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Infotainment system

Wireless Charger

The Wireless Charger allows mobile devices
with Qi

1)

 technology to be charged without a

cable.

To charge your mobile phone wirelessly:

Place your mobile device in the middle of

the pad with the screen facing up 

››› 

Fig. 127

››› 

.

Make sure there are no objects between the
pad and the mobile phone.

The mobile phone will start charging auto-
matically. For further information about
whether your mobile device uses Qi technol-
ogy, check your phone's user manual or visit
the SEAT website.

WARNING

The mobile phone may heat up due to the

wireless charging. Think about this before
you pick it up, and take care when removing
it.

There must be no metallic or other ob-

jects between the mobile phone and the
housing, to prevent the functionality of the
Connectivity Box from being affected.

Note

Your mobile device must support the Qi

inductive charging interface standard for
proper operation.

The charging time and the temperature

vary in accordance with the device used.

The maximum charging capacity is 5 W.

Qi technology does not allow you to

charge more than one mobile device simul-
taneously.

You are advised to keep the engine run-

ning to guarantee proper wireless charg-
ing.

When a telephone with Qi technology is

connected by USB, it will be charged by the
means specified by the manufacturer.

Multimedia

USB port

Fig. 128 

Centre console: USB port.

Depending on the equipment and the coun-
try, the vehicle may have different types of
USB connections.

The USB port can be found in the storage
compartment area of the front centre con-
sole 

››› 

Fig. 128

.

1)

Qi technology allows you to charge your mo-

bile phone wirelessly.

188

Start and driving

Driving

Start and driving

Starting and stopping the
engine

Ignition lock

Fig. 129 

Ignition key positions.

Key positions 

››› 

Fig. 129

Ignition off. Key can be removed from the
vehicle.
Ignition is switched on.
Starting the engine.

Locking and unlocking the steering wheel

Lock the steering wheel: remove the key

from the ignition and turn the wheel until it

1

2

3

locks. Depending on the country, in vehicles
with automatic transmission, in order to re-
move the key, move the gear shift to the 

P

 po-

sition. If necessary, press the gear shift block-
ing key and release it.

Unlock the steering wheel: put the key into

the ignition and turn it at the same time as the
steering wheel in the direction indicated by
the arrow. If it is not possible to turn the steer-
ing wheel, it may be because it is locked.

Start-Stop system

If the vehicle is stopped and the Start-Stop
system switches off the engine, the ignition
remains switched on.

Automatic transmission:

 before leaving the

vehicle, make sure that the ignition is switch-
ed off and the selector lever is in position 

P

.

WARNING

Always remove the key from the ignition

when leaving the vehicle, even if only for a
short period. This is especially important if
children or disabled people are left alone
in the vehicle. They could accidentally
start the engine or operate electrical
equipment, resulting in an accident.

The ignition key must NOT be removed

from the lock until the vehicle comes to a
standstill. Otherwise, the steering could be
immediately blocked- Risk of accident!

Note

If it is difficult to turn the ignition key to

the position 

2

, move the steering wheel to

both sides to release the steering lock.

If the vehicle battery is disconnected and

reconnected, the key must remain in the
position 

2

 for around 5 seconds before

starting up.

Vehicles with automatic transmission,de-

pending on the country, after switching off
the ignition, you can only remove the igni-
tion key if the selector lever is in position
“P” (parking lock). Next, the selector lever
is locked.

Ignition and start button

Fig. 130 

In the lower part of the centre con-

sole: start button.

The engine can be started with a start button
(Press & Drive). To do so, there must be a valid

»

189

Driving

key inside the vehicle in the area of the front
or rear seats, or on the centre console.

In vehicles with the Keyless Access

››› 

page 96

system, the engine can also be

started with the key in the luggage compart-
ment.

Opening the driver's door 

when exiting the

vehicle

 activates the electronic lock on the

steering column if the ignition is disabled.

Switching the ignition on/off manually

If you only want to switch on the ignition
(without starting the engine), briefly press the
start button once 

without pressing

 the brake

pedal or the clutch pedal 

››› 

.

The 



 



 



 push-button text flashes

like a heartbeat when the system is ready for
the ignition to be turned on or off.

Automatic ignition disconnection

If the driver leaves the vehicle, taking the key
with them but leaving the ignition on, the igni-
tion does not switch off automatically. The ig-
nition is switched off by pressing the lock but-
ton on the remote control 

 or by pressing

the sensor surface on the door lever

››› 

Fig. 84

.

Automatic deactivation of the ignition on
vehicles with the Start-Stop system

The ignition is switched off automatically
when the vehicle is stopped and the auto-
matic engine shutdown is active, if:

The driver's seat belt is not fastened,

the driver does not step on any pedal,

the driver door is opened.

After automatically turning off the ignition, if
the dipped beam  

 is on, the side light re-

mains on for approx. 30 minutes (if there is
enough charge in the battery). If the driver
locks the vehicle or manually turns off the
light, the side light goes out.

Engine restart feature

If no key is detected inside the vehicle after
the engine stops, you will only have 5 sec-
onds to restart it. A warning will display on the
dash panel screen.

After this interval, it will not be possible to
start the engine without a valid key inside the
vehicle.

“My Beat” function

For vehicles with a convenience key there is
the “My Beat” function. This feature provides
an additional indication of the vehicle ignition
system.

When entering the vehicle, the start button

››› 

Fig. 130

 flashes to draw attention to it.

When the ignition is on/off, the engine start
button flashes. With the ignition is switched
off, the start button goes off after a few sec-
onds.

With the engine running, the start button light
stays on, indicating that the engine is running.
The time elapsed between the moment the
user starts the engine with the start button
and the lighting changes from flashing to
fixed will depend on specific engine size
characteristics. When the start button is used
to stop the engine, the button starts flashing
again.

In vehicles 

with the Start-Stop system

, the

“My Beat” function also offers additional in-
formation:

When the engine stops during the Stop

phase, the light of the start button stays on,
as the Start-Stop system remains active even
though the engine is off.

When the engine cannot be started again

with the Start-Stop system, 

››› 

page 194

,

and needs to be started manually, the start
button flashes to indicate this situation.

WARNING

When switching on the ignition, 

do not

press the brake or clutch pedal, otherwise
the engine could start immediately.

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Start and driving

WARNING

If vehicle keys are used negligently or with-
out due care, this may cause accidents and
serious injury.

Never leave any key inside the vehicle

when you leave it. Otherwise, a child or un-
authorised person could lock the vehicle,
start the engine or connect the ignition and
operate any of the electrical equipment.

Note

Before leaving the vehicle, always dis-

connect the ignition and, if appropriate,
take into account the instructions on the
screen of the dash panel.

If the vehicle is stationary for a long time

with the engine off and the ignition on, the
vehicle battery might be discharged and it
might not be possible to start the engine.

If during the STOP phase you press the



 



 



 button, the ignition is switch-

ed off and the button flashes.

If the indication is displayed on the in-

strument panel display “Start-Stop system
deactivated: Start the engine manually”;
the 



 



 



 button will flash.

Starting the engine

Before starting the engine

Vehicles with manual gearboxes:

 put the

gear lever in neutral, press the clutch pedal
and keep it in this position until the engine
starts.

Vehicles with automatic transmission:

 put

the lever in position 

P

 or 

N

.

Vehicles with ignition locks

Turn the key to position 

››› 

Fig. 129 

2

.

Keep turning the key to position

››› 

Fig. 129 

3

 without stepping on the accel-

erator.

Once the engine starts, release the key.

When it is released, the key returns to position

2

.

If the engine does not start, stop and wait

for around 1 minute to try again.

Vehicles with start buttons

Press and hold the brake pedal until the en-

gine starts.

Press the starter button 

››› 

Fig. 130

; do not

press the accelerator. There needs to be a
valid key inside the vehicle for the engine to
start. After starting the engine, the lighting of
the 

START ENGINE STOP

 button changes to

steady lighting, indicating that the engine has
started.

Once the engine starts, release the start-up

button.

If the engine does not start, stop and wait

for around 1 minute to try again. If necessary,
perform an emergency start 

››› 

page 193

.

WARNING

Do not keep the engine running in confined
spaces, as there is a danger of poisoning.

The exhaust gases contain carbon mon-

oxide, an odourless and colourless poison-
ous gas that can cause loss of conscious-
ness and death.

WARNING

Do not get out of the vehicle with the en-
gine running, especially if a gear is engag-
ed. The vehicle could then suddenly move
or something strange could happen that
would cause damage, fire or serious injury.

WARNING

Never use cold start sprays, they could ex-
plode or cause the engine to run at high
revs. Doing this risks injury.

CAUTION

The starter motor or the engine may be

damaged if you try to start the engine while
driving or if you restart it immediately after
switching it off.

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191

Driving

When the engine is cold, you should

avoid high engine speeds, driving at full
throttle and over-loading the engine. Risk
of engine damage.

For the sake of the environment

Do not warm-up the engine by running the
engine with the vehicle stationary. Start off
immediately, driving gently. This helps the
engine reach operating temperature faster
and reduces emissions.

Note

Electrical components with a high power

consumption are switched off temporarily
when the engine starts.

When starting with a cold engine, noise

levels may briefly increase. This is quite
normal, and no cause for concern.

In vehicles with a natural gas engine

(CNG), by default, the engine starts with
gas, with the exception of the following ca-
ses:

Coolant temperature below -15°C.

After refuelling CNG.

Turning off the engine

Bring the vehicle to a full stop 

››› 

.

With manual transmission, press the clutch

all the way down. If the vehicle is automatic,
set the selector lever to the 

P

 position.

Apply the handbrake.

Vehicles with ignition locks:

 Turn the key to

position 

››› 

Fig. 129

 

1

.

Vehicles with start buttons:

 Briefly press the

start-up button 

››› 

Fig. 130

.

Emergency disconnection

If the engine does not switch off after briefly
pressing the starter button, an emergency
disconnect will be required:

Press the starter button twice within 3 sec-

onds or press it once for more than 1 sec-
ond 

››› 

 in Ignition and start button on

page 190

.

WARNING

Never switch off the engine while the vehi-
cle is moving. This could cause loss of con-
trol of the vehicle, accidents and serious in-
jury.

The airbags and belt tensioners do not

work when the ignition is switched off.

The brake servo does not work with the

engine off. Therefore, you need to press the
break pedal harder to brake the vehicle.

Power steering does not work when the

engine is not running. You need more

strength to steer when the engine is switch-
ed off.

If the ignition is switched off, the steering

column could be locked, making it impossi-
ble to control the vehicle.

Never remove the key from the ignition if

the vehicle is in motion. Otherwise, the
steering could suddenly lock, making it im-
possible to steer the vehicle: risk of acci-
dent!

WARNING

Always take the key with you when you
leave the vehicle. This is particularly impor-
tant if there are children in the vehicle, as
they might otherwise be able to start the
engine or use power-operated equipment
(e.g. the electric windows), which could
cause injuries.

CAUTION

If the vehicle is stopped and the Start-

Stop system switches off the engine, the ig-
nition remains switched on. Make sure that
the ignition is switched off before leaving
the vehicle, otherwise the battery could
discharge.

If the engine has been driven at high

speed for a prolonged period of time, it
may overheat when turned off. To avoid en-
gine damage, allow the engine to run for
approximately two minutes in neutral be-
fore switching it off.

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Note

After the engine is switched off the radiator
fan may run on for up to 10 minutes, even if
the ignition is switched off. It is also possi-
ble that the fan turns itself on once more if
the coolant temperature increases due to
the heat accumulated in the engine com-
partment or due to its prolonged exposure
to solar radiation.

Electronic immobilizer

The electronic immobiliser prevents unau-
thorised persons from driving the vehicle.

Inside the key there is a chip that deactivates
the electronic immobiliser automatically
when the key is inserted into the ignition.

The electronic immobiliser will be activated
again automatically as soon as you pull the
key out of the ignition lock. For vehicles with
the “Keyless Access” system, the key has to
be outside the vehicle.

If the following message is shown on the in-
strument panel display: 

SAFE

, the vehicle

cannot be started.

The engine can only be started using a genu-
ine SEAT key with its correct code.

Note

A perfect operation of the vehicle is ensur-
ed if genuine SEAT keys are used.

Emergency starting function

Fig. 131 

On the right of the steering column:

emergency start.

If no valid key is detected inside the vehicle,
an emergency start-up will be required. The
relevant message will appear in the dash
panel display. This may happen when, for ex-
ample, the vehicle key battery is very low:

Immediately after pushing the starter but-

ton, keep the key next to the right trim of the
steering column 

››› 

Fig. 131

, as close as possi-

ble to the 

Kessy

 logo.

The ignition connects and the engine starts

automatically.

Start-Stop system

Control lamps

It lights up

The Start-Stop system is available, the automatic en-
gine shutdown is active.

It lights up

The Start-Stop system is not available or has been
disconnected.

Instructions for the driver on the instru-
ment panel display

Start-Stop system deactivated. Start
the engine manually

This indication shows that the Start-Stop

system 

cannot

 restart the engine.

This happens for 2 reasons: if the driver's door
has been opened or if the driver has unbuck-
led the seat belt.

Start-Stop system: Fault! Function
not available

There is a fault in the Start-Stop system.

Take the vehicle to a workshop to have the
fault repaired.

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Description and operation

The Start-Stop system helps you to save fuel
and reduce CO

2

 emissions.

In Start-Stop mode, the engine will automati-
cally switch off when the vehicle stops or is
stopping. The ignition remains switched on.
The engine automatically switches back on
when required.

In this scenario, the light of the 



 



 



button stays lit

1)

.

When the ignition is switched on, the Start-
Stop function is automatically activated.

Vehicles with a manual gearbox

When the vehicle or when it is stopped, put

it into neutral and release the clutch pedal.
The engine will switch off. The warning lamp

 will light up. The engine can be stopped

before stopping completely (approximately 7
km/h).

When the clutch pedal is pressed the en-

gine will start up again. The warning lamp will
switch off.

Vehicles with an automatic gearbox

Brake until the vehicle stops and keep your

foot on the brake pedal. The engine will
switch off. The warning lamp 

 will appear in

the display. The engine can be stopped be-
fore stopping completely (approximately 7 or
2 km/h depending on the vehicle's gearbox).

When you take your foot off the brake ped-

al the engine will start up again. The warning
lamp will switch off.

Basic requirements for the Start-Stop
mode

The driver door must be closed.

The driver's seat belt must be fastened.

The bonnet must be closed.

The engine has reached operating temper-

ature.

The reverse gear must not be engaged.

The vehicle must not be on a very steep

slope.

The engine does not turn off for various
reasons

Before stopping the vehicle, the system veri-
fies whether certain conditions are met. The
engine 

does not

 switch off, in the following

situations for example:

The engine has not yet reached the re-

quired temperature for the Start-Stop mode.

The temperature selected on the climate

control has not been reached.

The interior temperature is very high/low.

Defrost function button activated

››› 

page 137

.

Park assist is switched on.

The battery is very low.

The steering wheel is overly turned or is be-

ing turned.

If there is a danger of misting.

After engaging reverse gear.

In case of a very steep gradient.

 is displayed on the instrument cluster

screen; it is also displayed in the driver infor-
mation system, 

.

The engine starts by itself

When stopped, the normal system mode may
be interrupted in the following situations. The
engine restarts by itself without involvement
from the driver.

The interior temperature differs from the

temperature selected on the climate control.

Defrost function button activated

››› 

page 137

.

The brake has been pressed several times

consecutively.

The battery is too low.

1)

Only in vehicles with Keyless Access.

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High power consumption.

Additional information related to the auto-
matic gearbox

The engine stops when the selector lever is in
the positions 

P

D

N

 and 

S

 in addition to when

in Tiptronic mode. With the selector lever in 

P

,

the engine will also remain switched off when
you take your foot off the brake pedal. In or-
der to start the engine up again the accelera-
tor must be pressed, or another gear engag-
ed or the brake released.

If the selector lever is placed in 

R

 while stop-

ped, the engine will start up again.

Change from 

D

 to 

P

 to prevent the engine

from accidentally starting when passing
through R.

Additional information about vehicles with
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

In vehicles with ACC function, the engine will
start up again in certain operating conditions
if the radar sensor detects that the vehicle
ahead drives off again.

WARNING

Never switch the engine off until the vehi-

cle is stationary. The operation of the brake
and steering will not be fully guaranteed.
More force will be needed to turn the steer-
ing wheel or to brake. You could suffer an
accident and even serious injuries.

To avoid injury, make sure that the Start-

Stop system is switched off when working
in the engine compartment 

››› 

page 195

.

CAUTION

The Start-Stop system must always be
switched off when driving through flooded
areas 

››› 

page 208

.

Note

In vehicles with an automatic gearbox,

you can control whether the engine should
switch off or not by reducing or increasing
the brake force applied. While the vehicle
remains stopped, the engine will not stop if
the brake pedal is slightly pressed, in traffic
jams with frequent stopping and starting
for example. As soon as strong pressure is
applied to the brake pedal, the engine will
stop.

When stopped, the brake pedal must be

kept pressed to ensure that the vehicle
does not move.

If the engine “stalls” with a manual gear-

box, it can be directly started up again by
immediately pressing the clutch pedal.

With an automatic gearbox, if the lever is

placed in position D, N or S after engaging
reverse gear, 10 km/h (6 mph) in a forwards
direction must be reached for the system to
be in a status to stop the engine.

Manually connecting and discon-
necting the Start-Stop system

Fig. 132 

Centre console: Start-stop system

button.

If you do not wish to use the system, you can
switch it off manually.

To manually switch on/off the Start-Stop

system, press the 

 button 

››› 

Fig. 132

.

The button symbol 

 remains lit up yellow

when the system is switched off.

Note

The system switches on every time the en-
gine is turned off voluntarily.

195

Driving

Manual gearbox

Changing gears

Fig. 133 

Gear shift pattern of a 5 or 6-speed

manual gearbox.

The position of the gears is indicated on the
gearbox lever 

››› 

Fig. 133

.

Press the clutch pedal and keep your foot

right down.

Move the gearbox lever to the required po-

sition.

Release the clutch.

Selecting reverse gear

Engage reverse gear only when the vehicle is
stopped.

Press the clutch pedal and keep your foot

right down.

With the gearbox lever in neutral, push it

downwards, move it to the left as far as it will
go and then forwards to select reverse

››› 

Fig. 133

 

R

.

Release the clutch.

Changing down gears

While driving, changing down a gear must al-
ways be done gradually, i.e. to the gear di-
rectly below and when the engine speed is
not too high 

››› 

. Changing down while by-

passing one or various gears at high speeds
or at high engine speeds can damage the
clutch and the gearbox, even if the clutch
pedal remains depressed 

››› 

.

WARNING

When the engine is running, the vehicle will
start to move as soon as a gear is engaged
and the clutch released. This also happens
if the electronic parking brake is switched
on.

Never engage reverse gear when the ve-

hicle is moving.

WARNING

If the gear is changed down inappropriate-
ly by selecting a gear that is too low, you
may lose control of the vehicle, causing an
accident and serious injuries.

CAUTION

When travelling at high speeds or at high
engine speeds, selecting a gear that is too
low can cause considerable damage to the
clutch and the gearbox. This can also oc-
cur if the clutch pedal is pressed and held
and it does not engage.

CAUTION

To prevent damage and avoid premature
wear, please observe the following:

Do not rest your hand on the gear lever

while driving. The pressure applied by your
hand is transmitted to the gearbox selector
forks.

Do not leave your foot on the clutch ped-

al; although the pressure may seem insig-
nificant, it can cause the premature wear of
the clutch plate. Use the foot rest when you
do not need to change gear.

Always ensure that the vehicle is com-

pletely stopped before engaging the re-
verse gear.

Always press the clutch to the floor when

changing gears.

Never hold the vehicle “on the clutch” on

hills with the engine on.

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Automatic gearbox/DSG au-
tomatic gearbox

Introduction

Your vehicle is equipped with an electronical-
ly controlled manual gearbox. Torque be-
tween the engine and the gearbox is trans-
mitted via two independent clutches. They
replace the torque converter found on con-
ventional automatic gearboxes and allow for
smooth, uninterrupted acceleration of the ve-
hicle.

The 

Tiptronic

 system allows the driver to

change gears 

manually

 

››› 

page 199,

Changing gear in Tiptronic mode

.

Control lamps

It lights up green

The brake is not pressed.
To select a gear range, press the brake pedal.

Flashes green

The selector lever locking button is not engaged.
The vehicle is prevented from moving forwards. En-
gage the selector lever lock.

Selector lever positions

Fig. 134 

Selector lever lock.

The selector lever position is shown when the
corresponding sign lights up. With the selec-
tor lever in the manual gearbox positions 

M

D

and 

S

, the engaged gear is also shown on the

display.

 – Parking lock

When the lever is put in this position, the drive
wheels are locked. The lever must only be put
in 

P

 when the vehicle is 

stationary

 

››› 

.

To put the lever in 

P

 or take it out of 

P

 , the

locking button must be pressed and held and
the brake pedal pressed simultaneously.

 – Reverse gear

Reverse gear must be engaged only when
the vehicle is 

stationary

 and the engine is

idling 

››› 

.

To move the lever to position 

R

, the lock but-

ton must be pressed and held while pressing
the brake pedal at the same time. The reverse
lights come on when the lever is in the 

R

 posi-

tion with the ignition on.

 – Neutral

With the lever in this position, the gear is in
neutral.

Press the brake pedal to move the lever from

N

 to 

D/S

 when the vehicle is stationary or at

speeds below 3 km/h (2 mph) 

››› 

.



 – Permanent forward drive position

The lever in the 

D/S

 position enables the

gears to be operated in normal mode (

D

) or

sport mode (

S

). To select Sport mode 

S

,

move the lever backwards. Pushing the lever
again will select normal mode 

D

. The selec-

ted driving mode is shown on the instrument
panel display.

In 

normal mode

 (

D

), the gearbox selects the

best gear ratio. This depends on the engine
load, the road speed and the dynamic gear
control programme (DCP).

Sport mode

 (

S

) should be selected for a

sporty driving style. This setting makes use of
the engine's maximum power output. When
accelerating the gear shifts will be noticea-
ble.

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197

Driving

Under certain circumstances (e.g. on moun-
tain roads) it can be advantageous to switch
tiptronic mode 

››› 

page 199

, to adapt the

gears to suit the road conditions.

Selector lever lock

In 

P

 or 

N

, the lever lock prevents a gear range

from being engaged, and prevents the vehi-
cle from moving off accidentally.

To release the gear lever lock, press and hold
the brake pedal with the ignition on. At the
same time, press the lever lock in the direc-
tion of the arrow 

››› 

Fig. 134

.

As a reminder to the driver, when the lever is
in positions 

P

 or 

N

 the following indication will

be shown on the screen:

When stationary, apply footbrake
while selecting a gear.

The lever is not locked if it is moved quickly
through position 

N

 (e.g. when shifting from R

to 

D

). This makes it possible, for instance, to

“rock the vehicle backwards and forwards” if
it is stuck in snow or mud. The lever lock en-
gages automatically if the brake pedal is not
pressed and the lever is in position 

N

 for more

than about one second at a speed of less
than 5 km/h (3 mph).

Safety interlock for ignition key

Once the ignition has been turned off, the key
may be removed only if the gear selector is in

position 

P

. While the key is not in the ignition,

the selector lever is locked in position 

P

.

WARNING

Take care not to press the accelerator

pedal when the vehicle is stopped. The ve-
hicle could start moving immediately (in
some cases even if the parking brake is en-
gaged) resulting in the risk of an accident.

Never move the lever to R or P when driv-

ing. Failure to follow this instruction could
result in an accident or failure.

With lever in any position (except P), the

foot brake must be pushed down whenever
the engine is running. This is because an
automatic gearbox still transmits power
even at idling speed.

While you are selecting a gear and the

vehicle is stopped with the engine running,
do not accelerate. Failure to follow this in-
struction could result in an accident.

As a driver you should never leave your

vehicle if the engine is running and a gear is
engaged. Apply the parking brake and se-
lect the parking lock (P).

Note

If the lever is moved accidentally to N

when driving, release the accelerator and
let the engine speed drop to idling before
selecting gear range D or S again.

Should the power supply to the lever be

interrupted in position P, it will not be possi-

ble to move the lever. If this should happen
the manual release can be used

››› 

page 202

.

Note

If the lever lock does not engage, there is

a fault. The transmission is interrupted to
prevent the vehicle from accidentally mov-
ing. Follow the procedure below in order for
the lever lock to engage again:

With a 6-speed gearbox: press the
brake pedal and release it again.

With a 7-speed gearbox: press the
brake pedal. Move the lever to posi-
tion P or N and subsequently engage a
gear.

Despite a gear being engaged, the vehi-

cle does not move forwards or back. Pro-
ceed to the next mode:

When the vehicle does not move in the
required direction, the system may not
have the gear range correctly engag-
ed. Press the brake pedal and engage
the gear range again.

If the vehicle still does not move in the
required direction, there is a system
malfunction. Seek specialist assistance
and have the system checked.

198

Start and driving

Changing gear in Tiptronic mode

Fig. 135 

Lever in the Tiptronic position

Fig. 136 

Steering wheel: automatic transmis-

sion levers

Tiptronic gives the driver the option to
change gears manually.

When you change to the Tiptronic pro-
gramme, the vehicle remains in the currently
selected gear. This is possible as long as the

system is not changing gear automatically
due to a traffic situation.

Using Tiptronic with the selector lever

It is possible to change to Tiptronic mode,
both when the vehicle is stopped and while
driving.

Starting from the 

D/S

 position, move the

lever to the right. The instrument panel will
show whether the lever is in manual or Tip-
tronic mode (e.g. 

M4

).

Push the lever forwards 

+

 or backwards 

to move up or down a gear 

››› 

Fig. 135

.

To exit Tiptronic mode, move the lever to the

left.

Using Tiptronic with the steering wheel
paddles

The gearshift paddles can be used when the
selector lever is in the 

D/S

 or 

M

 (Tiptronic)

positions.

Press the gearshift paddle 

+

 to select a

higher gear 

››› 

Fig. 136

.

Press the gearshift paddle 

 to select a

lower gear.

To exit the Tiptronic mode, pull the right-

hand lever towards the steering wheel for ap-
proximately 1 second or move the lever to the
left.

If the paddles are not operated for some time
and the lever is not in the Tiptronic selection
position, it will automatically exit from Tip-
tronic mode.

CAUTION

When accelerating, if a higher gear is not

selected, it will automatically change
shortly before reaching the maximum per-
mitted RPM.

Also, if a lower gear is selected, the sys-

tem will not change until it detects that the
engine will not reach its maximum RPM.

Driving with an automatic gearbox

The gearbox changes gear ratios automati-
cally as the vehicle moves.

The engine can only start with the selector
lever in position 

P

 or 

N

. At low temperatures,

below -10 °C (+14 °F), the engine can only
start with the selector lever in position 

P

.

Driving down hills

Under certain circumstances it may be ad-
vantageous to use the Tiptronic mode to se-
lect the gear manually according to driving
conditions 

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199

Driving

Stop/Park

On level ground, just use the lever to engage
position 

P

. On slopes you should first apply

the parking brake and then set the lever to 

P

.

This makes it easier to remove the lever from
position 

P

 when starting.

If the driver door is opened and the lever is
not in position 

P

, the vehicle could move. The

following warning is displayed on the instru-
ment panel: 

 Gear change: selector

lever in the drive position!.

 Addi-

tionally, a buzzer will sound.

Stopping on a downhill

Always

 press the brake pedal firmly to pre-

vent the vehicle from moving; if necessary,
apply the handbrake 

››› 

.

Do not

 accelerate while a range of gears is

engaged to prevent the car from rolling
downhill 

››› 

.

Hill starts

Apply the handbrake.

Once you have engaged a gear press the

accelerator carefully and disengage the
handbrake.

Back-up programme

If all the positions of the lever are shown over
a light background on the instrument panel
display, there is a system fault and the auto-

matic gearbox will operate in with the backup
programme. It is still possible to drive the ve-
hicle, however, at low speeds and within a se-
lected range of gears. 

Driving in reverse

gear may not be possible

.

Kick-down

The kick-down system provides maximum ac-
celeration when the gear selector lever is in
the positions 

D

S

 or in the Tiptronic position.

When the accelerator pedal is pressed right
down, the automatic gearbox will shift down
to a lower gear, depending on road speed
and engine speed. This takes advantage of
the maximum acceleration of the vehicle

››› 

.

The upshift to the next higher gear is delayed
until the engine reaches maximum rpm.

WARNING

Observe the safety warnings 

››› 

 in Selec-

tor lever positions on page 198

.

Never allow the brake to rub and do not

use the brake pedal too often or for long
periods, as the brakes can overheat. This
reduces the braking power, increases the
braking distance or even causes a brake
system fault.

If you have to stop on a hill, keep the vehi-

cle’s brakes applied with the brake pedal or
parking brake.

WARNING

Please note that if the road surface is slip-
pery or wet, the kick-down feature could
cause the driving wheels to spin, which
could result in skidding.

CAUTION

If you stop the vehicle on a gradient, do

not attempt to stop it from rolling by de-
pressing the accelerator when a gear has
been selected. This could cause overheat-
ing and damage the automatic gearbox.

If you allow the vehicle to roll with the

lever in position N and the engine off, the
automatic gearbox will be damaged by
lack of lubrication.

In certain driving situations or traffic con-

ditions, the gears could overheat and be
damaged! If the warning lamp 

 lights up,

stop the vehicle as soon as you can and
wait for the gearbox to cool 

››› 

page 202

.

If the gearbox operates with the backup

programme, take the vehicle to a special-
ised workshop and have the fault repaired
without delay.

downhill assistant

Downhill speed control is activated when the
lever is in the 

D/S

 position and the brake is

applied. An appropriate lower gear is engag-
ed.

200

Start and driving

The assistant attempts to maintain the speed
at which the vehicle was travelling when the
brake was applied, within logical limits. It may
be necessary to correct the speed by press-
ing the brake.

The assistant can only change down as far
as 3rd gear. It is possible that on very steep
slopes you have to switch to tiptronic mode
and change down to 2nd or 1st gear to take
advantage of engine braking and take the
load off the brake system.

Downhill speed control is deactivated as
soon as the road levels out again or you press
the accelerator pedal.

On vehicles with a cruise control system

››› 

page 212

, downhill speed control is acti-

vated when you set a cruising speed.

WARNING

The downhill speed control cannot defy the
laws of physics. Therefore, speed cannot
be maintained constant in all situations. Al-
ways be prepared to use the brakes!

Inertia mode

The inertia mode allows you to travel certain
distances without using the accelerator,
which saves fuel. Plan ahead and use the in-
ertia mode to “let” the vehicle “roll”.

Activation of the inertia mode

Condition:

 lever in position 

D

, slopes of less

than 12% and speeds between 20 and 130
km / h (12 and 80 mph).

Gently take your foot off the accelerator.

The indication will be shown on the instru-
ment panel 

, the engaged gear and current

consumption will disappear and the word 

In-

ertia

 will appear.

The gears will automatically disengage and
the vehicle will roll freely, without the effect of
the engine brake. While the vehicle rolls, the
engine runs at idling speed.

Stopping inertia mode

Press the brake or the accelerator pedal.

To take advantage of the engine's inertia
mode, simply remove your foot from the ac-
celerator.

Applying both the 

inertia mode

 (= prolonged

section with less energy) and 

inertia discon-

nection

 (= shorter section without the need

for fuel) facilitates improved fuel consumption
and emission balance.

If the vehicle has 

SEAT Drive Profile

››› 

page 204

, the inertia mode can be activa-

ted in the 

Normal

Eco

 and 

Individual

 pro-

files. In the 

Eco

 profile, it is activated whenev-

er the operating conditions are met, regard-

less of how smoothly you remove your foot
from the accelerator.

WARNING

If the inertia mode has been switched on,

take into account, when approaching an
obstacle, that the vehicle will not deceler-
ate in the usual manner: risk of accident!

When using inertia mode while travelling

down hills, the vehicle can increase speed:
risk of accident!

If other users drive your vehicle, warn

them about inertia mode.

Note

The driver message 

Inertia

 is only dis-

played with the current consumption. In in-
ertia mode the gear will no longer be dis-
played (for example “D” or “E” will appear
instead of “D7” or “E7”).

The inertia mode will be automatically

disconnected on gradients steeper than
15%.

In the case of the 1.6l TDI engine, the iner-

tia mode will only work with the 

Eco

 driving

profile.

201

Driving

Indications on the instrument panel
display

Clutch

 Clutch overheating! Please stop!

The clutch has overheated and could be
damaged. Stop and wait for the gearbox to
cool with the engine at idling speed and the
selector lever in position 

P

. When the warning

lamp and the driver message switch off, have
the fault corrected by a specialised work-
shop without delay. If they do not turn off, do
not continue driving. Seek specialist assis-
tance.

Faults in the gearbox

 Gearbox: Fault! Stop the vehicle

and place the lever in the posi-
tion P.

There is a fault in the gearbox. Stop the vehi-
cle in a safe place and do not continue driv-
ing. Seek specialist assistance.

 Gearbox: System fault! You may

continue driving.

Have the fault corrected by a specialised
workshop without delay.

 Gearbox: System fault! You can

continue driving with restric-
tions. Reverse gear disabled

Take the vehicle to a specialised workshop
and have the fault repaired.

 Gearbox: System fault! You can

continue driving in D until
switching off the engine

Park the vehicle in a safe place. Seek special-
ist assistance.

 Gearbox: too hot. Adapt your

driving accordingly

Continue driving at moderate speeds. When
the warning lamp switches off, you can con-
tinue driving in a normal manner.

 Gearbox: press the brake and en-

gage a gear again.

If the warning was caused by the tempera-
ture of the gearbox, this driver message will
be displayed when the gearbox has cooled
again.

Manual release of the selector lev-
er

Fig. 137 

Gear selector lever: manual release

from the parking position.

In the event of a power failure when starting
(e.g. discharged battery), the lever will remain
locked in position 

P

. To move it to position 

N

 to

move the vehicle, there is an emergency re-
lease device under the centre console, on the
right side. Releasing the selector lever re-
quires a certain degree of practical skill.

Removing the cover from the selector lev-
er

Apply the handbrake firmly 

 

››› 

.

Carefully pull the corners of the selector

lever boot and twist it upwards over the lever
handle.

202

Start and driving

Releasing the selector lever

Using the flat part of a screwdriver, press

the yellow tab sideways and keep it pressed
down 

››› 

Fig. 137

.

Press the lock button on the selector lev-

er and move it to position 

N

.

After completing the emergency release,

reattach the selector lever boot to the gear-
box console.

WARNING

Do not move the lever from position P if the
parking brake is not firmly engaged. If you
still think the car could move, press the
brake pedal. Danger! The vehicle could
move in an unforeseen way and cause an
accident or serious injury.

Gear-change recommenda-
tion

Selecting the optimal gear

Depending on the equipment on the instru-
ment panel screen, a recommendation is
shown with the gear that should be engaged
to optimise consumption.

On vehicles with 

automatic transmission

, the

lever must be in Tiptronic mode 

››› 

page 199

.

No recommendation will appear if the opti-
mal gear is engaged. The current gear will be
displayed.

Display

Meaning

Optimum gear.

 

 

Changing to a higher gear is rec-
ommended.

 

 

Changing to a lower gear is rec-

ommended.

Information regarding the “cleanliness” of
the particulate filter

When the exhaust system detects that the
particulate filter is close to saturation, this
system’s self-cleaning function recommends
the optimal gear for that function

››› 

page 275

.

WARNING

The gear change recommendation is an
auxiliary function and in no case should be
a substitute for careful driving.

Responsibility for selecting the correct

gear, depending on the circumstances,
rests solely with the driver.

For the sake of the environment

Selecting the correct gear can help to save
fuel.

Note

The recommended gear indication turns off
when the clutch pedal is pressed or when
the lever is removed from the tiptronic posi-
tion.

Steering

Information relating to different ve-
hicle processes.

Electro-mechanical power steering adapts

electronically

 to the speed of the car, torque

and steering angle.

Even if the power steering fails or the engine
is stopped, it is possible to continue to rotate
the steering wheel as long as the key remains
in the ignition lock, but more force must be
applied.

Steering assist

This help assists the driver in critical situa-
tions. It recommends turning the steering
wheel to perform a corrective manoeuvre
(counter-steering), turning slightly to avoid
skidding 

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