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Driver assistance systems

OR:

 using the instrument panel menu 

Set-

tings > Assistants > Front Assist

. To

access the 

Settings

 menu, depending on

the features, use the arrow keys and the
wheel of the multi-function steering wheel or
the button on the windscreen wiper lever

››› 

page 85

.

When Front Assist is deactivated, the indica-
tion 

 

››› 

Fig. 253

 will be displayed on the in-

strument cluster.

Activating or deactivating the pre-warning
(advance warning)

The 

advance warning

 can be activated or

deactivated in the instrument panel menu

Settings > Assistants > Front Assist

››› 

page 73

.

The system will store the setting for the next
time the ignition is switched on.

SEAT recommends keeping advance warning
active.

Switching distance warning on and off

The distance warning can be activated or
deactivated in the instrument panel menu

Settings > Assistants > Front Assist

››› 

page 73

.

The system will store the setting for the next
time the ignition is switched on.

SEAT recommends keeping the distance
warning active.

Deactivating Front Assist tempora-
rily in the following situations

In the following situations the Front Assist
should be deactivated due to the system's
limitations:

When the vehicle is to be towed.

If the vehicle is on a test bed.

When the radar sensor is damaged.

If the radar sensor receives a violent im-

pact.

If it intervenes several times unnecessarily.

If the radar sensor is temporarily covered

by an accessory.

When the vehicle is going to be loaded onto

transportation.

System limitations

Front Assist has certain limitations inherent to
the system. Thus, in certain circumstances,
some of the reactions may be inappropriate
from the driver's standpoint. So pay attention
in order to intervene if necessary.

The following conditions may cause the
Front Assist not to react or to do so too
late:

In the first few instants of driving after

switching on the ignition, due to the system’s
initial auto-calibration.

If the Front Assist is switched off or dam-

aged.

If the radar sensor is dirty or covered.

On taking tight bends or complex paths.

Pressing the accelerator all the way down.

If the ASR has been disconnected or the

ESC activated in 

Sport

 mode 

››› 

page 289

.

If the ESC is controlling.

If several brake lights of the vehicle or elec-

trically connected trailer are damaged.

If there are metal objects, e.g. guard rails or

sheets used in road works.

If the vehicle is reversing.

In case of snow or heavy rain.

In case of narrow vehicles, such as motor-

bikes.

Misaligned vehicles.

Vehicles crossing the other's path.

Vehicles approaching in the opposite direc-

tion.

Loads and accessories of other vehicles

that protrude over the sides, backwards or
over the top.

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Driving

ACC - Adaptive Cruise Con-
trol

Introduction

Fig. 254 

Detection area.

The ACC 

is an extension of the vehicle’s

cruise control function (GRA)

 

››› 

.

It allows the driver to set a cruise speed be-
tween 30 km/h (20 mph) and 160 km/h (100
mph) or 210 km/h (130 mph), and select the
desired distance from the vehicle in front.

The ACC adapts the cruising speed of the
vehicle, keeping a safe distance away from
the vehicle in front, if there is one, depending
on speed.

When driving behind another vehicle, the
ACC reduces speed until it is the same as
that of the vehicle ahead and maintains the
set distance between the vehicles. If the vehi-

cle ahead accelerates, the ACC also accel-
erates the vehicle, going no higher than the
programmed target speed.

If the vehicle is equipped with automatic
gearbox, the ACC can brake the vehicle 

until

it stops completely

 if a vehicle in front of it

stops.

The distance programmed should be in-
creased when the road surface is wet.

Driver intervention prompt

ACC is subject to certain limitations inherent
to the system. In other words, in certain cir-
cumstances the driver will have to adjust the
speed and the distance from other vehicles.

In this case, the instrument panel screen 

will

warn you to intervene

 by applying the brake

and a warning tone will be heard

››› 

page 269

.

WARNING

The ACC’s technology cannot overcome
the system's inherent limitations or change
the laws of physics. If used negligently or
involuntarily, it may cause serious acci-
dents and injuries. The system is not a re-
placement for driver awareness.

Adapt your speed and safe distance to

the vehicle in front of you at all times to suit
visibility, weather, road and traffic condi-
tions.

Do not use ACC in poor visibility, or on

roads that are steep, with lots of curves or
slippery.

Never use ACC when driving off-road or

on unpaved roads. The ACC has been de-
signed for use on paved roads only.

ACC does not react when approaching a

fixed obstacle, such as the end of a traffic
jam, a damaged vehicle or a vehicle stop-
ped at the traffic lights.

The ACC only reacts to people if a pe-

destrian monitoring system is available.
The system does not react to animals or
vehicles crossing your path or approaching
head-on down the same lane.

If the ACC does not reduce speed suffi-

ciently, brake the vehicle immediately.

If you are driving with a spare wheel fit-

ted, the ACC system could automatically
switch off. Switch off the system when
starting off.

If the vehicle continues to move involun-

tarily after a driver intervention prompt,
brake the vehicle.

If the instrument panel screen displays 

a

driver intervention prompt

, adjust the dis-

tance.

The driver should be ready to accelerate

or brake at all times.

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Driver assistance systems

Note

If the ACC does not work as described in

this chapter, do not use it until it has been
checked by a specialised workshop. SEAT
recommends visiting a SEAT dealership for
this purpose.

Maximum speed with the ACC activated

is limited to 210 km/h (130 mph).

When the ACC is switched on, strange

noises may be heard during braking,
caused by the braking system.

Symbols on the instrument panel
display and control lamps

The speed reduction by the ACC
to maintain the distance from the
vehicle in front is not sufficient.

Brake!

 apply the foot brake! Driver intervention

prompt.

ACC is not currently available

a)

.

While the vehicle is stationary, switch off the engine
and start it again. Check the area of the SEAT em-

blem on the front 

››› 

Fig. 244

. If it is still unavailable,

refer to a specialised workshop to have the system

inspected.

a)

The symbol on the instrument panels with colour

display is in colour.

The ACC is active.

No vehicle is detected in front. The programmed

speed remains constant.

If the symbol is white: the ACC is
active.

A vehicle in front has been detected. The ACC ad-
justs speed and distance from the vehicle in front.

If the symbol is grey: ACC is inac-
tive (Standby)

The system is switched on, but is not adjusting.

The lamp lights up green

The ACC is active.

Some control and warning lamps will light up
briefly when the ignition is switched on to
check certain functions. They will switch off
after a few seconds.

WARNING

Observe the safety warnings 

››› 

 in Con-

trol and warning lamps on page 88

.

Status display

Fig. 255 

On the instrument panel display: 

ACC inactive (Standby). 

 ACC active.

Indications on the display 

››› 

Fig. 255

:

Vehicle ahead detected. ACC is not ac-
tive and is not regulating your speed.
Distance from the vehicle ahead. ACC is
not active and is not regulating your dis-
tance.
Vehicle ahead detected. ACC is active
and is regulating your speed.

»

1

2

3

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Driving

Distance level 2 set by the driver.
ACC is active and is regulating your dis-
tance based on speed.
Speed programmed with the ACC

Note

When the ACC is connected, the indica-
tions on the instrument panel screen may
be concealed by warnings from other func-
tions, such as an incoming call.

ACC operation

Fig. 256 

On the left of the steering column:

operating the ACC with the third lever.

4

5

6

Fig. 257 

On the left of the steering column: op-

erating the ACC with the third lever.

When the ACC is connected, the green con-
trol lamp  

 will light up on the instrument

panel, and the programmed speed and ACC
status will be displayed 

››› 

Fig. 255

.

What ACC settings are possible?

Connecting and activating the ACC

››› 

page 270

.

Setting your speed 

››› 

page 270

.

Setting your distance 

››› 

page 271

.

Disconnecting and deactivating the ACC

››› 

page 271

.

Adjusting the default distance level at the

start of your journey 

››› 

page 271

.

Adjusting the driving profile 

››› 

page 271

.

Conditions in which the ACC does not re-

act 

››› 

page 271

.

Connecting and activating the ACC

To connect and activate the ACC, the posi-
tion of the gearbox lever, the vehicle speed
and the position of the third level of the ACC
must all be taken into account.

With manual transmission, the gear lever

must be in any gear except first. With auto-
matic transmission, the gear lever must be in
position 

D

 or 

S

. Speed must be higher than

30 km/h (18 mph) approx.

To activate the ACC, move the third lever to

position 



 

››› 

Fig. 256 

1

. At this time, the

ACC is not active and there is no program-
med speed.

Next, press button 



 

››› 

Fig. 257 

B

 or

move the lever to position 



››› 

Fig. 256 

2

. At this moment the ACC is ac-

tivated and the current speed and distance
are programmed. The picture in the box will
change to 

Active

 mode 

››› 

Fig. 255

 

.

While ACC is active, the vehicle travels at a
set speed and distance from the vehicle
ahead. Both speed and distance can be
changed at any time.

Setting speed

To set the speed, move the third lever up 

+

or down 

 to the desired speed

››› 

Fig. 255 

6

. The speed adjustment is

made at 10 km/h (6 mph) intervals.

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Driver assistance systems

If you wish to increase speed by intervals of

1 km/h (0.6 mph), move the lever to position



 

››› 

Fig. 256

 

2

, or to decrease it press

button 



 

››› 

Fig. 257

 

B

.

The set speed can be changed when the ve-
hicle is stopped or during driving.

Setting your distance level

To increase or reduce the distance, press

button 

A

 to the right or left 

››› 

Fig. 257

.

The instrument panel display modifies the se-
lected distance 

››› 

Fig. 255 

4

. There are 5

distance levels to choose from. SEAT recom-
mends level 3. The set distance can be
changed when the vehicle is stopped or while
driving 

››› 

.

Disconnecting and deactivating the ACC

To disconnect the ACC move the lever to

position 



 (fixed) 

››› 

Fig. 256 

0

. An 

ACC de-

activated

 message appears and the func-

tion is totally deactivated.

If you do not wish to disconnect the ACC, just
to switch it temporarily to inactive mode
(Standby), move the third lever to position



 

3

 or press the brake pedal.

It will also switch to inactive mode (Standby)
if the vehicle is stopped and the driver door is
opened.

Adjusting the default distance level at the
start of your journey

In wet road conditions, you should always set
a larger distance with regard to the vehicle in
front than when driving in dry conditions

››› 

.

When connecting the ACC, the distance level
can be preset to: Very short, Short, Medium,
Long, Very long and Last distance. To access
the 

Settings

 menu, depending on the fea-

tures, use the arrow keys and the wheel of the
multi-function steering wheel or the button on
the windscreen wiper lever 

››› 

page 85

.

Changing the driving profile

The driving profile can be used to modify the
ACC acceleration and braking behaviour.
There are three profiles available though the
instrument panel menu at 

Settings > As-

sistants > ACC > Basic settings

:

Normal

Sport,

Eco

To access the 

Settings

 menu, depending on

the features, use the arrow keys and the
wheel of the multi-function steering wheel or
the button on the windscreen wiper lever

››› 

page 85

.

The following conditions may lead the
ACC not to react:

If the accelerator is pressed.

If there is no gear engaged.

If the ESC is controlling.

If the driver is not wearing his/her seat belt.

If several brake lights of the vehicle or elec-

trically connected trailer are damaged.

If the vehicle is reversing.

Driving faster than 210 km/h (130 mph).

WARNING

There is a danger of rear collision when the
distance to the vehicle in front is reduced
and the speed difference between both ve-
hicles is so great that a speed reduction by
the ACC is not sufficient. In this case, brake
immediately!

The ACC may not be able to detect all

situations properly.

Stepping on the accelerator may cause

the ACC not to intervene in braking. Driver
braking will have priority over intervention
by the speed control or adaptive cruise
control.

Always be ready to use the brakes!

Observe country-specific provisions gov-

erning obligatory minimum distances be-
tween vehicles.

It is dangerous to activate control and re-

sume the programmed speed if the road,

»

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Driving

traffic or weather conditions do not permit
this. Risk of accident!

Note

The programmed speed is erased once

the ignition or the ACC are switched off.

When the anti-slip regulation (ASR) is dis-

connected while accelerating, the ACC
disconnects automatically.

In vehicles with the Start-Stop system,

the engine switches off during the ACC
stopping phase and restarts for moving off.

Deactivating the ACC temporarily
in certain situations

In the following situations the ACC should be
deactivated due to the system's limitations

››› 

:

When overtaking, on closed curves or

mountain roads, roundabouts, slip roads or
roadwork sections, preventing the system
from accelerating to reach the programmed
speed.

When going through a tunnel, as operation

could be affected.

When other vehicles are going slower in the

left lane. In this case, slower vehicles will be
overtaken on the right.

In case of heavy rain, snow or fog, the vehi-

cle in front may not be detected.

WARNING

If the ACC does not switch off in the situa-
tions described, serious accidents and inju-
ries may occur.

Always switch off the ACC in critical sit-

uations.

Note

If you do not switch off the ACC in the
aforementioned situations, you may com-
mit a legal offence.

Special driving recommendations

Fig. 258 

 Vehicle on a bend. 

 Motorcyclist

ahead, out of range of the radar sensor.

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Driver assistance systems

Fig. 259 

 Vehicle changing lanes. 

 One

vehicle turning and another stationary.

The ACC has certain limitations inherent to
the system. Certain reactions, under certain
circumstances, may be unexpected or come
late from the driver's point of view. So pay at-
tention in order to intervene if necessary.

The following situations require maximum at-
tention:

Starting driving after a stopping phase
(only with automatic transmission)

After a stopping phase, the ACC may begin
driving when the vehicle in front moves off

››› 

.

Overtaking

When the turn signal lights up before the ve-
hicle starts to overtake, the ACC accelerates
the vehicle automatically and thus reduces
the distance from the vehicle in front.

When the vehicle moves to the overtaking
lane, if the ACC does not detect another ve-
hicle in front, it accelerates until it reaches the
programmed speed.

System acceleration can be interrupted at
any time by pressing the brake or moving the
third lever to position 



 

››› 

Fig. 256 

3

.

Driving through a bend

When entering or leaving some curves, the
radar sensor may cease to sense the vehicle
driving in front of it, or react to a vehicle in the
adjacent lane 

››› 

Fig. 258

 

. The vehicle may

brake unnecessarily or stop reacting to the
vehicle in front. In this case, the driver has to
intervene by accelerating or interrupting
braking by applying the brake or pushing the
third lever to position 



 

››› 

Fig. 256 

3

.

Driving in tunnels

When driving through tunnels the radar sen-
sor may be limited. Switch off the ACC in tun-
nels.

Narrow or misaligned vehicles

The radar sensor can only detect narrow ve-
hicles or vehicles that circulate out of align-
ment when they enter its range

››› 

Fig. 258

 

. In these cases, you should

brake as necessary.

Vehicles with special loads and accesso-
ries

Special loads and accessories of other vehi-
cles that jut out over the sides, backwards or
over the top may be out of the ACC's range.
SEAT recommends disconnecting it.

Other vehicles changing lanes

Vehicles changing lanes a short distance
away from your own can only be detected
when they are within range of the sensors. As
a consequence, the ACC will take longer to
react 

››› 

Fig. 259

 

. Brake yourself as neces-

sary.

Stationary vehicles

The ACC does not detect stationary objects
while driving, such as traffic tails or damaged
vehicles.

If a vehicle detected by the ACC turns or
moves over and there is a stationary vehicle
in front of it, the ACC will not react to it

››› 

Fig. 259

 

. Brake yourself as necessary.

»

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Driving

Vehicles driving in the opposite direction
and vehicles crossing your path

The ACC does not react to vehicles ap-
proaching from the opposite direction or ve-
hicles crossing your path.

Metal objects

Metal objects, e.g. guard rails or sheets used
in road works, can confuse the radar sensor
and cause the ACC to react wrongly.

Factors that may affect how the radar
sensor operates

If laser sensor operation is impaired, due to
heavy rain snow or mud, the ACC is deactiva-
ted temporarily. A message will be displayed
stating this. If necessary clean the SEAT
badge 

››› 

Fig. 244

.

When the radar sensor begins to operate
properly, the ACC will become available. The
message will turn off and the ACC may be
reactivated.

ACC operation may be affected by a strong
radar reverse reflection, for example in a
closed car park. SEAT recommends discon-
necting it.

Trailer mode

When driving with trailer the ACC controls
less dynamically.

Overheated brakes

If the brakes overheat, for example on long
and steep descents, the ACC may be deacti-
vated temporarily. A message will be dis-
played stating this. In this case, adaptive
cruise control cannot be activated.

Cruise control may be reactivated once the
brake temperature has dropped. The mes-
sage will disappear. If the message 

ACC not

available

 remains on for quite a long time it

means that there is a fault. Contact a speci-
alised workshop. SEAT recommends visiting a
SEAT dealership.

WARNING

If you do not pay attention to the 

Press

the brake

 message, the vehicle may move

and crash into the vehicle ahead. Before
driving off again, check that the road is
clear. The radar sensor may not detect ob-
stacles on the road. This could cause an
accident and serious injuries. If necessary,
apply the brake.

Lane Assist

Introduction

The Lane Assist System helps the driver
stay in his/her lane within the physical lim-
its of the system. This function is not suita-

ble for keeping the vehicle automatically
in the lane, and it is not designed for this
purpose.

Using the camera located in the windscreen,
the Lane Assist system detects the possible
lines dividing the lanes. When the vehicle in-
voluntarily approaches a dividing line it has
detected, the system notifies the driver with a

corrective steering movement

. The purpose is

not only to warn the driver, but also to keep
the vehicle inside the lane. This movement
can be over-regulated at any time.

No warning is produced with the turn signals
activated, given that the Lane Assist system
understands that a lane change is required.

Control lamp

It lights up yellow

Lane Assist system active but not available.
The system cannot accurately recognize the lane.

See 

page 276, The lane assist system is active but

it is not available (the control lamp is lit up yel-
low)

.

It lights up green

Lane Assist system active and available.

Some control and warning lamps will light up
briefly when the ignition is switched on to

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Driver assistance systems

check certain functions. They will switch off
after a few seconds.

WARNING

Observe the safety warnings 

››› 

 in Con-

trol and warning lamps on page 88

.

Indications on the instrument panel
display

Fig. 260 

On the instrument panel display: In-

dication on the Lane Assist system display (ex-

ample 1).

Fig. 261 

On the instrument panel display: Indi-

cation on the Lane Assist system display (ex-

ample 2).

Status display

Fig. 260

 

: The system is active, but not

available, either because the minimum
speed has not been reached or because
the lane lines are not recognised.

Fig. 260

 

: The system is active and

available, both lane lines are recognised.
The steering angle is not being correc-
ted at this moment.

Fig. 261

 

: The system is operational,

the highlighted line 

1

 indicates that

there was a risk of involuntarily crossing
the lane line and that the steering is be-
ing adjusted to correct the angle.

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Driving

Operating mode

Steering wheel vibration

The following situations can cause vibration
in the steering wheel and require the driver to
take active control of driving:

When the steering angle assist value re-

quired to keep the vehicle in the lane is higher
than the system’s maximum operating value.

If the system ceases to display the lane

lines while assisting with steering.

Switching the Lane Assist system on or off

Select the corresponding menu option us-

ing the button for the driver assistance sys-
tems 

››› 

page 86

.

OR:

 using the instrument panel menu 

Set-

tings > Assistants > Lane Assist

››› 

page 73

. The “confirmation sign” indicates

that the driver assist system is switched on.

Automatic deactivation:

 the lane assist sys-

tem can be deactivated automatically if
there is a system malfunction. Control lamp
switches off.

The lane assist system is active but it is not
available (the control lamp is lit up yellow)

When driving at speeds below 65 km/h (38

mph).

When the Lane Assist system does not de-

tect the dividing lines of the road. For exam-
ple, in the event warnings indicating road
works, and snow, dirt, moisture or reflections.

When the radius of a curve is too small.

When no road markings can be seen.

When the distance to the next marking to

too great.

When the system does not detect any clear

and active steering movement during a long
period of time.

Temporarily, in the event of very dynamic

driving styles.

If a turn signal is activated.

When the ASR is switched off.

BSD Plus (Lane Assist with Blind Spot As-
sist)

The BSD Plus function is achieved by activat-
ing the Lane Assist and BSD functions

››› 

page 277

. In this case, the Lane Assist

function expands its functions in the following
way:

If the driver tries to change lane and there is a
vehicle in the blind spot:

The 

 lamp flashes in the corresponding

rear-view mirror even though the turn signal
has not been activated.

The steering wheel vibrates to warn the

driver of the risk of collision.

torque is applied to correct the steering

and return the vehicle to its lane.

Switching off the Lane Assist system in the
following situations

Due to the limits of the Lane Assist system,
switch it off in the following situations:

When more attention is required of the driv-

er

When driving in a sporty style

In unfavourable weather conditions

On roads in poor condition

In areas of road works

WARNING

The intelligent technology in the Lane As-
sist system cannot change the limits im-
posed by the laws of physics and by the
very nature of the system. Careless or un-
controlled use of the Lane Assist system
may cause accidents and injury. The sys-
tem is not a replacement for driver aware-
ness.

Always adapt your speed and the dis-

tance to the vehicles ahead in line with visi-
bility, weather conditions, the condition of
the road and the traffic situation.

Always keep your hands on the steering

wheel so it can be turned at any time.

The Lane Assist system does not detect

all road markings. The road surfaces, road

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structures or objects in poor condition can
be incorrectly detected as road markings
under certain circumstances by the Lane
Assist system. In such situations, switch the
Lane Assist system off immediately.

Please observe the indications on the in-

strument panel and act as is necessary.

Always pay attention to the vehicle's sur-

roundings.

When the area of vision of the camera

becomes dirty, covered or is damaged, the
Lane Assist system function can be affec-
ted.

CAUTION

In order to avoid influencing the operation
of the system, the following points must be
taken into account:

Regularly clean the area of vision of the

camera and keep it in a clean state, without
snow or ice 

››› 

Fig. 246

.

Do not cover the area of vision of the

camera.

Check that the area of vision of the wind-

screen camera is not damaged.

Note

The lane departure warning system has

been exclusively developed for driving on
paved roads only.

If the Lane Assist system does not work as

described in this chapter, do not use it and
contact a specialised workshop.

If there is a fault in the system, have it

checked by a specialised workshop.

Using the blind spot detector
(BSD) with parking assistant
(RCTA)

Introduction

The blind spot detector (BSD) helps to de-
tect the traffic situation behind the vehi-
cle.

The integrated parking assistant (RCTA)
helps the driver when backing out of a
parallel parking spot and in manoeuvring.

The blind spot detector has been developed
for driving on paved roads.

WARNING

The smart technology incorporated into
the blind spot detector (BSD) with parking
assistance (RCTA) included cannot over-
come the limits imposed by the laws of
physics; it only works within the limits of the
system. Accidents and severe injury may
occur if the blind spot detection system or
the rear cross traffic alert are used negli-

gently or involuntarily. The system is not a
replacement for driver awareness.

Adapt your speed and safe distance to

the vehicle in front of you at all times to suit
visibility, weather, road and traffic condi-
tions.

Keep your hands on the wheel at all times

to be ready to intervene in the steering at
any time.

Pay attention to the control lamps that

may come on in the external rear view mir-
rors and on the instrument panel, and fol-
low any instructions they may give.

The blind spot assistant could react to

any special constructions that might be
present on the sides of the vehicle: e.g. high
or irregular dividers. This may cause erro-
neous warnings.

Never use the blind spot detector with

rear cross traffic alert on unpaved roads.
The blind spot detector with rear cross traf-
fic alert has been designed for use on
paved roads.

Always pay attention to the vehicle's sur-

roundings.

The external rear view mirror control

lamps may have limited functionality due
to solar radiation.

Note

If the blind spot detector with parking as-
sistant does not work as described in this

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chapter, stop using it and contact a speci-
alised workshop.

Control lamps

Control lamp in external rear view mirrors:

It lights up

It lights up once briefly: the blind spot detector is ac-

tivated and ready to operate.

It lights up: blind spot detector has detected a vehi-
cle in the blind spot.

Flashes

The blind spot detector has detected a vehicle in the
blind spot and the turn signal has been turned on in
the direction of the detected vehicle 

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.

For vehicles that are also equipped with Lane Assist

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, a warning to switch lanes will also ap-

pear even though the turn signal has not been en-
gaged.

The control lamps light up when the ignition is
switched on and should turn off after approxi-
mately 2 seconds. This is the time taken for
the function check.

If there are no indications from the control
lamp in the external rear view mirror, this
means that the blind spot detector has not
detected any other vehicles in the area 

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.

If the dipped beam is on, then the control
lamps in the external rear view mirrors will be
dimmed (night mode).

WARNING

If the warning lamps and the corresponding
messages are ignored when they light up,
the vehicle may stall in traffic and cause
accidents and severe injuries.

Never ignore the warning lamps or mes-

sages.

Carry out the necessary operations.

CAUTION

Failure to heed the control lamps and cor-
responding text messages when they light
up may result in damage to the vehicle.

Blind spot detector (BSD)

Fig. 262 

In the exterior mirrors: blind spot de-

tector indication.

The blind spot detector uses radar sensors to
monitor the areas behind the vehicle

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. The system does this by meas-

uring the vehicle's distance from other vehi-
cles and its speed differential. The blind spot
detector will not work at speeds of less than
approx. 15 km/h (9 mph). The system uses
optical signals in the external rear view mir-
rors to notify the driver.

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The lane width is not detected individually,
but is rather pre-configured in the system.
Thus if you are driving in wide lanes or in be-
tween two lanes, the indications may be in-
correct. Furthermore, the system can detect
vehicles driving in the lane next to you (if
there are any), and can also detect station-
ary objects such as dividers, and thus give an
incorrect indication.

Indication on the exterior mirror

The control lamp (expanded view) provides
an indication in the corresponding external
mirror 

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Fig. 262

 regarding the traffic situa-

tion behind the vehicle, if it is deemed to be
critical. The control lamp of the left-hand ex-
ternal mirror indicates the traffic situation to
the left of the vehicle, and the control lamp of

the right-hand external mirror indicates the
traffic situation to the right of the vehicle.

In the case of retrofitted tinted windows or
windows with tinted film, the indications of the
external mirrors may not be seen clearly or
correctly.

Keep the external mirrors clean and free of
snow and ice, and do not cover them with ad-
hesives or other similar materials.

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Driving situations

Fig. 263 

Schematic representation: 

 Passing

situation with traffic behind the vehicle. 

 Indi-

cation from the blind spot detector in the left-

hand external mirror.

Fig. 264 

Schematic representation: 

 Situa-

tion of passing and then moving into the right-

hand lane. 

 Indication from the blind spot de-

tector in the right-hand external mirror.

In the following situations, an indication will
be displayed in the external mirror 

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Fig. 263

 (arrow) or 

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Fig. 264

 

 (arrow):

When being overtaken by another vehicle

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Fig. 263

 

.

When passing another vehicle 

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Fig. 264

 with a speed differential of approx. 10 km/h

(6 mph). If the vehicle is passing at a consid-

erably higher speed, no indication will be dis-
played.

The faster the vehicle approaches, the soon-
er an indication will be displayed in the exter-
nal mirror, because the blind spot detector
takes into account the speed differential with
other vehicles. Thus even though the distance
from the other vehicle is identical, the indica-
tion will appear sooner in some cases and
later in others.

Physical limitations inherent to the system

In some situations the blind spot detector
may not interpret the traffic situation correct-
ly. E.g. in the following situations:

on tight bends;

in the case of lanes with different widths;

at the top of slopes;

in adverse weather conditions;

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in the case of special constructions to the

side of the vehicle, e.g., high or irregular divid-
ers.

Rear cross traffic alert (RCTA)

Fig. 265 

Schematic representation of the rear

cross traffic alert assistant: zone monitored

around the vehicle while leaving a parking

space.

Park Assist uses the radar sensors on the rear
bumper 

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Fig. 247

 to monitor

traffic crossing behind the vehicle as it rever-
ses out of a parking bay, or as it is being man-
oeuvred, for example in very low visibility con-
ditions.

If the system detects that someone else on
the road is approaching the rear of the vehi-
cle 

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Fig. 265

, an acoustic alarm is heard.

In vehicles without ParkPilot a “gong” will

sound and a message will be displayed on
the instrument panel.

If the vehicle is equipped ParkPilot, the

ParkPilot acoustic alarm will sound continu-
ously.

Automatic braking to reduce damages

If the rear cross traffic alert detects that
someone else on the road is approaching the
rear of the vehicle and the driver does not
step on the brake, the system will engage the
brakes automatically.

The parking system helps the driver by auto-
matically engaging the brakes to reduce any
damage. The automatic intervention on the
brakes takes place when driving in reverse at
approx. 1-12 km/h (1-7 mph). After detecting
that the vehicle is stationary, the system
keeps it that way for around 2 seconds.

After automatically braking to reduce dam-
age, the system will not be able to automati-
cally brake again for approximately 10 sec-
onds.

You can interrupt the automatic braking by
stepping hard on the accelerator pedal or
the brake pedal in order to regain control of
the vehicle.

WARNING

The smart technology incorporated into
the rear cross traffic alert cannot over-
come the limits imposed by the laws of
physics; it only works within the limits of the
system. The parking assistant function
should not tempt you into taking any risks.
The system is not a replacement for driver
awareness.

The system should never be used in limi-

ted visibility conditions or complicated
traffic, e.g., in high-traffic areas or when
crossing multiple lanes.

Be sure to always be aware of the vehi-

cle's surroundings, since the system often
fails to detect things such as bicycles or
pedestrians.

The rear cross traffic alert itself will not

brake the vehicle to a complete stop.

Using the blind spot detector (BSD)
with parking assistant (RCTA)

Activating and deactivating the blind spot
detector (BSD) with parking assistant
(RCTA)

The blind spot detector with parking assistant
can be switched on and off by accessing the

Assistance systems

 menu on the dash

panel display using the steering wheel con-
trols. If the vehicle is equipped with a multi-
function camera, it can also be accessed by

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means of the driver assistance systems key
located on the main beam headlight lever.

Open the 

Assistants

 menu.

 BSD

 Parking Assist.

If the verification box on the control panel is
checked 

, the functionality will be automat-

ically activated at ignition.

When the blind spot detector is ready to op-
erate, the indications in the external mirrors
will turn on briefly as confirmation.

When the vehicle is restarted, the last adjust-
ment in the system will remain active.

If the blind spot detector was automatically
deactivated, it will only be possible to restart
the system after turning the vehicle off and
restarting it.

Trailer mode

The Blind spot detector and the rear cross
traffic alert will be automatically deactivated
and it will be impossible to activate them if
the tow hitch is electrically connected to a
trailer or other similar object.

As soon as the driver starts to drive with a
trailer connected electrically to the vehicle, a
message will appear on the instrument panel
display indicating that the blind spot detector
and the rear cross traffic alert are deactiva-
ted. Once the trailer has been unhitched from

the vehicle, if you want to use the blind spot
detector and the rear cross traffic alert, you
will have to reactivate them in the corre-
sponding menu.

If the towing hitch is not factory equipped,
then the blind spot detector and the rear
cross traffic alert will have to be deactivated
manually when driving with a trailer.

Braking and parking

Braking system

Control lamps

It lights up red

Brake fluid level too low 

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 or fault in the

brake system.

 

Do not carry on driving!

Together with the 

 control lamp on the button:

Electronic parking brake on 

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.

Flashes red

Electronic parking brake faulty. Simultaneously, the

control warning light may light up 

, or the control

lamp 

 on the button may flash.

Go to a specialised workshop, as you may not be
able to park safely.

It lights up yellow

Along with the 

 warning lamp flashing: fault in the

electronic parking brake.
Contact a specialised workshop.

It lights up yellow

Front brake pads worn.
Contact a specialised workshop immediately.

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