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owner's

Manual
2017 A6
Foreword
Thank you for choosing an Audi - we value your trust in us.

Your new Audi will allow you to experience the best in groundbreaking technolo-
gy and premium quality equipment a vehicle has to offer. We recommend that
you read your Owner's Manual thoroug hly so that you quickly become acquaint-
ed with your Audi and make use of all of its featu res.

In addition to expla ining how the different features work, we provide many use-
ful tips and information concerning your safety, how to care for your vehicle and
how to mainta in your vehicle's value. We also give you useful tips and informa-
tion on how to dr ive your vehicle more efficiently and in an environmentally
frie ndly manner .

We hope you enjoy driv ing your Audi and we wish you safe and pleasant motor-
ing.

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About this Owner's Manual ...... 5 Warm and cold . . . . . . . .......... .. 60


Climate contro l system . . . .......... .. 60
Cockpit . . . . . . .............. . ... . . . 6 Steering wheel heating . . . .......... .. 65
Cockpit overview .......... ... . . . . 6
Controls at a glance ... ........ ....... 6 Driving ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... .. 66
General information . . . . . .......... .. 66
Instruments and indicator lights 9 Steering .. . . . . . . . . . . . ............ .. 68
Instruments . . . . . . . .......... ....... 9 Start ing and stopping the eng ine ..... . . 70
Indicator lights . . . . .......... ....... 10 Start-Stop system . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . . . 72
Electromechanical parking brake .. . . . . . 75
Driver information system ... .. . 21 Start ing from a stop . . .............. . 76
Overview . . . . . . . . . . .......... ... . .. . 21 Automatic transmission 77
Operation . ... . . . . . .......... .... .. . 22
On-board computer ........... . ... .. . 22 Trailer towing .. . . . .............. . 83
Eff iciency program . . .......... .... .. . 23 Driving with a trailer . . . . . . . ... . .. . . . . 83
Odometer . . . . . . ............ . ... . .. . 24 Trail er towing information .......... .. 85
Time/date display .... . ...... . ... . .. . 24
Head-up display . . . . .. .. .. . .. . . . . . .. . 24 Driver assistance . . . . ...... .. . . . . . 86
On Board Diagnostic System (OBD) .. .. . 25 Assist .... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... .. 86
Speed warning system . . ............ .. 86
Starting and driving ... . . . . . . . . . . 27 Cruise control system . . . . .......... .. 86
Opening and closing ...... . ... . . . 27 Audi adaptive cruise contro l .......... . 88
Central locking . . . ............ . ... . . . 27 Audi active lane assist . . . . .......... .. 96
Luggage compartment lid ...... . ... . . . 33 Audi side assist . . . . . . . ............ .. 98
Child safety lock . . . . .......... ....... 36 Night vision assist w ith pedestrian and
Power windows . . . ... .. ... ... . . . . . . . 37 wild animal detection . . ............. . 101
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . .......... ....... 38 Audi drive select (drive settings) ..... . . . 104
Valet Parking function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Garage door opener (Home link) . . . . . . . . 39 Park ing systems ............... .. 108
General information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 108
Lights and Vision . . . . .... .... .. .. . 41 Parking system plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 109
Exterior lighting . . . . . . . . .... .... .. .. . 41 Rearviewcamera . ... . . . ... . ...... . .. 110
Interior lighting . . . . . . . . .... .... .. .. . 44 Peripheral cameras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 113
V1s1on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... .... .. .. . 45 Adjus ting the display and the wa rning
Windshield wipers . . . . . . .... .... .. .. . 47 tones.............................. 118
Error messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
S e ats and storage ... ...... .. .. .. . 50 Trailer hitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
General information . . . . ...... .. .. .. . 50
Front seats . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... .. .. .. . 50 Intelligent Technology .......... 120
Head restraints . . . . . . . . ...... .. .. .. . 51 Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) . . . . 120
Memory function . . . . . . . ...... .. .. .. . 52 Braking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Ashtray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... .. .. .. . 54 Electromechanical steering, dynamic
Cigarette lighter . . . . . . . ...... .. .. .. . 54 steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
12 Volt sockets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 All wheel drive (quattro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Energy management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Luggage compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Notice about data recorded by the Event
Data Recorder and veh icle control
modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

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Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . . . . . . ... . 128 Windsh ield washer syst em . . . . . . . . . . . . 208


Driving safety ................... . 128 Service interva l display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Correct passenger seating positions . . . . . 129 Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . . . . . 210
Driver 's and front passenger's footwell . . 133 Wheels and Tires . . . . . . . . . .... . . . . . . . 210
Pedal area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Tire pressure monitoring system . . . . . . . 228
Sto ring cargo correctly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 5 Care and cleaning .......... .. .. .. 231
General information . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. 231
Audi pre sense ................... 137 Car washes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. 231
Preventative passenger protect ion . . . . . . 137 Cleaning and care informat ion . . . .. .. .. 232
Placing your vehicle out of service .. .. .. 235
Safety b e lts . . . . . . . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 139
General informa t ion . . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 139 Do It Yourself .......... .. .. .. .. .. 236
Why use safety belts? . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 14 0 Emergency assistance . .. .. .. .. .. 236
Safety belts . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 142 General information . . . . . . . .. .. .. .. .. 236
Belt tensione rs . . . . . . . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 14 5 Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. .. .. 236
Replacing wheels . . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. .. .. 237
Airbag system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Spare tire 242
I m portan t info rmation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Front airbags . . . . . . . .... . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 1 Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
Mon itor ing the Advanced Airbag System . 159 Replacing fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 4
Knee airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Driver side cockpit fuse assignment . . . . . 245
Side airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Front passenger side cockpit fuse
Side curtain airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 assignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
Luggage compartment fuse assignment 246
Ch ild safety ................... .. . 171
Important info rmation . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 171 Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Child seats . . . . .............. .... .. . 177 Replacing light bul bs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Securing child seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 182
LATCH system (lower anchorages and Emergency situations .. .... .. .. .. 249
tethers for chi ldren) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... 185 General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... .. .. .. 249
Addit ional info rmat ion . . . . . . . . . . . . ... 189 Starting by pushing or towing .... .. .. .. 249
Start ing with j umper cables . .... .. .. .. 249
Maintenance and Care . . . . . . . . .. . 190 Use of j umpe r cables . . . . . . . .... .. .. .. 250
Checking and Filling .......... .. . 190 Towing with a tow truck . . . . .... .. .. .. 251
Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 190 Raising the vehicle . . . . . . . . . .... .. .. .. 253
Diesel fue l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 19 1
Refueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 192 Accessories and Technical Data . 255
Selective catalytic reduction (Ad Blue/ Technical data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 255
DEF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 194 Vehicle specificat ions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 255
Catalytic converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 197 Notes about technical data . . . . . . . . . . .. 255
Diesel particulate filter . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 198 Weig hts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 256
Eng ine compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 198 Dimens ions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 256
Eng ine oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 20 1 Capacit ies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 257
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Gasoline engines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257


Diesel engines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258

Consumer information .......... 259


Warranty coverages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Operating your veh icle outside the U.S.A.
or Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Aud i Service Repair Manuals and
Literature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Accessories and technical changes . . . . . . 261
Declaration of Compliance,
Telecommunication and Elect ron ic
Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262

Index ... . . . . . ... . .......... . ... . .. 263

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About this Owner 's Manual

This Owner's Manual applies to a ll versions of


this model. It manua l contains important infor-
{!) Tips

mat ion, tips, suggestions and warn ings for using Text with this symbol contains additional use-
your vehicle. ful information.

Keep this manua l in your vehicle at all times . This


is especially important if you loan your vehicle to
others or sell it.

This owner's manua l describes the equipment


range specified for th is mode l at the time of
printing. Individua l equipment options described
may on ly be available at a later date or may only
be offered in certain countries.

Some sect ions in this manua l do not apply to all


vehicles. When this is the case, the beginning of
the sect ion ind icates the validity, for example
"Applies to: vehicles with Head-up disp lay". Op-
tional or vehicle-specific equ ipment is also identi-
fied with an asterisk"*".

The illustrations are designed as a general guide


and on your vehicle may look slightly different
than what is illustrated.

All directions, such as "left", "right", "front" and


"rear", are based on the vehicle's direction of
travel.

* Optional or vehicle -specific equipment


... The section continues on the next page.

.& Cross reference to a "WARNING" w ith in a


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WARNING is located outs ide of the section.

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about safety and how to reduce the risk of se-
rious personal inj ury or death.

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Text with this symbol contains info rmat ion
about reducing the risk of damage to your ve-
hicle.

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Cockpit overview

Cockpit overview
Controls at a glance

Fig. 1 Cockpit: left section

Fig. 2 Cockpit: right section

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Coc k pit o v e rv iew

(!) Door handle @ Buttons for :


@ Side assist d isplay 98 - All-weather lights 41
® Cent ral locking switch ....... ... 31 - Night vision assistant ........ . 101
- Rea r fog light(s) . . . . . . .... ... 41
© Memory function buttons ....... 52
® Side assist button ... .. . . . ... . . 98 @ Switch for luggage compartment
lid . ..... . . . . . . . ... . ........ . 33
® Air ven t s wit h thumbwheel
(j) Lever for: @ Power exterior m irro r adjustment 45
- Turn s ignals and high beams 42 @ Buttons for :
- High beam assistant . . . . ... . . 42 - Powe r wi nd ows 37
- Active lane assist ......... ... 96 - Parental control 36
@ Multifunction steer ing wheel with: @ Infotai nment system display
- Horn @ Emergency flashers ........... . 43
- Drive r's airbag . . .... ........ 15 1 @ Glove compartment .......... . 56
- Drive r informa ti on sys t em con- @) Front passenger's airbag .... ... 151
t rols . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . . . . . . 21 @ Valet Park ing funct ion .. ... . . . . 39
- Audio/v ideo, telephone, nav iga - @ Drives (Infot ai nment system)
t ion an d voice recognition con - @ Buttons/ indicator light for:
trols
- Start/Stop system .......... . 72
- Stee ring wheel heat ing .... . . . 65
- Parking aid . . . . . . . . .. ... . . .. 108
- Sh ift paddles ............ ... 80
- PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF .... . 159
® Instrument cluster .... ........ 9 - Power s unshade . ........... . 47
@ Head-up display ............ .. 24 - Elect ronic Stabilization Control
@ W indshield washe r system leve r 47 (ESC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . 121
@ Buttons for: @) Climate control system, depending
- Infota inment system display on vehicle equ ipment:
- Trip odometer ............ .. 24 - Deluxe automatic climate control 61
@ starting the eng ine when t here is a - 4 -zone del uxe au t omatic climate
malfunc t ion . . . . . . .... ........ 72 con t rol . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . 62
~ Knee airbag . . . ............ ... 163 @ Storage compartment or ashtray
@ Steer ing whee l adjustment, de- with cigarette lighter ... .... . . . 54,54
pending on equipment @ I ST AR T EN GINE ST OP I bu tto n 70
- Mechan ica l . . . . . .... ........ 68 @ Infotainment unit
- Power . . . . . . . . . .... ........ 69 @ Cup holder, 12 Volt outlet 55,55
@ Lever for: @ Electromechanical parking brake 75
- Cruise cont rol system ... . . . . . 86 @ Se lector lever (automatic transm is-
- Adaptive cruise cont rol ...... . 88 sion) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
@ Button for switching the Head-up
d isplay on/off , adjust ing the (!) Tips
height . . . . . .............. ... 24 - Some the eq uipment listed here is on ly in-
@ Instrument illum ination ....... . 44 sta lled in certain models or is available as
@ Hood release . . . . . .... . . . . . . . . 198 an opt io n.
~ @ Data link connector for On Board - The instr ument cluster d isp lay is either m ul-
;:::: Diagnostic System (OBD II) ..... 25 ticolored or monochrome, depending on ve-
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both are nearly identical, the mu lticolored - Operation of the Multi Media Interface (In -
display is shown in this Owner's Manual. fotainment system) is described in a sepa-
rate operating instructions manual.

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Instruments and indicator lights

Instruments and indicator lights


Instruments
Instrument cluster overview

The instrument cluster is the central information center for the driver.

Fig. 3 Instru ment cluste r overview

CD Engine coolant temperature gauge 9 ed on. To prevent engine damage, please observe
@ Tachometer ... . . . .... . ..... .. 10 the following notes about the temperat ure rang-
- With OFF status indicator . . . . . 70 es.
- With READY st atus ind icator . . 70, 72 Cold range
@ Turn signals . . . ... .... ... . ... . 42
If only the LEDs at the bottom of the gauge t urn
© Display w ith
on, the engine has not reached operating tem-
- Driver information system . . . . . 21 perature yet. Avoid high eng ine speeds, full ac-
- Indicator lig hts . .... ........ 10 celerating and heavy engine loads.
® Speedometer
Normal range
® Fuel level 10
The eng ine has reached its operating tempera -
(D Tips ture once the LEDs up to the center of the gauge
The instrument illumination for the needles turn on. If the . indicator light in the inst ru-
and dials t ur ns on when the ignition is turned ment cluster display turns on, the coolant tem-
on and the lights are turned off. The ill umina - perature is too high ¢ page 14.
t ion fo r the gauges reduces aut omat icall y and
eventu ally t urns off as brigh t ness outside in-
(D Note
creases. This f unction reminds the drive r to - Aux ili ary headlig hts and ot her accessories in
tur n the low beams on at the approp riate front of the cooli ng-air intake impa ir t he
time. cooling effect of t he coolant . This increases
t he risk of th e engi ne overheating dur ing
Coolant temperature indicator hig h out sid e tempera tur es and heavy en-
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- The fr ont spoiler also he lps to distr ibute · Fuel level


cooling air while driving . If the spoiler is
damaged, the cooling effect w ill be im- The display @ on ly wor ks w hen the ignit ion is
paired and the risk of the engine overheat- switc hed on. If t he fue l level drops below 2 .6 ga l
ing will increase. See an author ized Audi (1 0 L), a red LED w ill t urn on a nd t he HJ
indica-
dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility for tor light wi ll turn on i=>page18 . The LED blinks
ass istance. red when the fue l level is very low .

The poss ible range base d on t he cu rrent fue l lev-


(D Tips e l is shown in tab @ ¢ page 21, fig . 4.
Applies to: ve hicles with d iese l engines
For t he tank capacity in your veh icle, refe r to t he
Due to t he high eff iciency of these engines,
Techn ica l Dat a c>page 257.
the engine may not always reac h opera ti ng
t em perature in cold outside tempe ratur es.
This is normal and not a cause for con cern .
CDNote
Neve r drive until t he tank is complete ly em p-
ty. The irregu la r su pply of fuel that res ults
Tachometer
from t ha t can cause engine misfires. Unco m -
The tachometer displays the engine speed in rev- buste d fue l w ill t hen en ter t he exhaust sys -
olutions per minute (RPM). tem . This can cause overheating a nd damage
to the ca t alyt ic converter .
You shou ld shift to the next lowest gea r whe n
the speed is below 1,S00 RPM. The begin ning of
the re d zone in t he tachome t er ind icates the
Indicator Lights
maximum permissible engine speed fo r a ll gea rs · Description
once the engine has been bro ken in and when it is
warmed up to operating temperature . Before The ind icator lights in the instrument cluster
reaching the red zone, you should shift into the bl ink or tur n on. They ind icate fu nctions or mal-
next higher gea r, choose the Dor S selecto r lever funct ions.
position, or remove your foot from the accelera- Messages may appear w ith some indicator lights.
tor pedal. A war ning signal will sound at the same time.
The ind icator lights and messages in the instru-
CDNote ment clus t er d isp lay can be cove red by ot he r dis -
The needle in the tachometer @ c>page 9, plays. To show t hem agai n, se lec t t he t ab for in-
fig. 3 may only be in the red area of the gauge dicator lights and messages using the mu ltifu nc-
for a short time or the re is a risk of engine tion steering whee l c>page 21. If there are sev-
damage. eral ma lfunctions, you can display them one at a
time us ing the thumbwheel.
@ For the sake of the environment
Some indicator lights in the d isplay can disp lay in
Upshifting early helps you to save fuel and re- severa l co lors .
duce operating no ise.

Central indicator light


(D Tips
Applies to: vehicles wit h mo nochrome display
Applies to: S models

The engine speed is limit ed when the eng ine If a message appears together with a central in-
is cold - the full e ngine outp ut is not availa- dicator light . or U. the centra l ind icator light
ble. W hen t he engi ne is at ope rating temper- will indicate the priority of the warning. If a
at ure, t he red a re a in the ta chome t er move s white indicator light also appea rs, the centra l in-
t o a higher RPM range. dica t or light w ill have its ow n colo r. For example, ..,.

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if lll appears together wit h • • read the Engine sta rt system


description for • . ¢ page 15
USA models: speed warning sys-
Overview tem
¢ page 86
Some ind icator lights turn on briefly as a function
check whe n you switch the ig nition on . These sys- Canada model s: speed wa rni ng
tems are marked with a ../ in the following tables . system
If one of these indicator li ghts does not turn on, ¢ page 86
there is a ma lfu nction in t hat syst em . Adapt ive cruise contro l* ../
¢ page 9 0
Red indicator lights
-------------- Air suspension
USA models:
¢ page 16
brake syste m ../ Night vision assistant*
¢ page 13 ¢ page 102
Canada models: Night vision assistant *
¢ page 102
brake system ../ Ad Blu e*
¢ pag e 13 ¢ page 194
USA models: Ad Blue*
¢ page 19 4
electromechanical parking brake
Centra l indicator light
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Yellow indicator lights
electromechanical parking brake
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Electronic Stabili zation Contro l
¢ page 14 (ESC)./
Cooling system ¢ page 16
¢ p age 14 Electronic Sta bili zation Contro l
Eng ine oi l pressure (ESC)../
¢ page 15 ¢ page 16
Engine oil level USA models :
¢ page 15
anti -lock braking system (ABS) ../
Alternator
¢ page 16
¢page 14
Canada models:
Engine stop while dr iving
¢page 15
anti -lock bra king syst em (ABS) ../
Front safety belt ¢ page 16
¢ page 14 USA models: safety systems
Elect romechani cal st eering ../ ¢ page 17

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Electromechanical parking brake Headlight range control system


¢page 14 ¢ page 19
Tire pressure monitoring system./ Adaptive light*
¢page228 ¢ page42
Tire pressure monitoring system Light/rain sensor
¢page228 ¢ page 19
Engine control (gasoline engine)./ Active lane assist*
¢page 17 ¢ page 97
Engine control (diesel engine)./ Transmission
¢page 17 ¢page 81
Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) Transmission
./ ¢page 81
¢page 17 Steering lock
Diesel particulate filter* ¢page 15
¢page 18
Engine start system
Engine speed limitation ¢ page 15
¢page 18
Brake booster
Engine oil level
¢page 15 ¢ page 16,
Engine oil sensor
¢page 18 Central indicator light
¢p age 10
Engine warm-up request
¢page 18 Electromechanical power steering,
dynamic steering*
Battery charge
¢ page 123
¢page 14
Air suspension*
Tank system ¢ page 16
¢page 18
Sport different ial*
Washer fluid level ¢ page 19
¢page 19
Ad Blue*
Windshield wipers ¢page 194
¢page 19
Ad Blue"
Remote control key ¢ page 194
¢pag e 70
Other indicator lights
Remote control key --------------
¢page 72 Turn signals
¢ page20
Battery in remote control key
¢page29 USA models:

Bulb failure ind icato r cruise control system


¢page 19 ¢ page 86
Rear fog lights
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Canada models: - If the indicator light and the message appear


when the vehicle is stationary or after switch-
cruise control system ing the ignition on, check if you can release the
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Adaptive cruise control* ing brake, see your authorized Audi dealer or
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authorized Audi Service Facility. If you can re-
lease the parking brake and the message still
Adaptive cruise control* appears, see an authorized Audi dealer or au-
page
c:::> 90 thorized Audi Service Facility immediately to
Adaptive cruise control* have the malfunction corrected.
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c:::> 90 - If the indicator light and message appear while
Active lane assist* driving, the hill start assist or emergency brak-
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be possible to set the parking brake or release
Start/Stop system*
it once it has been set. Do not park your vehicle
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on hills. See an authorized Audi dealer or au-
Start/Stop system* thorized Audi Service Facility for assistance.
page
c:::> 72
Applies to USAmode ls
High beam assistant* If the1111 l'IJ
and turn on at the same time, the
page
c:::> 42 brake pads are worn out c:::>
poge 17.
High beams
D page
c:::> 42 _8 WARNING
- Read and follow the warnings in
BRAKE
/(0 ) Brake system ~ page 198, Working in the engine com-
partment before opening the hood and
If this indicator light turns on, there is a malfunc- checking the brake fluid level.
tion in the brake system. - If the brake system indicator light does not
1111(USA models) / . (Canada models) Stop turn off or it turns on while driving, the
vehicle and check brake fluid level. brake fluid level in the reservoir is too low,
and this increases the risk of an accident.
Stop the vehicle and check the brake fluid level. Stop the vehicle and do not continue driv-
See an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi ing. See an authorized Audi dealer or au-
Service Facility for assistance if necessary. thorized Audi Service Facility for assistance.
1111(USA models) / . (Canada models) - If the brake system indicator light turns on
Brakes: malfunction! Please stop vehicle safely together with the ABSand ESCindicator
lights, the ABS/ESCregulating function may
If the ABSindicator light rJ]l(USAmodels) /
be malfunctioning. Functions that stabilize
K
e) (Canada models), the ESCindicator light Dl. the vehicle are no longer available. This
and the brake system indicator light 1111 (USA
could cause the vehicle to swerve, which in-
models) / . (Canada models) all turn on and
creases the risk that the vehicle will slide.
this message appears, then the ABS, ESCand
Do not continue driving. See an authorized
braking distribution are malfunctioning c:::>,&.
Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facili-
Do not continue driving. See an authorized Audi ty for assistance.
dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility for as-
~ sistance c:::>,& .
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1111(USA models)/ . (Canada models) Park·
g ing brake: System fault! See owner's manual
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PARK/(
®) Electromechanical parking brake
-
A WARNING
If the - (USA models) / . (Canada models) - Never ope n the hood if you can see or hear
indicator light t urns on , the par king bra ke was steam or coola nt escaping from t he engine
set. compar t ment . This increases the risk of
burns. Wa it until you no longer see o r hear
- (USA model s) / . (Canada models) Cau-
stea m or coola nt es caping.
tion: Vehicle parked too ste e p
- The engine compartment in any vehicle can
If the indicator light blinks and the message ap- be a dange rous a rea. Stop t he engine and
pears, the re is not enough brak ing power to se- allow it t o cool befo re wor king in t he eng ine
cure the vehicle . The bra kes have overheated. The comp art me nt. Always follow the informa-
ve hicle co uld ro ll away eve n on a small incline. tion fo und in r=:>
page 198, Working in the
engine compartment.
- (USA mod els) / . (Canada models) Press
brake pedal to release parking brake
Q) Note
To release the park ing brake, press the brake
Do not con t inue driv ing if the . indi cat o r
pedal and press the [21button at the same time
light tu rns on - this increases the risk of en-
or start driv ing with hill start ass ist r=>page 76 .
gine damage.
II Parking brake!
There is a malfunc t ion in the park ing bra ke. Drive ~ , Front safety belt
to an author ized Audi dealer or author ized Audi
The . indicator lig ht stays on until the driver 's
Service Facility immediately to have the malfunc-
and front passenger's safety belts are fastened.
tion corrected .
Above a certa in speed, there will a lso be a warn-
ing tone.
(D Tips
For additiona l information on the parking (D Tips
brake, see r=:>
page 75.
For additional informat ion on sa fety belts,
seer=;,page 139.
-L Cooling system
• Switch off engine and check coolant level! D Alternator/vehicle battery

The coolan t leve l is too low . • Electrical system: malfunction! Battery is


not being charged
Do not cont inue d riving and switch the engi ne
off. Check the coolant leve l r=>page 205. There is a ma lfunction in the a lternato r or the ve -
hicle electrical system.
- If the coolant level is too low, add coolant
page 205 . Only cont inue driving once the in-
r=:> Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized
dicator light turns off . Audi Se rvice Facility immediate ly. Beca use the ve-
hicle battery is discharging, turn off a ll unneces -
• Coolant temperature too high! Please let en-
sa ry electrical equ ipment such as the rad io. See
gine run with vehicle st ationary
your authorized Audi dea ler or authorized Audi
Let the eng ine run at idle for a few minutes to Service Facility if the batte ry charge level is too
coo l off, until the indicator light turns off. low .
- If the indicator light does not turn off, do not (•) Low battery charge: Battery will be charged
continue driving the vehicle. See an authorized while driving
Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility
for assistance.
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Instruments and indicator lights

If this message turns off after a little while , the ~ Engine oil level
vehicle battery charged enough while driving.
• Please add oil immediately.
If the message does not turn off , have an author-
ized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facili- Add oil immediately q page 201 .
ty repair the malfunction. II Add oil max. x qt (l). You may continue driv·
ing
~ Engine stop while driving
Add the displayed amount of oil immediately
• Engine stopped: No power steering and ¢ page 201.
brake support.
@- Steering lock
There is a malfunction in the engine or in the fuel
supply system. • Do not drive vehicle: Steering defective
More force is needed to steer and brake the mov- There is a malfunction in the electronic steering
ing vehicle when the engine is stopped. If the ve- lock. You cannot turn the ignition on.
hicle is rolling , try to bring it to a stop off to the
side from moving traffic. See an authorized Audi Do not tow your vehicle because it cannot be
dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility for as- steered. See an authorized Audi dealer or author-
sistance . ized Audi Service Facility for assistance.

EmSteering lock: System fault Please contact


A WARNING dealer
If the engine stops while driving, you will
There is a malfunction in the electronic steering
need to use more force to brake the vehicle.
lock.
This increasesthe risk of an accident. There
will still be power steering if the ignition is Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized
switched on while the vehicle is rolling and Audi Service Facility immediately to have the
there is sufficient battery charge. Otherwise, malfunction corrected .
you must use greater force when steering .
A
- WARNING
-

~ Engine oil pressure Do not tow your vehicle when there is a mal-
function in the electronic steering lock - this
• Turn off engine and check oil level increases the risk of an accident.
Stop the engine and do not continue driving .
Check the engine oil level Q page 203. ©- Engine start system

- If the engine oil level is too low, add engine oil • Engine start system fault. Please contact
¢ page 203 . Only continue driving once the in- dealer
dicator light turns off.
Do not switch the ignition off because you may
- If the engine oil level is correct and the indica- not be able to switch it on again.
tor light still turns on, turn the engine off and
Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized
do not continue driving. See an authorized Audi
Audi Service Facility immediately to have the
dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility for as-
malfunction corrected .
sistance.
1111
Engine start system fault. Please contact
co
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Drive to an autho rized Audi dea ler or aut horized There is an ongoing ma lfunct ion in the clutch.
Audi Service Facility immediately to have t he The engine torq ue that can be transfer red is re-
malfunct ion corrected . duced. You may continue driving. Avoid using the
clutch in any way that will place a heavy load on
0 Air suspension it. For example, do not let the clutch rub when
start ing on hills, whe n towing a trai ler or when
• Air suspension: System f ault Driving slowly maneuveri ng the vehicle. Drive to an author ized
at maximum 35 mph is possible. Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility im-
There is a malfunction that can result in restrict - med iate ly to have t he malfu nction corrected.
ed driving stability. fiBClut ch malfunction! You may continue driv-
Drive to an autho rized Audi dea ler or authorized ing
Audi Service Facility immediately at a maximum There is a ma lfunction in the clutch. The engine
speed of 35 mph (60 km/ h) to have the ma lfunc- torque that can be transferred is reduced. You
tion corrected . may contin ue driving. Avoid using the clutch in
• Air suspension : Service mode. Vehicle can
t he future in any way that will place a heavy load
only be moved with restriction s
on it. For example , do not let the clutc h rub when
starting on hills, when t owing a tr ailer or when
Carefully drive to your author ized Audi dealer or mane uvering the vehicle. The indicator light
author ized Audi Service Facility immed iate ly t o turns off once the clut ch is fully operab le again.
have the service mode deactivated .
II Air suspension : System fault Lt Brake booster

There is a system malfunct ion that can result in D Brake servo: limited functionality. You can
restricted driving stability or reduced gro und continue driving. Contact workshop
clearance.
There is a malfunction in the bra ke booster. The
Drive to an authori zed Audi dea ler or authori zed bra ke booste r is available, but its effectiveness is
Audi Service Facility immediately to have the reduced . Braking behavior may be different from
malfunct ion corrected. how it normally functions and the bra ke pedal
II Air suspension : Vehicle is too low . Ground may vibrate.
clearance limited Drive t o an aut horized Audi dealer or aut horized
The ground clearance is very low due to a system Audi Service Facility immediate ly to have the
malfunctio n. Wait until the air suspension sys- malfunction corrected.
tem has restored norma l ground clearance. Oth-
erwise, conditions such as an uneven road surface n/uElectronic Stabilization Control (ESC)
can lead to vehicle damage.
If the G1indicator light blinks while driving, the
ESCor ASR(Anti-Slip Regulation) is act ively regu-
0 Clutch lating .
Applies to: vehicles with manu al transmiss ion
If the GJindicator light turns on, the system has
• Clutch: malfunction! Safely park vehicle switched the ESCoff. In t his case, you can switch
There is an ongoing ma lfunction in the clutch. the ignition off and then on to switch the ESCon
Stop the vehicle safely . See an authorized Audi again . The indicator light t urns off when the sys-
dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility for as- tem is functioning fully.
sistance . If the IIindicator light turns on, ESCwas
[O] Clutch malfunction! Adapt d riving style. switched off using the I~ OFFIbutton
Contact Service page 120 .
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16
Instruments and ind icator lights

Stabilization control (ESC/ ABS) malfunction! a collision, which increases the risk of serious
See owner's manual injury or death.
If the G1 indicato r l ight and the ABS indicator
light ~ (USA models) I (ca (Canada models) (0) Brake pads
turn on and this message appears, the re is a ma l-
function in the ABS system or electronic differen- EiJBrake pads!
tial lock. This also causes the ESCto malfunct ion . The brake pads are worn .
The brakes st ill function with their normal power,
Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized
but ABS is not act ive.
Audi Service Facility immed iate ly to have the
Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized brake pads checked.
Audi Service Facility immediately to have the
Appl ies to: USA models
malfunction corrected.
EiJind icator light turns
The on together with the
_&.WARNING 1111ind icator light
If the 1111
(USA models)/ . (Canada mod-
els) brake system indicator light turns on to- EPC
Engine control (gasoline engine)
gether with the ABS and ESCindicator lights, If the~ indicator light turns on if there is a
the ABS and ESCregulating function may malfunction in the engine contro l.
have malf uncti oned. Functions that stabilize
the vehicle are no longer available . This could Drive slowly to an authorized Audi dealer or au-
cause the vehicle to swerve, which increases thorized Aud i Service Facility to have the engine
the risk that the vehicle will slide. Drive care- checked.
fully to the nearest authorized Audi dealer or
authorized Audi Service Facility and have the W Engine control (die sel engine )
ma lfunction corrected.
The engine is preheating if the II indicator light
turns on when the ignition is switched on .
@ Tips
For additional information on ESCand ABS, If the indicator light does not turn on or blinks
see ~page 120. whi le driving, there is an engine control malfunc-
tion .

~/ !f Safety systems Immediately drive slow ly to an authorized Audi

The II (USA models) /m (Canada mode ls) indi-


dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility to have
the malfunction cor rected.
cator light monitors the safety systems.

If the II (USA mode ls)/ m(Canada models) in- a Malfunction indicato r lamp (MIL)
dicator light turns on or blinks, there is a mal-
function in a safety system such as the airbag or The malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) is part of
belt tensioner system . the On Board Diagnostic system (080 II) . The
('4 c;ymbol turns on when the ignition is switched
Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized on and turns off again once the engine is started
Audi Service Facility immediately to have the and running at a steady idle speed . This indicates
malfunction corrected. that the MIL is function ing correctly.

_&.WARNING The ind icator light turns on if there is a malfunc-


co -
t ion in the engine electronics . See an authorized
co
.... Have the malfunction in the safety systems
N Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facili ty to
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have the malfunction corrected . For additional
0
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Instruments and indicator lights

The indicator light can also turn on if t he fuel fill- If the engine spee d limitation was activa t ed by
er cap is not closed correct ly ¢ page 192. an engine cont rol malfunct ion, the ~ indicator
light a lso turns on. Make sure that the speed
~ Diesel particulate filter does not go above the speed displayed. Drive to
App lies to: vehicles with diesel engine and diesel particulate an a uthorized Audi dea ler or authori zed Audi
filter Service Facility immed iate ly to have the ma lfunc -
t ion corrected .
II Particulate filter: System fault See owner' s
manual
(D Tips
The diesel pa rticulate filter requires regene ra- Applies to: S models
tion . To suppo rt the filt er's se lf-cleaning func- The engine speed is lim ite d w hen t he engine
tion : is cold - t he fu ll engine ou t put is no t availa -
Drive fo r approximate ly 15 m inutes at 37 mph ble . When the eng ine is at o perating t em per-
(60 km/h) or above in the S se lector lever posi - ature, the red area in the tachometer moves
tion . Keep the eng ine s peed around 2 ,00 0 RPM. to a higher RPM range .
The temperature increase t ha t will result from
this can burn off the soot in the filter. The indica - ~c , Engine oil sensor
tor light will turn off when the cleaning has com-
pleted successf ully. • Oil level sensor: system fault!

If t he indicator light does not t ur n off , drive im- The sensor to check the eng ine o il level has
mediately to an a utho rized Audi dea ler or a ut hor - failed. Drive t o an au t hori zed Audi dealer or au-
ized Audi Service Faci lity to have the malfunction thorized Audi Serv ice Facility immediately to have
corrected. the malfunct ion corrected .

A WARNING f Engine warm -up request


Always adapt your speed to the cu rrent
weather, road and traffic conditions . You
0 Please warm up engine

should never disobey t raffic laws in order to Fuel has entered the engine oil, eithe r from low
follow driving recommenda t ions. outside temperatures or frequent short d rives.
Drive until the eng ine is warm so that the fuel in
(D Tips the engine oil w ill evaporate. Avoid hig h engine
speeds, full accelerating a nd heavy engine loads
For add it iona l information on the diese l par-
whe n doing this .
tic ulate fi lter, see ¢ page 198.

!'7\Engine speed limitation


rnTank system
Applies to: vehicles with engine speed limitation II) Please refuel
Ill Maximum engine speed: XXXX rpm If the indicato r light turns on for the first time
The engine speed is automatica lly lim ited to the and t he message appears , there are about 2 .6
speed d isplayed in the instrument cluster. This gallons (10 lit ers) of fuel left in t he tank .
protects the eng ine from overheating . II) Fuel tank system malfunct ion! Please con-
The engine speed limitation deactivates once the tact dealer
engine is no longer in the critica l temperature There is a ma lfunction in the fuel tank system .
range and you have released the acce lerato r ped-
Drive t o a n aut hor ized Audi d ealer or au th orized
a l once .
Audi Se rvice Facility immed iate ly t o have t he
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Drive to an authori zed Audi dealer or au t ho rized


@ Tips
Audi Se rvice Facility immediate ly to have the
For addit iona l information on refueling, see malfunction corrected.
¢page 192.

tiP Light/rain sensor


~ Washer fluid level
El Automatic headlights/ automat ic wipers:
~ Please add washer flu id System fault
Fill the washer flui d for the w indshield was her The light/ rain sensor is malfunctioning .
system and the headlight washer system * when
page 208.
the ignition is switched off c::> The low beams re ma in sw itche d on at a ll times
for sa fety reasons when the ligh t switc h is in t he
AUTO pos ition. However, yo u can cont inue to
• Windshield wipers
tu rn t he lig hts on and off using the light switch .
mWindshield wiper: system fault! You can st ill contro l all functions that are inde-
pendent of the rain senso r t hrough the wind-
There is a malfunction with the windsh ie ld w ip-
s hield wipe r leve r.
ers.
Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or autho rized
Drive to an aut ho rize d Aud i de al e r o r a ut horize d
Audi Se rvice Facility immed iate ly to have the
Aud i Service Faci lity immediately to have the
malfu nction corrected.
malfunct ion corrected.

!-I Sport differential


~/0$ Defective light bulb warning Applies to: vehicles with sport differential

If the RI indicato r light turns on, a light has Iii Sport differential: System fault
fa iled. The message ind icates the location of the
light. If the I) ind icator lig ht also tur ns on, then The re is a ma lfunction w ith the spo rt d ifferential.
a rea r fog light has fai led. The pos ition of the in- Drive t o a n aut hori zed Audi d ealer or auth orize d
d icator light cor responds w it h the location on the Audi Se rvice Facility immed iate ly to have t he
ve hicle. malfunction corrected.
Drive to an aut horized Aud i dea le r or a uthorized Ill Sport differential: Overheating
Aud i Service Facility immediately to have t he
The tra nsmission temperature has inc reased sig-
m alfunct ion cor rected.
nificantly due to t he sporty dr iving ma nner. Drive
Vehicle lights: Malfunction in a less spor ty m anne r un t il the te mp era tur e re-
There is a malfunction in the hea dli ghts or the tu rns to t he norm al ran ge an d t he indic ator lig ht
light switch. switc hes of.

Drive t o an aut horized Aud i de al e r o r auth o rized A WARNING


-
Audi Service Faci lity immedia t ely to have the
Cont act you r a ut hori zed Aud i deal er or a
malfunct ion corrected .
qu a lified wor ks hop if t he s port differential is
fa ulty or ma lf un ctioning. The repa ir mus t be
{[) Dynamic headlight range control performed by t rained pe rsonne l using the cor-
Applies to: vehicles with dynamic headlight range control rect oil in order to ensure safety .

co
El Headlight range control: system fault!
co
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¢ Q Turn signals

If the . or B indicator light bl inks, t he tu rn


signals are act ivated . If bo t h indica t or ligh t s a re
blinking, the emergency flashers are act ivate d.

If an indicator light blinks twice as fast as usua l,


a tu rn signa l bulb has failed . Caref ully dr ive to an
author ized Audi dealer or au t hor ized Audi Se rvice
Facility immediately to have the mal func t ion cor -
rected .

@ Tips
Add ition al information about t he t ur n signals
can be found under q page 42 .

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Driver in fo rma t ion system

Driver information ® ®
system Second Indicator lights and messages
tab Warning when a door, the hood or
Overview the rear lid is not closed
Service interval display
¢ page208
Speed warning system*
¢ page86
Third tab Night vision assistant*
¢page 101
Fourth Audio/Video
t ab

Fig. 4 Driver informa t ion system in t he inst rum ent clust er Fifth tab Telephone*
Sixth tab Navigation*

The second and third tabs are only visible if at


least one indicator light or message is shown or if
that system is switched on.

The status line © is located in the bottom part of


the display ¢ fig. 4. It displays the exterior tem-
perature, time, selector lever position, tripod-
ometer and odometer.

Fig. S Ins t rum ent cluster: examp le information line For some vehicle functions, you can access the
trip information from the temporary memory
The information in the driver information system ¢ page 23 in line @ ¢ fig. 5 .
is shown in @ tabs @ ¢ fig. 4. The following
content is possible depending on vehicle equip- A WARNING
ment: Do not assume the roads are free of ice based
on the outside temperature display. Be aware
® ® that there may be ice on roads even when the
First tab Vehicle functions :
outside temperature is around 41 °F (+5 °C)
On-board computer and that ice can increase the risk of accidents.
¢ page22
Efficiency program* (i} Tips
¢ page 23 - You can select the units used for tempera -
Digital speedometer ture, speed and other measurements in the
Cruise control system* Infotainment system .
¢ page86 - If your vehicle is stationary or if you are driv-
Adaptive cruise control* and braking ing at very low speeds, the temperature dis-
guard* played may be slightly higher than the ac-
¢ page88 tual temperature outside due to the heat ra-
diating from the engine.
Act ive lane assist*
co
co - For info rm ation on the audio/video and nav-
.... ¢ page96
N igation* functions, refer to the separate In-
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Dri v er information system

Operation Resetting values to zero

The driver information system is operated using • In the Vehicle functions menu, sele ct On-
the buttons on the multifunction steering wheel. board computer or Efficiency program.
• You ca n now select between the long -term
memory a nd short -term memory .
• To reset the values in a memo ry, press and hold
the t hu mbwh eel @ for one second.

Assigning a function to a programmable


steering wheel button*
• Select the ICAR ! funct ion button > (Car)* Sys-
tems contro l butto n > Vehicle settings > Steer-
ing wheel button programming .
Fig. 6 Multifunctio n steerin g wheel: operating the driver
infor matio n system
The last function selected disp lays when you
switch the ign ition on.

On-board computer

Fig. 7 Instr ume nt cluster : ope ning the vehicle funct ions
menu

Operating
Fig. 8 Instrument cluste r: fu el cons um ptio n display
• Switch the ign ition on.
• To swit ch betwe en the tabs, press t he rocker You can call up t he fo llowi ng informat io n in t he
swi tch @ to t he left or righ t c::>fig. 6. o n-board compu t er:
• To acce ss a ddition a l inform at ion be low or
- Date
above, turn the thum bwhee l @ down or up .
- Driving t ime from the short-te rm memory
• To confi rm a selection, press the t hu mbwheel
- Average consumption from the short-term
@.
memory
• To open the submenu fo r an active tab, press
- Averag e speed from the short -term memory
the button l:il @.
- Distance d riven f rom the short-term memo ry
• To se lect a function prog rammed to a steering
wheel butto n*, press t he button @ . - Curre nt fuel consumption
- Shor t -te rm memory overv iew
Opening the Vehicle functions - Long-te rm memory overv iew
• Se lect t he f irst tab with the rocker switch (D. The short-te rm memory collects driving informa-
• Press t he [ii button @. The Vehicle functions tion from the time the ign ition is switched on un-
menu is displayed c::>fig. 7. ti l it is switch ed off . If you continue driving w ith-
• To se lect a menu item, turn and press t he in two hours after sw itching t he ignit ion off, t he
th umbwheel @ . new values are include d when cal cula t ing t he cu r-
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Driver in f orma t ion system

Unlike t he short-term memo ry, the long -term


memory is not erased automatica lly. You can se-
lect the t ime period for evaluat ing trip informa -
tion yourself .

For some veh icle functions, you can access the


driving information from the short -term memory
in the line @ ¢ poge21, fig . 5.

Fuel consumption
Fig. 10 Instrument cluste r: econo my t ip
The cu rrent fue l cons umption ca n be shown us-
ing a ba r g rap h ¢ fig . 8 . The aver age consum p-
The eff iciency program can help you to use less
tion stored in the short -term memory is also dis-
fuel. It shows ot her cons um ers th at are using
played . If the bar is green, your vehicle is saving
fuel a nd eco nomy tip s give advice on how to drive
fuel throug h one of the following functions:
efficie ntly. The eff icien cy progr a m receives dis-
- Recuperation : ele ctr ical ene rgy can be store d in tance and consumption data from the on -board
the vehicle battery when t he vehicle is coasting computer.
or driving d ownhill. The bar will move toward
To dis play the eff icien cy program, o pen the Vehi -
0 .
cle functions menu and select t he Efficiency pro-
- Cylinder on demand system* : the engine auto -
gram menu item .
matically sw itches four cylinde rs off when low-
er powe r output is required and othe r condi- Other consumers
tions are met. This change is not noticeab le to
The Energy consumers view lists other equip-
t he passengers.
ment that is curren tl y affe cting fue l cons ump-
tio n. The displ ay shows up t o t hree ot her eq uip-
(]} Tips
ment items @ ¢ fig. 9. The equipment using the
The date, time of day and t ime and date for- most power is listed first. If more than three
mat can be set in the Infotainment system items using power are switched on, the equip-
¢page 24. ment that is current ly using the most power is
displayed.
Efficiency program A ga uge @ also shows the current tota l con-
Applies to: vehicles with efficiency program
s umption of all othe r consumers.

Economy tips
In certai n sit uat ions, economy ti ps appe ar auto-
ma t ically for a short t ime in the eff iciency pro-
gram ¢ fig . 10 . If you follow these economy tips,
yo u can red uce your vehicle's fue l cons umption.

To turn an econo my t ip off immedia t ely afte r it


appea rs, press any button o n the mu lt ifun ct ion
stee ring wheel.
Fig. 9 Instr ume nt cluste r: ot her equ ipment

© Tips

co - If you era se t he dat a in t he eff icien cy pro-


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- Once you have turned an economy tip off, it When you open the driver's door, the date and
will only appear again after you turn the ig- time appear in the instrument cluster display for
nit ion on again . 30 seconds .
- The economy tips are not displayed in every
instance, but rather in intervals over a peri- Head-up display
od of t ime . Applies to : vehicles with Head-up Display

Odometer

Fig. 12 Example: indicators in the Head-up display

Fig. 11 Inst rume nt cluster : odometer and reset butto n

The display of d istance dr iven is shown in miles


"m i" or kilometers "km". The units of measure-
ment (kilometers/m iles) can be changed in the
Infotainment system.

Trip odometer and odometer


The trip odometer shows the distance driven
Fig. 13 Instrument panel: knob for the head -u p display
since it was last reset . It can be used to measure
short distances. The Head-up display projects certai n warn ings or
The trip odometer can be reset to zero by press- selected information from the assist systems* or
ing the ~ reset button. navigation* on the windshield. The display ap-
pears within the driver's field of vision.
The odometer shows the total distance that the
veh icle has been driven. Switching on/off

Malfunction indicator ""To switch the head-up dis play on or off, press
the knob~ q fig. 13 .
If there is a malfunction in the instrument clus-
ter, DEFwill appear in the trip odometer display. Adjusting the height
Have the malfunction corrected as soon as possi-
The height of the d isplay can be adjusted to the
ble.
individual driver.

Time/date display ""Make sure you are seated correctly


qpage 129.
The date, time of day and time and date format ""Turn the knob~ to adjust the display.
can be set in the Infota inment system. Refer to
Settings in the Infotainment system
the Infota inment system operating manual for
instructions . ""Select: the ICARI function button > (Car)*Sys-
tems contro l button > Driverassistance > .,.

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D river in fo rm at io n sys tem

Head-up dis play> Head-up display conten ts or gine starts and the id le has stab ilized. This indi-
Display bright ness. cates that the MIL is working properly.

Dis play content If th e light doe s not go ou t after the eng ine is
sta rted, or illum inates while you are driving, a
In the Infotainment system, you can specify
malfunction may exist in the engine system. If
which information should be displayed: For ex-
the light illuminates, the catalytic converter
ample, th is can include navigation informat ion *,
could be damaged.
Adaptive cruise control* or night vision assist*.
Cont inue driving with reduced power (avoiding
The display of certa in info rmation and some of
sustained high speeds and/or rapid accelera-
the red indicator lights cannot be hidden in the
tions) and have the condition corrected. Contact
Infotainment system.
your authorized Aud i dealer.
Displ ay brightness If the ligh t illum inat es, the electronic speed lim-
You can adjust the display br ightness in the Info- iter may also be malfunctioning. For more infor-
tainment system. The display brightness decreas- mation c::>page 26, Electronic speed limiter.
es automatically as the amount of light decreas-
An impro perly close d fuel filler cap may also
es. The backgro und brightness is adjusted with
cause the MIL lig ht to illuminate c::>page 192.
the instrument illumination c::>page 44 .

(D Note On-Board Diagnostics

To prevent scratches on the g lass cove ring the


head- up d isplay, do not place any objects in
the projection opening.

(D Tips
- Sunglasses w ith polar izat ion filters and un-
favorab le lighting conditions can have a
negative effect on the display.
- An optim um display depends on the seat
pos ition and t he height adjustment of the Fig. 14 Locat ion of Data Link Connector (DLC)
head -up display.
- A specia l windshield is needed for t he head - On-Boa rd Diagnostics monitors the components
up display function. of your emission control system. Each monitored
- For information on cleaning, refer t o c::>ta- component in your engine system has been as-
ble on page 233. signed a code . In case of a malfunction, the com-
ponent will be identified and the fault stored as a
code in the contro l module memory.
On Board Diagnostic
System (OBD) The MIL light may also illum inate if there is a
leak in the on-board fuel vapor recovery system.
Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) If the light illuminates after a refuelling, stop

The Malfunction Ind icator Lamp (MIL) a in the


the vehicle and make sure the fue l filler cap is
properly closed c::>page 192.
instr ument cluster is part of the On-Board Diag-
nostic (OBD II) system. In order to make an accurate diagnosis, the stor -
ed data can only be displayed using special diag-
~
.... The warning/indicator light illuminates when the
nostic equipment (generic scan tool for OBD). IJI,-
~ ign it ion is switched on and goes out after the en-
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Dr iv er information sy stem

In order to connect the specia l diagnostic equip -


ment, push the plug into the Data Link Connector
(DLC).The DLCis located to the right of the hood
release c:>fig. 14.
Your author ized Audi dealer or a qualified service
station can interpret the code and perform the
necessary repa ir.

A WARNING
-
Do not use the diagnostic connector for pe r-
sonal use. Incorrect usage can cause malfunc-
tions, which can increase the risk of a colli-
sion!

Electronic speed limiter

Your vehicle may be factory equipped wit h t ires


that are rated for a maximum speed of 130 mph
(210 km/h) . This is less than the maximum speed
of your vehicle. To reduce t he risk of sudden t ire
failure and loss of control if the vehicle is operat -
ed at excessive speeds, your vehicle also has an
electronic speed limiter . The electronic speed
lim ite r prevents your vehicle from going faster
than the t ire speed rating. For more information
c:>page217.

If the en gine contro l unit receives faulty vehicle


road speed signals, the Malfunction Indicator
II
Lamp (MIL) will illuminate. If this occurs,
contact the nearest authorized Audi dealer for
assis t ance .

S models
Your vehicle's top speed is electron ically limited
to 155 mph (250 km/h).
If t he engine contro l unit receives faulty vehicle
roadspeed signa ls, the Malfunct ion Indicator
Lamp (MIL)¢4will illuminate. If this occurs,
contact the nearest autho rized Audi dealer for
assistance .

A WARNING
-
Always observe the posted speed limits and
adjust your speed to suit prevailing road, t raf-
fic and weathe r conditions. Never drive your
vehicle fast er t han t he maximum spee d rat ing
of t he tires inst alled.

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Opening and closing

Opening and closing - When locking using the lil button in the central
locking switch, the vehicle will not lock if a door
Central locking is open ¢ page 31.
- On vehicles with a convenience key*, the lug-
Description
gage compartment lid unlocks again after clos-
You can lock and unlock the veh icle centrally . You ing if the most recent ly used key is in the lug-
have the following options: gage compartment. The emergency flashers
blink four times.
- Remote control key ¢ page 30,
- Sensors in the door handles* ¢ page 30, Do not lock your vehicle with the remote control
page 32,
- Lock cylinder on the driver's door c::> key or convenience key* until all doors and the
or luggage compartment lid are closed. This helps
page 31.
- Interior central locking switch c::> to prevent you from locking yourself out acciden-
tally .
Turn signals
Closing aid on the doors*
The turn s ignals flash twice when you unlock the
veh icle and flash once when you lock the veh icle. The vehicle doors are equipped with closing aids.
If the blinking continues, one of the doors or the When closing a door, you only have to let it fall
luggage compartment lid/hood is not closed or lightly into the latch. It then closes automatically
the ignition is still switched on. &..
c::>

Auto Lock A
"--
WARNING
-
The Auto Lock function locks all doors and the - When you lock your vehicle from outs ide,
luggage compartment lid once the speed has ex- nobody - especially children - should rema in
ceeded approximately 9 mph (15 km/h). inside the vehicle. Remember, when you
lock the vehicle from the outside the win-
The vehicle can be unlocked if the opening func-
dows cannot be opened from the inside.
tion in the central locking system sw itch is used
- When you leave the vehicle, always take the
or one of the door handles is pulled.
ignit ion key with you. This will prevent pas-
In the event of a crash with airbag deployment, sengers (children, for examp le) from acci-
the doors will also automatically unlock to allow dentally being locked in the vehicle should
access to the veh icle. they accidentally press the power locking
switch in the doors.
Selective door unlocking
- Do not leave children inside the vehicle un-
The doors and luggage compartment lid will lock supervised. In an emergency it would be im-
when they close . You can set in the Infotainment possible to open the doors from the outside
system whether only the driver's door or the en- without the key.
tire vehicle should be unlocked when unlocking - Applies to vehicles with power side door
page 32.
c::> closer*:
Unintentionally locking yourself out - When closing a door, make sure nothing
can inte rfere with the door. This could
The follow ing cond it ions prevent you from lock-
cause serious pe rsonal injury.
ing your remote control key in the vehicle :
- You can stop t he door from closing at any
- If the driver's door is open, the vehicle cannot time by pulling on the inside or outside
be locked by pressing the lil button on the re- doo r handle.
~
,..., mote control key or touching the locking sen -
~ sor* on a door.
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Opening and c lo s i n g

keys. This way, you can make sure that you have
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all the keys when purchasing a used vehicle.
- Do not leave valuables unattended in the ve-
hicle . A locked vehicle is not a safe! Electronic immobiliz er
- The LEDin the driver 's door rail blinks when The immobilizer prevents unauthorized use of
you lock the vehicle . If the LEDlights up for the vehicle.
approximately 30 seconds after locking,
there is a ma lfunction in the central locking Under certain circumstances, the vehicle may not
system. Have the problem corrected by an be able to start if there is a key from a d ifferent
authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi vehicle manufacturer on the key chain.
Service Facility. Dat a in th e master key
When dr iving, service and maintenance-relevant
Key set
data is cont inuous ly stored in your remote con -
trol key. Your Audi se rvice advisor can read out
th is data and t ell you about the work yo ur vehicle
needs . This applies also t o veh icles with a con-
venience key*.

Personal convenience sett ings


If two people use one vehicle, it is recommended
that each person always uses "their own" master
key. When the ign ition is turned off or whe n the
Fig. 15 Your veh icle key set
vehicle is locked, personal conve nience set t ings
for the following systems are stored and as -
@ Remote control key with integr ated s igned to the remote maste r key.
mechanica l key
- Climate cont rol system
You can unlock/lock your veh icle w ith the remote - Central locking
control key. A mechan ical key is integrated in the - Windows
remote control key ~ page 29. - Interior lighting*
- Memory function*
@ Separate mechanical key
- Park ing aid*
This key is not intended for constant use. It - Ada ptive cru ise con t rol *
should only be used in an emergency . Do not car-
- Act ive lane assist*
ry it on your key ring and do not store it in the ve-
- Side ass ist*
hicle.
- Drive select
Replacing a key - Night vision assistant*
- Steering wheel heating *
If a key is lost, see an authorized Audi dealer or
authorized Audi Service Facility. Have this key de- The stored settings a re a utomat ica lly recalled
activated . It is important to bring all keys with whe n you unlock t he vehi cle, open the doors or
you . If a key is lost, you should report it to your turn on the ignition.
insurance company .

Number of keys
A WARNING
-

Always take the vehicle key with you when


You can check the number of keys ass igned to leaving the vehicle, even for a short period of
your veh icle in the Infotainment system. Select: time. This applies particularly when child ren
the !CAR!function button> (Car)* Syst ems con- rema in in the vehicle . Otherwise the children
trol button > Service & checks > Programmed

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could start the engine or operate electrical LEDand batteries in the remote control key
equipment such as power windows.

(D Tips
- The operation of the remote control key can
be temporarily disrupted by interference
from transmitters near the vehicle working
in the same frequency range (such as a cell
phone or radio equipment).
- Using the mechanical key, you can:
- Lock/unlock the glove compartment. Fig. 17 Remote control key: removing the ba ttery holder
- Manually lock/unlock the vehicle
¢ page 32 . LEDin the remote control key
- Mechanically lock the doors¢ page 32. The LED@ informs you about the function of the
- For an explanation on conformity with the remote control key.
FCCregulations in the United States and the
Industry Canada regulations, see • If you press a button briefly, the LEDblinks
¢ page 262. once .
• If you press and hold a button longer (conven-
ience opening), the LEDblinks several times.
Removing the integrated mechanical key
"' If the LEDdoes not blink, the remote control
key battery is dead . The 1:1
indicator light and
the message Please change key battery ap-
pear . Replace the battery in the remote control
key.

Replacing the remote control key battery


"' Remove the mechanical key ¢ page 29 .
"' Press the release button @ on the battery
holder and pull the battery ho lder out of the re-
Fig. 16 Remote contro l maste r key: remov ing the mech an i- mote control key in the direct io n of the arrow
cal key at the same time.
• Insert the new battery with the"+" symbol fac-
• Press the release button @ ¢ fig. 16. ing down.
• Pull the mechan ical key @ out of the remote • Slide the battery holder carefully into the re-
contro l key. mote control key.
"' Insert the mechanical key.

@) For the sake of the environment


Discharged batter ies must be disposed of us-
ing methods that will not harm the environ-
ment . Do not dispose of them in household
trash.

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- The vehicle can only be locked when the se-


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lector lever is in the P position.
The replacement battery must meet the same - Do not use the remote control when you are
specifications as the orig inal battery in the re- inside the vehicle. Otherwise, you could un-
mote control key. intentionally lock the vehicle. If you then
tried to start the engine or open a door, the
Unlocking/locking by remote control alarm would be tr iggered. If this happens,
press the @ unlock button.
- Only use the pan ic function in an emergen-
cy.

Locking and unlocking with the


convenience key
Applies to: vehicles with convenience key

The doors and luggage compartment lid can be


unlocked/locked without using the remote con-
Fig. 18 Rem ote contro l key: bu tton prog rammin g trol key.

• To unlock the vehicle, press the ~ button


¢ fig. 18.
• To lock the vehicle, press the lil button one
t ime ¢ ,& .
• To unlock the luggage compartment lid, press
the 1£1 button br iefly .
• To trigger the alarm, press the IPANIC Ibutton.
The vehicle horn and emergency flashers are
activated.
• To turn the alarm off , press the red IPANIC I Fig. 19 Door handle: locking the ve hicle

button again .
Unlocking the vehicle
If the veh icle is unlocked and none of the doors, • Grip the door hand le . The door un locks auto-
the rear lid or hood are opened within 60 se c- matically.
onds, the veh icle locks again automatically. This • Pull on the door handle to open the doo r.
feature prevents the vehicle from being acciden -
tally left unlocked over a long period of t ime. Locking the vehicle

The settings in the Infotainment system deter- • Place the selec t or leve r in the P position (auto-
mine if the entire veh icle or only the driver 's door matic t ransmiss ions), or else the veh icle will
is unlocked when unlocking the vehicle not be ab le to lock.
¢ page 32 . • To lock the vehi cle, close the door and touch
the sensor in the door handle once ¢ fig. 19,
A WARNING ¢ ,& . Do not hold the door handle while doing

this.
Read and heed all WARNINGS ¢ .& in Descrip-
tion on page 2 7. You can unlock/lock the vehicle at every door .
The remote control key cannot be more than ap-
@ Tips proximately 4 ft (1.5 m) away from the door han-
- Only use the remote control key when you dle. It makes no difference whether the master ..,.
are within view of the vehicle.

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Open in g and closing

key is in your jacket pocket or in your briefcase,


for example .

The door ca nnot be opened for a br ief period di-


rect ly after loc king it. This way you have the op -
portunity to check if the doors locked correctly.

The settings in the Infotainment system deter-


mine if the entire vehicle or only one of the doo rs
is unlocked when unlocking the vehicle
¢ page 32. Fig. 21 Rear doo r: centra l locking switch

WARNING "' To lock the vehicle, press the ~ button ~ ,&. .


.1!!!!!!!!!.
!!.. -
Read and heed a ll WARNINGS ~ .& in Descrip- "' To unlock the vehicle, press the @lbutton .
tion on page 2 7.
When locking the vehicle with the central locking
switch, the following app lies:
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- Opening the door and the luggage compart-
If your vehicle is left stand ing for a long peri-
od of time, note the following: ment lid from the outside is not possible (for
security reasons, such as when stopped at a
- The proximity senso r switches off after a
light) .
few days to save energy. You then have to
- The LED in the central locking switch turns on
pull once on the door handle to unlock the
when all doors are closed and locked .
vehicle and a second time to open it .
- The energy management system gradually -Applies to: front doors: you can open the doors
turns off unnecessary convenience functions ind ividually from the inside by pulling the door
to prevent the vehicle battery from draining handle .
and to maintain the vehicle 's abi lity to start - Rear doors: to unlock the doors, pull on the
for as long as possible. You may not be able door ha ndle one time . To open the doors, pull
to unlock your vehicle using the convenience on the door handle again .
key. - In the event of a crash with a irbag deployment,
- For an explanation on conformity with the the doors unlock automat ically to allow access
FCCregulations in the United States and the to the vehicle.
Industry Canada regulations, see
¢ page 262. A WARNING
- The central locking switch also works when
Central locking switch the ign ition is switched off and automatical-
ly locks the entire vehicle when the ~ but-
ton is pressed.
- The central locking switch is inoperative
when the vehicle is locked from the outside.
- Locked doors make it more difficult for
emergency workers to get into the vehicle,
which puts lives at risk. Do not leave anyone
behind in the vehicle, especially children .

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Lock) c::>
page27. You can unlock the vehicle Emergency unlocking and locking the doors
again using the crlbutton in the central lock-
ing switch. Each door must be locked separately if the pow-
er locking system fails .
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Setting the central locking system ~

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In the Infotainment system, you can set which m
doors the central locking system will unlock .

.,.Select : the ICARI


function button > (Car) * Sys-
tems control button > Vehicle sett ings > (Cen-
t ral locking)* .

Door unlocking - you can decide if All doors or


only the Driver door should unlock. The luggage
Fig. 22 Driver's door: door lock cylinder
compartment lid also unlocks when All is select-
a,
ed . If you select Driver in a vehicle with a conven- l5
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ience key*, only the door whose handle you pull t!,
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m
will unlock.
If you select Driver, all the doo rs and luggage
compartment lid will unlock if you press the @l
button on the remote control key twice.
Disable tailg ate handle - If you se lect On, the
luggage compartment lid hand le is locked. In
this case the luggage compartment lid can be Fig. 23 Door: emergency locking
opened with the ~ button on the remote control
key or with the la l button* in the driver's door. In If the central locking system malfunctions, you
vehicles with a convenience key*, you can st ill must unlock/lock the doors separately using the
open the luggage compartment lid using the mechan ical key.
handle if an author ized remote control key is
Unlocking / locking the driver's door with the
near t he proximity se nsor*. mechanical key
Fold mirrors when locking* - if you select On, .,.Remove the integrated mechanical key
the exterior rea rview mirrors fold in automatical - page 29 or use the separate mechanica l key.
c::>
ly when you press the l@J butto n on the remote .,.To unlock the driver's door, turn the key to the
control key or t ouch t he senso r* in the handle. open position @ c::>fig. 22 .
Tone wh en locking ll - if you se lect On, a tone .,.To lock the driver's door, move t he selector lev-
will sound when you lock the vehicle. er to the P position (automatic transm ission)
and turn the key one time to the close posit ion
@ c::>
,& .
Locking the front passenger's door /r ear
doors with the mechanical key
The eme rgency lock is locat ed on the rear side of
the front passenger's door and the rear doors. It
is only visible whe n t he door is ope n. .,.

l) This fun ct ion is not available in a ll coun tri es.

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Open in g and closing

.. Remove the integrated mechanical key


Q page 29 or use the separate mechan ical key .

.. Pull the cap out of the opening ¢ fig. 23 .


.. Insert the key in the inside slot and turn it all
the way to the right (right door) or left (left
door).

A WARNING
Read and heed all WARNINGS ¢ A in Descrip-
tion on page 27. Fig. 25 Handle in the rea r lid

Opening the luggage compartment lid


Anti-theft alarm system
.. Press and hold the l""Ibutton on the remote
If the anti-theft alarm system detects a vehicle control key for at least one second . Or
break-in, audio and visual warning signals are .. Pull the ~ button in the driver's doo r ¢ fig. 24.
triggered. The anti-theft alarm system is activat- Or
ed when the vehicle is locked as usual. It .. Press the hand le in the luggage compartment
switches off when the vehicle is unlocked. lid Q fig. 25.

If the alarm is triggered, it w ill shut off automat- Closing the luggage compartment lid
ically after a ce rt ain amount of time. Switch the
.,.Use the inside grip to pull the rear lid and allow
ignition on or press the ~ button on the remote
it to drop gently to close it ¢ _&..
control key to turn off the alarm.
The sett ings in the Infota inment system deter -
Luggage compartment mine if the luggage compartment lid can be
Lid opened using the handle ¢ page 32.

Opening / closing the luggage compartment A WARNING


lid
- After closing the luggage compartment lid,
make sure that it is latched. Otherwise the
luggage compartment lid could open sud -
denly when driving, which increases the risk
of an accident.
- Never drive with the luggage compartment
lid ajar or open, because poisonous gases
can enter the vehicle interior and create the
risk of asphyxiation.
- Never leave your vehicle unattended when
Fig. 24 Driver's door : opening the luggage compartment the luggage compartment lid is open. A
lid child could climb into the vehicle through
the luggage compartment . If the luggage
compartment lid was then closed, the child
would be trapped in the veh icle and unable
to escape. To reduce the risk of injury, do
not allow children to play in or around the
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- Always make sure no one is in the luggage Closing the luggage compartment lid
compartment lid's range of motion when it • Pull the button l=Iin the driver's door until t he
is clos ing, especially near the hinges . Fin- luggage compartment lid is closed c::> _&.. Or
gers or hands could be p inched . • Press the l=Ibutton in the luggage compart-
fig. 27. The luggage compartment
ment lid r::;>
(D Tips lid will go down automatically and close ¢ _&..
When the vehicle is locked, the luggage com- Or
partment lid can be unlocked separately by • Press and hold the button la l on the remote
pressing the la!button on the remote control control key until the luggage compartment lid
key. The luggage compartment lid locks auto- is closed (vehicles with convenience key*) ¢ _&..
matically when it is closed again. Make sure there is enough d istance between
you and the luggage compartment lid. The re
should be a maximum 9 feet (3 m) of distance.
Automatic luggage compartment lid
Or
Applies to: vehicles with automat ic luggage compartment lid
• Press the ~ button r:;,fig. 2 7 in the luggage
The luggage compartment lid can be opened and compartment lid (vehicles with convenience
closed electrically . key*). The remote contro l key must not be
more than approximately 4 ft (1.5 m) away
from the luggage compartment and it must not
be inside the vehicle. The luggage compart-
ment lid will automat ically close and lock . The
veh icle locks ¢ _&.. Or
• Press the handle in the luggage compartment
lid. The luggage compar t ment lid will go down
automatically and close c::> _&..

The opening/closing process will st op immedi-


Fig. 26 Driver's door: opening t he luggage compartment ate ly if:
lid
- You pull/release the !a l button in the dr iver's
door, or
- You press/release the l<=> I button on the remote
control key (vehicles with convenience key*), or
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- -- - - You press the ~ or~ button (veh icles with
convenience key*) in the luggage compartment
lid, or
- You push the handle in the luggage compart-
ment lid, or
- You press against the luggage compartment lid
Fig. 27 Luggage compar tm ent lid: @ clos ing butto n, @
lock button (vehicles with convenie nce key•")
aga inst the direction it is moving, or
- When someth ing blocks the luggage compart-
Opening the luggage compartment lid ment lid or makes it difficult for the lid to
move.
• Press and hold the !<=> I button on the remote
control key fo r at leas t one second . Or If you press the handle or one of the ~ or ~ but-
• Pull the l=I button in the driver's door briefly tons (vehicles with convenience key*) now, the
fig. 26. Or
c::> luggage compartment lid will either open or
• Press the handle in the luggage compartment close, depend ing on what angle it is at.
lid.

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Op enin g an d cl os in g

A WARNING
- There are audio signa ls when closing the
luggage compartment lid with the remote
- Read and follow all WARNINGS ¢ &. in De- control key (vehicles with conven ience key*)
scription on page 27 . or with the l""'Ibutton in the driver's door.
- After closing the luggage compartment lid, - When the vehicle is locked, the luggage
always pull up on it to make sure that it is compartment lid can be unlocked separately
properly closed. Otherwise it could open by pressing the 1£)button on the remote
suddenly when the veh icle is moving. control key. The luggage compartment lid
- To help prevent poisonous exhaust gas from locks automatically when it is closed again.
being drawn into the veh icle, always keep - You can close the luggage compartment lid
the luggage compartment lid closed while using the remote control key (vehicles with
driving. Never transport objects larger than convenience key*) up to a distance of ap-
those which fit completely into the luggage proximately 9 feet (3 m).
area, because then the luggage compart- - The luggage compartment lid can be oper-
ment lid cannot be fully closed. ated manually if the vehicle battery is low.
- Never leave your vehicle unattended espe- It is necessary to use more force when doing
cially with the luggage compartment lid left this. Move the lid s low ly to redu ce the
open. A chi ld could crawl into the car amou nt of fo rce needed.
through the luggage compartment and pull
the lid shut, becoming trapped and unable
Luggage compartment with movement-
to get out. To reduce the risk of personal in-
activated opening
jury, never let children play in or around
Applies to: vehicles with convenience key and se nso r-contro l·
your vehicle. Always keep the luggage com- led luggage compartment lid
partment lid as well as the vehicle doors
closed when not in use.
- Never close the luggage compartment lid
inattentively or without checking first. Al-
though the closing force of the luggage
compartment lid is limited, yo u can st ill se-
riously injure yourself or others.
- Always ensure that no one is within ra nge of
the luggage compartment lid when it is
moving, in part icular close to the hinges and
Fig. 28 Rear of the veh icle: foot movement
the upper and lower edges - fingers o r
hands can be pinched.
Requirements: you must be carrying you r vehicle
- Never try to interfere w ith the luggage com-
key with you. You must be standing at the center
partment lid or help it when it is being
behind the luggage compa rtment lid. You should
opened or closed automatically.
be approximately 8 in (20 cm) from the rear of
the vehicle. The ignition must be switched off.
([) Note
Make sure you have firm footing.
The luggage compartment lid can bump into
.,. Move your foot back and forth below the bump-
objects such as the garage ceiling when open-
er ¢ fig. 28. Do not touch the bumpe r. Once the
ing and become damaged.
system recognizes the movement, the luggage

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- The settings in the Infota inment system de- The luggage compar t me nt lid will on ly open if
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due to similar movements, such as when you Opening the luggage compartment lid
walk between the rear of th e vehicle and your ga- from the inside in an emergency
rage door.

General inform ation


In some situations, the function may be lim ited
or tempo rar ily unava ilable . This may happen if:

- the luggage compartment lid was closed imme-


diately before .
-you park close to a hedge and the branches
move back and forth under the vehicle for a
long period of time. Fig. 30 Inne r luggage compart ment lid : leve r
- you clean your vehicle , fo r example with a pres-
sure washe r or in a car wash. .,. Pull the lever downward ¢ fig . 30 .
- there is heavy rain.
- the bumper is very dirty , for example after driv- (D Tips
ing on salt-covered roads .
Never close t he luggage compartment lid us-
- there is interference to the radio signal from ing the emergency handle .
the vehicle key, such as from cell phones or re -
mote controls .
Child safety lock
Luggage compartment lid emergency The child safety lock prevents the rear doors
release from being opened from the inside and the rear
power windows from be operated.

Fig. 29 I nner luggage compart ment lid: access to the


emergen cy release Fig. 31 Sect ion of driver's doo r: ch ild safety loc k buttons

.,. Pry the cover off using a screwdriver or the me - .,.To activate/deactivate the inner door hand le
chan ical key ¢ fig . 29 . Remove the mechan ica l and the power window switch for the respective
key ¢ page 29 . rear doo r, press the left/right l±l button in the
.,.Press the lever in the direct ion of the arrow to driver's door ¢ fig. 31 . The indicator light in the
release the luggage compartment lid. button turns on/blinks .
.,.To act ivate/deactivate the chi ld safety lock o n
bo t h s ides, you mus t press the [!l but tons one
after the other.

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,~ WARNING
Always take the vehicle key with you when
leaving the veh icle, even for a short period of

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Open ing and closing

time . This applies part icularly when children which increases the risk of an accident. The
remain in the vehicle. Othe rw ise children power windows continue to function until
could start t he engine or operate elect rical the dr iver's door or front passenger's door
equipment (such as power windows), which has been opened .
increases the risk of an accident . - Pay careful attention when closing the w in-
dows . Pinching could cause serio us injur ies.
Power windows - When locking the vehicle from outside, the
vehicle must be unoccup ied since the win-
Controls dows can no longe r be opened in an emer-
The driver can control all power window s. gency.

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:,
You can still open and close the windows for
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CD
approximately 10 mi nutes after tur ning t he
ignition off . The power windows do not switch
off until the driver 's door or front passenger's
door has been open ed.

Convenience opening

Fig. 32 Driver' s door : power window contro l s All of the windows and the sunroof* can be
opened at once.
All power window switches are equipped w ith a
two-stage funct ion: The sett ings in the Infota inment system specify
which w indows will open .
Opening and closing the windows
Conven ience opening feature
~ To open or close the w indow completely, press
the switch down or pull the switch up briefly to ~ Press and hold the ~ button on the remote
the second level. The operation will stop if the control key until all of the w indows reach the
switch is pressed/pu ll ed again. desired position and the sunroof* is tilted open.
~ To select a position in between opened and
Setting convenience opening in the
closed, press/pull the sw itch to the first level Infotainment system
unt il the desired window position is reached.
~ Select: the ICAR
Ifunct ion button
> (Car)* Sys-
Power window switches tems contro l button > Vehicle sett ings > Cen-
tral locking > Long-pressto open windows.
(!) Left front door
@ Right front door To enable convenience openin g of the windows
® Left rear door and the roof *, t he Front windows, Rear windows
and Roof functions must be switched On.
© Right rear door

A WARNING A WARNING
- Always take the vehicle key wit h you when For security reasons, the w indows and the
leaving the vehicle, even fo r a short period sunroof* can only be opened wit h the remote
of time . This applies particularly w hen chil- control key at a maximum distance of approx-
co dren rema in in the vehicl e. Ot herwis e chil- im at ely 6 feet (2 m) from the vehicle .
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Correcting power window malfunctions • To close the sunroof complete ly, press the
&_.
switch forward briefly to the second level c:::>
You con reactivate the one-touch up/down func-
• To select an intermediate posit ion, press/pu ll
tion if it malfunctions . the switch forward/back to the first level unti l
• Pull the power window sw itch up unt il the win- the desired position is reached.
dow is completely ra ised.
The sunshade can be opened and closed by hand
• Release the sw itch and pull it up again for at
when the roof is closed. The sunshade opens au-
least one second.
tomatically when the roof is opened.
You can sti ll operate the sliding/tilting sunroof
Sunroof
for about 10 minutes after the ignition is switch-
Description ed off. The switch is deactivated once the driver 's
Applies to: veh icles with slid ing/tilting sunroof or front passenger's door is opened.

A WARNING
-
Pay careful attention whe n clos ing the slid-
ing/tilting s unroof- otherwise serious injury
could result! Always take the ignition key with
you when leav ing the veh icle.

(D Note
Always close your slid ing/tilting sunroof when
Fig. 33 Sect ion of head liner: sunroof button leav ing your vehicle. Sudden rain can cause
damage to the inter io r equipment of your ve-
@ Tilting / sliding hicle, par ticu larly the elect ronic equipment.
• To tilt the sunroof comp letely, press t he switch
briefly to the second level.
(j) Tips
• To open the sunroof completely, pull t he switch - For information on conven ience ope ning, re-
briefly to the second level c:::>&_. page 3 7.
fer to c:::>
• To select an intermediate position, press/pull - The sunroof will only open down to -20 °C
the switch to the first level until the desired po- (-4 °F).
s ition is reached.
Sunroof power emergency closing
@ Opening/s liding (version 1)
Applies to: vehicles with sliding/tilting sunroof
• To move the roof into the reduced wind noise
position, press the button back brief ly to the If the sunroof det ects an object in its path when
second level. The roof will open all the way if it is closing, it will open again automatically . In
you press the button back to the second level th is case, you can close the roof with the power
again. emergency closing function .
• To close the sunroof comp letely, press the • Within five seconds aft er the sunroof opens au-
switch forward br iefly to the second level c:::>& . tomatically, pull the sw itch un t il the roof
• To select an intermediate pos ition, press/pull closes.
the switch forward/back to the first level until
the des ired position is reached . If you let go of the switch ea rly, the sunroof will
open again .
@ Opening/ sliding (version 2)
• To open the sunroof completely, press the
switch back to just before the second level.

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Open in g and closing

Valet Parking function the instrument cluster display when you switch
Applies to: veh icles wit h Valet Parking function the ignition on.

The valet parking function protects the luggage


comportment from unauthorized access.
(D Tips
Please note that t he luggage compartment
can still be accessed from the vehicle interior
in vehicles with a pass-through, even when
the valet parking function is switched on .

Garage door opener


(Homelink)
Description
Applies to: veh icles with garage door opene r (Home link)
Fig. 34 Glove compartment: valet park ing fun ct ion button

You can switch the valet parking function on, for


example when someone else is parking your vehi-
cle l)_ When the function is switched on, the ve-
hicle can be driven, locked and unlocked using
the master key, but access to the luggage com-
partment is not permitted .

.,.Remove the integrated mechanical key


r::!:>
poge 29 . Fig. 35 Garage door opene r: examples of usage fo r diffe r-
.,. Open the glove compartment. ent sys tems
.,.Press the IVALET I button to switch the valet
parking function on. The LEDin the button With the garage door opener (Homelink), you
turns on. can activate systems such as the garage doors ,
.,.Lock the glove compartment with the mechani- security systems or house lights from inside your
cal key. vehicle. Three buttons a re integrated in the head -
.,.Applies to vehicles with lockable backrests in liner that can be programmed to up to three re-
t he rear: to also secure the luggage compart- mote controls.
ment from the vehicle inter ior, lock the backr-
To be able to operate systems using the garage
ests using the mechanica l key ¢ page 57.
door opener, the buttons in the headliner must
.,.Only give the remote control key to the service
first be programmed .
personnel parking your car and keep the re-
moved mechanical key with you. _&.WARNING
The following buttons are deactivated when the When operating or programming the garage
valet parking function is switched on: door opener, make sure that no people or ob-
jects are in the area immediate ly surrounding
- 1""'
1button in the dr iver's door
the equipment. People can be injured or prop-
- lal button on the remote control key
erty can be damaged if struck when closing. .,.
- Handle in the rear lid

When the valet parking function is switched on,


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39
Opening and closing

Displaying the version/status/country code


@ Tips
,..Select: !CAR Ifunc t ion button > (Car)* Systems
- For security reasons, we recommend that
control button > Vehicle settings > Garage
you clear the programmed buttons before
door opener > Version information.
selling the vehicle.
- For additional information about Homelin k,
visit www.homelink.com.
(D Tips

- For an explanation on conformity with the The garage door opener may need to be
FCCregulations in the United States and the synchronized with the system motor after the
Industry Canada regulations, see programming. Follow the manufacturer's in-
¢ page 262. str uctions for doing this.

Programming buttons Operation


Applies to : vehicles with garage door opener (Homelin k) Applies to : vehicles with garage door opener (Homelink)

Requirements: the button in the headliner must


be programmed ¢ page 40 and the veh icle must
be within range of the system, such as the ga rage
door .
.,.Press the button to open the garage door. The
LED@ ¢ page 40, fig . 36 blinks or turns on .
.,.Press the button aga in to open the garage
door .

Fig. 36 Headliner: controls


(D Tips

You can program both fixed code and rolling code When opening or closing the garage door, do
systems using this procedure. not press and hold the button longer ten sec-
onds or t he garage door opener will switch to
Programming/reprogramming buttons programming mode.
,..Switch the ign it ion on .
,..Press and hold the button in the headliner that
you wou ld like to program for at least 10 sec-
onds . Or
,..Select: -IC_A
_R_I
function button > (Car)* Systems
control button > Vehicle settings > Garage
door opener > Program garage door opener.
,.. Follow the instructions in the Infota inment sys-
tem .

Deleting button programming


The programmed buttons cannot be de leted indi-
vidually. They must be deleted all at once. Repro-
gram the buttons if necessary.
,.. Select : the ICARI
function button > (Car)* Sys-
tems control button > Vehicle settings > Ga-
rage door opener > Clear program settings >
Yes.

40
Lights and V ision

Lights and Vision All-weather lights

The front lights a re adju sted au t oma t ica lly so


Exterior Lighting t hat t here is less glare for the driver from his o r
Switching lights on and off her own lights, fo r example whe n roads a re wet.

Automatic dynamic headlight range control


system

Your vehicle is equip ped with a headlight ran ge


contro l system so that there is less g lare for on-
coming traff ic if the vehicle load changes . The
headlight range also adjusts automatically when
braking and accelerat ing.

Light functions

Fig. 37 Instrument pane l: light switch with all weather The following light funct ions may be ava ilable
lights depending on vehicle eq uip me nt and only func-
tion when the light switch is in the AUTO posi-
Light switch -r;..- t ion.
Tu rn the switch to the co rresponding posi t ion.
Static cornering light* - The corner ing ligh t
When the lights are sw itched on, the :oo:symbo l
switches on automatically at speeds up to ap -
turns on.
prox imately 44 mph (70 km) when the steering
0 · The lights are off or the daytime running whee l is at a certain ang le. The area to t he side of
lights are on: the vehicle is illuminated better when turning.

- USA models: The daytime running lights will


come on automatically when the ignition is on
A WARNING
-
and the light sw itch c::> fig . 37 is in the O posi- - Automatic headlights are only intended to
t io n or t he AUTO pos ition (only in day light con- assist the driver. They do no t relieve t he
dit ions). The Daytime running lights func t ion d river of respons ibility t o check the head-
can be turned o n and off in t he MMI light s and to t ur n t hem on manua lly based
c::>page 43, ¢ ,&.. on t he curre nt light a nd vis ibility conditi ons .
For examp le, fog canno t be de t ec t ed by the
- Canada models: The daytime runn ing ligh t s
will come on au t oma t ically when t he ignit ion is light sensors. So always switch o n the low
on a nd the light swit ch <=?fig . 37 is in the O po - beam under these weat her co nditions and
sition, the :oo:position or the AUTO position when driving in the dark io.
(only in daylig ht conditions) c:>,&.. - The rear fog lights s ho uld only be turned on
in acco rdance with traffic regulations, to
AUTO - au t oma t ic headligh t s sw itc h on and off prevent glare for traffic behind your vehicle.
depending on br igh t ness, for example in tw ilight, - Always observe legal regulations when us-
d ur ing ra in or in tunne ls. ing the lighting systems desc ribed.
,oo:- Parking lights
(D Tips
io · Low beam headlights
- The light sen sor for t he automa tic he ad -
~ - All weather lights lights is located in t he rea rview mirror
@II- Rea r fo g lights mount. Do not place any st icke rs in this are a
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- Some exter io r light ing funct io ns can be ad-
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- If you turn off the ignition whi le the exterior


lights are on and open the door, a warning
A
,_ WARNING

tone sounds. High beams can cause glare for other drivers,
- In cool or damp weather, the inside of the which increases the risk of an accident . For
headlights, turn signals and tail lights can this reason, only use the high beams or the
fog over due to the temperature d ifference headlight flasher when they will not create
between the inside and outside. They will g la re fo r othe r drive rs.
clear shortly after sw itch ing them on. This
does not affect the serv ice life of the light- High beam assistant
ing . Applies t o: vehicles with high beam ass istan t

A camera on the rearv iew mirror mou nt can de-


Turn signal and high beam lever tect light sources from other road use rs. The high
The turn signal lever operates the turn signals, beams switch on or off automatically depending
the high beams and the headlight flasher. on the position of vehicles driving ahead and on-
coming vehicles, the vehicle speed and other en-
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9
J:
;;!; Activating high beam assistant
Requirement: the light sw itch must be set to the
AUTO posit ion and the hig h beam ass istant must
be switched on in the Infotai nment system
¢ page 43 .

.,.To act ivate the high beam ass istant, tap the

Fig. 38 Turn s ignal and high beam lever


lever forward @ . The El
indicator light ap-
pears in the instrument cluster display and the
Turn signals ¢ Q high beam headlights are sw itched on/off auto-
matically . The IIindicator light also turns on if
The turn signals activate when you move the lev- the high beams are switched on.
er into a turn signal position when the ignition is
switched on. Switching the high beams on/ off manually

@ - right turn signal If the high beams did not switch on/off automat -
ically as expected, you may switch them on or off
@ - left turn s ignal manually instead:
The turn signal blinks three times if you tap the .,.To switch t he high beams on manually, tap the
lever (conven ience turn signal).
lever forward @ . The II
indicator light turns
High beams and headlight flasher ~D on.
.,.To switch the high beams off manua lly, pull the
Move the lever to the corresponding position :
lever back @ . The high beam assistant is deac-
@ - high beams on (veh icles w ith High beam as- tivated .
sistant* ¢ page 42)
Operating the headlight flasher
© - high beams off or headlight flasher
.,.To operate the headlig ht flasher when the high
The II indicator light in the instrument cluster beam assistant is activated and hig h beams are
turns on. sw itched off, pull the lever back @ . The high
beam ass istant remains active.

42
Lights and V ision

Messages in the instrument clust er display Acti vation sensitivity - you can adjust if the
headlights switch on Early, Medium or Late ac-
Headlight assist: System fault !
cording to the sensitivity of the light sensor .
Drive to an authorized Aud i dealer or a uthorized
Audi Service Facility immediately to have the Auto-dimming high beams* - you can sw itch the
high beam assistant* On and Off .
malfunct ion cor rected. You can still switc h the
high beams on or off manually. Daytime running lights*
Headlight assist: Unavailable No camera view USA models: the daytime running lights can be
The camera view is blocked, for example by a swit ched on/off. Select On or Off .
sticker or debris. Canada models: this function cannot be switched
The sensor is located between the interior rear- off . They act ivate automatically each time the ig-
view mirror and the windshield . Do not place any nit ion is switched on.
stickers in this area on the windshield. Coming home , Leaving home

A WARNING The coming home function illuminates the area


outside the vehicle when you turn the ignit ion off
High beam assistant is only intended to assist
and open the driver 's doo r. To turn the function
the drive r. The dr iver is still responsible for
on, select Lights when leaving car > On.
contr oll ing the headlights a nd sw itch ing
them manually depend ing on light and visibil- The leaving home illum inates the area outside
ity cond itions . It may be neces sary to operate the vehicle when you unlock the vehicle . To turn
t hem manually in sit uat ions such as: the function on, se lect Lights when unlocking
- In adverse weathe r cond itions s uch as fog, car > On.
heavy rai n, blow ing snow o r sp raying wate r.
The coming home and leav ing home functions
- On roads whe re oncoming traffic may be only operate when it is dark and the light switc h
partia lly obs cur ed, such as exp ressways . is in the AUTO pos ition .
- Whe n there ar e road users that do not have
s ufficient lighting, such as bicycler s o r
Emergency flashers
vehicles wit h dirty ta il lamps .
- In tight cu rves and on steep hills.
- In poor ly lit areas.
- With strong reflectors, such as s igns.
- If the area of the windsh ield near the sensor
is fogged over, dirty, icy or covered w ith a
st icker.

Adjusting the exterior lighting

The functions ore adjusted in the Infotainment Fi9. 39 Cente r console : emergency flasher button
system.
The emergency flashe rs makes other drivers
.,.Se lect : ICARI
f unction button> (Car)* Systems
aware of your vehicle in dangerous situations .
contro l button > Vehicle setting s> Exterior
lighting . .,. Press the ~ button to switch the emergency
flashe rs on or off.
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Automatic headlights
.... You can indicate a lane change or a turn w hen the
~ You can adjust t he fo llowing settings in t he Au-
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eme rgency flashers are switched on by using the .,.
8 tomatic headlight s menu:
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Light s and Vision

turn signal lever . The emergency flashers stop Vehicle setting s> Interior lighting > Bright-
temporarily . ness.
.. To increase or reduce the brightness, turn the
The emergency flashers also wo rk when t he igni-
knob and press it.
tion is t urned off.
The inter ior lighting turns on when yo u switch
Interior lighting the headlights on while the ignition is on .

Front and rear interior lighting (D Tips


The setting is automa t ically stored and as-
s igned to the remote contro l key that is being
used .

Instrument illumination

The brightness of the illumination for the instru-


ments, display and head -up display* can be ad-
justed.
Fig. 4 0 Front headli ner: inter ior lig ht ing cont rols

Fig. 4 2 I nstrument illuminat ion

Fig. 41 Rear headliner: Reading light


.,. Press the knob to release it .
Press the corresponding button ~ fig. 40: .,.Turn the knob toward"." or"+" to reduce or in-
crease the br ightness.
El- Interior lighting on/off .,.Press t he knob again to return it to it s or iginal
Jjj- Door contact sw itch on/off. The interior light- position .
ing is contro lled automatically.

~ - Read ing lights on/off


(i} Tips
The instr umen t illum inati on for t he nee d les
~ *·Switching the rear reading lights on/off
and dials turns on when the ign ition is turned
from the cockpit. on and the lights are turned off. The illum ina-
tion for the gauges red uces automatically and
Ambient lighting event ually turns off as brightness outside in-
Applies to: vehicles with interio r lighting creases. This funct ion reminds the dr iver to
You can adjust the brightness of the interior turn the low beams on at the appropriate
time.
lighting .

.. In the Infotainment system , select: ICARIfunc-


tion button > (Car)* Systems control button >

44
Lights and V ision

Vision rect ly when you use t hese mirrors to gauge


your distance from the vehicles behind you
Adjusting the exterior mirrors
when changing lanes, which increases the risk
of an accident.

(D Note
- If the m irror housing was moved by fo rce
(for example, by runn ing into an object
w hen maneuvering the vehicle) , the m irro r
must be fo lded all the way in using t he pow-
er foldi ng f unction. The m irro r housing
must not be moved back into place by hand
Fig. 4 3 Driver's door: knob fo r the exterior mir rors because thi s wo uld impair the func t ion of
t he mir ror mechanism.
Turn the knob to the desired position: - If you wash t he vehicle in an automa t ic car
Q/ P - adjusts the left/right exterio r mirror. wash, you must fo ld t he ext erior mir rors in
Move the knob in the desired direction. t o reduce the risk of damage to the m irro rs.
Never fold power fo lding exter ior mir rors*
Cfill- Heat the mirror glass depending on the out- by hand . Only fold them in and out using
side temperature . the power controls .
8 - Folds the exte rior mi rrors*. In the Infotain-
ment system, you can select if the mirrors fold in (D Tips
automatically when you lock the vehicle - If the power adjus t ing f unct ion malf unc-
¢page 32 . tions, the glass in both mirrors can be ad-
justed by pressing on the edge of it by hand.
Front passenger's exterior mirror tilt
- The exterior m irror settings are store d with
function*
the memo ry functio n* r=;,page 52.
To help you see the curb w hen backing int o a
parking space, the surface of the mirror tilts
Dimming the mirrors
slightly . For th is to happen, t he knob must be in
the posit ion for the front passenger's outside Your vehicle is equipped wi t h a manual or au t o-
mirror. matic* dimming rearview mirror.

You can adjust the t ilted mi rror surf ace by turn -


ing the knob in the desired direction. Whe n you
move out of reverse and into anot her gear, the
new mirror position is stored and assigned to the
key you are using.

The mirror goes back into its orig inal position


once yo u drive forward faster than 9 mph
(15 km/h) or turn the ignition off.

A WARNING Fig. 44 Automatic dimming rearview mirr or*

Curved mirror surfaces (convex or aspheric*) Manual dimming rearview mirror


co
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enlarge the f ield of vision. However, they
....
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Automatic dimming rearview mirror*


@ Tips
.. Press the button @ ~ fig. 44 . The indicator
- If the light reaching the rearview mirror is
light @ turns on. Interior and exterior mirrors*
obstructed, the automatic dimming mirror
will dim when there is incoming light (such as
will not function correctly,
headlights from the rear).
- The automatic dimming mirrors do not dim
when the interior lighting is turned on or
A WARNING the reverse gear is selected.
If the glass on an automatic dimming mirror
breaks, electrolyte can leak out . This liquid

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Sun visors
can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory sys-
tem . If there is contact with the fluid, flush [ ____,}
immediately with plenty of water . Consult a
physician if necessary.
- Repeated or long-term exposure to electro-
lyte fluid can lead to irritation of the air -
ways, especially in people with asthma or
other respiratory conditions. Take deep
breaths immediately after leaving the vehi-
cle or, if this is not possible, open all of the
doors and windows as wide as possible. Fig. 45 Front passenger's side: sun visor
- If electrolyte fluid enters the eyes, flush
them thoroughly with a large amount of The sun visors for the driver and front passenger
clean water for at least 15 minutes and then can be released from their mounts and tu rned to-
seek medical attention. ward the doors (D.
- If electrolyte fluid comes into contact with The mirror light switches on when the cover over
the skin, flush the affected area with clean the vanity mirror @ opens .
water for at least 15 minutes and then clean
with soap and water and seek medical at-
Sunshades on the rear doors
tention. Clean affected clothing and shoes
Applies to : vehicles with sunshades on the rear doors
thoroughly before wearing again .
- If the fluid was swallowed and the person is
conscious, flush the mouth with water for at
least 15 minutes. Do not induce vomiting
unless this is recommended by medical pro-
fessionals. Seek medical attention immedi-
ately.

(D Note
If the glass on an automatic dimming mirror
Fig. 46 Raised sunshade on a rear doo r
breaks, electrolyte can leak out . This liquid
damages plastic surfaces and paint. Clean
.. Pull the sunshade out and secure it in the hooks
this liquid as quickly as possible, for example
on the upper door frame ~ fig. 46.
with a wet sponge.

46
Lights and V is ion

Sunshade on the rear window Windshield wipers


App lies to: vehicles with a sunshade on the rear window
Switching the windshield wipers on

Applies to : sedan
Fig. 4 7 Center console: button for rear window sunshade Fig. 48 W indshield wi per l ever

~ To raise/lower the sunshade, press the ~ but- Move the windshie ld wiper lever to the corre-
ton ¢ fig. 47 in the cockpit . sponding position:

The rear window sunshade can be set so that it @ - windsh ield wipers off
retracts automatically when driving in reverse. To
@ - rain sensor mode. The windsh ield wipers
do this, select: ICARlfunction button> (Car)* sys-
switch on once the vehicle speed exceeds approx-
tems control button > Vehicle settings > Auto -
imately 2 mph (4 km/h) and it is raining . The
matic rear blind > On. The sunshade is extended
higher the rain sensor sensit ivity is set (switch @
again as soon as the vehicle is trave lin g forward
to the right), the earlier the windshield wipers re-
at a speed greater than 9 mph (15 km/h) if the
act to moisture on the windshie ld. You can deac-
ignition has not been switched off in the mean-
tivate the rain sensor mode in the Infota inment
time.
system, which switches the intermittent mode

& WARNING
-
on. Select: ICARIfunction button> (Car)* sys-
tems contr ol button > Driver assistance > Rain
Never operate the rear window sunshade sensor> Off . I n intermittent mode, you can ad-
w ith out paying attention or in an uncont rol- just the interva l time using the switc h @ .
led manner. Pinching could cause serious inju-
ries.
@ - slow wiping
® -fast w iping
(0 Tips
@ - single wipe If you hold the lever in this posi-
- Pressing the~ but ton several times in a t ion longer, the wipers switch from slow wip ing
row can trigger the overload protection . The to fast wiping.
sunshade can on ly be extended/retracted
again after a brief waiting period. ® - clean the windshield The wipers wipe one
- The rear window sunshade only functions time after several seconds of driving to remove
when the vehicle interior is warmer than water droplets. You can switch this function off
14° F (-10°C). by moving the lever to posit ion ® within 10 sec-
onds of the afterwipe . The afterwipe function is
reactivated the next time you switch the ignit ion
on.

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Ligh ts and Vi s ion

® , theheadlights and the night vision assist · Cleaning windshield wiper blades
camera* are cleaned at intervals .
Clean the wiper blades when you see w iper
A WARNING streaks. Use a soft cloth and a glass cleaner.

- The rain sensor is only intended to assist the .. Place the w indshield w iper arms in the service
driver. The driver may still be responsible position ¢ page 48.
for manually switching the wipers on based " Fold the windsh ield w iper arms away from the
on visibility conditions. w indshie ld.
- The windshield may not be treated with wa-
te r-repell ing windsh ield coating agents. Un- A WARNING
-
favorable conditions, such as wetness, dark- Dirty windshie ld w iper blades can impa ir vi-
ness or low sun, can result in increased sion, which increases the risk of an accident .
glare, which increases the risk of an acci-
dent. Wiper blade chatter is also possible.
- Properly functioning windsh ield wiper Replacing windshield wiper blades
blades are required for a clear view and safe -
M
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wiper blades. m

(D Note
- If there is frost, make sure the windshie ld
wiper blades are not frozen to the wind-
shield. Switching on the winds hield wipers
when the blades are frozen to the wind-
shield can damage the wipe r blades. Fig. 4 9 Removing w indshield wiper blades
- Prior t o using a car wash, t he windshield
wiper system must be switched off (lever in Windshield wiper service position / blade
position 0) . This prevents the wipers from replacement position
switching on unintentiona lly and causing " Switch the ignit ion off and move t he windshield
damage to the w indshield wiper system. wiper lever to position © briefly ¢ page 47,
fig. 48 . The winds hield wipers move into the
(D Tips service position .
- The windshield wipers switch off when the .. To br ing the wiper blades back into the original
ignition is switched off. You can activate the position, switch the ignition on and operate the
windsh ield wipers after the ign ition is w indshield wiper lever.
switched back on by moving the windsh ield
You can also turn the service posit ion on or off in
wiper lever to any posit ion.
the Infotainment system:
- Worn or dirty windshield wiper blades result .. Switch the windshie ld wipers off (posit ion @
in streak ing. This can affect the rain sensor ¢page 47, fig . 48).
funct ion . Check your winds hield wiper " Select: the ICARI funct ion button > (Car)* Sys-
blades regularly. tems control button > Service & checks > Wip-
- The washer fluid nozzles for the windshie ld er change position . > On/ Off
washer system are heated at low tempera-
tures when the ignition is on . Removing the wiper blade
- When stopp ing temporarily, such as at a .. Fold the windsh ield w iper arm away from the
traffic light, the speed of the windshield w indshield . 1111>

wipers automat ically reduces by one level.

48
Light s and Vis ion

~ Press the locking knob (!) ¢ fig. 49 on the wiper


blade. Hold the wiper blade firm ly.
~ Remove the wiper blade in the direct ion of the
arrow .

Install ing th e wiper blade


~ Insert the new wiper blade into the mount on
the wiper arm @ unti l it clicks into place .
~ Place the wiper arm back on the windshie ld.
~ Turn the service position off.

A WARNING
-

For safety reasons, the windsh ield wiper


blades should be replaced once or tw ice each
year.

0 Note
- Only fo ld the windshield wipers away when
they are in the service position. Otherwise,
you risk damaging the paint on the hood or
the windshield w iper motor.
- You should not move your vehicle or operate
the windshield w iper lever when the wiper
arms are fo lded away from the w indshield .
The windshield wipers would move back in-
to t heir original position and could damage
the hood and wi ndshield.

(D Tips
- You can also use the service position, fo r ex-
ample, if yo u want to protect the windsh ield
from icing by using a cover.
- You cannot activate the service position
whe n t he hood is open.

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Seats and storage - To reduce the risk of an accident, only adjust


the driver's seat when the vehicle is station-
General information ary.
- Exercise caution when adjusting the seat
A WARNING height. Unsupervised or careless seat ad-
page 128, Driving safety for im-
Refer to c::> justment can pinch fingers or hands causing
portant information, tips, suggestions and injuries.
warnings that you should read and follow for - The front seat backrests must not be re-
your own safety and the safety of you r pas- clined too far back when driving, because
sengers. this impa irs the effect iveness of the safety
be lts and airbag system, which increases
Front seats the risk of inj ury.

Power seat adjustment


Multifunction button
Applies to vehicles with power adjustable seats
Applies to: vehicles wit h mult ifunct ion butto n

You can adjust the massage function, lumbar


support, side bolsters and upper thigh support
using the multifunction button.

Fig. SO Front seat: adjusting the seat

@ - Moving the seat fo rward/back: p ress the but-


ton forwa rd/back .

@ - Moving the seat up/down: press the button Fig. 51 Infotainme nt system: seat settings
up/dow n. To adjust the front seat cush ion, press
the front button up/dow n. To adjus t the rear sea t Operating
cushion, press the rear button up/down.
.,.If you t urn t he mult ifunct ion button CD
@ - Switching the massage function * on/off. Se- page 50, fig. 50 t o the left or to the righ t,
c::>
lect the type of massage with the multif unct ion the poss ible seat settings @ are shown in the
button c::>page 50. Infotainment system c::> fig. 51.
.,.To select a seat sett ing, turn the multifunction
© - adjusting the backrest angle: press the but-
button CD in the corresponding direction unti l
ton fo rwa rd/back.
the desired seat setting is outlined in red .
CD
- lumbar support or mult ifunct ion button* .,.The arrows @ represent the possible adjust-
page 50 . To adjust the lumbar support, press
c::> ments . To lower the lumbar support, for exam-
the button in the applicable location . ple, press the mult ifunct ion button CD down-
ward. The corresponding arrow © lights up.
A WARNING
The following seat settings @ are poss ible:
- The power fro nt seats can also be adjusted
when the ign ition is switched off. For this Ma ssage fun ctio n* - se lect the W ave, Pulse,
reason, children should never be left una t - Stretch, Lumbar or Shoulde r massage type or
tended in the vehicle - they could be injured! off . You can adjust the intensity of each massage IIJ,,

50
Seats and storag e

from 1 through 5. You can switch the selected Head restraints


massage on/off using the button @ ~ page 50,
fig. so. Front head restraints
Applies to: vehicles wit h adjustable head restraints
Lumbar support - you can adj ust the lumbar sup-
port up/down and to be stronge r/weaker .

Side section seat* -you can increase/decrease


the late ra l s upport in the seat using the side bol-
sters at the seat su rface and the back rest .
Upper thigh support* - you can increase/de-
crease the upper t high suppo rt.

@ Tips
- The massage function switches off a uto- Fig. 5 3 Front seat : adj ust ing the head restra int

matically after approx imately 10 minutes.


Adjust the head restraints so t he upper edge is as
- The air in the s ide bolsters* is released as
even as possib le with the top of yo ur head . If that
soon as the driver's door opens. This makes
is not possible, t ry to adjust as close to th is posi-
is possibl e to enter and exit the vehicle
t ion as poss ible. Push t he head restraint as close
more comfortab ly. As soon as you st art driv-
as possible to t he back of t he head.
ing the ve hicle, t he s ide bo lsters fill.
" To move the head restraint up or forward
Center armrest ~ fig. 53, s lide it un t il it locks into place .
" To move the head restra int down or back, press
There is a storage compartment under the arm- t he button on the side -ar row- and s lide the
rest. head rest raint unt il it locks into pla ce.

A WARNING
- Always read and follow the app licab le warn-
ings~ & in Proper adjustment of head re-
straints on page 132 .
- Driving with the head restra ints not in the
up right position increases the ris k of se rious
inj ury.

Fig. 52 Center armrest between the driver's/fron t pas -


se nge r's seats.

Adjusting the center armr est


...To adjust the ang le, raise the armrest from the
sta rt ing pos it ion .
...To bri ng the armrest bac k into t he starting po-
sit ion, ra ise it o ut of the top notch and fold it
back down.

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Rear head restraints "' Press t he button (arrow) ¢ fig. 54 and slide the
Applies to: vehicles with adjustable head restra ints head restra int all the way down . You should not
be able to pull the head restraint out of the
backres t wit hout pressing the button.

A WARNING
- Always read and follow the applicab le warn-
ings ¢ .&.in Proper adjustment of head re-
straints on page 132.
- Only remove t he rear seat head restra ints
when necessary in order to install a ch ild
Fig. 54 Rear seat: adjusting the head restra int
seat . Install the head restraint again imme-
dia t ely once the child sea t is removed . Driv-
ing with the he ad restraints remove d or not
in t he upright posi t ion increases the risk of
serious injury.

Memory function
Description
,. .., Applies to: vehicles with memory funct ion

Using the memory function, you can quick ly and


Fig. 55 Rear seat: remov ing t he head rest raint , release
poin t easily store a persona l seat profile fo r the d river
and front passenge r and recall the sett ings. The
The rea r seat head restraints must be ra ised to memory funct ion is contro lled using the remote
the highest posit io n when passenge rs ride in the contro l key and the memory but t ons in the dr iv-
rear seats ¢ Ain Proper adjustment of head re- er's/front passenger's door *.
straints on page 132
The driver's seat profi le is stored again and as-
Adjusting the head restraints s igned t o the remote cont rol key each time the
vehicle is locked. W hen you open the door, t he
"' To move the head rest raint up, ho ld it at the
seat profile is automatically recalled. If two peo -
s ides wit h both hands a nd slide it upward unt il
ple use the vehicl e, it is recommend ed that each
you fee l it click into place.
person always uses the ir "own" remote control
"' To move the head restraint down, press the
key.
button (arrow) ¢ fig. 54 and slide the head re-
straint downward. Two sea t profiles can be st ored using t he memo -
ry buttons in t he driver's/front passenge r's
Removing th e head rest raints door *. Once they are stored, these seat profi les
"' Move the head restraint upward as far as it can can be selected at any time.
go .
The following se ttings are stored : Iii>
"' Press the release point ¢ fig. 55 using the me-
chanical key and press the button ¢ fig. 54. Pull
the hea d restraint out of the ba ckrest at t he
same time ¢ ,&. .

Install ing the head restra ints


"' Slide the posts on the head restraint dow n into
the guides unti l the posts click into place.

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Seats and storage

Remote Memory button when the memory function is off . Seat profiles
control are neither stored nor recalled.
key
Storing a seat profile
Driver Driver Front
• Press the ISET Ibutton. When the word SET
passen-
lights up , the memory is ready to store set-
ger
tings .
Seat X X X
• Now press a memory button briefly. A tone
Steering wheel* X X confirms that the settings were stored.
Both exterior X X
Accessing a seat profile
mirrors*
• If the driver's door is open and t he ignition is
Remote control key switched off, press t he memo ry button.
Applies to: vehicles with memor y function
.. If the driver's door is closed or the ignition is
switched on, press and hold the memory but-
The driver's seat profile can be assigned to the ton until the seat adjustment is complete .
remote control key when the vehicle is locked.

• Select: the ICARI


function button > (Car)* Sys- A WARNING
tems control button > Vehicle settings > Driv- - For safety reasons, the seat setting can only
er's seat > Remote control key > On. be recalled when the vehicle is stationary,
otherwise the re is a risk of an accident.
(D Tips - If necessary, you can stop the recall process
If you do not wish to have the seat profile for by press ing the IOFFI button or any memory
another driver assigned to the remote control button.
key, switch the memory function off in the In-
fotainment system or using the IOFFI button Adjusting the front passenger's seat in the
¢pag e 53. Infotainment system
Applies to: vehicles with memory function

Memory buttons The driver can move the front passenger's seat
Applies to: vehicles with memory function into various positions.

Adjusting the front passenger's seat from


the driver's seat
• Select: the ICARIfunct ion button > (Car)* Sys-
tems contro l button > Vehicle settings > Seats
> Front passenger's seat > Adjust seat posi-
tion .
• You can now adjust the front passenger's seat
using the driver's seat buttons ¢ page SO,
fig. so.
Fig. S6 Driver's door: memory funct ion buttons
Align with driver's seat
The memory buttons are located in the driver's/
• To transfer the settings from the driver's seat
front passenger's* door.
to the front passenger's seat, select : the ICARI
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.. Press and hold the control knob until the ad-


justing process is complete.
A WARNING
Never use the ashtray to hold paper, because
@ Tips
this increases the risk of a fire .

The lumbar support and upper th igh support


settings a re not transferred when aligning Cigarette lighter
Applies t o: vehicles with a cigare tt e lighter
the front passenger's seat with the driver's
seat.

Ashtray
Applies to: vehicles with ashtray

Fig. 59 Front center conso le: cigarette lighter

.. Press the cigarette lighter in .


.. Remove the cigarette lighter when it pops out.

Fig. 57 Center conso le : front ashtray


A WARNING
The cigarette lighter only works when the ig-
nition is switched on. Incorrect usage can lead
to serious injuries or burns. To reduce the risk
of injuries, never leave children unattended in
the vehicle with the vehicle key.

Fig. 58 Door tr im: rea r asht ray

Opening / closing
.. To open the front ashtray, slide the cover up .
.. To close the front ashtray, press down on the
cover .
.. To open the rear ashtray, tap the cover on the
rim .

Emptying
.. To empty t he front ashtray, pu ll it upward and
out .
.. To empty the rear ashtray, press the rear side
of the cover down when it is open ¢ fig. 58 . The
ashtray will lift up out of its mount .
.. To insert the ashtray again, press it down into
the mount until it locks into place.

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Seats and storag e

12 Volt sockets or battery chargers, to t he 12 Volt sockets


Applies to: vehicles with 12 volt socket s or the cigarette lighter.
- To red uce the risk of damage to the sockets,
only use plugs t hat fit correctly .

Storage
Cup holders

Fig . 60 Luggage compartment side tr im: socket

I
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Fig. 6 2 Center console : front cup holder

Fig. 61 Example of a rear center console: sockets•

~ To reach the 12 Volt socket in the luggage com-


partmen t , push the net down.

There are additional 12 Volt socket in the center


console under the cente r armrest* and in the rear Fig. 63 Rear a rmrest : rear cup holder•
¢ fig.61.
Front cup holders
The 12-volt sockets can be used for electrical ac-
cessories. The power usage must not exceed ~ Tap on the cover in the center conso le to open
120 watts . the cup holders.

_& WARNING Rear cup holders*

The sockets and the electrical accessories con- ~ To open the cup holder, tap on the cover ('i
nec ted to them only f unction when the igni- symbo l) @ ¢fig . 63 .
t ion is switched on. Incorrect usage can lead ~ To adjust the cup holder to fit the beverage

to serious injuries or burns . To reduce the risk container, push the corresponding arm @ in
of injur ies, never leave children unattended in the direction of the arrow.
the vehicle with the vehicle key. ~ Place the cup in the holder and release the arm.
The a rm swings back by itse lf and secures the
(D Note beve rage.
~ To close t he cup holders, press the center piece
- To reduce the risk of damage to t he vehicle
between both arms and push t he cup holders
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- Compartments in the doors


_& WARNING - Compartment in the glove compartment
- Do not put any hot beverages in the cup (cooled*) . The glove compartment can be
holder while the vehicle is moving. Hot bev- locked using the mechanical key.
erages could spill, which can cause injury . - Glasses holder* in the headliner (near the rear-
- Do not use any breakable beverage contain- view mirror)
ers (for example, made out of glass or por -
- Storage compartment under the front center
celain) . You could be injured by them in the armrest*
event of an accident.
- Compartments* on the backrests of the front

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seats
- Garment hooks on the sides of the pillars in the
Beverage containers in the cup holders should rear of the vehicle and in the rear grab handles
always have a lid. If not, beverages could spill - Compartment in the rear center armrest
and cause damage to vehicle equipment, such - Two folding hooks*, that are at the upper side
electronics or seat covers . of the luggage compartment

Cooled glove compartment _& WARNING -


Applies to : veh icles with cooled glove compartment - To reduce the risk of personal injury in an
The cooled glove compartment only functions accident or sudden stop, always keep the
when the AIC system is switched on. glove compartment closed while driving.
- Always keep the lid of the compartment for
(sun)glasses* closed while driving to reduce
the risk of injury during a sudden braking
maneuver or in the event of an accident .
- Any articles of clothing that you have hung
up must not interfere with the driver's view.
The coat hooks are designed only for light-
weight clothing. Never hang any clothing
with hard, pointed or heavy objects in the
pockets on the coat hooks. During sudden
Fig. 64 Glove compar tm ent: switch ing coo ling mode on/ braking or in an accident - especially if the
off
airbag is deployed - these objects could in-
jure any passengers inside the vehicle .
~ Turn the knob @ counter-clockwise to switch
- Read and follow all WARNINGS
the cooling on . The symbols on the knob indi-
page
c::> 167, Important safety instructions
cate the correct position.
on the side airbag system.
~ Turn the knob @ clockwise to switch the cool-
- Hang clothes in such a way that they do not
ing off .
impair the driver 's vision .
The glove compartment cooling mode only func- - The coat hooks must only be used for light-
tions when the vehicle A/C system is switched on . weight clothing . Do not leave any heavy or
If the heating is switched on, switching the glove sharp edged objects in the pockets which
compartment cooling mode off is recommended. may interfere with the side curtain airbag
deployment and can cause personal injury in
Other storage compartments a crash.
- Do not use coat hangers for hanging cloth-
You will find a range of storage compartments ing on the coat hooks as this can interfere
and holders at different locations in the vehicle.

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Seats and storage

with proper deployment of the side curtain


airbags in an accident.
A
- WARNING
- Follow the installation instructions provided
- Do not hang heavy objects on the coat
with the roof rack system. If you do not se-
hooks, as they could cause personal injury in
cure the roof rack system and objects on the
a sudden stop.
roof correctly, they could come loose from

CDNote the vehicle and cause an accident.


- Using a roof rack system increases the risk
Objects on the rear shelf that rub against the of an accident, because it changes the driv-
rear window can damage the rear window ing characteristics by shifting the center of
heating wires. gravity and/or the increasing the surface
area exposed to wind. Adapt your driving
Roof rack and speed to the current cond itions.
Applies to: vehicles with roof rac k
CDNote
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Make sure that the luggage compartment lid
and the sunroof* do not come into contact
with objects on the roof when they are open.

(,® For the sake of the environment


Your vehicle will require more fuel due to the
increased wind resistance. So remove the roof
rack after using it.
Fig. 65 Attachm e nt points for the roof rack

Luggage compartment
If luggage or cargo is to be carried on the roof,
you must observe the following: General information

- Only a specially designed roof rack may be used


on your vehicle. These roof racks are the basis ~
A WARNING
for a complete roof rack system. Additional at - Read and follow the important safety precau-
tachments/carrier systems are necessary to tions in c>page 134, Storing cargo correctly.
transport luggage and sports equipment . We
recommend roof racks and attachments from Increasing the size of the luggage
the Audi Genuine Accessories program. compartment
- When installing the roof rack, make sure that it Applies to : vehicles wit h fo lding back rests
is mounted only at the designated points on The rear seat backrests can be folded forward ei-
the roof c>fig. 65 . ther separately or together.
- The permissible roof load for your vehicle is
220 lbs (100 kg). The roof load is the total of
the weight of the roof rack, the attachments
and the cargo you are carrying . However, you
must also note the permitted load of the carri-
er system being used. For the permitted axle
load and the permitted total vehicle weight, re-
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Release handle on the backres t Tie-downs


.. Pull the release lever @ ~ fig. 66 in the direc- Applies to: vehicles with t ie-downs

tion of the arrow to fold the backrest fo rward.

Folding the backrest back into the upright


posit ion
.. Fold the backrest back up aga in until it latches
and the red marking @ is no longer visible
9 _&..
You can lock the backrest whe n it is latched in
place using the mechanical key © c::>fig. 66. This
prevents any access to the luggage compartment Fig. 67 Luggage compartment: locat ion of the t ie-downs
from the vehicle interior.
.. To secure objects, for example using the lug-
.&_WARNING -
gage compartment net, fold the t ie-down re-
tainer upward.
- Be careful when folding the backrests for-
ward! Not paying attention and not check-
ing when fo ld ing the backrests can lead to Luggage compartment net
pinching injuries. Applies to: vehicles with luggage compartment net

- The backrest must be latched secure ly to The cargo net prevents small objects from slid-
ensure that the safety belt is protecting the ing.
center seating pos it ion.
- The backrest must be securely latched so
objects cannot slide forward out of the lug-
gage compartment during sudden braking.

(D Note
- If you move the front seat back when the
rear seat backrest is folded forward, you
could damage the head restraints on the
rear seat.
Fig. 68 Luggage compartment: cargo net stretched out
- If the Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE)* is in-
stalled, move the rear head restraints down .. Attach the hooks for the luggage compa rtment
before folding the backrests forward net in the tie-downs .
9 page 52 to reduce the risk of damage.

- When folding the backrest forward, make .&_WARNING


sure the outer safety belts are in the belt
For strength reasons, on ly objects wit h a max-
g uide recess so that they do not get pinched
imum we ight of 10 lb (5 kg) shou ld be se -
in the backrest lock and damaged. Ot her ob-
cured in the luggage compartment net. Heavi-
jects sho uld be removed from the rear
er objects are not adequately secured . There
bench seat to protect the backrest from
is risk of personal injury.
damage .

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Storage hooks (D Tips


App lies to: vehicles with bag hooks
You can also open the pass-through from the
luggage compartment. Push the release but-
ton down and push the cover forward.

Securing the ski bag (5 seats*)


Appl ies to : vehicles with pass-through and ski bag

The ski bag* must be secured

Fig. 69 Luggage compartment : storage hooks

You can also use the hooks to hang light purses,


bags, etc .

A WARNING
The hooks can hold a maximum weight of 6.6
lbs (3 kg). Heavier objects are not adequately Fig. 71 Rear bench seat : securi ng the ski sack
secured. There is risk of personal injury.
"' Stick the strap @ on the bag in the center safe-
Pass-through with ski bag ty belt @ ¢ fig . 71 .
Applies to: vehicles with pass-through and ski bag "'Tighten and secure the strap ©

Long objects, such as skis or snowboards, con be


transported in the ski bog*.
A WARNING
-
- The bag is only intended for transporting
skis and other light objects. To reduce the
risk of serious injuries, never transport
heavy or sharp objects in the bag.
-After loading, the bag must be secured with
the strap.
- Make sure that all objects that you are
transporting in the pass-through are secure.
They could slide around and increase the
risk of injury when braking or during an acci-
Fig. 70 Backrest : pass-through cover dent .

.. To load the ski sack in the vehicle, fold the rear (D Tips
center armrest down.
"'Fold the pass-through cover down c:;,fig. 70. - Only fold the bag up if it is dry.
"'Push the packed bag* through the opening - When transporting skis or snowboards,
from the luggage compartment . The zipper tighten the securing strap between the
must face toward the rear. bindings.
.. Secure the bag c:;,page 59. - Lay skis in the bag with the points facing
co forward and snowboards and ski pole points
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Warm and c ol d

Warm and cold the windshield has been warmed by the cli-
mate control system. The washer fluid could
Climate control system freeze on the windshie ld and impair visibi li-
Description ty .

The climate control system warms, cools and re- Cl) Note
moves humidity from the air in the vehicle interi-
- If you suspect that the climate contro l sys-
or. It is the most effective when the windows and
tem is damaged, switch the system off to
sunroof * are closed. If there is a bui ld-up of heat
prevent further damage and have it checked
insid e the vehicle, ventilation can he lp to speed
by an authorized Audi dealer or authorized
up the cooling process.
Audi Service Facility .
In all heating mode functions, except for defrost, - Repa irs to the Aud i climate control system
the blower only switches to a higher speed once requ ire special technical knowledge and
the engine coolant has reach ed a suffici ent tem- special tools . See an authorized Aud i dea le r
perature . or autho rized Audi Service Facility .

Pollutant filt er @ For the sake of the environment


The po llutant filter removes poll utants such as - To save fuel, turn off cooling mode by press -
dust and pollen from the a ir. ing the IAJC Ibutton. This will also reduce
em issions .
Key recognition
- In veh icles with a diesel engine, you ca n
App lies to: vehicles with de luxe au t oma ti c clima te contro l switch the auto supplementary heater off in
The blower sett ing and air distribut ion are stored the Infotainment system.
automatically and ass igned to the remote control
key that you are using. (D Tips
- To prevent interference with the heat ing
Appl ies to: vehicles with 4 -zone del uxe auto m atic climate
and cooling output and to prevent the win-
cont rol
dows from fogging over, the a ir intake in
The climate con t rol set t ings are automatically
front of the windshie ld must be free of ice,
stored and assigned to the remote control key
snow or leaves.
that is in use.
- Conde nsation from the coo ling system can
A WARNING dr ip and fo rm a pudd le of water under the
vehicle. This is norma l and does not mean
Poor visibility can lead to accidents.
there is a leak.
- For safer driving, keep all windows free of
- The energy managemen t sys t em may tem-
ice, snow and fog .
porarily switch off certain functions, such as
- Become familiar as quickly as possible with t he seat heating * o r rear window defogger.
the correct use and function of the climate These systems are ava ilable again as soon
contro l system, especially with the defrost-
as the ene rgy supply has been restored.
ing and defogg ing function.
- When the temperat ure is below freezing,
only use the windsh ield washer system after

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Warm and cold

Automatic climate control


Applies to: vehicles with deluxe automatic climate contro l

We recommend pressing the !AUTO I button and setting the temperature to 72 °F (22 °C).

Fig. 72 Deluxe automatic climate contr ol: contro ls

Press the buttons to turn the functions on or off . 1-1 Switching recirculation mode on/off
The dial adjusts the temperature and the blower . In recirculation mode, the air inside the vehicle is
The LEDin a button will light up when the func- circulated and filtered . This prevents the unf il-
tion is sw itched on . tered air outside the vehicle from entering the
IAUTO I Switching automatic mode on vehicle interior . We recommend sw itching recir -
culation mode on when driving through a tunnel
Automatic mode maintains a constant tempera-
or when sitting in traffic ~ &_.
ture inside the vehicle. Air temperature, airflow
and a ir distribution are controlled automat ically . The !AUTO I button or I <Ill>FRONT I button switches
recirculation mode off .
Adjusting the temperature
IOFF I Switching the climate control system
The temperat ure can be adjusted individually for on/off
the driver and front passenger using the dials @
and @ . The !OF F! button sw itches the climate control
system on or off . It also switches on when you
Adjusting the blower ~ press the blower control. Airflow from outside is
Using the dial @ , you can manually adjust the blocked when the climate cont rol system is
amount of air generated by the blower to su it switched off.
your preferences. The blower should always run IA/C l Switching cooling mode on/off
at a low setting to prevent the windows from
fogging and to ensure a continuous exchange of The air is not cooled and humidity is not removed
air inside the vehicle. To have the blower regulat- when cooling mode is switched off. This can
ed automatically, press the IAUTO I button. cause fog on the windows . The cooling mode
switches off automatically when there a re cold
~ . [m, ~ Adjusting air distribution outside temperatures.
co You can manua lly se lect the vents where the air is;,i,FRONT ISwitching the defroster on/off
co
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The max imum amo unt of air flows mainly from Air vents
the vents below the windshield. Recircu lat ion You can open o r close the center and rear vents in
mode switches off . The temperature should be the cockpit and the vents in the rear center con-
set to approximately 72 °F (22 °() . sole using the ridged thumbwheels . The levers
The IAUTO I button switches the defroster off . adjust the direction of the airflow from the vents.

IClillREAR I Switching
on/off
the rear window defogger A WARNING
- You shou ld not use the recirculation mode
The rear window heater on ly operates when the for an extended period of time since no
engine is running . It switches off automatica lly fresh air is drawn in. With the air-condition-
after a few minutes, depending on the outs ide ing sw itched off, the windows can fog up,
temperature . which increases the risk of an acc ident.
To prevent the rear window heater from switch- - Individ uals with reduced sensit ivity to pa in
ing off automatically, press and ho ld the IQijlREARI or temperature could develop burns when
button for more than 2 seconds . This is stored using the seat heating function. To red uce
until the ignit ion is switched off. the risk of injury, these individuals sho uld
not use seat heating.
G'.l
Adjusting seat heating*
Pressing the button switches the seat hea ti ng on (D Note
at the highest setting (level 3). The LEDs indicate To avoid damage to the heating elements in
the tempera tu re level. To reduce the tempera - the seats , do not knee l on the seats or place
ture, press the button again. To switch the seat heavy loads on a small area of the seat.
heating off, press the button repeatedly until the
LEDturns off.

After 10 minutes, the seat heating automatically


switches from level 3 to level 2 .

4 -zone deluxe automatic climate control


Applies to: vehicles with 4-zo ne deluxe auto matic climate cont rol

We recommend pressing the IAU T O I button and setting the temperature to 72 °F (22 °C).

Fig. 73 4 -zone deluxe automat ic climate contro l: controls

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Warm a nd c o ld

The !AU T O I button or lllillFRON T I button switches


recircu lation mode off.

IAUTO I Switching automatic mode on


Automat ic mode main t ains a cons t ant tempera-
ture inside the vehicle. Air temperatu re, airf low
and air distr ibut ion are controlled automatically.

If press and hold the button longer, 72 °F (22 °C)


will be set .
Fig. 7 4 4-zone deluxe aut oma t ic climate cont rol system :
rear controls Adjusting the temperature

Press the buttons to turn the functions on or off . Temperatures between 60 °F (+16 °() and 84 °F
Use the controls to adjust the temperature, the (+28 °() ca n be set . Outside of this range, LO or
blower speed and the air distribution. The LEDin HI will appear in the climate control system dis-
a button will light up when the function is play . In both settings, the climate control runs
sw itched on . The front settings are shown in the constantly at the max imum cool ing or heat ing
climate control system display and in the Info- level. The temperature is not regu lated.
tainment system d isp lay for a few seconds. The Adjusting the blower ~
d river and front passenger settings can be ad-
You can adjust the volume of a ir generated by the
justed separately.
blower to your preference . The blower shou ld al-
The settings can also be adjusted in the rear ways run at a low sett ing to prevent the windows
~ fig. 74. from fogging and to ensure a cont inuo us ex-
change of a ir inside the vehicle , To have th e blow -
IO FF I Switching the climate cont rol system
on/ off er regu lated automatically , press the IAU TO ! but -
ton .
The IO FFI button switches the climate control
system on or off. It also sw itches on when you ~ Adjusting air distribution
press the control. Airflow from outside is blocked You can ma nually select the vents where the air
when the climate control system is switched off . will flow. To have the air d istr ibut ion regulated
The IO FF I button in the rear only switc hes the A/C automat ically, press the IAUTOI but t on.
system on/off in the rear of the vehicle .
~ Adjusting seat heating* / seat ventilation *
IA/C l Switching cooling mod e on/ off
Pressing the button sw itches the seat heating/
The air is not cooled and humidity is not removed seat ventilation on at the highest setting (level
when cooling mode is switched off. This can 3). The LEDs indicate the tempe rature level. To
cause fog o n the windows . The cooling mode reduce the temperat ure, press t he button again.
switches off automatically when there are cold To switc h the seat heat ing/seat ventilation off,
outside temperatures. press the button repeatedly until the LED turns
16<)
1Switching recirculation mode on/ off off.

In recircu lation mode, the a ir inside the vehicle is After 10 m inutes, t he seat heat ing a utomatically
circu lated and filtered. This prevents the unfil- swit ches from level 3 to level 2.
tered a ir outside the vehicle from entering t he l <i<i>FRO N TI Switching the defroster on/ off
vehicle interior. We recommend switching recir-
co
co culation mode on when driving through a tunnel The windshield and side windows a re defrosted
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or when sitting in traffic ~ &. .
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mode switches off. The temperature shou ld be


set to approximate ly 72 °F (22 °C).
A
,_ WARNING
- You shou ld not use the recircu lation mode
The IAUTOI button switches the defroster off. for an extended period of time since no
IQiiJ
REARI Switching t he rear window defo gger fresh air is drawn in. With the air-condition-
on/ off ing sw itched off, the windows can fog up,
which increases the risk of an acc ident.
The rear window heater on ly operates when the
- Individuals with reduced sensit ivity to pa in
engine is running. It sw itches off automat ically
or temperature could develop bu rns when
afte r a few minutes, depending on the outs ide
using the sea t heati ng f unct ion. To red uce
temperature.
the risk of inj ury, these individuals sho uld
To prevent the rear w indow heater from switch- not use seat heating.
ing off automatically, press and ho ld the liiiPREAR I
button for more than 2 seconds . This is stored (D Note
until the ignition is switched off. To avoid damage to the heating elements in
ISYNC
I Synchronization the seats, do no t knee l on the se ats or place
heavy loads on a small area of the seat.
When synchronization is switched on, the set-
tings for the drive r's side are applied to the front
Basic settings
passenger's side (except for seat heating/ventila-
tion*). The settings in the rear are a lso synchron- The climate control system basic settings are ac-
ized. Synchronization switches off if the settings cessed in the Infotainment system.
are adjusted on the front passenger's side or in
the rear. "' Select: the I CARI funct ion button > (Car)* Sys-
tems contro l button > AC.
You can synch ronize the settings in a row by
pressing and holding a contro l. For example, to Rear seat setting s*
apply the settings for the front passenger's side When this function is se lected, all settings for
to the driver's side, press and ho ld the contro l on the rear can be adjusted through the climate con-
the front passenger's side. The same applies to trol system in the cockpit. The climate control
the rear . system settings cannot be adjusted in the rear
seat at the same time. This funct ion sw itches off
Residua l heat *
after a ce rt ain per iod of t ime or whe n one of the
With the ignition turned off, you can activate the contro ls in the coc kpit is pressed.
residual heat function by pressing the~ button
¢ fig. 73. The residual heat from the coolant is Automatic recirculation*
used to heat the vehicle interior. The residual The sensitivity level of the automatic recircula-
heat function switches off automatically after t ion mode can be set at various levels from Off to
about 30 m inutes . Sensitive. Recirculat ion mode is contro lled auto-
matically. If the windows fog up, press the
Air vents
I@ FRO N T ! button.
You can open or close the center and rear vents in
the cockpit and the vents in the rear center con- Footwell temperature *
sole and door pillars using the ridged thumb- You can adjust the footwell temperature so that
wheels . The levers adjust the direct ion of the a ir- it is cooler or warme r.
flow from the vents .
Automat ic auxil iary heater*
In vehicles with diesel engines*, the auxiliary
heater helps to warm the vehicle interior more

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quickly. The aux iliary heating activates automati -


cally when the when the automatic auxiliary
heater funct ion is act ivated .

Steering wheel heating


App lies to: vehicles with steering wheel heating

The steering wheel rim can be heated.

Fig. 75 Steeri ng wheel: steering wheel heating button

"' Press the ljJ button to switc h steering whee l


hea t ing on/off. The message Stee ring wheel
heating on/S teering wheel heating off ap-
pears in the inst rument cluster display.

The temperat ure is maintained at a constant lev-


e l w hen steering w heel heat ing is switched on .

The steering wheel heat ing settings are stored


automatically and ass igned to the remote control
key tha t is in use.

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Driving lying parts such as spoilers and exhaust system


parts do not bottom out and get damaged.
General information
This is especially tr ue for veh icles with low-s l ung
Breaking in chassis (sports chassis)* and fu lly loaded
vehicles .
A new vehicle must be broken in, and the break-
in distance should be 1,000 mi les (1,500 km). Do
Warming up/cooling down
not drive at speeds th at wi l l exceed 2/3 of the
Applies to: S models
maximum permitted engine speed (RPM) for the
fi rst 600 mi les (1,000 km) , and avoid f ull accel- By wa rming up/coo li ng down t he engine careful -
eration during this period . You may gradua lly ly, you can help reduce unnecessary strain on
start increasing the RPM and the speed between your vehicle when dr iving in a sporty style.
600 m iles (1,000 km) and 1,000 miles (1,500
The engine speed is limited when the engine is
km).
cold - the full engine outp ut is not availab le.
During the fi rst hou rs of use, the engine has a When the engine is at operat ing temperat ure,
higher internal friction than later on when all the engine speed limitation moves to a higher
moving parts have settled into place with each RPM range. The t ires also only reach t heir full
other. road holding capability once they have wa rmed
up.
How the vehicle is driven during the first 1,000
miles (1,500 km) also affects the engine quality. Your vehicle also has an after-run cooling fea-
Drive at moderate engine speeds after the initial ture . However, cooling down is still important.
break-in per iod, part icularly when running a cold The eng ine and the brakes as well as the exhaust
engine . This wi ll reduce eng ine wear and improve system and the tra nsmission become very hot
the mi leage. whe n driving in a sporty style . Befo re you shut
t he vehicl e off, you should cool down the vehicle
Do not dr ive at too low of an engine speed (rpm).
by drivi ng a few miles at low speeds with ligh t ac-
Shift down if the engine stops running "smoot h-
celerat ion.
ly". Extremely high engine speeds are automati -
cally reduced.
Driving through water on roads
New tires Note the following to reduce the risk of vehicle
damage when driving through water, fo r example
If yo ur vehicle is ru nning on new t ires, drive par-
on f looded roads:
t icularly caref ul for th e first 350 miles (500 kilo-
meters) after fi t t ing . - The water must not be any higher than the bot -
tom of the vehicle body.
A WARNING
-
- Do not dr ive faster tha n wal king speed .
New tires tend to be sli ppery and must also
be "broken-in". Be sure to remember this dur- A WARNING
-
ing the first 350 miles (500 kilometers). After driving thro ugh water or m ud, the effec-
Brake gently. Avoid following closely behind tiveness of the brakes may be red uced due to
other vehicles or other situations that might mo isture on the brake rotors and brake pads.
require sudden, hard brak ing . A few careful brake applications shou ld dry
off the brakes.

Avoid damaging the vehicle


@ Note
W hen you are driving on poor roads, or over - Vehicle components such as the engine,
curbs, steep ramps, etc., make certain that low- t ransmiss ion, suspension or elect rical

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D r iving

system can be severe ly damaged by driving Avoid full acceleration


th rough water.
You should rarely travel at t he maxi m um vehicle
- Always swi t ch the Sta rt /S top sys t em * off speed. High speeds cause a disproport ionate ly
when driving through wate r r:!;>page 72. high increase in fue l cons umption, emissions and
t raffic noise. Slowe r driving saves fue l.
@ Tips
- Det e rmi ne the de pt h befo re dr iving t h rough Reduce idling time
wat er. The Sta rt- Stop system* helps to red uce t he idling
- Do no t stop the veh icle, dr ive in reverse or t ime automa ticall y. In veh icles w ithout the St a rt-
swit ch the eng ine off when dr iving t hr ough Stop system *, it is eff icient t o sw itch the engine
wat er . off when stopped at railroad crossings and long
- Keep in m ind th at oncomin g ve hicles m ay red lights. Stopping the engine for 30-40 sec-
crea t e waves that raise the wate r level an d onds a lready saves more fuel than the amo unt of
make it too deep for your vehi cle to drive extra fue l needed to restart the engine.
th rough sa fely.
It ta kes a very long time in idle to warm the en-
- Avoid d riving t hrou gh sal t wat er, because
gine up to operating temperature. Wear and
th is can ca use corros ion .
emissions are especially high in the warm- up
phase. Therefore, you sho uld begin driving im-
Economical and environmentally-friendly med iate ly after starting the engine. Avoid h igh
driving RPMs wh ile doing this .
The amount of fue l consumption, the e nviron- Have maintenance performed regularly
men t al impact and the wear to t he engine ,
By hav ing maintenance pe rformed regu larly on
brakes and ti res depends mostly on your dr iving
style. W it h a n anticipatory and econom ic dr iving
your vehicle,you can help to reducefuel con-
sumption before you even start to drive. The
style , fuel consumpt ion can be reduced by ap -
proxima t ely 10 -15% . The following tips will help maintenance condition of your vehicle not o nly
you conse rve the environment and you r money at affects traffic safe ty a nd long-term val ue but al-
so impa cts fuel consumption. A poorly m ain-
the same time .
t ai ned engi ne ca n lead t o fuel co nsump t ion that
Anticipatory driving is 10 % hig he r t han no rmal.
A veh icle uses the mos t fuel when accele rat ing. Avoid short trips
W hen you drive wit h an t icipa t ion, you do not
The eng ine and exhaust cleaning system must
need to brake as often and so yo u ac celerate less .
When possib le, let your vehicle coast w ith a gear reach their optima l operating temperature to ef-
engaged, for example, when you notice that the fec ti vely reduce consu m pt ion a nd emissions.
next tra ffic light is red. This produces an engine A cold engine uses a d isproportionately high
braking effect, which helps to protect the brakes amount of fue l. The engine reac hes operat ing
and tires and reduces the emissions and fuel con- temperat ur e and cons umption normal izes on ly
sumpt io n to ze ro (fuel shut-off dur ing decelera - aft er app roxima t ely 2.5 miles (4 km).
tion) .
Check the tire pressure
Shift efficiently
To save fuel, make sure the t ires are always in-
An effective way to save fuel is to upshift earlier . flated to the correct press ure r:!;>page 220. The
Staying in a gear too long uses fue l unnecessari- fuel consumpt io n can increase by 5% if t he pres -
co
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.... ly. sur e is on ly 0 .5 bar too low. Due to t he increased
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lead to greater tire wear and will affect driving valves, which are designed to protect your
behavior. vehicle's Emission Control System and other
important vehicle components.
Do not drive on winter tires year-round, as this
will consume up to 10% more fuel.
(D Tips
Eliminate unnecessary weight The consumption estimates as published by
Since every kilogram of extra weight increases ENVIRONMENTALPROTECTIONAGENCY
fuel consumption, a quick inspection of the lug- (EPA) and Transport Canada may not corre-
gage compartment may be worth it to avoid un- spond to your actual consumption on the
necessary weight. road, which will vary depending upon vehicle
load and speed, road and weather conditions,
When not being used, a roof rack should be re- trip length, etc.
moved to decrease the wind resistance of the ve-
hicle. You will save approximately 12% of your
Steering
fuel when at speeds from 62- 7 5 mph
(100-120 km/h) . Manual steering wheel position adjustment
Applies to : vehicles with manual steering wheel adjustment
Save energy
The steering wheel position is adjustable up and
The engine drives the generator, which generates
down and forward and back.
electricity; the fuel consumption also increases
with the demand for electricity. Therefore, switch
electrical equipment off when you no longer
need it. Examples of equipment that uses a lot of
energy are air blowers at a high setting, the rear
window defogger and seat heating*.

CDNote
Do not leave engine idling unattended after
starting. If warning lights should come on to
indicate improper operation, they would go Fig. 76 Lever o n th e stee ring column
unheeded. Extended idling also produces
heat, which could result in overheating or .,. Pull the lever in the direction of the arrow
other damage to the vehicle or other proper- ¢ ,&..
ty . .,. Bring the steering wheel into the desired posi-
tion .
CDNote .,.Push the lever against the steering column un-
- Have your vehicle maintained properly and til it is secure.
in accordance with the service recommenda-
tions in your Warranty & Maintenance book - & WARNING
-
let . Lack of proper maintenance as well as Improper use of steering wheel adjustment
improper use of the vehicle will impair the and improper seating position can cause seri-
function of the emission control system and ous personal injury.
could lead to damage. - Adjust the steering wheel column only when
- Do not alter or remove any component of the vehicle is not moving to prevent loss of
the Emission Control System unless ap- vehicle control.
proved by the manufacturer. - Adjust the driver's seat or steering wheel so
- Do not alter or remove any device, such as that there is a minimum of 10 in (25 cm)
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~ page 129, fig. 140. If you cannot main- The steering wheel can a lso be adjusted when the
tain this minimum distance, the airbag sys- ignition is switched off .
tem cannot protect you properly. In vehicles with memory function*, the steering
- If physical limitations prevent you from sit- column settings are sto red together with the
ting 10 in (25 cm) or more from the steer- seat position.
ing wheel, check with your authorized Audi
dealer to see if adaptive equipment is avail- A WARNING
-
able.
Improper use of steering wheel adjustment
- If the steering wheel is aligned with your
and improper seating position can cause seri-
face, the supplemental driver's airbag can-
ous personal injury.
not provide as much protection in an acci-
- Adjust the steering wheel column only when
dent. Always make sure that the steering
the vehicle is not moving to prevent loss of
wheel is aligned with your chest.
vehicle control.
-Always hold the steering wheel with your
- Adjust the driver's seat or steering whee l so
hands at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock posi-
that there is a minimum of 10 in (25 cm)
tions to reduce the risk of personal injury if
between your chest and the steering wheel
the driver's airbag deploys.
page 129, fig . 140 . If you cannot main-
r:=;,
- Never hold the steer ing wheel at the 12
tain this minimum distance, the airbag sys-
o'clock position or with your hands inside
tem cannot protect you properly.
the steering wheel rim or on the steering
- If physical limitations prevent you from sit-
wheel hub . Holding the steering wheel the
ting 10 in (25 cm) or more from the steer-
wrong way can cause serious injuries to the
ing wheel, check with your authorized Audi
hands, arms and head if the driver's airbag
dealer to see if adaptive equipment is avail-
deploys.
able.
- If the steering wheel is aligned with your
Power steering wheel position adjustment face, the supplemental dr iver's airbag can -
Applies to: vehicles with power steering whee l adjustment not provide as much protection in an acci-
The steering wheel position can be adjusted elec- dent. Always make sure that the steering
trically up and down and forward and back. wheel is aligned with your chest.
- Always hold the steering wheel with your
hands at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock posi -
tions to reduce the risk of personal injury if
the driver's airbag deploys.
- Never hold the steering wheel at the 12
o'clock position or with your hands inside
the steering wheel rim or on the steering
wheel hub . Holding the steering wheel the
wrong way can cause serious injuries to the
hands, arms and head if the driver's airbag
Fig. 77 Switch for adjust ing the steer ing whee l position deploys.

~ To adjust the height, press the switch up/down.


The steering column will cont inu e moving as
long as you are pressing the switch .
co ~ To move the steering wheel forward or back,
co
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"...,
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Easy seat entry Switching the ignition on/ off


Applies to: vehicles with power steering whee l adjustment If you wo uld like to switch t he igni t ion on with-
Easy seat entry makes it easier to enter and exit out star t ing the engine, follow these st eps:
the vehicle by adjusting the steering column au- .- Press the ISTART ENGINE STOP I button with -
tomatically . out press ing the brake pedal.
.- In the Infotainment system, select the ICARI .- To switch the igni ti on off, press the bu tton
funct ion button > (Car) * Systems control but- aga in. The needle in the tachomete r moves into
ton > Vehi cle settings > Seat s > Driver's seat > the OFF position.
Easy seat ent ry > On. The prewarming runs a utomat ically in diesel
When easy seat entry is switched on, the stee ring vehicles when the igni t ion is sw itched on .
column goes back up into the park position when Equipment t hat uses a lot of electricity is sw itch-
the ignition is switched off . After entering the ve- ed off tempo rarily when you start the engine.
hicle, the steering column ret urns to the stored
If the engine does not start immediately, the
position once the ignition is sw itched on.
start ing procedure stops automat ically after a
short time. Repeat the starting procedure .
Starting and stopping
the engine Start/ Stop system*
Read the information in¢ page 72, Start-Stop
Starting the engine
system.
The ISTART ENGINE STOP I button switches the
ignition on and starts the engine. A WARNING
-
To reduce the risk of poison ing, never allow
the eng ine to run in confined spaces.

(D Note
Avoid high engine speed, full throttle, and
heavy engine load if the engine has not
reached operat ing temperature yet. You could
damage the eng ine.

Fig. 78 Center conso le: START ENGINE STOP button


® For the sake of the environment
Do not let the eng ine run wh ile parked to
Starting the engine warm up. Begin driving immed iately. This re-
.- Press the brake pedal and move the se lector d uces unnecessary emissions .
lever into the P or N posit ion ¢ &_.
.- Press the ISTART ENGINE STOPI button. The (D Tips
engine will start. - Some noise after start ing the engine is nor-
ma l and is no cause for concern .
App lies to: vehicles with diesel engi nes
- If you leave the veh icle w it h the ignition
.- It is possible t hat t here will be a slight de lay
switched on, the ign ition will switch off af-
when starting the engine in colder tempera -
ter a certain amount of time. Make sure that
tures. Therefore, you must hold the brake peda l
electrical equipment such as the exterior
down until the engine starts. The indicator light
lights a re switched off.
turns on while the engine is preheating II .

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Stopping the engine at idle for approximately two minutes before


shutting it off.
~ Bring the vehicle to a full stop.
~ Move the selector lever to the P or N position. (D Tips
~ Press the ISTART ENGINE STOPI ~page 70,
After the engine has been switched off, the
fig. 78 button.
radiator fan can continue to run for up to 10
Steering lock 1) minutes - even with the ignition switched off.
It can also switch on again after some time if
The steering locks when you turn the engine off
the coolant temperature rises as the result of
using the ISTART ENGINE STOPI button and
heat buildup or if the engine is already warm
open the driver's door. The locked steering helps
and the engine compartment is also heated
prevent vehicle theft.
by the sun's rays.
Emergency off function*

If it is absolutely necessary, the engine can also Messages


be turned off while driving in the R or D/S selec- Turn off ignition before leaving car
tor lever position at speeds below 6 mph (10 km/
h). To stop the engine, press and hold the This message appears and a warning tone sounds
ISTART ENGINE STOPI button and also press th e if you open the driver's door when the ignition is
brake pedal. switched on.

Press brake pedal to start engine


~ WARNING
This message appears if you do not press the
- Never turn off the engine before the vehicle
brake pedal when starting the engine.
has come to a complete stop. The full func-
tion of the brake booster and the power II Key not in vehicle?
steering is not guaranteed. You may need to
This indicator light turns on and this message ap·
use more force when braking or steering.
pears if the ignition key was removed from the
Because you cannot brake and steer as you
vehicle when the engine was running. If the igni-
usually would, this could lead to accidents
tion key is no longer in the vehicle, you cannot
and serious injuries.
switch on th e ignition or start the engine once
- Always take the key with you whenever you
you stop it. You also cannot lock the vehicle from
leave your vehicle. Otherwise, the engine
the outside.
could be started or electrical equipment
such as the power windows could be operat- Shift to P, otherwise vehicle can roll away.
ed. This can lead to serious injury. Doors do not lock if lever is not in P.
- For safety reasons, always park the vehicle This message appears for safety reasons if the
with the selector lever in the P position. transmission is not in the P position when you
Otherwise, there is the risk that the vehicle switch the ignition off. Move the selector lever to
could roll unintentionally. the P position. Otherwise the vehicle is not pro-
tected from rolling and it cannot be locked.
(D Note
If the engine has been under heavy load for
II Key is not recognized. Hold back of key
against marked area. See owner's manual
an extended period of time, heat builds up in
the engine compartment after the engine is If the indicator light turns on and this message
switched off and there is a risk of damaging appears, there is a malfunction ~page 72. .,..
co
co
....
N
the engine. For this reason, let the engine run
,..._
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N
0
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Tur n off igniti on bef ore leaving vehicle. Batte ry " Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or author-
is discha rging ized Audi Service Facility immediately to have
the malfunction corrected.
This message appea rs if the driver's door is
opened while the ignition is switched on . Always
switch off the ignition if you are leaving the vehi-
@ Tips
cle. Also see ¢ page 74. You can view the message again by p ressing
the ! START ENGINE STOP I button.
Shift to P and turn off ignition bef ore leaving
car, othe rwi se vehicle can roll aw ay
Start-Stop system
This message appea rs if the driver's door is
opened while the ignition is switched on and the Description
selec to r lever is not in the P posit io n. Move t he Applies to: vehicles with Start/Stop system

selector lever int o the P position and switch the The Start/Stop system can help increase fue l
ignition off when you exit the vehicle. Otherwise eco nomy and reduce CO2 emissions.
the vehicle could roll. Also see ¢ page 74.
In Start/Stop mode, the eng ine shuts off auto-
matically when the vehicle is stopped, such as at
Starting the engine when there is a
a traffic light. The ignition rema ins swit ched on
malfunction
during this stop phase. The engine w ill restart
It may not be possible to start the engine under automat ica lly when needed.
certain circumstances, for example if the bat tery
Applies to: A6: the Start/Stop system act ivates
in the vehicle key is drained, if interference is af-
automa ti ca lly once the ign ition is swit ched on.
fected the key or if there is a system malfunc -
tion. Applies to: S6: the last Start/Stop system setting
is restored when the ignition is switched on .

Basic requir ement s for Start / Stop mode


- The driver's door must be closed.
- The driver's seat be lt much be fastened.
- The hood must be closed .
- The vehicle must have driven faste r than
2.S mph (4 km/h) since the last t ime it stop-
ped .
- A t railer must not be hitched to t he vehicle .
Fig. 79 Center console/ remote cont rol key: star ting th e
eng ine if there is a malfunction
(D Note
Requirement: the message Key is not recog- Always switch the Sta rt/Stop system off when
nized. Hold back of key again st mark ed area. d riving through water ¢ page 72.
See ow ner's m anual must appear and the DJin-
d icator light must turn on . {t) Tips

" Hold the remote control key in the location in- The eng ine stops shortly before the veh icle
dicated as shown in the illustrat ion f>l)~ fig. 79 . comes to a stop l) .
" Press t he brake pedal.
" Press the I ST ART ENGIN E STOPI button . The
engine will start .

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Stopping/starting the engine (D Tips


Applies to: vehicles with Start/Stop system
- Press the bra ke peda l during a Stop phase
to keep the vehicle from rolling.
- The ignition will turn off if yo u press the
! START ENGINE STOPI butto n d uring a stop
phase. The needle in the tachometer moves
into the OFF position.

General information
Applies to: vehicles with Start/Stop system

Fig. 80 ll)strument cluste r: eng ine switched off (stop


The standard Start/Stop mode con be canceled
phase) for various system-related reasons.

Engine does not switch off


~ Brake the vehicle to a stop. The engine stops
shortly befo re the vehicle comes to a stop or if Before and dur ing each stop phase, the system
the vehicle is stationa ry 1l. Keep yo ur foot on checks if certain conditions have been met. If the
the brake pedal. The II
indicator light appears rjj indicator light appears in the instrument clus-
in the information line at the bottom of the in- ter display, the eng ine will not be stopped, for
strument cluster d isplay. The needle in the example in the following situations:
tachometer also moves into the READY1) pos i-
- The engine has not reached the minim um re-
t ion .
quired temperature for Start/Stop mode .
~ The eng ine starts aga in when you take you r
- The interior temperature selec t ed by the A/C
foot off the brake pedal. The ind icator light
system has not been reached.
tu rns off.
- The outside tempera t ure is ext remely high/low.
Additional information - The windsh ield is being defros t ed® .
- The parking system * is be switched on .
The engine stops in the P, N and D se lector lever
positions . - The vehicle battery charge level is too low.
- The steering wheel is turned at a sharp angle or
If you select the R position dur ing a stop phase, is moving.
the eng ine will start again. - After engaging the reverse gear.
Shift to P quick ly to prevent the engine from - On sharp incl ines .
starting unintentionally when s hifting t hrough R.
Engine automatically restarts
You can dete rm ine for yo ursel f if the eng ine will
The st andard Start/Stop mode w ill be can celed
stop or not by reducing or increas ing the amount
dur ing a st op phase in the following situ at ions.
of force you use to press the brake pedal. For ex-
The eng ine res t arts wit hout a ny action by the
ample, if you only lightly press on the brake ped-
driver .
al in stop-and -go traff ic or when turning, the en-
g ine will not switch off when the vehicle is sta- - The vehi cle rolls, fo r example whi le on a slope .
tionary . As soon as you press the brake down - The inte rior tempe rature d iffers from the tem-
ha rder, the eng ine will switch off . pe rature selected in the A/C sys t em.
- The windsh ield is being defrosted® .
- The brake peda l is pressed several times in a
co
co
row .
....
N

"....
N
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- The vehicle battery charge leve l is too low. Manually switching the Start/ Stop system
- Power consumption is high . off / on
Applies to: vehicles with Start/Stop system
The engine can turn off again when the condi-
tions fo r Start-Stop mode are met . If you do not wish to use the system, you can
switch it off manually.
Ignition is switched off automati cally
To prevent the veh icle battery from drain ing, the
ignit ion will switch off automat ically under the
following conditions:
- The vehicle must have already been driven.
- The Start/Stop system has stopped the engine.
- The driver's door must be open.
- The driver's safety be lt must be unb uckled.
- The brake pedal must not be pressed .
- The vehicle must be stationary . Fig. 8 1 Cente r console: Start/Stop system butto n

In th is case, the activated low beam is replaced .,.To switch the Start/Stop system off/on man-
by the parking light. The parking lights will ually, press the l(A)
~Ibutton. The LEDin the but-
sw itch off after approximately 30 minutes or ton turns on when the system is switched off.
when you lock the vehicle .
If the Start/Stop system has not turned off the 0) Tips
engine or if you have sw itched the Start/Stop sys- If yo u switch the system off d uring a stop
tem off manually , the ignition will not be auto- phase, the engine will start aga in automati-
mat ically switched off and the engine will contin - cally .
ue to run ~ ,& .

A WARNING
-
Messages in the instrument cluster display
Applies to : vehicles with Start/Stop system
To red uce t he risk of poisoning, never allow
t he engine to run in confined spa ces . Start-stop system deactivated: Please restart
engine manually
@ Tips This message appears when spec ific cond itions
If you select the Dor N se lector lever position are not met during a stop phase. The St art/S t op
after sh ift ing into reverse, t he vehicle must system will not be a ble t o resta rt the eng ine. The
be driven faster than 6 mph (10 km/h) in or- engine must be started with the
de r fo r t he eng ine to swit ch off again.
ISTART ENGINE ST OP ! button.
Start -stop system: System fault! Currently
unavailable
There is a ma lfunction in the Start/Stop system.
Drive the vehicle to an author ized Audi dea ler or
autho rized Service Facility as soon as possible to
have the malfunction corrected.

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Electromechanical "'To prevent the parking brake from releasi ng au-


tomatically, pull and hold the<®>switch and
parking brake
press the accelerator peda l. The pa rking brake
remains set and prevents the vehicle from roll-
ing backward.
"'You can release the<®>switch again once you
are sure t hat you are giving enoug h driving
force to the wheels by press ing the accelerator
pedal.

Emergency braking function


You can use the emergency braking function in an
Fig. 82 Center console: park ing brake emergency situation, or if the standard brake op-
eration malfunctions or is disabled.
Your vehicle is equipped with an electromechani -
.. Pull and hold the(®) switch.
cal parking brake ¢ fig. 82 . The parking brake is
"' As soon as you release the <®>
switch or acceler-
designed to prevent the vehicle from rolling un-
ate, the braking stops .
intentiona lly and replaces the hand brake.
Pulling and holding the© switch while driving
Setting / manually releasing th e parking the vehicle activates the emergency braking func-
brake
t ion. The vehicle is braked at all four wheels by
.. Pull the<®>switch to set the parking brake. The activating the hydraulic brake system . The brak-
LEDin the switch illuminates. The - (USA ing effect is similar to heavy bra king ¢ _&.
models)/ . (Canada models) indicator light al-
To reduce the risk of activat ing the emergency
so turns on in the instrument cluster display.
braking by mistake, a warning tone (buzzer)
.. To release the parking brake manua lly, press
sounds when the© switch is pulled. Emergency
the brake or accelerato r pedal while the igni-
braking stops as soon as the© switc h is released
t ion is switched on and press the© switch at
or t he accelerator pedal is pressed.
the same t ime. The LED in the button and the
indicator light in the display t urn off. Parking

Releasing the parking brake automatically .. Press the brake pedal to stop the vehicle.
"' Pull the(®) switch to set the parking brake .
Requirement : the driver's door must be closed,
"' Place t he selector lever in t he P position .
the driver's safety be lt must be latched and the
"'Turn the engine off ¢ _&.
parking brake must be set.
"'Turn the steering wheel when par king on in-
"'To start driving and release the parking brake clines so t hat the wheels will roll into the curb
automatically, press the accelerato r peda l as if t he vehicle st arts moving.
usual.
In addit ion to releasing the parking brake auto- & WARNING
-
mat ically, other convenience and safety funct ions - Do not press the accelerator peda l inadver-
are available when you sta rt driving ¢ page 76, tently if a gea r is selected when the vehicle
Starting from a stop. is stationary and the engine is running. Oth-
erwise, the vehicle will start to move imme-
Preventing the automatic parking brake diate ly and this could result in an accident.
release
co
co
- Emergency braking sho uld only be used in
N
.... The vehicle could begin rolling uninte ntiona lly, an emergency, when the norma l brake pedal
".... depending on t he hill or if towing a trail er.
N
has failed or the brake pedal is obstructed . .,.
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During emergency braking, your vehicle will - If there is a power failure, the parking brake
brake similar to heavy braking. ESCand the will not set if it is released, and it will not
associated components (ABS, ASR, EDL) release if it is set ¢ &. . See an authorized
cannot overcome the laws of physics. In cor- Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Fa-
ners and when road or weather conditions cility for assistance .
are bad, a full brake application can cause
the vehicle to skid or the rear end to swerve, Starting from a stop
which increases the risk of an accident.
Various convenience and safety functions may be
- If the power supply fails, you cannot set the
available when the vehicle begins driving, de-
parking brake if it is released. In this case,
pending on vehicle equipment .
park the vehicle on level ground and secure
it by placing the selector lever in the P posi- Starting on hills with the parking brake set
tion. See an authorized Audi dealer or au-
Requirement: the driver's door must be closed
thorized Audi Service Facility for assistance.
and the driver's safety belt must be fastened.
- Always take the vehicle key with you when
leaving your vehicle, even for a short period .,.To start driving comfortably when on a hill, set
of time. This applies particularly when chil- the parking brake and begin driving as usual.
dren remain in the vehicle . Otherwise chil- The braking force of the parking brake does not
dren could start the engine, release the release automatically until the wheels build up
parking brake or operate electrical equip- enough driving force.
ment such as power windows, which in-
Starting on hills with hill hold assist
creases the risk of an accident.
- No one should remain in the vehicle when it Hill hold assist makes it easier to start on hills.
is locked - especially children. Locked doors
Requirement: the driver's door must be closed
make it more difficult for emergency work-
and the engine must be running.
ers to get into the vehicle, which puts lives
at risk. .,.To activate hill hold assist, press and hold the
brake pedal for several seconds. The vehicle
(D Tips must be in an uphill direction of travel.
When stopping at a traffic signal or stopping After releasing the brake pedal, the braking pow-
in city traffic, you can set the parking brake er is maintained for a brief moment¢ &. to pre -
manually. The vehicle does not have to be vent the vehicle from rolling back when starting.
held with the brake pedal. The parking brake During this time, you can easily begin to move
eliminates the tendency to creep when a se- your vehicle.
lector lever position is engaged. As soon as
you press the accelerator pedal, the parking &_ WARNING .
brake releases automatically and your vehicle
- If you do not begin driving immediately or
starts to move ¢ page 76.
the engine stalls after releasing the brake
pedal, your vehicle may begin to roll back-
(D} Tips ward. Press the brake pedal or set the park-
- Occasional noises when the parking brake is ing brake immediately.
set and released are normal and are not a - The intelligent technology of hill hold assist
cause for concern. cannot overcome the limitations imposed by
- The parking brake goes through a self-test natural physical laws. The increased comfort
cycle at regular intervals when the vehicle is offered by hill hold assist should not cause
stopped. Any noises associated with this are you to take safety risks . ~
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- Hill hold assist cannot hold the veh icle in Selector lever positions
place on all hills (for example, if the ground
is slippery or icy).
- To reduce the risk of an accident, always
make sure the vehicle is situated safely
wh ile stat io nary.

Automatic transmission
Introduction

The automat ic t ransmission is cont rolled e lec- Fig. 83 Instrument clus ter: selector lever pos itions
tron ically. The tra nsmission shifts up or down au-
tomatically depending on which drive program is The selector lever position that is engaged is
selected. shown in the instrume nt cluster display .

When a moderat e driving style is used, the P - Park


transmission selects the most economical driving
This selector lever position prevents the vehicle
mode. The t ransmission upshifts at a lower RPM
from rolling. You can only shift into Park when
and downshifts at a higher RPM to improve fuel
the vehicle is stationary q &. .
efficiency .
To shift in and out of the P selector lever posi -
The transmission sw itches to a sporty mode after
tio n, press the inter lock button in the selector
a kick-down or when the driver uses a sport y
lever while pressing the brake peda l. This only
driving style characterized by quick accelerator
works when the ign ition is turned on.
pedal movements, heavy acce leration, frequent
changes in speed and traveling at the maximum R- Reverse
speed .
Only s hift into reve rse gear when t he vehicle is
If desired, the driver can also select the gears stationary and the engine is running at idle
manually (tiptronic mode) q page 80 . speed q &..

Applies to : vehicles with S tro nic tran smissio n To se lect the R selector leve r pos ition, press t he
The 5 tronic is a dual-clutch transmiss ion . Powe r int erlo ck button while pressing the brake pedal
is transferred using two clutches that work inde- at the same time. The back-up lights switch on in
pendently from one another. They replace the the R position if the ignition is switched on .
torque converter used in conventional automat ic
N - Neutral
transmissions and allow the vehicle to accelerate
without a noticeab le interruption in tract ion. The t ra ns mission is in idle in th is posi ti on q &_.

DIS - Normal position for driving forward


Applies to: vehicles with a tiptro nic tr an s mission
Power is transfer red using a torque conver t er. In the D/S se lector lever position, the t ransmis -
sio n can be operated e ither in the normal D mode
or in the 5 spo rt mode . To select the 5 sport
mode, pull the selector leve r ba ck briefly . Pulling
t he lever ba ck aga in will selec t t he normal D
mode. The instr ument cluster disp lay shows t he
co selected driving mode .
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....
N

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In the normal mode D, the transmission auto- - If there is a power failure, the selector lever
matically selects the suitable gear ratio. It de- will not move out of the P position. The
pends on engine load, vehicle speed and driving emergency release can be used if this hap-
style. pens q page 82 .

Select the spo rt mode S for sporty driving. The


vehicle makes full use of the engine 's power. Selector lever lock
Shifting is more noticeable when accelerating. The selector lever lock prevents you from select-
To move from selector lever position N to D, you ing a gear accidentally, causing the vehicle to
must press the brake pedal and the vehicle must roll .
be traveling less than 1 mph (2 km/h) or be sta-
tionary ~ & .

A WARNING
-
- The vehicle can roll even if the ignition is
switched off .
- Never select R or P while driving, because )
this increases the risk of an accident.
- Power is still transmitted to the wheels
when the engine is running at idle. To pre- Fig. 84 Selecto r lever lock
vent the vehicle from "creeping", you must
keep your foot on the brake in all selector To release the selector lever lock :
lever positions (except P) when the engine is
.,.Switch the ignition on .
running . Otherwise , this increases the risk
.,. Press the brake pedal while pressing the inter-
of an accident.
lock button.
- Do not inadvertently press the accelerator
pedal when the vehicle is stopped if a gear is Automatic shift lock (ASL)
engaged. Otherwise the vehicle will start to
The selector lever is locked in the P and N posi-
move immediately, even if the parking brake
tions when the ignition is switched on. The re-
is set. This could result in a crash.
move it from these positions , the driver must
- To decrease the risk of an accident, these-
press the brake pedal and press the lock button
lector lever must be in the P position and
at the same time . The following message ap-
the parking brake must be set before open-
pears in the instrument cluster display when the
ing the hood and working on a running en-
selector lever is in the P or N position to remind
gine. Always read and follow the applicable
the driver:
warnings q page 198, Working in the en-
gine compartment. Brake pedal must be applied to shift from P
The automatic shift lock only functions when the
(D Tips
vehicle is stationary or at speeds below 1 mph
- Drive select: sporty shifting characteristics (2 km/h) . At higher speeds, the lock is automati-
can be selected using the Dynamic driving cally deactivated in the N position .
mode . Swill appear in the instrument clus-
The selector lever is not locked when shifting
ter display instead of D.
quickly through N, for example from R to D. This
- If you accidentally select N while driving,
makes it possible to free the vehicle when it is
take your foot off the accelerator pedal and
stuck by "rocking " it. The selector lever lock en-
wait for the engine to slow down to idle be-
gages if the lever stays in the N position longer .,..
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than 2 seconds when the brake pedal is not .. Set the par king brake.
pressed. .. Select the P selector lever posit ion .

Interlock button Under certain circumst a nces, su ch as dr iving in


t he mo unta ins, it may be useful to switc h tempo -
The int erlo ck button in the selector lever handle
ra rily to the manual s hift program in order to
prevents you from moving t he selector lever in-
advertently while in some se lector lever posi- man ua lly adjust the gea rs to the driving condi -
tions. The positions that require the interlock tions c:>poge 80.
button to be pressed are marked in color in the il- On inclines, activate the parking brake first a nd
lustration c:>fig . 84. t hen move the selector lever to t he P position
c:>page 75. This prevents the locking mechanism
Driving tips from be ing loaded too heavily and will make it
easier to move the selector lever out of the P po-
Starting the engine s ition .
.. The selector lever must be in the P or the N po-
s it ion. A WARNING
-
- The vehicle ca n roll even if the ignit ion is
Starting from a stop
sw itched off .
.. Press and hold the brake pedal. - Never leave your ve hicle w ith the engine
.. Press and hold the lock button in the selector running while in gear .
lever hand le, select the desired se lector lever - Do not press the acce le rator peda l when
pos ition such as 0/5 and release the lock but- changing the se lector lever posi t ion while
ton . the vehicle is st at ionary and t he engi ne is
.. Wait a moment unt il the transm ission shifts . running .
You w ill no t ice a slight movement when t he - Please not e that a small amo unt of power is
gear e ngages . transmi tt ed if the veh icle is stopped t ern po-
.. Release t he brake pedal and press t he acce le ra- rarily w hile in t he D/ S or R select or leve r po-
tor pedal c:>&_. sit ion. To reduce t he risk of an acciden t , you
m ust cont inue pressing firmly on the brake
Stopping temporarily
pedal whi le t he veh icle is stoppe d so that it
.. Keep the veh icle stat ionary using the braking does not ro ll.
peda l, for example at traffic lights . - Never engage t he R or P sele ctor leve l pos i-
.. Do no t press t he accelerator pedal when doing tions while dr iving. It could cause a crash .
t his. - Before dr iving down a st eep slope, reduce
.. To prevent t he vehicle from rolling when you your speed and sh ift into a lowe r gear w ith
sta rt d riving, se t the park ing brake when stop-
"t ipt ronic" .
ping on steep inclines c:>_&..
- Do not ride the brakes or press the brake
.. The parking bra ke will re lease automatically
pedal too often or too lon g when dr iving
and the vehicle will start moving once you press
downhill . Constant bra king causes the
the accelerator pedal.
brakes to overheat and substant ially re-
Stopping / parking duces brak ing performance, increases brak-
ing d istance or causes comp lete fai lure of
If the se lect or lever is not in the P posi t ion when
the bra ke system.
you open the driver's door, the vehicle could rol l.
- If you must stop on an incline, a lways hold
The message Transmission:selector lever in
co the vehicle in place wit h the foot brake or
co
.... drive position! appears . A warn ing tone will also
N pa rking bra ke to preve nt it from rolling
sound.
"....
N back.
0
0 .. Press and hold the brake pedal c:>_&..
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Driving

- Never hold the vehicle on an incline with a a constant speed under all conditions. Always
slipping clutch. The clutch opens automati- be ready to apply the brakes .
cally when it becomes too hot from the
overload . The [i1 indicator Light turns on
Shifting manually (tiptronic mode)
and a message appears ~ page 81 when
the clutch is overloaded. The tiptronic mode allows the driver to shift the
gears manually.
(D Note
- When stopping on an incline, do not try to
hold the vehicle in place by pressing the ac-
celerator pedal while a driving gear is se-
lected. This can cause the transmission to
'
overheat and can damage it. Set the parking
brake or press the brake pedal to prevent
}
the vehicle from rolling.
- Allowing the vehicle to roll when the engine
is stopped will damage the transmission be- Fig. 85 Center conso le: shift ing manually with t he selector
cause it is not lubricated . lever

@ Tips
For safety reasons, the parking brake is re-
leased automatically only when the driver's
safety belt is fastened.

Hill descent control

The hill descent control system assists the driver


when driving down hills.
Fig. 86 Steering wheel : manual s hift ing wit h the s hift pad-
Hill descent control is activated when the selec- dles*

tor lever is in the Dor S position and you press


Shifting with the selector lever
the brake pedal. The transmission automatically
selects a gear that is suitable for the hill . Hill de- You can shift into t ipt ron ic mode while stationary
scent control tries to maintain the speed ach- and while driving.
ieved at the time of braking, within physical and
.,.To shift into tiptronic mode, push the selector
technical limitations. If may still be necessary to
lever from the D/S setting to the right. As soon
adjust the speed with the brake pedal.
as the transmission switches over, the M selec-
Hill descent control switches off once the hill lev- tor lever position will appear in the instrument
els out or you press the accelerator pedal. cluster display .
.,.To shift up a gear, tap the selector lever for-
On vehicles with a cruise control system*
ward 0 ~ fig. 85.
~ page 86, hill descent control is also activated
.,.To shift down a gear, tap the selector lever back
when the speed is set.
0-
A WARNING Shifting with the shift paddles*
Hill descent control cannot overcome physical You can operate the shift paddles in the D/S or M
limitations , so it may not be able to maintain selector lever positions. ..,.

80
Driving

~ To shift up one gear, tap the shift paddle 0 ~ At the same time, press the gas pedal all the
¢ fig. 86. way down with your right foot until the engine
~ To shift down one gear, tap the 0 shift paddle. reaches and stays at a high RPM level.
~ Remove your foot from the brake pedal within
The transmission automatically shifts up or down five seconds ¢ _& .
before critical engine speed is reached.

The transmission only allows manual shifting A WARNING


when the engine speed is within the permitted -Always adapt your driving to the traffic flow.
range. - Only use the Launch control program when
road and traffic conditions allow it and oth-
Kick-down er drivers will not be endangered or both-
ered by your driving and the vehicle's accel-
Kick-down enables maximum acceleration.
eration.
When you press the accelerator pedal down be- - Please note that the drive wheels can spin
yond the resistance point, the automatic trans- and the vehicle can break away when sport
mission downshifts into a lower gear , depending mode is switched on, especially when the
on vehicle speed and engine RPM. It shifts up in- road is slippery.
to the next higher gear once the maximum speci- - Once the vehicle has started moving, press
fied engine RPM is reached. the I.P-O FFI button briefly to turn the sport
mode off.
A WARNING
-
Please note that the wheels could spin on @ Tips
slick or slippery roads when kick-down is ac- - The transmission temperature may increase
tive. significantly after using the launch control
program. If that happens, the program may
Launch control program not be available for a few minutes. It will be
Appl ies to: vehicles wit h S tro nic available again after a cool-down period.
- When accelerating using the launch control
The launch control program provides the best
program, all vehicle parts are subject to
possible acceleration when starting from a stop.
heavy loads. This can lead to increased
Requirement: the engine must be at operating wear.
temperature and the steering wheel must not be
turned . Transmission malfunction
~ Deactivate the Start/Stop system*¢ page 74 . DDTransmission: please press brake pedal and
The LEDin the l0u• Ibutton turns on. select gear again
~ Switch the Electronic Stabilization Control
(ESC) sport mode on ¢ page 121. The II
indi- Press the brake pedal and select the desired se-
cator light turns on. lector lever position again. You can then continue
~ Pull the selector lever back out of the D/S posi-
driving.
tion briefly to select the S position or select the DDTransmission overheating: Please drive con-
DYNAMICdriving mode in drive select servatively.
¢ page 106.
~ Press the brake pedal firmly with your left foot
The transmission temperature has increased sig-
nificantly due to the sporty driving manner. Drive
co
and hold it all the way down for at least one
co
.... in a less sporty manner until the temperature re-
N
second .
turns to the normal range and the indicator light
"....
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switches of. .,..
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Dr iv ing

rm
Transmi ssion m alfun ction: You can continu e Selector lever emergency release
driving
If the vehicle's power supply fails, the selector
There is a system malfunc ti on in t he t ransm is- lever can be released in an emergency .
sion. You may continue dr iving. Drive to your au-
thorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service
Facility soon to have the malfunction corrected.

rm
Transmi ssion m alfun ction: You can continue
driving with limi te d fun ct iona lity

There is a system malfunct ion in the transm is-


sion. The transmission is switching to emergency
mode. This mode only shifts into certain gears or
will no longer shift at all. The engine may stall.
Drive to an autho rized Audi dea ler or authorized Fig. 87 Front center conso le: emerge ncy release for these ·
Audi Service Facility immediately to have the lector lever
malfunct ion corrected .
.,.To reach the emergency release mechanism, re-
Applies to: vehicles with 5 tro nic transmission move the asht ray insert *.
rm
Ii] Tran sm ission malfunction: No reverse .,.Loosen and remove the small cap in the ashtray
gear. You can cont inue driving mount ¢ fig. 87 .
There is a system malfunct io n in the transmis- .,.You now have access to a pin . Using a screw-
sion. The transmission is switching t o emergency driver or sim ila r object, press the pin down and
mode . This mode only shifts into certain gears or hold it in that position.
will no longer shift at all. The engine may stall . .,. Press the re lease button in the selector lever
You cannot engage the reverse gear. Drive to an and move it into the N position.
authorized Audi dealer or author ized Audi Service Only move the selector lever out of the P position
Facility immediately to have the malfunction cor- when the ignition is switched on . If the vehicle
rected. must be pushed or towed due to a power failure
(for example, the vehicle battery is drained), the
[O] Transmi ssion m alfunction : Stop vehicle and selector lever must first be moved to the N posi-
shift t o park . tion using the emergency release mechanism.
Do not cont inue driving. Select the P se lector lev-
er position and see an a uthorized Audi dea le r or
author ized Audi Service Facility for assis t ance.

d) Note
If the t ransmission has switched to emergen-
cy mode, drive to your author ized Audi dealer
or au t hori zed Audi Service Facility immediate-
ly to have the malfunc t ion cor rected.

82
Tra iler towing

Trailer towing Trailer brakes


If your trailer is equipped with a braking system,
Driving with a trailer check to be sure that it conforms to a ll regu la-
General information tions.

Your Audi was designed primarily for passenger The trailer hydraulic brake system must not be
transportation . directly connected to the vehicle's hydraulic
brake system.
If you plan to tow a trailer, please remember that
the additional load will affect durability, econo- Safety chains
my and performance. Always use safety chains between your vehicle
Trailer towing not only places more stress on the and the tra iler .
vehicle, it also calls for more concentration from Trailer lights
the driver.
Trailer lights must meet all regulations. Be sure
For this reason, always follow the operating and to check with your Audi dealer for correct wiring,
driving instructions provided and use common switches and relays .
sense.
Mirrors
(D Note If you are unable to see the traffic behind you us-
If you are going to tow a trailer, you must ac- ing the regular outside mirrors, then you must in-
tivate the trai ler operation mode stall extended mirrors . It is important that you
page 83, Operating instructions.
c::> always have clear vision to the rear .

Technical requirements A
- WARNING
-
After removing the trailer hitch, do not store
Trailer hitch
it in your vehicle. In case of sudden braking,
Use a weight-carrying hitch conforming to the the hitch could fly forward and injure you or
gross trailer weight. The hitch must be suitable your passengers.
for your vehicle and trailer and must be mounted
securely on the vehicle's chassis at a technically
Operating instructions
sound location . Use only a trailer hitch with a re-
movable ball mount. Always check w ith the trail- Maximum trailer weight
er hitch manufacturer to make sure that you are A trailer for your vehicle is lim ited to a typical
using the correct hitch . class 1 or class 2 trailer.
Do not use a bumper hitch.
Trailer load distribution
The hitch must be installed in such a way that it
Be sure the load in the trailer is held securely in
does not interfere with the impact -absorbing
place to prevent it from shifting forward, back-
bumper system . No modifications should be
ward or s ideways.
made to the vehicle exhaust and brake systems .
From time to time, check that all hitch mounting .&.
Never allow a passengerto ride in a trailer c::>
bolts remain securely fastened. in Driving instructions on page 85 .

When you are not towing a trailer, remove the Engine cooling system
trailer hitch ball mount . This prevents the hitch
co Towing a trailer makes the engine work harder. It
co
....
N
from causing damage shou ld your vehicle be
is important that the cooling system's perform-
".... struck from behind c::>.&,.
N ance is up to the additional load. Make sure that
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T r ailer towing

Tire pressure · Driving instructions


When tow ing a tra iler, inflate the tires of yo ur Driving with a trailer always requires extra care
veh icle to the tire pressure listed under "Full and consideration.
load" on the label¢ page 220. Inflate trai ler
tires to trai ler and tire manufacturers' specifica- Weight distribution
tions. Towing a loaded trailer with an empty car results
Lights in a highly unstab le distribut ion of weight. If this
cannot be avoided, drive at very low speeds only
Check to ma ke sure both vehicle and t railer lights to avoid the risk of losing steering control.
are working proper ly.
A "balanced" rig is easier to operate and control.
Safety chains This means that the tow vehicle shou ld be loaded
Be sure trailer safety chains are proper ly connect- to the extent possible and permissible, wh ile
ed from the traile r to the hitch on the vehicle. keeping the trailer as light as possible under the
Leave enough slac k in the cha ins to permi t turn- circumstances . Wheneve r possible, transfer
ing corners. When you install safety chains, make some cargo to the luggage compartment of the
sure they wi ll not drag on the road when you are tow ve hicle while observing tongue load require-
driving. ments and vehicle load ing conside rat ions.

The chains shou ld cross under t he trailer tongue Speed


to prevent it from dropping in case of separation The higher the speed, the more difficult it be-
from the hitch . comes for the dr iver to control the rig. Do not
Adjusting th e Audi drive select drive at the maximum permissible speed. Reduce
yo ur speed even more if load, weather or wind
Make sure the veh icle is on a level surface before cond it ions are unfavo rab le - pa rtic ularly whe n
hitchi ng up the t railer a nd before adjus ti ng the going downh ill.
tongue we igh t . The vehicle must be in auto or
comfort driving mode and not ra ised Reduce vehicle speed immed iately if the t railer
¢page 104, ¢ (!) . shows the slightest sign of sway ing. Do not try
to stop t he swaying by accelerating.
Make sure that the vehicle is lowered. In Info-
tainmen t , se lect: ICARI
funct ion butto n > Lower Observe speed limits. In some areas, speeds fo r
con t rol button. vehicles tow ing traile rs are lower than for regular
vehicles.
If you must dr ive under poo r road conditions, you
can ra ise the vehicle aft e r coup ling the t rai ler or Always apply brakes early. When driving down-
after adj usting the tongue weight¢ page 106. hill, shift into a lower gear to use the eng ine
braki ng effect t o slow the vehicle. Use of the
@ Note bra kes alone ca n cause them to overheat a nd fail.

- Changes in tempe rature or load ca n affect Air suspension*


the he ight of the vehicle.
When dr iving with a trailer, act ivate the trailer
- Always se lect auto or comfort mode . Other-
mode of the air suspens ion. Switch the a ir sus-
wise, the tongue load spec ified for your ve-
pension trailer mode on w hen you are towing a
hicle w ill no longe r be applicable.
trailer. This wi ll limit the regulation by the air
suspension while dr iving. Se lect in the MMI:
ICAR !funct ion but t on > (Car)* system s contro l
button > Vehicle setting s > Air susp.: towing >
On. .,_

84
Tra iler towing

Coolant temperature Avoid jerky starts, sharp turns or rapid lane


changes.
The coolant temperatu re gauge c::>page 9 must
be observed carefu lly. The coolant temperature
can increase if you drive on long inclines in a low
(D Tips
gear at high engine speeds. Reduce your speed - Do not tow a trailer during the break-in peri-
immediately if the LEDs in the top part of the dis- od of your vehicle.
play turn on. - If you tow a trailer, your Audi may require
more frequent maintenance due to the ex-
For more information about ind icator lights, re-
page 259 .
tra load c::>
page 14.
fer to . c::>

A WARNING Parking on a slope

Anyone not proper ly restrained in a moving Do not pork on a slope with a trailer. If it cannot
vehicle is at a much greater risk in an acci- be avoided, do so only after doing the following:
dent. Never let anyone ride in your car who is
When parking:
not properly wearing the restraints provided
by Audi. • Apply the foot brake.
• Have someone place chocks under bot h the ve-
Trailer towing hicle and the trailer wheels.
• With chocks in place, slowly release t he brakes
information until the wheel chocks absorb the load.
Important to know • Turn the whee ls towards the curb.
• App ly the parking brake.
Your vehicle handles differently when towing a • Select the P selector lever position.
tra iler because of the additional weight and dif-
ferent weight distr ibut ion . Safety, performance When restarting after parking:
and economy will greatly depend on how careful- • App ly the foot brake .
ly you load your trailer and operate your rig. • Start the engine.
Before you actually tow your trailer, practice • Select the D/S se lector lever position.
turning, stopp ing and back ing up in an area away • Release the parking brake and slowly pull out
from traff ic. Keep practicing until you have be- and away from the wheel chocks.
come completely fam iliar with the way your vehi- • Stop and have someone retrieve the wheel
cle-trailer combination behaves and responds. chocks.

Backing up is d ifficult and requires pract ice. (D Tips


Backing up with a trailer generally requires steer-
If you move the selector lever of the automat-
ing action oppos ite to that when backing up your
ic transmission to P before applying the park-
vehicle without a trailer.
ing brake and before blocking the wheels, you
Maintain a greater d istance between your vehicle may have to use more force later to move the
and the one in front of you. You w ill need more lever out of the P posit ion.
room to stop. To compensate for the trailer, you
will need a larger than normal turning radius.

When passing, remember that you cannot accel-


erate as fast as you normally wou ld because of
co the added load. Make sur e you have eno ugh room
co
....
N
to pass. After passing, a llow plenty of room for
"....
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85
Assist

Assist Cruise control system


Speed warning system Switching on
Applies to: vehicles with speed warning system Applies to: vehicles with cruise control system

The speed warning system helps you to stay un- The cruise control system makes it possible to
der a specified maximum speed. drive at a constant speed starting at 20 mph (30
km/h) .
The speed warning system warns you if you are
exceeding the maximum speed that you have set . ~
A warning tone will sound as soon as your speed 0 M
0
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exceeds the stored value slightly.

The . (USA models)/ . (Canada models) indi- f


~0
cator light and a message appear in the instru-
ment cluster display at the same time. The •
• indicator light and the message turn off if the
speed falls back below the stored maximum
speed.
Fig. 88 Operat ing lever: cruise co ntro l syste m
Setting a threshold is recommended if you would
like to be reminded when you reach a certain .,.To switch the cruise control on, pull the lever
maximum speed. Situations where you may want into posit ion (D ~ fig . 88.
to do so include driving in a country with a gener - .,.Drive at the speed to be maintained .
al speed limit or if there is a specified maximum .,.To store the speed, press the button @ .
speed for winter tires.
The stored speed and the (ij;\1)~14
(USA models) /
Setting the warning threshold l'I (Canada models) indicator light are disp layed
The warning threshold is set in the Infotainment in the instrument cluster.
system. This information is also shown briefly in the
.. Select: the ICARI
function button > (Car)* Sys- Head-up disp lay* .
tems control button > Driver assistance > The speed is maintained by modifying engine
Speed warning. power or through an active brake intervention.

(D Tips ~ WARNING
-
Regardless of the speed warning system, you -Always pay attention to the traffic around
should always monitor your speed using the you when the cruise control system is in op-
speedometer and make sure you are following eration . You are always responsible for your
the legal speed limit . speed and the distance between your vehi-
cle and other vehicles.
- For safety reasons, cruise control should not
be used in the city, in stop-and-go traffic, on
winding roads and when road conditions are
poor (such as ice, fog, gravel, heavy rain and
hydroplaning), because this increases the
risk of an accident.
- Switch the cruise control off temporarily
when dr iving in turning lanes, highway exits
or in construction zones.

86
Assist

- Please note that unconsciously "resting" .. To increase or decrease the speed, tap the lever
your foot on the accelerator pedal prevents toward 0 10 .
the cruise control from braking. This is be- .. To store the speed displayed, release the lever.
cause pressing the accelerator pedal over-
This function makes it possible, for example, to
rides the cruise control system .
save the speed you want before driving on the
- If a brake system malfunction such as over-
highway. Once on the highway, activate the
heating occurs when the cruise control sys-
cruise control by pulling the lever toward @ .
tem is switched on, the braking function in
the system may be switched off. The rest of
Switching off
the cruise control system functions remain
Applies to : vehicles with cruise cont rol system
active as long as the (tj;(IM@
(USA models) /
ii (Canada models) indicator light is on . Temporary deactivation
.. Press the brake pedal, or
@ Tips
.. Press the lever into position @ (not clicked into
The brake lights turn on when the brakes are place) ¢ page 86, fig. 88, or
applied automat ically . .. Drive for longer than 5 minutes faster than 5
mph (10 km/h) above the stored speed .
Changing speed
Switching off completely
Applies to : vehicles with cruise control system
.. Press the lever into position @ (clicked into
.. To increase or decrease the speed in incre-
place), or
ments, tap the lever toward 0 10 ¢ page 86,
.. Switch the ignition off.
fig. 88 .
.. To increase or decrease the speed quickly, hold The speed you stored will be maintained if the
the lever in the G)/0 direction until the de- cruise control has been switched off temporarily .
sired speed is displayed. To resume the stored speed, release the brake
pedal and pull the lever to position @ .
You can also press the accelerator pedal down to
increase your speed, for example if you want to Switching the ignition off will erase the stored
pass someone. The speed you set earlier will re- speed .
sume as soon as you release the accelerator ped-
A
al.

However, if you exceed your saved speed by 5


-- WARNING
You should only resume the stored speed if it
is not too high for existing traff ic conditions.
mph (10 km/h) for longer than 6 minutes, the
Otherw ise you can increase the risk of an acci-
cruise control system turns off temporarily .
dent.
The green ltj;(i
)~i@(USA models) 1'11
(Canada mod-
els) indicator light in the speedometer turns off
and the stored speed is maintained.

Preselecting the speed


Applies to: vehicles with cruise control system

You can pre-select your desired speed when the


vehicle is stationary.
co .. Switch the ignition on.
co
....
N
.. Pull the lever into position (D ¢ page 86,
"....
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fig. 88 .
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87
Assist

Audi adaptive cruise Which functions can be controlled?


control When you switch adaptive cruise control o n, you
can set the current speed as the "control speed"
Description ¢ page 90, Switching on/off.
Applies to: vehicles with Audi adapt ive cruise control
When driving, you can stop cruise control
¢p age 92 or cha ng e the speed ¢ page 91 at
any time.

You can also set the distance to the object mov-


ing ahead and set the driving mode of the adap -
tive cruise con tr ol ¢p age 92.

General information
Applies to : vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise control

Fig. 89 Detection range

The adaptive cruise control system is a combina-


tion of speed and distance regulation. It assists
the dr iver by both regula ti ng the speed and
maintaining a distance to the vehicle driving
ahead, within the limits of the system . If the sys-
tem detects and object ahead, adaptive cruise
control can brake and acce lerate your vehicle.
This makes driving more comfortable both on
Fig. 90 Front of the vehicle: senso rs a nd video camera
long stretches of highway and in stop-and-go
traffic.
The areas that contain the radar and ultrasonic
What can adaptive cruise control do? senso rs and the video camera ¢ fig. 90 must not
be covered by stickers, deposits or other objects
The adaptive cruise contro l system uses video, ra-
because they can interfere with the function of
dar and ultrasound . Objects driving ahead can be
the adapt ive cruise control system and braking
recognized up to 650 feet (200 m) away.
guard. For information on clea ning, refer to
On open roads with no traffic, it functions like a ¢ page 231. The same applies for any modif ica-

cruise control system . The stored speed is main- tions made in the front area.
tained. When approaching an object ahead, the
The function of the adaptive cruise control sys-
adaptive cruise control system automatically
tem and braking guard is limited under some
brakes to match that object's speed and then
conditions.
maintains t he stored distance . As soon as the
system does not detect an object ahead, adaptive - Objects can only be detected when they are
cru ise control acce lerates up to the stored speed . with in the sensor range ¢p age 88, fig. 89.
- The system has a lim it ed ability to detect ob-
In stop-and-go traffic, adaptive cru ise control can
jects that are a sho rt distance ahead, off to the
brake until the vehicle is stat ionary and then be-
side of your vehicle or moving into your lane.
g in driving aga in under certain conditions
- Objects that are difficult to detect such as mo-
¢ page 91.
torcycles, vehicles with high ground clearance
Audi braking guard can warn you about an im- or an overhanging load are detected late or not
pending collision and initiate braking maneuvers detected at all.
¢page 93. - When driving through curves¢ page 89. ll>

88
A ss ist

- With stationary objects ~ page 90 . offe r dist ract you from the need to be alert
to traffic cond itions and the need to remain
A WARNING in full control of your vehicle at all times,
Always pay attention to traffic when adapt ive - Always remember that the adaptive cruise
cruise control is switched on and braking control and braking guard have limits - they
guard is active . As the dr iver, you are still re- will not slow the vehicle down or maintain
sponsible for starting and for maintaining the set distance when you dr ive towa rds an
speed and d istance to other objects. Braking obstacle or something on or near the road
guard is used to assist you . The driver must that is not moving, s uch as vehicles stopped
always take action to avoid a collision . The in a t raff ic jam, a stalled or disab led vehicle.
driver is always responsib le for brak ing at the If reg istered by the radar sensors, vehicles
correct time . or obsta cles t hat are not moving ca n trigger
- For safety reasons, do not use adapt ive a collision wa rning and if confirmed by the
cruise co ntro l when driv ing on roads with video came ra, an acute collision wa rning .
many curves, when the road su rface is in - Never fo llow a vehicle so closely that you
poor condit ion and/or in bad weather (such cannot stop your vehicle safely . The adap-
as ice, fog, grave l, heavy rain and hydrop la n- tive cruise contro l cannot slow or brake the
ing). Using the system under these condi- veh icle safely when you follow another vehi-
t ions increases the risk of an accident. cle too closely. Always remember that the
- Switch adaptive cruise contro l off tempora- automatic braking function cannot bring the
rily when driving in turning lanes, on ex- veh icle to a sudde n or emergency stop u n-
pressway exits or in construction zones. This der these conditions .
prevents the vehicle from accelerating to - To prevent unintended operat ion , always
the stored speed when in these situations . sw itch ACCoff when it is not being used .
- The adapt ive cru ise control system will not
brake by itself if you put your foot on the ac- (D Note
celerator pedal. Doing so can overr ide the The sensors can be d isplaced by impacts or
speed and distance regulation . damage to the bumper, wheel housing and
- When approaching stat ionary objects such underbody. That could affect the adaptive
as stopped traffic, adapt ive cru ise control cruise contro l system and braking gua rd .
will not respo nd and braking gua rd will have Have an aut horized Audi dealer or autho rized
limited func t ion. Audi Service Facility check the ir funct ion.
- The adapt ive cru ise control system and
bra king g uard do not react to people, ani-
In curves
mals, objects crossing the road or oncom ing
Applies to: vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise control
objects.
- The function of the radar sensors can be af-
fec t ed by reflec tive objects such as guard
rai ls, the ent rance to a tunnel, heavy rain or
ice.

& WARNING
- Improper use of adaptive cruise control can

co
co
cause collisions, other accidents and serious
persona l injury.
I
....
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Fig. 91 Exampl e: driving into a curve

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adaptive cruise cont rol and braking guard
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89
A ss is t

When driving into a curve ~ fig. 91 and out of a


curve, the adaptive cruise control may react to an
object in the neighbor ing lane and apply the
brakes. You can prevent that by pressing the ac-
celerator pedal brief ly.

Stationary objects
Applies to: vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise contro l

Fig. 94 I nstr umen t cluste r: adaptive cruise cont rol

You can set any speed between 20 mph (30 km/


h) a nd 95 mph (150 km/h).

Ind icator lights and messages in the instrument


cluster display inform you about the current sit-
uat ion and setting .
An additional indicator appears in the Head-up
Fig. 92 Examp le: object changin g lanes and stationary ob- display* .
ject
Switching adaptive cruise control on
The adaptive cruise contro l system only reacts to
.,.Pull the lever toward you into position (D
objects that are mov ing or that the system has
r=>fig. 93 . ACC: standb y appears in the disp lay.
a lready detected as moving. For examp le, it can
react when a vehicle that has a lready been de - Saving the speed and activating regulat ion
tected @ turns or changes lanes, but adaptive .,.To save t he current speed, press t he ISETI
cru ise control does not react to a stat ionary vehi -
r=>fig . 93 button . The stored speed is shown in
cle @ .
the speedomete r in the LEDline @ and appears
briefly in the info rmation line @ '=>fig . 94.
Switching on / off .,.To activate the regu lation while stationary, also
Applies to: vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise control press the brake pedal.

Switching adaptive cruise control off


.,. Push the lever away from you into position @
until it clicks into place. The message ACC: off
appears .

@ Indicator lights
fll-adap ti ve cruise contro l is sw itchedon. No
objects are detec t ed ahead. The st ored speed is
maintained.
Fig. 9 3 Operat ing lever : switching on a nd off
• - An object ahead was detected . The adaptive
cruise contro l syst em regu lates the speed and
d istance to the objec t ahead and acce lera t es/
brakes automatically .

f:i- adapt ive cruise controlis switched on. An


object ahead was detected . Your vehicle remains
stopped and will not start driving aut oma t ically. ..,.

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• - The automatic braking is not enough to Changing the speed


maintain a sufficient distance to an object ahead. Applies to: vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise control
You must intervene ¢ page 93, Request for
driver intervention.

© Instr um ent clust er dis play 0


If adaptive cruise control is not shown in the in-
strument cluster display, you can call it up using
the mu ltifunction steering wheel buttons
f
¢ page 21.
Based on the graphics in the d isp lay, you can de-
termine if the system is maintaining a distance to
•0
Fig. 95 Operating lever: changing the speed
the object ahead and what that distance is.

No vehicle - No object ahead was detected .


.,.To increase or reduce the speed in increments,
ta p the lever up or down .
W hit e vehicle - An object ahead was detected . .. To increase or decrease the speed quickly, hold
Red vehicle - Request for driver intervention the lever up or down until the red LED@ reach-
¢page 93. es the des ired speed ¢ page 90, fig. 94.

Both arrows on the scale © indicate the distance After each change, the new stored speed appears
to the object ahead. No arrow appears when the briefly in the information line ¢ page 90, fig. 94
vehicle is on an open road and there is no object @.
ahead . If an object is detected ahead, the arrow
moves on the scale . Driving in stop-and-go traffic
Applies to: vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise control
The green zone on the scale indicates the store
distance. For information on changing the dis- The adaptive cru ise con t rol system also assists
tance, refer to ¢ page 92 . If the distance se- you in stop-and-go traffic.
lected is exceeded or not reached, the arrow
moves into the red zone on the scale. Stopping automatically
If an object ahead stops, your vehicle will brake
A WARNING and stay at a stop, within the limits of t he sys-
If you press the !SETIbutton when driving at tem. The Sta rt/Stop system* can be used as usu-
speeds below 20 mph (30 km/h), the vehicle al.
accelerates automatically up to 20 mph (30
km/h), which is the minimum speed that can
Driving manu ally
be set . .,.Tap the accelerator pedal, or
.,. pull the lever toward you into pos ition @ .
(}) Tips
- If yo u switch the ignition or the adapt ive (D Tips
cruise control system off, the set speed is If an obstacle is detected when your vehicle
erased for safety reasons . starts moving, the dr iver intervent ion request
- The elect ronic stabi lization cont rol (ESC) appears¢ page 93. Your vehicle will drive
and the anti-slip-regulation (ASR) ar e au to- more slowly when starting. This may a lso
matically sw itched on when the adaptive happen in some sit uat ions when there is no
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Interrupting cruise control Setting the distance


Applies to: vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise contro l Applies to: vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise control

Fig. 96 Selector lever Fig. 97 Operat ing leve r: setting the dist ance

Requirement: adaptive cruise control must be • Tap the switch to display the current set dis-
switched on. tance ¢ fig. 97.
• To increase or reduce the distance in incre-
Overriding cruise control
ments, tap the sw itch again to the right or left .
• To accelerate manually, pull the lever toward The distance between the two veh icles will
you into position @ and hold it there . The mes- change in the instrument cluster display .
sage ACC: override appears. Or
When approaching an object ahead, the adaptive
• press the accelerator pedal.
• To resume cru ise control, release the lever or cruise contro l system brakes to match that speed
take your foot off the accelerator pedal. and then adjusts to the set distance. If the object
ahead accelerates, adaptive cruise control will al-
Canceling cruise control while driving so accelerate up to the stored speed .
• Move the lever into position @ . The message The higher the speed, the greater the distance in
ACC: standby appears. Or meters ~ &, . The Distance 3 setting is recom-
• press the brake pedal. mended. That is equa l to t he general recommen-
• To resume the stored speed, move the lever in- dation of "half the speed shown on the speedom-
to posit ion @ . eter" .

Canceling cruise control when stopped The distances provided are spec ified values . De-
pending on the dr iving situation and the way the
• Push the lever away from you into position @ .
object ahead is driving, the actual distance may
The message ACC: standby appears.
be more or less than these target distances .
• To resume cruise control, press the brake pedal
and pull the lever toward you into position @ . The var ious symbols for the time increments ap-
pears briefly in the info rmat ion line @
A WARNING ¢ page 90, fig. 94 when you change the settings .
It is dangerous to activate cruise control and c::::,_c::::,___ Distance 1 : th is sett ing corresponds
resume the stored speed when the current to a distance of 92 ft (28 m) whe n traveling at 62
road, traffic or weather conditions do not per- mph (100 km/h), fo r example (time between : 1
mit this. This increases the risk of an accident. second) .
c::::,__ c::::,__ Distance 2: this setting corresponds
to a distance of 118 ft (36 m) when tra veling at
62 mph (100 km/h), fo r example (time between:
1.3 seconds) . IIJJ,

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~ -- -~ - Dist ance 3: this setting corresponds Request for driv er interv ent ion
to a distance of 164 ft (SO m) when traveling at Applies to: vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise control
62 mph (100 km/h), for examp le (time between:
1.8 seconds).

~ -- --~ Dist ance 4: This setting corresponds


to a distance of 210 ft (64 m) when traveling at
62 mph (100 km/h), (time distance of 2.3 sec-
onds).

A WARNING
Following other vehicles too closely increases
the risk of coll isions and ser ious personal in- Fig. 98 Instrument cl uster: request for driver intervention
jury.
- Setting short distances to the traffic ahead In certain situations, the system will request you
reduces the t ime and distance available to to take action:
br ing your vehicle to a safe stop and makes - if the braking from the adaptive cruise control
it even mo re necessary to pay close atten- system is not enough to maintain enough dis-
t ion to traffic. tance to the object ahead.
- Always obey applicable traffic laws, use
good j udgment, and select a safe following The danger is indicated by the . indicator light
distance for the traffic, road and weather ~ fig. 98. An aud io signa l will also sound.

condit ions . - Press the brake pedal to slow your vehicle


down.
@ Tips
- Distance 3 is set automatically each time Audi braking guard
you switch the ignition on. Applies to: vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise control
- Your settings are automatically stored and
assigned to the remote control key being
used.

Selecting the dr iving mode


Applies to: vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise control

.,.Select the des ired driving mode in dr ive se lect


~ page 104.

@ Tips Fig. 99 Instrument cluste r: approach warning

Your se ttings a re au t oma t ically st ored and as-


The braking guard uses radar sensors and a video
signed to the remote contro l key being used.
camera. It also functions with in t he lim its of the
system when adaptive cru ise control is switched
off.

What can the braking guard do?

co When detected in time, the system can assess


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moving more slowly. The braking guard does not


react if it cannot detect the situation.
A
,_ WARNING
Lack of attention can cause collisions, other
The system advises you of various dangerous sit- accidents and serious personal injuries. The
uations: braking guard is an assist system and cannot
- The distance warning occurs if you drive too prevent a collision by itself . The driver must
closely to the object ahead for a long period of always intervene. The driver is always respon-
time . If the object ahead brakes strongly, you sible for braking at the correct time.
would not be able to avoid a collision. The. - Always pay close attention to traffic, even
indicator light appears as an indication for this. when the braking guard is switched on. Be
- The approach warning occurs when an object ready to intervene and be ready to take
ahead is traveling more slowly or brakes complete control whenever necessary. Al-
strongly . When this warning occurs, it may only ways keep the safe and legal distance be-
be possible to avoid a collision by swerving or tween your vehicle and vehicles up ahead.
braking strong ly. The danger is indicated by the - Braking guard works within limits and will
• ind icator light ¢ fig. 99. An aud io signa l will not respond outside the system limits, for
also sound. example when approaching a stopped vehi-
cle or stationary obstacle (end of a traffic
If you do not react ear ly enough or at all to a dan-
jam or vehicle that has broken down in traf-
gerous situation, the braking guard supports you
fic).
with a braking intervention.
- Always remember that the radar sensor for
- If a collision is imminent, the system will first the braking guard works only within defined
provide an acute warning by braking sharply. detection and range limits that may prevent
- If you do not react to the acute warning, the the proper detection of other vehicles.
braking guard can increase the braking force - The radar sensor's function and range can
within the lim its of the system 1l. This reduces be reduced by rain, snow and heavy spray.
the vehicle speed in the event of a collision. Moving vehicles up ahead may not be
- The system can init iate complete deceleration promptly detected or may not be detected
shortly before a collision ll. Full deceleration at at all.
high speeds occurs only in vehicles with adap- - Reflective surfaces including crash barriers
tive cru ise control and s ide assist (pre sense or tunnel entrances may impair the function
plus). of the radar sensor.
- If the braking guard determines that you are
not braking strongly enough when there is an (D Tips
impen ding collision, it can increase the braking - You can cancel the braking with increasing
force . force that is initiated by the system by brak-
- The pre sense functions also engage when ing yourself, by accelerating noticeably or
there is an impending collision ¢ page 137. by swerving.
Which functions can be controlled? - Keep in mind that braking guard can brake
unexpectedly. Always secure any cargo or
You can switch the braking guard and the dis- objects that you are transporting to reduce
tance/approach warning on or off in the Infotain- t he risk of damage or injury.
ment system ¢ page 95, Settings in the Info-
tainment system .

l) This is not availabl e in some countr ies.

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Settings in the Infotainment system The system cannot gua rantee that it will detect
Appl ies to: vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise contro l objects correctly and is sw itched off . The sensors
have been moved or are faulty. The pre sense
.,.Select: t he ICAR Ifu nction bu tton > (Car)* Sys-
funct ions may a lso be affected . Drive to an au-
tem s con t rol button > Driver assistance > Audi
t horized Audi dea ler or authorized Audi Service
braking guard .
Facility immed iate ly to have the malfunction cor -
System - Switch the bra king g ua rd On/ Off . W hen rected .
you swit ch the ignit ion on, the message Braking ACC: Currently unavailable. No sensor vision
guard: Off appears if t he sys t em is switched off .
ACC and Audi braking guard: Currently unavail-
Early warning - The distance and approac h warn- able. No sensor vision
ings in t he display can be sw itched On/ Off .
Th is mess age appears if t he senso r view is ob -
@ Tips str ucte d, for examp le by leaves, snow , heavy
spray or dirt. Clean the sensors ¢ page 88,
- Your settings are automatically stored and
fig. 90 .
ass igned to the remote cont rol key bei ng
used. ACC: Currently unavailabl e. Gradient too steep
- If you restric t or sw itch off the ESC, the The road exceeds the maximum poss ible angle
braking gua rd also sw itches itself off fo r safe adaptive cruise cont rol operat io n. Adap-
¢ page 12 1. t ive cr uise control is sw itched off.
- Switch braking guard off when you a re load-
ing t he ve hicle on t o a vehicle carrier, t rain, ACC: only available in D, Sor M
shi p or other type of transportation. This Se lect the D/S or M selector lever position.
ca n preven t undesired wa rnings from t he
bra king guard system. ACC: Currentlyunavailable.Parkingbrakeap•
plied

Messages The ad a pt ive cr uise cont rol system sw itches off


Applies to: vehicles with Audi adaptive cruise contro l automa ti cally if the parking brake is se t .

Braking guard: Off ACC: Currently unavailable . Stability control


( ESC) input .
This m essage appea rs if the sys t em is switc hed
off t hrough the Infota inme nt system . Otherwise , This message appears if the Electronic Stab iliza-
if the system is t ur ned off, the informa t ion ap - t ion Control (ESC) is taking action to stab ilize the
pears every time shortly after the start of t he vehicle . In t his case, adaptive cruise control
tr ip. switches off automatically .

The message a lso a ppears if the system is not ACC off: Manual control!
avai la bl e d ue to a ma lfunction or if t he ESC is This message appears when adaptive cruise con-
switched off ~ page 121. If this is the case, the trol cannot set the parking brake. Press the brake
system w ill not prov ide warnings about a possi - pedal to prevent the vehicle from rolling.
ble collision.
• ••
Braking guard : engaged
Th ree white dot s appear if a setting canno t be se-
This message appea rs if a sha rp bra ke press ure lecte d w it h t he oper ati ng leve r. For exam ple, this
was a pplied due to an acute wa rn ing. happens if ada pt ive cr uise con t rol can not sta rt
co ACC: unavailable driving a utomat ically in stop -and -go t raff ic be -
co
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Door open lines, the system can a lso take into account other
objects such as guard rails. If they are detected in
The adaptive cruise contro l system cannot sw itch
close prox imity to the ve hicle, active lane assist
on when a door is open.
helps prevent the vehicle from dr iving too close
Stat ionary object ahead to them. There is a lso pass ing ass istance. The
system does not provide any corrective steering if
This message appears if you would like to switch
it detects that you are pass ing another vehicle .
adapt ive cruise control on and there is a station-
ary object or obstacle directly ahead of your vehi-
cle .
A WARNING
- The system warns the drive r that the vehicle
is leaving the lane using cor rect ive steering.
Audi active Lane assist
The drive r is always responsible fo r keeping
Description the vehicle within the lane.
Appl ies to: vehicles with Audi active lane assist - The system can help you keep the vehicle in
the lane, but it does not drive by itse lf. Al-
Active lane assist detects lane marker lines with-
ways keep your hands on the steering
in the limits of the system using a camera in the
wheel.
windshield. If you are approaching a detected
- Corrective steering m ay not occur in certain
lane marker line and it appears likely that you
sit uations, such as during heavy braking.
will leave the lane, the system will warn you with
correct ive steering . You can ove rride th is steer ing - There may be cases where t he camera does
not recognize all lane marker lines . Correc -
at any time . If you pass over a line, the steer ing
tive steering can only take place on the side
wheel will vibrate lightly. In order for this warn-
of the vehicle where lane marker lines are
ing vibration to occur, it must first be sw itched
on in the Infotainment sys t em . Active lane assist detected.
is ready for operation when the lane marker line - Other road structures or objects could possi-
is detected on at least one side of the vehicle . bly be identified unintent ionally as lane
marker lines. As a result, corrective steering
The system is designed for driving on express- may be unexpected or may not occur.
ways and highways and therefore only activates - The camera view can be restricted, for ex-
at speeds above approximately 40 mph (65 km/ ample by vehicles driving ahead or by rain,
h). snow, heavy spray or light shining into the
Applies to: vehicles with side assist camera . This can result in active lane ass ist
If you activate a turn sig na l when active lane as- not detecting the lane marker lines or de-
sist is ready and it classifies a lane change as crit- tect ing them inco rrectly .
ical because of vehicles traveling alongside you or - Under certain cond it ions such as ruts in the
approaching you, there will be noticeab le correc- road, a banked roadway or crosswinds, the
tive steering shortly before you leave the lane. corrective steer ing alone may not be enough
This will attempt to keep your vehicle in the lane. to keep the vehicle in the m iddle of the lane.
- For safety reasons, act ive la ne assist must
Appl ies to: vehicles without side assist no t be use d when there are poor road and/
The system will not warn you before crossing a or weather condi t ions such as slippery
lane marker line if you have activated the tu rn roads, fog, gravel, heavy rain, snow and the
signa l. In this case, it ass umes that you are potential for hydrop laning. Using active lane
changing lanes intentiona lly. assist under these conditions may increase
the risk of a crash.
Appl ies to: vehicles with adaptive cruise contr ol
The corrective stee ring is targeted based on the
driving situat ion . In addition to the lane marker

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Switching on/ off (D Tips


Applies to: vehicles with Audi active lane assist
Make sure the camera's field of view
¢ fig. 101 is not obstructed by stickers or any-

thing else. For information on clean ing, refer


to ¢page 231.

View in instrument cluster display


Applies to: vehicles with Audi act ive la ne ass ist

Fig. 100 Turn signal lever: button for active lane ass ist

Fig. 102 Instrument cluster: act ive lane ass ist is switc hed
on and providing warn ings

Fig. 101 Windsh ield: camera window fo r active lane ass ist

...Press the button to switch the system on and


off ¢ fig . 100 . The. or . indicator light in
the instrument cluster turns on or off .

Indicator lights
• Ready: the indicator light turns on when the
system is ready for use. The system can now be Fig. 103 Instrument cluste r: act ive lane ass ist is switched
on but not ready to provide warn ings
operated .

., Not ready: the indicator light turns on if the You can call up the active lane assist display us-
system is switched on but is inoperab le. This may ing the buttons in the mu ltifunction steering
be due to the following reasons: wheel ¢ page 21 .

- There is no lane marker line. An additional indicato r appears in the Head-up


- The relevan t lane marker lines are not detected display*.
(for example, mark ings in a construction zone
White line(s) Active lane assist is act ivated
or because they are obstructed by snow, dirt,
and ready to provide warn ings.
water or lighting).
- The vehicle speed is below the activation speed Red line(s) Active lane assist warns you
of approx imately 40 mph (65 km/h) . (left or right) before leaving a lane
- The lane is too narrow or too wide. ¢ fig . 102. In addition, the
- The curve is too narrow. steering wheel vibrates lightly.
co
~ - The driver's hands are not on the stee ring Gray line(s) Active lane assist is activated,
~ wheel. but not ready to give warning
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Messag es in the instrument cluster display


@ Tips
If the active lane ass ist switches off automatica l-
Your settings are automatically stored and as-
ly, the indicator light in the display turns off and
signed to the remote contro l key being used.
one of the follow ing messages appears:

Audi active lane assist: Currently unavailabl e. Audi side assist


No camera view
Description
This message appears if the camera is unable to Applies to: vehicles with Audi side ass ist
detect the lines. This could happen if:

- The camera field of view 9 page 97, fig . 101 is


dirty or cove red in ice. Clean this area on the
windshield .
- The camera field of view is fogged over . Wait
unt il the fog has cleared before sw itch ing the
active lane assist on again .
- The system has been unable to detect the lanes
for an extended period of time d ue to road con-
ditions . Switch active lane assist back on when Fig. 10 4 Senso r detect ion ra nge
the lines are mo re visible .

Audi active lane assist: Currently unavailable

There is a temporary active lane assist ma lfunc-


tion . Try sw itching the act ive lane assist on aga in
lat er.

Audi active lane assist: System fault!

Drive to an a utho rized Aud i dea le r or a uthorized


Audi Serv ice Facility immediately to have t he
malfunction corrected. Fig. 10 5 Display on the exterio r mirr or

Audi active lane assist: Please take over steering


Side assist helps you monitor your blind spot and
This message appea rs if you are not steering by traffic behind your vehicle. W ithin the limits of
yourself . If th is is the case, active lane assist does the system, it warns you abo ut vehicles that are
no t swi tc h off, but it is "not ready " to provide a coming closer or th at a re t raveling wit h you with-
warn ing . The system ca n he lp you keep the veh i- in senso r range @ 9 fig . 104: if a lane change is
cle in the lane . However, you ar e responsib le for classified as crit ical, the disp lay @ in the exte rior
d riving the vehicle and must steer it yo ursel f. mirror 9 fig. 105 turns on .

The disp lay in the left exte rior mirror prov ides as-
Adju sting the vibrat ion warning s ista nce when making a lane change to t he left ,
Applies to: vehicles with Audi active lane assist whi le the display in the righ t exterior m irror pro -
.,.Select : th e ICARI
function button > (Car)* Sys- vides assistance w hen making a lane change to
tems control button > Driver assistance > Audi the right.
active lane assist. Information stage
Vibrat ion warning As long as you do not act ivat e t he t urn signal,
You can switch t he additional vibration warni ng side ass ist informs you about vehicle s th at are
in t he steer ing wheel o n or off. detected a nd classified as crit ical. The di splay in
t he mirror turns on, but is dim. ""

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The display remains dim in the information stage


so that your view toward the front is not distur -
bed .

Warning stage
~ AUDI
If the d isplay in a m irror blinks br igh t ly when yo u
activate a turn signal, side assist is warning you • •
about detected vehicles that it has classified as
cr itical. If this happens, check traffic by g lancing
in the exterior m irrors and over your shoulder Fig. 107 Rear of the vehicle: posit ion of t he sensors
.& in General informa t ion on page 100.
c::>
Side assist funct ions at speeds above approxi-
Applies to: vehicles with active lane assist
mately 19 mph (30 km/h) .
The display in the mirror can a lso blink if you
have not act ivated a turn signa l: if you are ap- @ Vehicles that are approaching
proaching a detected lane marker line and it ap-
In certain cases, a vehicle will be classified as
pears you will be leaving the lane , side assis t will
critical for a lane change even if it is still some -
warn you about detected vehicles that it has clas-
what far away . The faster a vehicle approaches,
sified as critical.
the sooner the display in the exterior m irror will
tu rn on.
@ Tips
You can adjust the brightness on of the dis- @ Vehicles traveling with you
play on the rearview mirror c::>
page 101 . Vehicles traveling with you are indicated in the
exter ior mirror if they are classified as cr itical for
General information a lane change . All vehicles detected by side assist
Applies to: vehicles with Audi side assist are ind icated by the t ime they ente r you r "blind
spot" , at the latest .

® © Vehicles you are passing


If you s lowly pass a veh icle that s ide ass ist has
detected (the difference in speed between the
vehicle and your vehicle is less than 9 mph (15
km/h)), the display in the exte rior m irror turns

® on as soon as t he veh icle enters your blind spot .

The display w ill not t urn on if you quickly pass a


vehicle that side ass ist has de t ected (the differ-
ence in speed is greater than 9 mph (15 km/ h)).

Functional limitat ions


© The radar sensors are designed to detect the left
and right adjacent lanes when the road lanes are
t he normal width. In some situations, the display
in the exterior mirror may turn on even though
t he re is no veh icle located in t he area tha t is criti-
cal for a lane change . For exa mple :
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Fig. 10 6 Driving sit uati ons
- If the lanes are na rrow or if your are drivi ng on
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system may have detected a vehicle in another - In poor weather conditions, such as heavy
lane that is not adjacent to your current lane. rain, snow or fog .
- If you are driving through a curve. Side assist - In very wide lanes, in tight curves or when
may react to a vehicle that is one lane over there are slopes in the roadway, vehicles
from the adjacent lane. in the neighboring lanes may not be de-
- If side assist reacts to other objects (such as tected because they are outside of the
high or displaced guard rails). sensor range.
- In poor weather conditions. The side assist
functions are limited. (D Note
Do not cover the radar sensors <=>fig. 107 with The sensors can be displaced by impacts or
stickers, deposits, bicycle wheels or other ob- damage to the bumper, wheel housing and
jects, because they will impair the function. Do underbody. This can impair the system. Have
not use side assist when towing a trailer. For in- an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi
formation on cleaning, see <=> page 231. Service Facility check their function .

A WARNING
-
@ Tips
-Always pay attention to traffic and to the If the window glass in the driver's door or
area around your vehicle. Side assist cannot front passenger's door has been tinted, the
replace a driver's attention. The driver alone display in the exterior mirror may be incor-
is always responsible for lane changes and rect.
similar driving maneuvers. - For an explanation on conformity with the
- In some situations, the system may not FCCregulations in the United States and the
function or its function may be limited. For Industry Canada regulations, see
example: ~page 262.
- If vehicles are approaching or being left
behind very quickly. The display may not Sw itching on and off
turn on in time. Appl ies t o : vehicles wi th Audi side assist
- In poor weather conditions such as heavy
rain, snow or heavy mist.
- On very wide lanes, in tight curves, or if
there is a rise in the road surface. Vehicles
in the adjacent lane may not be detected
because they are outside of the sensor
range.
- Audi side assist cannot detect all vehicles
under all conditions, which can increase the
risk of accidents.
Fig. 108 Driver's door: side assist button
- Please note that side assist only displays ap-
proaching vehicles or vehicles in your blind
"" Press the button to switch the system on and
spot if your vehicle is traveling at least .& in General information on page 100.
off <=>
19 mph (30 km/h). The LED in the button turns on when side assist
- In certain situations, the system may not is switched on.
work or its function may be limited. For ex-
ample:
- The display may not turn on at the right
time if veh ides are approaching or passing
very quickly.

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Adjusting the display brightness Audi side assist: Currently unavailable


Appl ies to: vehicl es with Audi side assist
Side a ssist ca nnot be sw itched on at t his time be-
The display brightness can be adjusted in the In- cause there is a ma lfunction (for example, the
fotainment system. batte ry charge leve l may be too low).

.. Select: the ICARIfunction button > (Car)* Sys- Audi side assist: System fault!
tems control button > Driver assistance > Audi The system cannot gua rantee that it will detect
side assist. vehicles cor rect ly and it has switc hed off. The
senso rs have been moved or are fau lty. Have t he
The display brightness adj usts automat ically to
system checked by an au t horized Audi dea ler or
the br ightness of the surroundings, bot h in the
authorized Audi Serv ice Facility soon.
information and in the warning stage . In very
dark or very bright sur roundi ngs, the automatic Audi side assist: Unavailable when towing
adju stment will set t he d isp lay t o the m inimum
Side ass ist swit ches off automatically when a fac-
or maxim um level. In such cases, you may not ice
tory- inst al led t ra ile r hitch is con nected t o the
no change when adjus ti ng the brightness, or the
elect rical connec t or on the t rai ler . There is no
change may only be not iceable once the sur-
guarantee the system will switch off when using
roundings change .
a retrofitted trailer hitch. Do not use side assist
Adju st t he brightness t o a level where the d isp lay when towing a trai ler.
in the inform at ion stage will no t d is rup t your
view ahead. If you change t he bright ness, t he dis- Night vision assist with
play in t he ext erior mir ror will brief ly show t he
brightness level in the information stage . The
pedestrian and wild
brightness of the warning stage is linked to the animal detection
brightness in the informat ion stage and is adjust-
Description
ed along with the information stage. Applies to : vehicles with night vision assist

(D Tips The night vision assist can detect, highlight and,


if necessary, warn about pedestrians and large
- Side assist is not active wh ile you are ma k-
wild animals.
ing the adju stment.
- Your settings are automatically stored and Night vision assist w it h pedestrian and w ild a ni-
ass igned to the remote control key being mal detection assists you at nig ht by using an in-
used. frared camera to monitor the a rea in front of
your vehicle, within t he limits of the system. It
Messages can d isplay objects up to a distance of approxi -
Applies to: vehicl es with Audi side assist mately 1000 feet (300 m) . The thermal image
de t ected by t he camera is show n in the inst ru-
If s ide ass ist switches off by itself, the LEDin the
me nt cluster d isplay. Wa rm areas appear lighter
button turns off and a message will appear in the
and co ld areas a ppear da rker.
instr ument cluster d isp lay:

Audi side assist: Currently unavailable . No


sensor vision
The rada r senso r vision is impa ired . Do not cove r
the area in front of the senso rs with bike wheels ,
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A ss is t

Highlighting detected pedestrians and wild Pedestrian and wild animal warning
animals Applies to : vehicles wit h night vision assis t
Applies to: ve hicles with night vision ass ist

Fig. 111 Instrument clus te r: @ pedest rian warning, @


Fig. 109 Instrument cluster: yellow highl ighted pedes - wild anim al warn ing
trians

Fig. 112 Instr um ent clus ter: @ pedestria n warning/ @


Fig. 110 Instrument cluster: symbol when the infrared im- wild animal warning, when the night vision ass ist image is
age is not visible not selected in the instru ment cluster display

W ith in the limits of the system, the night vision Image in the instrument cluster / head-up
assist can detect pedestria ns and wild an imals display*
that are between approximately 32 ft (10 m) and If there are pedestrians or w ild an imals in an
295 ft (90 m) in front of the vehicle and within area in front of your vehicle that is classified as
the detection zone . Within the limits of the sys- crit ical, the system will direct your attention to
tem q poge 103, a pedestrian or wild an imal de- th is:
tected when the low beams are switched on is
- Pedestrians or wild anima ls are highlighted in
highlighted in yellow q fig. 109. Animal recogni-
red and the corresponding symbo l . or .
tion is not active with in highly developed areas.
turnson ~ fig.111 .
The system only detects large wild animals such
as deer. - There is also an audible signal.

The area classified as critical is based on the veh i-


@ Tips cle speed and the steeri ng wheel angle . Pedes-
If another display such as navigation replaces trian and wild animal warning enco urages you to
the image from the night vis ion assist the~ ,, pay more attention.
symbo l appears in a tab q fig . 110 . You can
If the night vision assist image is rep laced by an-
access night vision assist using the multifunc- othe r d isplay (such as the on-board compute r),
tion steering wheel buttons q page 22.
the red . or . indicator light ~ fig. 112 will
appear if there is a pedestrian or wild anima l
warning.

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Assist

If the head-up display* is switched on and the temperatures above approximately 77 °F (25 °C)
night vision assist content is activated,. or. and during daylight. If the night vision assist im-
will appear in the head-up display*. age is selected in the instrument cluster display,

Marking light*
then the II symbol appears at the top on the
right side.
To direct the driver's attention to a pedestrian,
the headlights can flash on the pedestrian three A
- WARNING
-
times in a row when there is a pedestrian warn - Pay attention to traffic and the area around
ing. your vehicle when night vision assist is switch-
This occurs at speeds above approximately ed on. The driver is always responsible for as-
35 mph (60 km/h) if you are outside of illum inat- sessing the traffic situation.
ed areas and no detected vehicles are shown. The - Night vision assist can only warn about peo-
high beam assistant* controls the marking light* ple and wild animals located within the visu-
page 42, High beam assistant .
c::> al range of the infrared camera. The visual
range corresponds to the image in the in-
The marking light is not used for wild animals. strument cluster display.
- Night vision assist may not detect people or
General information wild animals and mark them if
Applies to : vehicles with night vision assist
- they are not in an upright position, for ex-
amp le if they are sitting or lying down
and/or
- the silhouette in the display appears in-
complete or interrupted, for example be-
cause the person is partially covered by a
vehicle or an animal by tall grass. This
could increase the risk of an accident.
- Never try to swerve around animals if doing
so will endanger you or other road users, be-
Fig. 113 Front of the vehicle: night vision assistant camera cause this increases the risk of an accident.

The following situations may affect the function (l'} Tips


of the night vision assist system: - Even though the system evaluates the
- Poor visibility such as snow, rain, fog or heavy shape and heat given off by all detected ob-
spray jects, there are limits to the system . There
- Dirty lens on the night vision assist camera may be false warnings.
- For technical reasons , the image pauses in
Make sure the night vision ass ist camera split second intervals.
fig. 113 is not covered by stickers, deposits or
c::>
any other obstructions because that can affect
the camera function . For information on clean -
ing, refer to c::>page 231 .

The pedestrian and wild animal recogn it ion de-


pends on the temperature difference between
the person/wild an imal and the background . Peo-
co ple/wild animals may not be detected if the dif-
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A ss ist

Switching on/ off er or authori zed Audi Service Facility for assis-
Applies to: vehicles with night vision assist tance .

Night vision assist : Currently unavailable

The system cannot guarantee correct funct ion at


th is time and is switched off .

Night vision assist: Only available at night with


lights turned on

Night vision assist only works when it is dark out-


side and the headlights are on.

Night vision assist: Pedest rian marking current-


Fig. 114 Area around th e l ight switch : night vision assis-
ta nt butto n ly unavailab le

The pedestrian and wi ld animal marki ng was


Requiremen t : switch the ignition on and turn the
swit ched off by the system .
light switch to the AUTO position.

• Press the [g button ~ fig. 114 . The heat image Audi drive select (drive
from the nig ht vision camera appears in the in- settings)
strume nt cluster display.
• Press the (g button again to switch the night Introduction
vision assist off .
Drive select makes it possib le to exper ience dif-
If cond itions are bright enough, night vision as- ferent types of vehicle settings in one veh icle .
sist can be switched on withou t moving the light The dr iver can select Comfort , Auto and Dynamic
switch to the AUTO position. Pedestrian and wild modes in the Infotainment system to switch be-
animal highlighting and warnings are only active tween, for example, a sporty and a comfortab le
when it is dark outs ide and the headlights are driv ing mode .
switched on .
Settings can be adjusted to your persona l prefer-
ences in Individua l mode. This makes it possible
Adjusting the contrast to combine settings such as a sporty engine set -
Applies to: vehicles with night vision assist ting with light steering.
• Select : the ICARlfunction button > (Car)* Sys-
t ems control button > Driver assistance > Description
Night vision assist contrast .
The following systems, among other things, are
When the night vision assist is switched on and influenced by dr ive select:
the image is visible in the instrument cluster dis-
Eng ine and aut om atic transmi ssion
play, you can adjust the contrast in the image
from Min to Max. Depending on the mode, th e engine and auto -
matic transmission respond more quickly or in a
more balanced manner to accelerator pedal
Messages
Applies to: vehicles with night vision assist
movements. I n the sporty dynamic mode, the
transm ission shifts at higher speed ranges .
Night vision assist: System fau lt
Adapt ive air suspen sion*
The system cannot guarantee correct function
and is switched off . See an author ized Audi deal- The adaptive air suspension * is an electronically-
controlled air suspension and damping system. ..,_

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Assist

The adjus t ment depends on the driving mode se- Adaptive cruise control*
lected, steering movements, the driver's braking
The behavio r whe n accelerating can be adjusted
and accelerat ion, and as the road surface, vehicle
from comfortable to sporty, depending on the
speed and load.
drive select mode. Adaptive cruise control also
The vehicle ground clearance depends on the responds to the driving behavior of the vehicle
mode selected and the speed. When you are in ahead in a more conservative or sporty manner.
the auto, the highway setting is act ivated when
Engine sound*
you dr ive above 75 mph (120 km/h) for more
than 30 seconds. The ground clearance is in- The eng ine sound adapts to the cur rent mode
creased automat ically if the speed drops below and can be subtle to sporty.
44 mph (70 km/h) for more than 120 seconds.
(D Note
Steering Applies to: vehicles with adaptive air suspension
The power steering adapts. Ind irect steering that - Make sure there is enough clearance above
moves easily as in comfort mode is especially and below the vehicle when parking. The
suit ed to long drives on a highway. The Dynamic height of the vehicle (gro und clearance) can
mode provides sporty, direct steering . change once it is parked due to temperature
fluctuations, changes to the load conditions
App lies to: vehicles with dynamic steering
and changes to the dr iving modes .
The steering ratio changes based on vehicle
- When transporting the vehicle on a car car-
speed in order to maintain optimum steering ef-
rier, train, ship or by other means, only tie
fort for the dr iver at all times. This sets the steer-
the vehicle down at the run ning surface of
ing to be less sensit ive at higher speeds in order
the t ires, which is the outer circumference.
to provide imp roved vehicle contro l. At reduced
speeds, steer ing is mo re direct in order to keep
Securing the vehicle at t he axle compo-
nents, suspension str uts or towing eyes is
t he st eering effo rt as m inima l as possible when
not perm itted because the pressure in the
t he dr iver is maneuvering t he vehicle . At low and
air suspension struts can change during
average speeds, dynamic steering* additionally
provides more responsive steering performance. transport . The vehicle may not be secured
sufficiently if th is happens .
Sport differential *
As a componen t of the all wheel drive system
(D Tips
(quattro) <=?page 124 , the sport diffe rential dis- - In some models, the maximum vehicle
tr ibutes the dr iving power to the rear axle de- speed can only be reached in the auto and
pending on the situation. The distribution of dynamic modes.
power varies from balanced (comfort) to sporty - The S selector lever position automatica lly
(dynamic) depending on the selected mode . The engages if the dynamic mode is selected.
goal is a high level of agility and ability to accel- - Applies to: vehicles with dynamic steering:
erate on curves. The vehicle is very respons ive to operating noise is heard when starting or
steer ing. stopping the engine. This does not ind icate
a problem.
Cornering light*
The cornering light adapts the high beams to the
direction of the curve depending on the speed.
The pivot ing action and the light ing also adapt to
~ t he mode .
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A ss ist

Selecting the driving mode mits, after changing modes, briefly take your
foot off the accelerator pedal so that the recently
se lected mode is also activated for the engine.

Comfort - prov ides a comfort-or iented vehicle


setup and is suited fo r long drives on highways.

Auto - provides an overa ll comfortab le yet dy-


nam ic dr iving feel and is suited for everyday use.

Dynamic - gives the dr iver a sporty driving feel


and is suited to a sporty driving style .

In dividual - ¢ page 106.


Fig. 115 Infotainment: drive se lect

.- To select the mode, selec t the following in the


_& WARNING -
Infota inment: ICARIfun ct ion button> Comfort, Pay attention to traff ic when operating the
Auto, Dynamic or Ind ividual. d rive select to reduce the risk of an accident .

You can change the d riving mode when the vehi-


cle is st at io nary or wh ile driving. If traffic per-

Adjusting the Individual mode

You can adjust the vehicle settings to your personal preferences .

.- Select : the ICARI function button > Set individ- The equ ipment in your vehicle will determine
ual control button . Once you select the menu, which sett ings you can adjust. The following ta-
you w ill automatically drive in t he Indi vidual ble g ives a n overview of the characte ristics.
mode .

After you have closed the settings, you will auto-


mat ica lly dr ive in the Individual mode .

Systems comfort auto dynamic


Engine/ tran smission balanced balanced sporty
Air suspension* comfortab le ba lanced sporty
Steering comfortab le ba lanced sporty
Dynamic steering * comfortab le/indirect balanced/direct sporty/direct
Sport differen t ial* ba lanced ag ile sporty
Adapti ve cruise cont rol* comfortab le balanced sporty
Engine sound* subtle subtle/sporty al sporty
•> Subtle in the selector lever position D and sporty in S.

© Tips Raising/lowering the vehicle


Applies to: vehicles with adaptive a ir suspension
Your Individual mode setting s are automati-
cally sto red and assig ned to the remo t e con- You can raise your vehicle temporarily, for exam-
trol key being used . ple to drive over a ta ll curb . ...,

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Assist

Raising the vehicle

"' Select the following in the Infot ainment sys -


tem: the ICARI function button > Raise contro l
button.
"' Wait for the arrows or segments in the Info-
ta inment system display to stop blinking and
the vehicle to reach its fina l position.

Lowe ring the vehicle

"'To lower the vehicle, select the following in the


Infota inment system: the !CARI function button
> Lower control button.
"' Wait for the arrows or segments in the Info-
ta inment system display to stop blinking and
the vehicle to lower completely.

(D Note
- Remember that your vehicle is not suitable
for driv ing offroad even when it is raised.
There is not enough ground clearance .
- If the vehicle is ra ised, it will lower auto-
matically when driving 62 mph (100 km/h)
or faste r.

Messages
App lies to: vehicles with adapt ive air suspension

Air suspension: Vehicle is too high . Controlling


level. ..

Air suspension: Vehicle is too low. Controll ing


level. ..

The drive r message sw itches off when the level


control process is complete.

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Parking systems

Parking systems For additional information on cleaning, see


¢page 231 .
General information
Applies to: vehicles with parking system plus/rearview cam-
era/peripheral camera
(D Note
- Some objects are not detected or displayed
Depending on your vehicle's equipment , various
by the system under certain circumstances:
parking aids will help you when parking and ma-
- Objects such as barrier chains, trailer draw
neuvering.
bars, vertical poles or fences
The parking system plus assists you when park- - Objects above the sensors such as wall ex-
ing by audibly and visually indicating objects de- tensions
tected in front of and behind the vehicle - Objects with certain surfaces or structures
¢ page 109. such as chain link fences or powder snow
The rearview camera shows the area behind the - If you continue driving closer to a low ob-
vehicle in the Infotainment system display. This ject, it may disappear from the sensor
display assists you when you are cross or parallel range. Note that you will no longer be
parking ¢ page 110. The parking system plus warned about th is obstacle .
functions are also available ¢ page 109. - Keep enough distance from the curb to re-
duce the risk of damage to the rims .
The peripheral cameras assist you with parking
and maneuvering. You are aided by various cam- (D Tips
eras depending on the vehicle equipment level
- The system may provide a warning even
¢ page 113. The parking system plus functions
though there are no obstacles in the cover-
are also available ¢ page 109.
age area in some situations, such as :

A WARNING
-
- certa in road surfaces or when there is tall
grass.
- Always look for traffic and check the area
- external ultrasonic sources such as from
around your vehicle by looking at it directly
cleaning vehicles .
as well. The parking system cannot replace
- in heavy rain, snow, or thick vehicle ex-
the driver's attention. The driver is always
haust.
responsible when entering or leaving a park -
- We recommend that you practice parking in
ing space and during similar maneuvers.
a traffic-free location or parking lot to be-
- Please note that some surfaces, such as
come familiar with the system . When doing
clothing, are not detected by the system .
this, there should be good light and weath-
- Sensors and cameras have blind spots in
er conditions.
which people and objects cannot be detect-
- You can change the volume and pitch of the
ed . Be especially cautious of small children
signals as well as the display ¢ page 118.
and animals.
- Please refer to the instructions for towing a
- The sensors can be displaced by impacts or
trailer located in ¢page 118.
damage to the radiator grille, bumper,
- What appears in the infotainment d isplay is
wheel housing and the underbody . The park-
somewhat time-delayed.
ing system may be impaired as a result.
Have an authorized Audi dealer or author- - The sensors must be kept clean and free of
ized Audi Service Facility check their func- snow and ice for park aid to operate .
tion .
- Make sure the sensors are not obstructed by
stickers, deposits or other materials. If they
are, the sensor function could be impaired.

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Parking syst ems

Parking system plus Switching on/off


Applies to: vehicles with park ing system plus
Description
App lies to: vehicles with parking system plus

Parking system plus provides audio and visual


signals when parking .

Fig. 1 17 Center console: parkin g aid butto n

Switching on
.. Shift into reverse, or
Fig. 116 Display fi eld .. Press t he PwAbutton in the center conso le
c:>fig . 117 . A short confirmation tone sounds
Sensors are located in the front and rear bump- and the LEDin the button turns on.
e rs. If these detect an obstacle , audible and visu-
al signa ls warn you. Switching off

Make sure the sensors are not covered by stick- .. Drive faster than 6 mph (10 km/h), or
ers, depos its or any other obstructions as it may .. Press the PwAbutton, or
impair the sensor function. For information on .. Switch the ignit ion off.
cleaning, refer to ¢ page 231. Visual display
The display field begins approximate ly at: The segments in front of and behind the vehicle
help you to determine the distance between you
® 4 ft (1.20 m)
and an obstacle .
® 3 ft (0.90 m)
The red lines mark the expected direction of trav-
© 5 .2 ft (1.60 m)
el according to the steering angle. A white seg-
® 3 ft (0.90 m)
ment indicates an identified obstacle that is out-
The closer you get to the obstacle, the sho rter side of the vehicle 's path. Red segments show
the interval between the audible signals. A con- identified obs t acles that are in your vehicle's
tinuous tone so unds when the obstacle is less path . As your vehicle comes closer to the obsta-
than approximately 1 foot (0.30 meters) away . cle, the segments move close r to the veh icle . The
collision area has been reached when the next to
Do not cont inue driving forwa rd or in reverse
last segment is displayed. Obstacles in the colli-
¢ &. in General information on page 108, c:>Q) in
sio n area, including those ou t side of the vehicle's
General information on page 108!
pa t h, a re shown in red. Do not cont inue driving
If the d istance to an obs t acle remains constant, forward or in reverse ¢ &. in General information
the volume of the distance wa rning gradually on page 108 , c:>(D in General information on
d rops afte r about four seconds (th is does not ap- page 108!
ply in the continuous tone range) .
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Parking sy stem s

Rearview camera
Introduction
Applies to: vehicles with rearview camera

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Fig. 121 Luggage compartmen t lid : locatio n of t he rear -


view camera

The rearview camera is located above the rear li-


cense plate bracket. Make sure that the lens for
Fig. 118 Illustration : Cross parking
the parking system ¢ fig. 121 is not covered by
deposits or any other obstructions because this
can affect the function of the parking system . For
information on cleaning, refer to ¢ page 231 .
The rearview camera coverage area includes (D
¢ fig. 120. Only this area is shown in the Info-
ta inment display . Objects that are outs ide of this
area @ are not disp layed .

.&_WARNING
Fig. 119 Illustration : pa rallel parking
- Always read and follow the app licab le warn-
The rearview camera gives you two views: you can ings¢ .&. in General information on
use Cross parking to park in a parking space or a page 108.
ga rage, for example ¢ fig . 118. You can use par- - If the position and the installation angle of
allel parking if you would like to park on the s ide the rea rview camera was changed, for ex-
of the road ¢ fig. 119. ample after a collision, do not cont inue to
use the system for safety reasons. Have it
checked by an authorized Audi dea ler or au -
General information
thorized Audi Service Facility.
Applies to: vehicles with rearview camera
- Only use the rearv iew camera to ass ist you if
it s hows a good, clear picture. For example,
the image may be affected by the sun shin -
ing into the lens, dirt on the lens, or if there
is a malfunction.
- Use the rearv iew camera on ly if the luggage
compartment lid is completely closed. Make
sure any objects you may have mounted on
the luggage compartment lid do not block
the rea rview camera .
Fig. 120 Area covered (!) and a rea not covered @ by the - The camera lens enlarges and distorts the
rearview came ra . fie ld of vision . The object appears both a l-
tered and ina ccu rate on the sc reen.
- In certain s ituations, people or objects in
the display appea r closer or farther away :

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Parking syst ems

- For objects that do not touch the ground, (D Tips


such as the bumper of a parked vehicle, a
- The visua l display in the left part of the d is-
tra iler hitch or the rear of a truck. Do not
play sho uld he lp you detect the critical veh i-
use the orientation lines in this case .
cle areas.
- If driven from a level surface onto an in-
- You can change the volume and pitch of the
cline, or a downward slope.
signa ls as well as the d isplay Q page 118.
- If driven toward protrud ing objects .
- If the vehicle is carrying too much load in
the rear. Perpendicular parking
Applies to : veh icles with rearv iew camera
- Applies to: vehicles with air s uspension: the
accuracy of the orientation lines and blue This view may be used when parking in a garage
surfaces decreases when the vehicle is or in a parking space.
raised/lowered Q page 104.

(D Note
- Always read and follow the applicable warn -
ings Q0 in General information on
page 108 .
- The orange-colored orientation lines in the
Infotainment display show the vehicle path
based on the steering wheel angle . The
front of the vehicle swings out more than
the rear of the veh icle . Mainta in plenty of Fig. 122 Infota inme nt syste m : a im ing at a parking space
distance so that an exterio r mirror or a cor-
ner of t he ve hicle does not collide wit h any
obstacles.

Switching on/off
App lies to : vehicles wit h rearv iew came ra

Switching on
.,.Shift into reve rse , or
.,. Press t he P'#A bu tton in t he cente r console
Q page 109, fig . 117 . A short conf irmation Fig. 123 Infot ainment syste m: aligning t he vehicle
tone sounds and the LED in the button turns
on. .,.Turn the Infotainment system on and shift into
reverse gear .
Switching between the rearview camera and .,.The orange orientation lines (D show the direc -
optical display
tion of trave l of the vehicle . Turn the steering
.,.Press t he Graphic control button ® whe el unti l the orange orientation lines appear
Q page 111, fig. 122 to see the opt ica l display. in the parking space Q fig. 122. Use the mark-
.,.Press the Rear view contro l button to see the ings @ to help you est imate t he distance to an
rearview camera image. obs t a cle . Each mar king represen t s approxi-
mately 3 ft (1 m) . The blue area represents an
Switching off
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".... .,.Press the P•1Abutton, or
N 1 .,.Wh ile driving in reverse gear , adjust the steer-
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Parking sy stem s

the orange orientation lines for assistance • Turn the Infotainment system on and shift into
¢ A in General informat ion on page 110 , ¢0 reverse gear. The parking system is turned on
in General information on page 111 . @ repre- and the Cross parking view is disp layed .
sents the rear bumper . At the very latest, stop • Press the contro l button on the Infotainment
the vehicle when the red orientation line © unit (D ¢ fig. 124. The Parallel parking view is
borders an object . displayed .
.,. Back up and align your veh icle so the blue area
Parallel parking @ borders on the rear end of the vehicle be-
Applies to: vehicles with rearview ca mera hind you or on the parking space line ¢ .&. in
General information on page 110, ¢0 in Gen-
This view may be used when parallel parking
eral information on page 111. The blue area
along the side of a stree t.
represents an extension of the vehicle's outline
by approx imate ly 16 ft (5 meters) to the rear .
The long side of the blue area should be on the
curb. The ent ire blue area must fit into the
parking space .
.,.With the vehicle stopped, turn the steering
wheel to the right as far as it will go .
.,_Back up into the parking spot . When t he blue
curve ¢ fig. 125 is near the curb ¢ .&. in Gener-
al information on page 110, stop t he vehicle
¢ (i) in General information on page 111 .

Fig. 124 In fot ainment : blue surfaces alig ned in t he pa rk· .,.With the vehicle stopped, turn the steering
ing spac e wheel to the left as far as it will go .
• Continue to back into the parking space until
the vehicle is parked parallel to the curb ¢ A
in General information on page 110, ¢0 in
General information on page 111 . @ repre -
sents the rear bumper. At the very latest, stop
the vehicle whe n the red or ientation line ©
borders an object. Keep an eye on the front of
your veh icle wh ile doing t his .

Parking next to obstacles


Fig. 125 In fo tainme nt: conta ct of th e blue curved line with If there is an obstacle (such as a wall) next to the
the curb
parking space, positi on the vehicle so there is
more space on that side. Position the long side of
Parking on the right is described here. It is identi -
the blue surface so that t here is s ufficient space
cal when parking on the left .
from t he obstacle. The surface must not be
If there is an obstacle next to the parking space touching . You will also need to sta rt turning the
(such as a wall), refer to "Information for park ing steer ing wheel earlier . The blue curve ¢ fig . 125
next to obstacles" ¢ page 112 . must not touch the obstacle, but rather the re
shou ld be enough distance.
• Activate the turn signal.
• Position your vehicle next to a parked veh icle in
front of the desired parking space. The distance
(D Note

to this vehicle should be approximately 3 ft . (1 Keep enough distance from t he curb to re-
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sion* is faulty, if the vehicle is lift ed or if the Dy-


@ Tips
namic mode is activated ¢ page 104.
The left or right orientation lines and surfaces
will be displayed, depending on the turn sig- .&_WARNING
nal being used. -- Always read and follow the applicable warn-
ings¢ .&.in General information on
Peripheral cameras page 108.
Introduction - If the position or the installation angle of a
Applies to: vehicles with peripheral cameras camera was changed, for example after a
collision, do not continue to use the system
With this equipment, the parking system plus* for safety reasons . Have it checked by an au-
page 109 is supplemented with various periph-
c::!;> thorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi
e ral cameras. Service Facility .
Depending on vehicle equipment, you are provid- - Keep in mind that the image in the display is
ed with th e following views: area around the ve- distorted if the exterior mirror housing has
hicle, front corner view and rear corner view, view been moved out of place.
in front of the vehicle and behind the veh icle. - Use the Rear mode and the Corner view
(rear) mode only when the luggage com-
partment lid is fully closed . Otherwise the
General information
Applies to: vehicles with pe ripheral came ras
image in the display will be incorrect.
- The vehicle surroundings are shown using
the camera images. The vehicle image is
shown by the system. Objects and obstacles
above the camera are not displayed.
- Camera lenses enlarge and distort the field
of vision. The objects appear both altered
and inaccurate on the screen.
);
(D Note
- Always read and follow the applicable warn-
Fig. 126 Locatio n of peripheral came ra s ings 9 (£)in General information on
page 108.
The peripheral cameras are located in the radia- - The Infotainment display shows the direc-
tor grille, in the luggage compartment lid and on tion in which the rear of the vehicle is travel-
both exterior mirrors r::!;>fig. 126. ing based on the steering wheel angle. The
front of the vehicle swings out more than
Make sure that the lenses are not covered by de-
the rear of the vehicle. Maintain plenty of
posits or any other obstructions as it may impair
distance so that an exterior mirror or a cor-
the system . For information on cleaning, refer to
ner of the vehicle does not collide with any
¢ page 231 .
obstacles .
In the Surrounding mode, black corners are
shown in the vehicle silhouette. Objects in these @ Tips
areas are outside of the camera's field of view If the 8/u;ri/r::::::5,symbol appears in the dis-
and are not detected . play a nd the respective display area is grayed
co out, then the power exterior mirrors were
co
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Switching on or off Surrounding


Applies to: vehicles with per ipheral cameras Applies to: vehicles with peripheral cameras

Fig. 127 Center console: button P.A


Fig. 129 Infot ainment system: Surround ing mode

This view is ideal for maneuvering. The vehicle


surroundings are shown using the camera im-
ages. The vehicle image is shown by the system.

Selecting Surrounding
.. Select the @ symbo l with the contro l knob and
press the control knob .

Switching between optical view and camera


Fig. 128 Infotainment system: select the mode image
.. Press the Graphic© contro l button to see the
Switching on
optical display .
.. Shift into reverse, or .. To display the camera image, press the Camera
.. Press the P"'A button in the center console control button .
c> fig. 12 7. A short confirmation tone sounds
and the LED in the button turns on.

Selecting the mode


.. Turn the cont rol knob to the symbol for the de-
sired mode @ through ® ¢ fig . 128 and press
the control knob.

Switching off
.. Drive faster t han 6 mph (10 km/h), or
.. Press the P1#~ button, or
.. Switch the ign ition off.

You may select from the following modes:

@ - Surrounding c>page 114

® - Corner view (front) c>page 115

© -Front¢ page 115

@ - Rear c>page 115


® - Corner view (rear) c>page 115

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Corner view (front)/Corner view (rear) Front


Applies to: vehicles with peripheral cameras Applies to: vehicles with peripheral cameras

Fig. 130 Infotainment syste m: Corner view (front) Fig. 132 Infot ainme nt system: fro nt mode

This view assists you for example, in using the


full maneuvering range in front of the vehicle.
The area in front of the vehicle is displayed. The
vehicle surround ings are shown in the left area of
the display . You can switch between the optical
display and camera image q page 114 .

.. Select the © symbol with the control knob. The


orange orientation lines mark the expected
path of the vehicle. Stop the vehicle when the
Fig. 131 Infotainment system: Corner view (rea r) red orientation line* borde rs an object q in&
General information on page 113.
This view can assist you for examp le, when you
are exiting from an area w ith poor visibility. The
Rear
area at the front and rear sides of the vehicles is
Applies to: vehicles with peripheral cameras
displayed .

.. To show the side view toward the front, select


the symbol ® 9 fig. 130 w ith the contro l knob
and press the control knob .
.. To show the side view towa rd the rear, select
the symbol ® q fig. 131 with the control knob
and press the control knob .

Fig. 133 Infot ainmen t system: rea r mo de

This view assists you for example, in using the


full maneuvering range behind the vehicle. The
area behind t he vehicle is displayed. The vehicle
sur roundings are shown in the left area of the
co
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Parking sy stem s

You can choose between three different views in the orange or ientation lines for assistance
this mode. q A in General information on page 113, q (D
.,.To cross park, parallel park or position the vehi - in General information on page 113. @ repre-
cle in front of a tra iler*, press the control but- sents the rear bumper. You should stop revers-
ton ® on the contro l pane l repeatedly unt il the ing at the latest when the red orientation line
symbol for the des ired mode is selected . @ borders an object <=> .&. in General informa -
tion on page 110.
Perpendicular parking
Applies to: vehicles with perip hera l cameras Parallel parking
Applies to: vehicles wit h peripheral cameras
This view may be used when parking in a garage
or in a parking space. This view may be used when parallel parking
along the side of a street.

Fig. 13 4 Infotainment system: aiming at a parking space


Fig. 136 Infota inment: blue surfaces aligned in the park-
ing space

Fig. 135 Infotainment system: aligning the vehicle

Requ irement: cross park ing must be selec ted Fig. 13 7 Infota inm ent: contact of the blue curved line with
q page 115 . the cu rb

.,.The orange orientation lines (D show the d irec- Parking on the right is descr ibed here . It is identi-
tion of travel of the vehicle . Turn the steering ca l when parking on the left.
wheel until the orange orientation lines appear
If there is an obstacle next to the parking space
in the pa rking space ¢ fig. 134 . Use the ma rk-
(such as a wall), refer to Information fo r parking
ings @ to he lp you estimate the d istance to an
next to obstacles q page 117 .
obstacle . Each marking represents approxi-
ma t ely 3 ft (1 m). The blue area represents an .,.Activate the turn signal.
extension of the vehicle's outline by approxi - .,. Posit ion your veh icle next to a parked vehicle in
mately 16 ft (S meters) to the rear. front of the des ired park ing space . The distance
.,.While driving in reverse gear, adjust the steer- to this vehicle should be approximate ly 3 ft. (1
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.. Turn the Infotainment system on and shift into


reverse gear. The parking system must be
(D Tips

turned on and the Cross parking view must be The left or right orientation lines and surfaces
displayed . will be d isp layed, depend ing on the turn sig-
.. Press the control button on the Infotainment nal be ing used .
unit @ ¢ page 112, fig. 124. The Parall el park -
ing view is displayed . Trailer mode
.. Back up and align your vehicle so the blue area Applies to : vehicles with peripheral cameras and trai le r hitch
@ borders on the rear end of the vehicle be- This view assists you in positioning the vehicle in
hind you or on the parking space line ¢ ,&. in front of a trailer.
General information an page 113, ¢ (Din Gen-
eral information on page 113 . The blue area
represents an extens ion of the vehicle's out line
by approximately 16 ft (5 mete rs) to the rear .
The long side of the blue area should be on the
curb . The entire blue area must f it into the
parking space .
.,.With the ve hicle stopped, turn the steer ing
wheel to the right as far as it will go .
.. Back into the park ing space until the blue curve
¢ page 112, fig. 125 tou ches the curb ¢ ,&. in
Fig. 1 38 Infot ainme nt syste m: rea r mode
General information on pag e 113, ¢ (Din Gen-
eral information on page 113 . Stop the vehicle.
Requireme nt: the trailer mode must be selected
.. With the vehicle stopped, tu rn the steering
¢ page 115 .
whee l to the left as far as it will go .
.. Cont inue to back into the parking space unt il .. Now you can posit ion you r ve hicle in front of
the vehicle is parked parallel t o the curb ¢ .&. the trailer ¢ &. in General information on
in General information on page 113, ¢ (Din page 113, ¢ (Din General information on
General information on page 113. @ rep re- page 113 . The orange orientat ion line indicates
sents the rea r bumpe r. At the very latest, stop th e expected path toward the trailer hitch . Use
the vehicle when the red orientation line @ t he blue lines to help you esti mate the d istance
borde rs an object. Keep an eye on t he front of t o the trai ler hitch.
your vehicle while doing this .

Parking next to obstacles Setting the mode


Applies to : vehicles wit h peripheral cameras
If there is an obstacle (such as a wall) next to the
parking space, pos ition the vehicle so t here is .. Sele ct: !CAR !function button> (Car)* System s
mo re spa ce on t hat side. Posit ion the long side of control button > Driver assistance > Parking
the blue area so th at there is s ufficient space aid > Front / rear camera swit ching > Auto or
from the object. The area must not be on t he Manual.
curb . You will also need to start turning the Auto - This view behind the vehicle (Rear mode)
steer ing whee l earlier. The blue curve is disp layed automatically when you shift into re-
¢ page 112, fig. 125 must not touch the obsta- verse. This view in front of the vehicle (Front
cle, but rather there should be enough distance. mode) is d isplayed automat ica lly when you shift
into the forward gears.
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disp layed and it does not switch to the Front Error messages
mode when a forward gear is selected. Applies to: vehicles with parking system plus/rea rview cam-
era/peripheral camera

Adjusting the display There is an error in the system if the LEDin the
and the warning tones P'11A button is blinking and you hear a continuous
Applies to: vehicles with parking system plus/rearview cam- alarm for a few seconds after sw itching on the
era/per ipheral camera
parking system or when the parking system is al-
The display and warning tones can be adjusted in ready activated. If the error is not corrected be-
the Infotainment. fore you switch off the ignition, the LEDin the PwA
button will blink the next time you switch on the
.,.Se lect: the ICARI
function button > (Car)* Sys-
parking system by shifting into reverse.
tems control button > Driver assistance > Park-
ing aid. Parking system plus*

Display If a sensor is faulty, the.!¾ symbol will appear in


front of/behind the vehicle in the Infotainment
On* - An optical disp lay is shown for the parking
display. If a rear sensor is faulty, only obstacles
system plus, a rearview camera image is shown
that are in areas @ and @ are displayed
for the rearview camera*.
c>page 109, fig. 116. If a front sensor is faulty,
Off - When the parking system is switched off, only obstacles that are in areas © and @ are d is-
only audible signa ls are given. played . There is also a system malfunction if all
segments around the vehicle are red or if no seg-
Signal tones ments are displayed.
Front volume - volume for the front area
Peripheral cameras*
Rear volume - volume for the rear area
There is a system malfunction if the~· symbol
Front frequency- frequency for the front area appears and the corresponding display area is
shown in blue. The camera is not working in this
Rear frequency - frequency for the rear area
area.
Music volume during nav. prompts - the volume
Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized
of the audio/video source is lowered when the
Audi Service Facility immediately to have the
parking system is turned on.
malfunction corrected .
The newly selected level is demonstrated briefly
by the sound generator . Trailer hitch
Appli es to: vehicles with parking system plus/rearv iew cam-
(D Tips era/peripheral cameras and t railer hitch

- The warning tones can also be adjusted di- For vehicles using the trailer socket, the parking
rectly by the visual display or the picture system rear sensors are not activated when you
from the camera. Simply press the Settings shift into reverse gear or when you press the PwA
control button. button. This results in the following restrictions.
- Changed settings are activated when the
parking system is switched on aga in. Parking system plus*
- The settings for volume and frequency are There is no distance warning for the rear. The
automatically saved and assigned to the re- front sensors remain activated. The visual display
mote control key being used . switches to trailer mode. ..,.

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Rearview camera* /peripheral cameras*

There is no distance wa rning fo r the rear. The


fron t sensors remain activa t ed . The visual display
switches to trai ler mode. The rearview camera
image will not show the orientation lines and the
blue surfaces.

Trailer hitches that are not installed at the


factory may cause the parking system to ma l-
function or they may restrict its function.

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Intelligent Technology equipped with a ll w hee l drive*) . This function is


not avai lab le at higher speeds .
Electronic Stabilization
In extreme cases , EDLa utomat ical ly switc hes off
Control (ESC) to keep t he brake on t he bra ked wheel from ove r-
Description heating. The ve hicle is still working correct ly. EDL
will switc h on again automatically when condi-
Elect ronic Stabilization Control (ESC) suppo rt s tions have returned to normal.
driver safety. It red uces the risk of slipping and
improves dr iving stability. ESCdetects crit ica l sit- Steering recommendation
uations such as the veh icle oversteering and un- The ESC he lps t o st abili ze th e vehicle by cha ng ing
dersteering or the wheels are sp inning. The vehi- t he st eer ing torque.
cle is stabilized by app lying the brakes or reduc -
In veh icles with dynamic st eer ing*, ESCa lso
ing engine torque. As soon as the ESC is active ly
helps to stab ilize the st eeri ng in cr it ica l situ a-
regulat ing, the D.1 indicato r light blinks in the in-
tions.
st rumen t clus ter.

The fo llow ing systems are integrated in t he ESC: Selective wheel torque control
Se lective wheel to rque control is used when d riv-
Ant i-lock braking system (ABS)
ing on curves . The front whee l on the ins ide of
ABS prevents the whee ls from locking whe n brak- t he curve or both whe els on the ins ide of th e
ing. The vehicle can sti ll be steered even during curve are braked se lectively as needed. This al-
hard brak ing. Apply steady press ure to the brake lows mo re pre cise driving in cur ves .
pedal. Do not pump the pedal. A puls ing in t he
brake pedal indicates that the system is acting to Automatic post-collision braking system
st abilize t he vehicle . The "a utomat ic post -coll ision braking system"
can help to reduce the risk of sl iding and of addi-
Brake assist system
tiona l collisions after an acc iden t . If the a irbag
The brake assist system can decrease brak ing dis- con t ro l modu le dete ct s a collision above a cer tai n
tance . It increases brak ing power when the driver vehicle speed, the veh icle is braked by t he ESC.
presses the brake pedal q uickly in emergency sit-
The veh icle does not brake automatically if:
uations . You must press and hold t he brake pedal
until the dangerous sit uat io n is over . In veh icles - the drive r presses the accelerator pedal, or
with adapt ive cruise control*, the bra ke as sist - the bra king force generate d by the pressed
syst em is more sensitive if t he di sta nce detec t ed brake pedal is greater than the braking force
t o the vehicle dr iving ahead is too small. On that would be initiated by the system, or
vehicles with act ivated and funct io ning night vi- - the ESC, the bra ke system or the vehicle elect ri-
sion assist*, the brake assist system can respond cal system are not functioning.
mo re sensit ively if there is a warning .

Anti-slip regulation (ASR)


A WARNING
- The ESC and its integ rated systems can not
ASR red uces eng ine power when t he dr ive w heels overcome the lim its imposed by natura l
be gin sp inning an d adapts t he force to t he road p hys ica l laws. Th is is es pecially im po rt an t
conditions. This makes it easie r to sta rt, acceler -
on s lippery or we t roads. If the system s be-
ate and dr ive up hills.
g in act ing to st abili ze your vehicle, you
Electronic differential lock (EDL) should immedi ately al te r your speed to
match t he road and t raffic conditions. Do
The EDLapplies the brakes to a whee l t hat st arts not let the increased safety provided tempt
sp inning and t ra nsfe rs t he dr ive powe r to t he
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you into taking risks. This could increase even when these control systems are instal-
your risk of a collision. led and this can affect driving stability and
- Please note the risk of a collision increases increase the risk of a collision.
when driving fast, especially through curves
and on slippery or wet roads, and when driv- (D Tips
ing too close to objects ahead. The ESCand - ABS and ASR only function correctly when
its integrated systems cannot always pre- all four wheels are equipped with identical
vent collisions - there is still a risk of acci- tires. Different tire sizes can lead to a reduc-
dents! tion in engine power.
- Press the accelerator pedal carefully when - You may hear noises when the systems de-
accelerating on even, slippery surfaces such scribed are working.
as ice and snow. The drive wheels can spin

Switching on/ off


ESCturns on automatically when you start the engine .

The following examples are unusual situations


where it may make sense to switch sport mode
on in order to allow the wheels to spin:

- Rocking the vehicle to free it when it is stuck


- Driving in deep snow or on loose ground
- Driving with snow chains

Fig. 139 Center console: OFF~ button

ESC levels

Sport mode on Sport mode off


Behavior The ESCand ASR stabilization functions The full stabilization function of the ESC
are limited c:>.&.. and ASR is available again .
Operation Press the I~ OFFIbutton. Press the I~ OFFIbutton again.
Indicator ltltur nson . II turns off .
lights
Messages Stabilization control (ESC): Sport Warn· Stabilization control (ESC): On
ing! Reduced stability

A WARNING (D Tips
- Only switch sport mode on when your driv- Sport mode cannot be switched on if the
ing abilities and the traffic situation permit, cruise control system* or adaptive cruise con-
because there is a risk of sliding . trol* is switched on .
- The stabilization function is limited when
sport mode is switched on. The driving
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Braking high speeds is recommended to clean the brake


rotors and pads ¢ .&..
New brake pads
Brake system malfunction
New brake pads do not achieve the ir f ull braking
effect during the firs t 250 mi (400 km) . They if you not ice that t he brake pedal t ravel has sud-
must be "broken in" first . denly increased, t hen a brake circuit in the dual-
circuit brake system may have malfunctioned.
Wear Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized
Brake pad wear depends largely on the way the Audi Service Facility immediate ly to have the
vehicl e is driven and on operat ing cond it ions. problem corrected. On the way there, drive w ith
This is especially true if you are driving frequently reduced speed and keep in mind t hat you will
in t he city and on curves or with a sporty driving need a longer distance to stop and you will need
style. to press the brake pedal harder .

Operating noise l ow brake fluid level

Noises may occur when bra king depend ing on the When the brake fluid level is low, malfunctions in
speed, braking force and outs ide cond it ions such the brake system may occur. The brake f luid level
as temperature and humidity. is electronically monitored.

Effect of water and road salt Brake booster

In certain situations, for example after driving The brake boost er amp lif ies the pressure you ap-
through water, in heavy rain, afte r overnight con- ply to the brake pedal. It only works when the en-
densat ion or after washing your car, the braking gine is running .
effect can be red uced by mo isture or ice on the
brake rotors and brake pads. The brakes must be A WARNING
-
"dried" first with a few careful brake applica- - Only apply the brakes for the purpose of
tions. cleaning the brake system when road and
traffic conditions permit. You must not en-
At highe r speeds and with t he windshie ld wipers
danger other road users. This increases the
turned on, t he brake pads press against t he bra ke
risk of an accident .
rotors for a short amount of time . This action,
- Never let the vehicle roll while the engine is
which is not felt by the driver, happens at regular
st opped because this increases the risk of an
intervals and ensures a better reaction time for
accident .
the brakes in wet weathe r.
- New brake pads do not achieve the ir full
The braking effect can also be reduced if you are braking effect dur ing the first 250 m i
driving on salted roads and you do not apply t he (4 00 km). They m ust be "b roken in" fi rst.
brakes for long periods of time. The layer of salt However, you can compensa t e fo r the
on the brake rotors and pads must be worn off slightly reduced brak ing f orce by pressing
first when the brakes are applied. firm ly on the brake pedal. Avoid heavy brak-
ing during the break-in period.
Corrosion
- Certain weather and operating condi t ions
Leaving the vehicle parked for long periods of such as driving through water, dr iving in
time, low mi leage and avoiding heavy brak ing heavy rain or driv ing after washi ng your ve-
can contribute to corrosion on the brake rotors hicle can impai r the effectiveness of the
and to dirty brake pads. brakes. In the winter, ice may build up on
If you usually avoid heavy braking or if there is the brake pads, rotors and dr ums. Check
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t hese com ponents by braking carefu lly. Ap- Electromechanical


plying the brakes carefully several times steering, dynamic
dries the brakes and removes ice bui ld-up.
steering
- The effic iency of the brakes can also be im-
paired by driving for long stretches on roads The electromechanical steering supports the
covered w ith salt without using the brakes. driver's steering movements.
You can remove salt deposits from the
Power st eer ing adapts electroni cally based on
brake rotors and pads by caref ully applyi ng
the vehicle spee d .
the brakes severa l t imes.
- If the front spo iler is damaged or you install Indicator lights and messages
another spoiler, ma ke sure the front w heel
• Do not drive vehicle: steering defective
bra kes are vent ilated p roperly. Ot herwise,
t he brake syste m could ove rheat, wh ich re- If this indicator light turns on and stays on and
duces t he ir effec t iveness. t his message appears, the power steering may
- Failure of a bra ke circuit impai rs braking have failed.
performan ce, which incre ases bra king dis- Stop the vehicle in a safe location as soon as pos-
tance . Avoid driving t he vehicle and have it s ible. Do not cont inue driving. See an authorized
towed it to the nearest authorized Audi Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility for
dealer or author ized Audi Service Facility . ass istance.
- If the brake booste r is not working, you will
have to press m uch ha rder on the bra ke ,~n Steering: System fault You can continue
peda l to compensate for the lac k of the driving
booster. If the indicator light turns on and t he message
appears, the steering wheel may be more diffi-
(D Note cult to move or more sensitive than us ual. The
- Never let the brakes "rub" by p ressing the steering wheel may also be at an ang le when
pedal light ly when bra king is not actually driving straight.
necessa ry. This causes the brakes to over- Drive slowly to an a ut horized Audi dea ler or a u-
heat and increases bra king d istance and t horized Audi Service Facility to have the mal-
causes wear. funct ion corrected.
- Befo re driving downh ill a long distance on a
steep hill, decrease your speed and select a ,Ion
Dynamic steering: Initiali z ing
lower gear. This makes use of the engine If the indicator light is blinking and this message
braking effect and relieves the brakes. If appea rs, dynam ic steering* is be ing init ialized.
you need to brake additionally, brake in in- The st eer ing whee l will be easy to move after
te rvals and not cont inuous ly. sta rt ing the engine. Re-init ialization mig ht be
necessary if the steering w heel was moved hard
(0 Tips to the left and right while the vehicle was not
- If the brake booster is not working, you moving. The d isp lay turns off if the init ialization
must press the brake pedal with much mor e was s uccessful.
fo rce t han norma l.
- If you ret rofit your vehicle wit h a front spoil- (D Tips
er, whee l covers or s imilar items, ma ke sure - If the . or ,Ionindicato r light only stays on
t hat t he ai r flow to the front whee ls is not for a short time, you may continue driving.
co inte rrupted. Ot he rwise the brake sys t em
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- For addi t ional informat ion on dynamic Offroad vehicle?


steering, refer to c:>page 104.
Your Audi is no t a n off road vehicle - t here is not
eno ugh ground clearan ce . For this reason, avoid
ALL wheel drive (quattro) difficult terra in.
Applies to: vehicles with all wheel drive

In oil wheel drive, all four wheels ore powered. _&.WARNING


- Also, in veh icles with all wheel drive, adapt
General information
your driving sty le to the current road and
In a ll wheel d rive, the d riving power is divided be- traffic conditions. Do not let the increased
t ween a ll four wheels. This happens au t omatical- safety provided tempt you into taking risks,
ly depending on your driving behavior as well as because this inc reases the risk of an acc i-
the current road cond itions. Also see dent .
page
c::> 120, Electronic Stabilization Control - The braking ab ility of your vehicle is limited
(ESC). to the t raction of the whee ls . In this way, it
A center differentia l distrib utes the driv ing power is not different from a two wheel d rive vehi-
variably to the front and rear axle. It works to- cle. Do not be t empte d to accelerate to a
gethe r with selective wheel torq ue control, which hig h speed when t he ro ad is slip pery, be-
cause th is increases the risk of an accident .
activates when driving through curves
page 120. With the sport differentia l", power
c::> - Note that on wet str eets, the front wheels
d istr ibut ion to the rear wheels is variable and can can "hyd ropla ne" if driv ing at spee ds t ha t
page 104.
be adj usted w ith drive select c::> are too high. Unlike front wheel d rive
veh icles, t he engine does not rev higher sud -
The a ll wheel drive concept is designed for high de nly when t he vehicle begins hydroplan ing.
engine power. Your ve hicle is exceptionally pow- For this reason,adapt your speedto the
erful and has excellent driving characterist ics road conditions to reduce the risk of an acci-
both under normal dr iving condit ions and on de nt.
snow a nd ice . Always read and fo llow safety pre-
,& .
cautions c::>
Energy management
Winter tires
The starting ability is optimized
By us ing all wheel drive, your vehicle has good
forward mot ion with standard t ires in winter con - The energy management system manages the
d itions . However, in winter we recommend using elec trical energy distribution and optimi zes the
winter or all season t ires on all fo ur wheels, be- availability of electri cal energy for st arting the
cause th is will improve t he braking effe ct. engine .

Snow chains When a vehicle wit h a conventiona l energy sys-


tem is no t d riven for a long time , the veh icle ba t -
If there are snow chain laws, snow chains must te ry is d raine d by equ ipment (for example, the
also be used on vehicles with all wheel drive immo bilizer). In certa in circ umstances, there
page
c::> 226, Snow chains . could may not be enough energy to start the en-
Replacing tires gine.

For veh icles w ith all wheel dr ive, only whee ls with Your vehicle is equipped with an inte lligen t ener -
the same rolling circumference should be used . gy management system fo r dist ributing elec t rici-
Avoid using t ires with different tread depths ty. This significantly improves the starting ability
page
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The energy management system Is made up of used but litt le is generated. It is also critical
battery diagnosis, idling current management, when the engine is not running but electrical
and dynamic energy management. equipment is switched on. In this case, energy is
used but none is generated.
Battery diagnosis
In situations like this, ene rgy management will
The batte ry diagnosis de t ermines the vehicle bat -
active ly regulate the distribution of energy .
tery charge level. The sensors detect the battery,
the battery current, and the battery temperature. Long periods without use
The current charge leve l and the performance of
If you do not drive your vehicle for severa l days or
the vehicle battery are determined based on this.
weeks, electrical equ ipm ent is gradually scaled
Idling current management back or switched off . This redu ces energy use and
ensures the vehicle will be able to start aft er long
The idl ing current management decreases the
periods of time . Some convenience functions,
energy used whi le pa rked . With the engine
such as interior lighting or power seat adjust-
switched off, it manages the energy distribution
ment, may not be ava ilable under certain circum-
to the different electrical components . Data from
stances. These conven ience functions will be
the battery diagnosis is taken into account for
available again once you switch the ignition on
this.
and start the engine .
Depending on the vehicle battery charge level,
With the engine switched off
e lectrical equipment is switched off one item af-
ter the other to prevent the vehicle battery from The veh icle battery will dra in if you use Infotain -
draining and to maintain the starting ability. ment functions such as listening to the radio
whi le the engine is switched off .
Dynamic energy management
The vehicle's ability to start may be impaired by
While driving, dynamic energy management dis -
the energy use, a message will appear in the In-
tributes the appropriate amount of energy to the
fotainment system display.
e lectrical equipment. It controls the battery
charge level so that the amount of energy is not The message indicates that the system will
greater than the amount being generated in or- switch off automatically soon. If you would like
der to mainta in a n optimal veh icle battery charge to continue using the functions, you must start
level. the engine.

With the engine running


(D Tips
- Energy management cannot overcome the Although e lectr ica l ene rgy is generated while
laws of physics . Note that the charge level driving , the vehicle battery can drain. This can
and length of the vehicle battery life are happen if litt le energy is generated but much is
limited. used, and the charge level of the vehicle battery
- When the start ing ability is endangered, the is not optimal.
(•) indicator light turns on ~ page 14. To restore the balance of energy, components
that require large amounts of energy are tempo-
What you should know rarily scaled back or sw itched off. Heat ing sys-
tems in particular requ ire a great deal of energy.
Maintaining the starting ability is the highest
If you notice, for example, t hat the seat heating*
priority.
or rear window defogger is not work ing, then it
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In addition, you may notice that the idle speed format ion if they have access to the vehicle or the
has slightly increased . That is norma l and no EDR.
cause for conce rn. By increasing the idling speed,
Some sta t e laws rest rict the retrieval or down-
the additional req uired energy will be generated
load ing of data st ored by EDRs ins t alled in a veh i-
and the vehicle battery will be charged.
cle for the exp ress purpose of retrieving d ata af -
ter an accident or crash event without the own-
Notice about data er 's consent.
recorded by the Event
Audi will not access t he EDR and/or simi la r data
Data Recorder and or give it to others -
vehicle control modules
- unless the ve hicle owne r (o r lessee if the vehi -
Event Dat a Recorder cle has been leased) ag rees; or
- upon the offic ial request by the police; or
This vehicle is equipped with an Event Data Re-
- upon the order of a court of law or a govern-
corder (EDR). The main purpose of an EDR is to
ment agency; or
record, in certain crash or near crash-like situa-
tions, such as an a irbag deployment or hitting a - for the defense of a lawsuit through the jud icia l
road obstacle, data that will assist in understand- discovery process .
ing how a veh icle's sys t ems performed . The EDR - Aud i may also use the data for research about
is designed to record data re lated to veh icle dy- veh icle operation and safety performance or
namics an d safety systems for a sho rt pe riod of prov ide the data to a th ird party for research
t ime, typically 30 seconds or less. The EDR in th is purposes witho ut identify ing the specific vehi-
vehicle is designed to record such data as : cle or info rmation about the ident ity of its own-
er or lessee and only afte r the reco rded vehicle
- How various systems in you r vehicle were oper- data has been accessed .
at ing ;
- Whether or not the driver and passenger safety Vehicle control modules
belts we re buck led/fastened ; Your vehicle is also equ ipped w ith a number of
- How far (if at all) the drive r was depressing t he electronic cont rol modules for va rious vehicle
acce le rat or and/o r brake peda l; and, systems, such as engine management, em iss ion
- How fast the veh icle was trave ling . con t ro l, airbags, a nd safety be lts.
These data can help prov ide a better understand- These elect ronic contro l modules record data
ing of the circumstances in which crashes and in- duri ng norma l vehicle operation t hat may be
juries occur . NOTE: EDR data are recorded by your needed by t ra ined techn icians for d iagnost ic and
veh icle only if a non-trivial crash situat ion occurs; repa ir purposes. The recording cap a bility of these
no data are recorded by the EDR under norma l modules is lim ited to data (no sound is record -
d riving conditions and no pe rsonal data (e .g., ed). Only a sma ll amount of data is actually re-
name, gende r, age , and crash location) are re- corded over a very limited period of time, or stor-
corded . Howeve r, other pa rties , such as law en- ed when a system fault is detected by a contro l
forcement, cou ld combine the EDR data w ith the module . Some of the data stored may relate to
type of personally identifying data routine ly ac- vehicle speed, d irection, or braking, as well as re -
qu ired dur ing a crash invest igat ion. straint system use and performance in the eve nt
To read data recorded by an EDR, specia l equip - of a crash . Stored data can also on ly be read and
ment is required, and access to the veh icle or the downloaded w it h specia l equipment t hat is di-
EDR is needed. In addit ion to the vehicle manu - rectly connec t ed to the vehicle.
facturer, other parties, suc h as law enforcement,
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@ Tips
Your vehicle may be equipped with Audi con-
nect. Your use of certain Audi connect fea-
tures requires w ireless services that are pro-
vided by a third party wire less telecommuni-
cations provider . For deta ils regard ing how in-
formation obta ined through Audi connect is
collected, processed, t ransmitted, used, and
shared, please see your contract with the
w ireless te lecommunications provider and the
"About Audi connect" tab in your vehicle's
MMI: ! MENUI button> Audi connect > About
Audi connect .

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Driving safety The following is a list of just a few of the safety


features in your Audi :
Basics
- sophis t icat ed safety be lts fo r dr iver and all pas-
Safe driving habits senge r seat ing pos itions,
- safety belt pretensioners,
Please remember - safety first!
- safety belt force lim ite rs fo r t he front seats,
This chapter contains important information, - safety belt he ight adjustment systems for the
tips, instruct ions and warn ings that you need to front seats,
read and observe for your own safety, the safety - front airbags,
of your passengers and others. We have summar- - knee airbags for the front seats*
ized here what you need to know about safety - side airbags in the front seats and outer rear
be lts, a irbags, child restra ints as well as child seats*,
safety. Your safety is for us priority number 1. Al- - side curtain airbags with ejection mitigation
ways observe the info rmation and wa rnings in features,
this section - for your own safety as well as that - special LATCHanchorages for child restraints,
of your passengers. - head rest raints fo r ea ch seating position,
The information in this section applies to all - adj ustab le steering col umn.
model versions of your vehicle . Some of the fea- These ind ividual safety features, can work to -
tures descr ibed in t his sections may be st anda rd ge t her as a system to help protect you and your
equipment on some models, or may be optional passengers in a wide range of acc idents. These
equipment on others . If you are not sure, ask features canno t wo rk as a syst em if they are not
your authorized Audi dealer. alw ays cor rect ly adj usted an d cor rect ly used.

A WARNING Safety is everybody's responsibility!


- Always make sure that you follow the in-
structions and heed the WARNINGS in th is Important things to do before driving
Manual. It is in your interest and in the in- Safety is everybody's job! Vehicle and occupant
te rest of your passengers. safety always depends on the informed and care-
- Always keep the comp lete Owner's Litera- ful driver.
ture in your Audi when you lend or sell your
vehicle so that this important information For your safety and the safety of your passen-
will always be available to the d river and gers, before driving always :
passenge rs. .. Make sure that a ll lights and signals are operat-
- Always keep the Owner 's literature handy so ing correctly.
that you can find it easily if you have ques- .. Make sure that the tire pressure is correct.
t ions. .,. Make sure that all windows are clean and afford
good visibility to the outs ide .
Safety equipment .. Sec ure all luggage and othe r items carefully
~ page 57, ~ page 56 .
The safety features are part of the occupant re-
.. Make sure that noth ing ca n interfere wit h the
straint system and work together to help reduce
peda ls .
the risk of injury in a wide variety of occident sit-
.. Adjust front seat, head restraint and mirrors
uations.
correctly for your height .
Your safety and the safety of your passenge rs .. Instruct passengers to adjust the head re-
should not be left to chance. Advan ces in tech- straints according to their he ight.
nology have made a var iety of features avai lab le
to help reduce t he risk of injury in an accident .

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.. Make sure to use the right chi ld restraint cor- Correct passenger
rectly to protect children ~ page 171, Child
seating positions
safety .
.. Sit properly in your seat and make sure that Proper seating position for the driver
your passengers do the same ¢ page SO, Seats
The proper driver seating position is important
and storage .
for safe, relaxed driving.
.. Fasten your safety belt and wear it properly . Al-
so instruct your passengers to fasten their safe-
ty be lts properly ¢ page 139 .

What impairs driving safety?

Safe driving is directly related to the condition of


the vehicle, the driver as well as the driver's abili-
ty to concentrate on the road without being dis-
tracted.

The driver is responsible for the safety of the ve- Fig. 14 0 Correct seat ing pos ition
hicle and all of its occupants. If you r ability to
d rive is impaired, safety risks for eve rybody in the For your own safety and to reduce the risk of in-
veh icle increase and you also become a hazard to jury in the event of an accident, we recommend
everyone else on the road ¢ A -T herefore : that you adjust the dr iver 's seat to the fo llowing
pos ition:
.. Do not let you rself be dist racted by passengers
or by us ing a cellular te lephone . .. Adjust the driver's seat so that you can easily
.. NEVERdr ive when your dr iving ability is im- push the pedals all the way to the floor while
paired (by medications, alcohol, drugs, etc.). keep ing your knee(s) slightly bent ¢ &. -
.. Observe all traff ic laws, rules of the road and .,.Adjust the angle of the seatback so that it is in
speed limits and plain common sense. an upright position so that your back comes in
.. ALWAYSadjust your speed to road, traffic and full contac t wit h it when you dr ive .
weather cond itions. .. Adjust the steer ing wheel so that there is a d is-
.. Take frequent breaks on long trips. Do not drive tance of at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the
for more than two ho urs at a stretch . steering whee l and your breast bone ¢ fig. 140.
.. Do NOT drive when you are tired, under pres- If not poss ible, see your author ized Audi deal-
s ure or when you are st ressed. ership about adapt ive equipment.
.. Adjust the steering wheel so that the steering
_& WARNING .
wheel and airbag cover points at your chest and
not at your face .
Impaired dr iving safe t y increases the risk of
.,.Grasp the top of the steering wheel with your
ser ious personal inju ry and death whenever a
elbow(s) slightly bent.
vehicle is being used.
.. For adjustab le head rest raints: Adjust t he head
rest raint so the upper edge is as even as possi-
b le with the top of your head. If that is not pos -
sible, t ry to adjust the head restraint so that it
is as close to this posit ion as possible. Move the
head restraint so that it is as close to the back
co of t he head as possible.
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"' Always keep both feet in the footwell so that - Never drive with the backrest reclined or
you are in control of the vehicle at all times. tilted far back! The farther the backrests are
tilted back, the greater the risk of injury due
For detailed information on how to adjust the
to incorrect positioning of the safety belt
driver's seat, see c;,page SO.
and improper seating position .
A WARNING
-
- Children must always ride in child seats
c;,page 171 . Special precautions apply
Drivers who are unbelted, out of position or
when installing a child seat on the front
too close to the airbag can be seriously in-
passenger seat c:;,page 147.
jured by an airbag as it unfolds . To help re-
duce the risk of serious personal injury:
- Always adjust the driver's seat and the Proper seating position for the front
passenger
steering wheel so that there are at least
10 inches (25 cm) between your breastbone The proper front passenger seating position is
and the steering wheel. important for safe, relaxed driving.
- Always adjust the driver's seat and the
steering wheel so that there are at least For your own safety and to reduce the risk of in-
4 inches (10 cm) between the knees and the jury in the event of an accident , we recommend
lower part of the instrument panel. that you adjust the seat for the front passenger
to the following position :
- Always hold the steering wheel on the out -
side of the steering wheel rim with your "'Adjust the angle of the seatback so that it is in
hands at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock posi- an upright position and your back comes in full
tions to help reduce the risk of personal in- contact with it whenever the vehicle is moving.
jury if the driver's airbag inflates. "'For adjustable head restraints: adjust the head
- Never hold the steering wheel at the restraint so the upper edge is as even as possi-
12 o'clock position or with your hands at ble with the top of your head. If that is not pos-
other positions inside the steering wheel sible, try to adjust the head restraint so that it
rim or on the steering wheel hub. Holding is as close to this position as possible
the steering wheel the wrong way can cause c:;,page 131 . Move the head restraint so that it
serious injuries to the hands, arms and head is as close t o the back of the head as possible.
if the driver's airbag inflates. "' Keep both feet flat on the floor in front of the
- Pointing the steering wheel toward your front passenger seat .
face decreases the ability of the su pplemen- "' Fasten and wear safety belts correctly
tal driver's airbag to protect you in a colli- c;,page 142 .
sion.
For detailed information on how to adjust the
- Always sit in an upright position and never
front passenger's seat, see c:;,page SO.
lean against or place any part of your body
too close to the area where the airbags are
located .
A WARNING
- Before driving, always adjust the front seats Front seat passengers who are unbelted, out
properly and make sure that all passengers of position or too close to the airbag can be
are properly restrained . seriously injured or killed by the airbag as it
- For adjustable head restraints: before driv- unfolds. To help reduce the risk of serious
ing, always also adjust the head restraints personal injury:
properly . - Passengers must always sit in an upright po-
- Never adjust the seats while the vehicle is sition and never lean against or place any
moving. Your seat may move unexpectedly part of their body too close to the area
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- Passengers who are unbelted, out of posi- .,. For adjustable head restraints: adjust the head
tion or too close to the airbag can be seri- restraint so the upper edge is as even as possi-
ously injured by an airbag as it unfolds with ble with the top of your head. If that is not pos-
great force in the blink of an eye. sible, try to adjust the head restraint so that it
- Always make sure that there are at least is as close to this position as possible
10 inches (25 cm) between the front pas- c>page 131 .
senger's breastbone and the instrument .,. Keep both feet flat in the footwell in front of
panel. the rear seat.
- Always make sure that there are at least .,. Fasten and wear safety belts properly
4 inches (10 cm) between the front passen- c>page 142.
ger's knees and the lower part of the instru- .,. Make sure that children are always properly re-
ment panel. strained in a child restraint that is appropriate
- Each passenger must always sit on a seat of page 171.
for their size and age r:!;>
their own and properly fasten and wear the
safety belt belonging to that seat.
-
A WARNING
- Before driving, always adjust the front pas- Passengers who are improperly seated on the
senger seat properly. rear seat can be seriously injured in a crash.
- For adjustable head restraints: before driv- - Each passenger must always sit on a seat of
ing, always also adjust the head restraints their own and properly fasten and wear the
properly. safety belt belonging to that seat.
-Always keep your feet on the floor in front - Safety belts only offer maximum protection
of the seat. Never rest them on the seat, in- when the safety belts are properly posi-
strument panel, out of the window, etc. The tioned on the body and securely latched. By
airbag system and safety belt will not be not sitting upright, a rear seat passenger in-
able to protect you properly and can even in- creases the risk of personal injury from im-
crease the risk of injury in a crash . properly positioned safety belts!
- Never drive with the backrest reclined or - For adjustable head restraints: always ad-
tilted far back! The farther the backrests are just the head restraint properly so that it
tilted back, the greater the risk of injury due can give maximum protection.
to incorrect positioning of the safety belt
and improper seating position.
Proper adjustment of head restraints
- Children must always ride in child seats Applies to: vehicles with adjusta ble head restraints
c>page 171. Special precautions apply
when installing a child seat on the front Correctly adjusted head restraints are an impor -
passenger seat c>page 147. tant part of your vehicle's occupant restraint sys-
tem and can help to reduce the risk of injuries in
accident situations.
Proper seating positions for passengers in
rear seats

Rear seat passengers must sit upright with both


feet on the floor consistent with their physical
size and be properly restrained whenever the ve-
hicle is in use.

To reduce the risk of injury caused by an incorrect


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The head restraints must be correc t ly adjusted to Examples of improper seating positions
achieve the best protection .
The occupant restraint system can only reduce
.,.Adjust the head restraint so the upper edge is the risk of injury if vehicle occupants are properly
as even as poss ible with the t op of your head. If seated .
that is not possible, try to adjust the head re-
straint so that it is as close to this position as Improper seating positions can cause ser ious in-
poss ible ~ fig. 141. Move the head restraint so jury or death . Safety be lts ca n only work when
that it is as close to the back of the head as they are properly positioned on t he body . Im-
poss ible. prope r seat ing pos itions red uce the effectiveness
.,. If there is a passenger on the rear center seat- of safety bel t s a nd will even increase t he risk of
ing pos it ion, slide the center head restra int up- injury and deat h by mov ing the safety bel t to crit-
ward at least to the next notch. ica l areas of t he body. Improper seating positions
a lso increase the risk of se rious inju ry and death
Adjusti ng head restraints ¢ page 51 . when an airbag deploys and strikes an occ upant
who is not in the proper seating posit ion. A dr iver
A WARNING is responsible for the safety of all vehicle occu-
All seats are equipped with head restraints. pants and espec ially for children. Therefore :
Driving without head restraints or with head
.,. Never allow anyone to assume an incor rect
restraints that are not p roperly adjusted in-
seating position when the vehicle is being used
cre ases t he risk of serious or fatal ne ck inju ry ¢ .&_.
dramatically. To help reduce the ris k of injury:
- Always dr ive with the head rest raints in The following bulletins list on ly some samp le po-
place and properly adjusted. s itions that will increase the risk of serious injury
- Every person in t he vehicle must have a and death . Our hope is that these examples will
prope rly adjusted head restra int. make you more aware of seating positions that
- Always make sure each person in the vehicle are dangerous .
prope rly adjusts their head res tr aint. Adjust
Therefore , whene ver the vehicle is moving:
the head rest ra int so the uppe r edge is as
even as possib le with t he top of your head. - never stand up in the vehicle
If that is no t possib le, try to adjust the head - neve r stand on the seats
restraint so that it is as close to this position - neve r kneel on t he seats
as possib le. Move the head restra int so that - neve r ride w it h the seatback recl ined
it is as close to the back of the head as pos- - never lie down on the rear seat
sible. - never lean up against the instrument panel
- Never attempt to adjust head restraint - never s it on the edge of the seat
wh ile driving. If you have dr iven off and - never sit sideways
must adjust the driver headrest for any rea- - never lean out the window
son, first st op the vehicle safely before at- - neve r put your feet out t he window
tempting to adju st the head restra int. - neve r put your feet on the instr ument panel
- Children must always be properly restrained - neve r res t your feet on t he seat cushion or back
in a chi ld restraint that is appropriate fo r of the seat
their age and size ¢page 171 .
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If a brake circuit fails, increased brake pedal trav-
WARNING
el is required to bring the vehicle to a full stop.
Improper seating positions increase the risk
of serious personal injury and death whenever
a vehicle is being used.
A
- WARNING
Pedals that cannot move freely can cause loss
- Always make sure that all vehicle occupants
of vehicle control and increase the risk of seri-
stay in a proper seating position and are
ous injury.
properly restrained whenever the vehicle is
- Never place any objects in the driver's foot-
being used.
well. An object could get into the pedal area
and interfere with pedal function. In case of
Driver's and front sudden braking or an accident, you would
passenger's footwell not be able to brake or accelerate!
- Always make sure that nothing can fall or
Important safety instructions move into the driver's footwell.
Applies to: vehicles with knee airbags

A WARNING Floor mats on the driver side


Always make sure that the knee airbag can in- Always use floor mats that can be securely at-
flate without interference. Objects between tached to the floor mat fasteners and do not in-
yourself and the airbag can increase the risk terfere with the free movement of the pedals.
of injury in an accident by interfering with the
.. Make sure that the floor mats are properly se-
way the airbag deploys or by being pushed in-
cured and cannot move and interfere with the
to you as the airbag deploys.
pedals¢ .&, .
- No persons (children) or animals should ride
in the footwell in front of the passenger Use only floor mats that leave the pedal area un-
seat. If the airbag deploys, this can result in obstructed and that are firmly secured so that
serious or fatal injuries . they cannot s lip out of position. You can obtain
- No objects of any kind should be carried in suitable floor mats from your authorized Audi
the footwell area in front of the driver's or Dealer.
passenger's seat. Bulky objects (shopping
Floor mat fasteners are installed in your Audi.
bags, for example) can hamper or prevent
proper deployment of the airbag. Small ob- Floor mats used in your vehicle must be attached
jects can be thrown through the vehicle if to these fasteners. Properly securing the floor
the a irbag deploys and injure you or your mats will prevent them from sliding into posi-
passengers. tions that could interfere with the pedals or im-
pair safe operation of your vehicle in other ways.
Pedal area
A
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WARNING
Pedals Pedals that cannot move freely can result in a
The pedals must always be free to move and loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of
must never be interfered with by a floor mat or serious personal injury.
any other object. -Always make sure that floor mats are prop-
erly secured.
Make sure that all pedals move freely without in- - Never place or install floor mats or other
terference and that nothing prevents them from floor coverings in the vehicle that cannot be
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- Never place or install floor mats or other _& WARNING -


floor coverings on top of already installed ~ -

Heavy loads will influence the way your vehi-


floor mats. Additional floor mats and other
cle handles. To help reduce the risk of a loss
coverings will reduce the size of the pedal
of control leading to serious personal injury:
area and interfere with the pedals.
- Always keep in mind when transporting
- Always properly reinstall and secure floor
heavy objects, that a change in the center of
mats that have been taken out for cleaning.
gravity can also cause changes in vehicle
- Always make sure that objects cannot fall
handling:
into the driver footwell while the vehicle is
moving. Objects can become trapped under - Always distribute the load as evenly as
possible.
the brake pedal and accelerator pedal caus-
ing a loss of vehicle control. - Place heavy objects as far forward in the
luggage compartment as possible.
- Never exceed the Gross Axle Weight Rating
Storing cargo correctly or the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating specified
Loading the luggage compartment on the safety compliance sticker on the left
door jamb. Exceeding permissible weight
All luggage and other objects must be properly standards can cause the vehicle to slide and
stowed and secured in the luggage compart- handle differently.
ment. - Please observe information on safe driving
Loose items in the luggage compartment can ¢page 128.
shift suddenly, changing vehicle handling charac-
teristics. Loose items can also increase t he risk of _& WARNING
serious personal injury in a sudden vehicle ma- To help prevent poisonous exhaust gas from
neuver or in a coll ision. being drawn into the vehicle, always keep the
rear lid closed while driving .
.. Distribute the load evenly in the luggage com-
- Never transport objects larger than those
partment.
fitting completely into the luggage area be-
.. Always place and properly secure heavy items in
cause the rear lid cannot be fully closed .
the luggage compartment as far forward as
possible. - If you absolutely must drive with the rear lid
.. Secure luggage using the tie-downs provided open, observe the following notes to reduce
¢ page 57 . the risk of poisoning:
.,.Make sure that the rear seatback is securely - Close all windows,
latched in place . - Close the power roof*,
- Open all air outlets in the instrument pan-
_& WARNING el,
- Switch off the air recirculation,
Improperly stored luggage or other items can
- Set the fresh air fan to the highest speed.
fly through the vehicle causing serious per-
sonal injury in the event of hard braking or an
accident. To help reduce the risk of serious _& WARNING
personal injury: Always make sure that the doors, all win-
- Always put objects, for example, luggage or dows, the power roof* and the rear lid are se-
other heavy items in the luggage compart- curely closed and locked to reduce the risk of
ment. injury when the vehicle is not being used.
- Always secure objects in the luggage com- - After closing the rear lid, always make sure
partment using the tie-down hooks and that it is properly closed and locked . ..,.
suitable straps.

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- Never leave your vehicle unattended espe- of the item would suddenly be about
cially with the rear lid left open. A child 200 lbs. (90 kg) . You can imagine the injuries
could crawl into the vehicle through the lug- that a 200 lbs. (90 kg) item flying freely through
gage compartment and close the rear lid be- the passenger compartment could cause in a col-
coming trapped and unable to get out . Be- lision like this.
ing trapped in a vehicle can lead to serious
personal injury. A
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WARNING
-
- Never let children play in or around the vehi- Weak, damaged or improper straps used to
cle. secure items to tie-downs can fail during hard
- Never let passengers ride in the luggage braking or in a collision and cause serious per-
compartment. Vehicle occupants must al- sonal injury.
ways be properly restrained in one of the ve- - Always use suitable mounting straps and
hicle's seating positions. properly secure items to the tie-downs in
the luggage compartment to help prevent
items from shifting or flying forward as dan-
-Air circulation helps to reduce window fog- gerous missiles.
ging . Stale air escapes to the outside - When the rear seat backrest is folded down,
through vents in the trim panel. Be sure to always use suitable mounting straps and
keep these slots free and open. properly secure items to the tie-downs in
the luggage compartment to help prevent
- The tire pressure must correspond to the
items from flying forward as dangerous
load. The tire pressure is shown on the tire
missiles into the passenger compartment.
pressure label. The tire pressure label is lo-
cated on the driver's side B-pillar. The tire - Never attach a child safety seat tether strap
pressure label lists the recommended cold to a tie-down.
tire inflation pressures for the vehicle at its
maximum capacity weight and the tires that Reporting Safety Defects
were on your vehicle at the time it was man-
ufactured. For recommended tire pressures Applicable to U.S.A.
for normal load conditions, please see chap-
ter c:>page 221. If you believe that your vehicle
has a defect which could cause a
Tie-downs
crash or could cause injury or
The luggage compartment is equipped with four death, you should immediately in-
tie-downs to secure luggage and other items.
form the National Highway Traffic
Use the tie-downs to secure your cargo properly
c:>page 134, Loading the luggage compartment.
Safety Administration (NHTSA)in
In a collision, the laws of physics mean that even
addition to notifying Audi of
smaller items that are loose in the vehicle will America, Inc.
become heavy missiles that can cause serious in-
jury . Items in the vehicle possess energy which If NHTSAreceives similar com-
vary with vehicle speed and the weight of the
plaints, it may open an investiga-
item. Vehicle speed is the most significant factor .
co
tion, and if it finds that a safety
co For example, in a frontal collision at a speed of
.... defects exists in a group of
N 30 mph (48 km/h) , the forces acting on a 10-lb
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135
Driving safety

remedy campaign. However, Canadian customers who wish to


NHTSA cannot become involved in report a safety-related defect to
individual problems between you, Transport Canada, Defect Investi-
your dealer , or Audi of America, gations and Recalls, may either
Inc. call Transport Canada toll-free at:
To contact the NHTSA, you may Tel.: 1-800 -333-0510 or
either call : Tel.: 1-819-994-3328 (Ottawa re-
Tel. : 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: gion and from other countries)
1-800-424-9153) or TTYfor hearing impaired : Tel.:
1-800-424-9393 1-888-67 5-6863

or you may wr ite to: or contact Transport Canada by


mail at:
NHTSA
U.S. Department of Transporta- Transport Canada
tion Motor Vehicle Safety Investiga-
1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E. tions Laboratory
West Building 80 Noel Street
Wash ington, DC 20590 Gatineau, QC
J8Z 0Al
You can also obtain other infor -
mation about motor vehicle safe- For additional road safety infor-
ty from: mation, please visit the Road
Safety website at:
http:/ /www.safercar.gov
http:/ /www.tc.gc.ca/eng/
Applicable to Canada roadsafety/menu.htm
If you live in Canada and you be-
lieve that your vehicle has a de-
fect that could cause a crash, in-
jury or death, you should immedi-
ately inform Transport Canada,
Defect Investigations and Recalls .
You should also notify Audi Cana-
da.

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Audi pr e se n se

Audi pre sense - Tensioning of the safety belts


- Closing the windows and the sunroof*
Preventative passenger
Pre sense plus*
protection
Applies to: vehicl es with Audi pre sense Pre sense plus contains the functions of pre
sense front and pre sense rear .
Pre sense can initiate steps to protect vehicle oc-
cupants in certain dangerous situations. The Error message
functions described are available depending on
Audi pre sense: Unavailable
veh icle equ ipment:
Preventative passenger protection is not availa-
Pre sense basic* ble. Drive to your authorized Audi dealer or au-
The following functions can be triggered in cer- thorized Audi Service Facility immediat ely to have
tain driving situations: the malfunction corrected.

- Tensioning of the safety belts (for example,


during heavy braking) : the front safety belts
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=
WARNING
Pre sense cannot overcome natural phys ica l
have reversible belt tensioners. If a collision
laws. It is a system designed to assist and it
does not occur, the safety belts loosen slightly
cannot prevent a collision . Do not let the in-
and are ready to trigger again .
creased safety provided tempt you into tak ing
- Closing the w indows and the sunroof* (for ex-
risks. This could increase your risk of a colli-
ample, when over- or understeer ing) : the win-
sion.
dows and the sunroof* close until there is only
- The system can dep loy incorrectly .
a small gap open .
- Please note that the sensors do not always
The function of the pre sensebasic is activated at detect all objects. This increases the risk of
a speed of 20 mph (30 km/h) or higher . a collision.
Drive se lect: the deployment time is adapted in - Pre sense does not react to people or ani-
Dynamic mode . mals or objects that are cross ing the vehi-
cle's path or are diffic ult to detect
Pre sense f ront (vehicles w ith adaptiv e cruise .:>page 88.
contr ol*)
- Reflective objects such as guard ra ils or the
Pre sense front contains the functions of pre entrance to a tunnel, heavy rain and ice can
sense basic . In addition, the likelihood of a rear - affect t he funct ion of the rada r senso rs a nd
end collision with the vehicle ahead is also calcu- the system's ability to de t ect a collision risk.
lated, within the limits of the system. If the risk
of a collision is detected, the following functions (D Note
can trigger: The sensors can be d isplaced by impacts or
- Braking guard c>page 93 damage to the bumper, wheel housing and
- Tensioning of the safety belts underbody. Pre sense can be impaired by this .
- Closing the windows and the sunroof* Have an authorized Audi dealer or authorized
Audi Service Facility check their function .
Pre sense rear (vehicles with side assist* )

Pre sense rear contains the functions of pre sense (D Tips


bas ic. In addit ion, the likel ihood of a rear-end - Certa in pre sense front funct ions sw itch off
coll ision from the vehicle behind is a lso ca lculat- when sport mode is switched off or when
co
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ed, w ithin the limits of the system. If the risk of a driving in reverse. ..,.
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- The pre sense functions may not be availa-


ble if there is a malfunction in the ESC
system or the airbag control module.
- The pre sense front/plus functions are not
available if there is a malfunction in the
adaptive cruise contro l* system ¢ page 95.
- The pre sense rear/plus functions are not
available if there is a ma lfunction in the side
assist* system ¢ page 95 .

138
Safety belts

Safety belts - Be sure everyone riding in the vehicle is


properly restrained with a separate safety
General information belt or child restraint.
Always wear safety belts!
~ Safety belt warning light
Wearing safety belts correctly saves lives!
Your vehicle has a warning system for the driver
This chapter explains why safety belts are neces-
and front seat passenger (on USAmodels only)
sary, how they work and how to adjust and wear
to remind you about the importance of buckling-
them correctly.
up.
~ Read all the information that follows and heed .,,
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all of the instructions and WARNINGS. "'
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A WARNING
Not wearing safety belts or wearing them im-
properly increases the risk of serious personal
injury and death.
- Safety belts are the single most effective
means available to reduce the risk of serious
injury and death in automobile accidents. Fig. 14 2 Safety belt warn ing light in the instrument clus -
For your protection and that of your passen- te r - enlarged
gers, always correctly wear safety belts
when the veh icle is moving. Before driving off, always:
- Pregnant women, injured, or physically im- .. Fastenyour safety belt and make sure you are
paired persons must also use safety belts. wearing it properly.
Like all vehicle occupants, they are more ~ Make sure that your passengers also buckle up
likely to be seriously injured if they do not and properly wear their safety belts .
wear safety belts. The best way to protect a ~ Protect ch ildren with a child restraint system
fetus is to protect the mother - throughout appropr iate for the size and age .
the entire pregnancy.
The warning light . in the instrument cluster
lights up when the ignit ion is on as a reminder to
Number of seats
fasten the safety belts. In addition, you wil l hear
Your Audi has a total of five seating positions: a warning tone for a certain period of time.
two in the front and three in the rear. Each seat-
Fasten your safety belt and make sure that your
ing position has a safety belt.
passengers also properly put on their safety

A WARNING
belts.

Not wearing safety belts or wearing them im- A WARNING


-
properly increases the risk of serious personal
- Safety belts are the sing le most effective
injury and death.
means available to reduce the risk of serious
- Never strap more than one person, includ- injury and death in automobile accidents.
ing small children, into any belt. It is espe- For your protection and that of your passen-
cially dangerous to place a safety belt over a gers, a lways correctly wear safety belts
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child sitting on your lap. when the vehicle is moving .
....
N - Never let more people ride in the vehicle - Failure to pay attention to the warning light
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than there are safety belts available. that come on, could lead to personal injury.
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139
Safety belts

Why use safety belts? (2,000 lbs, or 1,000 kg) o r more . At greater
speeds, these forces are even higher.
Frontal collisions and the law of physics
People who do not use safety belts are also not
Frontal crashes create very strong forces for peo- attached to their vehicle. In a frontal collision
ple riding in vehicles. they will also keep moving forward at the speed
their vehicle was travelling just before the crash.
Of course, the laws of physics don't just apply to
frontal collisions, they determine what happens
in all kinds of accidents and collisions .

What happens to occupants not wearing


safety belts?
In crashes unbelted occupants cannot stop
themselves from flying forward and being in-
Fig. 143 Unbelted occupants in a veh icle headi ng fo r a wall jured or killed . Always wear your safety belts!

Fig. 144 The vehicle crashes into the wall Fig. 145 A driver not wea ring a safety belt is violen tl y
t hrow n fo rward
The physical principles are simple. Both the vehi-
cle and the passengers possess energy which var-
ies with vehicle speed and body weight . Engi-
neers call this energy "kinetic energy."
The higher the speed of the vehicle and the
greater the vehicle's weight, the more energy
that has to be "absorbed" in the crash.

Vehicle speed is the most significant factor . If


the speed doubles from 15 to 30 mph (25 to 50
km/h), the energy increases 4 t imes! Fig. 146 A rea r passe nge r not wear ing a sa fety belt will fly
forward an d str ike the driver
Because the passengers of this vehicle are not us-
ing safety belts ~ fig. 143, they will keep moving Unbelted occupants a re not able to res ist the tre -
at the same speed the vehicle was moving just mendous forces of impact by holding tight or
before the crash, unti l something stops them - bracing themselves. Without the benefit of safe-
here, the wall ~ fig . 144. ty restraint systems, the un restra ined occupant
will slam violently into t he steering wheel, in-
The same principles apply to people sitt ing in a
strument pane l, windshield, or whatever e lse is
vehicle that is involved in a frontal collision . Even
in the way ~ fig . 145. This impact with the vehi -
at city speeds of 20 to 30 mph (30 to 50 km/h),
cle interior has a ll the energy they had just be-
the forces acting on the body can reach one ton
fore the crash. liJJ,-

140
Safety belts

Never rely on airbags alone for protection. Even Safety be lts attach passengers to the car and give
when they deploy, airbags provide on ly additional them the benefit of being slowed down more
protection. Airbags are not supposed to dep loy in gently or "softly" through the "give" in the safety
all kinds of accidents. Although your Audi is belts, crush zones and other safety features engi-
equipped with airbags, all vehicle occupants, in- neered into today's vehicles. By "absorbing" the
cluding the dr iver, must wear safety belts cor - kinetic ene rgy over a longer period of time, the
rectly in order to minimize the risk of severe in- safety belts make the forces on the body more
jury or death in a crash . "tolerab le" and less likely to ca use injury .

Remember too, that airbags will deploy only Although these examples are based on a frontal
once and that your safety belts are always there collision, safety be lts can also substantially re-
to offer protect ion in those acc idents in w hich duce the risk of injury in other kinds of crashes.
a irbags are not supposed to deploy or when they So, whether you're on a long trip or just going to
have already deployed. Unbelted occupants can the corner store, a lways buckle up and make sure
also be thrown out of the vehicle where even others do, too. Accident statist ics show that veh i-
more severe or fatal injur ies can occur. cle occupants properly wearing safety belts have
a lower risk of being injured and a much better
It is also important for the rear passengers to
chance of surviving an accident . Properly using
wear safety belts correctly . Unbelted passengers
safety belts also greatly increases the ability of
in the rear seats endanger not only t hemse lves
the supp lemental airbags to do their job in a col-
but also the driver and other passengers
lision. For this reason, wearing a safety belt is le-
¢ fig. 146. In a frontal collision they will be
gally required in most count ries including much
thrown forward violently, where they can hit and
of the United States and Canada .
injure the driver and/or front seat passenger .
Although your Audi is equipped with airbags, you
Safety belts protect still have to wear the safety belts provided. Front
airbags, for example, are activated only in some
People think it's possible to use the hands to frontal collisions. The front airbags are not act i-
brace the body in a minor collision. It 's simply vated in all frontal collisions, in side and rear col-
not true! lisions , in rollovers or in cases where there is not
enough deceleration t hrough impact to the front
of the vehicle. The same goes for the othe r a irbag
systems in your Audi . So, always wear your safety
belt and make sure everybody in your vehicle is
properly restrained!

Important safety instructions about safety


belts
Safety belts must always be correctly positioned
Fig. 147 Driver is correctly restra ined i n a sudden braking across the strongest bones of your body.
maneuver
.,.Always wear safety belts as illustrated and de-
Safety belts used properly can make a big differ- scribed in this chapter.
ence. Safety belts help to keep passengers in .,. Make sure that your safety belts are always
their seats, gradually reduce energy levels ap- ready for use and are not damaged.
plied to the body in an accident, and help prevent
co
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.... the uncontrolled movement that can cause se ri-
N
ous injur ies . In addition, safety belts reduce the
"....
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danger of being thrown out of the veh icle .
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141
Safety belts

_& WARNING aged, have belts replaced by an authorized


Audi dealer or qualified workshop.
Not wearing safety belts or wearing them im-
- Safety belts that have been worn and loaded
properly increases the risk of serious personal
in an accident must be replaced with the
injury and death . Safety belts can work only
correct replacement safety belt by an au-
when used correctly.
thorized Audi dealer. Replacement may be
-Always fasten your safety belts correctly be-
necessary even if damage cannot be clearly
fore driving off and make sure all passen-
seen . Anchorages that were loaded must al-
gers are correctly restrained.
so be inspected.
- For maximum protection, safety belts must
- Never remove, modify , disassemble, or try
always be positioned properly on the body.
to repair the safety belts yourself .
- Never strap more than one person, includ-
-Always keep the belts clean. Dirty belts may
ing small children, into any belt.
not work properly and can impair the func-
- Never place a safety belt over a child sitting
tion of the inertia reel¢ table on page 233.
on your lap.
- Always keep feet in the footwell in front of
the seat while the vehicle is being driven. Safety belts
- Never let any person ride with their feet on Fastening safety belts
the instrument panel or st icking out the
window or on the seat. Safety first - everybody buckle up!
- Never remove a safety belt while the vehicle
is moving . Doing so will increase your risk of
being injured or killed .
- Never wear belts twisted.
- Never wear belts over rigid or breakable ob-
jects in or on your clothing, such as eye
glasses, pens, keys, etc., as these may cause
injury.
- Never allow safety belts to become dam-
aged by being caught in door or seat hard- Fig. 148 Belt buckle and to ngu e on the driver's seat
ware .
- Do not wear the shoulder part of the belt To provide maximum protection, safety belts
under your arm or otherwise out of position. must a lways be positioned correctly on the wear-
- Several layers of heavy clothing may inter- er 's body.
fere with correct positioning of belts and re-
.. Adjust the front seat and head restraint proper-
duce the overall effectiveness of the system.
ly¢ page SO, Seats and storage.
- Always keep belt buckles free of anything
.. Make sure the seatback of the rear seat bench
that may prevent the buckle from latching
is in an upright position and securely latched in
securely .
place before using the belt ¢ ,&. .
- Never use comfort clips or devices that cre-
.. Pull the safety belt evenly across the chest and
ate slack in the shoulder belt. However, spe-
pelvis ¢ fig . 148, ¢ ,&. .
cial clips may be required for the proper use
.. Insert the tongue into the correct buckle of
of some child restraint systems.
your seat until you hear it latch securely.
- Torn or frayed safety belts can tear, and
.. Pull on the belt to make sure that it is securely
damaged belt hardware can break in an acci-
latched in the buckle. ..,.
dent . Inspect belts regularly. If webbing,
bindings, buckles , or retractors are dam-

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Safet y bel ts

Automati c safety belt retractors of the body into critical areas like the abdo-
Every safety be lt is equ ipped wit h an automatic men .
be lt retractor on the shoulder belt. Th is feature - Always lock the convertible locking retractor
locks the belt when the belt is pulled out fast, when you are securing a child seat in the ve-
during hard braking and in an accident. The belt hicle c;,page 184.
may also lock when you drive up or down a steep
hill or through a sharp curve. During normal driv- (I} Tips
ing the belt lets you move freely . For information on safety belt pretensioners,
refer to c:;,page 145 .
Safet y be lt pretensioners
The safety belts are equipped with a belt preten-
Safety belt position
sioner that helps to tighten the safety belt and
remove slack when the pretensioner is activated Correct belt position is the key to getting ma xi-
c:;,page 145. The function of the pretensioner is mum protection from safety belts.
monitored by a warning light c:;,page 17.

Convertible locking retractor


Every safety belt except the one on the driver
seat is equipped with a convertible locking retrac-
tor that must be used when the safety belt is
used to attach a child seat. Be sure to read the
important information about this featu re
c;,page 182 .

A WARNING Fig. 14 9 Safety belt posit ion

Improperly posit ioned safety be lts ca n cause


Use the height adjustme nt to change the posit ion
ser ious injury in an accide nt c:;,page 143,
of the shoulder belt of the front safety belts .
Safe ty belt position .
- Safety belts offer optimum protection only
when the seatback is upr ight and belts are
A
~
WARNING
Imp roperly positioned safety belts can cause
prope rly pos itioned on the body.
se rious pe rsonal injury in an acciden t .
- Always ma ke sure tha t the rear sea t bac k-
- The s hou lde r belt should lie as close to t he
rest to wh ich t he cente r rea r safety be lt* is
center of the collar bone as possib le and
at tached is secure ly latched whenever the
should fit well on the body . Hold t he belt
rear center safety belt is being used. If the
above the latch tongue and pull it evenly
backrest is not securely latched, the passen-
across the chest so tha t it sits as low as pos -
ger will move forward with the backrest dur-
sible on the pe lvis and there is no pressure
ing sudden braking, in a sudden maneuver
on the abdomen. The belt should a lways fit
and especially in a cras h .
snug ly c:;,fig. 149. Pull on the belt to tighten
- Never attach the safety belt to the buckle
if necessary.
for another seat. Attaching the belt to the
- A loose-fitting safety belt can cause serious
wrong buckle will red uce safety belt effec-
inju ries by shifting its position on your body
t iveness and can cause serious personal in-
from the strong bones to more vulnerable,
jury.
soft tissue and cause serious inj ury.
co - A passenger who is not p roperly restrained
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.... - Always read and heed all WARNINGS and
N can be seriously inj ured by the safety be lt it-
other important informat io n c:;,page 141 .
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Sa f e ty belts

Pregnant women must also be correctly Unfastening safety belts


restrained
Unbuckle the safety belt with the red release
The best way to protect the fetus is to make sure button only after the vehicle has stopped.
that expectant mothers always wear safety belts
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correctly - throughout the pregnancy. N

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Fig. 151 Releasing the tongue from the buckle

Fig. 150 Safety belt positio n during pregnancy ...Push the red re lease button on t he buck le
9 fig. 151. The belt tongue will spring out of
To prov ide maximum protection , safety belts the buck le 9 A .
must always be posit ioned correctly on the wear- ...Let the belt wind up on the retractor as yo u
er's body ¢ page 143 . guide the belt tongue to its stowed position .
...Adjust the front seat and adjustable head re-
straint* correctly ¢ page SO, Seats and stor- A WARNING
age . Never unfasten safety belt wh ile the vehicle is
... Pull the safety belt even ly across the chest so moving . Doing so will increase your risk of be-
that it s its as low as possible on the pelvis and ing injured or killed .
there is no pressure on the abdomen
9 fig. 150, 9 .&,. Adjusting safety belt height
... Inser t the tong ue into t he cor rect buckle of
you r seat until you hea r it latch secure ly. With the aid of the safety belt height adjust-
...Pull on the be lt to make sure that it is securely ment, the three point safety belt strap routing
latched in the buck le . can be fitted to the shoulder area, according to
body size.
A WARNING
Improperly pos itioned safety be lts can cause
ser ious persona l injury in an accident.
- Expectant mothers must a lways wear the
lap portion of the safety belt as low as pos-
sible across the pelvis and below the ro und-
ing of the abdomen .
- Always read and heed all WARNINGSand
other important information ¢ .&. in Fasten-
ing safety belts on page 143 . Fig. 15 2 Safety belt height adjustme nt for the front seats
- loop -around fittings

The shoulder be lt shou ld lie as close to the center


of the co llar bo ne as poss ible and shou ld fit well
o n the body 9 .&.in Safe ty belt posi tion on
page 143. ~

144
S a fet y b e lts

~ Push the loop-around fittings up q fig. 152 @ , - Always read and heed all WARNINGS and
or other important informat ion q page 141.
~ squeeze together the (!) button, and push the
loop-around fittings down @ .
~ Pull the belt to make sure that the upper at-
Belt tensioners
tachment is properly engaged . How safety belt pretensioners work

A WARNING
In front, side and rear-end collisions above a
particular severity and in a rollover, safety belts
Always read and heed all WARNINGS and oth- are tensioned automatically.
er important informat ion Q page 141.
Reversible safety belt tensioner s
The safety belts on the front seats are equipped
With the front seats, the height adjustment with power revers ible tensioners. The following
of the seat can also be used to adjust the po- funct ions are available when the dr iver's/front
sition of the safety belts. passenger's safety belts are fastened:

- Automatic tens ioners: at the start of a drive,


Improperly worn safety belts the safety belts automatically adjust to the
passenger after a certain time period or vehicle
Incorrectly positioned safety belts can cause se-
speed. To switch the automatic tensioners off,
vere injuries.
select the following in the MMI: !CARI function
Wearing safety belts improperly can cause seri- button > (Car)* system s > Vehicle setting s >
ous injury or death. Safety belts can only work Seat s > Driver'sseat or Passenger's seat > Au-
when they are correctly pos itioned on the body . tom atic belt ten sioner > Off.
Improper seating positions reduce the effect ive- - In certain driving situations, the safety bel t s
ness of safety be lts and will even increase the may tighten w it h a reve rsib le tensioning func-
risk of injury and death by mov ing the safety belt tion q page 137 .
to crit ica l areas of the body. Imp roper seating - The safety be lts may also t igh t en with this re-
positions also increase the risk of serious injury versible tension ing function in minor collisions.
and death when an airbag deploys and strikes an
occ upant who is not in the correct seat ing posi- Pyrotechnic safety belt pretens ioners
tion. A driver is respons ible for the safety of all The safety belts are equipped wit h safety belt
vehicle occupants and espec ia lly for children. prete ns ioners. The system is activated by sensors
Therefore: in front, side and rear -end collisions of great se-
verity and in a rollover. This tightens the belt and
~ Never permit anyone to assume an incorrect
takes up belt slack q .& in Service and disposal of
sitting position in the veh icle wh ile traveling
safety belt pretensioner on page 146. Taking up
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the slack he lps to reduce forward occupant

A WARNING
movement during a collision.

Improperly worn safety belts increase the risk A


- WARNING
-
of serious personal injury and death wheneve r
- It is poss ible for the pretensioners to dep loy
a vehicle is be ing used.
incorrectly.
- Always make sure that al l vehicle occupants
- The pyrotechnic system can only provide
are correctly restra ined and stay in a correct
protection for one collision. If the pyrotech-
co seating pos it io n whenever the ve hicle is be-
co
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(D Tips - Never repair, adjust, or change any parts of


the safety belt system .
The pyrotechnic safety be lt pretensioners can
- Safety belt systems including safety belt
only deploy once.
pretensioners cannot be repaired . Spec ial
- The safety belt pretensioners do not deploy
procedures are required for removal, instal-
in minor frontal, side and rear-end colli-
lation and disposal of this system.
sions.
- For any work on the safety belt system, we
- A fine dust is released when the pyrotechnic
strongly recommend that you see your au-
safety be lt pretensioners deploy. This is nor-
thorized Audi dealer or qualified technician
mal and is not caused by a fire in the vehi-
who has an Audi approved repa ir manual,
cle.
tra ining and special equipment necessary .
- The relevant safety requirements must be
observed when the vehicle or components
of the system are scrapped. A qualified
@) For the sake of the environment
dealership is familiar with these regulations Undeployed airbag modules and pretension-
and will be pleased to pass on the informa- ers might be classified as Perchlorate Materi-
tion to you. al -special handling may apply, see
- Be sure to observe all safety, environmental www .dtsc.ca .gov/hazardouswaste/perchlo-
and other regulations if the veh icle or indi- rate. When the vehicle or parts of the re-
vidual parts of the system, pa rticula rly the straint system including airbag modu les safe-
safety be lt or airbag, are to be disposed . We ty belts with pretensioners are scrapped, all
applicable laws and regulations must be ob -
recommend yo u have your authorized Audi
dealer perform this service for you. served. Your authorized Audi dealer is familiar
with these requirements and we recommend
that you have your dealer perform this service
Service and disposal of safety belt preten-
for you.
sioner

The safety belt pretensioners are parts of the


safety belts on your Audi. Installing, removing,
servicing or repairing of belt pretensioners can
damage the safety belt system and prevent it
from working correctly in a collision.
There are some important things you have to
know to make sure that the effectiveness of the
system will not be impaired and that discarded
components do not cause injury or pollute the
environment.

_& WARNING
Improper care, serv icing and repair proce-
dures can increase the risk of personal injury
and death by preventing a safety belt preten-
sioner from activating when needed or acti-
vating it unexpectedly :
- The belt pretensioner system can be activat-
ed only once. If belt pretensioners have
been act ivated, the system must be re-
placed .

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A irbag system reaching the pedals, or if you have concerns with


regard to the function or operation of the Ad-
Important information vanced Airbag System, please contact your au-
thori zed Audi dealer or qualified workshop, or
Importance of wearing safety belts and
call Audi Customer Relations at 1-800-822-2834
sitting properly
for possible modifications to your vehicle.
Airbags are only supplemental restraints. For
When the airbag system deploys, a gas generator
airbags to do their job, occupants must always
will fill the airbags, break open the padded cov-
properly wear their safety belts and be in a prop-
ers, and inflate between the steering wheel and
er seating position.
the driver and between the instrument panel and
For your safety and the safety of your passen- the front passenger. The airbags will deflate im-
gers, before driving off, always: mediately after deployment so that the front oc-
cupants can see through the windshield again
.,.Adjust the driver's seat and steering wheel
without interruption.
properly 9 page 129,
.,.Adjust the front passenger's seat properly All of this takes place in the blink of an eye, so
9page 50, fast that many people don't even realize that the
.,.Wear safety belts properly 9 page 141, airbags have deployed. The airbags also inflate
.,.Always properly use the proper child restraint with a great deal of force and nothing should be
to protect children 9 page 171. in their way when they deploy. Front airbags in
combination with properly worn safety belts slow
In a collision, airbags must inflate within the down and limit the occupant's forward move-
blink of an eye and with considerable force. The ment. Together they help to prevent the driver
supplemental airbags can cause injuries if the and front seat passenger from hitting parts of
driveror the front seat passenger is not seated the inside of the vehicle while reducing the forces
properly. Therefore in order to help the airbag to acting on the occupant during the crash. In this
do its job, it is important, both as a driver and as way they help to reduce the risk of injury to the
a passenger to sit properly at all times. head and upper body in the crash. Airbags do not
By keeping room between your body and the protect the arms or the lower parts of the body.
steering wheel and the front of the passenger Both front airbags will not inflate in all frontal
compartment, the airbag can inflate fully and collisions . The triggering of the airbag system de-
completely and provide supplemental protection pends on the vehicle deceleration rate caused by
in certain frontal collisions o page 129, Correct the collision and registered by the electronic con-
passenger seating positions. For details on the trol unit . If this rate is below the reference value
operation of the seat adjustment controls programmed into the control unit, the airbags
opageSO. will not be triggered, even though the car may be
It's especially important that children are proper- badly damaged as a result of the collision. Vehi-
ly restrained 9 page 171. cle damage, repair costs or even the lack of vehi-
cle damage is not necessarily an indication of
There is a lot that the driver and the passengers
whether an airbag should inflate or not.
can and must do to help the individual safety fea-
tures installed in your Audi work together as a Since the circumstances will vary considerably
system. between one collision and another, it is not possi-
ble to define a range of vehicle speeds that will
Proper seating position is important so that the
cover every possible kind and angle of impact
front airbag on the driver side can do its job. If
co
co that will always trigger the airbags. Important
.... you have a physical impairment or condition that
N factors include, for example, the nature (hard or
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also not inflate in side or rear collisions, or in - To reduce the risk of injury when an a irbag
rollovers. inflates, always wear safety belts properly
Alwa ys rememb er: Airbags will deploy only once, page 142, Safety belts.
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and on ly in ce rtain kinds of coll isions. Your safety - Always make certa in that children age 12 or
be lts are always there to offer protection in those younger always ride in the rear seat. If chil-
situations in which airbags are not supposed to dren are not properly restrained, they may
dep loy, or when they have already deployed; for be severely injured or killed when an airbag
examp le, when your vehicle str ikes or is struck by inflates.
another vehicle after the first coll is ion. - Never let ch ildren ride unrestra ined or im-
properly restrained in the vehicle. Adj ust the
This is just one of the reasons why an airbag is a
front seats properly.
supp lementary restraint and is not a substitute
- Never ride with the backrest recl ined .
for a safety belt. The a irbag system works most
- Always sit as far as possible from the steer-
effect ively when used with the safety belts.
ing wheel or the instrument panel
Therefore, always properly wear your safety belts
c::>page129.
c::>page139.
- Always sit upright w ith your back against

A WARNING
-
the backrest of your seat .
- Never place your feet on the instrument
Sitting too close to the steering wheel or in- panel or on the seat. Always keep both feet
st rument panel will decrease the effective- on the floor in front of the seat to help pre-
ness of the airbags and will increase the risk vent serious injur ies to the legs and hips if
of personal injury in a collision.
the airbag inflates.
- Never sit closer than 10 inches (25 cm) to - Never recl ine the front passenger's seat to
the steering wheel or instrument panel.
transport objects. Items can also move into
- If you cannot sit mo re than 10 inches the area of the side a irbag or the front air-
(25 cm) from the steering wheel, invest i- bag du ring brak ing or in a sudden maneu-
gate whether adaptive equipment may be ver. Obje cts nea r the airbags can become
available to help you reach the pedals and proj ecti les and cause injury when an airbag
increase your seating distance from the inflates.
steering wheel.
- All vehicle occupants and especially children
must be restrained properly whenever riding
A WARNING
Airbags that have deployed in a crash must be
in a vehicle. An unrestrained or improperly
replaced.
restra ined child could be injured by striking
- Use on ly original equipment airbags ap-
the interior or by being ejected from the ve-
proved by Audi and installed by a trained
hicle during a sudden maneuver or impact.
technician who has the necessary tools and
An unrestrained or imp roperly restrained
diagnostic equipment to properly replace
child is also at greate r risk of inju ry or death
any airbag in your vehicle and assure system
through contact with an inflating airbag.
effectiveness in a crash.
- If you are unrestrained, leaning fo rwa rd, sit-
- Never perm it salvaged or recycled airbags to
t ing s ideways or out of pos ition in any way,
be installed in your vehicle.
your risk of inj ury is much higher.
- You will also receive serious injuries and
could even be killed if you are up aga inst the Child restraints on the front seat - some
airbag or t oo close to it when it inflates - important things to know
even with an Advanced Airbag.
.,. Be sure to read the impo rt ant info rmat ion and
heed the WARNINGS for impor t ant deta ils .,..

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about children and Advanced Airbags - will stay on if there is a small child or child re-
¢ page 171 . straint on the front passenger seat,
- will go off if the front passenge r seat is occu -
Even though your vehicle is equipped with an Ad-
pied by an adult as registered by the capac itive
vanced Airbag System, make certain that all chil-
passenger detection system ¢ page 159, Mon-
dren, especially those 12 years and younger, a l-
itoring the Advanced Airbag System.
ways ride in the back seat properly restrained for
their age and size. The airbag on the passenger The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light comes on
side makes the front seat a potentially dangerous when e lectrica l capacitance registered on the
place for a child to ride. The front seat is not the front passenger seat is equal to or less than the
safest place for a child in a forward-facing child combined capacitance of a typical 1 year-old in-
seat . It can be a very dangerous place for an in- fant and one of the rearward-facing or forward-
fant or a child in a rearward-fac ing seat. facing child restraints listed in Federal Motor Ve-
hicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 208 with wh ich
The Advanced Airbag System in your veh icle has
the Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle was
been certified to comply with the requirements
certified.
of United States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standa rd (FMVSS) 208, as well as Canada Motor If the to t al e lect rical capacitance reg ist ered on
Vehicle Safety Standa rd (CMVSS) 208 as applica- t he front passenger seat is more than that of a
ble at the t ime your veh icle was m a nufact ured. typ ical 1 year-old ch ild but less than the weight
Accord ing to requirements, the front Advanced of a sma ll adult, the front airbag on the passen-
Airbag System on the passenger side has been ger side can deploy (the PASSENGER AIR BAG
certified for "suppression" for infants of about OFF light does not come on).
12 month old and younger and for "low risk de- If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does not
ployment" for children aged 3 to 6 years old (as
come on, the front airbag on the passenger side
defined in the standard) . has not been tu rned off by t he electron ic con t rol
The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light in the instru- unit and can dep loy if the control unit senses an
ment panel tells you when the front Advanced impact that meets the cond itions st ored in its
Airbag on the passenger side has been turned off memory .
by the electronic control unit. For example , th e airbag may deplo y if :
Each time yo u switch on the ignition, the PAS· - a small ch ild that is heav ier than a typ ical 1
SENGER AIR BAG OFF light will come on for a
year-o ld child is on the front passenger seat
few seconds and: (regardless of whethe r the child is in one of the
- will stay on if the front passenger seat is not child seats list ed ¢ page 173), or
occupied, - a child who has outgrown child rest raints is on
- will stay on if the electrical capacitance meas - the front passenge r seat.
ured by the capac itive passenger detection sys- If the front passenger airbag is turned off, the
tem for the front passenger seat equals the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light comes on in the
combined capacitance of an infant up to about inst rument cluste r and stays on .
one year of age and one of the rearward-facing
or forward-facing child restraints listed in Fed - If the front passenger airbag deploys, the Feder-
era l Moto r Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) al Standard requires the airbag to meet the "low
208 with which the Advanced Airbag System in risk" deployment cr iteria to reduce the risk of in-
yo ur vehicle was ce rtified. For a listing of the jury through interact ion w ith the airbag . "Low
child rest raints t hat were used to certify your risk" dep loymen t occurs in those crashes that
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the e lectronic control unit ¢ page 159, PASSEN-
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Always remember, a child seat or infant carrier - Never put the fo rward-facing child restraint
installed on the front seat may be struck and up against or very near the instrument pan-
knocked out of position by the rapidly inflating el.
passenger's airbag in a frontal collision. The air- - Always move the front passenger seat to
bag could greatly reduce the effectiveness of the the highest posit ion in the up and down ad-
child restraint and even seriously injure the child justment range and move it back to the
during inflation. rearmost posit ion in the seat's fore and aft
For this reason, and because the back seat is the adj ustment range, as far away from the a ir-
safest place for children - when properly restrain- bag as poss ible, before install ing the for-
ed according to their age and size - we strongly ward-facing chi ld restrain t .
recommend that children always sit in the back - Always make sure that the safety be lt upper
seat ¢ page 171, Child safety. anchorage is behind the ch ild rest raint and
not next to or in fron t of the child rest raint
.8, WARNING -
so that the safety be lt will be properly posi-
tioned.
A child in a rearward-facing chi ld seat insta l-
led on the front passenger seat will be ser i- - Make sure that the PASSENGERAIR BAG
ously injured and can be killed if the front air- OFFlight comes on and stays on a ll the time
bag inflates - even with an Advanced Airbag wheneve r the ignit ion is switched on .
System.
- The inflating airbag will hit the child seat or
.8, WARNING -
infant carrier with great force and will To reduce the risk of serious injury, make sure
smash the chi ld seat and child against the that the PASSENGERAIR BAGOFFlight will
backrest, center armrest, door or roof. be d isp layed whenever a child restraint is in-
- Always install rear-facing child seats on the stalled on the front passenge r seat and the
rear seat. ignit ion is switched on.
- If you must install a rearward facing chi ld - If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFFlight does
seat on the front passenger seat because of not stay on, perform the checks described
exceptional circumstances and the PASSEN- ¢ page 159, Monitoring the Advanced Air-

GERAIR BAG OFFlight does not come on bag System .


and stay on, immediately install the rear- - Take the child restraint off the front passen-
facing child seat in a rear seating position ger seat and install it properly at one of the
and have the airbag system inspected by rear seat positions if the PASSENGERAIR
your Audi dealer. BAGOFFlight does not stay on.
- Forward-facing ch ild seats insta lled on the - Have the airbag system inspected by your
front passenger's seat may interfe re with Aud i dea le r immediately.
the deployment of the airbag and cause se- - Always carefully follow instructions from
rious persona l injury to the child. child restraint manufacture rs when instal-
ling child restra ints .
.8, WARNING
If, in except ional circumstances, you must in- .8, WARNING
stall a forward-facing chi ld restraint on the If, in exceptional circumstances, you must in-
front passenger's seat: stall a forward or rearward-fac ing child re-
- Always make sure t he forward-facing se at stra int on the front passenger's seat:
has been designed and certified by its man - - Improper installat ion of child restraints can
ufacturer for use on a front seat with a pas- reduce the ir effectiveness or even preven t
senger front and side airbag . them from providing any pro t ect ion .

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- An improper ly installed ch ild restraint can


interfere with the airbag as it deploys and
seriously injure or even kill the child - even
with an Advanced Airbag System.
- Always carefu lly follow the manufacturer 's
instructions provided with the child seat or
carrier .
- Always make sure that there is nothing on
the front passenger seat that will cause the
capacit ive passenger detection system in Fig. 1 54 Location of front passenger's airbag: in the in-
st rument pane l
the seat to signa l to the Airbag System that
the seat is occupied by a person when it is
Your vehicle is equipped with an "Advanced Air-
not, or to signa l tha t it is occ upied by some -
bag System" in compliance with United States
one who is heavier t han the person actua lly
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
sitting on the seat . The presence of addi -
(FMVSS) 208, as well as Canada Motor Veh icle
tional objects could cause the passenger
Safety Standard (CMVSS)208 as applicable at
front airbag to be turned on when it shou ld
the time your veh icle was manufactured. The
be off, or could cause the airbag to work in a
safe t y belts fo r the seats have "pretensione rs"
way that is different from the way it would
that help to take slack out of the bel t system.
have worked without the object on the seat .
The pretensioners are also activated by the e lec-
tronic control unit for the airbag system .
Front airbags
The front safety belts also have load limiters to
Description of front airbags help reduce the fo rces applied to the body in a
crash .
The airbag system can provide supplemental
protection to properly restrained front seat occu- The airbag for the driver is in the steering wheel
pants. hub ¢ fig. 153 a nd the airbag for the front pas-
senger is in the instrument pane l ~ fig. 154. The
general location of the airbags is marked "AIR-
BAG".

There is a lot you need to know about the airbags


in your vehicle. We urge you to read the deta iled
information about airbags, safety be lts and child
safety in this and the other chapters that make
up the owner's literatu re . Please be sure to heed
the WARNINGS - they are extremely important
Fig. 153 Location of driver airbag: in ste .ering whee l
for your safety and the safety of your passengers,
especially infants and small children.

A WARNING
Never rely on airbags alone for protect ion.
- Even when they deploy, airbags provide only
supplemental protection.
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- Therefore, always wear your safety belts and - Never recline the front passenger seat to
make sure that everybody in your vehicle is transport objects. Items can also move into
properly restrained. the deployment area of the side airbags or
- Always hold the steering wheel with both the front airbag during breaking or in a sud-
hands on the outside of the steering wheel den maneuver . Objects near the airbags can
rim at the 9:00 o'clock and 3 :00 o'clock po- fly dangerously through the passenger com-
sitions to help reduce the risk of personal in- partment and cause injury, particularly
jury if the driver's airbag inflates . when the seat is reclined and the airbags in-
- Never hold the steering wheel at the 12 flate.
o'clock position or with your hands any-
where inside the steering wheel or on the A WARNING
-
steering wheel hub. Holding the steering A person on the front passenger seat, espe-
wheel the wrong way increases the risk of cially infants and small children, will receive
severe injury to the arms, hands, and head if serious injuries and can even be killed by be-
the driver airbag deploys. ing too close to the airbag when it inflates .
- Although the Advanced Airbag System in
A WARNING
-
your vehicle is designed to turn off the front
Objects between you and the airbag will in- passenger airbag if an infant or a small child
crease the risk of injury in a crash by interfer- is on the front passenger seat, nobody can
ing with the way the airbag unfolds and/or by absolutely guarantee that deployment un-
being pushed into you as the airbag inflates. der these special conditions is impossible in
- Always make sure nothing is in the front air- all conceivable situations that may happen
bag deployment zone that could be struck during the useful life of your vehicle.
by the airbag when it inflates. - The Advanced Airbag System can deploy in
- Objects in the zone of a deploying airbag accordance with the .,low risk" option for 3-
can become projectiles when the airbag de- and 6-year-old children under the U.S. Fed-
ploys and cause serious personal injury. eral Standard if a child with electrical capac-
- Never hold things in your hands or on your itance greater than the combined capaci-
lap when the vehicle is in use . tance of a typical one-year old infant re-
- Never place accessories or other objects strained in one of the forward facing or rear-
(such as cup holders, telephone brackets, ward-facing child seats with which your ve-
note pads, navigation systems, or things hicle was certified is on the front passenger
that are large, heavy, or bulky) on the doors; seat and the other conditions for airbag de-
never attach then to the doors or the wind- ployment are met.
shield; never place them over or near or at- - Accident statistics have shown that children
tach them to the area marked ,.AIRBAG"on are generally safer in the rear seat area than
the steering wheel, instrument panel or the in the front seating position.
seat backrests; never place them between - For their own safety, all children, especially
these areas and you or any other person in 12 years and younger, should always ride in
the vehicle. the back properly restrained for their age
- Never attach objects to the windshield and size.
above the passenger front airbag, such as
accessory GPS navigation units or music Advanced front airbag system
players. Such objects could cause serious in-
jury in a collision, especially when the air- Your vehicle is equipped with a front Advanced
bags inflate . Airbag System in compliance with United States
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208, as
well as Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard ..,.

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(CMVSS)208 as applicable at the time your vehi- - When a person is detected on the front passen -
cle was manufactured. ger seat that has an elect rical capacitance that
is more than the total e lectr ical capacitance of
The front Advanced Airbag System supp lements
a child that is about 1 year o ld restrained in one
the safety belts to prov ide additional pro t ection
of the rear-fac ing or forward-facing infant re-
for the driver's and front passenger 's heads and
straints (listed in Federa l Motor Vehicle Safety
upper bodies in frontal crashes . The airbags in-
Standard 208 with which the Advanced Airbag
flate only in fronta l impacts when the veh icle de-
System in you r vehicle was cert ified), the front
celerat ion is high enough.
airbag on the passenger side may or may not
The front Advanced Airbag System for the front dep loy.
seat occupants is not a substitute for your safety
The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light comes o n
be lts. Rather, it is part of the overa ll occupant re-
whe n the elect ronic control unit detects a tota l
stra int system in your vehicle. Always remember
elect rical capacitance on the front passe nger sea t
that the airbag system can only help to protect
t hat req uires t he front airbag to be turned off. If
you, if you are sitting upr ight, wear ing your safe-
the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF ligh t does not
ty belt and wear ing it properly. This is why you
come on, the front airbag on the passenger side
and your passengers must always be properly re-
has not been turned off by the contro l unit and
stra ined, not jus t because t he law requ ires you to
can deploy if the contro l unit senses an impact
be.
that meets the cond itions stored in its memory.
The Advanced Airbag System in your ve hicle has
If the total e lectr ical capacitance registered on
been ce rtified to meet the "low risk" require-
the front passenger seat is more than that of a
ments for 3 and 6 yea r-old children o n the pas-
typ ical 1 year -old, but less than the weight of a
senger side and very sma ll adults on the drive r
small adult, the front a irbag on the passenger
side . The low risk dep loymen t criteria are intend-
side may deploy (the PASSENGER AIR BAGOFF
ed to help reduce the risk of injury through inter-
light does not come on) .
action with the front airbag that can occur, for
examp le, by being too close to the steering wheel For example , the airbag may deplo y if :
and instrument pane l when the airbag inflates.
- a small ch ild that is heav ier than a typ ica l 1
In addition, the system has been certified to yea r-old child is on the front passenger seat
comp ly with the "supp ression" requirements of (regard less of whether the child is in one of the
the Safety Standard, to turn off the front airbag child seats listed c::,page 17 3),
for infants 12 months old and younger who are - a child who has outgrown child restraints is on
restrained on the front passenger seat in child re- the front passenger seat .
stra ints that are listed in the Standard
If t he front passenge r a irbag is t ur ned off, t he
page 173, Child restraints and Advanced front
c::>
PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light in the center of
airbag system.
the instr ument pane l will come on and stay on .
"Suppress ion" requ ires the front a irbag on the
If the front pas senge r a irbag deploys, the Feder -
passenger side to be turned off if:
al St anda rd requi res t he airbag t o meet t he "low
- a ch ild up to about one year of age is restrained risk" deployment criteria to he lp red uce the risk
on the front passenger seat in one of the rear- of inju ry through interaction with the airbag .
facing or forward-fac ing infant restra ints listed "Low risk" deployment occurs in those crashes
in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 that take place at lower decelerations as defined
with wh ich the Advanced Airbag System in your in the electronic contro l unit ¢ page 159.
co
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vehicle was ce rt ified. For a listi ng of the ch ild
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Alway s remember : Even though your vehicle is
equipped with Advanced Airbags, the safest place
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seat . Please be sure to read the important infor-


mation in the sections that follow and be sure to
.&_WARNING
,_
heed all of the WARNINGS. If, in exceptional circumstances, you must in-
stall a forward-facing child restraint on the
.&_WARNING front passenger's seat:
- Always make sure the forward-facing seat
To reduce the risk of injury when an airbag in-
has been des igned and certified by its man-
flates, always wear safety belts properly.
ufacturer for use on a front seat with a pas-
- If you are unrestrained, leaning forward, sit-
senger front and side airbag.
ting s ideways or out of position in any way,
- Never put the forwa rd-facing child restraint
your risk of injury is much higher.
up against or very nea r the instrument pan-
- You will also receive serious injuries and
el.
could even be killed if you are up aga inst the
- Always move the front passenge r seat t o
airbag or too close to it when it inflates -
the highest posit ion in t he up and down ad-
even with an Advanced Airbag c::> page 147 .
justmen t range and move it back to the
rearmost posit io n in t he seat's fo re and aft
.&_WARNING adjustment range, as far away from the a ir-
A child in a rearward-facing chi ld seat instal- bag as poss ible, before install ing the for-
led on the front passenger seat will be ser i- ward-facing chi ld restraint.
ously inju red and can be killed if the front air- - Always make sure that the safety be lt upper
bag inflates - even with an Advanced Airbag anchorage is behind the chi ld rest raint and
System. not next to o r in front of the child restraint
- Although the Advanced Airbag System in so that the safety be lt will be proper ly posi-
yo ur vehicle is designed to tu rn off the front tioned.
airbag when a rearwa rd-facing child re-
- Always make sure that there is noth ing on
straint has been insta lled on the front pas- the front passenger seat that will cause the
senger seat, nobody can absolutely g uaran- capacitive passenger detection system in
tee that deployment is impossible in all con- the seat to signal to the Airbag System that
ceivable s ituations that may happen during the seat is occup ied by a person when it is
the useful life of your vehicle . not , or to signal that it is occupied by some-
- The inflating a irbag w ill hit the child seat or one who is heavier than t he person actu ally
infant carrier with great force and will sit t ing o n the sea t . The presence of addi-
smash the ch ild seat and child against the tional objects could cause the passenger
backrest, center a rmrest, door, or roof . front airbag to be turne d on when it should
- Always install rearward-facing ch ild re- be off, or could cause the airbag to work in a
straints on the rear seat . way that is d ifferent from the way it wou ld
- If you must install a rearward fac ing ch ild have worked without the object on the seat.
seat on the front passenger seat because of - Make sure that the PASSENGERAIR BAG
exceptional circumstances and the PASSEN- OFFlight comes on and stays on all the time
GERAIR BAGOFFlight does not come on whenever the ign it ion is switched on.
and stay on, immediately insta ll the rear-
facing child seat in a rea r seating position
Advanced Airbag System components
and have the airbag system inspected by
your Audi dealer . The front passenger seat in your veh icle has a lot
of ve ry important parts of the Advanced Airbag
System in it. These parts include the capacitive
passenger detection system, wir ing , brackets,
and more. The control unit moni t ors the system
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switched on and turns the airbag indicator light the front Advanced Airbag on the passenger
on when a malfunction in the one of the system side has been turned off .
components is detected c::>page 159. Because - A sensor in the safety belt latch for the driver
the front passenger seat contains important and for the front seat passenger that senses
parts of the Advanced Airbag System, you must whether that safety be lt is latched or not and
take care to prevent it from being damaged . transmits this information to the electronic
Damage to the seat may prevent the Advanced control un it.
Airbag System for the front passenger seat from
doing its job in a crash. A
,-
WARNING
Damage to the front passenger seat can pre-
The front Advanced Airbag System con sists
of the following: vent the front airbag from working properly.
- Improper repair or disassembly of the front
- Crash sensors in the front of the vehicle that
passenger and driver seat will prevent the
measu re vehicle accelerat ion/ decelerat io n to
Advanced Airbag System from funct io ning
provide info rmation to t he Advanced Airbag
proper ly.
System about the severity of the crash.
- Repairs to the front passenger seat must be
- An electro nic cont rol un it, with integrated
pe rformed by qualified a nd properly trained
crash senso rs fo r front and side impacts. The
workshop personne l.
contro l unit "decides" whether to fire the fro nt
- Never remove the front passenger or driver
airbags based on the information received from
seat from the vehicle .
the crash sensors . The contro l unit a lso "de-
- Never remove the upholste ry from the front
cides" whether the safety be lt pretensioners
passe nger seat.
shou ld be activated .
- Never d isassemble or remove parts from the
- An Advanced Airbag with gas generator and
seat o r disco nnect wires from it.
contro l valve for the d river ins ide the steer ing
- Never carry sharp objects in your pockets or
wheel hub.
put them on the seat. The capacit ive pas-
- An Advanced Airbag with gas generator and
senge r det ect io n mat in t he front passenger
contro l valve inside the instrument panel for
seat will not function properly if it is punc-
the front passenger.
tured.
- A capac itive passenger detect ion system under-
- Never carry things on your lap or carry ob-
neath the front passenger seat cover. This sys-
jects on the front passenge r seat. Such ob-
tem measures the electrical capac itance of the
jects can influen ce the cap acit ance reg is-
person in the seat . The information registered
t ered by the capaci t ive passenger dete ction
is sent conti nuous ly to the electro nic cont rol
syst em, so t hat incorrect information is pro -
unit to regulate deployment of the front Ad-
vided to the airbag control un it.
vanced Airbag on t he passenge r s ide.
- Never store it ems unde r the front passenger
- An airbag monito ring system and indicator
seat . Parts of the Advanced Airbag System
light in the ins tr ument cluster c::>page 159.
under the passenger seat cou ld be dam-
- A sensor in each front seat registers the dis-
aged, preventing them and the airbag sys-
tance between the respective seat and the
tem from working proper ly.
stee ring wheel or instrument pane l. The info r-
- Never place seat covers or replacement up -
mation reg istered is sent cont inuous ly to the
holstery that have not been specifically ap-
electronic control unit to regulate deployment
proved by Audi on the front seats.
of the front Adva need Airbags.
- Seat covers can prevent the Advanced Air-
- The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light comes on
co bag System from recognizing child re-
co
.... and stays on in the center of the instrument
N stra ints or occupants on the front passenger
pane l c::>page 159, fig. 156 a nd tells you when
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- If a seat heater has been retrofitted or oth- E,I(Canada mode ls) in the instr ument clus-
erwise added to the front passenger seat, ter.
never install any child restraint system on - If liquid is pooled on the seat, but has not
this seat . soaked in, th is may also keep the airbag sys-
- Never use cushions, pillows, blankets, or tem from working proper ly and cause the
similar items on the front passenger seat. passenger frontal airbag to be enabled
The additional layers prevent the capacitive (turned on), even though there is a properly
passenger detection system from accurately installed child restraint system on the seat.
measuring the capac itance of the child safe- Wet towels or other wet things on the seat
ty seat and/or the person on the seat and cushion can have the same effect. If the
th us keep the Advanced Airbag System from front passenger front al airbag is turned on,
working properly . the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light light
- Never place or use any electrical device will go out.
(such as a laptop, CD player, electronic
games device, power inverter or seat heater How the Advanced Airbag System
for child seats) on the front passenger seat components work together
if the device is connected to the 12-volt
socket or the cigarette lighter socket. Such The front Advanced Airbag System and the side
devices can influence the capacitance reg is- airbags supp lement the protection offered by the
tered by the capac itive passenger detection front th ree-point safety belts with pretens ioners
system, so that incorrect information is pro- and load limite rs and the adj ustab le head re-
vided to the airbag control unit. straints* to help reduce the risk of injury in a
- If you must use a child restraint on the front wide range of accident and cras h situations. Be
passenger seat and the child restraint man- sure to read the impo rt ant informat ion about
ufacturer's instructions require the use of a safety and heed the WARNINGSin this chapter.
towel, foam cushion or something else to Deployment of the Advanced Airbag System and
properly position the child rest raint, make the activa t ion of t he safety belt pretens ioners de-
certain that the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF pend on the dece lera t ion measured by t he crash
light comes on and stays on whenever the senso rs and registered by the electronic contro l
child restraint is insta lled on the front pas- unit . Crash severity depends on speed and decel-
senger seat. eration as well as the mass and stiffness of the
- If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does vehicle or object involved in the crash.
not come on and stay on, immediately in-
stall child restraint in a rear seating position On the passenger side, regard less of safety belt
and have the airbag system inspected by use, the front passenger frontal airbag will be
your Audi dealer. turned off if the electrica l capacitance measured
by the capacitive passenger detection system on
A WARNING
the front passenger seat is less than the amount
programmed in t he electronic contro l unit . The
If the front passenger seat gets wet, dry it im- front passenger frontal airbag will also be tur ned
mediately. off if the capacitance measured by the system for
- If liquid soaks into the front passenger seat, t he front passenger seat equals that of an infant
this can keep the airbag system from work- of about one yea r of age in one of the child sea t s
ing properly and may, for instance, deact i- that was used to certify the Advanced Airbag Sys-
vate the passenger frontal airbag. If this tem under Federa l Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
happens, the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF 208. The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light comes
light will come on and stay on togethe r with on and stays on to tell you when the front Ad-
the airbag indicator light II (USAmodels) I vanced Airbag System on the passenger side has
been turned off¢ page 159 . ..,.

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Airb a g sys tem

A WARNING
used to lubricate the airbags as they deploy. It
cou ld irritate skin.
To reduce the risk of injury when an a irbag in-
flates, always wear safety belts properly. It is important to remember that wh ile the sup-
- If you are unrestrained, lean ing forward, sit- plementa l airbag system is designed to red uce
t ing s ideways or out of pos ition in anyway, the likelihood of serious injuries, other injur ies,
your risk of injury is much higher. for example swelling, bruising and minor abra-
sions, can also happen when airbags inflate. Air-
- You will also receive serious injur ies and
bags do not protect the arms or the lower parts
could even be killed if you are up aga inst the
of the body. Front airbags supplement the three-
airbag or too close to it when it inflates -
point safety belts on ly in some frontal collisions
even with an Advanced Airbag¢ page 147.
in which the vehicle deceleration is high e nough
to deploy the airbags .
More important things to know about front
airbags Front airbags will not deploy:
- if the ignition is switched off when a crash oc-
curs,
- in side collisions,
- in rear-end collisions,
- in rollovers,
- when t he crash deceleration measured by the
airbag system is less than the m inimum thresh-
old needed for airbag dep loyment as registe red
by the electronic control unit.
Fig. 155 Inflated front airbags
The front passenger airbag also will not
deploy:
Safety belts are important to help keep front
seat occupants in the proper seated position so - when the front passenger seat is not occupied,
that a irbags can unfold properly and provide sup- - when the e lectr ica l capacitance measured by
plemental protection in a frontal collision. the capacitive passenger detection system for
the front passenger seat indicates that the pas-
The front airbags are designed to provide addi-
senger side frontal a irbag must be switched off
tional protection for the chest a nd face of the
by the electronic control unit (the PASSENGER
d river and the front seat passenger when:
AIR BAG OFF light¢ page 159 and how they
- safety belts are worn properly, work comes on and stays on).
- the seats have been positioned so that the oc-
A
cupant is properly seated as far as possible
from the airbag,
- and for adjustable head restraints: the head re-
- WARNING
Sitt ing in the wrong position can increase the
risk of ser ious injury in crashes.
straints have been properly adjusted. - To reduce the risk of injury when the airbags
Because airbags inflate in the blink of an eye with inflate, the drive r and passengers must al-
great force, things you have on your lap or have ways sit in an up right posit ion, must not
placed on the seat could become dangerous pro- lea n aga inst or place any part of their body
jectiles, and be pushed into you if the airbag in- too close to the area where the airbags are
flates . located .
co
co - Occupants who are unbelted, out of position
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.... When an a irbag deploys, fine dust is released . or t oo close to the airbag can be serio us ly
".... This is normal and is not caused by a fire in the
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injured by an airbag as it unfolds with great
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A WARNING bag during braking or in a sudden maneu-


ver. Objects near the airbags can become
A child in a rearward-facing child seat instal-
projectiles and cause injury, particularly
led on the front passenger seat will be seri-
when the seat is reclined .
ously injured and can be killed if the front air-
- Never place or transport objects on the
bag inflates - even with an Advanced Airbag
front passenger seat. Objects on the front
System.
passenger seat could cause the capacitive
- The inflating airbag will hit the child seat or
sensor in the seat to signal to airbag system
infant carrier with great force and will
that the seat is occupied by a person when it
smash the child seat and child against the
in fact is not , or that the person on the seat
backrest, center armrest, door or roof.
is heavier than he or she actually is. The
- Always install rear-facing child seats on the change in electric capacitance because of
rear seat. such objects can cause the passenger front
- If you must install a rearward facing child airbag to be turned on when it should be
seat on the front passenger seat because of off, or can cause the airbag to work in a way
exceptional circumstances and the PASSEN- that is different from the way it would have
GERAIR BAGOFFlight does not come on worked without objects on the seat.
and stay on, immediately install the rear-
- Always make sure that there is nothing on
facing child seat in a rear seating position
the front passenger seat that will cause the
and have the airbag system inspected by
capacitive passenger detection system in
your Audi dealer.
the seat to signal to the Airbag System that

A WARNING
-
the seat is occupied by a person when it is
not, or to signal that it is occupied by some-
Objects between you and the airbag will in- one who is heavier than the person actually
crease the risk of injury in a crash by interfer- sitting on the seat. The presence of an ob-
ing with the way the airbag unfolds or by be- ject could cause the passenger front airbag
ing pushed into you as the airbag inflates . to be turned on when it should be off, or
- Never hold things in your hands or on your could cause the airbag to work in a way that
lap when the vehicle is in use . is different from the way it would have
- Never transport items on or in the area of worked without the object on the seat.
the front passenger seat . Objects could
move into the area of the front airbags dur- A WARNING
ing braking or other sudden maneuvers and The fine dust created when airbags deploy can
become dangerous projectiles that can cause breathing problems for people with a
cause serious personal injury if the airbags history of asthma or other breathing condi-
inflate. tions .
- Never place or attach accessories or other - To reduce the risk of breathing problems,
objects (such as cup holders, telephone those with asthma or other respiratory con-
brackets , large, heavy or bulky objects) on ditions should get fresh air right away by
the doors, over or near the area marked getting out of the vehicle or opening win-
"AIRBAG"on the steering wheel, instru- dows or doors .
ment panel, seat backrests or between - If you are in a collision in which airbags de-
those areas and yourself. These objects ploy, wash your hands and face with mild
could cause injury in a crash, especially soap and water before eating.
when the airbags inflate .
- Be careful not to get the dust into your eyes,
- Never recline the front passenger 's seat to or into any cuts or scratches.
transport objects. Items can also move into
- If the residue should get into your eyes,
the area of the side airbag or the front air-
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Monitoring the the airbag will inflate when it is not sup-


Advanced Airbag System posed to, or will not inflate when it should.

~ (USA models) /!.f (Canada models)


PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light
Airbag monitoring indicator light

Two separate indicators monitor the function of


the Advanced Airbag System: the airbag moni-
toring indicator light and the PASSENGER AIR
BAG OFF light.

The Advanced Airbag System as we ll as the side


airbags and side curtain airbags with eject ion
mitigation features (including the electronic con-
trol unit, sensors and system wiring) are all
monitored conti nuously to make sure that they Fig. 1 5 6 Sectio n from the inst rument panel: PASSENGER
are funct ioning properly whenever t he ignition is AIR BAGOFF light
on . Every t ime you turn on the ignition , the air-
bag system indicator light 1B (USAmodels) !E,I The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light is located in
(Canada models) will come on for a few seconds the center of the inst rument panel c:::>fig. 156 .
(function check). The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light will come on
The system must be inspected when the and stay on to tell you when the front Advanced
indicator light II
(USA models) Jfll Airbag on the passenger side has been turned off
(Canada models) : by the electronic contro l unit. If the bulb for the
PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light bur ns out, t he
- does not come on when the ignition is switched
on, airbag indicato r light fl (USAmodels) Q (Can-
ada mode ls) will come on to signa l a malfunct ion
- does not go out a few seconds after you have
in the Advanced Airbag Syst em. Although the
switched on the ign ition, or
burned -out bulb will not change the way the
- comes on while driving.
front passenger 's fronta l airbag works, it will no
If an airbag system malf unct ion is detected, the longer be poss ible to use the PASSENGER AIR
indicator light will come on to se rve as a consta nt BAG OFF light to make sure that the airbag on/
reminder t o have the system inspected immedi- off status is correct for the occupant on the front
ately . passenger seat . Have the airbag system inspect -
ed immediately by your author ized Audi dealer.
If a malfunction occurs that turns the front air-
bag on t he passenger side off, the PASSENGER The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light will blink
AIR BAG OFF light will come on and stay on for about S seconds when:
whenever the ignit ion is on.
- the ignit ion is switched on and
A WARNING
- the capacit ive passenger detection system,
which switches the front seat passenger's fron-
An airbag system that is not functioning prop- tal Advanced Airbag on and off, detects a
er ly cannot provide supp lemental protection change in the status of the front passenger
in a frontal crash .
seat .
- If the airbag indicator light c:::>page 17
comes when the vehicle is be ing used, have As soon as the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light
co
co the system inspected immed iate ly by your stops blinking, always make sure that the airbag
.... status (on or off) as shown by the PASSENGER
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the front passenger seat . Always make sure that kind of child restraint is at one of t he seating po-
the safety belt for the front passenger seat is sitions on the rear seat¢ page 148, Child re-
proper ly fastened . straints on the front seat - some important
things to know and ¢ page 171, Child safety.
The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light will show
the status of the front seat passenger's frontal If the PASSENGER AIR BAG light comes
Advanced Airbag a few seconds after the igni- on ...
tion is switched on and the airbag indicator
If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light comes on
light goes off . The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF
when one of the conditions listed above is met,
light:
be sure to check the light regularly to make cer-
- will stay on if the front passenger seat is not ta in that the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light
occupied; stays on continuously whenever the ignition is
- will stay on if the electrical capacitance meas- on. If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does
ured by the capacitive passenger detection sys- not appear on and does no t stay on a ll the time,
tem for the front passenger seat equals the stop as soon as it is safe to do so and
combined capacitance of an infant up to about
- reactivate the system by tur ning the ignition
one year of age and one of the rearward-facing
off for more than 4 seconds and then turning it
or forward-facing child restraints listed in Fed-
on again;
eral Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 with
- remove and re install the ch ild restraint. Make
which the Advanced Airbag System in your veh i-
sure that the child restraint is properly insta l-
cle was certified; For a list ing of the child re-
led and that the safety belt for the front pas-
straints that were used to ce rtif y you r vehicle's
senge r seat has been corre ctly routed through
compliance with the U.S. Safety Standard
the child restraint as described in the child re-
¢ page 173 .
straint manufacturer's instructions;
- will go out if the front passenger seat is occu-
- make sure that the convert ible locking retrac-
pied by an adult as registered by the capacitive
tor on the safety belt for the front passenger
passenger detection system.
seat has been activated and that the safety belt
- The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light must come has been pulled tight.
on and stay on if the ignition is on and ...
- make sure that no e lectrica l device (suc h as a
- a car bed has been insta lled on the front pas-
laptop, CD player, e lectronic games device,
senger seat, o r
power inverter or seat heater for child seats) is
- a rearward-facing child res t raint has been in- placed or used on the front passenger seat if
stalled on the front passenger seat, or the device is connected to the 12-volt socket or
- a fo rwar d-fa cing child restraint has bee n instal- the cigarette lighter socket;
led on t he front passenge r seat, - make sure that no seat heater has been retro-
- and if the e lectrica l capacitance registered on fitted or otherw ise added to the front passen-
the front passenger seat is equa l to or less than ger seat;
the combined capacitance of a typica l 1 year- - make sure that noth ing can interfere with the
old infant and one of the rearward-facing or safety belt buckles and that they are not ob-
forward-facing chi ld restraints listed in Federal structed;
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 with which
- make sure that there are no wet objects (such
the Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle was
as a wet towel) and no water or other liquids on
certified.
the front passenger seat cushion . .,.
If the front passenger seat is not occupied, the
front airbag will not deploy, and the PASSENGER
AIR BAG OFF light will stay on. Never install a
rearward-fac ing child restraint on the front pas-
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If th e PASSENGER AI R BAG light st ill does about S seconds to catch the driver's atten-
not com e on ... tion. If this happens, always stop as soon as
If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light still does it is safe to do so and check the steps descri-
not come on and does not stay on continuously bed above.
(when the ignition is switched on), - If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does
not go off when an adult who is not very
- take the child restraint off the front passenger
small is s itting on the front passenger seat
seat and install it properly at one of the rear
after taking the steps described above,
seat positions. Have the airbag system inspect-
make sure the adu lt is properly seated and
ed by your Audi dealer immediately .
rest rained at one of the rear seating posi-
- move the chi ld to a rear seat position and make
tions. Have the a irbag system inspected by
sure that the child is properly restra ined in a
your authorized Audi dealer before trans-
child restraint that is appropriate for its size
porting anyone on the front passenge r seat .
and age .

The PASSENGER AIR BAG light should NOT A WARNING


come on ... An airbag system that is not functioning prop-
-
The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light should NOT erly cannot provide supplemental protection
come on whe n the ignition is on and an adult is in a fronta l crash.
sitting in a proper seating position on the front - If the airbag indicator light ¢ page 17
passenger seat . If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF comes when the vehicle is being used, have
light comes on and stays on or flashes for about the system inspected immediately by your
5 seconds while d riving, under these circumstan- author ized Audi dealer. It is possible that
ces, make sure that: the airbag will inflate when it is not sup-
posed to, or will not inflate when it should.
- the adult on the front passenger seat is proper-
ly seated on the center of the seat cushion with
his o r her back up aga inst the bac kres t and the
A WARNING

backrest is not recl ined, If the front a irbag inflates, a ch ild witho ut a
- the adult is not taking weight off t he seat by chi ld restraint , or in a rearward-facing child
holding on to the passenger assist handle safety seat, or in a forward-fac ing child re-
above the front passenger door or supporting stra int that has not been properly insta lled
their weight on the armrest, will be serious ly injured and can be killed.
- the safety belt is be ing properly wo rn and that - Even tho ugh you r vehicle is equipped with
there is not a lot of slack in the safety belt web - an Advanced Airbag System, make certain
bing, that all children, especially 12 years and
- there are no aftermarket seat covers or cush- younger, always ride on the back seat prop-
ions or other things (such as blankets) on the erly restrained for their age and size.
front passenger seat that might cause the ca- -Always install forward or rear -facing child
pacitive passenger detection system to miscal- seats on the rear seat - even with an Ad-
culate electrical capac itance. vanced Airbag System .
- If you must install a rearward-facing child
seat on the front passenger seat because of
Important safety instructions on
monitoring the Advanced Airbag System except ional circumstances and the PASSEN-
GERAIR BAG OFF light does not appear and
_& WARNING stay on, immed iately install the rear-facing
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- If, in exceptional circumstances, you must ploying when needed or deploying an airbag
install a forward-facing child restraint on unexpectedly :
the front passenger seat, always move the - Never cover, obstruct, or change the steer-
seat into its rearmost position in the seat 's ing wheel horn pad or airbag cover or the in-
fore and aft adjustment range , as far away strument panel or modify them in any way.
from the airbag as possible . The backrest - Never attach any objects such as cup holders
must be adjusted to an upright position. or telephone mountings to the surfaces cov-
- Make sure that the PASSENGER AIR BAG ering the airbag units .
OFF light comes on and stays on all the time - For cleaning the horn pad or instrument
whenever the ignition is switched on. panel, use only a soft, dry cloth or one mois-
tened with plain water. Solvents or cleaners
_& WARNING could damage the airbag cover or change
- If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does the stiffness or strength of the material so
not go out when an adult is sitting on the that the airbag cannot deploy and protect
front passenger seat after taking the steps properly.
described above, make sure the adult is - Never repair , adjust, or change any parts of
properly seated and restrained at one of the the airbag system.
rear seating positions . -All work on the steering wheel, instrument
- Have the airbag system inspected by your panel, front seats or electrical system (in-
Audi dealer before transporting anyone on cluding the installation of audio equipment,
the front passenger seat . cellular telephones and CB radios, etc.)
must be performed by a qualified technician
@ Tips who has the training and special equipment
necessary.
If the capacitive passenger detection system
- For any work on the airbag system, we
determines that the front passenger seat is
strongly recommend that you see your au-
empty, the frontal airbag on the passenger
thorized Audi dealer or qualified workshop.
side will be turned off, and the PASSENGER
- Never modify the front bumper or parts of
AIR BAG OFF light will stay on.
the vehicle body.
- Always make sure that the side airbag can
Repair, care and disposal of the airbags
inflate without interference:
Parts of the airbag system are installed at many - Never install seat covers or replacement
different places on your Audi. Installing , remov- upholstery over the front seatbacks that
ing, servicing or repairing a part in an area of the have not been specifically approved by
vehicle can damage a part of an airbag system Audi.
and prevent that system from working properly - Never use additional seat cushions that
in a collision . cover the areas where the side airbags in-
flate.
There are some important things you have to
- Damage to the original seat covers or to
know to make sure that the effectiveness of the
the seam in the area of the side airbag
system will not be impaired and that discarded
module must always be repaired immedi-
components do not cause injury or pollute the
ately by an authorized Audi dealer .
environment.
- The airbag system can deploy only once. Af-
A WARNING ter an airbag has been deployed, it must be
replaced with new replacement parts de-
Improper care, servicing and repair proce-
signed and approved especially for your
dures can increase the risk of personal injury
Audi model version. Replacement of com-
and death by preventing an airbag from de-
plete airbag systems or airbag components

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must be performe d by qualified workshops changes may red uce the force levels measured by
only. Make sure that any airbag service ac- the sensors and prevent the airbag from deploy-
tion is entered in your Audi Warranty & ing when it sho uld .
Maintenance booklet under AIRBAG RE-
PLACEMENTRECORD.
=
A WARNING
- For safety reasons in severe accidents, the Changing the vehicle's suspension including
alternator and starter are separated from use of unapproved tire-rim combinations can
the vehicle battery with a pyrotechn ic circuit change Advanced Airbag performance a nd in-
interrupter. crease the risk of serious personal injury in a
- Work on the pyrotechnic circuit interrupt- crash.
er must only be performed by a qualified - Never install suspension components that
technicians who have the experience, in- do not have the same performance charac-
formation and special tools necessary to ter istics as the components origina lly instal-
perform the work safely. led on you r vehi cle.
- If the veh icle or the circuit interrupter is - Never use tire-rim combinations that have
scrapped, all app licable safety precautions not been approved by Audi.
must be followed .
Knee airbags
@) For the sake of the environment
Description of knee airbags
Undep loyed airbag modu les and pretension-
Applies to: vehicles wi th knee airbags
ers might be classified as Perch lorate Materi-
al - special handling may apply, see The knee airbag system can provide supplemen-
www.dtsc .ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlo- tal protection to properly restrained front seat
rate. When the veh icle or parts of the re- occupants .
strai nt system including airbag modules and
safety bel ts wit h pretensione rs are scrapped,
all a pplicable laws and regulations mus t be
observed. Your a uthorized Audi dealer is fa-
m iliar with these requirements and we recom -
mend that you have your dealer perform this
service for you.

Other things that can affect Advanced


Airbag performance
Fig. 1 57 Driver's knee air bag

Changing the vehicle's suspension system can


change the way that t he Advanced Airbag System The driver knee airbag is in the instrument panel
pe rforms in a crash. For examp le, using t ire-r im underneath the st eer ing whee l ~ fig. 157, the
comb inat ions not approved by Audi, lowering the airbag fo r the passenger is at abou t the same
ve hicle, changing the st iffness of the suspens ion, heig ht in the instr ume nt pa ne l underneath the
includ ing the springs, suspension struts, shock glove compa rt ment.
absorbers etc . can change the forces that are The knee airbag offers add itiona l protection to
measured by the airbag sensors and sent to the t he d river's and passenge r's knees and uppe r a nd
e lectronic contro l unit . Some suspens ion changes lower t high areas a nd supplements the protec-
co
can, for example, increase the force levels meas- t ion prov ided by the safety bel t s .
co
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ured by the sensors and make the airbag system
If the front airbags deploy, the knee a irbags also
"....
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deploy in frontal coll isions when the deploymen t Iii--
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thresho ld stored in the control unit is met - in frontal collisions when the deceleration
page 157 , More important things to know
c::> measured by the contro l unit is too low
about front airbags . - in side collisions
In addition to their normal safety function, safe- - in rear-end collisions
ty belts help keep the driver or front passenger in - in rollovers
position in a frontal collision so that the airbags - in the event of a system malfunction (warning/
can prov ide supplemental protect ion . ind icator light is on) <=:>
page 17 .

The airbag system is not a substitute for your .&_WARNING


safety belt. Rather, it is part of the overall occu-
- Safety belts and the airbag system can only
pant restraint system in your vehicle . Always re-
provide protection when occupants are in
member that the airbag system can only help to
th e proper seat ing position c::>page 157 .
protect you if you are wearing your safety belt
- If the airbag ind icator light c::>
page 17
and wearing it properly . This is why you should
comes when the veh icle is being used, have
always wear your safety belt, not just because
the system inspected immediately by your
the law requires you to do so c::> page 139, Gener-
authorized Audi dealer. It is possible that
al information .
the airbag will inflate when it is not sup -
Remember too, airbags will deploy only once and posed to, or will not inf late when it should.
only in certain kinds of accidents - your safety
belts are always there to offer protect ion in those
How knee airbags work
accidents in which airbags are not supposed to Applies to: vehicles with knee airbags
deploy or when they have already deployed, for
example when your vehicle strikes or is struck by The risk of injury to the leg area can be reduced
another after the first collis ion . by fully inflated knee airbags.

This is just one of the reasons why an airbag is


not a substitute for the safety belt. The airbag
system works most effec t ively when used with
the safety belts. Therefore, always wear your
safety belts correct ly.

It is important to remember that whi le the sup-


plemental knee airbag system is designed to re-
duce the likelihood of serious injuries, other inju-
ries, for example, swelling, bruising and minor
Fig. 158 Inflated airbags protect ing in a frontal collision
abras ions and friction burns can also occur when
an airbag inflates .
The knee airbag system has been designed so
The knee airbag system basically consists of: that the airbags for the driver and front passen-
ger dep loy in certain bu t not all fronta l collisions.
- The electronic control module
- Two inflatab le airbags (airbag and gas genera- If the front airbags deploy, the knee airbags also
tor), one for the driver and one for the front deploy in frontal coll isions when the deployment
passenger threshold stored in the control unit is met.
- The airbag indicator light in the instrument When the system deploys, the airbags f ill with a
panel prope llant gas, and inflate between the lower
The knee airbag system will not deploy: part of the instrument panel and the driver and
the lower part of the instrument panel and the
- when the ignition is switched off front passenger <=:>page 157, fig . 155. .,..

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Although they are not a soft pillow, they can improperly positioned and you are not wear-
"cushion" the impact and in this way they can ing your safety belt. The risk increases even
help to reduce the risk of injury to the lower ex- more should the airbag deploy.
tremities . - Always make sure that the knee a irbag can
All of this takes place in the blink of an eye, so inflate without interference . Objects be-
fast that many people don't even realize that the tween you and the airbag can increase the
airbags have deployed . The airbags also inflate risk of injury in an accident by interfering
wit h a great deal of force and it is important for with the way the airbag deploys or by being
occupant safety that nothing should be in their pushed into you as the a irbag deploys.
way when they deploy . - Never let anybody, especia lly children or
anima ls ride in the footwell in front of the
Fully inflated airbags in comb ination with proper-
passenger seat. If the airbag deploys, this
ly worn safety belts slow down and limit the oc-
can result in serious or fatal injuries.
cupant 's forward movement and help to reduce
- Never carry objects of any kind in the foot-
the risk of injury .
well area in front of the driver's or pas-
senger's seat. Bulky objects (shopp ing
Important safety instructions on the knee bags, fo r example) can interfere with or
airbag system
prevent proper dep loyment of the airbag .
Appl ies to: vehicles wit h knee airbags
Small objects ca n be thrown th rough the
Airbags are only supplemental restraints . Always vehicle if the airbag deploys and injure you
wear safety belts correctly and ride in a proper o r your passengers .
seating position. - Ma ke sure the re are no cracks, deep scratch-
es or othe r damage in the area of t he inst ru-
There is a lot that you and your passengers must
men t panel where the knee airbags are lo-
know and do to help the safety belts and airbags
cated.
to provide supplemental protection .
- If children are incorrec t ly se ated, t heir risk
& WARNING
-
of injury increases in a coll is io n
~ page 171, Child safety.
An inflating knee airbag can cause ser ious in-
jury. Wearing safety belt s incorrec t ly and im-
proper sea t ing positions increase the risk of
Side airbags
serious personal injury and death whenever a Description of side airbags
vehicle is being used.
- The knee airbag system cannot protect you The airbag system can provide supplemental
properly if you are seated too close to any of pro tection to properly restrained occupan ts.
the airbag locat ions. When adju sting their
seat positions, it is important that both the
driver and the front passenger keep their
upper bod ies a nd knees at the following
min imum safe distances :
- at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the
chest and the steering wheel/instrument
panel.
- at least 4 inches (10 cm) between the
co
knees and the lower part of the instru- Fig. 1 59 Side air bag locatio n in t he drive r's seat
co
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ment panel.
"....
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Airbag system

The side airbags are located in the sides of the speed, etc. page 167, Important safety in-
¢

front seat backrests¢ fig. 159 and the rear back- structions on the side airbag system .
rest facing the doors. They are identified by the
Aside from their normal safety function, safety
word "AIRBAG".
belts work to help keep the dr iver or front pas-
The side airbags installed for the front seating senger in position in the event of a side collision
positions have been designed and certified to so that the side airbags can provide protection .
he lp reduce the risk of injury that can be caused
The airbag system is not a substitute for your
by airbags when they inflate, particularly when
safety belt . Rather, it is part of the overall occu-
the occupant sitting next to it is not seated prop-
pant res tr aint system in your vehicle . Always re -
erly. The side a irbag for the front passenger seat
member that the side airbag system can only
can be used with properly installed child re-
help to protect you if you are wear ing your safety
stra ints . Please be sure to read the important in-
belt and wearing it properly. This is another rea-
formation and warnings whenever using a child
son why you should a lways wear your safety
rest raint in a veh icle: Safety belts ¢ page 139,
belts, not just because the law requires you to do
Airbag system ¢page 147, Child safety
so¢ page 139, General information .
¢ page 171.
It is important to remember that while the sup-
The side airbag system basically consists of:
plemental side airbag system is designed to re-
- the electronic control modu le and external side duce the likelihood of ser ious injuries, other inju -
impact sensors ries, for example, swelling, bru is ing, friction
- the two airbags located in the sides of the front burns and minor abras ions can also be assoc iated
backrests and the two airbags* located in the with deployed side airbags. Remember too, side
rear backrest airbags will deploy only once and only in certa in
- the a irbag warning light in the instrument clus- kinds of accidents - your safety belts are always
ter. there to offer protection.

The airbag system is monitored electronically to Vehicle damage, repair costs or even the lac k of
make certain that it is functioning properly at all vehicle damage are not necessar ily an ind icat ion
times. Each time you switch on the ign ition, the of over-sens itive or fa iled airbag activation. In
airbag system indicator light will come on for a some collisions, both front and side airbags may
few seconds (self diagnostics). inflat e . Remember too, that airbags w ill deploy
on ly once and only in certain kinds of collisions -
The s ide a irbag system supplements the safety
your safety be lts are always there to offer protec-
belts and can help to reduce the risk of injury to
tion in those accidents in which airbags are not
the dr iver's, front and rear passenger's upper tor-
supposed to deploy or when they have already
so on the side of the vehicle that is struck in a
deployed .
side collision. The a irbag dep loys only in side im-
pacts and only when the vehicle acceleration reg- The side airbag system will not deploy:
istered by the control unit is high enough. If this
- when the ignition is switched off
rate is below the reference value programmed in-
- in side co llisions when the acceleration meas -
to the control unit, the side airbags wi ll not be
ured by the sensor is too low
triggered, even though the car may be bad ly
- in front-end collisions
damaged as a result of the collision. It is not pos-
- in rea r-end collisions
sible to def ine an airbag tr igger ing range that
- in rollovers.
will cover every possible angle of impact, since
the circumstances will vary cons iderably between In some types of accidents the front airbags, side
one collision and another. Important factors in- curta in airbags and side a irbags may be triggered
clude, for example, the nature (hard or soft) of together . Iii>
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help to reduce the risk of injury to the upper part


,&_ WARNING of the body.
- Safety belts and the a irbag system will only
provide protection when occupants are in A fine dust may develop when the a irbag deploys.
the proper seating position ¢ page 167 . This is no rma l and does not mean there is a fi re
- If the airbag indicator light¢ page 17 in the vehicle .
comes when the vehicle is being used, have
the system inspected immediately by your Important safety instructions on the side
authorized Audi dealer. It is possible that airbag system
the airbag will inflate when it is not sup- Airbags are only supplemental restraints. Always
posed to, or will not inflate when it should . properly wear safety belts and ride in a proper
seating position .
How supplemental side airbags work
There is a lot that you and your passengers must
Side airbags deploy instantly and can help re- know and act according ly to he lp the safety belts
duce the risk of upper torso injuries for occu- and airbags do their job to provide supplemental
pants who are properly restrained . protect ion.

-A WARNING
An inflat ing s ide a irbag can cause serious or
.
fatal injury. Improperly wearing safety belts
and improper seating posit ions increase the
risk of ser ious perso na l inju ry and death
whenever a vehicle is being used.
- In order to reduce the risk of injury when
the supplemental side airbag inflates:
Fig. 160 Inflated s ide airbags on left side of vehicle, rear
- Always s it in an upr ight position and never
side airbag lean against the area where the supp le-
mental side airbag is located.
When the system is triggered, the airbag is filled - Never let a child or anyone e lse rest their
with propellant gas and breaks through a seam in head against the side tr im panel in the
the seat surface area marked "AIRBAG". It ex- area where the supplementa l side airbag
pands between the side trim panel and the pas- inflates.
senger. In order to help prov ide this add itiona l - Always make sure that safety belts are
protection, the side a irbag m ust inflate within a worn correctly,
fract ion of a second at very hig h speed and wit h - Do not let anyone sitting in the front seat
g reat force. The supplemental side airbag cou ld put their hand or any other parts of their
injure you if your seating position is not proper or body out of the window .
upright or if items are located in the area where - Always make sure that the side airbag can
the supplemental side airbag expands . This ap- inflate without interference.
plies especially to children ¢ page 171, Child
- Never install seat cove rs or repla ceme nt
safety . Supp lemental side airbags inflate be-
upholste ry ove r the front seatb acks that
tween the occupant and the door panel on the
have not been specifica lly approved by
side of the vehicle that is struck in certa in side
Audi.
coll ision ¢ fig. 160 .
co
- Never use additional seat cushions that
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N
.... Although they are not a soft pillow, they can cover the areas where the side airbags de-
".... "cushion" the impact and in th is way they can
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- Damage to the origina l seat covers or to doors when air escapes through larger, un-
the seam in the area of the side airbag closed openings in the door panel.
module must always be repaired immedi- - Never dr ive with inte rior door trim panels
ately by an authorized Audi dealer. removed.
- Objects between you and the airbag can in- - Never dr ive when parts have been re-
crease the risk of injury in an accident by in- moved from the inside door panel and the
terfering with the way the airbag unfolds or openings they leave have not been proper-
by being pushed into you as the airbag in- ly closed.
flates. - Never dr ive when loudspeakers in the
- Never place or attach accessories or other doo rs have been removed unless the
objects (such as cup holders, telephone speaker holes have been properly closed .
brackets, or even large, bulky objects) on - Always make certain t hat open ings are
the doors, over or near the area marked covered or filled if additional speakers or
"AIRBAG" on the seat backrests. othe r equipment is installed in the inside
- Such objects and accessories can become door panels .
dangerous projectiles and cause injury - Always have wor k on the doors done by an
when the supplemental side airbag de- authorized Aud i dealer or qualified work -
ploys. shop .
- Never carry any objects or pets in the de-
ployment space between them and the
Side curtain airbags
airbags or allow chi ldren or othe r passen-
gers to travel in th is posit ion. Description of side curtain airbags
- Always use the built-in coat hooks only for
The side curtain airbag system can provide sup-
lightweight cloth ing. Never leave any heavy
plemental protection to properly restrained oc-
or sharp-edged objects in the pockets that
cupants .
may interfere w ith side airbag deployment
and can cause personal inj ury in an accident .
- Always prevent the side airbags from being
damaged by heavy objects knocking against
or hitting the sides of the seatbacks.
- The airbag system can only be triggered
once. If the airbag has been triggered, the
system must be replaced by an authorized
Audi dealership.
- Damage (cracks, deep scratches etc.) to the
original seat covers or to the seam in the Fig. 16 1 Side curta in airbags , driver 's side: side curtain air-
area of the side airbag modu le must always bag location
be repaired immediately by an authorized
Audi dealer. The side curtain airbags are located on both sides
of the inter ior above the front and rear side win-
- If children are seated improper ly, their risk
of injury increases in the case of an accident dows ¢ fig . 161. They are identified by the word
"AI RBAG" on the windshield frame.
¢ page 171, Child safety.

- Never attempt to modify any components of The side curtain airbags contain features that
the airbag system in any way. provide ejection mitigation to help prevent vehi-
- In a side collision, side airbags w ill not func- cle occupants or parts of the ir bodies from being
t ion properly if sensors cannot correctly completely or part ially ejected from the vehicle
measure increasing air pressure inside the interior in certain side impacts and vehicle roll-
overs.

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The side curtain airbag system supplements the - The side curta in airbags above the front and
safety belts and can he lp to reduce the risk of in- rear side windows with ejection mitigation fea-
jury for occupants' heads and upper torso . The tures
side curtain airbag inflates in side impacts and - The airbag indicator light in the instrument
only when the vehicle acce leration registered by panel
the control unit is high enough . If this rate is be -
The airbag system is mon ito red electron ically to
low the reference value programmed into the
make certain it is functioning properly at all
control unit, the side curtain airbag will not be
times. Each time you switch on the ignition, the
tr iggered, even thoug h the car may be bad ly
airbag system ind icator light will come on for a
damaged as a resul t of the collision. It is not pos-
few seconds (self diagnostics) .
sib le to define an airbag triggering range that
will cover every possible ang le of impact, since The side curtain airbag is not activated:
the circumstances will vary considerably between
- if the ignition is switched off,
one collision and another. Important factors in-
- in side collisions when the acceleration meas-
clude, for example, the nature (hard or soft) of
ured by the sensor is too low,
the impacting object, the angle of impact, vehicle
- in rear-end col lisions.
speed, etc. c>page 169, How side curtain air -
bags work .
_& WARNING
Aside from their normal safety function, safety - Safety belts and the airbag system will only
be lts work to help keep the driver or front pas- provide protection when occupants are in
senger in posit ion in the event of a collision so the proper seat ing position ¢ page 50,
that t he side curta in airbags can provide protec- Seats and storage.
tion . - If the airbag indicator light¢ page 17
The airbag system is not a substitute for your comes when the veh icle is being used, have
safety belt . Rather, it is part of the overall occu- the system inspected immediately by your
pant restraint system in your veh icle . Always re- author ized Audi dealer. It is possible that
member that the airbag system can only help to the airbag will inflate when it is not sup-
protect you if you are wearing your safety belt posed to, or will not inflate when it should.
and wear ing it properly . This is another reason
why you should always wear your safety belts, How side curtain airbags work
not just because the law requires you to do so
¢ page 139, General information.
Side curtain airbags can work together with side
airbags to help reduce the risk of head and upper
It is important to remember that while the side torso injuries for occupants who are properly re-
curta in airbag system is designed to he lp reduce strained.
the likelihood of serious injuries, other injuries,
for example, swelling, bruising, friction burns
and minor abrasions can also be associated with
these airbags upon deployment . Remember too,
these airbags will deploy only once and only in
certa in kinds of accidents - your safety belts are
always there to offer protection .

The side curtain airbag system basically


consists of:
co
~ - The electronic control module and external s ide Fig. 162 Illustration of principle: Inflated side curta in air·
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The side curtain airbags inflate between the oc- interfere with airbag deployment and can
cupant and the windows on the side of the vehi- cause persona l injury in a collision.
cle that is struck in a side coll is ion ¢ fig . 162. - Never use hangers to hang clothes on the
When the system is triggered, the side curtain hooks.
airbag is filled with propellant gas and breaks - Only use factory-insta lled sun shades or, if
through a seam above the front and rear side shades installed after the vehicle leaves the
windows identif ied by the AIRBAG label. In order factory, use on ly genu ine Audi sun shades.
to help provide this additional protection, the - Never swing the sun visors over to the side
side curtain airbag must inflate within the blink w indows if things such as pens, garage door
of an eye at very high speed and with great force. openers, hands-free speakers, etc. are at-
The s ide curta in a irbag could injure you if your tached to the sun visors. They could come
seating position is not proper or upright or if loose and cause serious injury if the side cur-
items are located in the area where the supp le- tain airbag inflates.
mental side curtain a irbag inflates. This applies - A deploying airbag inflates in a fract ion of a
especia lly to children ¢ page 171. second and with great force .
- Never attach objects to the cover or in the
Although they are not a soft pillow, side curtain
deployment zone of a s ide curtain airbag .
airbags can "cushion" the impact and in this way
- The a irbag deployment zones must be kept
they can help to red uce the risk of injury to the
clear at all times. Make sure there are no
head and the upper part of the body.
objects, pets, or other persons in the space
A fine dust may develop when the airbag deploys. between any vehicle occupant and any air-
This is quite no rmal and does not mean there is a bag at any time.
fire in the veh icle. - Do not attach any accessories to the doors.

Important safety instructions on the side A WARNING


curtain airbag system - The a irbag system can deploy on ly once. If
Airbags are only supplemental restraints . Always the airbag has been triggered, t he system
properly wear safety belts and ride in a proper m ust be rep laced by an authorized Audi
seating position . dea le r o r qualified works hop.
- Always have wo rk invo lving the side curtain
There is a lot that you and your passengers must airbag system, remova l and installat ion of
know and do to help the safety be lts and airbags the airbag componen t s, or ot her repairs
do their job to provide supp lemental protection . pe rformed by a q ualified dealership. Other -
wise the airbag system may not work cor-
A WARNING rectly.
Improperly wearing safety belts and improper - Never attempt to mod ify any components of
seating posit ions increase the risk of serious the airbag system in any way.
personal injury and death whenever a vehicle
is being used .
- Never let occupants place any parts of the ir
bodies in the area from which the side cur-
ta in a irbag inflate.
- Always make sure that the side curtain air-
bags can inflate without interference.
- Use the built- in coat hooks on ly for light-
weight cloth ing. Never leave any heavy or
sharp-edged objects in the pockets that may

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Child safety - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


(NHTSA),currently at: http :/ /www.safe -
Important information rcar.gov (for the USA)
- Transport Canada Information Centre, current-
Introduction
ly at: http://www.tc .gc.ca (for Canada)
The rear seat is generally the safest place in a
Consult the child safety seat manufacturer's in-
collision.
structions in order to be sure the seat is right for
The physical principles of what happens when your child's size c:>page 175, Important safety
your vehicle is in a crash apply also to children instructions for using child safety seats . Please
c:>page 140, What happens to occupants not be sure to read and heed all of the important in-
wearing safety belts? . But unlike adults and formation and WARNINGSabout child safety,
teenagers, their muscles and bones are not fully Advanced Airbags, and the installation of child
developed. In many respects children are at restra ints in this chapter .
greater risk of serious injury in crashes than There is a lot you need to know about the Ad-
adults . vanced Airbags in your vehicle and how they work
Because children's bodies are not fu lly devel- when infants and children in child restraints are
oped, they requ ire restraint systems especially on the front passenger seat . Because of the large
des igned for their size, we ight , and body struc- amount of important informat ion, we cannot re-
ture. Many countr ies and all states of the United peat it all here. We urge you to read the detailed
States and provinces of Canada have laws requir- information in this owner 's ma nual about airbags
ing the use of approved child restraint systems and the Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle
for infants and small children . and the very important information about trans -
porting children on the front passenger seat.
In a frontal crash at a speed of 20- 3 5 mph
Please be sure to heed the WARNINGS- they are
(30-56 km/h) the forces acting on a 13-pound
extremely important for your safety and the safe-
(6 kg) infant will be more than 20 times the
ty of your passengers, especially infants and
weight of the child . This means the weight of the
small children .
child would suddenly be more than 260 pounds
(120 kg). Under these conditions, only an appro-
priate child restraint properly used can reduce
A
- WARNING

the risk of serious injury. Child restra ints, like - Accident statistics have shown that children
adult safety belts, must be used properly to be are generally safer in the rear seat area than
effect ive. Used improperly, they can increase the in the front seat ing pos ition. Always restrain
risk of serious injury in an accident . any child age 12 and under in the rear.
- All vehicle occupants and especially children
All children, especially those 12 years and young- must be restrained prope rly whenever riding
er must always ride in the back seat proper ly re- in a vehicle. An unrestra ined or improperly
stra ined for their age and size. If you must install rest rained child could be injured by striking
a child restra int on the front passenger seat in the interior or by being ejected from the ve-
exceptional circumstances, be sure to read and hicle during a sudden maneuver or impact.
heed the important information and warnings An unrestrained or improperly restrained
c:>page 148. Infants and other children who are child is also at greater risk of injury or death
properly restrained in an appropriate child re- through contact with an inflating airbag.
straint that is for their size and age can benefit - A suitable child restraint properly installed
from the protection that supplemental side air- and used at one of the rear seating positions
co bags provide in some kinds of crashes.
co provides the highest degree of protection
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A WARNING - Never put the forward-fac ing child re-


straint up against or very near the instru-
Children on the front seat of any car even with
ment panel.
Advanced Airbags can be seriously injured or
- Always set the safety belt upper anchor-
even killed when an airbag inflates. A child in
age to the adjustment position that per-
a rearward-facing child safety seat installed
mits proper installation in accordance
on the front passenger seat will be serious ly
with the child restraint manufacturer's in-
injured and can be killed if the front a irbag in-
structions .
flates .
- Always move the front passenger seat to
- The inflating a irbag will hit the child safety
the highest position in the up and down
seat or infant carrier with great force and
adjustment range and move it back to the
will smash the chi ld safety seat and child
rearmos t position in the seat's fore and
against the backrest, center armrest, or
aft adjustment range, as far away from
doo r.
the airbag as possible, before installing
- Always install rear-facing child safety seats
the forward-facing child restraint.
on the rear seat.
- Always make sure that the safety belt up-
- If you must install a rearward fac ing ch ild
per anchorage is behind the chi ld restraint
safety seat on the front passenger seat in
and not next to or in front of the child re-
exceptional circumstances and the PASSEN-
straint so that the safety belt will be prop-
GERAIR BAGOFFlight does not come on
erly pos itioned.
and stay on, immediately install the rear -
- Always make sure that nothing prevents
facing child safety seat in a rear seating po-
the front passenger's seat from being
sition and have the airbag system inspected
moved to the rearmost position in its fore
immediately by your Audi dealer.
and aft adjustment range.

A WARNING
- Never place objects on the seat (such as a
laptop, CD player, electronic games de-
- Forward-facing chi ld seats installed on the vice, power inverter or seat heater for
front passenger seat may interfere with the ch ild seats). These may influence the elec-
deployment of the a irbag and cause serious trical capacitance measured by the capaci-
personal injury to the child . tive passenger detection system and can
- If except ional circumstances require the use also fly a round in an accident and cause
of a forward -facing child restraint on the serious personal injury.
front passenger's seat , the child's safety - Never place or use any elect rical device
and well-being require the following special (such as a laptop, CD player, electronic
precautions to be taken: games device, power inverter or seat heat-
- Always make sure that the forward-facing er for child seats) on the front passenger
seat has been designed and certified by its seat if the device is connected to the 12-
manufacturer for use on a front passenger volt socket or the cigarette lighter socket.
seat with a front and s ide a irbag. - If a seat heater has been retrofitted or
-Always carefully follow the manufacturer's otherwise added to the front passenger
instructions provided with the child seat seat, never install any child restraint sys-
or infant carrier. tem on this seat.
- Never install a child restraint without a - Make sure that there are no wet objects
properly attached top tether strap if the (such as a wet towel) and no water or oth-
child restraint manufacturer's instructions er liquids on the front passenger seat
require the top tether strap to be used. cush ion .
- Always make sure that the PASSENGER
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all the time whenever the ignition is Even though your vehicle is equipped with an Ad-
switched on. vanced Airbag system, all chi ldren, especially
- If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light those 12 years and younger, should always ride
does not come on and stay on, immediate- in the back seat properly restrained for their age
ly install the forward-facing child seat in a and size. The airbag on the passenger side makes
rear seating position and have the airbag the front seat a potentia lly dangerous place for a
system inspected by your authorized Aud i child to ride . The front seat is not the safest place
dealer. for a ch ild in a forward-fac ing ch ild safety seat . It
- Always buckle the chi ld seat firmly in can be a very dangerous place fo r an infant or a
p lace even if a ch ild is not sitt ing in it. A la rger ch ild in a rea rwa rd-facing seat .
loose child seat can fly around during a The veh icle 's Advanced Airbag System has a ca-
sudden stop o r in a collision. pacit ive passenger detection system in the front
-Always read and heed all WARNINGS passenge r seat cushion that can de t ect the pres-
wheneve r us ing a child restraint in a vehi- ence of a baby or a ch ild in a child restra int sys-
cle <=>page 139, Safety belts, <=> page 147, tem on this seat .
Airbag system and¢ page 171, Impor-
The capacitive passenger detection system reg is-
tant information .
te rs the changes that result in an electrical field
@ Tips
when a child, a ch ild restraint, and a baby blan ket
are on the front passenger seat. The change in
Always replace ch ild restraints that were in- the measured capacitance due to the presence of
stalled in a vehicle dur ing a crash. Damage to a chi ld, a child restraint, and a baby blanket on
a child restraint that is not visib le co uld cause the front passenger seat is related to the child
it to fail in anothe r collision situation . restra int system resting on the seat. The meas-
ured capacitance of a child restraint system var-
Advanced front airbag system and children ies depend ing on the type of system and specific
make and model.
Your vehicle is equipped with a front "Advanced
Airbag System" in compliance with United States The electrical capac itance of the various types,
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) makes, and models of child restraints specif ied
208, as well as Canada Motor Vehicle Safety by the U.S.National Highway Traff ic Safety Ad-
Standard (CMVSS) 208 as applicable at the time min istrat ion (NHTSA) in the relevant safety
your veh icle was manufactured. standard are stored in the Advanced Airbag Sys-
tem contro l unit together with the capacitances
The Advanced Airbag system in your vehicle has
typ ica l of infants and a 1-year old child. When a
been certified to meet the "low-risk" require-
child restraint is used on the front passenger
ments for 3- and 6-year old children on the pas -
seat with a typical 1 year-old infant, the Ad-
senger side and small adults on the driver side .
vanced Airbag System compares the capacitance
The low risk deployment crite ria are intended to
measured by the capacitive passenger detection
reduce the risk of injury through inte raction with
system with the data stored in the electronic con-
the airbag that can occur, for examp le, by being
trol unit .
too close to the steering whee l and instrument
panel when the airbag inflates . In addition, the
system has been certified to comply with the Child restraints and Advanced front airbag
system
"suppression" req uirements of the Safety Stand-
ard, to turn off the front airbag for infants up to Regardless of the ch ild restrain t that yo u use,
co 12 months who are restra ined on the front pas-
co
.... make sure t hat it has been cer t ified to meet Safe -
N senger seat in child restraints that are listed in ty Standards and has been cert ified by its manu-
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that the child restraint is properly insta lled at Subpart B - Rear-facing child rest raints
one of the rear seating positions . If in exception-
Model Manufactured on or
a l circumstances you must use it on the front
after
passenger seat, carefully read all of the informa-
tion on child safety and Advanced Airbags and Century SmartFit 4543 December 1, 1999
heed a ll of the app licable WARNINGS. Make cer- Cosco Arriva September 2 5, 2007
tain that the child and child restrai nt are correct- 22-013PAW and base
ly recognized by the capacitive passenger detec- 22-999WHO
tion system in the front passenge r seat, that the Evenflo Discovery Ad- December 1, 1999
front passenger airbag is turned off , and t hat the just Right 212
ai rbag status is a lways correc t ly signaled by the Evenflo First Choice December 1, 1999
PASSENGERAI R BAG OFF light .
204
Many types and models of child rest raints have Grace Infant 8457 December 1, 1999
been ava ilable ove r the yea rs, new models are in- Grace Snugr ide September 25, 2007
troduced regular ly incorporat ing new and im-
Peg Perego Primo Viag- Septe m ber 25, 2007
proved designs and older mode ls are taken out of
g io SIP IMUNOOUS
production . Child restraints are not standardized .
Child restraints of the same type typ ically have Subpart C - Forward-facing and convertible
d ifferent weights and s izes and d ifferent "foot- child restraints
prints", the s ize and shape of the bottom of the
Model Manufactured on or
child restraint that s its on the seat, when they
after
are insta lled on a vehicle seat . These differences
make it virtually impossible to certify compliance Britax Roundabout September 25, 2007
with the requirements fo r advanced airbags with E9L02xx
each and eve ry ch ild rest ra int that has ever been Cosco Touriva 025 19 December 1, 1999
sold in the past or will be sold ove r the course of Cosco Summit Deluxe September 25, 2007
the useful life of your vehicle. High Back Booster
For this reason, the Unite d States National High- 22-262
way Traffic Safety Adminis tr ation has published a Cosco High Back Boos - September 25, 2007
list of specific type, makes and models of child ter 22 -209
restraints that must be used to certify comp li- Evenflo Tribute V September 25, 2007
ance of the Advanced Airbag System in your vehi- 379xxxx
cle with the suppression requ irements of Federal
Evenflo Meda llion 254 December 1, 1999
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208. These child
Evenflo Generat io ns September 25, 200 7
restraints are:
35 2xxxx
Subpart A - Car bed child restraint s Grace ComfortSport September 25, 2007
Model Manufactured on or Grace Todd le r Safety September 25, 200 7
after Seat Step 2
Ange l Guard Angel September 25, 2007 Grace Plat inum Cargo September 25, 2007
Ride AA2403FOF
A WARNING
To redu ce t he ris k of serious injury, m ake sure
that the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF ligh t
comes on and stays on whe never a child re-
stra int is insta lled on the front passenger seat
and the ign ition is switched on . ~

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Ch ild safety

- Take the child restraint off the front passen- child restraint increases the risk of serious
ger seat and install it properly at one of the personal injury and death.
rear seat positions if the PASSENGER AIR - All vehicle occupants and especially children
BAG OFF light does not stay on. must be restrained properly whenever riding
- Have the airbag system inspected by your in a vehicle. An unrestra ined or improperly
authorized Audi dealer immediately. restrained child could be injured by striking
the inter ior or by being ejected from the ve-
hicle dur ing a sudden maneuve r or impact.
The child seats listed in categories A to C have An unrest rained or improperly restrained
been statically tested by Audi only for the Ad- child is a lso at greater ris k of injury or death
vanced Airbag function. through contact with an inflating a irbag.
- Commerc ially availab le child safe ty seats
are requi red to comply with U.S. Federal
Important safety instructions for using
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213
child safety seats
(in Canada CMVSS213).
Correct use of child safety seats substantially re- - When buying a child restra int, select one
duces the risk of injury in an accident! that fits your ch ild and the vehicle .
As the driver, you are responsible for the safety - Only use child restraint systems that fully
of everybody in the vehicle, especially children: contact the flat portion of the seat cush-
ion. The ch ild restraint must not t ip or
~ Always use the right child safety seat for each lean to either side. Audi does not recom-
child and a lways use it properly ~ page 177. mend using child safety seats that rest on
~ Always carefully follow the child safety seat legs or tube-like frames. They do not pro-
manufacturer's instructions on how to route vide adequate contact with the seat.
the safety belt properly through the child safe- - Always heed all lega l requirements per-
ty seat . ta ining to the insta llation and use of child
~ When using the vehicle safety be lt to install a safety seats and carefu lly follow the in-
child safety seat, you must first activate the structions provided by the manufacturer
convertible locking retractor on the safety be lt of the seat you are using .
to prevent the child safety seat from moving - Never a llow children under 57 inches
¢page 182. (1.45 mete rs) to wear a normal safety be lt.
~ Push the child safety seat down with your fu ll They must a lways be restrained by a proper
weight to get the safety be lt really tight so that child restraint system. Otherwise, they
the seat cannot move forward or sideways could sustain injuries to the abdomen and
more than one inch (2.5 cm). neck areas during sudden braking maneu-
~ Secure unused safety belts on the rear seat vers or accidents .
¢ page 177. - Never let more than one child occupy a child
Always remember: Even though your vehicle is safety seat.
equipped with an Advanced Airbag system, all - Never let babies or older children ride in a
children, especially those 12 years and younger, vehicle while sitting on the lap of another
should always ride in the back seat properly re- passenger .
stra ined fo r their age and size. - Holding a child in your arms is never a sub-
stitute for a chi ld restrain t system .
_& WARNING - The strongest person cou ld not ho ld the
co
co Not using a ch ild safety seat, using the wrong child with the forces that exist in an acci-
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child safety seat or improper ly installing a
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- The child and the passenger can also in- straint so that the safety belt will be prop-
jure each other in an accident. erly positioned.
- Never install rear-facing child safety seats - Always make sure that nothing prevents
or infant carriers on the front passenger the front passenger's seat from being
seat. A child will be seriously injured and moved to the rearmost position in its fore
can be killed when the passenger airbag in- and aft adjustment range.
flates - even with an Advanced Airbag Sys- -Always make sure that the backrest is in
tem. the upright position.
- The inflating airbag will hit the child safety - Never place or use any electrical device
seat or infant carrier with great force and (such as a laptop, CD player, electronic
will smash the child safety seat and child games device, power inverter or seat heat-
against the backrest, center armrest, door er for child seats) on the front passenger
or roof. seat if the device is connected to the 12-
- Always install rear-facing child safety seats volt socket or the cigarette lighter socket.
or infant carriers on the rear seat. - If a seat heater has been retrofitted or
- Make sure there is enough space in front of otherwise added to the front passenger
the child in the child seat. If necessary, ad- seat, never install any child restraint sys-
just the angle and position of the seat in tem on this seat.
front of the child seat. - Make sure that there are no wet objects
- Forward-facing child safety seats installed (such as a wet towel) and no water or oth-
on the front passenger's seat can interfere er liquids on the front passenger seat
with the airbag when it inflates and cause cushion.
serious injury to the child. Always install for- - Never place objects on the seat (such as a
ward-facing child safety seats on the rear laptop, CD player, electronic games de-
seat. vice, power inverter or seat heater for
- If exceptional circumstances require the use child seats). These may influence the elec-
of a forward-facing child restraint on the trical capacitance measured by the capaci-
front passenger's seat, the child's safety tive passenger detection system and can
and well-being require that the following also fly around in an accident and cause
special precautions be taken: serious personal injury.
- Make sure the forward-facing seat has - Always buckle the child safety seat firmly in
been designed and certified by its manu- place even if a child is not sitting in it. A
facturer for use on a front seat with a pas- loose child safety seat can fly around during
senger front and side airbag. a sudden stop or in a collision .
- Always carefully follow the manufacturer's - Always read and heed all WARNINGS when-
instructions provided with the child safety ever using a child restrained in a vehicle is
seat or carrier. being used <::;>page 139, Safety belts,
- Always move the front passenger seat to page 147, Airbag system and
c::>
the highest position in the up and down page
c::> 171, Child safety.
adjustment range and move it back to the
rearmost position in the seat's fore and .8. WARNING
aft adjustment range, as far away from To reduce the risk of serious injury, make sure
the airbag as possible, before installing that the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light
the forward-facing child restraint . comes on and stays on whenever a child re-
- Always make sure that the safety belt up- straint is installed on the front passenger seat
per anchorage is behind the child restraint and the ignition is switched on. .,_
and not next to or in front of the child re-

176
Child safety

- Take the child restraint off the front passen- head restraint of the seat where the child
ger seat and install it properly at one of the restraint is installed .
rear seat positions if the PASSENGERAIR - Never activate the convertible locking re-
BAG OFF light does not stay on. tractor when routing the safety belts around
- Have the airbag system inspected by your the head restraints.
authorized Audi dealer immediately. - Never let anyone s it at the center rear seat-
ing position if the center rear safety belt has
Secure unused safety belts on the rear seat been routed around a rear head restraint.

Child seats
Infant seats
Babies and infants up to about one year old and
20 lbs . or 9 kg need special rearward-facing
child restraints that support the back, neck and
head in a crash.

Fig. 163 Schemat ic overview: keep unused s-afety belts


away from children in child safety seats. @ · oute r rear
sa fety belt, @ - cen ter rear safety belt*

If a child safety seat is used on the rear bench,


especia lly with LATCH universal lower anchorag-
es, the unused safety belts must be secured so
that the child in the child restraint cannot reach
them c::>,&.
Fig. 164 Sche matic overview: rearward -facing infant seat ,
- Guide the safety belt webbings @ and ® * be- properly insta lled on the rear sea t
hind the head restra int of the seat where the
child restraint is installed c::>fig.163. When do- ., When using the vehicle safety belt to install a
ing so, do not engage the convertible lock ing child safety seat, you must first activate the
retractor! You should not hear a "clicking" convertib le locking retractor on the safety belt
sound when winding up the safety belt. to prevent the child safety seat from moving
- Let the belt retractor wind up the safety belt poge 182 or install the seat using the LATCH
c::>
webbing . attachments .
.. Push the child safety seat down with your full
A WARNING weight to get the safety belt really tight so that
the seat cannot move forward or sideways
A child in a child safety seat installed with the
more than one inch (2 .5 cm) .
LATCHlower anchorages or with the standard
., Secure unused safety belts on the rear seat
safety belt or a child in a booste r seat on the
rear seat could play with unused rear seat c::>
page 177.
safety belts and become entangled. This Infants up to about one year (20 lbs . or 9 kg) are
cou ld cause the child serious personal injury best protected in special infant carriers and child
and even death. safety seats designed for the ir age group. Many
co - Always secure unused rear seat safety belts expe rt s be lieve that infants and small children
co
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out of reach of childr en in child seats such shou ld ride only in special res t ra ints in wh ich the
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177
Child safety

seats support the baby's back, neck and head in a - If a seat heater has been retrofitted or oth-
crash ¢ fig. 164 . erwise added to the front passenger seat,
The airbag on the passenger side makes the front never install any child restraint system on
seat a potentially dangerous place for a child to this seat .
ride. The front seat is not the safest place for a - Make sure that there are no wet objects
child in a forward-facing child seat. It is a very (such as a wet towel) and no water or other
dangerous place for an infant or a larger child in liquids on the front passenger seat cushion.
a rearward-facing seat . - Never place objects on the seat (such as a
laptop, CD player, electronic games device,
A WARNING power inverter or seat heater for child
seats) . These may influence the electrical
Not using a child safety seat, using the wrong
capacitance measured by the capacitive pas-
child safety seat or improperly installing a
senger detection system and can also fly
child restraint increases the risk of serious
around in an accident and cause serious per-
personal injury and death in a crash.
sonal injury.
- Never install rear -facing child safety seats
- Always read and heed all WARNINGS when-
or infant carriers on the front passenger
ever using a child restrained in a vehicle is
seat - even with an Advanced Airbag System.
being used¢ page 139, Safety belts,
A child will be seriously injured and can be
¢page 147, Airbag system and
killed when the inflating airbag hits the
c>page 171, Important information.
child safety seat or infant carrier with great
force and smashes the child safety seat and
child against the backrest, center armrest,
door or roof <=>page 148, Child restraints on
the front seat - some important things to
know .
- Always install rear-facing child safety seats
or infant carriers on the rear seat.
- Never install a rear-facing child restraint in
the forward-facing direction. Such restraints
are designed for the special needs of infants
and very small children and cannot protect
them properly if the seat is forward-facing .
- If you must install a rearward facing child
safety seat on the front passenger seat be-
cause of exceptional circumstances and the
PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does not
come on and stay on, immediately install
the rear-facing child safety seat in a rear
seating position and have the airbag system
inspected by your Audi dealer.
- Never place or use any electrical device
(such as a laptop, CD player, electronic
games device, power inverter or seat heater
for child seats) on the front passenger seat
if the device is connected to the 12-volt
socket or the cigarette lighter socket.

178
Child safety

Convertible child safety seats Toddlers and children who are older than one
year up to about 4 years old and weigh more than
Properly used convertible child safety seats can
20 lbs (9 kg) up to 40 lbs. (18 kg) must always be
help protect toddlers and children over age one
properly restrained in a child safety seat certified
who weigh between 20 and 40 lbs. (9 and 18 kg)
for their size and weight Q fig. 165 and
in a crash.
q fig . 166.

The airbag on the passenger side makes the front


seat a potentially dangerous place for a child to
ride. The front seat is not the safest place for a
child in a forward -facing child safety seat. It is a
very dangerous place for an infant or a larger
child in a rearward-facing seat .

_&.WARNING
Not using a child safety seat, us ing the wrong
Fig. 165 Schemat ic overview: installatio n of the attac h-
child safety seat or imprope rly instal ling a
ments app licable to a LATCH seat
child restraint increases the risk of serious
personal injury and death in a collision or oth -
er emergency situation.
- Children on the front seat of any car, even
with Advanced Airbags, can be seriously in-
jured or even killed when an airbag inflates.
A child in a rearward-facing ch ild safety seat
installed on the front passenger seat will be
seriously injured and can be killed if the
front airbag inflates - even with an Ad-
Fig. 166 Schematic overview: installat ion of t he seat using vanced Airbag System .
the vehicle's safe ty belt syste m - The inflating airbag will hit the ch ild safety
seat or infant carr ier with great force and
.. When using the vehicle safety belt to install a
will smash the child safety seat and child
child safety seat, you must first activate the
against the backrest, center arm rest, door
convertible locking retractor on the safety belt
or roof.
to prevent the child safety seat from moving
-Al ways install rear-fa cing child safety seats
Q page 182 or install the seat us ing the LATC H
on the rear seat .
attachments .
- If you must insta ll a rearward facing child
.. Push the child safety seat down with your fu ll
safety seat on the front passenger seat be-
weight to get the safety be lt really tight so that
cause of exceptional circumstances and the
the seat cannot move forward o r sideways
PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does not
more than one inch (2.5 cm) Q page 182.
come on and stay on, immediately install
.. If the child safety seat is equipped with a tether
the rea r-facing child safety seat in a rear
strap, attach it to the tether anchors
seating position and have the a irbag system
Q page 188.
inspected by your Audi dealer .
.. Secure unused safety belts on the rear seat
- The rear side of the ch ild safety seat shou ld
Q page 177 .
be positioned as close as possible to the
~ A toddler or child is usually too large for an in- backrest on the veh icle seat. II>-
;::j fant restraint if it is more than one year old and
"8 weighs more than 20 lbs . (9 kg).
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Child safety

- For adjustable head restraints: adjust or re- - Never place or use any electrical device
move the rear seat head restraint if it is dif- (such as a laptop, CD player, electronic
ficult to install the child seat with the head games device, power inverter or seat heater
page 52. Install the
restraint in place r::> for child seats) on the front passenger seat
head restraint again immediately once the if the device is connected to the 12-volt
child seat is removed. Driving without head socket or the cigarette lighter socket .
restraints or with head restraints that are - If a seat heater has been retrofitted or oth-
not properly adjusted increases the risk of erwise added to the front passenger seat,
serious or fatal neck injury dramatically. never install any child restraint system on
- Always read and heed all WARNINGS when- this seat.
ever using a child restrained in a vehicle is - Make sure that there are no wet objects
being used c>page 139, Safety belts, (such as a wet towel) and no water or other
page 147, Airbag system and
r::> liquids on the front passenger seat cushion.
r::>
page 171, Important information. - Never place objects on the seat (such as a
laptop, CD player, electronic games device,
A WARNING power inverter or seat heater for child
If exceptional circumstances require the use seats). These may influence the electrical
of a forward-facing child restraint on the capacitance measured by the capacitive pas-
front passenger's seat, the child's safety and senger detection system and can also fly
well-being require that the following special around in an accident and cause serious per-
precautions be taken: sonal injury.
- Make sure the forward-facing seat has been - Make sure that the PASSENGER AIR BAG
designed and certified by its manufacturer OFF light comes on and stays on all the time

for use on a front seat with a passenger whenever the ignition is switched on.
front and side airbag . - If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does
-Always follow the manufacturer's instruc- not come on and stay on, immediately in-
tions provided with the child safety seat or stall the forward-facing child seat at a seat-
infant carrier. ing position on the rear seat and have the
- Always move the front passenger seat to airbag system inspected by your authorized
the highest position in the up and down ad- Audi dealer .
justment range and move it back to the - Take the child restraint off the front passen-
rearmost position in the seat's fore and aft ger seat and install it properly at one of the
adjustment range, as far away from the air- rear seat positions if the PASSENGER AIR
bag as possible, before installing the for- BAG OFF light does not stay on whenever
ward-facing child restraint. the ignition is switched on.
- Always make sure that the safety belt upper
anchorage is behind the child restraint and
not next to or in front of the child restraint
so that the safety belt will be properly posi-
tioned.
- Always make sure that nothing prevents the
front passenger's seat from being moved to
the rearmost position in its fore and aft ad-
justment range.
- Always make sure the backrest is in an up-
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Booster seats and safety belts must not use the vehicle safety belts without a
suitable child restraint.
Properly used booster seats can help protect
children weighing between about 40 lbs. and 80 It is usually best to put these children in appro-
lbs. (18 kg and 36 kg) who are less than 4 ft. 9 priate booster seats. Be su re the booster seat
in. (57 inches/1.45 meters) tall . meets all applicab le safety standards .

Booster seats raise the seating position of the


child and reposition both th e lap and shoulder
parts of the safety belt so that they pass across
the child's body in the right places. The routing of
the be lt over the child's body is very important
for the ch ild's protection, whether or not a boos-
ter seat is used. Children age 12 and under must
always ride in the rear seat.
Children who are at least 4 ft. 9 in. (57 inches/
Fig. 167 Rear seat: child proper ly restrained in a booster 1.45 meters) tall can generally use the vehicle's
seat three point lap and shoulder belts . Never use the
lap belt portion of the vehicle's safety belt a lone
The vehicle's safety belts alone will not fit most to restrain any ch ild, regard less of how big the
children until they are at least 4 ft. 9 in. (57 in- child is. Always remember that ch ildren do not
ches/1.45 meters) tall and weigh about 80 lbs. have the pronounced pelvic str ucture required for
(36 kg). Booster seats raise these ch ildren up so
the proper function of lap be lt portion of the ve-
that the safety belt will pass properly over the
hicle's th ree point lap and shoulde r belts. The
stronger parts of their bodies and the safety belt child's safety absolutely requires that a lap belt
can help protect them in a crash. portion of the safety belt be fastened snug ly and
.,.Do not use the convertible locking retra ctor as low as possible around the pe lvis. Never let
when using the vehicle's safety belt to restrain the lap belt portion of the safety belt pass over
a child on a booster seat . the child's stomach or abdomen .
.. The shoulder belt must lie as close to the cen- In a crash, airbags must inflate within a blink of
ter of the child's collar bone as possible and an eye and with considerab le force. In order to do
must lie flat and snug on the upper body. It its job, the airbag needs room to inflate so that it
must never lie across the throat or neck . The will be there to protect the occupant as the occu-
lap belt must lie across the pelvis and never pant moves forward into the airbag .
across the stomach or abdomen . Make sure the
belt lies flat and snug. Pull on t he belt to tight- A vehicle occup ant who is out of position and too
en if necessary . close to the a irbag gets in the way of an inflating
.,.If you must transport an older child in a boos- airbag. When an occupant is too close , he or she
ter seat on the front passenger seat, you can will be struck violently and will receive serious or
use the safety belt height adjustment to help possibly even fata l injury.
adjust the shoulder portion properly . In order for the airbag to offer protect ion, it is
.. Secure unused safety belts on the rear seat important that all vehicle occupants, especially
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page 177. any children , who must be in the front seat be-
cause of exceptiona l circumstances, be properly
Children up to at least 8 years old (over 40 lbs or
restrained and as far away from t he airbag as
18 kg) are best protected in child safety seats de-
poss ible. By keeping room between the child's ..,_
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~ the skeletal structure, part icularly the pelvis, of
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181
Child safety

body and the front of the passenger compart- - Always remember that a child leaning for-
ment, the airbag can inflate completely and pro- ward, sitting sideways or out of position in
vide supplemental protection in certain frontal any way during an accident can be struck by
collisions. a deploying airbag . This will result in serious
personal injury or death .
.,&.WARNING - If you must install a booster seat on the
Not using a booster seat, using the booster front passenger seat because of exceptional
seat improperly, incorrectly installing a boos- circumstances the PASSENGERAIR BAG
ter seat or using the vehicle safety belt im- OFF light must come on and stay on, when-
properly increases the risk of serious personal ever the ignition is switched on.
injury and death in a collision or other emer- - If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does
gency situation. To help reduce the risk of se- not come on and stay on, perform the
rious personal injury and/or death: checks described ¢ page 159, Monitoring
- The shoulder belt must lie as close to the the Advanced Airbag System .
center of the child's collar bone as possible - Take the child restraint off the front passen-
and must lie flat and snug on the upper ger seat and install it properly at one of the
body. It must never lie across the throat or rear seat positions if the PASSENGERAIR
neck. The lap belt must lie across the pelvis BAG OFF light does not stay on whenever
and never across the stomach or abdomen . the ignition is switched on.
Make sure that the belt lies flat and snug. - Always read and heed all WARNINGS when-
Pull on the belt to tighten if necessary. ever using a child restrained in a vehicle is
- Failure to properly route safety belts over a being used ¢ page 139, Safety belts,
child's body will cause severe injuries in an ¢ page 147, Airbag system and
accident or other emergency situation ¢ page 171, Important information.
¢ page 139 .
- The rear side of the child safety seat should Securing child seats
be positioned as close as possible to the
backrest on the vehicle seat . Securing a child safety seat using a safety
- For adjustable head restraints: adjust or re- belt
move the rear seat head restraint if it is dif- Safety belts for the rear seats and the front pas-
ficult to install the child seat with the head senger con be locked with the convertible locking
restraint in place ¢ page 52. Install the retractor to properly secure child safety seats.
head restraint again immediately once the
child seat is removed. Driving without head The safety belts emergency locking retractors for
restraints or with head restraints that are the rear seats safety belts and for the front pas-
not properly adjusted increases the risk of senger's seat safety belt have a convertible lock-
serious or fatal neck injury dramatically. ing retractor for child restraints. The safety belt
- Never let a child put the shoulder belt under must be locked so that belt webbing cannot un-
the arm or behind the back, because it could reel. The retractor can be activated to lock the
cause severe injuries in a crash. safety belt and prevent the safety belt webbing
- Children on the front seat of any car, even from loosening up during normal driving . A child
with Advanced Airbags, can be seriously in- safety seat can only be properly installed when
jured or even killed when an airbag inflates . the safety belt is locked so that the child and
- Never let a child stand or kneel on any seat, child safety seat will stay in place.
for example the front seat. Always remember : Even though your vehicle is
- Never let a child ride in the cargo area of equipped with an Advanced Airbag system, all
your vehicle. children, especially those 12 years and younger, .,.

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Ch ild safety

should always ride in the back seat properly apply when install ing a child safety seat on
restrained for their age and size. the front passenger seat r:::>
page 148, Child
restraints on the front seat - some impor-
A WARNING tant things to know .
Improperly installed child safety seats in-
crease the risk of serious personal injury and A WARNING
-
death in a collision. Always take special precautions if you must
-Always make sure that the safety belt re- install a forward or rearward-facing child re-
tractor is locked when installing a child stra int on the front passenger's seat in excep-
safety seat. An unlocked safety belt retrac- tional situations:
tor cannot hold the child safety seat in place - Whenever a forward or rearward-fac ing
dur ing normal driving or in a crash . child restraint is installed on the front pas-
- Always buckle the child safety seat firmly in senger seat, the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF
place even if a child is not sitting in it. A light must come on and stay on whenever
loose child safety seat can fly around during the ignition is switched on .
a sudden stop or in a collision. - If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does
- Always make sure that the rear seat back- not come on and stay on, perform the
rest to wh ich the center rea r safety belt* is checks described r:::>poge 159, Monitoring
attached is secure ly latched whenever the the Advanced Airbag System.
rear cente r safety belt is being used to se- - Take the child restraint off the front passen -
cure a child restraint. ger seat and install it properly at one of the
- If the backrest is not securely latched, the rear seat positions if the PASSENGER AIR
child and the child restraint will be thrown BAG O FF light does not stay on whenever
forward together with the backrest and will the ignition is switched on.
strike parts of the vehicle interior . The child - Improper installat ion of child restraints can
can be seriously injured or killed. reduce the ir effectiveness or even prevent
- Never install rear-facing child safety seats them from providing any protect ion.
or infant carriers on the front passenger - An improperly installed child restra int can
seat. A child will be serious ly injured and interfere with the airbag as it deploys and
can be killed when the passenger airbag in- serious ly injure or even kill the child.
flates. - Always carefully follow the manufacturer's
- The inflating airbag will hit the child safety instructions provided with the child safety
seat or infant carrier with great force and seat or carr ier.
will smash the child safety seat and child - After checking to make sure that the child
against the backrest, center armrest, door restraint is properly installed, make certain
or roof. that the child restraint is correctly recog -
- Always install rear -facing child safety seats nized by the capacitive passenge r detection
or infant carriers on the rear seat. system in the front passenger seat and that
- Forward -facing child safety seats or infant the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light signals
carriers installed on the front passenger 's the correct front passenger frontal airbag
seat may inte rfere with the deployment of stat us.
the airbag and cause serious injury to the
child. A WARNING
- It is safer to install a forward-fac ing child
Forwa rd-facing child restraints :
co safety seat on the rear seat.
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183
Child safety

- Always make sure the forward-facing seat · Activating the convertible locking retractor
has been designed and certified by its man-
Use the convertible locking retractor to secure a
ufacturer for use on a front seat with a
child restraint.
passenger front and side airbag.
- Never put the forward-facing child restraint Always heed the child safety seat manufacturer's
up, against or very near the instrument pan- instructions when installing a child restraint in
el. your vehicle. To activate the convertible locking
- Always move the front passenger seat to retractor:
the highest position in the up and down ad-
.. Place the child restraint on a seat, preferably
justment range and move it back to the
on the rear seat.
rearmost position in the seat's fore and aft
.. Slowly pull the belt all the way out .
adjustment range, as far away from the air-
.. Route it around or through the child restraint
bag as possible, before installing the for-
belt path ~ ,&..
ward-facing child restraint.
.. Push the child safety seat down with your full
- Always make sure that the safety belt upper
weight to get the safety belt really tight.
anchorage is behind the child restraint and
.. Insert the belt tongue into the buckle for that
not next to or in front of the child restraint
seating position.
so that the safety belt will be properly posi-
.. Guide the safety belt back into the retractor un-
tioned.
til the belt lies flat and snug on the child safety
- Make sure that the PASSENGER AIR BAG seat.
OFF light comes on and stays on all the time
.. You should hear a "clicking" noise as the belt
whenever the ignition is switched on.
winds back into the inertia reel. Test the con -
vertible locking retractor by pulling on the belt.
A WARNING You should no longer be able to pull the belt
Rearward-facing child restraints: out of the retractor. The convertible locking re-
- A child in a rearward-facing child safety seat tractor is now activated.
installed on the front passenger seat will be .. Make sure that the red release button is facing
seriously injured and can be killed if the away from the child restraint so that it can be
front airbag inflates - even with an Ad- unbuckled quickly.
vanced Airbag System. .. Pull on the belt to make sure the safety belt is
- The inflating airbag will hit the child safety properly tight and fastened so that the seat
seat or infant carrier with great force and cannot move forward or sideways more than
will smash the child safety seat and child one inch (2 .5 cm) .
against the backrest, center armrest, door
or roof. A WARNING
-Always be especially careful if you must in- Using the wrong child restraint or an improp-
stall a rearward facing child safety seat on erly installed child restraint can cause serious
the front passenger seat in exceptional cir- personal injury or death in a crash.
cumstances. - Always make sure that the safety belt re-
- Make sure that the PASSENGER AIR BAG tractor is locked when installing a child
OFF light comes on and stays on all the time safety seat. An unlocked safety belt retrac-
whenever the ignition is switched on. tor cannot hold the child safety seat in place
- If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does during normal driving or in a crash.
not come on and stay on, immediately in- - Always buckle the child safety seat firmly in
stall the rear-facing child safety seat in a place even if a child is not sitting in it. A
rear seating position and have the airbag loose child safety seat can fly around during
system inspected by your Audi dealer. a sudden stop or in a crash. IIJJ,-

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Child safety

- Always make sure the seat backrest to which wou ld not be restrained and could be seri-
the child restraint is installed is in an up- ously injured in an accident.
right position and securely latched into - Always read and heed all WARNINGS when-
place and cannot fold forward. Otherwise, ever using a child restrained in a vehicle is
the seatback with the ch ild safety seat at- be ing used ¢page 171. Special precautions
tached to it could f ly forward in the event of apply when install ing a child safety seat on
an accident or other emergency situation. the front passenger seat¢ page 148, Child
- Always read and heed all WARNINGS when- restraints on the front seat - some impor-
ever using a child restrained in a veh icle is tant things to know.
being used¢ page 171. Spec ia l precaut ions
apply when installing a child safety seat on LATCH system (lower
the front passenger seat¢ page 148, Child
restraints on the front seat - some impor-
anchorages and tethers
tant things to know. for children)
Child Restraint System anchors and how
Deactivating the convertible locking are they related to child safety
retractor
To provide a simpler and more practicab le way to
The convertible locking retractor for child re- attach the child restraint on the vehicle seat,
straints will be deactivated automatically when Federal regulations require special lower ancho-
the belt is wound all the way back into the re- rages in vehicles and devices on new child re-
tractor . straints to attach to the vehicle anchorages .

~ Press the red button on the safety belt buckle. In the United States, the combination of the
The belt tongue will pop out of the buckle. tether anchorages and the lower anchorages is
~ Guide the safety belt all the way back into its now generally called the LATCHsystem for
stowed position . "Lower Anchorages and Tethers for Children" . In
Canada, the terms "top tether" with "lower uni-
Always let the safety belt retract completely into versa l anchorages" (or "lower universal anchor-
its stowed position. The safety belt can now be age bars") are used to descr ibe the system .
used as an ordinary safety belt without the con-
vertible locking retractor for child restraints. In other countries the term "ISOFIX" is used to
describe the lower anchorages .
If the convertible locking retractor should be ac-
tivated inadvertently, the safety belt must be un- Forward-facing child restraints manufactured af-
fastened and guided completely back into its ter September 1, 1999 , are required by U.S. fed-
stowed position to deact ivate this feature. If the eral regulations to comply with new child head
convert ible locking retractor is not deactivated, movement performance req uirements. These
the safety belt will gradually become tighter and new performance requirements make a tether
uncomfortable to wear. necessary on most new ch ild seats.

Installing a child restraint that requires a top


_& WARNING - tethe r without one can seriously impair the per-
Improperly installed chi ld safety seats in- formance of the child restraint and its ab ility to
crease the risk of serious personal injury and protect the child in a collision. Installing a child
death in a collision. restra int that requi res a t op tether without the
- Never unfasten the safety belt to deactivate top tether may be a violation of state law.
co the convertible locking retractor for child re-
co
.... Child restraint manufacturers offer LATCHlower
N straints while the vehicle is moving . You
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185
Child safety

push -on connectors attached to adjustable Description


straps.
The lower anchorage positions are marked for
In addition to the LATCHlower anchorages, these quick locating .
chi ld restraint systems usually require the use of
tether straps to he lp keep the child restraint
firm ly in place.

A WARNING
Improper installation of child restraints will
increase the risk of injury and death in a
crash.
- Always follow the instructions provided by
the manufacturer of the child restraint you
Fig. 169 Lower anchorages, covers marked
intend to install in your veh icle.
- Never install a child restraint without a
properly attached top tether strap if the
child restraint manufacturer's instruct ions
requ ire the top tether strap to be used.
- Improper use of child restra int LATCHlower
anchorage points can lead to injury in a colli-
s ion . The LATCHlower anchorage points are
designed to withstand on ly those loads im-
posed by cor rect ly fitted child restraints .
- Never mount two child restraint systems on Fig. 170 Rear seats: lower anchorage bracket locat ions
one LATCHlower anchorage point.
- Never secure or attach any luggage or other Lower anchorages
item to the LATCHlower anchorages. The circular markings on the rear seat help you to
identify the location of lower anc horages for the
Location two outboard seating positions ¢fig . 169. The
LATCHlower universal anchorage attachment
points are between the rear seatback and rear
seat cushion .

Remove the covers ¢ fig . 169 to access the lower


anchorage attachment points.

The lower ancho rage attac hment po ints are visi-


ble ¢ fig. 170.

Lower anchorages secure the child restra int in


the seat wit hou t usi ng the vehicle's safety belts.
Fig. 168 Schematic overview : LATCH anchorage point loca-
t ions
Anchorages p rovide a secure and easy-to-use at -
tachment and minimize the possibility of improp-
The illustration shows the seating locatio ns in er child restraint installation.
your veh icle which are equipped