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VW Passat B8 Owner's Manual ➜ Driving directions

control of the vehicle and increases the risk of  
serious injury.  
· Make sure nothing can prevent you from operating  
the pedals at all times.  
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· Always fix the mats well in the footrest area.  
· Never place other mats or any other type of covering  
on the already assembled mat.  
· Prevent objects from falling into the driver's footrest  
area while driving.  
· With the vehicle parked, remove objects from the  
footrest area.  
The pedals should always be able to be operated  
without impediments. So e.g. For example, when one  
of the brake system circuits fails, the brake pedal travel  
required to stop the vehicle increases. In this case, you  
have to press the brake pedal more fully and with more  
force than usual.  
Fig. 116 In the footwell area: pedals on vehicles with  
manual gearbox.  
gear recommendation  
Fig. 117 In the footwell area: pedals in vehicles with  
automatic gearbox.  
Fig. 118 On the instrument panel screen: gear  
Legend to ÿ fig. 116 and fig. 117:  
Legend of fig. 118:  
1 accelerator pedal  
A Gear currently engaged  
2 Brake pedal  
B Recommended gear that should be engaged  
3 Clutch pedal for vehicles with manual transmission  
Depending on the vehicle's equipment, a  
Never allow any object or mat to hinder the activation  
and movement of the pedals.  
recommendation may be displayed on the instrument  
panel screen while driving with the number of the gear  
that should be selected to save fuel.  
Only use mats that leave the area of the pedals free and  
that are fixed in the footrest area in such a way that they  
do not shift.  
For vehicles with automatic gearbox, the selector lever  
must be in the Tiptronic position ÿ p. 149.  
If the optimal gear is engaged, no recommendation will  
appear. The gear that is currently engaged will be  
The presence of objects in the driver's footrest area  
may make it difficult to operate the pedals. This can  
cause loss of con  
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Information regarding the “cleanliness” of the particulate  
Driving foresight An irregular  
filter The engine management detects if the particulate filter  
driving style increases consumption. By paying attention to  
traffic, you can avoid frequent acceleration and braking.  
Maintaining a sufficient distance from the vehicle in front helps  
to drive proactively.  
is close to being saturated and contributes to its regeneration by  
recommending the optimum gear.  
For this, it may be necessary to drive exceptionally with a  
high engine speed ÿ page. 297.  
Let the vehicle coast in gear to take advantage of engine  
braking, e.g. For example, when approaching a traffic light.  
Taking advantage of  
The gear recommendation is only an auxiliary function and  
cannot replace the driver's attention.  
inertia Vehicles with automatic gearbox: When driving with the  
selector lever in position D without pressing the accelerator or  
the brake, the vehicle rolls (moves by inertia) with hardly any  
energy consumption.  
· The driver is responsible for choosing the correct gear  
depending on the situation at hand, e.g. e.g., when  
overtaking or in mountainous sections  
Energy-saving shifting Upshifting early when  
the engine speed has reached 2,000 rpm saves energy. Do not  
rush the marches and avoid high regimes.  
Selecting the optimal gear can save fuel.  
The indication of the recommended gear goes out  
Vehicles with manual gearbox: Immediately after starting the  
when the clutch pedal is depressed in vehicles with  
manual gearbox or when the selector lever is moved out of  
the Tiptronic position in vehicles with automatic gearbox.  
gear, shift from 1st to 2nd gear.  
Vehicles with automatic gearbox: Accelerate slowly and avoid  
fully pressing the accelerator (kick-down).  
Observe the gear recommendation ÿ p. 133.  
Economy driving style  
Use the Eco driving profile as far as possible ÿ p. 156.  
With an appropriate driving style, consumption,  
Avoid full throttle  
environmental pollution and wear on the engine, brakes  
and tires are reduced. Here are some tips that are good for  
Never drive at the maximum speed of the vehicle.  
At excessively high speeds, the aerodynamic resistance  
the environment and for your wallet.  
increases and thus the force required to move the vehicle.  
reduce idle  
Set off immediately and with a low engine speed. In situations  
where a long downtime is expected (eg in a traffic jam or at a  
level crossing), do not let the engine idle, but switch it off.  
On vehicles with the Start-Stop system activated, the engine  
can be automatically switched off during stopping processes  
and when the vehicle is stopped ÿ page. 144.  
Refuel sparingly A fuel tank  
filled to the brim increases the weight of the vehicle. Half or  
three quarters of the tank is enough, especially for urban  
Fig. 119 Fuel consumption in l/100 km at two different  
ambient temperatures.  
Avoid short journeys  
Saving energy  
When the engine is cold, it consumes a lot of fuel.  
The alternator, which is driven by the engine,  
generates energy for comfort consumers such as the  
air conditioning, ventilation or heated windscreen and  
rear window. Saving energy is easy, e.g. eg:  
The optimum operating temperature is not reached  
until a few kilometers (miles) have been driven.  
At very low ambient temperatures, e.g. eg in winter  
consumption is higher than normal ÿ fig. 119.  
Plan trips cost-effectively and combine short trips  
— When the outside temperatures are high,  
ventilate the passenger compartment before  
setting off and drive for a while with the windows open.  
Connect the air conditioner then, and not before.  
— Switch off the comfort consumers when  
have fulfilled their mission.  
Performing regular maintenance  
Regular maintenance is essential for economical  
driving and increases the life of the vehicle.  
Always adapt the speed and the safety distance  
with respect to the preceding vehicle depending  
on the visibility, weather, road and traffic conditions.  
Take tire pressure into account Tire  
pressure that is too low not only causes tire wear,  
but also increases rolling resistance and, with it,  
Use tires with optimized rolling resistance.  
Never let the vehicle roll downhill with the selector  
lever in the neutral position N. The transmission is  
not lubricated and can be damaged.  
Adjust the tire pressure to the load: — Observe  
the information on the tire pressure sticker ÿ p. 342.  
Learn about other ways to protect the  
— Tire monitoring system ÿ p. 334 — O tire pressure  
monitoring system ÿ p. 336  
environment. Think Blue. is Volkswagen's  
brand worldwide to promote sustainability and  
environmental compatibility.  
Use anti-friction synthetic motor oil  
Volkswagen dealers can provide you with  
further information on proper vehicle  
maintenance and spare parts, e.g. For example,  
new, particularly energy-efficient tyres.  
Low-viscosity fully synthetic engine oils reduce  
frictional resistance in the engine and distribute better  
and faster, especially on cold engine starts.  
Depending on the equipment, on vehicles  
with active cylinder management (ACT® ),  
certain engine cylinders can be automatically  
deactivated if the driving situation does not require  
Remove unnecessary  
weight If the luggage compartment is emptied of  
e.g. For example, snow chains or unused child  
seats, consumption can be reduced.  
excessive power. While the cylinders are deactivated,  
To keep the vehicle's aerodynamic drag as low as  
no fuel is injected into the cylinders, thereby reducing  
overall fuel consumption.  
possible, remove exterior accessories, such as a  
ski rack, bike rack, or roof rack, when you no longer  
need them.  
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Think Blue. Trainer.  
Fig. 120 En el sistema de infotainment: Think Blue. Trainer.  
The ThinkBlue. Trainer. analyzes and displays your driving  
style and helps you drive more economically.  
Adapt the speed.  
Economy driving style  
5 Consumption:  
The average fuel consumption Since departure is  
Legend of fig. 120:  
1 “Blue Score”:  
displayed. If the border is blue it means that the driving  
style is efficient and constant. If the driving style is not  
efficient, the border is shown in grey.  
The higher the value displayed on a scale from 0 to 100,  
the more efficient the driving style. If the border is blue it  
means that the driving style is efficient and constant. If the  
driving style is not efficient, the border is shown in grey.  
Click on the indication to open a statistic of the last 30  
minutes of walking since the start.  
6 Tips to save energy:  
Click on the indication to open a statistic of the last 30  
Press the ThinkBlue function button . to display additional  
minutes of walking since the start.  
Open ThinkBlue. Trainer.  
2 Accelerate and brake:  
If the speed is constant, the two arcs remain in the  
central zone. When speed up or  
— Depending on the equipment, press the button or the or of  
tainment function  
the info system  
the vehicle is braked, the arches move downwards or  
— Press the Vehicle function buttons  
Think Blue. Trainer.  
selection and  
3 Indication of development:  
The effectiveness of driving behavior is indicated by blue  
bars. The white bar memorizes a blue bar every 5 seconds  
If the driver is distracted it can lead to an accident and injury.  
Operating the infotainment system can distract attention from  
The larger the bar, the more efficient the driving style will  
have been.  
4 Driving Tips:  
· Always drive paying attention to traffic and responsibly.  
Drive more proactively.  
gear recommendation  
If the brake booster does not work or the vehicle is towed,  
the brake pedal must be depressed more forcefully, as  
the stopping distance increases due to the lack of  
assistance from the brake booster ÿ .  
Information about the brakes  
For the first 200 to 300 km (100 to 200 miles) the  
new brake pads do not offer their full stopping power  
and have yet to “break in” ÿ . This slight reduction in  
braking force can be compensated for by pressing the  
brake pedal harder. While the brake pads are run in,  
the braking distance under full braking or in an  
emergency is longer than after running in. During  
taxiing, hard braking and situations where the brakes  
are heavily applied should be avoided, e.g. For example,  
driving too close to another vehicle.  
Driving with worn brake pads or a faulty brake system  
can cause accidents and serious injuries.  
· If the warning light comes on on the instrument  
only or  
panel screen accompanied by a message, go  
immediately to a specialized workshop and request  
a check of the brake pads and, if they are worn,  
their replacement.  
The wear of the brake pads depends, to a large  
extent, on the conditions in which the vehicle is used  
and on the driving style. If the vehicle is frequently used  
in urban traffic and for short journeys or is driven sportily,  
have the pad thickness checked regularly by a specialist  
At first, the braking capacity of the brake pads is not  
· During the first 300 km, the new brake pads do  
not offer their maximum braking capacity and still  
have to “break in”.  
If you are driving with wet brakes, for example after  
driving through water, in heavy rain or after washing the  
vehicle, braking performance may be reduced due to  
wet brake discs or even freezing in winter. It will be  
necessary to brake as soon as possible with care and at  
a high speed until the brakes dry out. In doing so, care  
must be taken not to endanger vehicles behind or other  
road users ÿ .  
This can be counteracted by putting more pressure  
on the brake pedal.  
· When the brake pads are new, with  
Drive with extra caution to reduce the risk of  
accidents, serious injury, or loss of vehicle control.  
· During the break-in of the new brake pads, never  
ride too close to other vehicles or create situations  
where you have to apply a lot to the brakes.  
If the brake discs and pads have a layer of salt,  
the braking capacity is reduced and the stopping  
distance increases. When driving on roads sprinkled  
When the brakes are overheated, their stopping  
with salt without braking for some time, the layer of salt  
must be filed down by braking carefully ÿ .  
power is reduced and the stopping distance is  
· When driving downhill, the brakes are particularly  
stressed and heat up very quickly.  
Corrosion on the brake discs and soiling of the brake  
pads are exacerbated if the vehicle is not used for a long  
time, does not cover many kilometers or is under-utilized .  
· For a long journey with a steep descent, reduce  
speed and engage a lower gear (in the case of a  
manual gearbox or if you are using the Tiptronic  
mode of the automatic gearbox). In this way, the  
If the brake pads are not applied, if they are not applied  
enough or if there is corrosion, Volkswagen recommends  
cleaning the brake discs and pads by braking hard  
several times while driving at high speed. In doing so,  
engine brake is used and the brakes are not so  
care must be taken not to endanger vehicles behind or  
other road users ÿ .  
· Non-standard or damaged front spoilers can adversely  
affect brake ventilation and cause the brakes to  
Brake servo  
The brake booster only works with the engine running  
Wet, frozen or salt covered brakes brake later and  
extend the stopping distance.  
and is responsible for increasing the pressure that the  
driver exerts on the brake pedal.  
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