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Driving

Depending on the equipment, if the Parking
Aid is active, the braking while manoeuvring
function activates emergency braking when it
detects an obstacle in the vehicle’s path that
could cause a collision, driving forwards or in
reverse.

The function will not brake if the Parking Aid is
activated automatically. For the system to
operate, manoeuvring speed must be be-
tween 2.5 and 10 km/h (between 1.5 and 6
mph) for the front area and between 1.5 and
10 km/h (between 1 and 6 mph) for the rear.

Following an intervention, the braking while
manoeuvring function will be inactive in the
same direction of travel for 5 metres. Once
the gear is changed, or the selector lever’s
position is changed, the function will be ac-
tive again. The Parking Aid’s limitations apply.

The manoeuvre braking function is set in the
infotainment system using the button 

 >

Settings > Parking and manoeuvring

.

 on

 – permits the use of the braking while

manoeuvring function.

 off

 – does not permit the use of the

braking while manoeuvring function.

Temporary suppression of emergency
braking

When the function is deactivated with the

Braking while manoeuvring

 button that

appears on the 

Parking aid

 screen of the In-

fotainment system.

Whenever any of the car doors, rear lid or

bonnet are opened.

Rear parking aid

Description

The 

rear parking aid

 is an audible and visual

assistant that warns of obstacles located 

be-

hind

 the vehicle.

There are sensors integrated in the rear
bumper. When they detect an obstacle, you
are alerted by audible and visible warnings
on the Infotainment system.

Make particularly sure that the sensors are
not covered by adhesives, residues, dirt and
the like, as this could affect the system's op-
eration. Cleaning instructions 

››› 

page 302

.

The approximate measurement range of the
rear sensors is:

0.60 m

1.60 m

As you approach the obstacle, the frequency
of the audible signals will increase. The signal
will sound continuously at around 0.30 m:
Stop! 

››› 

 in Introduction on page 247

,

››› 

 in Introduction on page 248

!

Side area:
Central area:

If the separation is maintained, the warning
volume is reduced after about 4 seconds.

Parking Aid operation

Parking Aid connection

Select reverse gear.

Parking Aid disconnection

Place the selector level in position 

P

N

 or 

D

(for automatic gearboxes) or disengage re-
verse (for manual gearboxes).

Set the lever to the 

N

 or 

D

 position to maintain

the system active for approximately 8 sec-
onds before switching off. During that time,
Parking assist will switch off if:

The selector lever is moved to position 

P

.

OR

: the vehicle accelerates to approx.

15 km/h (9 mph) or faster.

Manual disconnection of Parking Aid dis-
play (the audible sounds remain active)

Press a button on the main menu of the fac-

tory-assembled infotainment system.

OR

 press the 

BACK 

 function button.

Temporary suppression of sound in Park-
ing Aid

Press the 

 function button.

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Help with parking and manoeuvring

Change from reduced view to full view

Select reverse gear.

OR

: on vehicles fitted with reverse assist

(Rear View Camera “RVC”) click on the car
icon of the reduced display.

Switch to the reverse assist image (Rear
View Camera “RVC”)

Select reverse gear.

OR

: press the 

RVC

 function button.

Setting the indications and audio signals

The indications and audio signal settings are
in the infotainment system 

››› 

page 88

.

Rear volume

: volume in the rear area.

Rear sound settings/treble

: sound

tone in the rear area.

Lower volume

: when the parking aid is

switched on, the volume of the audio source
will be reduced, depending on the selected
option.

Error messages

If a an error or fault message appears on the
instrument cluster in Park Assist, there is a
fault.

If the fault doesn't disappear before discon-
necting the ignition, it will not be indicated
next time the parking aid is connected.

If there is a fault in a sensor, the 

 symbol is

displayed on the infotainment system display.

We recommend taking the vehicle to a speci-
alised workshop to have the fault repaired.

Towing device

In vehicles equipped with a towing bracket
device from the factory, when the trailer is
connected, the parking aid will not be activa-
ted when reverse gear is engaged.

Visual indication segments

Fig. 173 

Parking aid view on the Infotainment

system display.

The distance to the obstacles can be estima-
ted with the help of the segments at the rear
of the vehicle.

The optical indication of the segments works
as follows:

White segments:

 the obstacle is more

than approx. 30 cm away from the path
or in the direction opposite to travel.
They are also displayed when the elec-
tronic parking brake is activated.

Yellow segments:

 the obstacles lie on

the vehicle’s path and are at a distance
of less than approx. 30 cm away.

Red segments:

 obstacles are less than

approx. 30 cm away.

Whenever the obstacle is located in the vehi-
cle’s direction of travel, the corresponding
audible warning will sound.

As the vehicle approaches an obstacle, the
segments are displayed closer to the vehicle.
When the penultimate segment is displayed,
this means that the vehicle has reached the
collision zone. In the collision zone, the obsta-
cles are represented in red (including those
out of the path). Do not continue to reverse

››› 

 in Introduction on page 247

››› 

 in

Introduction on page 248

!

253

Driving

Reverse Assist (Rear View
Camera)

Operating and safety warnings

WARNING

The reverse assist does not make it possi-

ble to precisely calculate the distance from
obstacles and nor can it overcome the sys-
tem's own limits, hence its negligent use
may cause serious accidents and injuries if
used without due care. The driver should be
aware of his/her surroundings at all times
to ensure safe driving.

The camera lens expands and distorts

the field of view and displays the objects
on the screen in a way that is different from
reality. Distance perception is also distor-
ted.

Due to the screen resolution or light con-

ditions, some items may be blurry or not
displayed at all. Take care with thin posts,
fences, railings or trees that might not be
seen on the screen and could damage the
vehicle.

The reverse assist has blind spots where

it cannot see people or objects. Monitor the
vehicle's surrounding area at all times.

The system is not a replacement for driv-

er awareness. Supervise the parking ma-
noeuvre and the vehicle's surrounding area
at all times.

Do not be distracted from the traffic by

looking at the screen.

The images are only two-dimensional.

Protruding objects or holes in the road, for
example, are more difficult to detect or
may not be seen at all.

Vehicle load modifies the representation

of the guide lines 

››› 

Fig. 174

. The width rep-

resented by the lines decreases with vehi-
cle load. Pay special attention to the sur-
roundings when the inside of the vehicle of
the luggage compartment are loaded.

In the following situations, objects or oth-

er vehicles appear to be further away or
closer than they actually are. Pay special
attention:

If moving from a flat surface to a slope
and vice-versa.

If the vehicle is heavily loaded.

When the vehicle approaches objects
that are not on the ground surface or
that protrude from it. These objects
may be outside the camera angle when
reversing.

Note

It is important to take great care and pay

special attention if the driver is not familiar
with the system.

Reverse assist will not be available if the

rear lid is open.

Usage instructions

A camera installed in the rear lid handle as-
sists the driver with reverse parking or ma-
noeuvring 

››› 

page 212

.

The camera image is viewed together with
orientation lines projected on the Infotain-
ment system screen. Part of the bumper can
be seen at the bottom, which can be used by
the driver as a reference point.

Rear assist settings

Rear assist offers the user the possibility to
change the image's 

brightness

contrast

 and

colour

 settings.

To change these settings:

Stop the vehicle in a safe place without

switching off the ignition or the infotainment
system.

Apply the parking brake.

Select reverse gear.

Press the 

 function button displayed on

the screen.

Make the desired adjustments on the menu

by pressing the 

/

+

 function buttons or by

moving the scroll button.

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Help with parking and manoeuvring

Requirements for parking and manoeu-
vring with the rear assist

The system should not be used in the follow-
ing cases:

If the image displayed is not very reliable or

is distorted, or if the lens is dirty.

If the area behind the vehicle is incomplete.

If the vehicle is heavily loaded.

If the position of the camera has changed

after a rear-end collision. Have the system
checked by a specialised workshop.

Familiarising yourself with the system

To familiarise yourself with the system, the
orientation lines and their function, SEAT rec-
ommends practising in a place without too
much traffic or in a car park when there are
good weather and visibility conditions.

Parking and manoeuvring with re-
verse assist

Fig. 174 

Display on the Infotainment system

screen.: guide lines.

Meaning of the orientation lines

 

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Fig. 174

Lateral lines:

 extension of the vehicle

(approximately in its total width) on the
road.

End of the side lines:

 approx. 2 m behind

the vehicle on the road.

Intermediate line:

 approx. 1 m behind the

vehicle on the road.

Horizontal red line:

 a safe distance of

approx. 40 cm at the rear of the vehicle
on the road.

1

2

3

4

Switching the system on and off

Reverse assist is connected by a contact

when engaging reverse gear.

The system switches off 8 seconds after

disengaging reverse gear and immediately
after removing the contact.

The camera will stop transmitting images

above the speed of 15 km/h (9 mph) with re-
verse engaged.

In combination with the parking aid plus sys-
tem 

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page 249

, the camera image will no

longer be displayed when reverse gear is dis-
engaged, and the system will display the op-
tical information provided by the parking aid
system.

It is also possible to hide the reverse assist im-
age:

By pressing one of the Infotainment system

buttons on the display.

OR

: by clicking on the miniature vehicle

shown on the screen.

If you wish to display the rear assist image
again:

Disengage and re-engage reverse gear.

OR:

 Press the 

RVC

 function button

1)

»

1)

The RVC button will only be displayed when re-

verse gear is engaged.

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Driving

Parking manoeuvre

Stop the vehicle in front of a space and se-

lect reverse gear.

Reverse slowly, and turn the steering wheel

so that the side lines lead towards the park-
ing space.

Guide the vehicle into the parking space so

that the side lines run parallel to it.

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 

55 kg

.

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 

››› 

.

Vehicles with driving profile selection

If you are going to be towing a trailer, the use
of the 

Eco

 driving profile is not recommen-

ded. You are advised to select another of the
available driving profiles before beginning to
drive with a trailer.

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

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Towing bracket device

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.

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 96

. 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 206

.

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.

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Driving

Technical requirements

Vehicles that are 

factory

-fitted with a towing

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

››› 

page 263

.

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.

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 

››› 

page 259

.

Trailer tail lights

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

››› 

page 259

.

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)

42 watts

Side lights (on each side)

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.

258

Towing bracket device

Hitching and connecting a trailer

Fig. 175 

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 for pins 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 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

Earth for pin 10

Pin

Meaning

12

Unassigned

13

Earth for pin 9

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 , pin 11 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 258

.

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.

»

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Driving

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.

If the 

Eco

 driving profile was selected when

hitching the trailer, this will automatically
switch to the 

Normal

 profile. If the system

cannot detect the attached trailer or if the
towing bracket has been retrofitted by an au-
to repair shop other than SEAT, you must
manually select the 

Normal

 profile before

you start driving with a trailer attached. To re-
connect the 

Eco

 profile once the trailer has

been unhitched, switch the ignition off and
back on once.

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 fail-
ure of the lighting system, and consequent-
ly 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

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Towing bracket device

vertical load

 technically permissible on the

coupling device 

››› 

page 256

. 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 291

.

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 

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page 117

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.

»

1)

This does not apply for vehicles with Full LED

xenon headlights.

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Driving

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.

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/S

 

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.

Apply the handbrake.

Release the brake pedal.

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

a manual gearbox, slowly release the clutch
pedal.

Do not release the hand brake 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 system detects that the trailer is weav-
ing, it intervenes to reduce the swaying 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.

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Towing bracket device

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),

repeated automatic braking may occur in
extreme driving conditions.

Towing bracket device

Description

Fig. 176 

The towing device supports trailers /

tow hook / key

Depending on the country or version, the re-
movable hook of the towing device is under

the cover of the load area of the luggage
compartment.

The tow hook is fitted and removed by hand
and is supplied with a key.

13-pin connector
Safety lug
Hook housing
Hook housing cap
Protective cap of the ball head
Removable tow hook
Locking lever
Lock cover
Release bolt
Lock
Locking balls
Key

Operation and conservation

Put the cover on the housing cavity so that
dirt cannot get in.

Before hooking up a trailer, always check the
ball head and apply suitable grease if neces-
sary.

Use the protective cap to store the tow hook.

Clean the housing cavity surfaces and treat
them with an appropriate conservation prod-
uct.

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Driving

WARNING

Before each journey with the tow hook fit-

ted, make sure that it is correctly adjusted
and attached in its housing.

If the tow hook is not properly fitted and

attached, do not use it.

Do not use the towing bracket device for

towing if it is damaged or has missing parts.

Do not modify or adapt the towing device

connection.

Never unhook the tow hook while the

trailer is hitched.

CAUTION

Handle the tow hook with care in order to

avoid damaging the bumper paintwork.

The top part of the hook housing is

greased 

››› 

Fig. 176 

3

. When using the de-

vice, make sure that it has not been re-
moved.

Note

Contact a specialised workshop if you

lose your key.

Towing the vehicle with the tow hook

››› 

page 51

.

Placing in the standby position

Fig. 177 

Tow hook reserve position

Fig. 178 

Reserve position: position verification

Before assembling it, place the tow hook in
the standby position with the following two
steps.

Insert and turn the key in the direction of the

arrow 

››› 

Fig. 177

 

1

 until the hole in the key

faces upwards (arrow).

Grab the tow hook under the protective

cover.

Press the release bolt 

››› 

Fig. 177

 

B

 in the

direction of arrow 

2

, while pressing lever 

C

in the direction of arrow 

3

 as far as it will go.

The lever will remain blocked in this posi-

tion.

Verification of the reserve position

Key 

››› 

Fig. 178

 

A

 is in the released position

(the key hole is facing upwards).

The release bolt 

››› 

Fig. 178

 

B

 can be

moved.

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Towing bracket device

Lever 

››› 

Fig. 178

 

C

 is in the lower position.

When adjusted in this way, the tow hook is
ready to be installed.

CAUTION

The key cannot be removed or turned in the
standby position.

Fitting the tow hook

Fig. 179 

Putting the tow hook in place. Step 1.

Fig. 180 

Putting the tow hook in place. Step 2.

Step 1.

Remove the hook housing cap 

››› 

Fig. 176

4

 downwards.

Put the tow hook in its standby position

››› 

page 264

.

Hold the tow hook 

from below

 and fit it into

the hook hosing in the direction of the arrow

››› 

Fig. 179

 

1

 until it is heard to fit into place

››› 

.

Lever 

››› 

Fig. 179

 

A

 

automatically

 turns in

the direction of arrow 

2

 upwards, and the re-

lease bolt 

B

 moves outwards (its red and

green parts are visible) 

››› 

.

If lever 

A

 does not turn or the release bolt 

B

does not come out, the tow hook should be
removed by turning the lever as far as possi-
ble downwards from the housing cavity, and
the tow hook’s support surfaces and the cavi-
ty should then be cleaned.

Step 2.

Turn the key to the right just half a turn, until

the hole in the key faces downwards

››› 

Fig. 180 

1

.

Remove the key 

2

.

Place the cover 

B

 on the lock 

3

››› 

Fig. 180

 

››› 

.

Check that the tow hook is correctly fixed in

place 

››› 

page 266, Safety check

.

WARNING

Keep your hands away from the lever

when fitting the tow hook to avoid trapping
your fingers 

››› 

Fig. 179 

A

 .

Do not try to force the lever up to turn the

key. The detachable ball would not be se-
cured properly!

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Driving

CAUTION

After removing the key, place the cover

over the lever's lock. If the lock becomes
soiled it will be impossible to insert the key.

Keep the device's housing cavity clean.

Dirtiness can prevent the tow hook from
being safety secured!

If the device is removed, always place

the cap in the hook's housing.

Safety check

Fig. 181 

Tow hook fixed correctly

Make sure that the tow hook is correctly at-
tached before each use.

Tow hook fixed correctly:

The tow hook will not fall out of the housing

cavity after a strong “impact”.

Lever 

A

 is facing upwards 

››› 

Fig. 181

.

The red and green part of the unlocking

bolt 

B

 is completely visible 

››› 

Fig. 181

.

The key has been removed.

Cover 

C

 is over the lock 

››› 

Fig. 181

.

WARNING

Keep your hands away from the lever

when releasing the tow hook to avoid trap-
ping your fingers 

››› 

Fig. 181

 

A

.

The towing device should only be used if

the tow hook has been properly locked in
place!

Removing the tow hook

Fig. 182 

Removing the tow hook

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Towing bracket device

Fig. 183 

Removing the tow hook

Remove cover 

A

 from lock 

1

 

››› 

Fig. 182

.

Insert key 

B

 in the lock 

2

 

››› 

Fig. 182

.

Turn the key to the left 

3

 just half turn, until

the hole in the key is facing upwards

››› 

Fig. 182

.

Hold the tow hook from below.

Press the release bolt 

A

 in the direction of

arrow 

1

, and at the same time press lever 

B

as far as it will go in the direction of arrow 

2

››› 

Fig. 183

.

Now the tow hook has been released and
falls freely. If this does not occur, press with
the other hand from above.

The tow hook is now in the standby position
and is therefore ready to be reinserted into
the hook housing 

››› 

.

Fit cover 

4

 

››› 

Fig. 176

 onto its housing.

WARNING

Never remove the tow hook while the

trailer is hitched.

Never leave the tow hook loose in the lug-

gage compartment. It could cause damage
in the even of sharp braking, and even jeop-
ardise passenger safety!

CAUTION

If the lever is not pressed down as far as it

will go, after removing the tow hook it will
continue upwards and will not lock into its
standby position. The tow hook must re-
main in this position before being fitted
again.

Store the device in the reserve position

with the key inserted and with the same
side facing upwards. Risk of damaging the
key!

When operating the lever, do not apply

too much pressure (for example, do not
stand on it)!

Note

Before extracting the tow hook, we rec-

ommend fitting the protective cover over
the ball head.

Remove dirt from the tow hook before

storing it with the vehicle tools.

Connecting the trailer

Fig. 184 

Turning the 13-pin connector

Grip the connector in area 

A

 and remove it

in the direction of the arrow 

››› 

Fig. 184

.

Remove the protective cap from the ball

head 

››› 

Fig. 176

 

5

.

Attach the trailer to the ball head.

Open the cover of connector 

A

 and con-

nect the trailer 

››› 

Fig. 184

.

Hook the trailer's pair cable to the safety

lug 

››› 

Fig. 184

 

B

. When hooked up, the pair

cable should have some 

slack

 in all vehicle

towing positions (sharp curves, reverse, etc.).

Follow these steps in reverse to unhitch the
trailer.

WARNING

Never use the safety lug to tow!

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