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VW Passat B8 Owner's Manual ➜ Trunk lid

— When the vehicle has to be left in a car wash.  
The tailgate must be flush with the adjoining  
parts of the bodywork.  
· The boot lid must always remain closed  
while driving.  
Risk of false alarms from interior monitoring  
· Never open the tailgate if you have  
load fixed on it, e.g. eg bicycles. The gate could  
close on its own due to the additional weight.  
If necessary, secure the tailgate or remove the  
load beforehand.  
The interior monitor will only work correctly if the  
vehicle is completely closed.  
Observe the legal provisions. A false alarm may  
occur in the following situations:  
· When the vehicle is not in use, close and lock the  
tailgate, as well as all the doors.  
When doing so, make sure that no one is left in  
the vehicle.  
— If any window or the glass roof is partially or  
completely open.  
— If light objects are left in the vehicle, e.g. eg,  
loose or hanging papers in the interior mirror.  
· Always keep a close eye on children when they  
play in or next to the vehicle, especially if the  
tailgate is open. Children could get into the  
trunk, close the tailgate and be locked in.  
Depending on the season of the year, a closed  
vehicle can reach very high or very low  
temperatures that can cause very serious  
injuries and illnesses or even death, especially  
to small children.  
— If the vibrate function of a mobile phone that has  
been left inside the vehicle is activated.  
It is not possible to permanently deactivate the  
interior monitor and the anti-tow system.  
If a door or the boot lid is still open when the  
alarm is activated, only  
will activate the alarm. The interior monitor and the  
anti-tow system will only be activated after all the  
WARNING  
doors and the boot lid have been closed.  
If the tailgate is unlocked or opened improperly or  
without paying due attention, it may cause serious  
injury.  
When the interior monitor and anti-tow  
system are switched off, the  
deactivates the security system "safe" ÿ p. 82.  
· When a luggage rack with its corresponding  
load is mounted on the tailgate, it is not always  
possible to see if the tailgate is unlocked. If the  
tailgate is not locked, it could open unexpectedly  
while driving.  
trunk lid  
WARNING  
Introduction to the topic  
If there is a lot of accumulated snow on the  
trunk lid or a lot of cargo is mounted on it, the  
trunk lid could close by itself due to the extra  
weight and cause serious injury.  
The tailgate is unlocked and locked together with the  
doors.  
· Never open the gate when there is a lot of  
snow on it or when carrying cargo on it, e.g.  
e.g., in a luggage rack.  
On vehicles with the "Keyless Access" keyless entry  
and start system, the tailgate unlocks automatically  
when opened ÿ p. 77.  
· Before opening the gate, remove snow or debris.  
ga.  
WARNING  
Unlocking, opening or closing the tailgate  
improperly or without paying due attention can  
cause accidents and serious injuries.  
WARNING  
Do not close the tailgate by pressing your hand  
on the rear window. The rear window could break  
and cause injury.  
· Open or close the tailgate only when there is no  
one in the area of its travel.  
NOTICE  
· After closing the tailgate, make sure that it has  
been closed correctly. He  
Never use the opening mechanism to secure a load  
or to hold on. This could cause damage that makes it  
impossible to close the tailgate.  
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The tailgate locks automatically while driving.  
NOTICE  
Never use the rear window wiper or rear spoiler to  
secure a load or to hold on. This could cause damage  
resulting in the rear wiper or spoiler breaking.  
WARNING  
Closing the tailgate improperly or without paying  
due attention can cause serious injury.  
· When closing the tailgate, remove your hands  
from the area of the vehicle's path in time.  
for.  
Open and close the tailgate  
If, after unlocking the tailgate, the tailgate  
does not open after a few minutes, the  
gate re-locks automatically.  
Note and , at the beginning of this chapter,  
on page 85.  
Open and close the  
tailgate electrically  
Note and , at the beginning of this chapter,  
on page 85.  
Fig. 73 On the driver's door: tailgate unlock button.  
Open the trunk lid  
— To unlock the tailgate, press the button on the  
key.  
OR: pull the driver's door button  
upwards ÿ fig. 73.  
located in  
Fig. 74 With an open tailgate: button for electric tailgate  
closing.  
Saloon  
OR: Press the top of the Volkswagen emblem.  
Open the tailgate electrically  
Variant  
— To unlock the tailgate, briefly press and hold the  
button on the vehicle key.  
— Press on the top of the Volkswagen emblem and  
lift the tailgate.  
OR: pull up the key  
located in  
Close the tailgate  
the driver's door.  
— Pull the boot lid, using the handle on its interior  
trim, forcefully downwards so that it engages in  
the catch ÿ .  
OR: Press the top of the Volkswagen emblem.  
The tailgate opens automatically.  
If the doors are locked, the tailgate is also locked.  
Variant: To make loading the boot easier, the  
boot lid opens automatically to the center of the  
If the tailgate is open or not properly closed, it is  
indicated on the instrument cluster display with a  
representation.  
boot. The function can be set in the menu Vehicle  
settings of the infotainment system ÿ Infotainment  
system.  
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Closing the tailgate electrically  
Resetting and storing the opening angle In order for  
the tailgate to fully open again, the opening angle must be reset  
and stored again.  
— Press the button located on the boot lid ÿ fig. 74.  
OR: With the ignition on, pull up the button located on the  
driver's door until the tailgate is closed.  
— Open the gate and push it by hand towards  
up to the top. You will have to use a lot of force to do this.  
OR: On vehicles with the "Keyless Access" keyless entry and  
start system, briefly press and hold the button on the vehicle  
key. To do this, the vehicle key must be itnaitlhgeatvei.cinity of the  
— Hold down the key ÿ fig. 74 located on the tailgate until the  
emergency flashers flash.  
The opening angle is reset.  
Variant: In addition to the flashing of the hazard lights, learning  
OR: Press the top of the Volkswagen emblem.  
is confirmed by an acoustic signal.  
Variant: OR: move the tailgate  
NOTICE  
by hand in the closing direction until it closes automatically.  
Before opening or closing the tailgate, make sure there is  
enough space to open or close it, e.g. For example, when you are  
in a garage.  
The tailgate closes.  
Interrupt opening or closing  
Saloon: On very steep downhill slopes it is possible that  
— Press one of the keys during opening or  
closing.  
the tailgate of the trunk  
ro does not stay in the middle position and opens  
automatically.  
OR: Press the top of the Volkswagen emblem when  
opening or closing.  
The gate can now be moved by hand. You will have to use a  
lot of force to do this.  
Trunk lid with Easy Open  
movement sensor  
again the gate will return to the start,inIgf ypoousiptiroens.s the key  
acoustic signals  
Note and , at the beginning of this chapter, on page 85.  
Variant: When the tailgate is opened or closed from the  
passenger compartment or with the key, acoustic signals sound.  
Changing and storing the opening angle If the  
available space behind or above the vehicle is less than the area  
of travel of the tailgate, the tailgate opening angle can be changed.  
— Interrupt the opening process in the desired position (the  
gate must be at least half open).  
— Keep the button on the tailgate pressed until the hazard  
Fig. 75 Tailgate with opening controlled by sensors  
(Easy Open).  
warning lights flash ÿ fig. 74.  
The new opening angle is stored.  
If a valid vehicle key is found in the vicinity of the tailgate, it is  
possible to unlock and open the tailgate by moving one foot.  
Variant: In addition to the flashing of the hazard lights, learning  
is confirmed by an acoustic signal.  
— Stand behind the bumper, in the center.  
— With a quick movement, bring one foot closer and the  
lower leg to bumper. The lower part of the leg has to come  
close to the area  
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of the upper action of the sensor, and the foot, to the  
lower area ÿ fig. 75.  
Close the tailgate  
automatically Easy Close  
— Quickly move your foot and lower leg out of the sensor  
action zones. All turn signals flash twice. The gate  
opens.  
Please note and  
at the beginning of this ca  
chapter, on page 85.  
When closed, the tailgate locks automatically if the  
vehicle has already been locked and there is no valid key  
inside it.  
the.  
Activating or deactivating the Easy Open  
function The Easy Open function can be activated and  
deactivated in the Vehicle settings menu of the  
infotainment system.  
ATTENTION  
If a valid vehicle key is found in the vicinity of the  
tailgate, in some cases the Easy Open function may  
accidentally activate and open the tailgate, for example  
if you sweep under the rear bumper, if you directs a high-  
pressure water or steam jet into the area of it or if  
maintenance or repair work is carried out in that area.  
Fig. 76 With an open tailgate: button for automatically  
closing the tailgate.  
Press the Easy Close function button ÿ fig. 76. The  
control indicator for the button flashes. The Easy Close  
function is activated for approx. 20 seconds.  
If accidentally opened, the tailgate could injure people in  
the area of its travel and cause property damage.  
The tailgate closes as soon as all valid vehicle keys are  
removed from the area near the tailgate.  
· For this reason, always make sure that there are no  
unattended valid keys in the vicinity of the tailgate.  
The Easy Close function allows a maximum of one key to  
remain inside the boot.  
· Before carrying out maintenance or repair work on  
The locking process is interrupted if a key is inserted  
the vehicle, always deactivate the Easy Open function  
again in the corresponding proximity zone. The gate  
in the infotain system  
opens again.  
ment.  
· Before washing the vehicle, always deactivate the  
Easy Open function in the infotain system  
ment.  
· Before mounting a bicycle rack or hitching a trailer ÿ p.  
282, always deactivate the Easy Open function in the  
infotain system  
ment.  
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