· While driving, do not leave your hand on the pa
gear stick. The pressure exerted by the hand is
transmitted to the shift forks.
Operation of the change of
· Make sure the vehicle is at a complete stop
before engaging reverse gear.
DSG® dual clutch
· When changing gear, always depress the clutch at
The vehicle is equipped with a DSG® dual clutch
· Do not hold the vehicle stopped uphill with the
clutch “slipping” and the engine running.
The DSG® dual-clutch gearbox is a gearbox with
dual-clutch technology that changes gears
automatically. A double clutch and two mutually
independent partial transmissions allow very fast gear
changes without loss of tractive power. The DSG®
dual-clutch gearbox thus combines the power and
economy of a manual gearbox with the comfort and
convenience of a conventional automatic gearbox.
Upshifting early helps reduce fuel consumption
Problems and solutions
The clutch “slips”
While driving, the power from the engine is transmitted
to the drive axle via the gearbox. To change gear, the
power transmission between the engine and the
transmission must be interrupted. This is the function
of the clutch.
The control indicator lights up yellow.
The clutch does not transmit all the torque of the engine.
— If necessary, remove your foot from the clutch pedal.
The clutch has overheated
In the case of the DSG® dual clutch transmission
While driving, the power of the engine is always
The control indicator lights up yellow.
transmitted without interruption via one of the two
partial transmissions. Before making a gear change,
the next higher or lower gear in the transmission that
is not active is preselected.
An acoustic warning signal may also sound ÿ p. 146.
The clutch can become excessively hot if, for example,
you pull off repeatedly, let the vehicle creep for a long
time without accelerating, or pull off and brake
Then the clutch of the preselected gear closes and
at the same time the one of the gear that was
selected opens. This allows very fast gear changes.
continuously in heavy traffic.
Thanks to its design, the DSG® dual-clutch gearbox
This overheating is indicated by this warning lamp
and, if necessary, additional warning lamps and a
message in the instrument cluster display.
is more efficient than an automatic gearbox.
While the torque converter of an automatic
transmission is always running, the DSG® dual-clutch
transmission can open the clutch at idle speed and
— It is possible to continue the march.
thus save fuel. Due to its efficiency, low weight and
intelligent management, the DSG® dual-clutch gearbox
The clutch has a fault
generally achieves the same or lower fuel consumption
than a manual gearbox.
The control indicator lights up yellow.
The clutch has a fault.
As in the case of the manual transmission, the clutch
— Proceed with caution!
of the DSG® dual-clutch transmission also suffers
from wear. Depending on the type of DSG® dual
clutch transmission in question, periodic maintenance
will be required. For more information on this ÿ p. 366.
If one of the partial transmissions fails, the DSG® dual-
clutch transmission also offers the possibility of
disengaging one of them and continuing with the other
ÿ p. 152. In this case, go immediately
— Request the help of specialized personnel.
Otherwise considerable damage to the clutch may
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bio occurs depending on the solicitation of the
engine, personal driving style and the speed at which
immediately to a specialized workshop and have the
Gear ratio : Sport program
DSG® dual-clutch gearbox :
select selector lever
To make full use of the engine's power reserves, it
automatically shifts up later and downshifts earlier
than when the selector lever is in position D. The
timing of the shift occurs as a function of engine
demand , your personal driving style and the speed
at which you are traveling.
To change between gear ratios D and S, slightly
push the selector lever backwards ÿ fig. 125.
The selector lever always returns to the D/S
position. This also works on the Tiptronic track
selection ÿ p. 149.
Selector lever lock
In positions P and N, the reader lever lock prevents
the position of the reader lever from being
inadvertently changed and, as a consequence, the
vehicle moving inadvertently.
Fig. 125 Left-hand drive vehicles: DSG dual-clutch
gear selector lever with lock button (arrow). On right-
hand drive vehicles, the arrangement is symmetrical.
To release the selector lever lock, switch the
ignition on and depress the brake pedal. Then press
the lock button on the selector lever knob in the
direction of the arrow ÿ fig. 125.
With the ignition on, the selected selector lever
position is shown on the instrument cluster display.
If position N is skipped , e.g. For example, going
from reverse to D/S, the lever does not lock. This
allows e.g. eg, remove a vehicle that has been stuck
– Parking lock
by "swinging" it. If the selector lever remains for more
The drive wheels are locked. Select this position
only when the vehicle is stopped.
than approx. 1 second in position N without depressing
the brake pedal or driving at a speed less than
approx. 5 km/h (3 mph), the lever locks.
To move the selector lever out of this position,
depress the brake pedal with the ignition on and
press the lever lock button.
If the selector lever is placed in the wrong
position, vehicle control could be lost and an
accident and serious injury could result.
Reverse is engaged. Select this position only when
the vehicle is stopped.
· Never accelerate when shifting the gear lever.
· With the engine running and a gear ratio
engaged, the vehicle will move as soon as the
brake pedal is released.
The change is in the neutral position. No movement
is transmitted to the wheels and the engine braking
effect is not available.
· Never engage reverse gear R or parking lock
P while driving.
– Permanent position for forward movement
Gear ratio : Normal program
Any accidental movement of the vehicle can cause
All changes up or down are done automatically. The
moment of the cam
· As a driver, never leave your seat with the engine
running and a gear engaged. If you have to get
out of the vehicle with the engine running, always
apply the electronic parking brake and always
engage the parking lock P.
· With the engine running and the selector lever
in the D/S or R position, it is necessary to
depress the brake pedal to hold the vehicle.
Even at idling speed, the transmission of power
is not completely interrupted and the vehicle
continues to move slowly.
· Never engage reverse gear R or blo
parking lock P when the vehicle is moving.
Fig. 126 Selector lever in Tiptronic position (see left-
hand drive vehicles). On right-hand drive vehicles, the
arrangement is symmetrical.
· Never get out of the vehicle with the lever
reader in the N position. The vehicle can roll
downhill regardless of whether the engine is
running or off.
If, with the vehicle stopped, the electronic parking
brake is not engaged and the brake pedal is released
with the parking lock P engaged, the vehicle may
move a few centimeters forwards or backwards.
If you inadvertently shift to N while driving, stop
accelerating. Wait in the neutral position for
the engine to idle before re-engaging a gear ratio.
The 12 volt battery is discharged if the parking
Fig. 127 Steering wheel with paddle shifters for Tiptro
lock P is not engaged for a long time with the
When switching to the Tiptronic program, the
gear that is engaged is maintained. This is the case
until the system automatically changes gear due to
Changing gear with the Tiptronic
the current gear situation.
Using the Tiptronic with the selector lever
With the Tiptronic you can change gear
manually in automatic transmissions.
— Starting from the D/S position, move the joystick
to the right to the Tiptronic selection track.
— To upshift or downshift,
slightly push the selector lever forwards + or
backwards – ÿ fig. 126.
When slightly pushing the selector lever into the
Tiptronic selection track, the selector lever lock
button does not have to be pressed.
Using Tiptronic with paddle shifters
— Pull the right paddle towards the steering wheel
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to upshift ÿ fig. 127.
— Pull the left paddle toward the steering wheel to
electronic parking until you start the march ÿ .
— To exit the Tiptronic program, pull the right paddle towards
the steering wheel for approx. 1 second.
Coasting with the DSG® dual clutch transmission
With this function, the inertia of the vehicle is used to save fuel
through foresight while driving. The engine stops braking the
vehicle, which can continue moving for a long time due to its own
inertia. The function is only available when the selector lever is in
the D/S position and driving at speeds between 40 and 130 km
(25 and 80 mph).
If the cams are not operated for some time and the selector lever
is not in the Tiptronic selection track, the Tiptronic program will
be exited automatically.
· When accelerating, the gearbox automatically shifts to the next
higher gear shortly before the maximum permissible engine
speed is reached.
If the brake is applied during coasting, the engine remains off
until the vehicle comes to a stop.
· If you downshift manually, the gear will do so when it is no
longer possible to exceed the maximum engine speed.
If the brake is not applied during coasting, the engine automatically
restarts when the vehicle rolls very slowly.
The engine can be started automatically to ensure that the
engine can be started again and that the on-board network
receives the necessary power supply.
Dual gear driving
Upshifting or downshifting is done automatically.
— Select the Eco profile in the profile selection
of driving ÿ p. 156.
Going downhill The
— Take your foot off the accelerator. The engine
steeper the downgrade, the shorter the selected gear will
disengages and idles. The vehicle moves forward
without the effect of engine braking.
need to be. Lower gears increase the braking effect of the
engine. Never let the vehicle roll downhill with the selector lever
in the neutral position N.
— If you are driving at a speed of less than 130 km/h
- Reduce speed.
— Briefly step on the accelerator.
— Starting from the D/S position, move the joystick to the right
to the Tiptronic selection track ÿ p. 149.
— Depress the brake pedal hard.
— Push the lever back slightly to downshift.
— OR: Briefly press the accelerator or brake pedal.
— OR: downshift with the paddle shifters located on the steering
— OR: Pull one of the paddle shifters towards the steering wheel.
— OR: Move the selector lever to the Tiptronic position.
wheel ÿ p. 149.
stop and start walking uphill
The steeper the climb, the shorter the selected gear should
— OR: Change the driving profile from the Eco, Normal or
When the vehicle is stopped or started driving uphill with the
engine running, the Auto-Hold function should be used ÿ p. 186.
The kick-down function allows maximum acceleration
with the selector lever in the D/S or Tip tronic
When stopped uphill with an engaged gear ratio, always prevent
the vehicle from rolling backwards by depressing the brake pedal
or engaging the electronic parking brake. Do not release the brake
pedal or disengage the parking brake.
By stepping on the accelerator fully, the automatic
transmission downshifts depending on the speed.
speed and engine speed. In this way the maximum
acceleration of the vehicle is used.
· Use the exit control program only if road and
traffic conditions allow it.
When the accelerator is fully depressed (kick-down),
the automatic change to the next higher gear only
takes place once the maximum preset engine speed
has been reached.
Never “file” the brakes too often or too long and
never press the brake pedal too often or too long.
On vehicles with driving profile selection, when the
Eco profile is selected ÿ p. 156 and the accelerator
pedal is fully depressed beyond the point of resistance,
engine power is automatically regulated so that the
vehicle accelerates to full throttle.
Constant braking causes overheating of the
brakes. This can significantly reduce braking
power, considerably increase stopping distance
and, under certain circumstances, lead to the
failure of the entire braking system.
Launch control program
Depending on the equipment, vehicles with a DSG®
dual-clutch transmission have a launch control
program. The launch control program allows maximum
acceleration from a standstill.
· When stopping uphill with a gear ratio engaged, do
not step on the accelerator to prevent the vehicle
from rolling backwards. Otherwise, the DSG® dual
clutch transmission could overheat and be damaged.
— Disconnect the ASR ÿ p. 203.
— Depress the brake pedal with your left foot and
keep it depressed.
· Never allow the vehicle to move with the selector
lever in position N, especially when the engine is
off. The DSG® dual clutch transmission is not
— With the selector lever in the D/S position, select
the gear ratio S or move the lever to the Tiptronic
position or, if the vehicle has driving profile
lubricated and can be
selection, select the Sport or Race profile ÿ p. 156.
· Vehicles with departure control program:
When accelerating with the launch control program,
all parts of the vehicle are highly demanded. This
can cause increased wear.
— Step on the accelerator with your right foot until
the engine speed reaches approx. 3200 rpm.
— Take your left foot off the brake ÿ .
will start at full throttle.
— Reconnect ASR after accelerating!
Never "file" the brakes by pressing the pedal lightly
if braking is not really necessary. This increases
Rapid acceleration can cause you to lose traction
and cause the vehicle to skid, especially on slippery
roads. This could cause loss of vehicle control,
accidents and serious injury.
· Always adapt your driving style to the traffic.
· Never accelerate fully (kick-down) or abruptly if
the visibility, weather, road and traffic conditions
do not allow it, or if you endanger other road
users with this acceleration and this driving style.
· Be aware that the drive wheels and therefore the
vehicle can skid when the ASR is switched off,
especially when the road is slippery.
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· After acceleration, switch on the ASR again.