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VW Passat B8 Owner's Manual ➜ Driving on slopes

— Flip the cover up over the selector lever ÿ .  
If it were on a slope, it could start moving unexpectedly  
and cause an accident and serious injury.  
There are two types of emergency release of the  
selector lever depending on the equipment:  
Carry out an emergency release of the selector lever:  
If the vehicle is driven with the engine off and the  
selector lever in position N for a long time or at high  
speed (eg when being towed), the DSG® dual-clutch  
transmission will be damaged.  
— Using the flat blade of the screwdriver from the on-  
board tools, carefully press the release lever in the  
direction of the arrow ÿ fig. 128 and keep the lever  
in this position (variant 1).  
OR: Press the release lever in the direction of the  
arrow ÿ fig. 129 and hold it in this position (variant  
· The first time transmission overheat is indicated, stop  
the vehicle safely or go faster than 20 km/h (12 mph).  
— Press the lock button located at the front of the  
selector lever knob and move the selector lever to  
position N.  
· If the message and the audible warning signal repeat  
approximately every 10 seconds, immediately bring  
the vehicle to a safe stop and turn off the engine. Wait  
for the change to cool down.  
— After emergency release, carefully fit the cover into  
the center console making sure that the cables are in  
the position  
· To avoid damage to the derailleur, do not continue the  
drive until the acoustic warning has not stopped.  
While the gear is overheated, avoid continually pulling  
emergency program  
If all the selector lever positions are highlighted on a  
light background on the instrument panel display, it  
into gear and moving forward at pedestrian speed.  
means that there is something wrong with the system.  
The double embra change  
gue DSG® then works in an emergency program.  
In this program the vehicle can still be driven, but at a  
low speed and not in all gears.  
driving on slopes  
Hill assist function  
If the vehicle is equipped with a DSG® dual-clutch  
transmission , revesrosme egecaarsmesay. not be possible in  
On vehicles with dual clutch transmission  
, the downhill assist function helps to brake when  
going downhill ÿ . To do this, this function takes  
advantage of the engine brake.  
In any case, go to a specialized workshop as soon as  
possible and have the DSG® dual clutch transmission  
checked .  
The DSG® dual-clutch transmission selects the  
optimal gear based on the existing gradient and the  
speed at which it is driving. For this, the selector lever  
must be in the D/S position. In Tiptronic mode the  
downhill assist function is not active.  
The vehicle does not move despite being selected  
in a gear ratio  
If the vehicle does not move in the desired direction,  
the system may not have engaged the gear ratio  
As the downhill assist function can only downshift to a  
maximum of 3rd gear, it may be necessary to switch to  
Tiptronic mode when descending very steep sections.  
Once in Tiptronic mode, manually shift into 1st or 2nd  
gear to take advantage of engine braking and brake relief.  
— Depress the brake pedal and re-select the gear ratio.  
— If the vehicle still does not move in the desired  
direction, there is a fault in the system. Request the  
help of specialized personnel and have the system  
When the downhill assist function is active, the Start-  
Stop system is automatically deactivated.  
Never release the parking lock while the  
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electronic parking brake is disengaged. Otherwise, if  
the vehicle  
driving on slopes  
The downhill assist function is activated automatically:  
Descent assistant (Alltrack)  
— If the slope is greater than 6% approx.  
When the descent assist is active, the control indicator lights up  
Y: if the selector lever is in the D/S position.  
When the descent assist is not active, the control indicator lights  
up in grey. The system is connected, but it is not regulating.  
Additionally, if cruise control (GRA) or adaptive cruise  
control (ACC) is deactivated: if the speed is less than approx.  
80 km/h (50 mph) or if the brake is applied.  
Descent Assist limits speed on steep downhills by automatically  
engaging the brakes on all four wheels, both forward and reverse.  
By remaining active, the anti-lock braking system prevents the  
wheels from locking up. On vehicles with a manual gearbox, the  
downhill assist adapts the target speed without braking the engine  
below its idle speed.  
Additionally, if cruise control (GRA) or adaptive cruise  
control (ACC) is active: if the stored speed is exceeded.  
The downhill assist function is automatically deactivated:  
— If the slope decreases.  
After starting down a hill below 30 km/h (19 mph), speed is  
limited to a minimum of 2 km/h (1 mph) and a maximum of 30 km/  
h (19 mph). Whenever he sees fit, the driver may speed up or  
OR: if the transmission is upshifted because the engine speed  
is higher than approx. 4500 rpm.  
slow down within the mentioned speed limits by accelerating or  
Or, additionally with cruise control (GRA) or adaptive  
cruise control (ACC) active: Whether the stored speed can  
be maintained.  
Even so, it is essential that the surface guarantees sufficient  
adhesion. For this reason, the descent assist will not be able to  
fulfill its function when, for example, going down slopes with icy or  
slippery surfaces.  
The intelligent technology of the downhill assist function cannot  
overcome the limits imposed by physical laws and only works  
within the limits of the system. Never let the increased  
convenience provided by start-up wizards lure you into taking  
risks that compromise safety.  
Descent assist intervenes automatically if the following conditions  
are met:  
— The vehicle engine is running.  
Offroad driving profile is selected ÿ p. 156.  
· Any accidental movement of the vehicle can cause serious  
— Driving at a speed of less than 30 km/h  
· The downhill assist function cannot replace the driver's  
(19 mph) (the indication is shown on the instrument panel  
· Always adapt your speed and driving style to the visibility,  
— The slope is at least 10% if driving forwards and 9% if going  
weather, road and traffic conditions.  
The downhill assist function does not always  
It doesn't slow down or speed up.  
pre can hold the vehicle stationary on a hill or brake it  
Hill Descent Assist is deactivated if the vehicle speed exceeds 30  
sufficiently downhill, e.g. g., on slippery or frozen surfaces.  
km/h (19 mph), if you brake or accelerate, or if the grade is less  
than 5%.  
Always be prepared to brake. Otherwise, accidents and injuries  
The intelligent descent assist technology cannot overcome the  
may occur.  
limits imposed by the laws of physics and only works within the  
The downhill assist function is only  
limits of the system. Never let the added convenience provided  
an auxiliary function that cannot always brake the vehicle  
by start wizards lure you into taking risks that compromise safety.  
sufficiently when going downhill.  
· The vehicle speed may increase despite the downhill assist  
— Switch off the ignition, then open the driver's door.  
The steering column is locked.  
· Any accidental movement of the vehicle can cause serious  
· Hill Descent Assist cannot replace the driver's attention.  
If you do not want the steering column to lock, first open  
the driver's door and then switch the ignition off. The  
steering column remains unlocked until the vehicle is  
· Always adapt your speed and driving style to the visibility,  
weather, road and traffic conditions.  
The descent assistant cannot always  
keeping the vehicle stopped on a hill or braking  
Steering control assistance The  
sufficiently downhill, e.g. e.g., on their slippery or  
frozen surfaces.  
steering control assistance assists the driver in critical  
driving situations. When contra-steering it helps you by  
increasing the force applied to the steering wheel ÿ .  
Always be prepared to brake. Otherwise, accidents  
and injuries may occur.  
Progressive steering  
Depending on equipment, progressive steering can adapt  
the steering force to the driving situation. Progressive  
steering only works with the engine running.  
· Hill Descent Assist is only an auxiliary system that under  
certain circumstances will not be able to brake the vehicle  
sufficiently when going downhill.  
In city traffic, you don't need to steer as much when  
· The speed of the vehicle may increase despite the intervention  
of the descent assistant.  
parking, maneuvering or making tight turns.  
On the highway or dual carriageway, progressive  
steering transmits, e.g. For example, when cornering, a  
sportier, more direct and noticeably more dynamic  
driving experience.  
Information regarding the address of the  
If the power steering does not work, much more force  
is required to turn the steering wheel, which can make  
the vehicle more difficult to control.  
To make the vehicle more difficult to steal, always lock  
the steering before leaving the vehicle.  
· The power steering only works with the engine running.  
The direction  
On vehicles with electromechanical steering, power  
· Never allow the vehicle to move with the engine off.  
steering adjusts automatically based on driving speed,  
steering wheel torque and wheel orientation. The  
· Never switch off the ignition when the vehicle is moving.  
electromechanical steering only works with the engine  
The steering column lock could seize and it would not be  
running. When the Start-Stop system intervenes and  
possible to control the vehicle.  
turns off the engine, the steering continues to work.  
If the power steering does not work or does not work  
Steering control assist assists the driver, in  
conjunction with ESC, in controlling the direction of  
the vehicle in critical driving situations.  
correctly, you will have to apply significantly more  
force than usual to move the steering wheel.  
On vehicles with drive profile selection, the selected  
profile can influence the behavior of the power steering.  
However, it is the driver who has to control the  
direction of the vehicle at all times.  
Steering control aid does not.  
Electronic steering column lock  
— Bring the vehicle to a stop and, if necessary, position the lever  
selector ca in position P.  
If the vehicle needs to be towed, leave the ignition on  
so that the steering wheel does not lock up and the  
turn signals, horn, and washer can be used.  
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Problems and solutions  
Driving profile  
steering fault  
Introduction to the topic  
The warning light comes on or flashes red.  
There is a breakdown in the electromechanical steering or  
electronic lock of the steering column.  
Using the driving profiles, the driver can adapt various  
characteristics of the vehicle systems to the current driving  
situation, the desired ride comfort and an economical  
- Do not continue the march! Request the help of specialized  
driving style. Some of the systems that can be adapted are  
the suspension, propulsion and climate control.  
— If the warning light turns red, the steering may be hard  
because the electromechanical steering does not work.  
— If the warning lamp flashes red, the steering column cannot  
be unlocked.  
Depending on the vehicle's equipment, various driving profiles  
can be selected. The degree of influence of the vehicle systems  
on the various driving profiles depends on the vehicle's equipment.  
steering fault  
The control indicator lights up or flashes yellow.  
Vehicles with adaptive suspension (DCC)  
Management puts up more resistance or reacts more  
sensitively than usual.  
While driving, the adaptive suspension (DCC) continuously  
adapts the damping to the terrain and driving situation in question,  
also taking into account the vehicle configuration of the selected  
driving profile.  
The control lamp comes on permanently: — Start the engine  
again and drive slowly for a short distance.  
— If the control indicator remains on, go to a specialized  
The Comfort driving profile is only available on vehicles with  
adaptive suspension (DCC).  
The control lamp flashes: — Turn the  
Driving profiles and ambient lighting  
steering wheel slightly to either side.  
Depending on the equipment, the color of the ambient lighting  
varies depending on the selected driving profile.  
— Switch the ignition off and on again.  
— Observe the messages on the display of the  
instrument panel.  
— If the control indicator continues to flash after  
switch on the ignition, do not continue driving. Request the  
Select a driving profile  
help of specialized personnel.  
The steering column does not lock Vehicles  
with a DSG dual-clutch transmission: Depending on equipment,  
the vehicle may not have an electronic steering column lock.  
Fig. 130 On the center console: MODE button for  
selecting the driving profiles.  
The driving profile can be selected with the ignition on and the  
vehicle stationary or moving ÿ .  

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