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Help with parking and manoeuvring

Do not use the reverse assist system in the
following cases

– If there is a fault in the dynamic chassis

control (DCC).

If the image displayed is not very clear or

reliable (low visibility or dirty lens).

If the space behind the vehicle cannot be

clearly or completely recognised.

If the vehicle has been overloaded at the

rear.

If the driver is not familiar with the system.

If the rear lid is open.

If the position and installation angle of the

camera have been changed, e.g. in a rear-
end collision. Have a specialised workshop
check the system.

Optical illusions of the camera (examples)

The rear assist camera produces two-dimen-
sional images. Any cracks in or objects pro-
truding from the ground or from other vehi-
cles are more difficult to spot or cannot be
seen due to a lack of depth in the image dis-
played.

Objects or other vehicles may seem to be
closer or further away than what they really
are:

On changing from a flat surface to a slope

or gradient.

On changing from a slope or gradient to a

flat surface.

If the vehicle has been overloaded at the

rear.

On approaching protruding objects. These

objects may be outside the angle of vision of
the camera when reversing.

Note

SEAT recommends that you practise

parking with the rear assist system in a qui-
et location or in a car park to become fa-
miliar with the system, including the orien-
tation lines and their function.

The orientation lines will not be displayed

on the screen if the rear lid is open or the
factory-fitted towing bracket is electrically
connected to a trailer.

Parallel parking (mode 1)

Fig. 276 

Screen: orientation lines for the park-

ing space behind the vehicle.

Summary of the orientation points

Meaning of orientation lines displayed on the
screen 

››› 

Fig. 276

. All of the lengths of the

orientation lines use a vehicle located on a
horizontal surface as reference.

Red: safety distance, i.e. road area loca-
ted up to 40 cm behind the vehicle.
Green: prolongation of the rear of the ve-
hicle (somewhat enlarged). The area dis-
played green ends around 2 metres be-
hind the vehicle, on the road.
Yellow: prolongation of the rear of the ve-
hicle as the steering wheel turns. The
area displayed yellow ends around 3 me-
tres behind the vehicle, on the road.

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1

2

3

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Driving

Parking

Stop the vehicle in front of a space and se-

lect reverse gear.

Reverse slowly and turn the steering wheel

so that the yellow orientation lines guide you
towards the space 

››› 

Fig. 276

 

3

.

Align the vehicle straight in the parking

place using the help of the green orientation
lines.

Parallel parking (mode 2)

Fig. 277 

Screen: orientation lines and surfaces

for the space behind the vehicle.

After applying the turn signal, the lines and
surfaces not required are deleted.

Summary of the orientation points

Meaning of orientation lines and surfaces dis-
played on the screen 

››› 

Fig. 277

. All of the

lengths of the orientation lines use a vehicle
located on a horizontal surface as reference.

Safety distance: road area located up to
40 cm behind the vehicle.
Vehicle side limit.
Turning point when parking. When the
yellow line touches the curb or another
limit of the parking space, the point for
changing direction (magnifying glass) will
have been reached.
Free space required to parallel park the
vehicle. The surface displayed must com-
pletely fit in the space.
Possible vehicle parked next to the curb.

Parking

Stop the vehicle 1 m away parallel to the

parking space and select reverse gear.

Switch on mode 2 on the navigation system

screen for parallel parking.

Slowly reverse and turn the steering wheel

so that the surface displayed yellow on the
screen stops in front of any obstacles 

5

 (e.g.

another vehicle).

Turn the steering wheel fully towards the

space and reverse slowly.

When the yellow line 

3

 touches the side

limit of the space, e.g. the border or curb
(magnifying glass), turn the steering wheel
fully in the opposite direction.

1

2

3

4

5

Continue reversing until the vehicle is inside

the space, parallel to the road. Correct the
position if necessary.

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Towing bracket device

Towing bracket device

Trailer mode

Introduction

Take into account country-specific regula-
tions about driving with a trailer and the use
of a towing bracket.

The vehicle has been developed primarily for
carrying people, although it can also be used
to tow a trailer if fitted with the corresponding
technical equipment. This additional load has
an effect on the useful life, fuel consumption
and vehicle performance and in some cases
can reduce the service intervals.

Driving with a trailer requires more force from
the vehicle, and thus more concentration
from the driver.

In winter, winter tyres should be fitted on both
the vehicle 

and

 the trailer.

Maximum vertical load technically permit-
ted on the coupling device

The 

maximum

 technically permitted vertical

load of the tow bar on the hitch of the towing
device is 

100 kg (220 pounds)

.

Vehicles with the Start-Stop system

If the vehicle has a factory-fitted towing
bracket or one that is retrofitted by SEAT, the

Start-Stop system operates as normal. No
special characteristics need to be taken into
account.

If the system does not recognise the trailer or
the trailer bracket has not been retrofitted by
SEAT, the Start-Stop system must be discon-
nected by pressing the corresponding button
in the lower part of the centre console before
driving with the trailer, and it should remain
off for the rest of the journey 

››› 

.

Trailer weight/drawbar load

Never exceed the authorised trailer weight. If
you do not load the trailer up to the maximum
permitted trailer weight, you can then climb
correspondingly steeper slopes.

The maximum trailer weights listed are only
applicable for 

altitudes

 up to 1000 m above

sea level. Since higher altitude decreases en-
gine performance and the ability to climb
slopes, the tow load decreases proportional-
ly. The weight of the vehicle and trailer com-
bination must be reduced by 10% for every
1000 m of altitude. When possible, operate
the trailer with the maximum 

authorised

drawbar load

 on the ball joint of the towing

bracket, but 

do not exceed

 the specified lim-

it.

WARNING

Never use the trailer to transport people,
since it would put their life in danger and is
also prohibited.

WARNING

Undue use of the towing bracket may
cause injury and accidents.

Only use the towing bracket if it is in a

perfect state of repair and is properly se-
cured.

Never modify or repair the towing bracket

in any way.

In order to reduce the danger of injury in

the event of rear-end collisions and to
avoid injury to pedestrians and cyclists
when parking the vehicle, cover or remove
the tow hook when you are not using a trail-
er.

According to EU regulation 2021_535 it is

not permitted to install a towing device that
completely or partially covers the rear
number plate.

Never fit a towing bracket “with weight

distribution” or “load compensation”. The
vehicle has not been designed for this type
of towing bracket. The towing bracket
could fail and the trailer could be released
from the vehicle.

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WARNING

Driving with a trailer and transporting
heavy or large objects can affect driving
properties and even cause an accident.

Always secure the load properly using

belts or straps that are suitable and in
good condition.

Adapt your speed and driving style at all

times to suit visibility, weather, road and
traffic conditions.

Trailers with a high centre of gravity are

more likely to overturn than those with a
low one.

Avoid sudden braking and manoeuvres.

Take great care when overtaking.

Reduce speed immediately if you notice

that the trailer is swaying, however slightly.

Never drive at more than 80 km/h

(50 mph) when towing a trailer (or at more
than 100 km/h (60 mph) in exceptional cir-
cumstances). This also applies in countries
where driving at higher speeds is permit-
ted. Take into account the speed limit for
vehicles with trailers in the corresponding
country, as it could be less than the speed
limit for vehicles without a trailer.

Never attempt to “straighten” the towing

vehicle and trailer while accelerating.

WARNING

If the towing bracket has been retrofitted
by a non-SEAT workshop, the Start-Stop

system must be disconnected manually
whenever driving with a trailer. Otherwise
the brake system could be damaged and
could consequently cause a serious acci-
dent or injury.

Always disconnect the Start-Stop system

manually when using a towing bracket that
has not been fitted by a SEAT workshop.

Note

Before hitching or unhitching a trailer, al-

ways deactivate the anti-theft alarm

››› 

page 95

. Otherwise, the tilt sensor could

cause the alarm to go off.

Do not drive with a trailer for the engine's

first 1000 km 

››› 

page 255

.

If a removable and retractable tow hook

is fitted, it should not be mounted when not
in use. In the event of a rear-end collision,
the damage to the vehicle could be greater
if the tow hook is fitted.

Some retrofitted towing brackets cover

the rear towing eye. In these cases, the
towing eye should not be used for tow-
starting or for towing other vehicles. For
this reason, if the vehicle has been retrofit-
ted with a towing bracket, always keep the
tow hook in the vehicle when you remove it.

Technical requirements

Vehicles that are 

factory

-fitted with a towing

bracket meet all the technical and legal re-
quirements for driving with a trailer.

If the 

vehicle is retrofitted

 with a towing

bracket, only a bracket that is authorised for
the maximum authorised load of the trailer
that is to be towed may be fitted. The towing
bracket must be suitable for the vehicle and
the trailer and must be properly secured to
the vehicle's chassis. Only use a towing
bracket that has been authorised by SEAT for
this vehicle. Always check and take into ac-
count the towing bracket manufacturer's in-
structions. Never fit a towing bracket “with
weight distribution” or “load compensation”.

Towing bracket fitted on the bumper

Never fit a towing bracket to the bumper or to
the area where the bumper is mounted. The
towing bracket should not impair the bum-
per's function. Do not make modifications or
repairs to the exhaust system or the brake
system. Make regular checks to ensure that
the towing bracket is secure.

Engine cooling system

Driving with a trailer increases the load on the
engine and cooling system. The cooling sys-
tem should have sufficient coolant and be
prepared for the additional effort involved in
driving with a trailer.

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Trailer brakes

If the trailer has its own brake system, please
take the relevant legal requirements into ac-
count. Never connect the trailer's brake sys-
tem to the vehicle's brake system.

Tow cable

Always use a cable between the vehicle and
the trailer 

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page 303

.

Trailer tail lights

The trailer's rear lights should comply with
the statutory safety regulations 

››› 

page 303

.

Never connect the trailer's rear lights directly
to the vehicle's electric system. If you are not
sure that the trailer's electrical connection is
correct, have it checked by a specialised
workshop. SEAT recommends visiting a SEAT
dealership for this.

Exterior mirrors

If you cannot see the area behind the trailer
with the exterior mirrors of the towing vehicle,
additional mirrors will have to be installed in
accordance with the regulations of the coun-
try in question. The exterior mirrors should be
adjusted before you start driving and must
provide a sufficient field of vision at the rear.

Trailer maximum electricity consumption

Never exceed the values indicated!

Brake lights (total)

84 Watts

Turn signal (on each side)

54 watts

Side lights and rear lights

50 Watts

Reverse lights (in total)

42 Watts

Rear fog light

42 Watts

WARNING

If the towing bracket is wrongly fitted or is
not the right one, the trailer could become
detached from the vehicle and cause seri-
ous injury.

CAUTION

If the rear lights of the trailer are not cor-

rectly connected, the vehicle's electronic
system may be damaged.

If the trailer absorbs excessive electric

current, the vehicle's electronic system
may be damaged.

Never connect the trailer's electric sys-

tem directly to the electrical connections
of the tail lights or any other power sour-
ces. Only use the connections intended for
providing electric current to the trailer.

Hitching and connecting a trailer

Fig. 278 

Schematic representation: assign-

ment of the pins of the trailer's electrical sock-

et.

Pin

Meaning

1

Left turn signal

2

Rear fog light

3

Earth, pins 1 to 8

4

Right turn signal

5

Rear light, right

6

Brake lights

7

Rear light, left

8

Reverse lights

9

Permanent live

10

Live charge cable

11

Unassigned

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Pin

Meaning

12

Unassigned

13

Earth, pins 9 to 13

Power socket for trailer

The vehicle is fitted with a 13-pole power
socket for the connection between the trailer
and the vehicle. With the engine running,
electrical devices on the trailer receive power
from the electrical connection (pin 9 and pin
10 of the trailer power socket).

If the system detects that a trailer has been
connected, the consumers on the trailer will
receive electricity through this connection
(pins 9 and 10). Pin 9 has a permanent live.
This powers, for example, the trailer's interior
lighting. Electrical devices such as a fridge in
a caravan 

only

 receive electrical power if the

engine is running (through pin 10).

To avoid overloading the electrical system,
you cannot connect the ground wires of pin 3
or pin 13 to each other.

If the trailer has a 

7-contact connector

, you

will need to use an adapter cable. In this case
the function corresponding to pin 10 will not
be available.

Tow cable

The tow rope must always be securely fixed
to the towing vehicle and loose enough so

that the vehicle can handle turns smoothly.
However, make sure that the cable does not
rub on the ground while driving.

Trailer tail lights

Always check the trailer's rear lights to ensure
they are working correctly and that they
comply with the relevant safety regulations.
Make sure that the maximum permissible
power that can be absorbed by the trailer is
not exceeded 

››› 

page 303

.

Include in the anti-theft alarm

The trailer is included in the anti-theft system
if the following conditions are met:

If the vehicle is factory-equipped with an

anti-theft alarm and towing bracket.

If the trailer is electrically connected to the

towing vehicle through the trailer power sock-
et.

If the electrical systems of the vehicle and

trailer are in perfect condition and have no
faults or damage.

If the vehicle is locked with the key and the

anti-theft alarm is activated.

When the vehicle is locked, the alarm is trig-
gered if the electrical connection with the
trailer is cut off.

Before hitching or unhitching a trailer, always
turn off the anti-theft alarm. Otherwise, the tilt
sensor could cause the alarm to go off.

Trailers with LED tail lights

For technical reasons, trailers fitted with LED
rear lights cannot be connected to the anti-
theft alarm system.

When the vehicle is locked, the alarm does
not go off when the electrical connection
with the trailer is cut if it has rear lights with
light-emitting diodes.

WARNING

If the cables are improperly or incorrectly
connected, it may lead to an excessive
amount of current supplied to the trailer,
which can cause abnormalities in the entire
vehicle electronic system, as well as acci-
dents and serious injuries.

Ensure that any repairs that need to be

carried out on the electrical system are
carried out by a specialised workshop.

Never connect the trailer's electric sys-

tem directly to the electrical connections
of the tail lights or any other power sour-
ces.

WARNING

Contact between the pins of the trailer
power socket can cause short circuits,
overloading of the electrical system or

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failure of the lighting system, and conse-
quently can cause accidents and serious
injuries.

Never connect the pins of the trailer pow-

er socket to each other.

Make sure any work on bent pins is car-

ried out by a specialised workshop.

CAUTION

Do not leave the trailer connected to the
vehicle when parked; place it on its support
wheel or its supports. If the vehicle rises or
falls due, for example, to a variation of the
load or a burst tyre, increased pressure will
be placed on the towing bracket and the
trailer, and both the vehicle and the trailer
can be damaged.

Note

In case of anomalies in the electrical sys-

tems of the vehicle or trailer, as well as in
the anti-theft alarm system, have them in-
spected by a specialised workshop.

If the trailer accessories consume energy

through the power socket to the trailer and
the engine is turned off, the battery will dis-
charge.

If the vehicle battery is running low, the

electrical connection with the trailer will be
automatically cut.

Trailer loading

Technically permissible maximum trailer
weight and vertical load on the coupling
device

The technically permissible maximum trailer
weight is the weight that the vehicle can tow

››› 

. The vertical load on the coupling is ex-

erted vertically from above on the hook of the
towing bracket.

The information on the maximum trailer
weight and vertical load on the coupling de-
vice contained in the type plate of the towing
bracket are experimental values only. The
correct figures for your specific model, which
may be 

lower

 than these figures, are given in

the vehicle documentation. The information in
the vehicle documentation takes precedence
at all times.

To promote safety while driving, SEAT recom-
mends making the most of the maximum 

ver-

tical load

 technically permissible on the

coupling device 

››› 

page 301

. An insufficient

vertical load has a negative influence on the
behaviour of both the vehicle and trailer.

The vertical load increases the weight on the
rear axle, reducing the vehicle's carrying ca-
pacity.

Gross combination weight of the towing
vehicle and trailer

The gross combination weight is the actual
weight of the loaded vehicle plus the actual
weight of the loaded trailer.

In some countries trailers are classified into
distinct categories. SEAT recommends ob-
taining information from a specialised work-
shop regarding which type of trailer is most
suitable for your vehicle.

Trailer loading

The weight of the towing vehicle and trailer
must be balanced. In order to do this, the
load must be as close as possible to the max-
imum vertical load technically permissible on
the coupling point, and it must be evenly dis-
tributed between the back and front of the
trailer:

Distribute loads in the trailer so that heavy

objects are as near to the axle as possible or
above it.

Secure the trailer load properly.

Tyre pressure

Set the tyre pressure of the trailer tyres in ac-
cordance with the trailer manufacturer's rec-
ommendations.

When towing a trailer, inflate the tyres of the
towing vehicle with the maximum allowable
pressure 

››› 

page 331

.

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WARNING

If the maximum permissible axle weight, the
maximum load technically permissible on
the coupling point, the maximum author-
ised vehicle weight or the gross combina-
tion weight of the towing vehicle and trailer
are exceeded, accidents and serious inju-
ries may occur.

Never exceed the values indicated!

The actual weight on the front and rear

axles must never exceed the maximum per-
missible axle weight. The weight on the
front and rear axles must never exceed the
maximum permissible weight.

WARNING

A shift in weight could jeopardize the stabil-
ity and security of the towing vehicle and
trailer, which could lead to accidents and
serious injuries.

Always load the trailer correctly.

Always secure the load properly using

belts or straps that are suitable and in
good condition.

Driving with a trailer

Adjusting the headlights

The front part of the vehicle may be raised
when the trailer is connected and the light
may dazzle the rest of the traffic.

Adapt the height of the headlights using the
headlight range adjuster 

››› 

page 123

1)

.

Specific features of driving with a trailer

If your trailer has an 

overrun brake

, brake

gently at first

 and then rapidly. This will pre-

vent the jerking that can be caused by the
locking of trailer wheels.

Due to the gross combination weight of the

towing vehicle and trailer, the braking dis-
tance increases.

When going down a slope, go into a lower

gear (if using a manual gearbox or the tip-
tronic automatic gearbox mode) to take ad-
vantage of the braking power provided by the
engine. Otherwise, the braking system could
overheat and even fail.

The trailer weight, as well as the gross com-

bination weight of the towing vehicle and
trailer, change the centre of gravity and the
properties of the vehicle.

If the towing vehicle is empty and the trailer

is loaded, then the load distribution is incor-
rect. Under these conditions, drive slowly and
with extra caution.

Hill starts with a trailer

Depending on the slope of the hill and the
combination weight of the towing vehicle and
trailer, the vehicle might start rolling back-
wards slightly when you first start up.

For hill-starting with a trailer, do the following:

Press and hold the brake pedal.

Press the 

 button once to disconnect the

electronic parking brake 

››› 

page 285

.

If the vehicle is equipped with a manual

gearbox, push the clutch pedal all the way
down.

Put the vehicle into first gear or turn the se-

lector lever to position 

D

 

››› 

page 247

.

Pull out the 

 button and hold it in that po-

sition to immobilise the towing vehicle and
trailer with the electronic parking brake.

Release the brake pedal.

Start driving slowly. To do this, in the case of

a manual gearbox, slowly release the clutch
pedal.

1)

This does not apply for vehicles with Full LED

xenon headlights.

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Towing bracket device

Do not release the 

 button until the en-

gine has sufficient power to start driving.

WARNING

If a trailer is pulled incorrectly, this may
lead to loss of control of the vehicle and
serious injury.

Driving with a trailer and transporting

heavy or large objects will change the ve-
hicle handling and braking distances.

Always drive cautiously and carefully.

Brake earlier than usual.

Adapt your speed and driving style at all

times to suit visibility, weather, road and
traffic conditions. Slow down, especially
when driving down hills or slopes.

Accelerate with particular care and cau-

tion. Avoid sudden braking and manoeu-
vres.

Take great care when overtaking. Reduce

speed immediately if you notice that the
trailer is swaying, however slightly.

Never attempt to “straighten” the towing

vehicle and trailer while accelerating.

Take into account the speed limit for vehi-

cles with a trailer, as it could be lower than
for vehicles without a trailer.

Stabilisation of the towing vehicle
and trailer combination

The stabilisation of the vehicle and trailer
combination is an additional function of the
electronic stability control (ESC).

If the vehicle and trailer stabilisation system
detects that the trailer is weaving, it takes ac-
tion on the steering control to reduce the
weaving of the trailer.

Vehicle and trailer combination stabilisa-
tion requirements

The vehicle is factory-equipped with a tow-

ing bracket or has been retro-fitted with a
compatible towing bracket.

The ESC and ASR are active. The control

lamp  

 or  

 is not lit up on the instrument

cluster.

The trailer is connected to the towing vehi-

cle through the trailer power socket.

The vehicle is travelling at over 60 km/h

(approx. 37 mph).

The maximum vertical load technically per-

missible is not being exceeded on the cou-
pling device.

The trailer has a rigid draw bar.

If the trailer has brakes, it must be equipped

with a mechanical overrun brake.

WARNING

The enhanced safety provided by the elec-
tric stability control of the vehicle and trail-
er should not lead you to take any risks that
could compromise your safety.

Adapt your speed and driving style at all

times to suit visibility, weather, road and
traffic conditions.

Accelerate with caution when the road is

slippery.

When adjusting any settings, stop accel-

erating.

WARNING

The electric stability control for the vehicle
and trailer may not correctly detect all
driving conditions.

When the ESC is switched off, the stabili-

sation of the towing vehicle and trailer is al-
so switched off.

The stability system does not always de-

tect light trailers, so it may not stabilise
these correctly.

When driving on surfaces with poor grip,

the trailer can even 

interfere

 with the sta-

bility system.

Trailers with a high centre of gravity can

tip over without having previously weaved.

If a trailer is not attached, but a connec-

tor is plugged into the power socket (e.g.
installation of a bicycle rack with lights),

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repeated automatic braking may occur in
extreme driving conditions.

Electrically unlocking trailer
hook

Description

Fig. 279 

On the right side of the luggage com-

partment: button for unlocking the tow hook.

The towing bracket’s hook is located in the
bumper. Tow hooks for electrical unlocking
cannot be removed.

There should be no person, animal or object
in the path of the tow hook 

››› 

.

Unlocking the tow hook and removing it

Stop the vehicle and connect the electronic

parking brake 

››› 

page 285

.

Switch off the engine.

Open the rear lid.

Pull the 

››› 

Fig. 279

 button briefly. The tow

hook unlocks electrically and automatically
turns outwards. The button's control lamp
flashes.

Finish remove the tow hook by hand until

you feel and hear that it has engaged and
the control lamp on the button stays on.

Close the rear lid.

Before hitching the trailer, remove the dust

guard from the ball.

The indicator only lights when the boot

hatch is open and when a trailer is not hitch-
ed.

Retracting the tow hook

Stop the vehicle and apply the electronic

parking brake.

Switch off the engine.

Unhook the trailer and interrupt the electri-

cal connection between it and the vehicle. If
you are using an adapter, remove it from the
trailer's power socket.

Open the rear lid.

Pull the 

››› 

Fig. 279

 button briefly. The tow

hook unlocks electrically.

Turn the tow hook under the bumper with

your hand until you feel and hear that it en-

gages and the control lamp on the button re-
mains on continuously.

Close the rear lid.

The control lamp 

If the warning light on the button 

››› 

Fig. 279

 

flashes

, this means that the tow hook has

not been attached properly or is damaged

››› 

.

If the warning lamp 

››› 

Fig. 279

 

 

remains

on

 with the rear lid open, the tow hook is cor-

rectly in place both when extracted and
when covered.

The control light of the lamp switches off ap-
proximately 1 minute after closing the read lid.

WARNING

Undue use of the towing bracket may
cause injury and accidents.

Only use the tow hook if it is properly en-

gaged.

Always ensure that no person, animal or

object is to be found in the path of the tow
hook.

Never use a tool or instrument while the

tow hook is moving.

Never press the 

››› 

Fig. 279

 button when

there is a trailer hooked to the vehicle or
when a carrier system or other accessories
are mounted on the tow hook.

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If the tow hook is not attached properly,

do not use it. Instead, go to a specialised
workshop and have the towing bracket
checked.

If you detect any fault in the electrical

system or in the towing bracket, contact a
specialised workshop and ask them to
check it.

If the ball has a diameter of less than 49

mm at any one point, do not use the towing
bracket under any circumstances.

CAUTION

If you clean the vehicle with high-pressure
or steam devices, do not point the jet di-
rectly towards the retractable tow hook or
the trailer power socket, as this may dam-
age the joints or remove the grease neces-
sary for lubrication.

Note

At extremely low temperatures, the tow
hook may be impossible to operate. In this
case, place the vehicle in a warmer loca-
tion (for example, a garage).

Fitting a bicycle carrier on the re-
tractable towbar

The maximum allowed weight of the carrier
system, including the load, is 

75 kg

. The carri-

er system should not protrude more than 700
mm backwards from the spherical head. On-
ly carrier systems on which up to 3 bikes can
be mounted are allowed. Heavier bicycles
must be mounted as close to the vehicle as
possible (tow hook).

WARNING

The incorrect use of the tow hitch with a bi-
cycle rack mounted on the tow hook can
cause accidents and injury.

Never exceed the maximum weight or the

limits indicated above.

The bicycle rack may not be mounted to

the neck of the hook below the ball be-
cause, due to the shape of the neck and
depending on the rack model, the rack
could be incorrectly mounted on the vehi-
cle.

Always read and take the manufacturer

assembly instructions into account.

CAUTION

If the maximum weight and limits indicated
above are exceeded, the vehicle may suf-
fer considerable damage.

Never exceed the values indicated!

Note

SEAT recommends removing, as far as pos-
sible, all removable parts of the bicycles
before setting off. These parts include, for

example, baskets and saddlebags, child
seats or batteries. This improves aerody-
namics and the centre of gravity of the rack
system.

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Driving

Retrofitting a towing bracket

Description

Fig. 280 

Limits and attachment points for ret-

rofitting a towing bracket.

SEAT recommends that towing brackets be
retrofitted at a specialised workshop. For ex-

ample, it may very well be necessary to ad-
just the cooling system or mount thermal pro-
tection plates. SEAT recommends visiting a
SEAT dealership for this.

If a towing bracket is retrofitted, the distance
specifications should always be kept in mind.

The distance between the centre of the ball
head and the road 

››› 

Fig. 280

 

D

 must never

be less than indicated. This also applies when
the vehicle is fully loaded, including the tech-
nically permissible maximum vertical load on
the coupling device.

Separation distances

 

››› 

Fig. 280

:

Attachment points (lower part of the vehi-
cle)
1,040 mm (41 inches)
74 mm (3 inches)
364 mm (14 inches)
247 mm (10 inches)
596 mm (23 inches)
1,097 mm (43 inches)
1,102 mm (43 inches)

WARNING

If the cables are improperly or incorrectly
connected, this may lead to malfunctions
in the entire vehicle electronic system, as
well as to accidents and serious injuries.

Never connect the trailer's electric sys-

tem to the electrical connections of the tail

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

lights or any other unsuitable power sour-
ces. Only use suitable connectors to con-
nect the trailer.

The towing bracket should be retrofitted

only at a specialised workshop.

WARNING

If the towing bracket is badly fitted or un-
suitable, the trailer may separate from the
vehicle while driving. This could cause seri-
ous accidents and fatal injuries.

Note

According to regulation EU2021_535 it is

not permitted to install a towing device that
cannot be removed or retracted.

Only use towing brackets that have been

approved by SEAT for the model in ques-
tion.

In some versions, the fitting of a conven-

tional towing hook solution is not recom-
mended. Please consult your Technical
Service.

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Checking and refilling levels

Practical tips

Checking and refilling lev-
els

Refuelling

Refuelling

Fig. 281 

Fuel tank flap with tank cap attached.

The fuel tank flap is on the rear right of the
vehicle.

The flap that covers the tank cap is unlocked
and locked automatically using the central
locking.

Open the fuel tank flap by pressing on the

retainer zone.

Unscrew the cap by turning it to the left.

Place it in the space on the hinge of the

open flap 

››› 

Fig. 281

.

Start refuelling. The tank is full as soon as

the pump’s automatic nozzle cuts off the fuel
supply. Do not try to put in more fuel after the
nozzle cuts out, as this will fill the expansion
chamber in the fuel tank.

Unscrew the cap by turning it to the right as

far as it will go.

Close the lid.

The correct fuel grade for your vehicle is giv-
en on a sticker on the inside of the fuel tank
flap. Further notes on fuel can be found at

››› 

page 312

.

The capacity of your vehicle's fuel tank is giv-
en in 

››› 

page 357

.

WARNING

Fuel is highly flammable and can cause se-
rious burns and other injuries.

When refuelling, turn off the engine, the

auxiliary heater 

››› 

page 168

 and turn off

the ignition for safety reasons.

Do not smoke when filling the fuel tank or

a canister. Naked flames are forbidden in
the vicinity due to the risk of explosion.

Observe legislation governing the use,

storage and carrying of a spare fuel canis-
ter in the vehicle.

For safety reasons we do not recommend

carrying a spare fuel canister in the vehi-

cle. In an accident the canister could be
damaged and could leak.

If, in exceptional circumstances, you

have to carry a spare fuel canister, please
observe the following points:

Never fill fuel into the spare fuel canis-
ter if it is inside or on top of the vehicle.
This could cause an explosion. Always
place the canister on the ground to fill
it.

Insert the filling nozzle as far as possi-
ble into the spare fuel canister.

If the spare fuel canister is made of
metal, the filling nozzle must be in con-
tact with the canister during filling. This
helps prevent an electrostatic charge
building up.

Never spill fuel in the vehicle or in the
luggage compartment. Fuel vapour is
explosive. Risk of fatal accident!

CAUTION

If any fuel is spilt onto the vehicle, it

should be removed immediately. It could
otherwise damage the paintwork.

Never run the tank completely dry. The

catalytic converter can be damaged.

For the sake of the environment

Do not overfill the fuel tank, it may cause
the fuel to overflow if it becomes warm.

»

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Practical tips

Note

There is no emergency mechanism for the
manual release of the fuel tank flap. If nec-
essary, request assistance from special-
ised personnel.

Note

If the pump nozzle is worn, damaged, or if

it is very small, it is possible that it will not
be able to open the protective device. Be-
fore trying to insert the pump nozzle by
turning it, try a different pump or request
specialist help.

If you fill the tank from a reserve fuel can-

ister, the protective device will not open.
One way to resolve this is to pour the fuel in
slowly.

Fuel types

Identification of fuels

1)

Fig. 282 

Identification of fuels according to

European Union (EU) Directive 2014/94/

Fuels are identified by different symbols on
the pump and on your vehicle's tank flap. The
identification serves to prevent confusion
when choosing the fuel.

Petrol

 with ethanol (“E” stands for 

E

tha-

nol). The number indicates the percent-
age of ethanol in the petrol. “E5” means,
for example, an ethanol ratio of 5% max.

1

Diesel

 according to the EN590 standard.

The number indicates the maximum per-
centage of Biodiesel in the fuel. “B7”
means a maximum of 7% Biodiesel.
Synthetic 

diesel

 according to the

EN15940 standard.

Natural gas

: “CNG” means 

C

ompressed

N

atural 

G

as.

Type of petrol

3

 Valid for: vehicles with petrol engines

The correct grade of petrol is listed inside the
fuel tank flap.

The vehicle is equipped with a catalytic con-
verter and must only be run on 

unleaded

petrol

. The petrol must comply with the

standard EN 228 and be 

sulphur-free

. Fuels

with a 10% ethanol ratio can be refuelled
(E10)

2)

. The types of petrol are differentiated

by using the 

octane numbers (RON)

 or via

the 

anti-knock index (AKI)

.

2

3

4

1)

Depending on country

2)

Follow the regulations of the country you are

driving in.

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Checking and refilling levels

Super unleaded petrol 95 octane petrol or
normal 91 octane petrol at least

We recommend refuelling with super 95 oc-
tane petrol (91 AKI). If not available, normal 91
octane petrol (87 AKI) (with a slight power
loss) may be used.

Super unleaded petrol, 95 octanes at
least

You should use super 95 octane petrol (91
AKI) at least.

If super is not available, 

if necessary

, use nor-

mal 91 octane petrol (87 AKI). In this case only
use moderate engine speeds and a light
throttle. Refuel with super as soon as possi-
ble.

Unleaded super plus 98 octane petrol or
super 95 octane petrol at least

We recommend refuelling with super plus 98
octane petrol (93 AKI). If not available: super
95 octane petrol (91 AKI) (with a slight power
loss).

If super is not available, 

if necessary

, use nor-

mal 91 octane petrol (87 AKI). In this case only
use moderate engine speeds and a light
throttle. Refuel with super as soon as possi-
ble.

CAUTION

Fuels high percentage of ethanol, e.g.

E30 - E100 button must not be used. The
fuel system would be damaged. Exception:
vehicles with Totalflex engine 

››› 

page 313,

Ethanol fuel

.

A single refuelling with leaded fuel or

other metal additives entails a permanent
deterioration of the effectiveness of the
catalytic converter.

Only use fuel additives that have been

approved by SEAT. The products that con-
tain substances to increase the octane rat-
ing or decrease knocking may contain met-
al additives that damage the engine and
catalytic converter. This type of products
must not be used.

Do not use fuels shown in the pump as

containing metals. LRP (

lead replacement

petrol

) fuels contain high concentrations of

metal additives. Risk of engine damage!

High engine speed and full throttle can

damage the engine when using petrol with
an octane rating lower than the correct
grade for the engine.

Note

Fuel with an octane rating higher than the

one required by the engine can be used.

In countries in which there is no sulphur-

free fuel, it is also allowed to use low sul-
phur content fuel.

Ethanol fuel

3

 Valid for: vehicles with Totalflex engines

You can recognise vehicles with Totalflex en-
gines

1)

 by label on the fuel tank lid with the

marking “Petrol/ethanol”.

Vehicles with Totalflex engine can run with
unleaded petrol (95 octane / 91 AKI) accord-
ing to ANP No. 57 and with fuels with any high
percentage of ethanol. The vehicle is refuel-
led in the same way as petrol refuelling.

Also consider that 

››› 

page 312, Type of pet-

rol

Note

SEAT recommends filling the tank exclu-
sively with petrol every 10,000 km to de-
crease impurities that using E100 ethanol
fuel might have left in the engine.

1)

This motor is only available in some markets.

313

Practical tips

Engine management and
emissions control system

Introduction

WARNING

Due to the high temperatures reached by

the exhaust gas scrubbing system, you
should not park your vehicle near a surface
that can catch fire easily. Fire hazard!

Do not apply wax underneath the vehicle

around the area of the exhaust system: Fire
hazard!

Control lamps

It lights up

Fault in the emission control system.

Reduce speed and drive carefully to the nearest spe-
cialised workshop to have the engine checked.

Flashes

Combustion failures that can damage the catalytic
converter.

Reduce speed and drive carefully to the nearest spe-
cialised workshop to have the engine checked.

It lights up

Particulate filter blocked 

››› 

page 314

.



It lights up

Fault in the petrol engine management.

Have the engine checked as soon as possible by a
specialised workshop.

When the ignition is switched on, the 



 (Electronic

Power Control) lights up and should go off once the
engine has started.

Note

While the indicator lamps 

 or 



 are

on, there might be faults in the engine, fuel
consumption may go up and the engine
might lose power.

Catalytic converter

To maintain the useful life of the catalytic
converter

Always use unleaded petrol.

Never run the fuel tank dry.

When changing or adding engine oil, do not

exceed the necessary amount 

››› 

page 320,

Topping up the engine oil

.

Never tow the vehicle to start it, use jump

leads if necessary 

››› 

page 51

.

If you should notice misfiring, uneven running
or loss of power when the car is moving, have
the vehicle inspected by a specialised work-
shop. In general, the emissions warning lamp

 will light up when any of these symptoms

occur. If this happens, any unburnt fuel can
enter the exhaust system and escape into the
atmosphere. The catalytic converter can also
be damaged by overheating.

CAUTION

Never run the fuel tank completely dry be-
cause an irregular fuel supply can cause
ignition faults. This allows unburnt fuel to
enter the exhaust system, which could
cause overheating and damage the cata-
lytic converter.

For the sake of the environment

Even when the emission control system is
working perfectly, there may be a smell of
sulphur from the gases on occasions. This
depends on the sulphur content of the fuel
used. This can quite often be avoided by
changing to another brand of fuel.

Particulate filter

The particulate filter eliminates most of the
soot from the exhaust gas system. Under nor-
mal driving conditions the filter cleans itself. If
the filter does not clean itself (e.g. if short
journeys are made continuously), it becomes
blocked with soot and the following indica-
tion is displayed to the driver: 

 

Particu-

late filter: cleaned while the vehi-
cle is moving. See Manual.

 The

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