and refilling levels 191 If the windscreen wipers smear. the setting angle of the windscreen wiper arms might be incorrect. Change as required. or cleaned if they are soiled. This could damage the windscreen wiper blades. Fig. or cleaned if soiled. The wiper blades should be changed once or twice a year. • Note The wiper arms can be moved to the service position only when the bonnet is properly closed.

This could cause damage. 133 In the engine compartment: Brake fluid reservoir cover – Read off the fluid level at the transparent brake fluid reservoir. . • • • • • Clean the windscreen wiper blades and all windows regularly. Never use fuel. The position of the brake fluid reservoir is shown in the corresponding engine compartment diagram ⇒ page 242. It should always be between the “MIN” and “MAX” marks. nail varnish remover. The wiper blades should be changed once or twice a year. Caution A damaged or dirty window wiper could scratch the rear window. Fig. The brake fluid reservoir has a black and yellow cap. paint thinner or similar products to clean the window. The brake fluid level drops slightly when the vehicle is being used as the brake pads are automatically adjusted as they wear.192 Checking and refilling levels WARNING Do not drive unless you have good visibility through all windows! Brake fluid Checking the brake fluid level The brake fluid is checked at the intervals given in the service schedule. Never move the windscreen wiper by hand.

If the water content in the brake fluid is too high. Wipe off any brake fluid from the paintwork immediately. there may be a leak in the brake system. Changing the brake fluid The Maintenance Program indicates the brake fluid change intervals. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . This also considerably reduces the boiling point of the brake fluid. Heavy use of the brakes may cause a vapour lock if the brake fluid is left in the system for too long. This would seriously affect the efficiency of the brakes and the safety of the vehicle. There is a toxic risk. This may cause an accident. A display on the instrument panel will warn you if the brake fluid level is too low ⇒ page 60. Caution Brake fluid could damage the paintwork. Heavy use of the brakes may then cause a vapour lock which could impair the braking effect. the brake system could corrode.Checking and refilling levels 193 However. read and observe the warnings ⇒ page 180. it will absorb water from the ambient air. Brake fluid should be stored in the closed original container in a safe place out of reach of children. if the level goes down noticeably in a short time. It is important that you use only brake fluid compliant with the US standard FMVSS 116 DOT 4. In the course of time. Old brake fluid impairs the braking effect. We recommend that you have the brake fluid changed by an Authorised Service Centre. WARNING Brake fluid is poisonous. or drops below the “MIN” mark. We recommend the use of Genuine SEAT brake fluid. For the sake of the environment Brake fluid must be drained and disposed of in the proper manner observing environmental regulations. read and observe the warnings ⇒ page 180. Brake fluid absorbs moisture. Complete the brake fluid change according to the Maintenance Program. please read and follow the warnings ⇒ in “Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment” on page 180 in “Working in the engine compartment”. Before opening the bonnet. WARNING (continued) • • • Before opening the bonnet to check the brake fluid level. WARNING Before opening the bonnet to check the brake fluid level.

Replace a damaged battery immediately. Protect your eyes. Do not expose the battery to direct sunlight over a long period of time. Never reverse the polarity of the connections. Keep children away from acid and batteries! A highly explosive mixture of gases is released when the battery is under charge. Wear protective gloves and eye protection. When a light bulb is changed. naked lights and smoking are prohibited. The batteries should be charged in a well-ventilated room only. Reconnect first the positive cable and then the negative cable. as the intense ultraviolet radiation can damage the battery housing.194 Checking and refilling levels Battery Warnings on handling the battery WARNING (continued) charge. Switch off all electrical consumers before reconnecting the battery. This may be fatally explosive. • • • Always be aware of the danger of injury and chemical burns as well as the risk of accident or fire when working on the battery and the electrical system: • • • • • Never charge a frozen battery. A flat battery can freeze at temperatures around 0°C. Before working on the electrical system. High-energy sparks can cause injury. Rinse battery acid from eyes immediately for several minutes with clear water. This could spill acid through the vents. Keep children away from acid and batteries. Ensure that the vent hose is always connected to the battery. Always replace a battery which has frozen. Then seek medical care immediately. Deactivate the anti-theft alarm by unlocking the vehicle before you disconnect the battery! The alarm will otherwise be triggered. avoid causing sparks and electrostatic . you need only switch off the light. When handling cables and electrical equipment. skin and clothing from acid and particles containing lead. consult a doctor immediately. Never use a defective battery. Do not tilt the batteries. • • Caution • Never disconnect the battery if the ignition is switched on or if the engine is running. The negative cable on the battery must be disconnected. naked lights and smoking are prohibited! A highly explosive mixture of gases is released when the battery is under charge. Never short the battery terminals. Wear protective gloves and eye protection! Fires. or one which has thawed. This could damage the electrical system or electronic components. This could cause an electrical fire. and rinse off with plenty of water. you must switch off the engine. the ignition and all consumers. • • •      WARNING Wear eye protection Battery acid is very corrosive and caustic. If acid is swallowed by mistake. disconnect first the negative cable and then the positive cable. Wear eye protection. When disconnecting the battery from the vehicle electrical system. Battery acid is very corrosive and caustic. sparks. sparks. Fires. This could result in explosions and chemical burns. Neutralize any acid splashes on the skin or clothing with a soapy solution.

Checking the electrolyte level The electrolyte level should be checked regularly in highmileage vehicles. we recommend you have the vehicle battery checked by an Authorised Service Centre where it will be recharged or replaced. tap the window gently until they disperse. WARNING • • We recommend you use only maintenance-free or cycle free leak-proof batteries which comply with the standards T 825 06 and VW 7 50 73. Replacing a vehicle battery The battery has been developed to suit the conditions of its location and has special safety features. Before starting any work on the batteries. performance and safety specifications of your vehicle. in hot countries and in older batteries.Checking and refilling levels 195 • If the vehicle is left standing in cold conditions for a long period. the electrolyte level of the battery is too low. If it “freezes” it will be damaged. the battery should be checked by a qualified workshop between the scheduled services. as batteries using special technology have been installed and they must be charged in a controlled environment. If you often drive short distances or if the vehicle is not driven for long periods. – Open the bonnet and open the battery cover at the front ⇒ in “Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment” on page 180 ⇒ in “Warnings on handling the battery” on page 194. Genuine SEAT batteries fulfil the maintenance. The colours green and black are used by the workshops for diagnostic purposes. protect the battery from frost. – Check the colour display in the "magic eye" on the top of the battery. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . This standard applies as of 2001. depending on the charge level and electrolyte level of the battery. The round window (“magic eye”) on the top of the battery changes colour. – If there are air bubbles in the window. Charging and changing the vehicle battery The battery is maintenance-free and is checked during the inspection service. Charging the battery The vehicle battery should be charged by a qualified workshop only. All work on the vehicle battery requires specialist knowledge. If this happens. If the colour in the window is colourless or bright yellow. you must read and observe the warnings ⇒ in “Warnings on handling the battery” on page 194. The position of the battery is shown in the corresponding engine compartment diagram ⇒ page 242. Have the battery checked by a qualified workshop. the battery might be damaged. If the battery has discharged and you have problems starting the vehicle.

dry and preferably dark location. Storing tyres – Mark tyres when you remove them to indicate the direction of rotation. . cracks or blisters. excessive noise and wear. WARNING • • • New tyres do not have maximum grip in the first 500 km. – Keep grease. stop the vehicle immediately and check the tyres for damage. This ensures you will be able to install them correctly when you replace them. The tread depth of new tyres may vary. If you notice unusual vibrations or the car pulling to one side. – Inspect the tyres regularly for damage (cuts. This guarantees optimum grip and helps to avoid aquaplaning. drive very slowly and as near as possible at a right angle to the kerb.). etc. the wheels and/or tyres should be stored in a cool. They must be disposed of appropriately and must not be disposed of with ordinary household waste. This may cause an accident. Remove any foreign objects embedded in the treads. Tyres with directional tread pattern An arrow on the tyre sidewall indicates the direction of rotation on tyres with directional tread. oil and fuel off the tyres. – When removed. according to the type and make of tyre and the tread pattern. Damage to tyres and rims is often not readily visible. Concealed damage Wheels General notes Avoiding damage – If you have to drive over a kerb or similar obstacle. The tyres should be checked immediately by an Authorised Service Centre.196 Checking and refilling levels New tyres For the sake of the environment Batteries contain toxic substances such as sulphuric acid and lead. If you notice unusual vibration or if the vehicle pulls to one side when driving. Drive particularly carefully to avoid risk of accident. Never drive with damaged tyres. – Store tyres in a vertical position if they are not fitted on wheel rims. New tyres have to be run in ⇒ page 151. this may indicate that one of the tyres is damaged. Always observe the direction of rotation indicated when fitting the wheel.

134 Tyre tread wear indicators WARNING A tyre can easily burst if the pressure is too low. Fig. 135 Changing wheels Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Adjust the tyre pressure to the load you are carrying. Always observe the recommended tyre pressures. In this way it becomes too hot. causing an accident! • • At continuously high speeds. Tyre pressure The correct tyre pressure is especially important at high speeds. the tyres will wear prematurely and the vehicle will not handle well. Read the required tyre inflation pressure from the sticker. and this can cause tread separation and tyre blow-out. The slightly raised pressures of warm tyres must not be reduced. 1. The values refer to Summer tyres. Risk of accident! For the sake of the environment Under-inflated tyres will increase fuel consumption. For Winter tyres. you must add 0. driving style and fitting. 2. a tyre with insufficient pressure flexes more. Fig. 3. Tyre service life The service life of tyres is dependent on tyre pressure. The pressure should therefore be checked at least once a month and before starting a journey. The tyre pressures should only be checked when the tyres are cold. If the tyre pressure is too low or too high.Checking and refilling levels 197 Checking tyre pressure The correct tyre pressure can be seen on the sticker on the inside of the tank flap.2 bar to the values given on the sticker.

e. Risk of accident. However. as they otherwise cause excessive wear on steering. If tyres show excessive wear. Damaged wheels and tyres must be replaced immediately! • • • • For the sake of the environment Under-inflated tyres will increase fuel consumption. Unbalanced wheels should be rebalanced.198 Checking and refilling levels Wear indicators The original tyres on your vehicle have 1. heavy acceleration and hard braking all increase tyre wear. Failure to do so could result in an accident. Different figures may apply in export countries ⇒ . Always observe the recommended tyre pressures. which results in steering vibration. Tyres should be replaced at least in pairs and not individually (i. you should have the wheel alignment checked by an Authorised Service Centre. various factors encountered in normal driving can cause them to become unbalanced. you should have the running gear checked by an Authorised Service Centre. For this reason. Worn tyres must be replaced. Driving style Fast cornering. This causes it to overheat. New tyres and wheels New tyres and wheels have to be run-in.6 mm (measured in the tread grooves next to the tread wear indicators). Changing wheels around If the front tyres are worn considerably more than the rear ones it is advisable to change them around as shown ⇒ page 197. a tyre with insufficient pressure flexes more. Depending on the make. There is also a greater risk of “aquaplaning”. there will be six to eight of them evenly spaced around the tyre. impairing the safety of the vehicle. The minimum tread depth required by law is 1. A knowledge of tyre designations makes it . Wheel balance The wheels on new vehicles are balanced. All the tyres will then last for about the same time. 134. A wheel must also be rebalanced when a new tyre is fitted. Markings on the tyre sidewall (for instance the letters “TWI” or other symbols) indicate the positions of the tread wear indicators. Tyre pressure Incorrect tyre pressure causes premature wear and could cause tyre blow-out. If tyres show excessive wear. fuel and brake fluid away from tyres. Worn tyres do not grip well at high speeds on wet roads.6 mm high “tread wear indicators” ⇒ page 197. The tyres and wheel rims are an essential part of the vehicle's design. suspension and tyres. This can cause tread separation and tyre blow-out. 135. fig. WARNING There is a serious danger of accidents if a tyre bursts during driving! • The tyres must be replaced at the latest when the tread is worn down to the tread wear indicators. fig. the tyre pressure should be checked at least once per month ⇒ page 197. Incorrect wheel alignment Incorrect wheel alignment causes excessive tyre wear. The tyres and rims approved by SEAT are specially matched to the characteristics of the vehicle and make a major contribution to good road holding and safe handling ⇒ . both front tyres or both rear tyres together). Keep chemicals such as oil. At continuously high speeds. running across the tread.

• Note For technical reasons. wheels or wheel trims. This can also apply to wheels of the same model.” means. Any Authorised Service Centre has full information on the technical requirements when installing or changing tyres. Wheel bolts WARNING • Wheel bolts must be tightened to the correct torque. that the tyre was produced in the 11th week of 2003.Checking and refilling levels 199 easier to choose the correct tyres. The design of wheel bolts is matched to the rims. If different wheel rims are fitted. for example: 195/65 R15 91T This contains the following information: 195 Tyre width in mm 65 Height/width ratio in % R Tyre construction: Radial 15 Rim diameter in inches 91 Load rating code T Speed rating The tyres could also have the following information: WARNING (continued) • • • • Avoid running the vehicle on tyres that are more than six years old.. for example. This could cause them to overheat. Refit the normal road wheel as soon as possible.. • • A direction of rotation symbol “Reinforced” denotes heavy-duty tyres.. Risk of accident. the correct wheel bolts with the right length and correctly shaped bolt We recommend that you use only wheels and tyres which have been approved by SEAT for your model.. “DOT. • If the spare tyre is not the same as the tyres that are mounted on the vehicle .for example with winter tyres . The manufacturing date is also indicated on the tyre sidewall (possibly only on the inner side of the wheel). Never use old tyres or those with an unknown “history of use”. you must ensure that the flow of air to the brakes is not restricted. If wheel trims are retrofitted. We recommend that work on tyres and wheels is carried out by an Authorised Service Centre. Failure to do so could impair vehicle handling. They are familiar with the procedure and have the necessary special tools and spare parts as well as the proper facilities for disposing of the old tyres. it is not generally possible to use the wheels from other vehicles. 1103. Radial tyres have the tyre designations marked on the sidewall. you should drive slowly and with extra care at all times. All four wheels must be fitted with radial tyres of the same type. If you have no alternative.you should only use the spare tyre for a short period of time and drive with extra care. The use of wheels or tyres which have not been approved by SEAT for use with your model may invalidate the vehicle's type approval for use on public roads. For the sake of the environment Old tyres must be disposed of according to the laws in the country concerned. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . size (rolling circumference) and the same tread pattern.

this could lead to tyre damage and thus. For the sake of the environment Fit your summer tyres in good time. These stickers are available from your Authorised Service Centre. “New tyres and wheels”. 160 km/h max. • • • The wheel bolts must be clean and turn easily. Winter tyres Winter tyres will improve the vehicles handling on snow and ice. Never apply grease or oil to them. The speed rating code ⇒ page 198. do not wear so quickly and reduce fuel consumption. Otherwise. Winter tyres must be fitted on all four wheels. they could loosen whilst the vehicle is in motion. vehicles which can exceed the speed rating of the fitted tyre must have an appropriate sticker in the driver's field of view. Do not have winter tyres fitted for unnecessarily long periods. 180 km/h max. Winter tyres must be inflated to a pressure 0. The design of summer tyres (width. The legal requirements of each country must be followed. In some countries. the wheel could become loose while driving. Risk of accident. This ensures that wheels are fitted securely and that the brake system functions correctly. Use only radial winter tyres. If you have a flat tyre. 210 km/h WARNING If the wheel bolts are not tightened correctly. “New tyres and wheels” determines the following speed limits: ⇒ Q S T H max.200 Checking and refilling levels heads must be used. tread pattern) gives less grip on ice and snow. Risk of accident! If the tightening torque is too high. please refer to the notes on the spare wheel ⇒ page 198. Vehicles with summer tyres handle better when the roads are free of snow and ice. In certain circumstances. Caution The prescribed torque for wheel bolts for steel and alloy wheels is 120 Nm. Information on permitted winter tyre sizes can be found in the vehicle's registration documents. Winter tyres lose their effectiveness when the tread is worn down to a depth of 4 mm. rubber compound. WARNING The maximum speed for the winter tyres must not be exceeded. All tyre sizes listed in the vehicle documentation also apply to winter tyres. an accident risk. 190 km/h max. Use only wheel bolts which belong to the wheel. you may not use wheel bolts from a different car even if it is the same model ⇒ page 172. They are quieter. the wheel bolts and threads could be damaged. In winter conditions winter tyres will considerably improve the vehicles handling. .2 bar higher than the pressures specified for summer tyres (see sticker on tank flap). If the prescribed torque of the wheel bolts is too low.

Remaining tyres can be fitted with chains no thicker than 9 mm. available in any Authorised Service Centre. the speed limit for using snow chains is 50 km/h. Caution You must remove the snow chains to drive on roads which are free of snow. The legal requirements of the country should be followed. 165/70 R14 and 185/80 R14. Snow chains Snow chains are only permitted on the front wheels and only for tyres 155/80 R13. When you use this winter tyre. Remove wheel hub covers and trim rings before fitting snow chains. must then be fitted over the wheel bolts. For safety reasons cover caps. Note In some countries. WARNING Observe the fitting instructions provided by the snow chain manufacturer.Checking and refilling levels 201 • • Note The rims of the IBIZA CUPRA have been designed so as not to obstruct the optional 4-cylinder brake unit. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . including tension device. The CUPRA version has a specific tyre for driving in winter of 205/40 17 XL 84H. Snow chains must have fine-pitch links which do not protrude more than 15 mm. Otherwise they will impair handling. do not exceed 210 km/h. damage the tyres and wear out very quickly.

or are optional extras. Towing ring* Adapter for the anti-theft wheel bolts* Some of the items listed are only provided in certain models / model years. • • • • • • Jack* Hook for removing wheel covers* or hub caps* Box spanner for wheel bolts* Reversible screwdriver with handle (including hexagonal interior) for the wheel bolts. Use the jack only on firm. If work is to be carried out underneath the vehicle. there is a risk of injury. risk of accident. The screwdriver is a combination tool. WARNING • Do not use the hexagonal socket in the screwdriver handle to tighten the wheel bolts as with this it is not possible to tighten the bolts to the required torque. risk of injury. On no account attempt to use it for lifting heavier vehicles or other loads. .202 If and when If and when Vehicle tools. risk of accident. this must be secured by suitable stands. level ground. Never start the engine when the vehicle is on the jack. – Lift floor panel – Take the onboard tools out of the vehicle. spare wheel Vehicle Tools The vehicle onboard tools are located under the floor panel in the luggage compartment. Otherwise. The tool kit includes: WARNING (continued) • • • • The jack supplied by the factory is only designed for changing wheels on this model.

If and when 203 Tool box only for 17 inch wheel* . it cannot be changed with the spare wheel from another vehicle. Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Never start the engine when the car is raised. On-board tools*/Jack* The vehicle may also have: 1 A Screwdriver with handle (including hexagonal interior) for the wheel 2 A 3 A 4 A 5 A bolts. push the crank against the side of the jack. How to use the compact temporary spare wheel Should you ever have a punctured tyre. No other type of tyre (normal summer or winter tyre) may be fitted on the compact temporary spare wheel rim. Note Never use the inner hexagon of the screwdriver for loosening or tightening the wheel bolts. Compact temporary spare wheel* Fig. snow chains must not be used on the compact temporary spare wheel. thus. The screwdriver blade is reversible. Before replacing the jack in its compartment. Wire hook Box spanner for wheel bolts Towing eye WARNING • • Safety First The jack supplied by the factory is only for this model. fully insert the arm. The temporary spare wheel is stored under the floor panel in the luggage compartment and is attached by a thumbnut. it must be secured using suitable frames.Cupra Version WARNING (continued) • When work is being carried out underneath the vehicle. Then. This spare wheel has been specially designed for your vehicle. the compact temporary spare wheel is only intended for temporary use over short distances. the compact temporary spare wheel is only intended for temporary use until you can reach a workshop. 136 Tool box If provided as part of the vehicle's equipment. Risk of accident. Please note the following restrictions when using the compact temporary spare wheel. Snow chains For technical reasons. It must never be used for other heavier vehicles or for other loads. Jack. The standard-size road wheel should be replaced as soon as possible.

risk of accident. risk of accident. Never use two or more compact spare tyres at the same time. Fig. 138 Securing the defective wheel in the spare wheel well . fit the compact temporary spare in place of one of the rear wheels. 137 Access to the spare wheel Fig. Avoid heavy acceleration. Do not drive faster than 80 km/h.204 If and when If you should have a puncture on one of the front wheels when using snow chains. WARNING • • • • • The tyre pressures must be checked and corrected as soon as possible.Cupra version The wheel is in a well under the carpet of the boot. secured with a threaded plastic nut. Higher speeds can cause an accident. 17 inch* spare wheel . You can then attach the snow chains to the wheel taken from the rear and use this wheel to replace the punctured front wheel. hard braking and fast cornering. No other type of tyre (normal summer or winter tyre) may be fitted on the compact temporary spare wheel rim.

– Take out the tool box* and remove the spare wheel*. – All passengers should leave the vehicle. The kit will reliably seal punctures up to a size of about 4 mm caused by the penetration of a foreign body into the tyre. park the vehicle as far away from the flow of traffic as possible. Securing the defective wheel in the spare wheel well – Put the defective wheel into its housing. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .If and when 205 Taking out the spare wheel7) – Lift the carpet. unhitch it from your vehicle. – If you have a flat tyre or puncture. – Apply the handbrake firmly. • Note Seek professional assistance if the repair of a tyre puncture is not possible with the sealing compound. or put the selector lever to position P for those vehicles with an automatic gearbox. They should wait in a safe area (for instance behind the roadside crash barrier). The tyre repair kit consists of a container with sealing compound to repair the puncture and a compressor to generate the required tyre pressure. – If you are towing a trailer. WARNING Check the spare wheel and the tools are firmly held to avoid injury to passengers in the event of sudden braking or collision. – Turn the plastic nut clockwise until the defective wheel is well secured. Your vehicle is equipped with the Tyre Mobility System “Tyre repair kit”. – Unhook the carpet and place it on the floor. Switch on the hazard warning lights. 7) The 17 inch spare wheel is only carried if the "SEAT racing brakes" option is chosen. – Engage the first gear. and then put the tool box* into the hollow in the wheel. Wheel change Preparation work What you must do before changing a wheel. then remove the plastic nut anticlockwise. Tyre repair kit* The tyre repair kit (for vehicles not including a spare wheel) is stored under the floor panel in the luggage compartment. Choose a location that is as level as possible. – Switch off the engine. – Take the vehicle tools and the spare wheel out of the luggage compartment.

– Replace the hub cap. – Tighten the wheel bolts firmly in diagonal sequence with the box spanner. drive at moderate speeds until the wheel bolt torque has been checked. – Put the tools and jack back in the luggage compartment. – Slacken the wheel bolts. – Take off the wheel and then put on the spare wheel. In the interest of safety. block the wheel opposite the wheel being changed by placing a stone or similar object under it to prevent the vehicle from rolling away. they must be replaced before having the wheel bolt torque checked. Changing a wheel Change the wheel as described below – Pull off the hub cap see also ⇒ page 207. – Check the tyre pressure of the newly fitted tyre as soon as possible. – Have the tightening torque of the wheel bolts checked as soon as possible with a torque wrench. Note Please observe legal requirements when doing so. This is for your own safety and also warns other road users. • • Note If you notice that the wheel bolts are corroded and difficult to turn when changing a wheel. – Place the wheel with the defective tyre in the luggage compartment and secure it. . – Lower the vehicle.206 If and when WARNING Put the hazard warning lights on and place the warning triangle in position. After changing a wheel After changing the wheel there are still tasks to complete. The prescribed torque is 120 Nm. – Raise the car with the jack in the corresponding zone. Caution If you have to change the tyre on a gradient.

– Pull off the hub cap. 139. – Hook this into one of the cut-outs of the wheel cover. Wheel covers* The wheel covers must be removed for access to the wheel bolts Fig. Dismantle – Remove the wheel cover using the wire hook ⇒ fig. 140 Remove the complete hub cap Dismantle – Insert the extraction hook from the tools in the corresponding hole ⇒ fig. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .If and when 207 Wheel trims The wheel trims must be removed to gain access to the wheel bolts. 139 Changing the wheel: Removing a hub cap Fig. Next fit the rest of the hubcap. Put pressure initially on the point of the cut-out for the valve. Fit – Fit the wheel cover onto the wheel rim by pressing it firmly. 140.

WARNING Loosen the wheel bolts only about one turn before raising the vehicle with the jack. Fig. 141. 141 Changing the wheel: loosen the wheel bolts Loosening – Fit the box spanner as far as it will go over the wheel bolt. If the wheel bolt is very tight. you may be able to loosen it by pushing down the end of the spanner carefully with your foot. . Hold on to the vehicle for support and take care not to slip. – Grasp the box spanner by the end turn it about one full turn to the left ⇒ fig. Tightening – Fit the box spanner as far as it will go over the wheel bolt. • • Note Do not use the hexagonal socket in the screwdriver handle to loosen or tighten the wheel bolts. – Grasp the box spanner close to the end and turn the bolt to the right until it is secured. loosening the wheel bolts more than one turn can result in an accident. – An adapter is required to unscrew or tighten the anti-theft wheel bolts.208 If and when Loosening the wheel bolts The wheel bolts must be loosened before raising the vehicle.

– Wind up the jack under the jacking point until the arm of the jack is directly below the vertical rib under the door sill. – Align the jack so that the arm of the jack fits around the rib under the door sill and the movable base plate of the jack is flat on the ground ⇒ fig. There is also a risk of injury since the jack can slip off suddenly if it is not properly engaged. the jack must be fitted on solid ground offering good support. On a hard. slippery surface (such as tiles) use a rubber mat or similar to prevent the jack from slipping. Failure to do so could result in an accident. – Raise the vehicle until the defective wheel is just clear of the ground.If and when 209 Raising the vehicle The vehicle must be raised with a jack to remove the wheel. Do not fit the jack anywhere else. 143. if necessary. 143 Fitting the jack Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 142 The jacking points WARNING • Take all precautions so that the base of the jack does not slip. Fig. 142. A position has been made for each wheel. An unstable surface under the jack may cause the vehicle to slip off the jack. • The vehicle can be damaged if the jack is not applied at the correct jacking points. Fig. Recesses at the front and rear of the door sills mark the jacking points ⇒ fig. Therefore. Use a large and stable base. 142. – Locate the jacking point under the door sill closest to the wheel to be changed ⇒ fig.

144. These surfaces must be clean before fitting the wheel. Fig. Removing a wheel – Unscrew the bolts using the hexagonal tool in the handle of the screwdriver (vehicle tool) and place them on a clean surface ⇒ fig. If tyres with a specific direction of rotation are fitted. 144 Changing the wheel: hexagonal socket in screwdriver handle to turn the wheel bolts after they have been loosened Anti-theft wheel bolts* A special adapter is required to turn the anti-theft wheel bolts. inspect the condition of the wheel and hub mounting surfaces. note the direction of rotation. Before fitting the spare wheel. The hexagonal socket in the screwdriver handle makes it easier to turn the wheel bolts when they are loose. Note Do not use the hexagonal socket in the screwdriver handle to loosen or tighten the wheel bolts. Change the wheel as described below after loosening the wheel bolts and raising the vehicle with the jack. the following tasks must be completed. The reversible screwdriver blade should be removed when the tool is used for this purpose. Fig. The wheel bolts should be clean and turn easily.210 If and when Removing and fitting the wheel For removal and fitting the wheel. Fitting a wheel – Screw in the wheel bolts and tighten them lightly using the hexagonal socket in the screwdriver handle. 145 Anti-theft wheel bolt .

Therefore. Notes for the proper use of the air compressor are included in an additional instruction leaflet. 145. If. – Fit the box spanner as far as it will go over the adapter. as it is only by using the code number that a duplicate adaptor can be obtained from an Authorised Service Centre. you have to fit the spare wheel so it rotates in the wrong direction. Tyres with directional tread pattern Tyres with directional tread pattern must be fitted so that they rotate in the correct direction. The code number should be noted and kept in a safe place. – Loosen or tighten the wheel bolt as appropriate. Always observe warnings and follow instructions concerning compressor and sealing compound carefully. The Tyre Mobility System will reliably seal punctures caused by the penetration of a foreign body of up to about 4 mm in diameter. A directional tread pattern can be identified by arrows on the sidewall that point in the direction of rotation. tread wear and aquaplaning. This is important so that these tyres can give maximum grip and avoid excessive noise. Do not drive faster than 80 km/h. It is not necessary to remove the foreign body from the tyre. Error code The code number of the anti-theft wheel bolt is stamped on the front of the adaptor. To benefit from the advantages of tyres with this type of tread pattern. avoid heavy acceleration. Instructions for the sealing compound are located on the sealing compound container. Tyre repair kit* (Tyre Mobility System) General information and safety notes Your vehicle is equipped with a tyre repair kit: the Tyre Mobility System. For the sake of the environment Used sealing compound containers should be disposed of at a proper facility. This is particularly important when driving on wet roads. fig. In the event of a tyre puncture. Tyres which have been repaired with sealing compound are only suitable for temporary use over a short period.If and when 211 – Insert the adapter onto the wheel bolt and push it on as far as it will go ⇒ page 210. Always note the direction of rotation indicated when fitting the wheel. the defective tyre should be replaced as soon as possible so that all tyres again rotate in the correct direction. you must drive extremely carefully. The tyre will not give optimum performance. please drive carefully to the next available qualified workshop. sealing compound and an air compressor are located in the luggage compartment under the floor panel. WARNING • • • • Do not attempt to repair a puncture with the sealing compound if the tyre has been damaged by driving the car after the tyre has lost its air. hard braking and fast cornering. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . in an emergency.

Note Please observe legal requirements when doing so. – Turn on compressor and monitor the pressure shown on the pressure gauge. – Return all tools to their proper storing location. Caution Take special care if you have to repair a tyre on a gradient. – Unplug the compressor from the socket. of put the selector lever to position P. – Fit the valve cap. – Take the tyre repair kit out of the luggage compartment. – If you have a flat tyre or puncture.” – Unscrew inflation cap from the affected wheel. – Apply the handbrake firmly.212 If and when Note Seek professional assistance if the repair of a tyre puncture is not possible with the sealing compound. – Plug the compressor cable into a 12 volt socket. Inflating the tyre. Tyre repair Preparation work Certain steps must be taken before repairing a tyre. They should wait in a safe area (for instance behind the roadside crash barrier). Completing the repair – Remove the compressor hose from the valve. – Check whether a repair is possible using the Tyre Mobility System “General information and safety notes. Using the sealing compound – The instructions on the container give detailed information on how to use the sealing compound. WARNING Put the hazard warning lights on and place the warning triangle in position. – Screw the retaining nut onto the valve. park the vehicle as far away from the flow of traffic as possible. . This is for your own safety and also warns other road users. The following sections describe the procedures for repairing a tyre. – All passengers should leave the vehicle. – Engage the first gear. – Remove the air compressor and hose from the container.

The electric windows are protected by circuit breakers.If and when 213 Note The compressor should never be allowed to run for longer than 6 minutes. – Take the plastic clip from inside the fuse cover. Colour coding of fuses Colour Beige Brown red blue yellow natural (white) green Fig. In versions with the steering wheel on the right the fuses are on the right-hand side of the instrument panel. This could also cause damage to other parts of the electrical system. Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .5 10 15 20 25 30 WARNING Never “repair” damaged fuses and never replace them with fuses with a higher rating. The fuses are located behind a cover at the left-hand end of the dash panel. Safety First Operating instructions • Note If a newly replaced fuse blows again after a short time. The individual electrical circuits are protected by fuses. – Identify the fuse for the failed component ⇒ page 215. These reset automatically after a few seconds when the overload (caused for example by frozen windows) has been corrected. fuse cover – Switch off the ignition and the component concerned. Failure to comply could result in fire. – Replace the blown fuse (which will have a melted metal strip) with a new fuse of the same ampere rating. behind a cover. fit it onto the blown fuse and pull the fuse out. 146 Fuses in the dash panel Fuses Changing a fuse If a fuse has blown it must be replaced Amperes 5 7. the electrical system must be checked by a qualified workshop as soon as possible.

. These are available from SEAT dealers.214 If and when • • If you replace a fuse with a stronger fuse. Always keep some spare fuses in the vehicle. you could cause damage to another location in the electrical system.

right Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Navigation. relay coils Engine control unit (petrol) Right side light Left side light Mirror heating unit Lambda probe Signal“S” a).If and when 215 Fuses on left side of dash panel Fuses Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Secondary water pump 1. Radio unit Consumer Amperes 15 10 5 5 5 5 5 10 5 5 5 5 10 10 15 5 10 10 10 10 Electric mirror power supply Headlamp height adjustment Oil pressure/level sensor Additional heating engine/fuel pump Automatic gearbox unit Heated seats Engine control unit Instrument panel /Heating and ventilation. Headlamp height adjustment. clutch switch.8 20 VT (T16) ABS/ESP Vacant Brake light. Electric mirror Reversing light Windscreen washer pump Main beam headlight.

left Number plate light/side light indicator Rear windscreen wiper Injectors(fuel) Brake light switch /ESP (Turn sensor) Instrument panel/Diagnosis Consumer Amperes 10 5 10 10 10 5 10 5 5 25 Switchboard: glovebox light.216 If and when Number 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 Main beam headlight. interior light Climatronic Power supply central locking unit Left front window control Vacant Self powered alarm horn Engine control unit Sunroof Engine ventilator heating /blower Headlight washer pump Front and rear fog lights Engine control unit (petrol) Engine control unit diesel + SDI Fuel pump Fuel gauge Ignition transformer+ Engine control unit T70 Dipped headlight (right side) Left rear window control Front right window control 15 15 20 25 20 15 15 30 15 15 15 25 25 . boot light.

certain electrical components to be switched on. the courtesy light. including for example. the radio. This function is deactivated on removing the key from the steering and starter lock. Fuses below steering wheel in relay holder PTC fuses Number 1 2 3 Consumer PTCs (Supplementary electrical heating using air) PTCs (Supplementary electrical heating using air) PTCs (Supplementary electrical heating using air) Amperes 40 40 40 Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . etc. after the ignition is switched off and without removing the key from the steering and starter lock.If and when 217 Number 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 a) Consumer Windscreen wiper unit Heated rear window unit Indicator unit Cigarette lighter Locking unit Radio/CD/GPS/Telephone Horn Dipped headlight (left side) Right rear window control Amperes 20 20 15 15 15 20 20 15 25 The signal “S”is a system which includes the starter and steering lock and enables.

218 If and when Fuses in engine compartment above battery Fig. 147 Fuse box above battery 8) These fuses may only be changed at an authorised Service Centre Metal fuses8) Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 Non-metal fuses Number 7 8 9 ABS unit Electroblower clima heater/fan ABS unit Consumer Amperes 25 30 10 Alternator/Starter motor Power supply voltage distributor inside vehicle Power assisted steering pump Spark plug preheating (diesel) Electroblower clima heater/fan ABS unit Consumer Amperes 175 110 50 50 40 40 .

full beam/dipped beam 12V 60/55W (H4) turn indicator 12V/PY 21W position lamp 12/W5W Do not touch the bulb glass. The type is inscribed on the bulb. At the very least. the bulbs that most affect road safety should have spares in the vehicle. while correct at the time of printing. Please note that the above list. either on the glass part or on the base. A bulb should only be replaced by one of the same type. It is highly recommended to keep a box of spare bulbs in the vehicle. Fingerprints vaporise in the heat. causing a reduction in the bulb life and condensation on the mirror surface. is subject to alterations. Rear lights on frame Brake/position 12V/P21/5W Turn signals 12V/P21W Rear lights on tailgate small position light 12V/W5W antifog lamp 12V/P21W reverse lamp 12V/P21W Single reflector headlamps* Bulb change General notes Before changing any bulb. Safety First Operating instructions Double reflector headlamps dipped beam 12V/55W (H7) roadway 12V/55W (H3) turn signals 12V/PY21W position lights 12V/W5W Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .If and when 219 Number 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Cable control unit Clima fan Vacant Jatco unit for automatic gearbox Vacant Vacant Vacant Consumer Amperes 5 5 5 Some of the electrical items listed in the table are only fitted on certain models or are optional extras. thus reducing efficiency. first turn off the equipment concerned.

The Xenon bulbs discharge 2.5 times the light flux and have an average lifespan of 5 times more than that of halogen bulbs. Therefore protective gloves and glasses should be worn when changing a halogen lamp. we shall explain how to change these lamps. except for the xenon lights*. However. H7. any replacement work should be done by a SEAT dealer.) are pressurised and might explode on changing them..C5W Main headlight lamps • • Caution Fig.. • Note Due to the difficulty in accessing the lamps. A A Dipped headlights B A Main beam headlights 10) . given that complex elements must be removed from the vehicle and a reset must be made on the automatic control system incorporated. except due to unusual circumstances. there is no need to change the bulbs for the whole life of the vehicle. 148 Main headlight lamps The halogen lamps (H3. 149 Main headlight lamps On this type of headlight. the bulb changes must be made by the SEAT dealer. 9) Fig. this means that.220 If and when Xenon headlights9) Dipped beam 12V/35W (D1S) 10) roadway 12V/55W (H7) turn signals 12V/PY21W position lights 12V/W5W Fog lights* Fog lights 12V/55W (H3) Registration plate light Registration plate light .

150 Dipped headlight lamp A – Remove the lamp cable connector A ⇒ fig. – Remove the lamp and fit the new lamp in the same position. – Check the headlight adjustment. – Plug in the connector. 150 outwards in the direction of the arrow and remove the cover. 2 – Fit the plastic cover and replace the loops A ⇒ fig. 151. 150. – Press the retaining spring on the lamp base and clip on.If and when 221 C A Side lights D A Indicator lights Dipped headlight lamp Fig. – Undo the retainer spring and remove. Fig. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 2 – Remove the loops A ⇒ fig. 151 Dipped headlight lamp – Raise the bonnet. making sure it sits correctly.

making sure it sits correctly. 153. – Undo the retainer spring and remove. Fig. . Fig. B – Remove the lamp cable connector A ⇒ fig. 2 – Fit the plastic cover and replace the loops A ⇒ fig. 152. – Plug in the connection cable.222 If and when Main beam lights 2 – Remove the loops A ⇒ fig. – Remove the lamp and fit the new lamp in the same position. 152 Main beam lamp – Check the headlight adjustment. 153 Main beam lamp – Raise the bonnet. 152 outwards in the direction of the arrow and remove the cover. – Press the retaining spring on the lamp base and clip on.

155. – Pull on the lamp and replace. Fig. – Fit the plastic cover and secure the loop. 155 Side lights – Raise the bonnet. C – Pull on the cables to release the lamp holder from the casing A ⇒ fig. – To assemble proceed in reverse order. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 154 Side lights Fig.If and when 223 Side beam lights 1 – Remove the loops A ⇒ fig. 154 in the direction of the arrow and remove the cover.

156 in the direction of the arrow and remove the cover. 156 Indicator lights Fig. 157 A. 157 Indicator lights – Raise the bonnet.224 If and when Turn indicator lamps 1 – Remove the loops A ⇒ fig. Fig. . – Fit the plastic cover and secure the loop. – Installation is done in the reverse order. – Turn the lamp holder to the left and remove it from the casing D ⇒ fig.

making sure it sits correctly. – Remove the lamp and fit the new lamp in the same position. – Press the retaining spring on the lamp base and clip on. – Undo the lamp retainer spring and remove. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . – Unplug the lamp cable. 158 Fog lights – The assembly of the cover and the headlamp is carried out in reverse order. Fig. – Plug in the lamp cable. – Release the headlight cover. carefully pull the grille on the side of the screw and release the cover. taking out the bolt A ⇒ fig. 158 and when released unplug the connector.If and when 225 Fog lights F – Undo the two fastening bolts A ⇒ fig. Fig. 159 Fog lights A – Remove the grille. 158.

160.226 If and when Side indicator lamps Rear light on tailgate: Accessing the rear light Fig. – Remove the lamp holder from the indicator. Fig. – Remove the failed bulb and replace with a new bulb. . – First fit the indicator in the opening in the chassis. 160 Side indicators Fig. 162 Rear light on tailgate Side light 1/ Fog light/ reverse light – Open the tailgate. fastening the 1 tabs A ⇒ fig. 160. 161 Rear light on tailgate – Press the indicator to the left or to the right to remove the lamp. and then fit in the lamp as shown by the 2 arrow A ⇒ fig. – Insert the lamp holder in the indicator guide until it clicks into place.

161 carefully levering with the flat part of a screwdriver and taking special care not to scratch the paintwork. C – Extract the bolts A ⇒ page 226. sealing components and the plastic caps A are correctly fitted. Fig. – Fit the lamp holder and fit. fig. fig. – Remove the rear light from its housing. 161 and the B plastic caps A ⇒ page 226. 162 and disconnect the connector. – Press and rotate the large lamp holder to the left. For the small lamp. rotate and extract the lamp holder and pull on the lamp. 164 Access to the lamp D – Unscrew the bolts A ⇒ fig. – Remove lamp and replace.If and when 227 A – Remove the plastic cover A ⇒ page 226. B A – Fit the caps A and the plastic cover A ⇒ fig. 164 and take the lamp holder out. fig. 163. Rear light on tailgate: Accessing the rear light Side light 1/ Fog light/ reverse light Fig. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 163 Rear light on tailgate Note B Ensure that all of the joints.

Number plate light – Release transparent lamp cover by levering the tab with the flat part of a screwdriver. 165 using a flat-blade screwdriver. unplug the connector. – Fit lamp cover in its space. – Press and rotate the lamps to the left. 166 Rear lights on bodywork Side light 2/ Brake light/ Indicator light – Open the tailgate. . Fig. 165 Rear lights on bodywork Note Make sure that when assembling all seals and rubbers are correctly fitted. taking special care when replacing the rubber seal and press until it clicks into place. 166. holding it in the centre. press to one side and fit new lamp. – Remove the defective lamp from the lamp holder. Fig. pressing gently on the outer edge of the rear light (in the area of the metal clips). – Move the rear light outwards and pull. – Proceed in the reverse order.228 If and when Rear lights on frame F – Unscrew the screws A ⇒ fig. – Take out the lamp holder. – Remove faulty lamp and replace it. – If necessary. G – Unscrew the bolt A ⇒ fig.

167 Front reading light – Insert screwdriver above. – Replace the bulb.If and when 229 Interior light and front reading light – First fit the glass with the fastening tabs over the frame of the switch. first underneath then push at the top until it clicks into place. pressing gently on the outer edge of the side light. To remove glass – Insert a fine screwdriver between the casing and the glass ⇒ fig. between the light and the glove box. – Carefully remove the light Next lift the light out sideways. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . To replace the lamps – Pull the lamps outwards. levering it to avoid possible damage. – Carefully remove the glass. hold and press to one side. 167. Next press the front part until the two long tabs click on the support. – Insert the light on the connector side. – To remove the central lamp. Glovebox light* Fig. Assembly – Proceed in the reverse order. Additional brake lights* Given the difficulty involved in the replacement of this light it should be done by the Technical Service.

Jump-starting Jump leads The jump lead must have a sufficient wire cross section. 169. Fig. • • Note The vehicles must not touch each other.using the flat side of a screwdriver ⇒ fig. . otherwise electricity could flow as soon as the positive terminals are connected. the battery can be connected to the battery of another vehicle to start the engine.230 If and when Boot light* – Press the lamp sideways and remove it from its housing ⇒ fig. If the engine fails to start because of a discharged battery. Fig. 169 Luggage compartment light – Extract the tulip shaped fitting by pressing on the inside edge of this -arrow. 168 Luggage compartment light Jump leads Jump leads must comply with the standard DIN 72553 (see manufacturer's documentation). The discharged battery must be properly connected to the vehicles electrical system. 168. The wire cross section must be at least 25 mm2 for petrol engines and at least 35 mm2 for diesel engines.

5. This helps minimise voltage peaks which are generated when the leads are disconnected. 2. Connect the other end of the red jump lead to the positive + terminal A in the vehicle providing assistance. Position the leads in such a way that they cannot come into contact with any moving parts in the engine compartment. Removing the jump leads A B In ⇒ fig. Jump lead terminal connections – Switch off the ignition on both vehicles ⇒ . Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . Do not connect it to a point near the battery ⇒ . If the engine fails to start. 9. Fig. disconnect the leads in reverse order to the details given above. Starting 6. Before you remove the jump leads. or onto the engine block itself of the vehicle with the flat battery. 170 How to connect the jump leads 8. 170. 7. 1. switch off the headlights (if they are switched on). 10. When the engine is running. Connect one end of the black jump lead to the negative terminal A on the battery of the vehicle providing assistance. Connect the battery clamps so they have good metal-to-metal contact with the battery terminals. Connect one end of the red jump lead to the positive ⇒ fig. Connect the other end of the black jump lead A to a solid metal component which is bolted on to the engine block. switch off the starter after about 10 seconds and try again after about half a minute. Start the engine of the vehicle with the boosting battery and let it run at idling speed. 3. Start the engine of the car with the flat battery and wait one or two minutes until the engine is “running”. the flat battery is A and the charged battery A. Turn on the heater blower and rear window heater in the vehicle with the flat battery. 170 + A terminal of the vehicle with the flat battery ⇒ .If and when 231 How to jump start: description X 4.

it should be replaced. Note The vehicles must not touch each other. If a battery freezes. Do not bend over the batteries. Failure to comply could result in an explosion. • • • • • • • Keep sparks. Do not attach the negative cable from the other vehicle to parts of the fuel system or to the brake line. • Never use jump leads when one of the batteries is frozen. .232 If and when WARNING • • Please note the safety warnings referring to working in the engine compartment ⇒ page 180. The non-insulated parts of the battery clamps must not be allowed to touch. danger of explosion. This could result in chemical burns. Observe the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the jump leads. The gas emitted from the battery could be ignited by sparks. The jump lead attached to the positive battery terminal must not touch metal parts of the vehicle. battery acid could leak and cause chemical burns. Danger of explosion! Even after the battery has thawed. Failure to comply could result in an explosion. Position the leads in such a way that they cannot come into contact with any moving parts in the engine compartment. The battery providing assistance must have the same voltage as the flat battery (12V) and approximately the same capacity (see imprint on battery). Do not connect the negative cable from the other vehicle directly to the negative terminal of the flat battery. otherwise electricity could flow as soon as the positive terminals are connected. Danger of explosion. this can cause a short circuit. “Working in the engine compartment”. flames and lighted cigarettes away from batteries.

WARNING The risk of accidents is high when tow-starting. Jump-starting is preferable ⇒ page 230. Notes for the driver of the towed vehicle – Ensure that the tow-rope remains taut at all times when towing. but with a more gentle pressure on the brake. Brake earlier than you would normally. – Remember that the brake servo and power steering are not working in the vehicle you are towing. If you are driving an automatic vehicle. – Switch on the ignition. Caution When tow-starting. – Begin and change gears cautiously. accelerate gently. This helps to prevent driving into the towing vehicle. The vehicle being towed can easily collide with the towing vehicle. press the clutch and move the gear lever into neutral. 171 Towing eye at the front of the vehicle Please observe the following points if you use a tow-rope: Notes for the driver of the towing vehicle – Drive slowly at first until the tow-rope is taut. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . if your vehicle has to be tow-started: – Engage the 2nd or the 3rd gear. release the clutch. We recommend that you do not tow-start your vehicle. – Keep the clutch pressed down. However. – As soon as the engine starts. fuel could enter the catalytic converter and damage it. – Once both vehicles are moving. Then accelerate gradually. Towing eyes Fig.If and when 233 Towing and tow-starting Tow-starting* The use of jump leads is preferable to tow-starting.

. especially when using a tow-rope. – Rotate the towing ring to the left until it is completely tightened into position. windscreen wipers and washers. Do not tow further than 50 km. Do not pull too hard with the towing vehicle and take care to avoid jerking the tow-rope. Switch on the hazard warning lights of both vehicles. The vehicle must then be towed with the front wheels raised. and towing should be carried out by a qualified person. As the power assisted steering does not work if the engine is not running. observe any regulations to the contrary. vehicles with an automatic gearbox must not be tow-started. Do not drive faster than 50 km/h when towing a vehicle.234 If and when Fitting the front towing eye – First remove the right hand cover from the lower part of the bumper. Towing should be carried out by a qualified person. fig. For technical reasons. – Take the towing ring from the onboard tools. horn. rotate it to the right. When towing on an unpaved road. It is advisable to use a tow-rope made of synthetic fibre or similarly elastic material. A – Remove the bolt A ⇒ page 233. If a breakdown vehicle is used. Driving style Towing requires some experience. However. If damage to your vehicle means that there is no lubricant in the gearbox. you must raise the drive wheels while the vehicle is being towed. Please refer to the notes on ⇒ page 233. Both drivers should be familiar with the technique required for towing. you must apply considerably more pressure to the brake pedal than you normally would. 171. If the vehicle has to be towed more than 50 km. the vehicle must be towed with the front wheels raised. The steering wheel is locked when the vehicle has no electrical power. A tow-rope should be slightly elastic to reduce the loading on both vehicles. • • • • • • • Note Observe legal requirements when towing or tow-starting. • • • • Towing vehicles with an automatic gearbox Put the selector lever into position “N”. As the brake servo does not work if the engine is not running. The ignition of the vehicle being towed must be switched on to prevent the steering wheel from locking and also to allow the use of the turn signals. the front wheels must be raised during towing. there is always a risk of overloading and damaging the anchorage points. You should only use a tow-rope if you do not have a tow-bar. Tow-rope or tow-bar It is easier and safer to tow a vehicle with a tow-bar. you will need more strength to steer than you normally would. Inexperienced drivers should not attempt to tow-start or tow away another vehicle. Attach the tow-rope or the tow-bar only to the towing eyes provided or a towing bracket. – To remove the ring. The towing eye should always be kept in the vehicle.

with the screwdriver supplied ⇒ fig. – To place the cover. turning it to the left until it is perfectly screwed in ⇒ fig. Remove the cover – First remove the fastener that secures it. – To remove the eye. 173. hold the two side tabs and place the cover in position. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . 174 Towing eye at the front of the vehicle – Screw in the towing eye that is in the vehicle tool box*. 174. turn it to the right and put it in its place in the toolbox* Fig. 173 Eye cover in the lower front grille. Fitting the towing eye Fig.If and when 235 Front towing eye .Cupra version To tow the vehicle from the front. 172. 172 Eye cover in the lower front grille. the cover in the lower front grille should be removed. – Remove the cover by releasing the two side tabs at the same time ⇒ fig. Fig.

Rear towline anchorage Fig.236 If and when Note The eye should always be carried in the vehicle. 175 Rear towing ring At the rear. . as it is specifically for this model. on the right below the rear bumper is a towline point.

for different models. engine power measurement.General notes on the technical data 237 Technical Data General notes on the technical data What you should be aware of General notes All data in the official vehicle documents take precedence over this data. The vehicle data card included in the Maintenance Programme or the vehicle registration documents shows which engine is installed in the vehicle. for special vehicles and for other countries. The figures may be different if additional equipment is fitted.engine speed. Carbon dioxide Cetane number. Newton metres. formerly used to denote engine power Revolutions per minute . All data in these documents are valid for the basic model as offered in Spain. Abbreviations used in this paragraph of the Technical Data Abbreviation kW bhp at rpm Nm l/100 km g/km CO2 CN RON Meaning Kilowatt. indication of the ignition quality of the diesel. indication of the knock resistance of petrol. Research octane number. Fuel consumption in litres per 100 kilometres Carbon dioxide emissions in grams per kilometre. unit of engine torque. Brake horse power. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .

A A Consumption (litres/100 km) / CO2 emissions (g/km) urban B A Consumption (litres/100 km) / CO2 emissions (g/km) motorway C A Consumption (litres/100 km) / CO2 emissions (g/km) combination . 176: This information also figures in the Maintenance Program. The following information can be found in the vehicle information ⇒ fig. Vehicle data The data sticker is placed on the inside of the spare wheel recess in the luggage compartment.238 General notes on the technical data Vehicle identification data The most important data are given on the type plate and the vehicle data sticker. Type plate The type plate is located on the left rib inside the engine compartment. 176 Vehicle data sticker – luggage compartment The data of 2 to 9 also figure in the Maintenance Program. 1 A 2 A 3 A 4 A 5 A 6 A 7 A 8 A 9 A Production control number Vehicle identification number (chassis number) Model code number Model designation / engine power output Engine and gearbox code letters Paint number / interior trim code Optional equipment codes Consumption values CO2 emissions values. Vehicle identification number The vehicle identification number (chassis number) can be read from outside the vehicle through a viewer in the windscreen. Fig. Vehicles for certain export countries do not have a type plate. CO2 emissions values. This is located on the lefthand side of the vehicle in the lower area of the windscreen. It is also located on the right hand side of the engine compartment.

The average overall consumption is calculated with a weighting of around 37% for the urban cycle and 63% for the extra urban cycle. Urban cycle Extra urban cycle Combined CO2 emissions The consumption and emission figures are calculated in accordance with the EC test requirements 1999/100/EC. • Note Actual consumption may vary from quoted test values. In the extra urban cycle the vehicle undergoes frequent acceleration and braking in all gears. which is determined according to the engine/gearbox combination and the equipment fitted. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . road and traffic conditions. These test requirements specify a realistic test method based on normal everyday driving. City driving is then simulated. as in normal everyday driving. depending on personal driving style. The fuel consumption and emissions figures given are based on the weight category of the car. The following test conditions are applied: The urban cycle starts with an engine cold start. The exhaust gases are collected during both driving cycles to calculate carbon dioxide emissions. The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the vehicle can be found on the vehicle data sticker. The road speed ranges from 0 to 120 km/h.General notes on the technical data 239 How are the figures measured? Fuel consumption The consumption and emission details shown on the vehicle data sticker differ from one vehicle to another. The gas composition is then analysed to evaluate the CO2 content and other emissions. the weather and the condition of the vehicle.

240 General notes on the technical data Weights Kerb weight refers to the basic model with a fuel tank filled to 90% capacity and without optional extras. leading to accidents.g. Towing a trailer Trailer weights Trailer weights The trailer weights and drawbar loads approved are selected in intensive trials according to precisely defined criteria. Always adjust your speed and driving style to suit road conditions and requirements. injuries and damage to the vehicle. The figure quoted includes 75 kg to allow for the weight of the driver. empty and light-weight single axle trailers or tandem axle trailers with an axle base of less than 1 metre). The response of the trailer on the road will be poor if the drawbar load is too small. at least 4% of the actual trailer weight is a legal stipulation for a drawbar load. this may affect the vehicle's handling and lead to an accident. with small. This also applies to countries where higher speeds are permitted. The tyre pressure values given there are for cold tyres. The slightly raised pressures of warm tyres must not be reduced ⇒ . In the interest of road safety. WARNING • Please note that the centre of gravity may shift when transporting heavy objects. we recommend that you always tow approaching the maximum drawbar load. the driving characteristics of the vehicle may change. • • For safety reasons. The figures may be different in other countries. you should not drive at speeds above 80 km/h when towing a trailer. If the maximum permissible drawbar load cannot be met (e. If the allowed axle load or the allowed total weight is exceeded. the weight of the vehicle will increase ⇒ . wheel bolts Tyre pressures The sticker with the tyre pressure values can be found on the inside of the tank flap. snow chains. Drawbar load The maximum permitted weight exerted by the trailer drawbar on the ball joint of the towing bracket must not exceed 75 kg. The approved trailer weights are valid for vehicles in the EU for maximum speeds of 80 km/h (in certain circumstances up to 100 km/h). Wheels Tyre pressure. WARNING • Never exceed the gross axle weight rating or the gross vehicle weight rating. Never exceed the maximum trailer weights or the draw bar loading. For special versions and optional equipment fittings or for the addition of accessories. If the permissible axle load or the permissible total weight is exceeded. leading to accidents. injuries and damage to the vehicle. . the driving characteristics of the vehicle may change. All data in the official vehicle documents take precedence over these data ⇒ .

If the tyre pressure is too high or too low. including tension device. The tightening torque for steel and alloy wheels is 120 Nm. 165/70 R14 and 185/80 R14. the wheel bolts and threads could be damaged. Snow chains must have fine-pitch links which do not protrude more than 15 mm.General notes on the technical data 241 Snow chains Snow chains are only permitted on the front wheels and only for tyres 155/80 R13. If the torque of the wheel bolts is too low. particularly at high speeds. Note We recommend that you ask your Authorised Service Centre for information about appropriate wheel. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . there is an increased danger of accidents. Wheel bolts After the wheels have been changed. Remaining tyres can be fitted with chains no thicker than 9 mm. Correct tyre pressure is very important. WARNING • • Check the tyre pressure at least once per month. they could loosen whilst the vehicle is in motion. tyre and snow chain size. the tightening torque of the wheel bolts should be checked as soon as possible with a torque wrench ⇒ . Risk of accident! If the tightening torque is too high.

Never fill with incorrect fluids. Fig. Engine oil filler cap Brake fluid reservoir Battery Windscreen washer fluid container The checking and replenishment of the service fluids are carried out on the components mentioned above. Note The layout of parts may vary according to engine. . 177 Diagram for the location of the various elements 1 A 2 A 3 A 4 A 5 A 6 A Radiator expansion tank Engine oil dipstick. to do so may cause serious damage to the engine.242 Technical Data Technical Data Checking fluid levels From time to time. Overview Further explanations. These operations are described in the ⇒ page 180. instructions and restrictions on the technical data are contained as of ⇒ page 237. the levels of the different fluids in the vehicle must be checked.

5 +/. With a slight power loss Performance figures Maximum speed Acceleration from 0-80 km/h Acceleration from 0-100 km/h Weights 3 doors Gross vehicle weight Weight in working order (with driver) Gross axle weight. of cylinders.2 44 kW (60 bhp) General engine data Power output in kW (bhp) Maximum torque No. capacity Compression Fuel a) b) rpm in Nm at rpm in cm 3 44 (60)/ 5200 108/ 3000 3/ 1198 10.8 17.Technical Data 243 Petrol engine 1.2 Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . front Gross axle weight. rear Permitted roof load in kg in kg in kg in kg in kg 1537 1102 809 778 75 1560 1127 814 800 75 5 doors in km/h in sec. 159 10.3 Super 95 RONa)/Normal 91 RONb) Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.0. in sec.

With a slight power loss Performance figures Maximum speed Acceleration from 0-80 km/h Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in km/h in sec.5 +/.2 . capacity Compression Fuel a) b) rpm in Nm at rpm in cm 3 51 (69)/ 5400 112/ 3000 3/ 1198 10. 170 9. gradients up to 12% With brakes.244 Technical Data Trailer weights With no brakes.2 51 kW (69 bhp) General engine data Power output in kW (bhp) Maximum torque No.0.3 14. in sec. of cylinders.3 Super 95 RONa)/Normal 91 RONb) Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.8 litres 500 800 Petrol engine 1. gradients up to 12% Engine oil capacity Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 2.

of cylinders. capacity Compression Fuel a) b) rpm in Nm at rpm in cm 3 63 (86)/ 5000 132/ 3800 4/ 1390 10. gradients up to 12% With brakes.2 litres 500 800 in kg in kg in kg in kg in kg 1537 1102 809 778 75 1560 1127 814 800 75 5 doors Petrol engine 1. front Gross axle weight.5 +/. gradients up to 12% Engine oil capacity Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 3.3 Super 95 RONa)/Normal 91 RONb) Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.Technical Data 245 Weights 3 doors Gross vehicle weight Weight in working order (with driver) Gross axle weight.4 63 kW (86 bhp) General engine data Power output in kW (bhp) Maximum torque No. Slight power loss Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .0. rear Permitted roof load Trailer weights With no brakes.

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Petrol engine 1.4 litre 55 kW (75 hp). Automatic
General engine data Power output in kW (bhp) Maximum torque No. of cylinders, capacity Compression Fuel
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rpm in Nm at rpm in cm 3

55 (75)/ 5000 126/ 3800 4/ 1390 10,5 Super 95 RONa)/Normal 91 RONb)

Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol. Slight power loss

Performance figures Maximum speed Acceleration from 0-80 km/h Acceleration from 0-100 km/h Weights 3 doors Gross vehicle weight Weight in working order (with driver) Gross axle weight, front Gross axle weight, rear Permitted roof load in kg in kg in kg in kg in kg 1562 1142 855 770 75 1589 1169 860 795 75 5 doors in km/h in sec. in sec. 169 10,1 15,6

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Trailer weights With no brakes, gradients up to 12% With brakes, gradients up to 12% Engine oil capacity Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 3.5 litres 500 800

Petrol engine 1.4 74 kW (100 bhp)
General engine data Power output in kW (bhp) Maximum torque No. of cylinders, capacity Compression Fuel
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rpm in Nm at rpm in cm 3

74 (100)/ 6000 126/ 4400 4/ 1390 10,5 Super 98 RONa)/Super 95 RONb)

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Performance figures Maximum speed Acceleration from 0-80 km/h Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in km/h in sec. in sec. 190 7,3 11,2

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Weights 3 doors Gross vehicle weight Weight in working order (with driver) Gross axle weight, front Gross axle weight, rear Permitted roof load Trailer weights With no brakes, gradients up to 12% With brakes, gradients up to 12% Engine oil capacity Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 3.5 litres 500 1000 in kg in kg in kg in kg in kg 1543 1104 814 778 75 1568 1129 820 798 75 5 doors

Petrol engine 1.6l 77 kW (105 bhp)
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77 (105)/5 600 153/ 3800 4/ 1598 10,5+/- 0,2 95 super RONa)

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Performance figures Maximum speed Acceleration from 0-80 km/h Acceleration from 0-100 km/h Weights 3 doors Gross vehicle weight Weight in working order (with driver) Gross axle weight, front Gross axle weight, rear Permitted roof load Trailer weights With no brakes, gradients up to 12% With brakes, gradients up to 12% Engine oil capacity Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 4.0 litres 550 1000 in kg in kg in kg in kg in kg 1564 1144 825 783 75 1589 1169 830 800 75 5 doors in km/h in sec. in sec. 192 7,2 11,0

5 Super 95 RONa)/Normal 91 RONb) Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.5 ± 0. of cylinders.8 8.8 110 kW (150 bhp) General engine data Power output in kW (bhp) Maximum torque No.Technical Data 251 Petrol engine 1.4 Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . capacity Compression Fuel a) b) rpm in Nm at rpm in cm 3 110 (150)/ 5500 220/ 1450-4500 4/ 1781 9. in sec. front Gross axle weight. Slight power loss Performance figures Maximum speed Acceleration from 0-80 km/h Acceleration from 0-100 km/h Weights 3 doors Gross vehicle weight Weight in working order (with driver) Gross axle weight. 216 5. rear Permitted roof load in kg in kg in kg in kg in kg 1649 1229 902 790 75 1698 1278 940 802 75 5 doors in km/h in sec.

in sec. gradients up to 12% With brakes.29 . If the described fuel is not available then fuel conforming to the standard 95 RON1 lead free may be used. 229.14 7. of cylinders / capacity in cm Compression Fuel a) b) rpm in Nm at rpm 3 132 (180)/5800 245/2000 4/1781 9.252 Technical Data Trailer weights With no brakes. Performance figures Maximum speed Acceleration from 0-80 km/h Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in km/h in sec. gradients up to 12% Engine oil capacity Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 4.5 98 RONa) Super unleadedb) Research-Octane-Number = Measure of the predetonation power of the petrol.3 litres 600 1200 Petrol engine 1.7 5.8l 132 kW (180 bhp) CUPRA General engine data Power output in kW (bhp) Maximum torque No.

166 9.5 Min.5 ± 0.4 litre TDI 51 kW (70 bhp) General engine data Power output in kW (bhp) Maximum torque No.3 litres in kg in kg in kg in kg in kg 1649 1252 902 790 75 Diesel engine 1. front Gross axle weight.Technical Data 253 Weights Gross vehicle weight Weight in working order (with driver) Gross axle weight.8 Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . capacity Compression Fuel a) rpm in Nm at rpm in cm 3 51 (70)/ 4000 195/2200 3/1422 19. of cylinders. 51 CNa) Cetane-Number (cetane index) = Measure of the combustion power of the diesel Performance figures Maximum speed Acceleration from 0-80 km/h Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in km/h in sec. rear Permitted roof load Engine oil filling capacity Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 5.6 14. in sec.

51 CNa) Cetane-Number (cetane index) = Measure of the combustion power of the diesel . of cylinders. capacity Compression Fuel a) rpm in Nm at rpm in cm 3 59 (80)/ 4000 195/ 2200 3/ 1492 19.8 litres 600 1000 in kg in kg in kg in kg in kg 1620 1181 890 775 75 1644 1206 897 795 75 5 doors Diesel engine 1.254 Technical Data Weights 3 doors Gross vehicle weight Weight in working order (with driver) Gross axle weight.5 Min. gradients up to 12% With brakes.5 ± 0. gradients up to 12% Engine oil capacity Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 3. rear Permitted roof load Trailer weights With no brakes.4 litre TDI 59 kW (80 bhp) General engine data Power output in kW (bhp) Maximum torque No. front Gross axle weight.

176 8.9 Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .Technical Data 255 Performance figures Maximum speed Acceleration from 0-80 km/h Acceleration from 0-100 km/h Weights 3 doors Gross vehicle weight Weight in working order (with driver) Gross axle weight. rear Permitted roof load Trailer weights With no brakes. gradients up to 12% With brakes. in sec. gradients up to 12% Engine oil capacity Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 3. front Gross axle weight.8 litres 600 1000 in kg in kg in kg in kg in kg 1620 1181 890 775 75 1644 1206 897 795 75 5 doors in km/h in sec.7 12.

capacity Compression Fuel a) rpm in Nm at rpm in cm 3 74 (100)/ 4000 240/ 1800 .2400 4/ 1896 19 Min. front Gross axle weight.256 Technical Data Diesel engine 1. in sec. rear Permitted roof load in kg in kg in kg in kg in kg 1658 1219 920 784 75 1682 1244 926 804 75 5 doors in km/h in sec. of cylinders.4 10.9l TDI 74 kW (100 bhp) General engine data Power output in kW (bhp) Maximum torque No.8 . Performance figures Maximum speed Acceleration from 0-80 km/h Acceleration from 0-100 km/h Weights 3 doors Gross vehicle weight Weight in working order (with driver) Gross axle weight. 190 7. 51 CNa) Cetane-Number (cetane index) = Measure of the combustion power of the diesel.

9l TDI 96 kW (131 bhp) General engine data Power output in kW (bhp) Maximum torque No. 51 CNa) Cetane-Number (cetane index) = Measure of the combustion power of the diesel.Technical Data 257 Trailer weights With no brakes. Performance figures Maximum speed Acceleration from 0-80 km/h Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in km/h in sec.3 litres 600 1200 Diesel engine 1. capacity Compression Fuel a) rpm in Nm at rpm in cm 3 96(131)/ 4000 310/ 1900 4/ 1896 19 Min. in sec. 208 6. gradients up to 12% Engine oil capacity Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 4.3 Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data . of cylinders. gradients up to 12% With brakes.4 9.

gradients up to 12% With brakes. gradients up to 12% Engine oil capacity Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter change 4. rear Permitted roof load Trailer weights With no brakes.3 litres 600 1200 in kg in kg in kg in kg in kg 1675 1249 935 783 75 1693 1252 940 810 75 5 doors Diesel engine 1. of cylinders / capacity in cm Compression Fuel a) b) rpm in Nm at rpm 3 118 (160)/3750 330/2000 4/1896 18.5 Min 51 CNb) a) BIODIESEL is NOT suitable as fuel for this engine.258 Technical Data Weights 3 doors Gross vehicle weight Weight in working order (with driver) Gross axle weight. Cetane-Number (cetane index) = Measure of the combustion power of the diesel .9 TDI 118kW General engine data Power output in kW (bhp) Maximum torque No. front Gross axle weight.

2 5. 220. Safety First Operating instructions Tips and Maintenance Technical Data .Technical Data 259 Performance figures Maximum speed Acceleration from 0-80 km/h Acceleration from 0-100 km/h Weights Gross vehicle weight Weight in working order (with driver) Gross axle weight. in sec.25 7. front Gross axle weight.6 in kg in kg in kg in kg in kg 1675 1290 935 783 75 5 litres Only use engine oil 0W-30 that meets the standards VW506 01 or VW 507 00. rear Permitted roof load Engine oil filling capacity Approximate engine oil capacity with oil filter changea) a) in km/h in sec.

2 l/ 4.435 mm 1.460 mm 10.441 mm 931 mm/ 662 mm 2.953 mm/ 1. Winter tyres: The pressure of these tyres is the same as the summer tyre pressure plus 0. a) Rear 1. . reserve 7 litres.5 l This data will change depending on the type of wheel rim.424 mm 1.2 bar.419 mm Capacities Fuel tank Windscreen washer fluid container with headlight washer Tyre pressure Summer-grade tyres: The correct tyre pressure can be seen on the sticker on the inside of the tank flap. width Height at kerb weight Front and rear projection Wheelbase Turning circle 3.698 mm 1.260 Technical Data Dimensions and capacities Dimensions Length.54 m Front Track widtha) 1.408 mm 45 litres.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Anti-theft alarm system . . . . . 124 Air recirculation mode Climatronic . . . . . . . Instructions for driving . . . 198 Athermic windscreen* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 Changing . . . . . . . . . . 101 Automatic car washes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Bonnet . . . . . 57 Anti-freeze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 Aquaplaning . . . . 230 Brake assist system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Alternator Warning lamp . . . . 127 Airbag covers . . . . 195 Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Battery Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96. . . . . . . . . . . 152 Bulb changes general notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Belt tension devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Braking distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Alterations to the vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . Front airbags . . . . . . . . 147. 23 Air conditioning system Climatronic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Biodiesel . . . . . . . . . 194 Belt tension device Disposal . . . 152 Brake system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Airbag system . . . . . . 148 Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Automatic wiper/wash function for the rear window 99 . . . . . 100 Automatic anti-dazzle interior mirror* Activating the anti-dazzle function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Switching off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Brake servo . . . . . . . . . . 182 Boot* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Safety notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Warning lamp . . . . . 128 Air conditioning* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 139 139 138 Auxiliary audio connection: AUX-IN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Acoustic warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Acoustic signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Curtain airbags . . . . . . . . . Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 driving on the right . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 B Ball coupling . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Disposal . . . . 195 Winter conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Adjusting the seat belt height . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Ambient temperature display . 26 37 29 33 27 Airbags Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 Brake pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Adjusting simple headlights driving on the left . 187 Anti-lock brake system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Anti-theft wheel bolts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Air recirculation Semi-automatic air conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Air outlets . . . . . . Selector lever positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Brake fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Adjustable service interval display . . . 55. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 General notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Deactivating anti-dazzle function . . . . . 159 BAS . . . . . . . 64 Accessories . . . . . . . . . 164 Automatic gearbox . 28 Alarm system Switching off . . . . . . . . . . 65 Brakes . . . Side airbags . . . . . . . . .Index 261 Index A ABS . . . Kick-down feature . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . number plate light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Climatronic automatic mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Side indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 unlocking . . . . . . . . . . . . . .262 Index Buzzer . . . . . . . . . . 185 Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 224 222 220 228 223 226 Cleaning cloth seat covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 rear light units on the boot: access to the lamp 227 rear light units on the boot: access to the rear light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Cleaning windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Cleaning plastic parts . 195 Checking engine oil level . . . . . . . . . 126 125 128 127 C Car care Exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Cetane number . . . 72 Central locking button Central locking . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Unlocking system* . . . . . . . . 195 Checking battery electrolyte level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Windows . . 115 Control Light switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94. . . . . . . . . . . . . main beam lights . . . . . . . . 51 Controls Electric windows . . . . 86 Convenience opening Windows . . . . . 48 on the front passenger seat . 170 Cleaning seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Cigarette lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Cockpit . . . . . . . . . . 90 wing mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Child seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Cleaning engine compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Selective unlocking system* . . . . . . Main headlight lamps . . . . . . 221 Changing gear See Manual gearbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Control lamps . . . . . . . . Categorisation in groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Chassis number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Emergency unlocking system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Automatic speed dependent locking and unlocking system* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Cleaning leather . . . . . 114 Cleaning alloy wheels . . . 226 Changing windscreen wiper blades . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Cleaning fabric trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Locking system for involuntary unlocking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Safety notes . . . . . 152 Central locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228 Changing the lamps glovebox light* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Catalytic converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Cleaning wooden trim . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Connector for Apple iPod . . . . . . . 136 Changing lamps interior light and reading light . . . . . . . . . . . . . Group 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 44 45 45 45 44 43 47 Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Cleaning steel wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Convenience closing Sliding/tilting roof . . . . . . 179 Change lamps dipped headlight lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 . . . . Group 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Group 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Control lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Securing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Cleaning and caring for your vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Car washes . . . 163 Car phone . . . General notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 changing lamps rear lights on frame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Car care products . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Cleaning dash panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . side beam lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Groups 0 and 0+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Child seats ISOFIX and Toptether system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . manual mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Cleaning chrome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . 188 Coolant level warning light . . . . . . . . . . 188 Coolant Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Door lock cylinders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Cruise control system . . . . Economically / With Respect for the Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Engine coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Coolant Loss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Engine oil pressure Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 EDS Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Engine fault warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Electrical sockets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Engine management Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Displays in the Multi-function display Memory displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Description . . . . . . 153 Headlights . . . . 142 Curtain airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Differential lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Driving abroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Electronic stabilisation programme (ESP) warning lamp . . . . . . . 151 Diesel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Dipped headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Engine compartment Working in the engine compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Electronic differential lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . with a trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Correct adjustment of front head restraints . . . . . . . . 128 Dynamic headlight range control . . . 179 Diesel engine Winter driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 Coolant temperature Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Electronic immobiliser . . . . . . . . . . 27 Deep Water in Cupra version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 186 185 184 183 186 D Danger of fitting a child seat on the front passenger seat . . 150 Differential lock fault (EDL) warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Safety notes . . . . 149 Electronic stabilisation programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Driving safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Engine Running in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Unlocking and locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Digital clock . . . . . 148 Driving Driving abroad . . 180 Diesel engine particulate filter* . . . Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Duplicate keys . . . . Oil properties . . . . . . . 90 Disabling front passenger airbag Safety notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Dust filter . . . . . . . . . . . . .Index 263 Coolant . . . . . . . . . 154 Driving economically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Driving with respect for the environment . . . . . 153 160 159 158 Electrohydraulic steering warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Engine oil dipstick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Engine oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Doors Childproof locks . . . 37 37 38 38 Disabling the airbag Disabling front passenger airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 E EDL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . With a trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Checking level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . 133 Electronic stabilisation program . . 70 Drive wheels traction control system . . 66 Emission control system warning lamp . . . . . Topping up . 167 Door release lever . . . 150 Warning lamp . 67 . . . . . . . 53 Safety instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 K Key tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Removing . . . . . . . 160 Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Front seat adjustment Lumbar support . . . . . 97 ISOFIX and Toptether system . . . . . . . 51 How to jump start description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Exterior mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 29 30 32 H Handbrake . . . . . . . . . . . 178 ESP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Environmental friendliness . . . . Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 J Jump leads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Headlight flasher . . . . . . 179 Petrol . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 External aerial . . . . 90 Washer system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 I Identification number . . . . .264 Index Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Heating system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Heating and ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Fuel reserve . . . windscreen . . . . . . . . . 112 Front interior light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Front ashtray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Hazard warning lights . . . . . . . . . 51 Instrument panel . . . . . . . . . . . 135 warning lamp . . . . . . . . 90 Front airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Fuel Tank Opening the fuel tank flap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Fuel level Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Intermittent wipe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 F Floor mats . . 177 Fuel tank See Fuel reserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 head restraints Adjusting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 adjustment of the head restraint angle . . . 65. . . . . . . 238 Ignition key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 General overview of the engine compartment 242 Glove compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 Jump-starting . . . . . . 149 Exhaust gasses purification system . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Driving abroad . . . . . . . . . . 91 Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Instruments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Front cup holder* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Gear shift pattern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Ignition lock . . . . . . 141 Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Front passenger airbag deactivation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Instrument lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 G G 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Headlight range control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 High pressure cleaners . . 76 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Fuel Diesel . . . . . . . . . . 14 Fog lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Safety notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213 Heated front seats . . . . . . . . . . 110 Glow plug system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Front reading light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Fuel: save . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Fog lights . . . . . . . . . 161 Environmental tip Avoiding pollution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Instrument and switch lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Indicator lights indication lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Mileage display . 78 Synchronising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Radio wave remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . starting . . . . . . . . 172 R Radio frequency remote control Changing the battery . . . . 98 Rear cupholder* . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Mobile phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Multi-function display . . 78 Rain sensor* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Parking lights . . . . . . . . . . . Instruments . . . . . . . . 113 Rear fog lamp indicator lamp . . . . . . . . . . . Warning lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Parking . . . . . . 178 Oil . 128 N Number of seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Petrol engines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 See also Luggage compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Waxing . . 15 Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 51 52 60 M Main beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Overview Control lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Wing mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Manual heating . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Rear window heating Heating element wires . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Rear-view mirror . . . . . . 184 One-touch opening and closing Electric windows . 90 Load compartment See Luggage compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Petrol additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Interior mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Manual heating system Defrosting the windscreen . . . . . . . 220 Manual gearbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Plastic key tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Luggage compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Opening and locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Pedals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Luggage compartment cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Pollen filter . . . . . . . . 64 Main headlight lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Trips to foreign countries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 O Observations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Octane number . . . . . . . 90 Rear seat bench . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Plastic parts . . 183 Oil change . . . . . 101 Refuelling . . . 133 Physical principles of a frontal collision . . . . . . . . . . . Instrument panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Main beam headlights Indicator lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . folding down . . . . . 186 Oil properties . . . . 173 Modifications . . 167 Rear window wiper . . . . . . .Index 265 L Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Remote control key Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 MFD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Rear seats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Mirrors courtesy mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Petrol . . . . . . 79 P Paintwork Polishing . . . . . . . . . . 101 Rearview mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Demisting the windscreen and side windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . .safe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Seat belt warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Safety system. . 111 Stowage compartment Front passenger side . . . . Not worn . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Replacing lamps fog lights . 118 Rubber seals . . 172 Speedometer . . 33 33 34 36 Side lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Starting Petrol engines . . . . . . 130 Steering lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Safety notes Belt tension devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Snow chains . Front airbags . 132 Steering wheel controls . . . 134 Starting the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Steering wheel height adjustment . . . . Using seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Tyres . . . 90 Sitting position Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Front passenger . . . . Disabling front passenger airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225 Rev counter . . . . 89 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Reverse gear Manual gearbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Selective opening* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 RME fuel (biodiesel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Seat adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Incorrectly fastened . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Steering . . . . . Safety notes . . . . . . . . . Curtain airbags . . . . . . Function . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Spare wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . adjustment . . . . 11 Sitting position. . . 28 Replacement keys . . . . . Safety notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Running in Brake pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Side airbags . . . 19 Seat heating . . . . . . 71 Seals . 7 Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Running in tyres . . . . . . . . . . 179 Roll-back function Sliding/tilting roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Seat belts . . . . .266 Index Removing and fitting the wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Passengers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203 Spares . . . 86 Roof aerial* . . . . . . . . . 134 After the fuel tank has been run dry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133. . . . . 135 Steam cleaners . 24 38 41 32 36 43 19 Side airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 Repairs Airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Roof carrier* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 20 24 18 19 16 S Safe driving . . . Warning lamp . . . 64 Seat belts protect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 Soot accumulation in the diesel engine particulate filter * Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Incorrect sitting position . . . . . . . . . 130 Stowage front right seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . occupants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Seat belt release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Using child seats . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sliding/tilting roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Seat belt position Pregnant women . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Shoes . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Safety instructions Coolant temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Semiautomatic air conditioning controls . . . . 8 Safety equipment . . . . . . . . . . .

189 Wear indicators . . . . 233 Towing a trailer . . . . . . . . . . 202 Vehicle wallet storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 The danger of not using the seat belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Vehicle paint Car care products . . . . . . . 67 Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . checklist . . 196. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Volumetric sensor* Activation . . . . . . . . . 18 Tightening torque of wheel bolts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240 U Underbody sealant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Tyres and wheels Dimensions . . . 110 vent wings* . . 94 Trailer weights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Washing by hand . . . . . . . . . . . 240 Trips. . . . . . . . . fitting . . . . 198 Tyres service life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205. . . . . . . 175 Towing eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Tyre pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Warning triangle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Vehicle tools Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Tyre pressure . . 148 TCS (Traction control system) Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Washer fluid . 208. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Tyres tread depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 W Warning lamp . . . . . . . 202 Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Deactivation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Turn signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Sliding/tilting roof . . . . . . . . . . 238 Tyre Mobility-System (Tyre repair kit) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 reserve indicator . 198 Wheel bolts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Washing the vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 tank capacity . . . . . . . 240 Towing bracket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Vehicle interior heating or cooling system . . . 116 V Vehicle battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 Tow-starting . . . . . .Index 267 Sun visors . . . . . . 238 Vehicle identification data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Sunroof . . 83 Tank fuel level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Warning lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207 Wheels . . . . 54 TCS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Rear window heating . . . . . 196 Vehicle identification number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Two-way radio . . . . . 240 Tyre repair kit . 205 Wheel trims . . . . . . . . . 165 Water in the windscreen washer tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Towing bracket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Tyres with directional tread pattern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Ventilation slits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Sunroof blind Sliding/tilting roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Washing with high pressure cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 T Tailgate . . . . . . 241 Torque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 USB* connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Traction control system warning lamp . . . . 199 Wheel change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Switching off the engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Switch Hazard warning lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Warning lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Trailer turn signals Indicator lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Type plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Switches Electric windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 Vehicle data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . 180 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Changing the rear blade . 97 Changing blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Windscreen wiper blades Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Windows . . . . . . . 167 Windscreen wipers . . . . . 200 Wiper/wash automatic function . 100 Windscreen defrosting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Why wear seatbelts? . 97 Working in the engine compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 Winter driving Diesel engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16. . 180 Winter tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Why should head restraints be correctly adjusted? 12 Why wear seat belts? . . . . . .268 Index Why assume the correct sitting position? . . . . . . . . . . 84 Windscreen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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