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Audi
2009 Audi TT Coupe

Owner's Manual
Introduction
Thank you for choosing an Audi TT Coupe - we value your trust in us.
Your new Audi TT Coupe incorporates the newest technology as wel l as numerous features
designed for your comfort, convenience and safety . We recommend you read your Owner's Manual
thoroughly so that you can quickly become acquainted with your Audi.

In addition to explaining how the different features work, we also give you many useful tips and
information concerning your safety and that of your passengers, how to care for your vehicle and
maintain your vehicle's value.

We hope you enjoy driving your Audi TI Coupe and we wish you safe and pleasant motoring.

AUDI AG
Table of contents

Table of contents

Vehicle literature ....... .. 5 Rear lid/trunk lid .............. . 45 Tra n smission ................... 99
Anti-theft a larm system ..... . .. . 47 Manua l transmiss ion ... ... ... ... 99
Power w in dows .. . . .. . .. .... .. 48 S tronic transmission ... .. ... ... 99
About this Owner's Clear vision ................ . .. . 51 Home li n k® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Manual ..... . ........ . ..... . . 6 Lights ........................ . 51 Universa I remote control .. .... .. 107
In t er io r ligh t s . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . 59
Vis ion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . 59
W iper and washer system . . . . . . . 60
M irrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . 64
Digi t al compass ... .. .. .. . . . . . . . 67
Seats and sto r age ............. 69
Genera l recommendat ions .. ... . 69
Adjust ing front sea t s manua ll y . . 70
Controls and Power seats .. . ..... . ........ . . 71 Safety first ................ . 1 13
Lumbar support ..... . ......... . 74
equipment . . .. . . . . .. . . . ... . . 9
74 Driving Safe ly .... . ............ . 1 14
Head restraints .. . ..... .. . . . . . .
Cockpi t ... .. ........ . ..... .. . . . . 11 Rear sea t s . . .. . . . . .. . .. . .. . . . . . 75 General no t es ................. . 1 14
Luggage compar t ment ..... . .. . 76 Proper occupant seating pos itions 116
Genera l ill ustration ............. . 11
Roof rack . . ... . ......... .. . . • .. 79 D r iver and passenger side fo ot wel l 120
Instruments and 81 Peda l area .................... . 12 0
Cup ho lder . .. . . . ...... . .. . . . . .
warning/indica to r lig h ts ....... . 12
81 Stow ing luggage .............. . 121
Asht ray ................ .. . . .. .
Instruments .............. .. ... . 12 123
Cigarette ligh t er / socke t ........ . 82 Report ing Safety Defects .. . . .. . .
Warning/indicator lights ........ . 15
Storage ...... . ..... . ...... . .. . 83 Sa f ety belts .. . .. . .. . .. . ...... .. 125
Driver informa t ion system .. . . . . 22
85 General no tes ................. . 125
Warm and cold ......... . . . .. . .
Introduction ............... .. .. . 22 85 Why safety be lts? .............. .
Climate cont r o ls ........... ... . 126
Gearshift recommendation ...... . 23
Rear window defogger Qiil ...•. .. 89 Safety bel t s ..... . .. . .. . .. . .. . . . 129
Service interval d isplay .... .. . . . . 23
Heated seats ................. . 90 Safety belt pretensioners ....... . 133
On - Boa r d Diag n os t ic sys t em (OB D ) 24
Trip computer ..... . .. .. ..... .. . 25 O n t he road . .. . • ..... . . .. . .. . . . 91 Ai rbag system . .... . . .......... . 135
Menu display ............ • ...... 27 Steering . .. . .. . . . ...... . .. . .. . . 91 Importa nt t h ings t o know . ..... . 13 5
Ignition lock and ignition switch . 92 Fro nt airbags ................. . 139
Speed war ni ng system ....... .. . 30
Warnings and symbo ls .... . .. . . . Sta r ting and stopping the engine 93 Monitoring the Advanced Airbag
32
Par kin g bra ke ... . .. . .. . . .. .... . 94 System ....................... . 146
O pening and closing ...... . ... . 38 95 Knee airbags ..... . ............ . 151
Acoustic parking system . .. . . . . .
Keys .......................... . 38 Cruise control ................. . 96 Side airbags ... . . . ............ . 154
Powe r loc ki ng system . ........ . . 41
Audi magnetic r ide ......... .. . . 98
Table of c ontents

Child Safety .................... 157


Important th ings to know . . . ... . 157
Child safe t y seats . ... ... .. . . .. . 162
Instal li ng a ch il d safety sea t . ... . 168
Addi t ional Inform atio n . . . . . . . .. . 171
Lower anchorages and tether for
chi ldren (LATCH) ............... . 172
Vehicle care .. .. ... .... ... . 197 Do-it-yourself service ... 253

C leaning and protection ....... 198 What do I do now? . . ........... 264


General infor mation .... .... .. .. 198 Vehic le tool ki t . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
t Care of exterior
Care of interior
... ... ... .... .. ..
.... .. ... ... ... ..
198
205
Tire r epair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
What shou ld I be aware of when
changing a tire ? 268
Fue l supply and filling your fuel
tank ............................ 211 Fuses and bulbs ....... ........ . 274
Gasoline .................. • .... 2 11 Fuses . .. .............. . .. . .. .. . 274
Vehicle operation .. .. .... 181
Fuel tank ..................... . 2 12 Bulbs .. .... . ..... .. . .. ......... 278
Intelligent technology .......... 182 Checking and filling . . . ..... .... 2 16 Emergency situations . . . . . . . . . . 279
No tice about data recorded by Eng in e h ood ........ . ......... . 216 General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
vehicle contro l modules .. .. . .. . 182 Engine compartment .......... . 218 Starting by pus hi ng or towing . . . . 279
Electronic Stabiliza t ion Program Starting with jumper cables . . . . . . 279
Engine oil . ....... . .. . ..... . .. . . 219
(ESP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 182
Engine cooling system ......... . 224 Use of jumpe r cables . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Rear spoiler ... ... ... .... .. . .. . 185 Emergency towing with commercial
Brake fluid . .. . . . ...... . ... •. . .. 22 7
B raking .. ... .. ... .... ... .. . ... 186 tow t r uck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Battery ............ . ........ . .. 228
Electro-mechanical power assist . 188 Lifting vehic le . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
W indshield / headlight washer
Driving w ith your quattro® ... ... 189 conta iner . . .... . .. .... . .. . .... . 233
Driving and environment ...... 190 Tires and whee ls .............. . 234
The first 1,000 miles (1,500 km) and
T ir es ................... ·· ···· · 234
afterwards . .... ... ... ... .. .... 190
Tire pressure monitoring system . 253
Ca tal ytic converter ... ... .... .. . 191
Run-flat t ire s ....... .. .... .. . .. . 258
Avoid damaging th e veh icle . . . . . 192
Operate your vehicle economically
and minimize pollution ........ . 192
Trailer towing ........... • ...... 194
Technical data 287

General information 288


Explanation of technical data . . . . 288
Veh ic le ident ifi cation . . . . . . . . . . . . 288

Vehicle care I I irechnical data


Table of contents

Displaying Vehic le Iden t ifica t ion


Number in the Dr iver Info r mat ion
display .. .... ... ... ... ... .. .... 289
Weig hts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
Dimens ion s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291
200 hp, 2.0 liter 4 -cyl. tu r bo eng ine 291
250 hp, 3.2 li te r 6-cyl. engine . ... . 2 92
Consumer Information . . . . . . . . . 293
Wa rr an t y cove rages . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293
Opera t ing your ve h ic le outs ide the
U.S.A. or C a nada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293
Au di Se rv ice Rep air M anual s and
Li t er at u r e . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293
Main t enance ... ... .... .. .... .. . 293
Addit ional accessor ies,
mod if ic at io n s a n d p art s
rep lacement . ... ... .... .. .... .. . 295
De cl ara t ion of Co m pliance,
Telecommunic a tio n s and Electronic
Sys t ems .. ... ... ... ... ... .. ... . 296

Alphabetical index ..... . 299


V e hi c le lit e ra tur e

Vehicle literature
In addition to this Owner's Manual, your Audi comes with a If you change your address or if you bought this
Warranty & Maintenance booklet. Audi used
Moreover, depending on the model and the equipment. there may be sure to send in a "No t ice of Add ress Change"/ " Notice of Used
be additiona l instruction book lets delivered with your vehic le (for Car Purchase" post card. This card can be found in the Warranty &
examp le, Operating Instructions for your Sound System, Navigation Ma intenance booklet or obtai ned from your authorized Aud i dealer.
Syst em et c.).
It is in your own intere st t hat we are able to contact you should the
If you are missing one of these publ ications, or if you believe tha t need arise . •
the information is not comp lete, contact your author ized Audi
dea ler for assistance .

The Warranty & Maintenance booklet


explains how you can keep your Audi in top driving condition by
having it serviced regu larly and contains detai led information about
the warranties cove ring your Audi . Always have the booklet with you
when you take your vehicle to an authorized Audi dea ler for service .
Your Audi Service Adviser will record each scheduled service and
can answer any questions you may have regarding how to ma inta in
your vehicle .

In Canada,
the vehicle literature is also availab le in French . To obtain a copy,
contact your dealer or write to :
Au Canada , on peut se procurer un exemplaire en frarn;ais de ce
document aup res du concessionna ire ou de:
Volkswagen Canada, Inc .
Client Assistance
Assistance a la Clientele
777 Bayly Street , West,
Ajax, Ontario L1S 7G7

If you sell your Audi


all literature should be left in t he vehicle to make t he Warranty te rm s
as we ll as all operating, safety and maintenance in f ormation avail -
able to the ne xt owner.

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About thi s Own e r's M a nu a l

About this Owner's Manual


This owner's manual contains important information, tips, sugges-
tions, and warnings for the use of your vehicle. & WARNING
Make sure that this owner's manual is always located in the vehicle . Text w ith thi s symbol cont ains impo rt ant inform ation on safety
This is especial ly important if you allow other people to drive the and how to reduce the risk of personal injury or death .
veh icle, or if you sell it.
This owner's manua l describes the equipment range specified for
this model at the editorial deadline date. Some of the equipment
0 Note
Text with this symbol draws your attention to potent ial sources of
descr ibed here will only be availab le at a later date, or only in
damage to your veh icle.
specific markets.
Some sections in this owner's manual do not apply to all veh icles.
In that case, the range of appl icability is giv e n at the beginning of W For th e sake of the environment
the section, e.g . "Appl ies to veh icles : with Audi Parking System". In Text with this symbol contains in f or mation about the environment
addition, optional equipment is indicated by an asterisk" *" . and how you can he lp protect it.
The deta ils in the illustrations may be different from those in your
veh icle, and are intended to be viewed as a basic guide . [i ]Tips
You wil l find a table of content s at the beginning of this book, which Text with this symbol contains specia l tips and other information
displays all topics descr ibed in this manua l in order of appearance . about getting the most out of your vehicle and it s features . •
You wil l find an alphabetical index at the end of t his book.
All direction s, such as "left", "right", "front", "back", are re lative to
the direction of trave l.
* opt iona l equipment
.,. This section continues on the next page .
a Indicates the end of a section .
® Registered tradema rks are identified with a®. If this symbol is
m issing, it is no guarantee that the terms can be used freely.
=>&. Cross-reference to a "WARN ING!" within a section . For indi -
cation with a page number, the corresponding "WARN ING!" can be
found outside of the section .
About this Owner's Manual

Controls and equip- Safety first Vehicle operation Vehicle care Do-it-yourself service Technical data
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Controls
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and equipment
Cockpit

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Fig. 1 Some of the equipment or features shown in the general illustration may be standard equipment on your vehicle or may be optional equipment depend ing on your
model. Always ask your authorized Audi dealer if you have a question about your vehicle .
Co c kpit

Cockpit

General illustration - Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) . . . . . .. . .. . 182


- Emerge ncy flasher . .. .. . . .. . . .. .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . 57
G) Power window switches 48 - Retractab le rear spoiler .. .. .. . ... . ... . ... . ... . . 185
0 Door handle - Tire pressure mon itor ing system .. . .. .. .. . . . . . . . 253
© Power locking switc h 44 @ Cup holde r .. .. . .. .. . ... .. .. .. .. . .. ... . .. .. .. . . 81
© Adjus t er contro l fo r out sid e mirro rs .. .. .. .. .. . . . . . 65 @) Parking brake lever . .. .. . ... . ... . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 94
© Air o utlets .. . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 87 @ Steeri ng lock/ igni t ion/starter switch (in the ste ering
© Light switch .. .. .. .. . ... . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. .. .. .. . . 51 whee l colum n ) . .. . . .. .. .. . . . . . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 92
0 Turn signa l and high beam 58 @ Adjustab le steering co lumn .. .. .. .. . ... . .. .. .. .. . 91
© Multifunc t ion steering wheel with: @ Cruise contro l .. . ... . ... . . . .... . ... .. . .. ... . ... . 96
- Horn @ Hood release . .. .. .. . . . . . ... . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . ... . 216
- Driver's airbag .. .. .. .. . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. . 139 @ Data Link Connector (DLC) for On Board Diagnos t ics
(OBD Ill .. . .. .. .. .. . ... . .. .. .. .. . ... . ... . .. .. . . 24
- Shift buttons . .. .. . ... . .. .. .. .. .. . . .. .. .. .. . . 104
@ Daytime running ligh t s (DRU* ... . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . . 53
® Instr u ment cluster . .. . ... . .. . . .. .. .. . . .. .. .. . .. . 12
@ Instrumen t lighting . . ... . ...... . ... . ...... .. .. . . 56
@ Switches f or
- Windshield wipe r/wash er . .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. .. . . 60
@ Switches for
- Fuel filler flap releas e .. . . .. .. .. .. .. . ... . .. .. . . 213
- Menu d isplay .. . ... . .. . . .. .. .. . . .. . ... . .. .. . . 27
- Rear lid release 45
- Trip computer .. . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . ... . ...... .. . 25
@ Depending on options : Radio or navigation syst em
@ Glove compa rtmen t (lockab le) . .. .. . . .. . .. . . .. .. . . 84 [i ] Tips
@ Front passenger 's airbag .. .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . 139 A separate b rochure is provided for your factory -ins t alled audio
@ Rear window defogger switch .. .. .. . .. .. .. .. .. .. . 89 system and / or the Audi Navigation System . •
@ Climate controls .. . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. ... . .. . . . 85
@ Ashtray wi t h cigare tt e lighter ... . ... . ........... . 81
@ Gear shift lever or selector lever (automatic transmis -
sion)
- Manual transm ission ......................... 99
- S tr onic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
@ Switches f or
- Aud i magnetic ride 98

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ment
In st rum e nt s a nd warning / indi ca t o r lig hts

Instruments and warning/indicator lights

Instruments - trip odometer 14


- Service indicator 23
Instrument cluster and controls
The instrument cluster is your central source of informa- [i ]Tip s
tion . The illumination for the instrument cluster lights up whenever you
switch on the ign ition with the vehicle headlight s off. As the
~ daylight fades, the instrument cluster illumination likewise dims
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9 automatically and wil l go out completely when the outside light is
i very low. This feature is meant to remind you to switch on th e head -
lights when outside light conditions become poor. •

Tachometer (engine rev counter)


The tachometer indicates the engine RPM (revolutions per
minutes) .
The tachometer 0 ~ fig . 2 is the left of the two large clock-type
displays.
The engine turns at a speed 1,000 times the single digit in the
display, e.g. if th e needle is pointing at the "2" t he engine is t urning
at 2,000 RPM.
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If engine RPM drops below 1,500, you should downshif t to the next
Fig. 2 Overview of the instr ument cluster lower gear . The red area at the end of th e scale indica t es maximum
permissible engine RPM after the break- in period. Before reaching
0 Tachometer with time and date display ...... • ..... 12, 13 th is area, shift into the next higher gear (manua l transmission),
0 Warning/indicator lights .. . .. . .... . .. .. ...... ... 15 move the selec t or lever to position "D (Drive)" (automatic) or ease
0 Coolant temperature gaug e .. .. ... .. .. .. .. . ... . . . 13 your f oot off the accelerator pedal.
© Fuel gauge . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
©
©
Speedome t er with odometer
Set/Chec k button
. . . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
.. . .. ... ..... .. ... . .. .. .. .. .. .
14
13, 33
0 Note
The tachometer need le should not move into the red range . If it
G) Driver information display 22 does, then on ly for a very short period of time . You could damage
© Reset but t on for your engine by driving at high RPM. ...
Instruments and warning / indicator lights

To hide or display the date


<£>
For the sake of the environment
- Pull the knob as many times as necessary until the date
Upshifting early saves fuel and reduces engine noise. •
display flashes .
- Turn the knob to the left or right.
Digital clock with date display
Your vehicle is equipped with a quartz controlled digital When the date display stops blinking, this means the time and date
have been successfully stored.
clock.
With the ignition off, pushing or pulling the Set/Check button
~ page 12, fig. 2 ©- depending on the instrument cluster configu -
ration - can turn on the display field li ghting for a few seconds . •

Engine coolant temperature gauge

The engine coolant gauge~ page 12, fig . 2 © only works when the
Fig. 3 Instrument
ignition is on. To preven t damage to your engine, please note the
cluste r with th e digital following important points:
clock
Engine cold
To set the hour As long as the needle remains at the left end of the gauge, the
engine still has not reached it s operating temperature . Avoid high
- Pull the knob (hour display flashes) and turn it to the left engine speeds, heavy engine loads and heavy throttle.
or right.
Normal temperature
To set the minutes When the engine has reached its operating temperature, the needle
- Pull the knob as many times as necessa ry until the wi ll move into the middle of the gauge and remain there. If the
min ute display flashes. engine is working hard at high outside temperatures, the needle
may turn further to the right. This is no cause for concern as long as
- Turn the knob to the left or right. the - ~- warning light in the instrument cluster does not illuminate.
When the _J_ warning light starts to flash, this can mean one of two
To set the date things: either the coolant temperature is too high , or the coolant
- Pull the knob as many times as necessary until the day, level is too low ~ page 34. ~
month or year display flashes .
- Turn the knob to the left or righ t.

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Instruments and warning / indicator lights

system. The catalytic converter could then overheat and be


& WARNING damag ed. •
• Always observe the warning in =;, page 209, "Engine compart -
ment" before opening the engine hood and checking the engine
Speedometer with odometer
coolant level.
• Never open the engine hood if you see or hear steam , or if you The speedometer shows you the vehicle speed, and the
see engine coolant dripping from the engine compartment . You odome ter sho w s you ho w ma ny miles (kilo m eters) you
could burn yourself. Let the engine cool off first so that you cannot hove dri ven.
hear or see any steam or engine coolant .

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• Mounting additiona l lights or accessories in front of the ai r inlets
reduces the cool ing effect of the radiat o r. At high o utside tempera -
tures or high engi ne load , the eng ine could overheat.
• The fron t spoile r has been d esigned t o pro perly dist rib ut e the
coo ling air w hen the veh icle is mov ing . If the spo iler is damaged, Fig. 4 Speedomete r
this could red uce the coo ling effect and the engine cou ld then over- close-up: odomet er
heat. Ask y our authorized Audi deale r f o r assistance. • display

The od om eter and trip odo met er are locate d insid e t he spe edom-
Fuel gauge eter .
• USA model s - Miles
The fue l gauge wor ks only when the ignition is on .
• Canada mode ls - Kilometers
When the needle reaches the red area, the warning light in the
instrument cluster w i ll i llum inat e =;, page 35 . This means yo u Lower odometer
have approx imate ly 1.9 gallons (7 litres) of fuel left in the t ank. Time The lower odometer shows the total number of miles (kilometers)
to refuel! d riven.
The tota l tank capacity of your vehicle is listed in=;, page 297. Be Upper odometer (trip odometer )
awa re of t he diffe rent ta n k capaci ti es of front -wheel and q uattr o®
all-w h eel dri ve models . The upper od ometer shows the tota l n umber of mi les (kilom et ers)
driven since you last reset the odometer bac k to zero. You can use
thi s odomete r w hen you want to keep track of how ma ny mil es (kil o-
0 Note meters) you have driven for a single trip or errand. The last digit indi -
cates 1/10 of a m ile (100 meters). You can set th e tr ip odo meter b ack
Never run the tank comple t ely dry! An irre gular suppl y of fuel can
cause engine m isfiring and fuel could enter into the exhaust to zero by pressing the reset button =;, fig. 4. ..,,
Instruments and warning / indicator lights

With the ignition off, pushing of the Set/Check button=> page 12, Warning / indicator lights
fig. 2© can turn on the display field lighting for a few seconds .

Malfunction message Overview


If there is a malfunction somewhere in the instrument cluster, dEF The warning/indicator lights indicate different functions
will appear in the trip odometer and will stay on. Contact your or a possible malfunction.
authorized Audi dealer to have the problem corrected.

Immobilizer
When the ignition is switched on, the data on the ignition key are
scanned automatically.
If an unauthorized key was used, SAFE is displayed continuously in
the odometer display field . The vehicle cannot be operated
=>page 40.

[i ] Tips
• The digital clock and the odometer are turned on for about 30
seconds when the driver's door is opened .
• When the ignition is turned off, the odometer reading and the
digital clock with date display can be switched on for about
30 seconds by pressing the Set/Check button => page 12, fig . 2 @. •

Fig. 5 Instrument cluster with warning/indicator lights

Audi magnetic ride => page 16

Tire pressure too low => page 17

Electronic power control => page 17

Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) => page 17


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USA models : => page 17


Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIU

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Instruments and warning / indicator lights

Canada models :Malfunct ion lndica -


tor Lamp (MIU
=> page 17
& WARNING
- • Failure to heed warning lights and other important vehicle
Hig h beam => page 18
D information may result in serious personal injury or vehicle
- damage .
Rear s poi ler => page 18
• Whenever stalled or stopped for repair, move the vehicle a safe
distan ce off the road, stop the engine, and turn on the emergen cy
¢ Left tu r n signal => page 18 flasher => page 57.
• The engine compartment of any motor vehicle is a potentially
Q Right turn signal => page 18
hazardous area. Before you check anything in the engine compart -
ment , stop the engine and let it cool down . Always exercise
CRUISE
USA models:
Cruise con t ro l act ivate d
=> page 18 extreme caution when working under the hood =>page 209 ,
"Engine compartment "

0 Canada models: => page 18


Cruise con tr ol activate d
- [i ] Tips
AIR USA models : => page 18 • When a yellow warn ing symbo l appears, one warning tone
BAG Airbag system
.o.
v-q Canada models :
A i rbag system
=> page 18
- sou nds . Check the function displayed as soon as p ossible.
• When a red symbol appears, three warn i ng t ones sound in a row.
The symbol contin ues t o fl ash until the faul t has been corr ect ed. •
Generat o r => page 18
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Ap plies to v ehi cles: w ith Au d i magn et ic ride

4 Safety belt => page 19 Audi magnetic ride


The indi cato r li ght monitor s vehic le dampin g.
BRAKE USA models : Brake system , parking
brake set
=> page 19
The ind icator light ; illuminates when the ignition is switched on as
models : Brake syst e m, park- => pa ge 19 a function check.
CCD> Canada
ing b rake set
USA models : anti -lock brake syst em
(ABS) defect ive
=> page 20 [i ] Tips
If the indicator lamp illuminate s while you are d r iving, there is a
Canada models : ant i-lock bra ke sys- => page 20 mal f unct ion in the veh icle dam pin g. The chassis shou ld be
tern (ABS) defe cti ve inspected immed iately by an authorized Audi dea ler. •
/~ Electro-mechanica l pow er assist => page 20
In st rum e nt s a nd w a rnin g/ indi ca t o r ligh ts

Applies to vehicle s: with tire pressure mon itoring system Electronic stabilization program (ESP) ..
Tire pressure monitoring system - telltale
The warning/indicator light monitors the electronic stabi-
indicator lamp
lization program .
The warning/indicator light appears in the event of a
The warning/indicator light has the following functions:
significant loss of air pressure.
• It blinks while you are dr iving, when the ESP is working.
The f warning/indicator light illuminates for a few seconds after
• It illuminates when you switch on the ignition for approximately
the ignition is turned on as function check and then goes out.
2 seconds as a function check.
If the symbol appears, pressure is too low in at least one tire. • It illuminates when there is a malfunction in the ESP.
When the system detects a malfunction, the warning/indicator light • It illuminates continuously when the ESP is switched off.
wi ll flash for approximately one minute and then remain continu -
• It illumina t es if there is a malfu n ction in the ABS, since the ESP
ously illuminated . This sequence wil l continue upon subsequent
is part of the ABS system.
vehicle starts up as long as the malfunction exists . Contact your
authorized Audi dealer and have the malfunction corrected. If the ESPwarning/indicator light illuminates and stays on afte r you
have started the engine, this may mean that t he control system has
For more information =:>page 255. •
temporari ly switched off the ESP.If this is case, you can reactivate
the ESP by switching the ignition off and then on again. The
Electronic power control warning/indicator light should go out to show that the system is
ful ly functional again .
This warning/indicator light monitors the electr onic
For more information about the ESP=:>page 182. •
power control.
The warning/indicator light (Electronic Power Control) illumi -
nates when you switch on the ignition as a function check.
Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) ::f
The Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIU is part of the On-Board Diag-
[i ] Tips nostic (OBD II) system . The symbol ' li ghts up when the ignition is
If this warning/ind icator light il l uminates whi le you are driving, then turned on and wi ll turn off after the engine has started and has
there is a malfunction in the engine electronics . Have the malfunc - settled at constant id le speed. This indicates that t he MIL is working
tion corrected as soon as possible by your authorized Audi dealer or proper ly.
qualified workshop. • The warning light il luminates when there is a malfunction in the
engine electronic system . Contact your aut hori zed Audi dealer and
have the malfunction corrected.
An improperly closed fuel filler cap ma y also cau se th e MIL light to
illumin ate=:> page 213. _,,

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In st rum e nts and w a rnin g/ indi c at o r lig h ts

For more information => page 24. • Cruise control


CRUISE(USA models) / 0 (Canada models)
High beam ~D
The CRU ISEwarning/indicator light illuminates when the cruise
control is activated. •
The ~D warning/indicator light illuminates when the high beams are
on or when you use the head li ght flasher . For more information
about using the high beams, see=> page 58. • Airbag system
~ (USA models) / !_~- {Canada models)
Rear spoiler This warning/i ndicator light monitors the airbag and the
The warning/indicator light monitors the electrically tensioner systems .
retractable rear spoiler. The ~ (USA mode ls) /!l (Canada mode ls) warning light ill uminates
The warning/indicator light ~ has the following functions: f or a few seconds each t ime you switch on the ignition .

• It comes on for about 3 seconds as a function check when the If the ffl(USA models) t!!r(Canada models) warning light does not
ignition is switched on. go out, or if it illuminates whi le you are driving, or if it sta rt s to b link,
then there is a malfunction somewhere in the system. If the light
• It comes on if there is a malfunction in the electrically retractable does not il luminate when you switch on the ignition, this also
rear spoiler. means there is a malfunction.
Additiona l information about the electrica lly retractable rear spoiler
=> page 185. •
& WARNING
If you have a ma lfunction in t he air bag syst em, contact your autho-
Turn signals ¢i Q rized Audi dealer imm ed iate ly. Other w ise the airbag or the belt
The indica tor light blinks when you use either turn signal. te nsioner may not wor k properly in an accident . •

Whenever you use the left ¢ or the right ¢ turn signal, the ind icator
light blinks. When you use the emergency flasher, both indicator Generator 0
lights flash.
This warning/indi cator light detects a mal function in the
If one of the turn signal light bulbs burn out, the turn signal will generator or in the vehicle's electrical system.
b link twice as fast as normal.
The D warning/indicator light illuminates when you switch on the
Additional information on the turn signals=> page 58. •
ignition and must go out after the engine has started.
If the D warning/ind icator light illuminates while you are driving,
you shou ld contact your authorized Audi dealer . Since the vehicle .,_
Instruments and warning / indi c ator lights

battery is discharging, you shou ld switch off any unnecessary elec - (USA models): If the warnin g light BRAKE and the warning light
t rical consume rs (for exam ple, th e air cond iti o ner) . i llu min at e t og eth er, immed iat ely co ntact your author ized Audi
dea ler or qua lified w or kshop to have all brake pads inspected

0 Note
=> p age 36 .
When t he light com es on, an aud ibl e wa r ni ng sig nal is also g iven.
If the - ~- warning/indicato r light (ma lfunc t ion i n t he engi ne cool ing
system) in the instrument cluster shou ld illuminate:::::, page 34, stop Parking brake set
t he vehicle and turn off t he engine. The coo lant p ump is not work ing
The BRAKE warnin g/indicator light i ll um inates w hen the parking
- t his can cause eng i ne damage! •
brake is set :::::,& .

Appl ies to vehicles: with safety belt warning light

Safety belt warning light 4 & WARNING


• USA models.: If both, the BRAKE warning light and the C
The w arning lig ht is a reminder to fasten safety belts. warning light come on at the same time , the rear wheels could
lock up first under hard braking . Lock-up of the rear wheel brakes
The warning light 4 comes on for a few seconds after the ignition
can cause loss of vehicle control and an accident . Have your
is sw itched o n as a rem inder to fasten your saf ety belt.
vehicle repaired immediately by your authorized Audi dealer or a
Additiona l information on safety belts :::::,page 125. • qualified workshop . Drive slowly and avoid sudden , hard brake
appli cation .

Brake system BRAKE


(USA)/ (CD)(Canada) • Canada models : If both, the brake warning light CCD> and the ABS
warning light ..,.come on at the same time, the rear wheels could
Thi s wa rnin g/ ind icator li ght i ll umi nate s wh en the brak e lock up first under hard braking . Lock-up of the rear wheel brakes
flu id level is too low or when there is a ma lf unc ti on in the can cause loss of vehicle control and an accident . Have your
ABS, or w hen the parking br ake is set. vehicle repaired immediately by your authorized Audi dealer or a
qualified workshop . Drive slowly and avoid sudden, hard brake
The ligh t ill umi nat es whe n t he igni t io n is t ur ned on . It goes out afte r application
th e engine has been started and the par king brake is fu lly released. • If the brake warning / indicator light does not go out after a few
This indicates that the bra ke warning light is functioning pro per ly. seconds and the parking brake released, or lights up while you are
If the brake warning light does not light up when the engine is driving, the fluid level in the brake fluid reservoir is too low. If you
cranking or the parking brake is applied , there may be a malfunction believe that it is safe to do so, proceed immediately at low speed
in the electrical system. In this case, contact your Audi dealer. to the nearest authorized Audi dealer or qualified workshop and
have the brake system inspected.
If th e ABS fai ls, the ABS warning/i ndicator light , ' (USA
mod els)/ (Canada mode ls) fla shes togethe r w ith the b rake syst em • Please be very careful and always keep in mind that after
war ni ng/i nd icator l igh t:::::,& . several brake applications , you will need greater pressure on the
brake pedal to stop your vehi cle. Consequently, you must allow for .,_

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released, there may be a malfunction in the ABS, and there may also
& WA RNING (continued )
b e a ma lfunc t io n in t he brake system itsel f ~ & .
increased braking dist ances. Trying to brake as quickly as usual
could lead to an accident. • Malfun c tion in the electronic differential lock (EDL )
The two sys t em s EDL and ABS w o rk together . The L warning ligh t
wi ll come on if there is a malfunction in the EDL system ~ page 184.
Anti-lock brake system , e (USA) / See you r aut hori zed A udi deale r as so o n as possible.
(Canada)
This w ar ning/ indic ator ligh t moni tors the ABS and the
elect ronic diffe renti al lock (EDL).
& WARNING
• If the " warning light does not go out, or if it comes on while
The J light wil l come on for a few seconds when the ignition is driving, the ABS system is not working properly. The vehi cle can
swi t c hed o n. The light w ill go o ut aft er an aut omat ic check seque nc e then be stopped only with the brakes operating without ABS
is completed. support . You will not have the protection ABS provides. Contact
your Audi dealer as soon as possible.
There is a malfunction in the ABS when : • USA models : If both , the BRAKE w arning light and the
• The warning/indicator li ght does not il luminate when you switch warning light come on at the same time, the rear wheels could
on t he ign iti o n. lock up first under hard braking . Lock-up of the rear wheel brakes
• The wa rning/indicator light does not go out after a few seconds. can cause loss of vehicle control and an accident . Have your
vehicle repaired immediately by your authorized Audi dealer or a
• The wa r nin g/ ind icat or li ght il luminates wh i le driv i ng.
qualified workshop. Drive slowly and avoid sudden, hard brake
The brake system will still respond even without the assistance of appli cation .
the ABS system. See your authorized Audi dealer as soon as
• Canada models: If both, the brake warning light CCI» and the ABS
possible to restore full braking performan ce. For more information
warning light come on at the same time , the rear wheels could
regard ing th e A BS ~ page 187.
lock up first under hard braking. Lock-up of the rear wheel brakes
The ABS warning light and the brake warning light come on can cause loss of vehicle control and an accident . Have your
together . The ABS will not work and you will notice a change in vehicle repaired immediately by your authorized Audi dealer or a
braking response and performance . qualified workshop. Drive slowly and avoid sudden, hard brake
application •
Malfunction in the brake system
USA models: If both, t he BRAKE warning light and the ,,[ warning
light co m e on ~ page 79w hen the pa rking b rake is released, there Electro-mechanical power assist l / @
may be a mal f unction in t he ABS, and t here may also be a ma lf unc-
tion in the brake system itse lf ~ & . If the indicato r light i llum inates while you are d riving, t here is a
Canada model s: If bo th , the b rake warn ing lig ht (Ci) and the ABS malfunction in the electro -mechanica l steering . If the indicator light
is showing , there may be a reduction in powe r stee ring assist. If
warning light : come on~ page 79when the parking brake is
t he ind icator lig ht is show in g ® , there m ay be a total loss of power ~
Instruments and warning / indi c ator lights

steering assist . The steering must be inspected immediately by a


qual if ied workshop ~ & . With the eng i ne not running (e.g. when
the car is being towed) , there is also no power assist available.

& WARNING
If there is a malfunct ion, the indicator light for the electro-me chan-
ical power assist illuminates . Seek professional assistance. •

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Driver information system

Introduction • Warning: front lid, door or eng ine compartment lid open: The
d isplay appears if the door, the engine compartment lid or front lid
The Driver information display inside the instrument is not closed .
cluster provides you, the driver, with importan t informa - • Warning : close fuel tank cap: The Driver i nformation display indi -
tion. cates when the filler cap is not secured or missing => page 213 .

Additional fun ct ion s


You can open the following functions in the Driver Information
System display by pressing t he IRESET] button => fig. 7 one or more
times :

Trip computer => page25


Digital sp eedometer*

Fig. 6 Instrum ent Menu display => page 27


clust er: center d isplay
The speed warning system is also displayed in the Driver Informa -
tion System . You can read how to set it in=> page 30.

Auto Ch ec k Con t ro l
Some functions and vehic le componen t s are scanned for their oper-
ating status when you switch the ignition on and while you are
driving. Malfunctions or required service procedures are signa led
audibly and indicated by red and yellow illuminated symbols and
rem i nders in the display => page 32.
Fig. 7 Wipe r lever:
control s for th e menu
display
& WARNING
C enter d is pl a y • Never rely exclusively on th e out side temperature display to
With the ignition on, the display in t he Driver Information System determine if a road surface is icy or not. Keep in mind that road
shows the fo llowing information : surface s, especially bridg es and overpasses, could be ice covered
and slippery even at an out side t emperature above 41 °F (+5 ° C). _..
• CD* inser t ed or Radio * station set
• Outside temperature*: At t emperatures below 41 °F (+5 °C), a
snowflake symbol appears in front of the tempe rature display=> & .
Driver information system

The display shows the current gear and the recommended gear
& WARNING !continued) ~ fig . 8.

• Always remember, even if the "snowflake" symbol (ice • Upshifting: The display is to the right of the current gear if a
warning) does not appear in the display, black ice could be on the higher gear is recommended.
road.
• Downshifting: The display is to the left of the curren t gear if a
• Always reduce your speed and drive with special care in cold lower gear is recommended.
weather conditions when the chance of encountering icy road
surfaces increases.
Sometimes the indicator will recommend skipping a gear (3 lllll-5).

[i J Tips [i J Tips
• On vehicles with S tronic, the reminders do not appear in the • This indicator should help you conserve fuel. It is not designed
display until you select a gear. to recommend the correct gear in all driving situations. Only the
driver can decide which gear is correct in certain driving situations
• On vehicles with Audi Navigation system*, the displays may such as when accelerating or driving on hills.
differ from their normal appearance during navigation . •
• The display switches off when the clutch pedal is pressed.
• Gear shift recommendation can be deactivated in the driver
Ap p li es to ve hi cles: wit h gearshif t indi cato r and ma nual transmi ssion information system ~ page 27. •
Gearshift recommendation
This indicator con help conserve fuel . Service interval display
The service interval display reminds you when your next
service is due.

Fig. 8 Gearshift
recommendation

Fig. 9 Section of
In order to become familiar with the gearshift indicator, begin instrument cluster:
driving as usual. If the current gear is not the best one for Service interval display .,,_
conserving fuel , the indicator will display the recommended gear.

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The service interval display determines when a service procedure is • On vehicles with the Driver Information System, you can also call
needed for your vehicle . It operates in two stages: up the service interval display ~ page 27.
• Service reminder : Before reaching a service event, this message • If service was not performed at the correct time or the service
appears briefly when you switch on the ignition: OIL CHANGE IN interval display was not reset after service was performed, the addi -
1230 Ml (2000 KM) 150 DAYS. tional mileage driven or the elapsed days will be shown as negative
numbers. •
• Service event : When the date for service is reached, the message
OIL CHANGE! appears. It is accompanied by an audible signal.

Display remaining distance On-Board Diagnostic system (OBD)


By briefly pulling the knob , @) ~ page 12, fig. 2, the dist ance/time
remaining to the next service date is displayed with the ignition on. On-Board Diagnostics
The distance/ t ime remaining is updated every 300 miles (500 kml.
If the distance/time remaining is cal led up on new vehicles or after
service has been performed, the due date is always shown in the
display with OIL CHANGE IN····· Ml (KMl··· DAYS within the first 300
miles (500 km).

To reset the displa y


The dealership performing the service resets the display when the
service has been completed . The display is resets as follows: Fig. 10 Location of
Data Link Connector
• Switch the ignition on . (DLC)
• Pull the knob @) ~ page 12, fig. 2, this message appears : OIL
CHANGE! On-Board Diagnostics monitors the components of your emission
• Pull the knob unti l the display OIL CHANGE IN····· Ml (KM)··· control system . Each monitored component in your engine system
DAYS appears in the display. If the reset button is not pulled within has been assigned a code. In case of a malfunction, the component
5 seconds, the disp lay reset mode closes. wi ll be identified and the fault stored as a code in the control
module memory.

[i J Tips The MIL light may also illuminate if there is a leak in the on -board
fuel vapor recovery system. If the light i ll uminates after a refuelling,
• If a malfunction is pr esent (red symbol), the distance remaining
stop the vehicle and make sure the fuel fi ll er cap is properly closed
cannot be called up .
~ page 213.
• Do not reset the display between service intervals. Doing so will
result in an incorrect display. In order to make an accurate diagnosis, the stored data can only be
displayed using special diagnostic equipment (generic scan too l for
• If the battery is disconnected, the Service Interval Display values OBD). ...
are reta ined.
Driver information system

In order to connect the special diagnostic equipment, push the plug tronic speed limiter prevents your vehicle from going faster than the
into the Data Link Connector (DLC).The DLC is located to the right of tire speed rating. For more information => page 246.
the hood release => page 24, fig. 10.
If the engine control unit receives faulty vehicle road speed signals,
Your authorized Audi dealer or a qualified service station can inter - the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIU •""\ will illuminate. If this
pret the code and perform the necessary repair. • occurs, contact the nearest authorized Audi dealer for assistance.

Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) & WARNING


Always observe the posted speed limits and adjust your speed to
The Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIU in the instrument cluster suit prevailing road, traffic and weather conditions. Never drive
=> page 15, fig. 5 is part of the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD II) system. your vehicle faster than the maximum speed rating of the tires
The warning/indicator light illuminates when the ignition is installed. •
switched on and goes out after the engine starts and the idle has
stabilized. This indicates that the MIL is working properly.
If the light does not go out after the engine is started, or illuminates
Trip computer
while you are driving, a malfunction may exist in the engine system.
If the light starts flashing, the catalytic converter could be damaged . Introduction
Continue driving with reduced power (avoiding sustained high The trip computer gives you information on current and
speeds and/or rapid accelerations) and have the condition average fuel mileage, average speed, fuel range and
corrected. Contact your authorized Audi dealer . driving time.
If the light illuminates, the electronic speed limiter may also be
malfunctioning . For more information=> page 25, "Electronic speed
limiter".
An improperly closed fuel filler cap may also cause the MIL light to
illuminate => page 213. •

Electronic speed limiter


Fig. 11 Trip computer
Your vehicle may be factory equipped with tires that are rated for a 1
maximum speed of 130 mph (210 km/h). This is less than the
maximum speed of your vehicle . To reduce the risk of sudden tire
You can switch between the trip computer 1 and 2 by pressing the
failure and loss of control if the vehicle is operated at excessive
!Reset! button ® => page 26, fig. 12. .,,_
speeds, your vehicle also has an electronic speed limiter . The elec-

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You can tell which memory level is currently active by the number in Ela p se d tim e
t he display => page 25, fig. 11. The data from the single -trip memory The length of time that you have been driving since you last reset
(memory level 1l is being displayed if a 1 appears in the disp lay. If a the memory appears in this disp lay. The maximum time period that
2 is shown, then the data from the total -trip memory is being can be recorded is 999 hours and 59 minutes .
displayed (memory leve l 2l.
Di st ance
S in g le-trip m e mor y (Trip c o mpu t er 1 )
The elapsed distance since t he last t ime the memory was cleared
The single-trip memory stores the trip information from the time the appears in the display . The maximum distance that can be recorded
ignition is turned on until it is turned off . If the trip is con t inued is 9,999.9 mi les (9,999.9 kilometers).
w it hin 2 hours from the time the ignition was turned off, the new
data will be included in the calculation of the current trip informa -
tion. If the trip is interrupted for more th an 2 hours the memory is [i ]Tips
reset automatica lly. All stored values will be lost if the vehicle battery is disconnected . •

Tot a l-tr ip m e m ory (Tri p co m pu t e r 2)


Unlike the single -trip memory, the total -trip memory is not reset Op e ration
automatically . This permits you to evaluate your driving data for the
entire period between manua l resets. The trip computer is controlled by two switches on the
windshield wiper lever.
Fu e l ra n ge
The estimated cruising range in miles (km) appears in the display.
The display changes in increments of 6 miles (10 km) .

Av e ra g e f uel mil e age


The average fuel economy in MPG 0/100 km) since you last cleared
the memory appears in this display.
Fig. 12 Wip er
C ur re nt f uel mil ea g e
arm/ w iper lever:
The instantaneous fuel consumption in mi les per ga llon (1/100 km) cont rols for the trip
is shown in this display. When the vehicle is stationary, the most comput er
recent fuel consumption is displayed.
Sel e cting th e trip c omput e r
A ve ra g e sp eed
Tap the [Reset) button @ unt il the trip computer
The average speed in mph (km/h) since the last time the display was
(memory level 1 or 2) appears in the display =:>page 25,
reset appears in the display.
fig. 11. _.
Dri ve r in f orm a ti o n s yst e m

S e le cting the fun ctions Menu display


- Push in the uppe r (lower) protrusion on the function
selector switch @ => page 26, fig. 12. The functions for Introduction
the trip compu t er are d isp layed in succession on the
respective memory levels.

R e s e ttin g the function to z e ro


- Push the [Reset ] button ® for at least two seconds .

You can reset the fo llowing values to zero using the [Re s et] button:
• driving time
Fig. 13 W iper lever:
• distance Controls for the men u
display
• average fuel mileage
• average speed
The trip computer only opera t es when the ignition is on . When you
turn on the ignit ion, the function that was in use when you last
turned the ignition off will be displayed.

[i ] Tips
• You can also set the va lues for the functions to zero in the menu
display (Reset ) ~ page 27. Fig. 14 Display: St art
• All stored values wil l be lost if the vehic le battery is menu
disconnected . •
Some functions in your vehicle can be set, activated, and controlled
by Men us (e.g. Acoustic park assist*) . With t hese menus you can
also select the informa t ion shown in t he driver information system ,
which operates only with the ignition switched on . Operation is
controlled by the IRes et I button and the rocker switch on the wiper
lever~fig . 13. .,_.

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The St art m enu shows you the different disp lay types: Navigating the menu
Set Use the rocker switch on the windshield wiper lever and
Check the[Reset) button to operate the menu and carry out
M enu off inquiries and selec tions.
Each display type in the Start menu contains a submenu with addi - N
..,
-w
<O
tional options.
"'
cc
Set Clock ~ page29
Lighting* ~ page 53~ page 55 -A
Computer ~ page29
Acoustic park assist* ~ page95 Fig. 15 Wip er leve r:
Speed alarm (speed Contr ols fo r t he m enu
~ page 37
dis play
warning)
Language (6 languages) ~ page29
Units (distance, fuel con - ~ page29
sumption, temperature)
Wiper (service position) ~ page 62
Window ~ page 49
Doors (Auto-lock) ~ page 41
Check Service ~ page23 Fig. 16 Disp lay: Start
menu
Chassis number* ~ page288

Engine oil temperature* ___ __, [Reset] button ® and rocker swit ch @ => fig. 15 fu nctions:
Registered keys ~ page 38
All of the messages shown in vehicles without To open the menu
Menu off
menu display appear on the display screen. • - Press the [ Reset ) button ® unt il the menu display
=>fig. 16 appears
Driver information system

Selections and settings Selecting settings


- Press the rocker switch @ to reach a menu display. The The Driver Information System settings are menu-guided.
switch is operated the same as the display (up/downl.

Entering and confirming


- Press the (Reset] button @ .

Returning to the Start menu


- Press the [ Reset] button longer than 2 seconds to return
from any menu level to the Start menu. Fig. 17 Display: Menu
Settings, computer
Using the rocker switch, you can select the menus in the display or selected (page 1)
change settings. A cursor appears on the left in front of the selected
values . Select your settings as follows:
By pressing the !Reset] button, you activate the selection you made
- Press the (Reset] button. The Start menu appears
or confirm the values you set. Selected functions are identified with
a check mark or are carried out directly .
=> page 27, fig. 14.

Meanings of the symbo ls in the display : - Press the rocker switch until Set is displayed.
- Press the (Reset] button. All the menus appear.
Selection bar Selected function Meaning
Cursor Current Selection
- Press the rocker switch until the desired line is high -
>
lighted (cursor)=> fig. 17.
Check mark Selected or Function
./ active - Press the (Reset] button.
Box Not selected - If necessary, scroll by selecting and activating the
D
- Triangle pointing up Previous page
symbol for "Next page" or "Previous page".

When you have selected the Computer menu and activated it by


Triangle pointing down Next page
pressing the ! Rese t ] button, two computer levels appear (computer
• 1 and computer 2). Now you have to select the level you want using
-------·------------------- the rocker switch and activate it with the !Rese t j button. •

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Speed warning system Setting speed warning 1 ~ page 30.

S peed w a rning 2 I (Cana d a m o del s)


Overview Storing warning 2 is recommended if you always want to be
The speed warning system helps you to keep your driving reminded of a certain speed, for example when you are traveling in
speed below a set speed limit. a country that has a general maximum speed limit, or if you do not
want to exceed a specified speed for winter tires .
The speed warning 2 symbol, _ ; _._(Canada models) appears in the
display when you exceed the stored speed limit. Unlike warning 1,
it wi ll not go out until the vehic le speed drops below the stored
speed limit .
Setting speed warning 2 ~ page 31.

[i ]Tips
Fig. 18 Display: speed
Even though your vehicle is equipped with a speed warning system,
w arning system
you should still watch the speedometer to make sure you are not
driving faster than the speed limit . •
The speed warning system warns the driver if he exceeds a previ-
ously stored maximum speed . A warning tone wi ll sound as soon as
the vehicle speed exceeds the set speed by about 3 mph (3 km/h). At Speed warning 1: setting a speed limit
the same time, a warning symbol appears in the display => fig. 18.
Warning threshold 1 is set by the button .
The speed warn ing system has two w arning t hresholds t hat func-
tion independent ly of each other and that have somewhat different
purposes :

Sp ee d w ar nin g 1 _ / ~ (C ana d a mod e ls)


You can use speed w arning 1 to set the max imum speed whi le you
are driving. This setting wi ll remain in effect until you turn off the
ign ition, assuming that you have not changed or reset the setting .
The speed warning symbo l / (Canada mode ls) in the warning 1 Fig . 19 Section of
display appears when you exceed the maximum speed. It goes out instrum ent cluster:
when the speed falls below the stored maximum speed. Set/C heck butto n

The speed warning symbol will also go out if the speed exceeds the
stored maximum speed by more t han about 25 mph (40 km/h) for at Storing the maximum speed
least 10 seconds. The stored maximum speed is de leted . - Drive at the desired maximum speed .
Driver information system

- Press the knob button :::>page 30, fig. 19 until the - Briefly press the button i n the instrument cluster
=> page 30, fig. 18 symbol appears. =;, page 30, fig. 19. The odometer and the digital clock are
now illuminated.
Resetting the maximum speed
- Press the button for at least 2 seconds. The currently
- Drive the vehicle at a speed of at least 3 mph (5 km/h) stored maximum speed appears in the display or the
- Press the knob for more than 2 seconds . crossed out symbol for warning threshold 2, if no
maximum speed was set previously.
The speed warning symbol ~ (USA models) / ~ (Canada models) will
appear briefly in the display when you release the button to indicate - Press the function selector switch in the wiper lever @
that the maximum speed has been stored successfully. ::::>fig. 20 up or down to change the set value. Values run
up or down in steps of 6.2 mph (10 km/h).
The maximum speed remains stored until it is changed by pressing
the button again briefly or un ti l it is del et ed by a lengthy push on the
To delete maximum speed
button. •
- Turn off the ignition.

Speed warning 2: setting a speed limit - Briefly press the button in the instrument cluster
=> page 30, fig. 19. The odometer and the digital clock are
Switches in the wiper arm are used to operate warning now illuminated .
threshold 2.
- Press the button for at least 2 seconds. The currently
stored maximum speed appears in the display.
Press the reset button in the wiper lever ® => fig. 20 until
the crossed out speed warning symbol for warning
A threshold 2 appears in the display.

A few seconds after the adjustment is completed , the illumination


for the odometer and the digital clock will go out.
Fig. 20 Wiper lever:
Trip computer controls
[i] Tips
Th is warning threshold can also be controlled through the trip
To store maximum speed
computer => page 28, "Navigating the menu". •
- Turn off the ignition.

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Warnings and symbols Yellow symbols


A yellow symbol means WARNING.
Red symbols
A red symbol means DANGER Low fuel level =>page 35
- Pull of the road and stop t he vehicle .
l!check engine oi l level =>page35
- Turn off the engine. -
- Check the malfunctioning system. Contact your autho - Engine oil sensor malfunction =>page 35
rized Audi dea ler or a qua lified workshop for assistance .
IIWorn brake pads
-=> page36

USA models: USA model s:


BRAKE 33 =>page 36
Malfunction in the brake system => page Speed warning 1
Canada models : => page 33 IICanada model s:
<CD> Ma lfunction in the brake system Speed warning 1
=>page36
- -
USA mod els:
Engine coolant level too low/ =>page 34 =>page 36
Speed warning 2
engine coolant temperature too
high Canada models:
=> page 36
Speed warning 2
Engine oil pressure too low => page 35
Dynamic headlight range con -
=>page 36
-
When a red symbol appears, a warning tone will sound three times
trol* defective

Winds h ield washer fluid level low =>page36


in succession. The symbol continues to flash until the malfunction
has been repaired . If there is more than one malfunction, the Battery voltage too high or too
=>page 36
symbols appear one after the other for about two seconds. low

Defective light bulb =>page 36


[i ) Tip s USA mod els: =>page 36
• The message for a malfunction can be shown by pressing on the Defective brake light
left knob.
Canada models: =>page36
• During route guidance on vehicles with a navigation system, the
Defective brake light
warning symbo l is shown in the field above . •
Dri ve r in f orm a ti o n s yst e m

To d is pl ay Dri ve r inf o rm a ti o n
Light/rain sensor defective (auto- ~ page 37
matic headlights)* defective As an example, the <t::?; symbo l appears in the disp lay. If you now
press the button~ fig. 21 , the fo llowing driver message appears in
Ad apt ive Light * def ect ive ~ page37 t he display :
Switch off engine and check oil level
Tire pressure monitoring system* ~ page 37
The driver message in the display goes out after about 5 seconds.
You can display the driver message again by br iefly pressing the
When a yel low symbol appears, a warning tone wil l sound once . button. •
Check the displayed function as soon as possible . If more than one
malfunction is detected, all symbols wil l appear one after the other
for about two seconds . • Brake system malfunction
BRAKE (USA models) / ((D)(Canada models )
Driver info rmation The indicator light flashes if the brake fluid level is too
low, if there is a malfunction in the ABS system or when
In addition to the warning/indicator lights and the
the parking brake is engaged .
symbols in the instrument cluster display, driver informa-
tion is displayed. If the BRAKE/<CD)symbo l flashes in the display w ith the
parking brake released, there is a ma lfunction in the brake
system. In addition to the symbol , one of two messages
appears in the display:
STOP Vehicle and check brake fluid
ABS FAULT! SEE OWNER'S MANUAL
- Pull off the road an d stop t he vehicle.
Fig. 21 Sect ion of
instrum ent clust er: - Obtain professional assistance.
Set/C heck butt on
USA models: if there is a malfunction in the ABS system, the
Driver information appears in the display when a defective light warning/indicator light i llumina t es along with the BRAKE system
bulb is reported by the defective light bulb warning ~ page 36, malfunction warning/indicator light~ & .
when the brake pads are worn and before you engage a gear on Canada models: if there is a malfunction in the ABS system, the
vehicles with S tronic . warning/indicator light i llumina t es together with t he CCD>
brake
In addition, driver information may appear when a red symbol system malfunction warning/indicator light ~ & .
flashes in the driver disp lay.

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Parking brake set - Add coolant if necessary ~ page 225.


The parking brake warning light Brake/((D)(Canada models) illumi -
- Continue driving only after the engine coolant
nates when the parking brake is set. In addition , a warning tone will
sound after you have driven for longer than 3 seconds and faster warning/indicator light goes out.
than 3 mph (5 km/h). - Contact your authorized Audi dealer for assistance if
necessary .
L1}.WARNING If t he engine coolant level is correct, then th e radia t or fan may be
• Always observe the warnings in =>page 209, "Engine compart- the cause of the malfunction.
ment", before opening the engine hood and checking the brake
If the gene rator warning/indicator light should also illuminate
fluid.
=>page 18, then the fan belt may be damaged.
• Driving with low brake fluid is a safety hazard! Stop the car and
get professional assistance.
• If the brake system warning/indicator light illuminates
L1}.WARNING
together with the ABS warning/indicator light, then the ABS • If your vehicle should break down for mechanical or other
system is malfunctioning. The rear wheels could quickly lock up reasons, park at a safe distance from moving traffic, turn off the
when you apply the brakes. This could lead to loss of control and engine and turn on the hazard warning lights => page 57, "Emer-
your vehicle could slide! Drive carefullyto the nearest authorized gency flasher A" .
Audi dealer and have the malfunction corrected. •
• Never open the hood if you see or hear steam or coolant
escaping from the engine compartment - you risk being scalded.
Wait until you can no longer see or hear steam or coolant
Engine cooling system malfunction ¾ escaping.
A malfunction in the engine cooling system must be • The engine compartment of any vehicle is a dangerous area.
repaired as soon as possible. Before you perform any work in the engine compartment, turn off
the engine and allow it to cool. Follow the warning stickers
When the _t symbol in the display flashes, then either the =>page 209, "Engine compartment" .
engine coolant temperature is too high, or the coolant level
is too low. In addition to the symbol, the following message
also appears in the display: 0 Note
Do not continue driving if the - ~- symbol illuminates. There is a
Switch off engine and check coolant level malfunction in the engine cooling system - you could damage your
- Pull off the road and stop the vehicle. engine . •

- Turn off the engine.


- Check coolant level ~ page 225.
Driver information system

Engine oil pressure malfunction 9=;r; low oil level warning =. By then, your engine may already have
suffered serious damage. •
The red engine oil pressure warning symbol requires
immediate service or repair.
Fuel supply too low Jl
If the ~ symbol appears in the display and flashes, the oil
pressure is too low. In addition to the symbol, the following When the L symbol illuminates, this means there are about 2.6
message also appears in the display: gallons (10 liters) of fuel left in the fuel tank . Time to refuel!
=> page 212.
Switch off engine and check oil level
If the symbol lights up , even when there is ample fuel in the tank,
- Pull off the road and stop the vehicle . and the text Tank system malfunction! Please contact workshop
- Shut the engine down. appears in the display, there is a fault in the system. Contact a qual-
ified workshop to have the fault rectified. •
- Check the engine oil level ~ page 221.
- Contact your authorized Audi dealer for assistance if Checking the engine oil level .d'"..
necessary .
Please add max. 1 qt of engine oil!
Engine oil level too low
If the engine oil level is too low, top off oil to the proper level If the symbol comes on, add 1 quart (1 liter) of oil at the next
=> page 222. opportunity=> page 222. •

Engine oil level OK


Checking the engine oil level -1.
If the ~ symbol starts flashing again even though the engine oil
level checks OK on the dipstick, do not start driving again and do not
let the engine run at idle . Instead, contact your authorized Audi When the _ symbol illuminates, check the engine oil level as soon
dealer for assistance . as possible => page 221. Top off the oil at your earliest opportunity
=> page 222. •

[i J Tips
Engine oil sensor defective ...

• The engine oil pressure symbol ~ is not an indicator for a low
engine oil level. Do not rely on it. Instead, check the oil level in your
engine at regular intervals, preferably each time you refuel, and If the symbol illuminates, contact your authorized Audi dealer
always before going on a long trip. and have the oil sensor inspected. •
• The yellow oil level warning indication _ requires oil refill or
workshop service without delay. Do not wait until the red oil pres-
sure warning symbol ~ starts to flash before you respond to the

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Worn brake pads ~ Ap plie s to vehi cles: with dyn ami c headlight rang e adju st ment

Headlight range control defective


..) Brake pads!
If the ,." illuminates, the dynamic headlight range control is no
If the warning light illuminates, immediately contact your autho -
longer working properly . Have the system checked and repaired at
rized Audi dealer or qualified workshop to have all brake pads
your authorized Audi dealer. •
inspected. On USA models the warning light ~ comes on together
with the warning light BRAKE . Both sets of brake pads on an axle must
always be replaced at the same time. Windshield washer fluid level too low :;-

& WARNING If the : symbol illuminates, add windshield


washer system => page 233. •
washer fluid to the

Driving with bad brakes can cause a collision and serious personal
injury.
11
• If the warning light ~ and the warning light BRAKE with the Battery voltage low
message Brake pads! comes on in the instrument cluster display,
immediately contact your authorized Audi dealer or qualified If the LI symbol illuminates, contact your authorized Audi dealer
workshop to have all brake pads checked or replaced if and have the following components inspected:
necessary. •
• drive belt
• battery charge
Speed warning 1 -.. (USA models)/ K_ (Canada Also see if the generator warning/indicator light illuminates
models) => page 18. •

If the symbol illuminates, this means you are driving faster than
the set vehicle speed . Slow down! => page 30. • Defective light bulb warning
The defective light bulb warning tells you when a vehicle
Speed warning 2 (USA models) / (Canada light bulb has become defective.
models) If a defective bulb has been detected by the system or a light bulb
burns out, the symbol with a message appears in the display to
If the symbol illuminates, this means you have driven faster than tell you which bulb is burnt out and where it is located. For example:
the second set vehicle speed. Slow down!=> page 30 . •
Rear left turn signal
After 5 seconds, the message disappears. If you want to recall the
message into the display, press the CHECK button => page 12, fig. 2
11
BRAKE
: USA models only ©- ~
Driver information system

There are three reasons why the defective bulb message would Ap p lies to veh icles: w ith auto m at ic headli gh ts
appear in the display: Light/rain sensor defective U
• The light bulb has burnt out=> page 278 . The indicator light indicates a defect in the automatic
• The fuse is "blown" => page 274, "Replacing a fuse". headlights/automatic wiper system.
• The wire connection to the light bulb is defective.
If the symbol illuminates, the light sensor has failed. For safety
Have the bulb replaced or the connection repaired by your autho - reasons , the low beams are turned on permanently with the switch
rized Audi Service department. in AUTO. However, you can continue to turn the lights on and off
using the light switch . In the case of a defect in the rain sensor, the

& WARNING windshield wiper lever functions are still available. Have the
light/rain sensor checked as soon as possible at an authorized Audi
• Light bulbs are pressurized and could explode while they are dealer. •
being changed causing serious personal injury.
• Work with due care when handling the high-voltage section of Ap p li es to vehi cles: with Ad aptiv e Light
gas discharge (xenon) lamps. Failing to do so could result in death
Adaptive Light defective " )
or serious injury! •

Adaptive light defective


Brake light defective i( r (USA When this symbol l - illuminates, it means that Adaptive Light is
models)/ (Canada models) defective. Go to a qualified workshop to have the headlights or the
control unit for the Adaptive Light repaired. •
In case of a malfunction or component failure, the symbol
(USA models)/ (Canada models) can appear . The following elec-
Ap plies to vehicles: wi th tir e pressu re m on ito ri ng system
trical components should be checked, repaired or replaced, as
Tire pressure monitoring system \
necessary:
• Brake light bulbs Tire pressure that is too low must be corrected as soon as
• All wiring connections possible.
• Brake light switch If the O symbol flashes for about one minute after the igni-
Contact your authorized Audi dealer for assistance if necessary. tion is switched on and then remains on, there is a malfunc-
tion in the system. Consult the nearest authorized Audi
[i] Tips
dealer as soon as possible.
The brake light switch is only inspected as part of the functional Additional information about the tire pressure monitoring system
check after the engine is started . • can be found :=> page 253. •

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Keys Regi s tered key s


You can check to find out how many keys have been registered to
Key set your veh icle. Therefore, when buying a used vehicle, make sure to
get all of the keys that belong to it.
Calling up the registered keys => page 27.

& WARNING
• Do not leave your vehi cle unattended with the key in the igni-
tion lock. Entry by unauthorized persons could endanger you or
result in theft or damage the vehicle . Alw ays lock all doors and
take th e key.
• Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle, especially w ith
Fig . 22 Key set
access to vehicle keys. Unguarded access to the keys provides
children the opportunity to st art the engine and/ or activate vehicle
@ Ma ster key wi t h remote c ontrol systems such as the pow er wind ows et c. Unsupervised operation
You can centrally lock and unlock your vehicle and start the engine of any vehicle system by childre n can result in serious injury.
with the master key with remote control.

@ Valet k ey [i ]Tips
The valet key only fits the lock in the d river's door and the ignition • If you open the driver's door with t he key left in t he ignit ion lock,
lock . If you have to leave the key with somebody else, you are well - a chime wi ll sound . This is your reminder to remove the key and lock
advised to turn over the valet key only. t he door.
Be aware that the rear lid and glove compartment can be opened • For security reasons, replacement keys are on ly available from
from inside the vehicle using the release buttons. Audi dea lers . •

© Em e rg en cy key
The emergency key is on ly for temporary use if the vehicle key
should be lost or misp laced=> & .

Ke y replacement
If you lose a key, contact your authorized Audi dealer immediately
to have the lost key disa b led. Be sure to bring all your keys with you .
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Master key with remote control Check light in remote master key
The remote control allows you to lock or unlock the The check light in the remote master key indicates the
vehicle electronically. state of charge of the battery.

"'
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0
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Fig . 23 Fold-up mast er


key wit h remote Fig. 24 Check light in
control th e master key

- To fold t h e key out and back in place, p ress the release St a te o f m a ster k e y b a tt e ry
button => fig. 23. When a button is pressed, the check light flashes ~ fig . 24 (arrow).
If the check light does not come on or flash, the battery is dead and
The transmitter and battery are located in the head of the remote has to be replaced .
control. The receiver is located inside the vehicle . The maximum
Batt ery replacement ~ page 40. •
effective range depends on severa l things . Remember, if the battery
is weak, the effective range decreases.
If you need to replace the remote co ntro l, or if you need to have it
repaired , you must see your authorized Audi dealer. Only then can
you use the key again .

[i ]Tip s
• If the ignition is switched on, the remote control system is deac-
tivated .
• The remote control system can be affected by other systems
operating in the same frequency range close to the vehicle , such as
mobi le telephones, television broadcasting stations, etc.
• For Declaration of Compliance to United States FCCand Industry
Canada regulations => page 296. •

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Master key battery replacement


[i ]Tips
Each master key contains a battery housed under the The replacement battery must be the same specification as the
cover. original. •

Electronic immobilizer
The immobilizer helps to prevent unauthorized use of
your vehicle.
A computer chip inside your key automatically deactivates the elec -
tronic immobilizer when you insert the key in the ignition lock .
When you remove the key from the ignition lock, the electronic
Fig . 25 Master key:
immobilizer is automatically activated once again .
opening the cover
If an unauthorized key was used, SAFE is displayed continuously in
We recommend having the battery changed by an autho- the odometer display field.
rized dealership. However, if you wish to replace the dead
battery yourself, proceed as follows: & WARNING
- fig. 25 @ andthecover @ carefully
Pry apart the base ::::::, Always take the key with you when you leave the vehicle. The key
with a coin. can disarm the electronic engine immobilizer and permit an unau-
thorized person to start the engine and enable operation of the
- Remove the cover (arrow) .
vehicle systems such as power window leading to serious
- Remove the dead battery from the cover. personal injury.

- Install the new battery. Please make certain that the"+"


sign on the battery faces down. Correct polarity is shown [i ] Tips
on the cover. • Your engine can only be started using the factory -equipped key.
• You may not be able to start your vehicle if an ignition key of a
- Place the cover with the new battery on the key base and
different vehicle make is also located on your set of keys.
press both parts together.
• For Declaration of Compliance to United States FCCand Industry
Canada regulations ~ page 296. •
<i>For the sake of the environment
Dispose of dead batteries properly so as not to pollute the environ -
ment.
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Power locking system If you wish, you can have an authori zed Audi dea ler convert your
power do or lock syst em to auto matic locking .
General description Unlocking / lo c king the v ehicl e
The p ower locking system locks or unl ocks all doors When you unlock you r vehic le:
simultane ou sly. • The anti -theft alarm system is deactivated briefly .

The power locking system in your vehic le incorporates the following • The vehicle interior lights illuminate for approxima t ely 30
functions : seconds .

• Central locking function When you lock the vehicle:

• Remote control featu re ~ page 39. • All doors are locked.


• Anti -Theft Alarm System ~ page 47. • The anti -theft ala rm system is activated .

You can lock and un lock the vehicle from outside either with the • The vehicle interior lights turn off.
keys or the remote control transmitter inside the master key. • The anti -theft alarm system is act ivated. The horn of t he anti-
theft alarm syst em wi ll sound and the anti -theft alarm system readi -
Activ ating the pow er locking system locks or unlocks all doors
ness light, located in the center of the instrument pane l below the
simultaneou sly.
windshield on the right side of the air vent, will start to blink .
You can also open or close the windows when you lock or unlock the
driver's door using the key. For saf ety reasons, you cannot use the
remote control to open/c lose the windows. & WARNING
The selective unlock feature makes it possible to open just the • When you lock your vehicle from outside , nobody - especially
driver's door. children - should remain inside the vehic le. Remembe r, when you
lock the vehicle from the outs ide the windo w s cannot be opened
If the power locking system should malfunction, you can lock and
from the inside.
unlock each lock ind ividually using the vehicle key.
• When you leave the vehicle, alw ays remove the ignition key and
Automat ic locking * ta ke it with you. Thi s will prevent passengers (children , for
The automatic locking feature locks all the vehicle doors and the example ) from accident ally being locked in the vehicle should they
rear lid when you drive faster than 9 mph (15 km/hl. accidentally press the power locking swit ch.
• Do not leave children inside the vehicle unsupervised . In an
You can unlock the vehicle from the inside by:
emergency it would be impo ssible to open the doors from the
• removing the key from the ignition switch (the vehicle will auto - out side w ithout the key.
matica l ly unlock itself) or
• pressing the unlock part of the power lock switch oc:'ilor
pulling the door handle (to open the door).

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To unlock th e vehicle CD
[i J Tip s
- Press button @.
• In the event of a crash with airbag deployment all locked doors
will be automatically unlocked to give access to the vehicle occu - - Press button © two times w ithin two seconds to unlock
pants from the outside . all doors and the rear lid.
• If the power locking system should malfunction, you can lock
each door individually using the vehicle key. To lock the v e hicle ~
• If the power locking system should f ail, you can still open the - Press butto n @ ~ & in "Ge neral desc ripti o n" on
fue l tank flap in an emergency~ page 215. page 4 1.
• You are well advised not to keep va luables inside an una tt ended
vehic le, visib le or not . Even a properly locked vehic le cannot provide
- Watch t hat all turn signal lights flash once .
the security of a safe! •
To unlock rear lid only c:J
- Press button © for approximately one second .
Unlocking and locking the vehicle vvith the
remote control PANIC Button
How the remote control works . - Push the red butto n @ t o activate t he panic fu nct ion . The
horn so unds and the t urn signals flash .
Pus h the but t on ® again to deact ivate the panic f u nc-
tion.

The remote controls allows you to :


• lock or unlock the vehicle
• selective ly unlock the rear lid .
Fig. 26 Remote
contro l: functi on The tu rn signa ls will flash briefly whenever you lock or un lock the
butt ons vehicle. Also , the interior light wi ll come on or go off whenever you
open or clos e the driver's door .
Whet her only the driver 's door or the ent ire vehicle is The transmitter and bat tery are located in the head of t he remote
unloc ked when t he ope ni ng button © is pr essed once, control. The receiver is located inside the vehicle. The maximum
depends on the settings in the Driver in formation system effect ive range depends on several t hings. Remember, if t he battery
Central locking me nu ~ page 27. is weak , the effective range decreases.
The remote -control key contains a fo ld-out key that you can use to
manually lock or unlock the vehicle and to start the engine. .,,_
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If you need to replace the remote control, or if you need to have it The synchronization process must not take longer than 30
repaired, you must see your authorized Audi dealer. Only then can seconds. •
you use the key again.

Operating locks with the key


& WARNING To lock and unlock the vehicle from the outside, turn the
Read and follow all WARNINGS => & in "General description" on key in the lock of the driver's door.
page 41.

[i] Tips
• The remote control key is automatically deactivated when the
ignition is switched on.
• The operation of the remote control key can be temporarily
disrupted by interference from transmitters in the vicinity of the
vehicle working in the same frequency range (e.g. a cell phone,
radio equipment) . Fig. 27 Key turns for
• In order to make sure the locking function is working, you should opening and closing.
always keep your eye on the vehicle to make sure it is properly
locked. To unlock the vehicle
• Do not use the remote control if you are inside the car, otherwise - Insert the key into the lock of the driver's door.
you may unintentionally lock the vehicle, and then you would set off
the anti-theft alarm when you try to start the engine or open a door . - Turn the key one time to position @ to unlock the driver's
In case this happens anyhow, push the unlock button II). door.
• Use the panic function only if you are in an emergency - Turn the key two times to position @ ~ fig . 27 to unlock
situation. • all doors.

Resetting the remote control To lock the vehicle


- Close all windows and doors properly.
The remote control must be reset if the vehicle does not
unlock. - Turn the key in the lock of the driver's door to the lock
position @ ~ &in "General description" on page 41. ~
- Press the unlock CDbutton on the remote control.
- Unlock or lock the vehicle once at the door lock using the
stem of the remote control key.

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• You cannot open the doors or the rear lid from the outside
& WARNING (increased security, for examp le when you are stopped at a red
light).
Alw ays read and heed WARNIN G => & in uGeneral descripti on" on
pag e 41. • • You can unlock and open the doors from the inside by pulling on
the door handle .
• If the driver's door is opened (after you have locked the vehicle
Locking and unlocking the vehicle from inside from the inside usi ng the power locking switch) , the door will
The vehicle can be locked or unlocked from the inside remain unlocked to prevent you from locking yourse lf out of your
veh icle. After you close the door, you have to lock the driver 's door
using the power locking switch .
again.
• If you have a crash and the airbag is activated, th e doors auto -
matically un lock.

& WARNING
• If you use the pow er locking switch w ith the doors closed,
remember th at all the vehi cle doors w ill lock.
Fig. 28 Section from • Locking doors from the inside can help prevent inadvert ent
cente r console: Central door opening dur ing an accident and can also prevent unwa nt ed
locking swit ch
entry from the outside . Locked doors can, howe ver, delay assis-
t ance t o vehicle occupant s and hold up rescue effort s from the
How to lock all doors simultaneously out side in an accident or other emergen cy. •
- Press t he upper part of the power locking switch 63=> & .
How to unlo c k all door s simultan e ously
- Press lower part of t he switch @.

How to unlock each door separat e ly us ing the


door h a ndle
Pull the door handle once to release the lock.
- Pull the handl e t o open the door .

If you lock the vehicle using the power locking sw it ch, p lease note
the following:
Opening and closing

Emergency locking After you close the door you will not no longer be able to open it
from the outside .
If the power locking system fails (power failure), you will
You can open it from the inside, however , by pulling on the door
need to lock the passenger door separately.
latch twice. •

\t Rear lid/trunk lid

•0 Opening and closing rear lid


You can open the rear lid from inside the vehicle using a
switch in the driver's door.
Fig. 29 Emergency
lock location on the
front passenger's door

Fig. 31 Driver's door:


remote rear lid release
Fig. 30 Emergency

-••
locking of the front
passenger 's door

For this purpose, a mechanical lock ing device is provided on


the end panel of the passenger door (only visible when the
door is open). •
-
-
Open the door.
Remove the cap:::::, fig . 29.
l
Fig. 32 Opened rear lid ..
- Insert the key into the inner slot :::::,fig . 30 and turn it
about 90 degrees to the right as far as it can go.
- Replace the cap.

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Opening the rear lid & WARNING (continued)


Press the cen t er bu tton i::::::5on t he mast er key or pull t he
to get out. To reduce the risk of personal injury, never let children
release butt o n i::::::5in t he dr iver's door => page 45, fig. 31. play in or around your vehicle. Always keep the rear lid as well as
Th e rear lid is un lock ed . the vehicle doors closed when not in use.

Opening rear lid


- Lif t t he rear lid.
[i ] Tips
• If the rear lid is open or not properly locked wh en the igni t ion is
Closing the rear lid t ur ned on, t he doo r and rear li d warning app ears i n the instrum ent
cluster display.
- Pull the rear lid dow n an d all ow it t o drop gent ly => ,& .
• If th e rear lid on a locked v ehicle is un locked with th e m idd le
button c::$ on the remote key, the rear lid is automatica ll y locked
& WARNING aga in im mediat ely aft er cl o sing . This is indi cated by th e t urn signa ls
blin king . •
• The rear seat area is too small to safely transport passengers
taller than 4'11" (1.5 m l.
- Persons taller than 4'11" (1.5 ml as well as children in
Emergency release for rear lid
booster seats who are too close to the rear window and roof Ifthe rear li d cannot be opened , an em ergency release is
can suffer severe head and neck injuries when the rear lid is
prov ided.
closed or in a crash.
- The minimum clearance between the passengers' heads and
the rear window must never - under any circumstances - be
less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) when the passengers sit fully upright .
- Always make sure that rear seat passengers cannot be
struck when the rear lid is closed.
• After closing the rear lid, always pull up on it to make sure that Fig. 33 Acce ss to
it is properly closed. Otherwise it could open suddenly when the emergency rele a se on
vehicle is moving . the left s ide of the
luggage compartment
• To help prevent poisonous exhaust gas from being drawn into below t he rear window ...
the vehicle, always keep the rear lid closed while driving. Never
transport objects larger than those which fit completely into the
luggage area, because then the rear lid cannot be fully closed .
• Never leave your vehicle unattended especially with the rear lid
left open . A child could crawl into the car through the luggage
compartment and pull the lid shut, becoming trapped and unable
Op e ning and c lo sing

H o w is th e a nt i-th e ft al a rm sys t e m sw it c h ed o n?
The anti -theft alarm system is switched on when you lock the
driver's door manually using the fo ld-out key, or when you use t he
remote con t rol. The system is activated approximately 30 seconds
after the vehicle is locked . The indicator light~ fig . 35 starts
flashing rapidly for 30 seconds and t hen blinks slowly.
Fig. 34 Sect ion: Int e-
How is th e a nt i-th e ft a la rm s ys t e m sw it c h ed off ?
rior luggage compart-
ment: Emergency The anti -theft alarm system is switched off only when you use the
release remote contro l to unlock your veh icle . If you do not open a door
within 30 seconds after you have unlocked with the remote control,
- Fold down the left rear seat back. the vehicle will lock itself again automatically.

Using the vehicle key, pry off the cover => page 46, fig . 33 If you lock jus t th e driv er's door using your key, the front
passenger 's door and the rear lid remain locked .
- Pull the plastic cord ~ fig. 34 in the direction of the
arrow. • Wh e n w ill th e a n ti th e ft a la rm sys t e m b e tr igge re d ?
When the vehic le is locked, the alarm system mon itors and protects
the f ollowing parts of t he vehicl e:
Anti -theft alarm system • engine compartment
The anti-theft alarm triggers an alarm if any one attempts • luggage compartment
to break into the vehicle. • doors
• ignition
When the system is activated, the alarm will be triggered if one of
the doors , the engine hood or the rear lid are opened , or if the igni -
tion is turned on .

llllD Fig. 35 Diode positi on


The anti- t heft alarm system will also go off when the battery is
disconnected.
You can also trigger the alarm by pressing the PANIC button on your
remote -contro l key. This will alert other people in case of emer -
in th e instr ument pane l
gency . Press the PANICbutton again to turn of f the alarm. ..,_

The anti-theft alarm system triggers an audible alarm and turns on


the emerg ency flasher if an unauthorized inter f erence with the
vehicle is sensed by the system .

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H ow is th e a nt i-th e ft a larm s wit c h e d o ff w h e n Power windows


trigger e d ?
The alarm system is switched off when you unlock the vehicle using Controls
t he remote -con t rol key or when the ignition is switched on . The
alarm wi ll also switch itse lf off when it comes to the end of its cycle. The driver can ope rate all windows.
Em e rgenc y flasher
The emergency flasher will blink brief ly when the doors, engine
hood and rear lid are properly closed .
If the emergency flashers do not blink, check the doors, engine hood
and rear lid to make sure they are properly closed. If you close a
door, t he hood or the rear lid with the anti-theft alarm switched on,
the emergency flashers will blink only after you have closed the
door or lid. Fig. 36 Driver's door:
powe r w indow
switches
[i ] Tips
• For the anti -theft alarm system to function p roperly, make sure
all vehicle doors and windows are closed before leav ing the vehicle .
• When you open t he vehicle fr o m t he driver's door using the key,
the central locking switch will work only after you have switched on
the ignition . •

Fig. 37 Passenger's
door: power w indow
switch

If the respective switch is pushed or pulled the window will


open or close. The power window switches have a two -posi-
tion function :

Opening the windows


Press the sw itch and hold it down until the window has
reached the des ired position.
Opening and closing

- Press the switch briefly to open the window automat i-


cally. By briefly pressing the switch again, the downward [i] Tips
travel of the window can be stopped in any position • When the doors are opened, the windows are automatically
=>& . lowered 10 mm.
• The windows can st ill be opened and closed for abou t t en
Closing the windows minutes after the ignition has been turned off. The power windows
are not shut off until one of the front doors is opened. •
- Pull the sw itch and hold it until the window has reached
the des ired pos ition.
Convenience close / open feature
- Pull the switch briefly to close the window automatically .
By briefly pressing the sw itch again, the upward travel of You can close or open the windows from outside when
the window can be stopped in any position => & . you lock or unlock your car with the key.
Switch @~ page 48, fig . 36 operates the window in the driver's
door.
Switch @ operates the window in the front passenger 's door .

& WARNING
• Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle, especially with
access to vehicle keys. Unsupervised use of the keys can result in
Fig. 38 Key turns for
starting of the engine and use of vehicle systems such as power
opening and closing
windows, etc. which could result in serious injury.
• Remember - you can still open or close the power windows for
Closing the windows
about ten minutes after the ignition is switched off. Only when
either of the front doors are opened are the power windows - Insert the key into the lock of the driver's door.
switched off.
- Make sure that the windows are not blocked => & .
• Be careful when closing the windows . Check to see that no one
is in the way, or serious injury could result! - Turn and hold the key in the lock position @ => fig. 38
• Always remove the ignition key whenever you leave your
until the w indows are completely closed.
vehicle.
Opening the windows
• If you lock your vehicle from the outside, no one, especially chil-
dren, should remain in the vehicle. - Insert the key into the lock of the driver's door.
• Do not stick anything on the windows or the windshield that - Turn and hold the key in the open posit ion @.
may interfere with the driver's field of vision.

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Opening and closing

The automatic close function will cease if the key is released .

& WARNING
• Be careful when closing the windows. Check to see that no one
is in the way, or serious injury could result!
• Always read and heed WARNING => & in "General description"
on page 41. •

Reactivating the system after battery


disconnection
Reactivating the convenience close/open feature
If the vehicle battery is disconnected and then reconnected,
the automatic closing and opening function will not work
until it is reactivated. To reactivate this feature, perform the
following steps :

Reactivating close/open feature


- Pull and hold the power window switch until the window
is completely closed.
- Release the switch.
- Pull the switch again for one second. The automatic
closing/opening is now reactivated. •
Clear vision

Clear vision

Lights The headlights only work when the ignition is switched on . While
starting the engine or when switching off the ignition, the head -
lights will go off and only the side marker lights will remain lit .
Switching the headlights on and off ·'t!-·
& WARNING
Crashes can happen when you cannot see the road ahead and
when you cannot be seen by other motori st s.
• Always tu rn on the headlight s so th at you can see ahead and
so that others can see your car from the back.

Fig. 39 Instrum ent


[i ] Tips
panel: light sw itch • If you remove the ignition from t he ignition lock wh i le the head -
lights are still on, a buzzer will sound as long as the driver's doo r is
open to remind you to switch off the lights .
All sw itc h positions refer to the indentat ion on the switch
aligned with the specified symbol. The light switch must not • Always observe the spec ific local regulations for your area when
be overturned past the stops in either direction . to use your lights .
• In coo l or damp weather conditions the headlights may fog over
Switching on the side marker lights tempo rar ily on the inside .

- Tur n t he light switch ligh t t o ==>fig. 39 ;oo;. The indi cator - The critical f actor is t he t emperature diff erence between t he
interior and the ext erior of the headlight lens .
light ;oo~ comes on when t he park in g li ghts are sw itched
on . - With the main beams switched on, the light -emitting area will
be free of condensation after a short time, however the edges of
Switching on the headlights and high beam the glass may still be fogged .
- The rear lights and turn signa ls may also be affected.
- Tur n t he light switch t o lD.
- This physical phenomenon has no effect on the life of your
- Push the high beam leve r fo rward towards t he instru - vehicle 's lighting system. •
ment panel ==>page 58.

Switching off the lights


- Tur n t he lig ht switch t o 0 .

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Ap pli es to vehicles: with light senso r package Parking lights, head lights, fog lights and the rear fog light can be
Sensor activated head and tail light control swi t ched on manually using t he ligh t switch ~ pag e 51.

In the "AU TO" position light sensors swit ch the head and Light sensors located in the inside mirror housing and stem
constantly check the light conditions surrounding the vehicle. If
tail lights on and off.
am b ient brightness falls below a f acto ry set value (e.g. wh en driv i ng
into a tunnel), the head - and tai llights inc luding the license p late
ill um inat ion are automatica lly t u rned on. When ambient br ightness
increases again, the external lights are t urned off again~ & .

Light sens o r malfunction


If there is a light sensor malfunct ion, the symbol comes on in the
display . For saf ety reasons, the low beams are t urned on perma-
nent ly with the switch in AUTO. However, you can continue to turn
Fig. 40 Instru ment the lights on and off using the light swi t ch. Have the light sensor
pan el: light switch in
AUTO positi on
checked as soon as possible at a dealership .

The sensor-activated low beams have the same characteris-


t ics as the head lig hts=> page 51.
& WARNING
• Automatic head- and taillight control is only intended to assist
the driver. This feature does not relieve the dr iver of his responsi-
Activating
bility to check the headlights and to turn them on manually
- Tur n th e lig ht sw itch => fig. 40 t o pos iti on AUTO. according to the current light and visibility conditions. For
example , fog and rain cannot be detected by the light sensors.
Deactivating Consequently, always switch the headlights io on under thes e
weather conditions and w hen driving in the dark .
- Turn t he light swi t ch to position 0 .
• Crashes can happen when you cannot see the road ahead and
In the switch position AUTO the automatic head- and taillight when you cannot be seen by other motor ists .
control is activated . The cor respo nding symbol on the light swi t ch • Alway s turn on the headlights so that you can see ahead and
is lit . so that others can see your car from the back.
With automatic head lights, the high - beam function is also avai lab le,
but with one restrict ion: If you have not switched the h ig h beams
back to low beams during automatic headlight operation (for
[i ] Tips
example, afte r d riving th rough a tun nel), on ly the low beams come • In the AUTO mode, the low beams are turned off when the igni -
on the next time automatic headlights are switched on. To use the t ion is turned off. The remaining lights are turned off when the key
h igh beams, you first have to pull the high beam lever back and t hen is taken out of the ignition lock. _.,
push the lever forward again.
Clear vision

• Do not attach stickers to the windshie ld in front of the sensors as The daytime running lights can be turned on or off using this func -
this can disable the automatic head - and t ail light control and the t ion. If t he f u nct ion is active, the dayti me r unning ligh ts are turn ed
automatic glare -dimming of the rearview mirror(s) . on automatically when the ignition is switched on .
• Always observe t he spec ific loca l regu lat ions f o r your area when The daytime running lights are activated only when the light switch
to use your lights . => fig . 41 @ is at the O or AUTO*position .
• In the event of a light sensor mal f unction, t he d river informa t ion
display will show the symbol . If a light sensor malfunct ion is indi -
cat ed , you must use t he ligh t switch to turn t he low beams on and & WARNING
off . • Never use daytime running lights to see where you are going. They
are not bright enough and will not let you see far enough ahead for
safety, especially at dusk or when it is dark . Be aware of changes
Daytime running lights (DRL ) (USA models ) in outside light conditions when you are driving and respond by
The daytime running lights are turne d on auto maticall y sw itching on your low beams io.
when the ign ition is switche d on.
0 Note
Alway s be aware of change s in outside light conditions while you
are dr iving. Respond in time to fading daylight by turning the light
switch to position io (or "AUTO" if your car is equipped with this
feature) to turn on your headlights . •

Daytime running lights (Canada models only)

Fig. 41 Sw itch for When you turn on the ignition the daytime running lights
daytime running lights will come on automatically.
Activating functions The daytime running lights are activated only when the light switch
@ => fi g. 41 is either at the O o r the :oo:position . When the ignition
- Move the right thumbwhee l @ "DR L" ~ fig. 41 to posi - is switched on, there is a difference between vehicles with bi -xenon
t ion (D. lig hts and ha logen lamps :
• On vehicles with bi -xenon lights only the daytime running lamps
Deactivating functions
in the headlights will co me on.
- Mov e t he rig ht t hum bwh eel "DR L" t o posi t ion @. • On vehicles with halogen lights the front fog lights, side marker
lights and t ail ligh ts come on automatica lly ~

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App li es to vehicles: with Adap tive li gh t


& WARNING Adaptive light
Never use daytime running lights to see where you are going . They When dri vin g around bends, the releva nt area of the road
are not bright enough and will not let you see far enough ahead for
is bette r illumin ated.
safety , especially at dusk or when it is dark . Be aware of changes
in outside light conditions when you are driving and respond by
switching on your low beams fD.

0 Note
• With the light switch at the O or ;:oo: position , only your front fog
lights remain turned on when it turns dark outside . Even though
your instruments appear well lit, the road ahead of you is not. The
light pattern provided by fog lights alone is not sufficient for safe
Fig. 42 Adapt ive light
driving in poor light or darknes s. Therefore:
when driving
• Always be aware of changes in outside light conditions while
you are driving. Respond in time to fading daylight by turning the The bene f it of ada ptive l ig ht is th at t h e cu rve and the edge of th e
light swit ch to position @:D(or "AU TO" if your car is equipped with road are better illuminated=> fi g . 42 . The adaptive light is controlled
th is f eature) to turn on your headlights. aut o ma t ically, de p endin g on ve hi cle speed and st eer ing w heel
angle.
[i ] Tips When d riving around bends , the headlights are controlled
The day t im e run ni ng lig ht s fu nct io n cannot be tur ned off. • according t o steeri ng w heel angle. So t hat ther e is no bl ac k ar ea
ahead of the veh icle, the two main beams pivot at different angles.

[i ]Tips
The system wor ks above a speed of about 6 mp h (10 km/ h). •
Clear vision

Front fog lights }0 Applies to veh icles: with Light senso r package

Coming home / leaving home function (}J


Use the light switch to turn on the front fog lights.
The coming home/leaving home function switches on the
external lights on a vehicle parked in the dark to illumi -
nate the surroundings.

Fig. 43 Fog light acti-


vation : light sw itch
position on vehicles
WITHOUT sensor light Fig. 44 Dashboard
detail : coming
home/leaving home
Switching on the front fog lights }D switch beside light
- Do not turn the light switch -'ti-
-~ fig. 43 toward the fog switch

light symbol
Activating the function
- Turn the light switch to ~oo: or to !D.
- Tap the switch QJ ~ fig. 44. The indicator light in the
- Pull the light switch to the first stop G). switch illum ina tes .

When the front fog lights are on, the symbol }O next to the light Deactivating the function
switch will illuminate. •
- Tap the switch QJ.The indicator light in the switch goes
out.

The coming home/leaving home function is controlled by ligh t


sensors located in the inside mirror mount. The system is activated
if all of the conditions below are fulfilled:
• The window in the switch ® illuminates.
• the driving lights and the ignition have been switched off
• the vehicle is parked in poor light or darkness with the sensors
detecting little or no light at all. tJl>

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Coming home situation • If the vehicle is remotely unlocked and locked three times in
In darkness, the activated system will turn on the headlights, side succession, leaving home will not turn on the lights a fourth time to
marker lights , rear side marker lights , tail lights, and rear license safeguard the battery and lights.
plate light as soon as the driver's door is opened from inside. • If you wish to use the coming home/leaving home function regu-
As long as one of the doors or the rear lid remains open, the set of larly, you can leave it activated at all times without risking perma-
external lights will keep burning for about four minutes maximum. nent strain on the electrical system. As the system is controlled by
light sensors, it will only be energized in darkness .
To provide light for departure, the set of vehicle lights will keep
• Frequent use of the coming home/leaving home function for
burning for about another 30 seconds after all doors and the rear lid
approaching and departing a vehicle parked in the dark will strain
have been closed.
the battery. This applies particularly if only short distances are
The factory-set time of 30 seconds until the lights are switched off driven between stops . Occasionally drive longer distances to make
can be adjusted if you prefer a longer or shorter duration. Have the sure the battery is recharged sufficiently.
adjustment done by your authorized Audi dealer or a qualified work- • If the fog lights have been switched on by the coming
shop. The system can be adjusted to keep the lights burning for a home/leaving home function, they will always be switched off when
maximum of 60 seconds. you switch on the ignition. •
Leaving home situation
As soon as the vehicle is unlocked by pressing the CDbutton on your Instrument panel illumination
remot e control, the set of external l ights is switched on .
The illumination of the instruments, displays and the
The external lights are switched off as soon as the driver's door is
center console can be adjusted.
opened from outside . Even if you had the system readjusted to keep
the lights burning for an extended time for coming home, the
external lights will be turned off if you do not open the driver's door
within 60 seconds after unlocking. See chapter "Opening and
Closing" in your Owner's Manual. If the lights are switched off
before you reach the driver's door, press the @ button once more to
turn them on again.

[i] Tips
Fig. 45 Instrument
• Do not attach any stickers to the windshield in front of the two
panel illumination
light sensors, as this would interfere with both the automatic oper-
ation of the headlights and the automatic dimming of the inside
mirror(s). You regulate the brightness of the instruments with the left
thumbwheel CJ=> fig. 45. ~
Clear vision

Igniti o n ON , light swit c h at @. If the system is not operating properly, a warning symbo l i n the
With the ignition switched ON, the g low of instrument needles can Auto -Check Co ntr ol is d isplayed => page 36. •
be adjusted to appear brighter or dimmer.

Ignition ON , ligh t switch at :oo; or io. Emergency flasher tfft,,.


With the lights switched on , the brightness of instrument cluster The emergency flasher makes other motor ists aware that
(i.e. needles, gauges and displays) and center conso le i ll u min ation
you or yo ur vehicle are i n an eme rge ncy si tu ation.
can be adjusted .

0 Note
The instrument cluster and center console illumination (gauges and
needles) comes on when you switch on the igni t ion and the vehicle
headlights are off. Be aware of the f ollowin g difference between
models built to US o r Canadian specifications :
• USA models : illumination of the instrument cluster (gauges and
Fig. 46 Center
needles), dash and center console around the gearshift lever is console : emergency
controlled by a light sensor located in the instrument panel. The fla sher sw itch
instrument panel illum ination will automatically become dimmer
as the daylight fades away and eventually will go out completely Press the sw itch ~ =:, fig. 46, to swi tch t he emergency
when outside light is very low. This is to remind you, the driver, to
flasher on or off.
switch on the headlight s before it gets too dark.
• Canada models : instrument panel illum ination will stay bright When the emergency flasher is on, all four turn signal blink at the
regardle ss of the inten sity of ambient light . Always be aware of same t ime . The tu rn signal indi cato r lights ¢i Q in the instrument
changes in outside light conditions while you are driving . Respond cluster, as well as the light in the emergency flasher switch J:&. b link
in time to fading daylight by turning the light switch to position iD likewise.
(or "AUTO" if your car is equipped with this feature) to turn on your
The eme rgency flashe r will automat ically switch on if you are in an
headlights. •
accident where the airbag has deployed .

Bi-Xenon headlights* [i ] Tips


You should switch on the emergency flasher when:
Afte r starting t he engi n e, t he b i-xeno n headlights are aut omatical ly
adjusted to the load and angle of the vehic le (for example, during • you are the last vehicle standing in a traffic jam so that any other
acce lerat ion and braking). This prevents oncoming traffi c fr om vehicles coming can see you, or when
experiencing unnecessary headlight g lare from your bi-xenon head - • your vehicle has broken down or you are in an emergency situa -
lig hts . tion, o r when _,,,

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• your vehicle is being towed by a tow truck or if you are towing - Briefly move the lever up or down just to the point of
another vehicle behind you. • resistance and then release it t o flash t he turn signals
three times in succession. This feature allows to indicate
Turn signals - ¢ ¢ and high beam ~D lever lane changes clearly and w ith minimum effort when
driving on highways.
The lever on the left side of the steering column is used to
operate the turn signals and the high beam as well as the Hi g h b ea m [D
headlight flasher. - Push the lever forward © to switch on the high beam.
- Pull the lever back towards you to switch off the high
beam.

H e adlight fl a sh e r [D
- Pull the lever toward the steering wheel © to use the
headlight flasher .

N o t es o n th ese fea tur es


Fig. 47 Turn signa l and
high beam lever • The turn signals only work with the ignition switched on . The
indicator lights ¢ or ¢ in the instrument cluster => page 15 also
The turn signal and high beam lever has the following func- blink.
tions: • After you have turned a corner, the turn signal switches off auto -
matically.
Tu rn s ig n a ls ¢ Q • The high beam works only when the head lights are on. The indi-
cator light ~D in the instrument cluster i ll uminates when the high
- Lift the lever up all the way ::::,fig . 47 G) to use the right
beams are on.
turn signa ls, or push the lever down all the way 0 to use
• The headlight flasher works only as long as you hold the lever -
the left turn signals .
even if there are no lights switched on. The ind icator light ~D in the
instrument cluster illuminates when you use the headlight flasher.
Au t o-blink
- Move the lever (up or down) just to the point of resis-
tance to use t he turn signals for as long as you need 0 Note
them, for example when changing lanes. Do not use the high beam or head light flasher if you know that these
could be blinding oncoming traffic. •
Clear vision

Interior lights When a door is open, the interior lights are turned off after about 10
minutes to prevent battery draining.
Interior lights The brightness of the lights is controlled automatically by a dimmer
when they are switched on and off. •
The interior lights include the reading lights for the driver
and the front passenger.
Luggag e compa rtm e nt light

The light is located on the right side of the luggage compartment.


These lights come on automatically when the rear lid is opened. The
lights turn off automatically if the lid is left open for more then 10
minutes. •

Fig. 48 Section from


headliner: Interior
Vision
lights
Sun visors
Activating door contact circuit
Using the sun visors makes driving safer.
- Press the button @ . The LED in the button illuminates.

Deactivating door contact circuit


- Press the button @ . The LED in the button goes out.

Front reading lights ~

- Press one of the switches @ to turn the right or left


reading light on or off.

With the door contact circuit, the interior lights turn on as soon as Fig. 49 Sun visor
you unlock the vehicle or open the doors . The interior lights are also
turned on when the ignition key is removed. The lights turn off The driver's and passenger's sun visors can be pulled from the
about 30 seconds after the doors are closed. When the vehicle is brackets above the center of the windshield and swung toward the
locked or when the ignition is turned on, the interior lights are doors G) ~ fig . 49 .
turned off .
The vanity mirrors in the sun visors are equipped with lids. When the
lid is opened @ , the mirror light in the headliner turns on automat- ~

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ically . It turns off when the l id is closed and the visor is folded up High wiper sp e ed
again .
- Move the lever up to position ®·
Between the visors for the driver and the passenger there is a
folding visor which can be used to cover the space above the rear One-touch wiping
view mirror . •
- Mov e the lever t o posi t ion 0 ,w hen you wa nt to w ipe t he
windshield briefly.
Wiper and washer system
Automatic wiper / washer
Windshield wiper -$ - Pull the lever to position © (toward the steering wheel)
and hold.
The windshield wiper lever controls bo th the windshield
wipers and the washer system. - Release t he lever. The was her stops and the wipers keep
going for about four seconds.

Turning off the wipers


- Mov e t he lever back t o posit io n ®·
The windshield wipers and washer only work when the ign ition is
turned on. If you switch off the ignition with the windshield wiper
lever still in the interval wipe po sition and the n come back a while
Fig. 50 Wiper lever: later and drive off , the rain sensor will reactivate itse lf after the
wind shield w iper lever vehic le speed has exceeded 4 mph (6 km/h) .
posit ions
The rai n sensor* is only activa t ed wit h the wiper lever set to posi-
tion G). When it starts to rain , the rain sensor wil l automatically acti -
The windshield wipe r lever => fig. 50 has the fo llowing posi -
vate the in termittent wipi ng mode .
t ions:
To reduce the sens itiv ity of t he sensor, move switch © down . To
Intermittent wiping <5;)1(activating rain sensor)* increa se the sensitivity, move the switch up . The h igher you adjust
the sensitivity, the faster the sensor will react when it senses mois -
Move t he leve r up to pos ition G). ture on the w indshie ld. The pauses between wiper turns depend not
- Move the in t erva l set switch @ , t o change the int ervals . only on the sens itivity setting, but on the vehicle speed as well.
During brief stops, e.g . at a red light, wiper motion will automati -
Low wiper speed cally be reduced to t he next lower speed. Wipers already turning at
- Move the leve r up to pos ition @. low speed . change to intermittent wiping .
When the ignition is turned on, the washe r jets are heated. ...
Clear vision

• Worn or dirty windshield wiper blades cause smearing, which


& WARNING can affect the operation of the light/rain sensor*. Check the condi -
• Wiper blades are crucial for safe driving! Only when they are in
tion of your windshield wiper blades regularly.
good condition are they able to clear the windows properly to • Applies to vehicles with light/rain sensor: When the wipers are
provide uncompromising visibility. Worn or damaged wiper blades switched on manually and in rain conditions, the automatic head-
are a safety hazard ~ page 63, "Replacing front wiper blades"! lights* turn on ~ page 52, "Sensor activated head and tail light
• The light/rain sensor* is only designed to assist and support
control" or off during the day when the wipers are no longer oper-
the driver. It remains entirely the driver's responsibility to monitor
ating. The automatic headlights * function is available in this case
outside weather conditions and to manually activate the wipers as
only when the light switch is in the "AUTO" position~ page 52,
soon as rain or drizzle reduces visibility through the windshield. fig. 40.

• The windshield must not be treated with water-repellent mate-


• Make sure the washer fluid reservoir in the engine compartment
rials. They can increase glare under poor visibility conditions such
is topped off before going on a long trip. Look up ~ page 233 for
as wetness, darkness, or when the sun is low on the horizon. In
checking and filling the washer container .
addition, they can cause the windshield wipers to chatter. • The wipers only operate with the hood completely closed. •

0 Note Ap plies to vehi cles: w it h headli gh t wash er syst em

Headlight washer system


In freezing or near freezing conditions:
• Always check that the wiper blades are not frozen to the glass The headlight washer system cleans the headlights.
before you turn the wipers on. Loosen a wiper blade which is frozen
in place before operating the wipers to prevent damage to the wiper Operate the windshield wiper/washer system=> page 60,
blade or the wiper motor. fig. 50 ®
with the headlights turned on by holding the
• Do not use the wipers to clear a frosted window . Using the lever for longer than one second.
wipers as a convenient ice scraper will destroy the wiper blades.
The washer jets extend forward out of the front bumper driven by
• Before you take your vehicle to an automatic car wash, make sure
water pressure to spray the front headlights with water .
you have the windshield wiper system switched off (lever in position
0), otherwise the windshield wiper system could get damaged in the You should inspect the headlights regularly (for example when refu -
car wash if it should suddenly come on. eling) and clean off any solid dirt or insects from the lenses.
To ensure the system works properly in winter, keep the washer jets
[i] Tips free of snow and remove any ice using a de-icing spray. •

• The rain sensor is part of the interval wiping system. Turning off
the ignition will also deactivate the rain sensor . To reactivate the
sensor, switch off the interval wiping function, then switch it back
on again.

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Service position Moving wiper blades to park position


The wiper blades can be changed more easily in the - Make certain that the wiper arms are lying against the
service position . windshield .
- Switch the ignition on and move the wiper lever ~ fig . 51
from position Oto 1. The w iper arms w ill move back to the
park position.

It is much easier to chang e wiper blad es if you mov e th e wiper arms


to the service position. You wil l also avoid paint damage to the hood
when working on the wip ers when they are in the service position .

Fig . 51 Wiper lever


0 Note
Never drive your vehicle when the windshield wiper arms are in the
service position and pulled away from the windshield . When you
It is only possible to change wiper blades if you move the drive faster than 4 mph (6 km/h) , the wiper arms automatica lly
w i per arms to the service position. On vehicles with the return back to the park position and could cause paint damage to
Driver Information System , the wiper blades can only be the engine hood!
moved to the service or parked position via t he menu
display => page 27 . In order to use the windshield wipers,
the hood must be completely closed.
[i ] Tips
• You can also turn on the service position, for example, if you
Moving wiper blades to the service position want to protect the windshield from icing by using a cover.
• The service position moves to off automatically when you
- When there is a risk of frost, make sure that the wiper
operate the windshield wiper lever, or speed exceeds 4 mph
blades are not frozen to the windshield . (6 km/hl. •
- Switch the ignition on .
- Switch the ignition off again and move the wiper lever
~ fig. 51 from position Ot o 1 within 10 seconds . The
wiper arms now move into the field of view in the wind -
shie ld .
Clear vision

Replacing front wiper blades - Rotate the wiper blade in the direction of the arrow @
~ fig . 53 away from the wiper arm .
Wiper blades in good condition help keep the windshield
clear. - Lift the wiper blade off in the dir ection of the arrow @ .

Attaching the wiper blade


- Place the rounded end of the wiper onto the end of the
wiper arm in the opposite direction to the arrow @
~ fig. 53.

- Swing the wiper in the opposite direction to the arrow @


onto the wiper arm.
Fig. 52 Unlatching - Squeeze t he cor rugation on the wiper until you hear it
wiper blades click in the wiper arm.
- Fold the wiper arm back onto the windshield.
Switch the ignit ion on and move the wiper lever down
briefly ~ page 62, fig . 51. The wiper will move back to the
park position .

The front wiper blades measure left side 23.20 in. (590 mm ) and
right side 18.50 in . (470 mm) in length,

Fig. 53 Removing Clean your wiper b lades regularly with a windshield washer solution
wiper blades to prevent streaking. If the blades are very dirty, for example with
insects, carefully clean the b lades w ith a sponge or a soft brush.
Removing the wiper blade If the wiper blades begin to streak the windshield , this could be
- Move the wipers to the service position ~ page 62 caused by residue left on the windshield by automatic car washes .
~ page 62, fig. 51. Fill the windshield washe r container with a special solution avail -
able at your authorized Audi dealer to remove the residue.
- Fold the windshield wiper arm away from the glass.
Be sure to inspect the condition of your wiper blades regu larly. For
- On the upper end of the wiper arm at the corrugation, safety reasons, rep lace your wiper blades once or twice a year if
squeeze the plastic retainer together on both sides in the necessary. See your authorized Audi dealer for replacement blades . .,
direction of the arrow ~ fig. 52.

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Cl e ar vision

Mirrors
& WARNING
• Clea n your wiper blade s regularly w ith a w indshield w asher Manual glare dimming
soluti on t o prevent stre aking. If the wiper blade s are very dirt y, for
exampl e wit h insect s, carefull y clean th e wi per blades w ith a
Standard setting
sponge or a soft brush.
• For your safety, you should replace th e w iper blades once or
- Move the small leve r !located on the bottom edge of t he
twi ce a year. See your authorized Audi dealer for replacement mirror) to t he front.
blades.
Anti -glare setting

0 Note
Move the small lever (located on the bottom edge of t he
m irror) to the rear. •
• The wiper blades may on ly be changed=> page 62 in service
posit ion! Otherwise, you risk damaging the paint on the hood or the
windshield wiper motor . Ap pli es to vehic les: wit h autom ati cally dimm ing inside rearview mirro r

• To prevent damage to the wiper system: Automatically dimming inside mirror


- Always loosen blades which are fro zen to the windshield The automatic dimming function can be turned on and off
before operating wipers. if required.
- Do not use gasoline , kerosene , paint th i nner, or other solvents
on or near the wiper blades .
- Do not attempt to move the wipers by hand.

[i ] Tip s
Commercial hot waxes applied by automatic car washes affect the
Fig. 54 Inside rearview
cleanab ility of the g lass surface .
mir ror, digital compass
• The front wiper blades are different lengths; the blade on th e activate d: auto
driver's side is longer. • dimm ing on/off butt on
and indicator light

Disabling auto dimming


Press button @ briefly, - the green indicator ligh t @
goes out.
Clear vision

A ctivating / re ac tiv a ting a uto dimming


- Press button @ briefly, - the green indicator light ®
[i ] Tip s
• If you switch off the automatic dimming function on the inside
goes on.
mirror, automatic dimming of the outside mirrors w ill likew ise be
di sabled .
Aut o m a ti c dimmin g fun c tion
The automatic dimming function is activated every time the ignition • Check to make sure there are no objects preventing light from
is turned on. The green indicator light is lit to indicate auto dimming reaching t he inside mirror.
is active . • Do not attach any stickers to the windshield in front of the two
light sensors, as this would interfere with both the automatic oper-
When dimming is activated, the inside mirror will darken automati -
ation of the headlights and the automatic dimming of the inside
cally in response to the amount of light striking the mirror (such as
mirror(sl. •
headlights from rearward approaching vehicles). Even in dimming
mode, the mirror surface turns bright when :
• the interior light is switched on Outside mirrors
• reverse gear is engaged . The outside mirrors are electrically adjusted.
Sen s ors for a utomati c headligh t s*
With the help of the sensors in the mirror, when the light switch is
in the AUTO posi t ion, t he low beams are switched on and off auto -
matically depending on the ambient light conditions=> page 52.

& WARNING Fig. 5 5 Forw ard


The glass of the inside rearview mirror is layered and contain s an sect ion of dri ver's
electrolyt e to achieve its propert ies. Be aware of liquid electr olyte arm rest : pow e r mirror
leaking from a broken mirror glass. This liquid can cause irritation contr ols
to skin, eyes, and respiratory system .
• If you get electrolyt e in your eyes or on your skin, immediately Adjusting the outside mirrors
rinse with plenty of water . If irritation persists, seek medical atten - Tur n th e adjust ing knob to pos iti on Q =>fig . 55 to adjust
tio n. t he outs ide mirror on t he driver's side .

0 Note
Tur n the adjusting knob to position @ to adjust the
outside m irror on the passenger side .
Liquid electrolyte leaked from a broken mirror glass wi ll damage any
p lastic surfaces it comes in contact with. Clean up spilled electrolyte Press the kn ob in the appropr iate direction t o move the
immediately wi t h clear wa t er and a sponge . m irror surface so that you have a good view to the rear . 1)1,

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Clear vision

Heated mirrors
- Tur n th e kno b t o posi t io n @. & WARNING
The glass of the inside rear view mirror is layered and contains an
Depending on the outside tem perature , the mirror surfaces are electrolyte to achieve its properties. Be aware of liquid electrolyte
heate d unt i l th e ig nitio n is swi tc hed off - even if t he kno b is no leaking from a broken mirror glass. This liquid can cause irritation
longer in position @. to skin, eyes, and respiratory system . If you get electrolyte in your
eyes or on your skin, immed iately rinse with plenty of water . If irri-

0 Note
tation persists, seek medical attention .

• Curved (i.e. convex) mirror surfac es increas e your field of view .


Rememb er that veh icles or othe r objec t s w ill appear smalle r and 0 Note
farther away than when seen in a flat mirror . If you use this mirror to Electrol yt e leaking from a bro ken mi rr o r g lass attacks t he vehic le
estimate d istances of fo llowing vehicles when changing lanes, yo u p aint and plast ic surf aces. Clean up spill ed elect ro lyte im mediately
cou ld estimat e incorrec tl y and cause an acc ident. with clear water and a sponge .
• If the m irr or housing is moved uni nten t ionally (for example,
wh ile par king your veh icle), then you must first fold the mirro r elec-
t r ically. Do not readjust the mi rr or housing man ually. You co uld
[i ] Tips
damage t he motor w h ich con t rol s the mirr o r. • If automatic dimming for the inside mirror is switched off, the
outside mirrors are also not dimmed automatically.
• Automatic d i mming for the mirror only operates properly if the
[i ] Tips suns hade* fo r the rear w indow is retr acted, or the lig ht str ik ing the
If t here sho u ld be a malf un ct ion in th e electrical syste m, you can inside mirror is not hindered by other objects . •
sti ll adjus t the outside mirrors by pressing t he edge of the mirror. •

Ap pli es to ve hi cles : w it h aut oma tic d imming fo r ou tsid e mir ro rs

Automatic dimming for outside mirrors

The o ut sid e mi rror s are d immed t og ether w it h the aut oma t ic


dimming of t he inside mirror. When the ignition is sw itched on, the
mi rrors dar ken automat ically depe nd ing on t he li gh t st ri kin g th em
(e.g. headl ights from the rear) .
When the int erior l ighting is switched o n and when reverse gear is
engaged, the mi rr ors are switched back to their or iginal bri ghtness
(not dimmed) .
Clear vision

Ap pli es to vehi cles : wit h dig ita l compass


Digital compass
Setting the magnetic deflection zone
Ap plies to vehicles: wit h di g ital co mp ass
The correct magnetic deflection zone must be set in order
Activating or deactivating the c ompass to display the directions correctly.
The direction is displayed on the interior rear view mirror.


,_,;a;..~>,
I I

I I
I I
I
I '
I
I I

'I II
Fig. 56 Inside rear II \\ @
view mirror : digital l '
compass activated
l \
II ' ,,
l
''
----
@
To activate or deactivate, hold the @ ~ fig. 56 button '
down until the red display appears or disappears.
\ ®
\, ,,
_______
...... ,.,.

The digital compass only works with the ignition turned on. The .
directions are displayed as initials : N (North), NE (Northeast), E
(East), SE (Southeast), S (South), SW (Southwest), W (West), NW ©
(Northwes t ).
Fig. 57 North America: magnetic deflection zone boundaries

[i) Tips
Hold the @ ~ fig. 56 button down until the number of
To avoid inaccura t e directions , do not allow any remote controls, the set magnetic deflection zone appears on the interior
electrical systems, or metal parts close to the mirror. •
rear view mirror.
Adjust the magnetic deflection zone by repeatedly
pressing on the @ button. The set mode automatically
deactivates after a few seconds . •

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Clear vision

Ap pli es to vehi cles: wit h di gita l compass

Calibrating the compass


The compass has to be recalibrated if the display is wrong
or inaccurate.
- Hold the @ button down until the letter C is displayed on
the interior rear view mirror.
- Drive in a circle at a speed of about 5 mph (10 km/h) until
a direction is shown on the interior rear view mirror.

& WARNING
The digital compass is to be used as a directional aid only. Even
though you may want to look at it while you are driving, you must
still pay attention to traffic, road and weather conditions as well
as other possible hazards. •
Seats and storage

Seats and storage

General recommendations & WARNING (continued)


the airbag inflates and the seating position is incorrect this could
Why is your seat adjustment so important? result in personal injury or even death.
The safety belts and the airbag system can only provide • It is important for both the driver and front passenger to keep
maximum protection if the front seats are correctly a distance of at least 10 inches (25 cml between themselves and
adjusted. the steering wheel and/or instrument panel. If you're sitting any
closer than this, the airbag system cannot protect you properly. In
There are various ways of adjusting the front seats to provide safe addition to this, the front seats and head restraints must be
and comfortable support for the driver and the front passenger. adjusted to your body height so that they can give you maximum
Adjust your seat properly so that: protection.
• you can easily and quickly reach all the switches and controls in • Always try to keep as much distance as possible between your-
the instrument panel self and the steering wheel or instrument panel.
• your body is properly supported thus reducing physical stress • Do not adjust the driver's or front passenger's seat while the
and fatigue vehicle is moving. Your seat may move unexpectedly, causing
• the safety belts and airbag system can offer maximum protec - sudden loss of vehicle control and personal injury. If you adjust
tion ~ page 135. your seat while the vehicle is moving, you are out of position. •

In the following sections, you will see exactly how you can best
adjust your seats. Driver's seat
There are special regulations and instructions for installing a child The correct seat position is important for safe and relaxed
safety seat on the front passenger's seat. Always heed the informa -
driving.
tion regarding child safety provided in~ page 157, "Child Safety".
We recommend that you adjust the driver's seat in the
& WARNING following manner:

Incorrect seating position of the driver and all other passengers - Adjust the seat in fore and aft direction so that you can
can result in serious personal injury. easily push the pedals to the floor while keeping your
• Always keep your feet on the floor when the vehicle is in motion
knee slightly bent :::>& in "Why is your seat adjustment
- never put your feet on top of the instrument panel, out of the so important?".
window or on top of the seat cushion! This applies especially to Adjust the seatback so that when you sit with your back
the passengers. If your seating position is incorrect you increase
against the seatback, you can still grasp the top of the
the risk of injury in the case of sudden braking or an accident. If
steering wheel. _..

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- Position the head restraint according to the occupant's - Place your feet on the floor in front of the passenger 's
height ~ page 74. For maximum protection, the top of seat. •
the head restraint should be at least at eye level, prefer-
ably higher and idea lly level with the top of the head
~ page 119, fig. 98. Adjusting front seats manually

& WARNING Applies to vehic les: with manua l seat adj ustment

Adjustment controls
Never place any objects in the driver's footwell. An object could
Various controls on the manual seats provide a wide
get into the pedal area and interfere with pedal function . In case
of sudden braking or an accident, you would not be able to brake range for individual adjustments.
or accelerate! •

Front passenger's seat


Always move the front passenger seat into the rearmost
position.
To avoid co ntact with the airbag while it is deploy ing, do not
Fig. 58 Adjustment
sit any closer to the instrument panel than necessary and controls: locations on
always wear the three-point safety belt provided adjusted driver's seat
correctly. We recommend that you adjust the passenger's
seat in the following manner : 0 Moving the seat forward or backward

- Move the front passenger seat into the rearmost position


0 Adjusting the lumbar support~ page 74

of t he fore and aft adjustment range~ &


in "Why is
® Adjusting the seat height

your seat adjustment so important?" on page 69. © Adjusting the seatback angle
© Releasing the seatback
- Bring the backrest up to an (almost) upright position . Do
not ride w ith the seat reclined.
[i ] Tips
- The ideal position for the head restraint is with the upper Some of the controls are fitted on certain mode ls only or they are
edge of the restraint level with the top of your head optional equipment. •
~ page 74. You should not lower the top of the restraint
below the level of your eyes.
Seats and storage

Ap pli es to vehicles : wit h m anua l seat adju stment

Adjusting the manual seats


& WARNING (continued)
will be out of position . Always adjust the driver's or front
Position, angle and shape of the manual seats can be passenger's seat when the vehicle is not moving.
adjusted to provide safe and comfortable seating. • Be careful when adjusting the seat height. Check to see that no
Reed and heed all WARNINGS =:> & before you adjust your one is in the way, or serious injury could result!
seat. • To reduce the risk of injury in the case of sudden braking or
accident, front passengers must never ride in a moving vehicle
Moving the front seats forward or backward with the seatback reclined . Safety belts and the airbag system
only offer maximum protection when the seatback is upright and
- Lift the lever (D =:>page 70, fig. 58 and slide the seat to the safety belts are properly positioned on the body. The more the
the desired position. seatback is reclined, the greater the risk of personal injury from an
incorrect seating position and improperly positioned safety
- Release the lever and then move the seat further until
belts! •
you feel and hear it engage.

Adjusting the seat height


Power seats
- Pull the lever 0 up and pump it to raise the seat.
Ap pli es to vehi cles: w ith power seats
- Push the lever down and pump it to lower the seat.
Adjustment switches
Adjusting the seatback angle The operating logic for the switches corresponds to the
- Lean forward to take your weight off the seatback. construction and function of the seat.
- Turn the hand wheel © in the direction you want the
seatback to tilt .

Releasing seat back


- Pull the lever ® up.
- Push the seatback forward.
Fig. 59 Adjustment

& WARNING
switches: locations on
driver seat
• Never adjust the driver's or front passenger's seat while the
vehicle is moving. If you do this while the vehicle is moving, you Push or pull either switch in exactly the same direction you like the
corresponding part of the seat to move. ..,

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© Adjusting the lumbar support=:> page 74 Push or pull the switch in the same direction you like the
@ Seat adjustment =:>page 72 seat cushion to move.
© Adjusting the angle of the seatback =:>page 73
@ Releasing the seatback Moving the seat forward and backward G)
- Press the switch forward or backward horizontally ~ & .
& WARNING Adjusting the seat height 0 and 0 together
• Never adjust the driver's or front passenger seat while the
Pull the switch evenly at both ends to raise the seat ~ & .
vehicle is moving. If you do this while the vehicle is moving, you
will be out of position. Always adjust the driver's or front - Push the lever evenly at both ends to lower the seat ~ & .
passenger seat when the vehicle is not moving.
• Be careful when adjusting the seat height. Check to see that no Angling the seat cushion up and down 0 or 0
one is in the way, or serious injury could result! To angle the seat cushion up, pull the switch at the front
• Because the seats can be electrically adjusted with the ignition only ~ & -
key removed, never leave children unattended in the vehicle. Unsu-
pervised use of the electric seat adjustments may cause serious Alternatively, push the switch at the rear only ~ & .
injury. • To angle the seat cushion down, push the switch at the
front only ~ & .
Ap pli es to vehi cles: wi th pow er seats
Alternatively, pull the switch at the rear only ~ & .
Power seat adjustment
The switches can be moved in various directions to allow
precise adjustment.
& WARNING
• Never adjust the driver's or front passenger seat while the
vehicle is moving. If you do this while the vehicle is moving, you
will be out of position . Always adjust the driver's or front
passenger seat when the vehicle is not moving.
• Be careful when adjusting the seat height. Check to see that no
one is in the way, or serious injury could result!
• Because the seats can be electrically adjusted with the ignition
key removed, never leave children unattended in the vehicle. Unsu-
Fig. 60 Seat cushion pervised use of the electric seat adjustments may cause serious
adjustment: switch injury. •
motions
Seats and storage

Appli es to vehicles: wi th powe r seats App li es to vehicles: with power seats

Adjusting the seatback Folding the front seatback forward

Fig. 61 Driver seat :


switch for seatback Fig . 62 Driver seat :
adjustment seatback release lever

- Push or pull the switch in the same direction you like the Folding the seatback forward
seatback to tilt => fig. 61. Lift the lever up as indicated by the arrow => fig. 62.
Hold the lever and fold the seatback forward.
& WARNING
• Never adjust the seatback while the vehicle is moving . If you
adjust your seatback while the vehicle is moving, you will be out
& WARNING
of position . Always adjust the seatback when the vehicle is not Always make sure the front seatbacks are in the upright position
moving. and securely locked in place when driving . •
• To reduce the risk of injury in the case of sudden braking or
accident, front passengers must never ride in a moving vehicle
with the seatback reclined. Safety belts and the airbag system
only offer maximum protection when the seatback is upright and
the safety belts are properly positioned on the body. The more the
seatback is reclined, the greater the risk of personal injury from an
incorrect seating position and improperly positioned safety
belts! •

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App li es to veh icles: wi th lumbar suppo r t


& WARNING (continued)
Lumbar support
position . Always adjust the lumbar support when the vehicle is
The lumbar support can be adjusted to fit the natural not moving. •
curvature of the occupant's spine .

Head restraints

Adjusting head restraints , front seats


The head restraints must be adjusted properly to provide
protection.

Fig. 63 Front seat:


switch for lumbar
adjustment

Adjusting the curvature


- Push the forward depression on the switch shell ~ fig. 63
to increase backrest curvatu re.
Fig. 64 Driver's seat
- Push the rear depression on the switch shell to decrease head restraint:
adjusting the height
backrest curvature.

Adjusting the height The head restraints on the front seats can be adjusted to
prov ide safe support to head and neck at the opt imum
- Push the top depression on the sw itch shell to raise the
height. When optimally adjusted, the top of the restra int
support in the backrest .
should be level with the top of the head ~ page 119,
- Push the bottom depression on the switch shell to lower "Proper adjustment of head restraints" .
the support in the backrest.
Raising head restraint

& WARNING - Grasp the side of the head restraint with both hands .

Never adjust the lumbar support while the vehicle is moving. If you - Adjust the head restraints so that the top of the head
adjust your seat while the vehicle is moving, you will be out of restraint is at least level with your eyes or higher
~ fig. 64.
Seats and storage

Lowering head restraint Rear seats


- Grasp the sides of the head restraint with both hands.
General information
- Press the b utton =:> page 74, fig. 64 an d adjust the head
restraint . Sa fe tr ansp ort atio n of pas sen g ers on the rear seat s
req uires prope r safety p reca utions.
- Adj ust t he head restraints so t hat t he t o p of t he head
rest raint is at least level w it h your eyes or hi gher
=:> page 74, fig . 64.

Refer to ~ page 119, "Prope r adj ustment of head rest raints" for
guide lines on how to ad j ust the height of the front head restraints
to fit the occupant 's body size.

& WARNING Fig. 6 5 Correct seat


posit ion on the rear
• Driving without head restraint s or with head restraints that are bench seat
not properly adju sted increases the risk of serious or fatal neck
injury dramatically . All passengers on the rear seats must be seated in compliance with
• Read and heed all WARNINGS ~ page 119. the safety guidelines exp lained in ~ page 125 and ~ page 135. The
correct seating position is critical for the safety of front and rear
seat passengers alike ~ page 118.
[i ] Tips
Correctly adjusted head restraints and safety belts are an extremely
effective com bi nation of safety features. • & WARNING
• Occupants in the front and rear seats must always be properly
restrained .
• Persons taller than 4 feet 11 inches (1.50 ml must never sit in
the rear seat area . The rear passenger comp artment is too small
for passenger taller than 4 feet 11 inches (1.50 ml.
• The min imum clearance between the passengers ' head s and
the rear window must never, under any circum stance s, be less
than 1 inch (2.5 cm ) w ith the passengers sitting fully upright . Taller
persons, as well as children on booster seats who are too close to
the rear windo w, can suffer severe head and neck injurie s when _,,

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Seats and storage

• Do not place bulky items on the rear window shelf as they would
& WARNING (continued) restrict or block the driver's vision through the rear view mirror. •
the rear lid is closed or if a crash occurs. Always make sure that
rear seat passengers cannot be struck when the rear lid is closed.
• When the rear backrest is folded down do not allow passengers Luggage compartment
to occupy the load surface available while the vehicle is in motion.
Vehicle occupants must always be properly restrained. Expanding the luggage compartment
• Never store any heavy, hard objects on the rear lid cover. This
can be hazardous for rear seat occupants if the rear lid is opened
You can increase the available luggage space by folding
or if the vehicle is braked suddenly or in the event of a crash. the rear seatback down.
• Loose items inside the passenger compartment, can fly
forward in a crash or sudden maneuver and injure occupants.
Always store articles in the luggage compartment and use the
fastening eyes, especially when the rear seat backs have been
folded down .
• Read and heed all WARNINGS=:> page 118, "Proper seating
positions for passengers in rear seats". •
Fig. 66 Unlocking lever
of the backrest (left
Rear window shelf side)

You can place light articles of clothing on the rear


window shelf behind the seatback. Tilting the seat back forward
Press the lever ~ fig . 66 in the direction of the arrow.
& WARNING Tilt the seat back forward.
Whenever you are driving, do not leave any hard objects on the
rear window shelf or allow your pet to sit on the shelf. These could Returning the seat back to its original position
become a hazard for vehicle occupants in the event of sudden - Tilt the seat back until it latches securely~ & .
braking or a crash!
You can fold down both parts of the seatback either separately or
together to increase the size of the luggage compartment.
[i ] Tips
• A vent slot is located between the shelf and the rear window. Do Stowing luggage
not block the vent with any items you may place on the rear window Follow instruction =:>page 121.
shelf.
Seats and storag e

Fastening eyelets
& WARNING The l ugg age comp artment is equipped w ith four tie-down
• The backrest must alw ays be securely latched so that the
eyelets to secure luggage and other items.
safety belt can work properly to help protect the occupant .
• The backrest must be securely lat ched in position so that no
item s contained in the luggage compartment can slide forward
upon sudden braking .
• Never allow safety belt s to become damaged by being caught
in door or seat hardw are.
• Torn or frayed safety belt s can tear and damaged belt hardware
can break in a crash. Inspect th e belts per iodically. Belts showing
dam age to webbing , binding s, buckle s, or retractor s mu st be Fig. 67 Luggage
replaced . compart me nt :
fa stening eye s

& WARNING Use t he t ie-dow n eyelets t o secure your cargo pro perly
~ f ig. 67 -arrows- .
Alwa ys read and heed WARNINGS ~ & in "Loading the luggage
compartment " on page 12 1. Read and heed all warnings~ page 121, "Stowing
luggage".
0 Note
In a col lision, the laws of physics mean that even sma ller items that
When folding the backrest back into place, make sure the safety belt are loose in the vehicle will turn into heavy m issiles that can cause
does not get caught, because it can be damaged. A damaged belt serious injury. Items in the vehicle pick up kinetic energy which
can fail to provide safe restraint . • varies with vehicle and the weight of the item. The vehicle speed is
the most significant factor.
For example, in a frontal collision at a speed of 30 mph (48 km/h),
the fo rces act ing o n a 10 lbs (4.5 kg) o bject are about 20 times the
normal weight of the item. This means that the weight of the item
wo uld suddenly be about 200 lbs (90 kg). One can easily imagine the
injuries that an item of that weight flying freely through the
passenger compartment can cause in a col lision at a speed consid -
ered relatively low . ~

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Engage all four hooks into the fastening eyes => fig . 68.
& WARNING - Place objects to be secured under the net.
Weak, damaged or improper straps used to secure items to tie-
downs can fail during hard braking or in a collision and cause Mounting hooks
serious personal injury.
There are two mounting hooks under rear window base inside the
• Always use suitable mounting straps and properly secure luggage compartment . You can attach t he cargo net as well as light
items to the tie-downs in the luggage compartment to help objects to these hooks.
prevent items from shifting or flying forward as dangerous
The mounting hooks are spring -loaded and will return to their
missiles.
normal position wh en not in us e.
• When the rear seat backrest is folded down, always use suit-
able mounting straps and properly secure items to the tie-downs
in the luggage compartment to help prevent items from flying
forward as dangerous missiles into the passenger compartment.
& WARNING
For strength-related reasons, the mounting hooks can only be
• Never attach a child safety seat tether strap to a tie-down. • used to secure objects weighing up to 1O lb. (5 kg). Heavier objects
will not be adequately secured - Risk of injury! •
Ap plies to veh icl es: w it h carg o net

Elastic cargo net Luggage compartment cover removal and


The cargo net prevents light objects from sliding around installation
in the luggage compartment. The luggage compartment cover prevents people from
looking into the luggage compartment.

Fig. 68 Luggage
compartment: cargo
net Fig. 69 Open rear lid
with luggage compart-
ment cover
Securing objects to the luggage compartment
floor with the net Removing the luggage compartment cover
- Lay out the cargo net in the luggage compartment. - Pull the buttons G) =>fig. 69
Seats and storage

- Pull the cover © out of the brackets 0 => fig. 69 in the sary to safely transport luggage, bicycles, surf boards, skis or small
direction of the arrow. boats. All necessary hardware for these systems is available at your
authorized Audi dealer.
Replacing the luggage compartment cover • We recommend that you keep the installation instructions for
- Push the cover up into the brackets 0- your roof rack system together with your Owner's literature in the
vehicle.
- Press the buttons G) onto the ball heads.
When should the roof rack be removed?
• Before going through an automatic car wash (it is best to ask the
& WARNING car wash operator for advice).
Never store or place heavy objects on the luggage compartment • When not in use, to reduce fuel consumption, wind noise and to
cover. If you leave something heavy on the cover and then open the guard against theft.
cover, the object could slide forward and injure anyone sitting in
the rear. Also, in the case of sudden braking or a crash, a heavy
object on the cover could fly forward and injure any passengers. • & WARNING
• Use of an unapproved roof rack or incorrect mounting of an
approved roof rack can cause the roof rack or the items attached
Roof rack to it to fall off the roof onto the road.
• Objects falling from the roof of a vehicle can cause a crash and
First things first personal injury.
• Only mount the system between the markings shown in
A roof rack can be fitted to carry additional luggage on
~ page 80, fig. 70.
the roof.
• The roof rack system must be installed exactly according to the
- Always read and follow the instructions provided by the instructions provided.
roof rack manufacturer when the roof rack system must
be installed.
0 Note
If you are transporting luggage or other objects on the roof, please • Your vehicle warranty does not cover any damages to the vehicle
note the following: caused by using roof racks or mounting structures not approved by
Audi for your vehicle. The same applies to damage resulting from
• Your vehicle has specially designed aerodynamic roof rails . Only incorrect roof rack installation .
install a roof rack specifically designed for your model. Contact the
nearest Audi dealer for information on approved modular roof racks • Always check the roof rack mountings and hardware before each
for your vehicle. trip and during a trip to make sure everything is securely tightened.
If necessary, retighten the mountings and check the entire system
• These approved roof racks are the basis for a complete roof rack from time to time . .,,
system. Additional attachments for the basic roof rack are neces-

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• After mounting a roof rack system, or when you transport Always attach items t o the roof rack sec ur ely bef ore you
objects on the roof of your vehicle, the height of the vehicle is natu - d rive of f.
rally increased . Be careful when driving under low bridges or in
parking garages for example. This cou ld cause damage to the load The maximum permiss i ble roof weigh t is 165 lb (75 kgl. The roof
and even the vehicle itself. • weight is made up of the weight of the roof rack system and the
we ight of the object being transported.

Mounting locations When using a roof rack system which has a lower load carrying
capacity, you must not use up the total maximum permissible load
The roof rack must be attached only at the positioning carrying capacity specified above. Instead, you should load the roof
bolts. rack system only to the maximum capacity specified by the manu -
facturer of the roof rack system .

& WARNING
Weak , dama ged or imp roper strap s used to secure item s to the
roof rack can fail during hard braking or in a collision and cause
seriou s personal injury.
• Make sure the roof rack is installed exactly as specified above
=> page BO.
Fig. 70 M ounti ng loca-
tion s for roof rack • Always use suitabl e mounting straps for securing it ems to the
roof rack to help prevent ite ms from shifting or flying forward .
Inst a ll ati on • Items on the roof rack must alwa ys be securely mounted.
When installing the feet make sure that they are positioned exactly • The use of a roof rack can negatively affect the wa y a vehicle
on the position ing bolts provided @ between the side panel and handles. Cargo that is large, heavy, bulky, long or flat will have a
the upper roof frame => fig. 70. The positioning bolt is visible as greater negative influen ce on th e vehicle' s aerodynamics , cent er
soon as the li p of the sealing strip is pushed back from the roof of gravity and overall handling . Alw ays drive slowly, avoid sudden
frame with the tool provided. • braking and man euvers when transport ing cargo on the roof of
your vehicle.
• Never exceed the ma ximu m permi ssible load carrying capacity
Loading the roof rack
of the roof of your vehic le, the permissible axle weights and the
Alw ays distribute the loads evenly . Make sure anything on perm issible t ot al weight of your vehicle :::;,page 289, "Weight s".
the roof rack is securely tied down. • Alway s drive slowly, avoid sudden braking and maneuver s
when transport ing cargo on t he roof of your vehicle.
- Always distr ibute the loads on the roo f rack evenly .
Seats and storag e

<£>
For the sake of the environment 0 Note
Sometimes it may be easier to leave a roof rack insta lled even Only d r ink containers with lids should be carried in the cupholder.
though you are not using it . Due to the increased air resistance your Liquid cou ld spill out and damage your vehicles electronic equip -
vehicle wi ll unnecessarily use more fuel. Remove the roo f rack if you ment or stain the upho lstery, etc. •
are not going to use it. •

Ashtray
Cup holder

Fig. 72 Center
console: ashtray
Fig. 71 Cup holder
Opening the ashtray
Two beverages can be carried in the cupholder .
- Slid e the cove r open.

& WARNING Removing ashtray insert


Spilled hot liquid can cause an accident and personal injury. Press t he release butto n ~ fig. 72.
• Never carry any beverage container s with hot liquids, such as Pull the ashtra y in sert up and out .
hot coffee or hot tea , in the vehicle while it is moving . In case of an
accident , sudden braking or other vehicle movement , hot liquid To reinstall ashtray
could spill, causing scalding burns. Spilled hot liquid can also
cause an accident and personal injury.
- Press the ashtray insert back into its holder.
• Use only soft cups in the cupholder . Hard cups and gla sses can
cause injury in an accident . & WARNING
• Never use the cupholder or adapter as an ashtray · risk of fire . Never put w aste paper in the ashtr ay. Hot ashes or other hot
objects in the ashtr ay could set w aste paper on fire . •

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Cigarette lighter / socket The socket of the cigarette lighter may be used for 12-volt appli-
ances with maximum consumption of up t o 100 wa tts, such as a
flash light , small vacuum cleaner, et c.
Cigarette lighter
Before you purchase any accessories, always read and follow the
information in => page 295 , "Additional accessories and parts
replacement" .

& WARNING
Improper use of the cigarett e light er can cause seriou s inju ry or
start a fire.
• Be careful when using th e cigarette lighter . If you do not pay
Fig. 73 Open ashtray attention t o w hat you are doing w hen you are using the cigarette
w it h cigarett e lighter lighter you can burn your self .

The cigare tt e lighter or socket onl y work w ith t he ignition


on. 0 Note
• To avoid damaging the socket , only use plugs that fit properly.
Using the cigarette lighter • Only use the cigarette lighter socke t as a power sour ce for ele c-
- Slide the cover open to reach t he cigarette lighter . trical accessories for short durations . Use the sockets in the vehicle
when a power source is needed for longer durations .
- Push the knob => fig. 73 in .
- Wait unt il the cigarette light er kno b pops out. [i ]Tips
Remove the cigarette ligh t er immedi ate ly and use it. • When the engine is off and accessories are still plugged in and
are on, the vehicle battery can still be drained.
Reinsert cigarette lighter into the socket after use . • The vehicle battery must not be charged with a st andard sma ll
cha rger that plugs into the cigarette lighter or ou tl et . •
Connecting an appliance
- Slide th e cover ope n to reach t he cigarette light er.
- Remove ciga rette li ghter.
Plug in applia nce to be used.
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Outlet
[i ] Tips
The o u tle t in the fron t center cons ole may be used for 12- Whe n the engine is off and accessories are stil l p lugged in and are
volt appliances . on, the vehicle battery can still be drained . •

Storage

General

Fig. 74 Center
& WARNING
console, front: 12-volt • Alway s remove obje cts from t he instrument panel. Any items
outlet
not put away could slide around inside the vehicle while driving or
when accelerating or when applying the brakes or w hen driv ing
- Fold the cove r fo r t he out let up. around a corner.
- Plug in app liance t o be used . • When you are driving make sure t hat anything you may have
placed in the center console or oth er storage locations cannot fall
The outlet may be used for 12-volt appliances with maximum out into the footw ells. In case of sudden braking you would not be
co nsumpt ion of up to 100 watts , such as a flash light. small vacuu m able to brake, depress the clut ch or accelerate .
cleaner , etc. • Any articles of clothing that you have hung up must not inter -
Before you purchase any accessories, always read and follow the fere with the driver' s view. The coat hooks are designed only for
information in ~ page 295, "Additiona l accessories and parts lightwe ight clothing. Never hang any clothing w ith hard, pointed
replacement " . or heavy objects in the pockets on the coat hooks. During sudden
braki ng or in an accident · especially if the airbag is deployed ·
these objects could injure any passengers inside the vehicle . •
& WARNING
The outlet plus any appliances plugged into it remain functional
even if the ignition is swit ched off or the ignition key is removed .
Never leave children inside the vehicle without supervision .

0 Note
To avoid damag i ng the socket, only use plugs that fit properly.

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Glove compartment Coat hooks


The glove compartment is illuminated and can be locked.

0
& WARNING
9 • Hang clothes in such a way that they do not impair the driver's
------------ i vision.
• The coat hooks must only be used for lightweight clothing. Do
not leave any heavy or sharp edged objects in the pockets which
may interfere with the side airbag deployment and can cause
personal injury in a crash.
• Do not hang heavy objects on the coat hooks, as they could
Fig. 75 Glove compart-
ment
cause personal injury in a sudden stop. •

To open glove compartment Ap pli es to ve hi cles: w ith storage co mp art me nt in th e fr ont seats

- Pull the handle => fig. 75 in the direct ion of the arrow Storage compartment in the front seats
push down lid to the fully open posit ion. There is a fold-out storage compartment in the front of the
seats.
To close glove compartment
- Push the glove compartment lid upward until the lock Opening
engages. - Lift the handle and pull the drawer out .

CD changer* Closing
The CD changer for the Sound System is located in the glove
- Push the drawer in completely until it latches.
compartmen t .

& WARNING [i] Tips


The maximum carrying capacity 2.2 lbs (1 kg). •
To reduce the risk of personal injury in an accident or sudden stop,
always keep the glove compartment closed while driving. •
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Warm and cold

Climate controls Using the previously recommended setting is the quickest way to
achieve a comfortable climate in the vehicle. This setting should
therefore only be changed when personal comfort levels or certa i n
Controls
circumstances require it.
The air conditioning automatically m aintains the selected The climate controls are a combination of automatic heating and
temperature in the vehicleinterior throughout each ventilation systems and a cooling system which dehumidifies and
season. cools the air inside the vehic le.
The climate controls automatically maintain a temperature once it
has been set. The temperature of the air from the vents, fan speed
(air volume) and air dist ribu t ion are also automatically adjus t ed. The
system also takes into account strong sunshine so that manual
adjus t ment is not necessary. So in almost all cases, automatic mode
offers the best conditions for the comfort of the occupants at all
times of the year ~ page 88 .
Please not e:
In cooling mode, relative humidity in the interior is reduced. This
prevents t he windows from fogging up .
When relative humidity and temperatures outside are high, conden -
sate can drip from the air conditioning evaporator and form a pool
of water under the vehicle . This is normal and not an indication of a
leak!
When outside t emperatures are low, t he f an does not switch to a
higher speed until the coolant has reached an adequate tempera-
Fig. 76 Clim at e contro ls ture, with the exception of t he defrost setting .

We recommend the following setting: When accelerating at wide-open throttle, the air conditioning
compressor is temporarily switched off to maintain fu ll engine
- Rotate the knob~ fig. 76 @ to the right to switch on the power.
ai r conditioning.
In order to ensure engine cooling under extreme engine loads, the
- Set the temperature to 72 °F (22 °C). compressor is switched off if coolant temperatures climb too high . ..

- Press t he !AUTO j ~ fig . 76 button.

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Functions are set by turning the rotary knob or switched on and off
by tap p ing the buttons . The LED in the bu t tons illuminates when the & WARNING
function is active . For safety reasons, it is impo rtant that all w indow s are free of ice,
snow, and condensat ion. Only then is good visibility ensured .
Button(s l Meaning Page Please familiari ze yourself w ith the correct operation of the air
Rotary knob G) Temperature selection => page 86 conditioning and how to dehumidify / defrost the windows .

Switch air conditioning


Rotary knob 0@ on/off
Fan
=> page 87 0 Note
• If you suspect that the climate controls have been damaged,
Air distribution =>page 87 switch the system off to avoid damag ing it, and have it inspected by
Rotary knob ©
an author ized Audi dealer.
=>page 88 • Audi climate control system repairs require special expertise and
Rear window def ogger =>page 89 t he proper tools. You shou ld contact an authorized Audi dealer in
the event of malfunctions.
Heated seat* driver/pas-
I-.;+I senger side
=>page 90

Recirculation =>page 88
[i ] Tips
-
Switch on cooling sys-
=> page89
• To avo id adverse ly affecting heating and cooling performance
and to prevent condensation on the windows, the air intake in front
tem of the windsh ield must be free of ice, snow, and leaves.
• The air coming from the vents and circulating through the entire
Pollutant filter
inter ior is extracted through the outlet slots in the side panels in the
The pollutant filter (particle filter) ensures that contaminants in the luggage compartment. Make sure that the outlet slots are not
outside air (such as dus t or po llen) are greatly reduced or stopped. covered by clo t h ing, etc.
The air is also filtered in recirculation mode.
• Climate control works most effectively if the windows are closed .
The pollutan t fil t er element must be changed accord i ng to the inter - However, if the interior of a parked vehicle is extremely hot from the
vals specified in the maintenance schedule so that the air condi- sun's rays, briefly opening the windows can speed up the cooling
tioning system's performance is not adversely affected. process. •
If the filter's effectiveness is weakened by driv ing t he vehic le in
areas with heavi ly polluted outside air, the filter element should also Setting temperature
be changed in between the listed services .

Tur n th e rota ry kno b G) ~ page 85, fig . 76 to t he des ir ed


t emperature sett i ng . ~
Warm and cold

To set a lower temperature, turn the rotary knob to the left. To set a Air distribution
higher temperature, turn the rotary knob to the right. There are addi -
tional intermediate settings available to adjust the temperature as 0

needed. • §
i
Switching climate control on and off

Switching the climate control system on and off


- Turn the knob @==> page 85, fig. 76 to the right to switch
climate control on. The LED next to the word OFF goes
out.
Turn the knob @==> page 85, fig. 76 to the left to switch
the climate control system off. The LED next to the word
OFF comes on.

Setting fan speed ~


- Turn the knob @==> page 85, fig. 76 to the setting you Fig. 77 Instrument panel: Location of air vents
want to adjust fan speed (air quantity).
- Turn the rotary knob 0 ==>page 85, fig. 76 to the desired
In automatic mode the climate control system automatically regu- setting .
lates fan speed depending on interior temperature. You can adjust
the volume of air produced by the fan to meet your own require- - To open and close the outlets, turn the adjusting ring.
ments .
- To adjust the direction of the airflow from the outlet,
move the tab in the center of the outlet in the desired
[i] Tips direction. The direction of the air delivered from the
If the difference between the desired temperature set by you and vents can be adjusted horizontally and vertically.
the vehicle's interior temperature is too great, the fan speed will
change automatically. This is done so that the desired temperature Air distribution:
setting is reached as quickly as possible. • • In setting -0-,air flows only to the windows, vents (D and 0
are
open. To defrost the driver and front passenger side windows most
effectively, the vents 0 should be directed toward the side
windows. .,,_

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• In setting®, air flows on ly to the driver/passenger, vents 0 and Automatic operation [AU T O]
@ are ope n .
Stan dard operating mode at all times of the year.
• In setting..(}, air flows only to the footwell, vents © are open.
• In setting~. air flows only to the w indows and the footwe ll, Turning on automati c operation
vents G), 0 and © are open . - Set the temperature you want.
There are additiona l combinations (through intermediate settings)
available to adjust air distribution as needed.
- Press the (AUTO ] button=> page 85, fi g . 76.

Automatic operation ensures constant temperatures in the interior


[i I Tip s and dehumidifies the air inside the vehic le. Air temperature,
vo l ume, and distribution are controlled automatically to reach or
If the climate controls are runn ing in cooling mode, air should flow
mainta i n the desired interior temperature as quick ly as possible.
mainly from vents 0and @ . To achieve sufficient cooling, you
Fluctuations in exterior temperature and the effects of temperature
should never close these vents comp letely. •
from the position of the sun are compensated for aut omatical ly. •

Defrost [@)
Manual air recirculation mode l~I
The w indshield and si de wi ndows are defroste d or cleared
The recir culation mode prevents polluted outside air from
of condensation as quickly as possible.
entering the vehicle in teri or.
- To t ur n o n t he def ogger/defros t er, press t he [®] butto n
Swit c hing on air recircul a tion
=> page 85, fig . 76.
- Press the button !~I => page 85, fig. 76 => &.
- To turn the defogger/defroster off, press the [®]button
again, or the [AU TO I button. Switching off a ir re circulat ion

Temperature is control led automatically. The maximum amount of - Press the button !~I again, or
air flows mainly from vents 1 =>page 87. - Press th e (AUTO I bu tton, or
A smal l amount of air f lows from vents 2 - if they are open
- Press the(@ ] button .
=>page 87.
Pressing the[@] button switches off recircu lation mode. • In recirculation mode, air is drawn from the vehicle interior, filtered,
and recirculated . We recommend that you select recircu lation mode
briefly=> & under the follow ing conditions :
When driving through a tunne l or in a traffic jam so that exhaust
fumes and odors cannot enter th e vehic le interior . ~
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& WARNING - If you would


off .
like to save fu el, swit c h t he air conditioning

You should not use t he recirculati on mod e for an exte nded period
- If you open the windows while driving, switch the air
since no fresh air is drawn in, and w ith the air conditioning
conditioning off .
sw itc hed off the w indows can fog up - thi s increases th e risk of an
accident ! • - If the veh icle is extremely hot due to the heat of the sun,
briefly open doors and windows.
A/C operation [AC)
'£>For th e sake of th e environm ent
Switching on A / C When you save fuel, you reduce emissions from the vehicle. •
- Press t he (AC) button~ page 85, fig. 76.

Switching A / C off Rear window defogger [ffiJ


- Press t he (AC) button again. The rear window defogger clears the rear window of
condensati on.
The cooling system is switched on during A/C operation - the
heating and ventilation system is controlled auto matica lly. - Press t he QuJbu t ton~ page 85, fig. 76 t o turn the rear
window defogger on and off.
[i J Tips The rear window defogger works on ly when the engine is running.
If the LED in the switch stays on after A/C operation has been The indicator light in the button illuminates when the rear window
switched off( = switching the A/C off), there is a fau lt in an air condi- defogger is turned on.
tioning component. Please consult an authorized Audi dealer when
there is an operat i ng prob lem. • The rear window defogger is switched off automatica lly after 10 to
20 minutes, depending on the outside temperature .
At very low outside temperatures, the rear window defogger can be
Using the climate controls economically switched on continuously by pushing the Qiilbutton for more than 2
Economical use of the climate controls helps to save fuel. seconds. This remains stored until the ignition is switched off. A
rear window defogger that was switched on also remains stored for
When climate control is working in cooling mode, engine 15 minutes after the ignition is switched off.
performance is reduced and fuel consumption is affected. If the engine is restarted within these 15 minutes, the rear window
To keep the t ime the air cond itioning is on as sh ort as defogger is activated for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on outside
poss i ble, you sh ould do the following: temperature . With a vehicle that is parked for a short time, the rear
window defogger does not need to be manually activated again. .,,_

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<i'For the sake of th e environm ent


A s soon as the rear window is clear , you should switch the rea r
window defogger of f . Th e reduced power consumption has a bene -
fic ial effect on fue l consumption . •

Heated seats ---+]


Ap plies to vehicl es: w ith h eated seat s

(- J
The seat cushion and the seat back of the front seats can
be heated electrically.
- Press the heated seats button [- ,;J +)~ page 85, fig. 76 to
set the level of heat ing desired .

The range of controls goes from 1 to 3. The heat sett ing selected is
shown by LEDs abov e th e button.

0 Note
To avoid damage t o the heating elements in the seats, do not kneel
on the seats or place heavy loads on a small area of the seat. •
On the road

On the road

Steering
& WARNING
Adjusting the steering wheel column Improper use of steering wheel adjustment and improper seating
position can cause serious personal injury.
The steering wheel position can be continuously adjusted
• Adjust the steering wheel column only when the vehicle is not
in height and distance. moving to prevent loss of vehicle control.
• Adjust the driver's seat or steering wheel so that there is a
minimum of 10 inches (25 cm) between your chest and the
steering wheel => page 116, fig. 96. If you cannot maintain this
minimum distance , the airbag system cannot protect you prop-
erly .
• If physical limitations prevent you from sitting 10 inches (25
cm) or more from the steering wheel , check with your authorized
Audi dealer to see if adaptive equipment is available.
Fig . 78 Lever under • If the steering wheel is aligned with your face, the supple-
the steering column mental driver's airbag cannot provide as much protection in an
accident. Always make sure that the steering wheel is aligned with
First, adjust t he driver's seat correct ly. your chest .

- Push the lever~ fig. 78 -Arrow- ~ & . • Always hold the steering wheel with your hands at the 9 o'clock
and 3 o'clock positions to reduce the risk of personal injury if the
- Move the steering wheel to the desired position. driver's airbag deploys .

Push the lever against the steering column until it locks. • Never hold the steering wheel at the 12 o'clock position or with
your hands inside the steering wheel rim or on the steering wheel
There must be at least 10 inches (25 cm) between your chest and the hub . Holding the steering wheel the wrong way can cause serious
center of the steering wheel. If you cannot sit more than 10 inches injuries to the hands , arms and head if the driver's airbag
(25 cm) from the steering wheel, see if adaptive equipment is avail- deploys . •
able to help you reach the pedals and increase the distance from the
steering wheel.
For detailed information on how to adju st the driver's seat, see
=> page 71.

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Ignition lock and ignition switch Before the starter can be operated again the key must be turned
back to posi t ion G). The non-repeat lock prevents you from
damaging the starter when the engine is running.
Ignition lock
The ignition key starts or s tops the eng ine.
& WARNING
• Never remove the key from the ignition lock while the vehicle is
moving. The steering wheel will lock causing loss of control .
• If you have to leave your vehicle - even for just a minute - always
remove the ignition key and take it with you . This is especially
important if you are going to leave children behind in the vehicle.
The children could start the engine or use other vehicle control s.
Unsupe rvised use of vehicle controls (for example , power
window s) can cause serious personal injurie s.
Fig. 79 Ignition lock
position s
[i ] Tips
Ignition off G) If the veh icle battery has been disconnected an d then reconnected,
In position => fig . 79 G) both the ignition and engine are off , and the then you must leave the key in position G) for about 5 seconds
steering is locked. bef or e you can start the engine . •
To lock the steering after you have removed the ignition key, turn
the steering whee l in either direction until you hear it lock into Ap plies to vehicle s: w it h aut om at ic transmiss ion
place . You should always lock the steering whenever you leave your
Ignition key safety lock
vehic le. This makes a vehicle theft even more difficult =>& .
The ignition key can only be rem oved when the selec tor
Ignition on 0 lever is in the "P" (Park) p osition.
If it is difficult to turn the key after you have inserted it into the igni -
tion lock, t urn the steering wheel back and forth. This will take the After switching off the ignition, the ignition key can only be
load off the steering lock mechanism and you wil l be able to turn the removed from the igni t io n lock w hen the selector lever is in the "P"
key freely and start the engine. (Park) position . After you have removed the key, the selector lever is
locked and cannot be moved. •
Starting the engine ®
In this position the engine starts . Whi le the engine is starting, the
power supply to the headlights and other electrical consumers is
temporari ly interrupted t o conserve battery power . After the engine
has started, release the key and it will return to position G).
On the road

Starting and stopping the engine


0 Note
• Avoid high engine speeds, fast acceleration or heavy engine
Starting the engine
loads while the engine is still cold. This could damage the engine.
The engine can only be started with on original Audi key • The engine cannot be started by pushing or towing the vehicle.
and the clutch pedal* depressed.
- Set the parking brake. ~ For the sake of the environment
To avoid unnecessary engine wear and to reduce exhaust emis-
Move the selector lever to the neutral position (automatic
sions, do not let your vehicle stand and warm up. Be ready to drive
transmission: selector lever in P or N) ~ &. off immediately after starting your vehicle. Maintain moderate
- On vehicles with manual transmission, fully depress the speed until the engine is completely warm. Remember, the engine
clutch pedal. performs best at operating temperature. •

- Turn the ignition key to position 0


~ page 92, fig. 79 -
do not depress the gas pedal when starting the engine! Stopping the engine

- Let go of the key as soon as the engine starts. - Turn the ignition key to position G) ~ page 92, fig. 79.
A cold engine may at first be loud after it has been started. This is
due to the hydraulic valves building up the oil pressure . This normal
and no need for concern.
& WARNING
• Never turn off the engine until the vehicle has come to a
If the engine does not start immediately, stop trying after 10
complete stop.
seconds and then try to restart the engine about 30 seconds later.
• The brake booster and servotronic only work when the engine
is running. With the ignition turned off, you have to apply more
& WARNING force when steering or braking. Since you cannot steer and stop
normally, this can lead to accidents and serious injuries.
Never start or let the engine run in a confined or enclosed area.
Exhaust fumes from the engine contain carbon monoxide, a color- • The radiator fan can continue to run for up to 10 minutes even
less and odorless gas. Carbon monoxide can be fatal if inhaled. after you have turned off the engine and removed the ignition key.
The radiator fan can also turn on again if the engine coolant heats
• Never leave the engine idling unattended. An unattended
up because of intense sunlight or heat build-up in the engine
vehicle with a running engine poses a danger of personal injury or
compartment. .,
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If you should drive off with the parking brake still set, a warning tone
0 Note will sound and the following will appear in the instrument cluster to
Do not stop the engine immediately after hard or extended driving. remind you to release the parking brake:
Keep the engine running for approximately two minutes to prevent
Parking brake set
excessive heat build-up. •
The parking brake warning comes on only after you have driven for
longer than 3 seconds and faster than 5 mph (5 km/h).
Parking brake The parking brake warning light Brake (USA)/ {CD)(CON) illuminates
when the parking brake is set and you switch on the ignition.
Parking brake
When the parking brake is set, it prevents the vehicle from & WARNING
rolling away unintentionally. Always release the parking brake completely . A partially engaged
brake will overheat the rear brakes, reduce their effectiveness and
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Only after the vehicle has come to complete stop, should you firmly
set the parking brake and either move the gearshift lever into 1st .
Fig. 80 Center gear (manual transmission) or move the selector lever into "P"
console: Parking brake (Automatic transmission). •
set

Setting the parking brake Parking


- Pull the parking brake lever all the way up. To prevent a parked vehicle from rolling away, there are a
few things you should do.
Releasing the parking brake
When you park your vehicle, do the following:
Pull the parking brake lever up slightly and press the
release button at the same time => fig. 80 -arrow-. - Stop the vehicle using the brake pedal.
Keep the release button pressed and lower the parking - Set the parking brake firmly.
brake=> &- - Switch off the engine.
On th e road

- Wit h a manual transm issi o n, engage 1st gea r, or with an Acoustic parking system
automatic transmission place the selector lever in P
=>& . Ap pli es to vehicles : w ith 4-channe l acou stic park assist

- Remove the ignition key from the ignit ion lock. Rear acoustic park assist
Acoustic park assist gives a warning about obstacles
Wha t el s e y ou should do wh e n parking yo u r v ehi c le on
a n incli ne or d ec li ne
behind the vehicle.
Turn the steering whee l so that if the vehicle shou ld start to rol l, it Description
wi ll roll into the curb. The rear acoustic park assist (4-channel acoustic park assist) deter -
If you are park ing on a decline (the front of you r vehic le facing mines the d istance of the vehic le from an obstac le using u ltrasonic
downhill) , turn t he front wheels to the right so t hat they poin t sensors. The sensors are in the rear bumper. The volume and the
toward the curb . pitch of the chimes can be adjusted through the menu display
=>page 27.
If you are park ing on an incline (the font of your vehicle facing
uphill!, turn the front whe els to the left so that they point away from The range at which the sensors start to measure is about :
the curb .
To the side 2 feet (0.60 m)

& WARNING Center rear 5 feet (1.60 ml

Thi s is how you can reduce the risk of injury w hen leaving your A c ti v atio n
vehicle . The par king assist is activated when reverse gear is engaged . A brief
• Never par k the vehicle w here it can come in cont act w ith dry tone confirms that the system is activated .
grass, spilled fuel or any other flammable mater ials.
Ba c king up
• Never allow anyone - especially small children - t o remain in the
vehicle when it is locked. Locked doors make it more difficult for
Distance warning when backing up starts when an obstacle is
rescuers to access the passenger compartment in the event of an
detec t ed in the range of the park assist system . As the distance
decreases, the time interval between the aud ible tones becomes
emergency. Danger to life!
shorter .
• Never leave children unsupervised in the vehicle. Children
could release the parking brake or move the gearsh ift lever out of When the distance is less than 1 foot (0.30 m), the tone becomes
gear. The vehicle could start to roll away and cause an accident . continuous . At this point you should stop backing up.
• No matter what the season is, the temperature in a parked Please note that low objects already signalled by a warning can
vehicle can reach dangerou s levels. • disappear from the syst em's detection range and wil l not continue
t o be signa lled . ..,

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Po t e nt ial m a lf un c ti o n s Cruise control


If a warning buzzer sounds for a few seconds when the ign ition is
switched on, there is a system malfunction with the acoustic park Switching the system on
assist. If the malfunction persists until the ignition is switched off,
there will be no acoustic warning at the next attempt to activate the The cruise control system makes it possible to drive at a
system. Have the problem corrected. constant speed sta r ting at 20 mph (30 km/h) .
There is no confirmation t one when reverse gea r is engaged if there
is a system malfunction .
For the parking assist to operate, the sensors must be kept clean
and free of ice.
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& WARNING
• Sensors have blind spots in w hich objects cannot be dete cted.
Pay special attenti on to small children and anim als. They cannot Fig. 81 Control lever
always be dete cted by the sensors - dan ger of an accident ! w ith set butt on

• The parking assist cannot replace th e driver's attention . The

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driver alone is responsible for parking and simil ar driving mane u-
vers. Alway s wat ch whe re you are driving .

(D Note
Low obstacles already signa lled by a warn ing can disappear from
the system's detection range as they are approached and wi ll not
continue to be signalled. Objects such as barrier chains, trailer draw
bars, thin painted vertical poles , or fences may not be detected by Fig. 82 Display:
the system - risk of damage. Select ed speed

Pull the lever to position G) ~ fig. 81 to switch the


[i J Tip s system on.
For the parking assist to operate, the sensors must be kept clean
and free of snow and ice. • Drive at the speed yo u wis h to set.
Press but t on @ to set that speed.

The display~ fig. 82 will show the set speed. The display may vary
depending on the type of display in your vehicle . The indicator light ~
On th e road

(US mod ell/ f-f (Canadian


CRUISE mod ell will also light up in the Change speed in increments of 1 mph (1 km/h) by lightly pressing
instrument cluster . the lever . If you keep the lever pressed down, you will alter your
speed in 5 mph (10 km/ h) increments .

& WARNING You can also press the acce lerator pedal down to increase your
speed, e.g. if you want to pass someone. The speed you saved
• Alw ays pay att enti on to traffic even whe n the cruise control is earlier will resume as soon as you release the accelerator pedal.
swit ched on. You are alway s responsible for your speed and the
distanc e betw een your vehicle and other vehicles.
If , however, you exceed your saved speed by 5 mph (10 km/h) for
longer than 5 minutes, the cruise control will turn off temporarily .
• For safet y reasons, th e cruise control should not be used in the
The symbol will go ou t but the saved speed will be retained. •
cit y, in stop -and-go traffic , on twi st ing roads and when road condi-
t ions are poor (such as ice, fog, gravel, heavy rain and hydro-
planing ) - risk of accident. Presetting your speed
• Turn off the cruise control t emporarily w hen ente ring turn
You can preset your desired speed while the vehicle is not
lanes, highwa y exit lane s or in constru ct ion zones.
moving.
• Please note that inadvertentl y "rest ing" your foot on the accel-
erato r pedal causes t he cruise control not to brake. Thi s is because Turn on the ignition.
the cruise control is overridden by the driver's acceleration .
Pull lever into posit ion G) => page 96, f ig. 81.

[i ] Tip s Press t he lever in the 0 or O direction to increase or


• Vehicles w ith manua l transmission : You can at t ain the set speed decrease your speed.
only if the currently engaged gear allows it and the engine is not - Release the lever to save that speed .
stressed. Shifting to a higher or lower gear promptly will allow the
engine to run smooth ly. This function makes it possible, for example, to save the speed you
• The cruise control cannot maintain a constant speed when want before driving on the highway . Once on the highway, activate
driving downhi ll. The vehicle will acce lerate under its own weight . the cruise contro l by pulling the lever toward (D. •
Downshift to a lower gear or use the brakes to slow down. •

Switching the system off


Changing speed
Tempor a ry d e a c tiv a ti o n
- Press lever in the 0
or O
direction => page 96, fig. 81 to Press the brake pedal, or
increase or decrease your speed.
- Keep the clutch pedal pressed down longer, or
- Release t he lever to save that speed .
- Press t he lever into position @ (not clicked in t o place)
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- Drive for longer t han 5 minutes at more than 5 m ph Audi magnetic ride is an electronically controlled damping system.
(10 km/h) above the st o red speed . This chassis system assists the driver by adap t ing t o t he particular
situation through imperceptib le control processes. The damping
Swi tc hing off c ompl e tely provides individua l modulation of damp ing forces. For example,
with damping characteristics set to provide greater comfort ,
Press lever into posit ion @ (cl icked into place), or damping is set somewhat harder for a brief period only as required,
- Sw itch th e ignition off . when rounding a curve and when braking .

S tandard setting
The system retains the saved speed if you deactivate the cruise
control temporarily. To resume the saved speed, release the brake or Select the standard setting if you prefer a suspension setting
clutch peda l and pull the lever to position G). emphasizing comfort .

Switching the igni t ion off erases t he saved speed . S po rt s etting


Select the sport setting if you prefer a sporty suspension setting .
& WARNING The LED in the switch comes on to indicate sport setting.

You should only return to the saved speed if it is not t oo fast for
the current tr affi c condition s - risk of an accid ent! • [i ]Tip s
The warning/indicator light in t he ins t rument cluster comes on in
the event of a malfunction. Drive to the c losest authori zed Audi
App lies to vehicles: wit h m agn et ic ride dea ler as soon as possible and have the malfunction repaired. •
Audi magnetic ride
Damping can be adjusted to the driver's preference and it
adap ts automa tically to the current driv i ng si tuation.

Fig. 83 Center
co nsole: Sw itch for
Audi magnetic ride

Press the sw itch ~ fig. 83 to turn sport setting on or off.


Tran s mi ss ion

Transmission
App lies to vehicles: with manual tra nsm ission
Manual transmission
Gearshift patt e rn (6-speed manual
Applies to vehicles: with manual transmission transmission )
Gearshift lever
The clutch pedal must be depressed all the way before
you can start the engine .
The manual transmission in your Audi is equipped with an
interlock-feature.
- Depress the clutch pedal all the way.
Fig. 84 Gearshift
- Start the eng ine with t he gearshift lever in Neutra l and patt ern: 6-speed
the clutch pedal depressed . manual tr ansm ission

0 Note
Engaging reverse gear (R)
Move the shift lever all the way to t he left, press it dow n,
Always depress the clutch peda l fully when changing gears . Do not
hold the vehicle on a hi ll with the clutch pedal partially depressed . then pus h it forward .
This may cause premature clutch wear or damage .
Especially after driving forward, stop the vehic le completely, shift
into Neutral and rest the shift lever briefly in Neutral before shifting
[i J Tip s into Reverse. •
• Resting your hand on the gearshift lever knob while driving will
cause premature wear in the transmission .
• The back-up lights go on when you shift into Reverse with the
S tronic transmission
ignition on . •
App lies to vehic les: w ith S tron ic®

Introduction

Your vehicle is equipped with a S tronic transmission, also called a


double -c lut ch system/transmission .
Power is transferred between the engine and the transmission by
means of two independent clutches . They replace the torque tJ,,,

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converter of conventional automatic transmissions and allow the Reverse gear must only be engaged with the vehicle stationary and
vehicle to accelerate without a noticeable break in the power flow. the engine running at idle speed =>& .
With the aid of tiptronic, the gears can optionally be shifted manu- To engage R, you have to depress the release button and simulta-
ally => page 103. • neously step on the brake pedal. In the R position, the back-up lights
illuminate with the ignition on.
Appli es to vehicles: wit h S tronic® N - Neutral
Selector lever positions The transmission is in neutral in this position .
All the selector lever positions are explained in this D - Normal position for driving forward
section. In this position, the forward gears are automatically shifted up and
down, depending on engine load and vehicle speed.
To engage S from N, the brake pedal must be depressed at speeds
below 5 km/h or when the vehicle is stationary =>& .
In certain circumstances (driving in the mountains for example) it
can be beneficial to switch temporarily to the manual shift program
=> page 103 in order to adjust the gear ratios to driving conditions
manually .
Fig. 85 Display:
Selector lever posi- S - Sport setting
tions The S setting should be selected for sporting driving . The power
reserves of the engine can be fully exploited through later upshifts.
The selector lever position is shown in the instrument cluster
To engage S from N, the brake pedal must be depressed at speeds
display by highlighting the appropriate symbol.
below 5 km/h or when the vehicle is stationary =>& .
P - Park lock
In this position the gears are mechanically locked.
The park lock must only be engaged with the vehicle stationary
& WARNING
• Never place the selector lever in the R or P position while the
=>& . vehicle is moving - risk of an accident!
To engage P and to remove the lever from this position, you must • With the engine running, it is necessary to hold the vehicle with
depress the release button (button in the selector lever handle) and the foot brake in all selector lever positions (except P and Nl,
simultaneously you must step on the brake pedal. because even at idle speed the transfer of power is never
completely interrupted - the vehicle "creeps". If the vehicle is
R - reverse
stationary and the transmission is engaged, the engine should
In this position, reverse is engaged. never be speeded up unintentionally (e.g. manually from under the _.,
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& WARNING !continue d) Step on t he br ake pedal and simu ltan eously hold down
the rel ease button.
hood). Other w ise the vehi cle will immediately start to move -
sometime s even if the parking brake is firmly applied - risk of an Autom a ti c sele c tor le v er lo c k 6ll
accident ! The selector lever is locked in the P and N positions when the igni-
• Before you or other persons open the hood and wo rk on a t ion is on. To move the lever fr o m t hese pos itions the driver mus t
running engine, the selector lever must be moved to P and the depress the brake pedal. As a reminder to the driver, the fol lowing
parking brake applied firmly - risk of an accident! Follow the warning appears in the inst rument cluster display when the selector
wa rning sti ckers ~ pag e 209, "Engine compa rt ment ". is in P and N:
APPLY BRAKE WHEN ENGAGING GEAR WITH VEHICLE
[i ] Tips STATIONAR Y

If you have inadvertently shifting into N while the vehic le is moving , In addition, the symbol «s> for the automatic selector lever lock ill u-
you shou ld remove yo ur foo t from the acce lerator and wait unti l the minates in the shif t gate .
engine speed has dropped to idle before shifting back to Dor S. • The selector lever lock is effective only when the vehic le is
stationary and at speeds below 5 km/h . At higher speeds, the lock in
Ap p lies to ve hicles : with S t ro ni c® the N position is automatically sw itched off .
Selector lever lock The selector lever is not locked when rapid shifts are made through
the N posi t ion (e.g. from R to DI. This allows you to "rock" the vehicle
The selector lever lock prevents a gear from being if it becomes stuck . If the lever is in the N position for more than
engaged accidentally and unin tentionally setting the 1 second with the brake pedal not depressed, the selector lock
vehicle in motion. engages automatically.

Release button
The release button in the selector lever handle prevents accidental
shifts into certain selector lever positions . When you press the
release button, the selector lever lock is cancelled. In the i ll ustra -
tion , the positions in which the release button has to be pressed are
h ighlighted in co lor~ fig. 86.

Ign ition key removal lock


Fig. 86 Selector lever The ignition key can only be remove after the ignition is switched off
locks if the selector lever is in P. As long as the ignition key is removed, the
selector lever is locked in P.•
The selector lever lock is released as fo llows:
- Switch the ign ition on .

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Ap pli es to vehi cles : w it h S tr oni c® Stopping on an incline


Driving Notes - Always hold the vehicle with the footbrake or parking
The forward gears are shifted up or down automatically. brake in order to prevent "rollback" =:>& . Do not try to
prevent the vehicle from rolling back by rewing the
engine while it is in gear.

Starting on a hill
- Apply the hand brake firmly.
- With the engine in gear, gradually accelerate and release
Fig. 87 Section from the hand brake.
center console:
Selector lever with The engine can only be started with the selector lever in P or N
release button =>page 93. At low ambient temperatures (14 °F /-1 O °C), it is only
possible to start the engine with the selector lever in P.
Starting from stop
When parking on level ground, it is sufficient to place the selector
- Step on and hold the brake pedal. lever in P. On a steeply sloping road , you should first apply the
parking brake firmly and then place the selector lever in P.This way,
- Hold the release button (button in selector lever) down,
you do not overload the pawl mechanism and it is easier to move
move the selector lever to the desired position, for the selector lever out of P.
example D =:>page 100, and release the button.
- Release the brake pedal and accelerate =:>& . & WARNING
Stopping temporarily • Never leave your vehicle with the engine running while in gear.
If you must leave your vehicle with the engine running, set the
Bring the vehicle to a full stop with the brake, e.g. at parking brake and engage the park lock.
traffic signals.
• When the engine is running and the transmission is in gear (D,
Do not accelerate. S or R) or in "tiptronic" mode, it is essential that you stop the
vehicle with the footbrake. When idling, the transmission of power
Parking does not stop completely - the vehicle "creeps".

- Step on and hold the brake pedal =:>& . • Do not accelerate when you change the selector lever position
with the vehicle stationary and the engine running - risk of an acci-
Apply the parking brake firmly. dent!

- Hold the release button down, move the selector lever to • Never place the selector lever in the R or N position while the
vehicle is moving - risk of an accident! ~
P and release the button.
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& WARNING
• If you have to bring your vehi cle to a stop while on an incline , Hill Descent Assist cannot overcome physical limitations , so it
keep the foot bra ke depressed all the way down so that the vehicle may not be possible to maintain a constant vehicle speed under all
does not start to roll backward . You should never hold the vehicle circumstances . Always be ready to apply the brakes . •
using the clutch pedal if you are going to be stopped on an incline.
If you do, the clutch will start to slip when it overheats caused by
App li es to vehicles: with S tronic®
the constant overload. This is dangerous because if the vehicle
starts to roll backward , you could cause an accident. If the clutch tiptronic operation
should start to slip , you will feel the vehicle "jerk" and the selector
lever display will start blinking .
Tip tr on ic allo ws the drive r to shi ft gears manu ally.
• Before driving down a steep slope , reduce your speed and shift
into a lower gear w ith utiptroni c".
• Do not ride the brakes or apply the brake pedal too often or too
long . Constant braking causes the brakes to overheat and
substantially reduces braking performance , increases braking
distance or causes complete failure of the brake system . •

Appl ies to vehicles: with S tronic transmission and Hill Descent Assist Fig. 88 Center
console: Manua l
Hill Descent Assist shifting (t iptronic )

Hill Descent Assist helps the driv er w hen drivi ng down


inclin es.
Hill Descent A ssist is activated by pressin g the brake wh ile
descending when the selector lever is in D/ S. The S tronic transmis-
sio n autom aticall y shi ft s d ow n to a gear suita ble for th e i ncl ine. Hill
Descent Assist attempts to maintain the current vehicle speed when
th e bra king o ccurs, as far as physi cal and tec h nic al lim its all ow. It
may be necessary to adjust the speed usin g the brakes. Fig. 89 Disp lay:
Manual shifting
Hi ll Desce nt As sist switches off when the inc line level s out o r when (tiptronic )
the gas pedal is pressed.
On vehicles with cruise control *=> page 96, Hill Descent Assist is
also act ivat ed w hen t he speed is set .

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Switching to manual Ap p li es to ve hi cles: w ith S tronic ® and wi th Ti pt ro nic co n trols o n the st eer ing wh eel

- Push the selector lever to the right from D. As the trans - Steering wheel with Tiptronic ® controls
mission has switched, 6 5 4 3 2 1 appears in the display, The selector paddles allow the driver to keep both hands
with the gear that is engaged highlighted. on the steering wheel when shifting gears.

Upshifting
Tap the selector lever forward (in the tiptronic setting)
=> page 103, fig. 88 G).

Downshifting
- Tap the selector lever backward (in the tiptronic setting)
o. Fig. 90 Sport steering
wheel with selec to r
Switching to manual can be carried out with the vehic le stationary paddles
as well as moving .
When accelerating, the transmission shifts into the next gear in Shifting up
gears 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 shortly before the maximum permissible - Pull the right paddle, marked 0 =>fig. 90 briefly towards
engine speed is reached. you.
If you have selected a lower gear than the current one, the transmis-
sion will only shift down when the engine cannot be overspeeded. Shifting down
If kick-down is actuated, the tr ansmission shifts into a lower gear - Pull the left paddle, marked O =>fig. 90 briefly towards
independently of speed and engine rpm . • you.

The selector padd les on the steering wheel are activated when the
selector lever on the center console is in D, S, or in the manual posi -
tion (Tiptronic mode) .
You can also shift g ears in the Tiptronic mode using the selector
lever on the center console.

[i ]Tips
With the gear selector lever in eith er "D" or "S" the transmission will
switch back to the automa t ic mode if you do not use the paddles
within approx . 30 seconds. •
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Ap pli es to veh icles : wit h S troni c® - With your right foot, step on the accelerator to the w id e-
Kick -dovvn feature open throttle position or Kickdown. The engine speed
The kick-down feature allows maximum acceleration. settles at about 3,200 rpm.
- Take your left foot off the brake.
If you depress the accelerator pedal fully beyond the full -throttle
position, the transmission automatically downshifts one gear, The S tronic® in your vehicle is electronically controlled. A special
depending on vehicle speed and engine rpm. The upshift into the Launch Control Program provides the best acce leration from a
next higher gear takes place as soon as the maximum specified standing start .
engine speed is reached.

& WARNING & WARNING


• Always adapt your driving to the traffic flow.
Please note that the drive wheels can spin if the kick-down is used
on a smooth slippery road - risk of skidding! • • Only use Launch Control when road and traffic conditions allow
it and other drivers will not be endangered or annoyed by your
driving and the acceleration of the vehicle.
Applies to vehicles : withs tro ni c®
• Make sure that ESP remains enabled. With the ESP disabled,
Launch Control Program the vehicle could brake away, particularly on a slick and slippery
road - risk of skidding!
The Launch Control Program permits maximum accelera-
• Once acceleration is finished, switch ASR on again by briefly
tion .
pushing the ESP button. •
In order to use Launch Control, the ASR (Anti-Slip Regula-
tion) must be disabled. When ASR is disabled, the ESP App li es to vehicles: with S tronic®
warning/indicator light 9 in the instrument cluster illumi - Back-up program
nates . So that Launch Control can be used, the engine must
be at operating temperature and the steering wheel must In the event of a system malfunction, there is an back-up
not be turned . program.
- With the engine running, briefly press the ESP button. In the event of system malfunctions , the automatic transmission
The message "ASR off" appears in the instrument cluster switches to the fai l-safe mode. Th is is signalled by one segment or
d isplay. all the segments in the display illuminating or going out .
The effect of a system malfunction can be one of the fo llowing:
- Shift the gear lever to "S" or the tiptronic® position.
• The program shifts only into certain gears.
- Step on the brake pedal with your left foot and keep the
• Reverse gear can no longer be engaged.
brake pedal fully depressed for at least one second.

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• The manual shift program (tiptronic) is switched off in the fail- dure requires professional dexterity. We recommend that
safe mode. you seek assistance.
If the transmission switches to fail-safe mode, you should take the
vehicle to an authorized Audi dealership as soon as possible to have Removing the selector lever boot
the condition corrected . • - Engage the parking brake.
- Carefully pry the selector lever boot out of the trim using
App lies to vehi cles: w ith S tronic ®
a small screwdriver @ .
Emergency release for selector lever
- Pull both sides of the boot upward in the direction of the
If the vehicle's power supply fails, the selector lever can arrows @ .
be released in an emergency.
- Fold the boot upward.
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i - Press the release lever toward the center of the vehicle
with the screwdriver ~ fig. 92 ©
and hold it in this posi -
tion.
- Now press the lock button on the selector lever @ and
Fig. 91 Selector lever: move the selector lever to the N position.
Remove selector lever
sleeve - Clip the shift boot back into the shift gate.

If the vehicle has to be pushed or towed if the power supply fails


(e.g. battery is discharged), the selector lever mus t be moved to the
N position using the emergency locking device.

& WARNING
The selector must only be shifted from the P position if the hand-
brake is firmly applied. Otherwise the vehicle would start moving
Fig. 92 Selector lever:
emergency release unexpectedly on a grade when the selector lever is shifted from
from the Park position the P position - increasing the risk of an accident. •

The emergency release mechanism is located on the right


front under the selector lever shift gate. The release proce-
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Ap plies to vehi cles: w it h Home lin k® u nive rsal remo te cont ro l • For safety reasons never release the parking brake or start the
General information engine while anyone is standing in front of the vehicle.
• A garage door or an estate gate may sometimes be set in
The Homelink® feature can learn up to three radio motion when the Homelink ® remote control is being
frequency codes for m ost current transmitters used for programmed . If the device is repeated ly act ivated , this can over-
operating garage doors, estate gates, home or outdoor strain motor and damage it s elect rical component s - an over-
lighting systems, and other devices. heated motor is a fire hazard !
• To avoid possible injuries or property damage, please alway s
You must first pr o gram the Homelink® transmitter before you can
make ab solutely certain that no persons or objects are located in
use the system=> page 108, " Programming the Homelink® trans -
the range of motion of any equipment being operated.
mitter".
In order to program the Homelink® transmitter for devices uti lizing
rolling code, a second person on a ladder who can safe ly reach the [i ] Tips
garage door opener m otor is recommended. It is also necessary to • If you wou ld like more inf orma t ion o n Hom elink ®, where to
locate the "learn" button on your garage door opener motor . Refer purchase the Homelink ® compatible products, or wou ld like to
t o t he operating instructions for t he opener, as the location and p urchase the Homelink ® Home Light i ng Package , please ca ll toll -
color of this but t on may vary by manufacturer. free : 1-800-355 -3515.
You can still use the origina l remote control for the device at any • For Declaratio n of Com pl iance to United St at es FCC and Ind ustr y
time. Canada regulations=> page 296. •

& WARNING
• Never use the Homelin k""transmitte r w ith any garage door
opener that does have not the safety stop and reverse feature as
required by federal safety standards . This includes any garage
door opener model manufactured before April 1, 1982 .
• A garage door opener whi ch cannot detect an obje ct, signaling
the door to stop and reverse does not meet current federal safety
standard s. Using a garage door opener without these features
increases risk of serious injury or death .

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Ap pli es to vehicles: with Home li nk® universal remote contro l 4. Press and hold the two outside Homelink® buttons (D
Programming the Homelink ® tr a nsmitt e r and @ for approximately 20 seconds until indicator
The transmitter is programmed in two phases. For rolling light @ ::::::,
fig. 93 begins to flash. Then release both
buttons. Do not hold the buttons for longer than 30
code transmitters, a third phase is also necessary.
seconds.
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erases the factory-set default codes and does not have to
be repeated to program additional remote controls.
5. Press and hold the Homelink® button (D, ®or @ until
the indicator light @ starts flashing slowly. Release the
button.
Fig. 93 Overhead
console: Homelink® - The system will remain in programming mode for 5
keypad minutes. Go to the front of the vehicle and proceed with
phase 2.

Phase 2:
programming the bumper mounted transmitter
6. Hold the original remote control at a distance between 0-
6 in. (0-15 cm) from the bumper below the appropriate
headlight for your vehicle ~ fig . 94 (use the shortest
Fig. 94 Front bumper, distance possible) .
driver side: location of
transmitter unit 7. Aim the remote control just below the driver side head -
light.
Phase 1: programming the overhead keypad 8. Press and hold the activation button on the remote
1. Make sure your vehicle is within operating range of the control.
remote controlled garage door opener .
- May be different in Canada. If so, press and re-press
2. Set the parking brake ~ & in "General information" on (cycle) the activation button on your remote control every
page 107. two seconds. .-,,
3. Turn the ignition on. Do not start the engine!
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about 15-60 seconds) when the programming is sequence up to three times to complete the training
successful. Release the button on the remote control. process.
- To program more devices, repeat steps 4 to 9. - Homelink® should now activate your rolling code
equipped device.
10. Press and hold the trained Homelink® button and
observe the indicator light @ => page 108, fig. 93. If the 5 minute time limit is exceeded , the emergency flashers will
flash one time to indicate that the proc ess has been terminated . In
- If the indicator ligh t is solid/continuous, programming is
this case, repeat steps 4 through 9.
complete and your device should activate when you
press and release the trained Homelink® button. If the emergency flashers do not flash three times (after about 15-
60 seconds), programming was not successful. In this case, repeat
- If the indicator light blinks rapidly for 2 seconds and is steps 4 through 9.
then a solid/continuous light , proceed with phase 3 to
Remote control units for garage door openers in Canada are set to
program a rolling code device . stop transmitting radio frequency signals after two seconds. This
time may not be sufficient for the Homelink® system to learn th e
Phase 3: rolling code programming radio frequency signal. Perform all other steps as described
- A second person on a ladder who can safely reach the above. •
garage door ope ner motor is recommended.
11. Locate the "learn" button on the garage door opener Ap p li es to veh icles: with Hom el ink® un iversal remote contro l

motor (refer to the operating instructions for the opener, Operating the HomeLink ® transmitter
as the location of this button may vary by manufacturer). The HomeLink® transmitter works in the same manner as
12. Press and release the lea rn button on the garage door the original handhe/d remote control that came with the
opener motor. system.
- Note: once the button is pressed, there are 30 seconds in
which to initiate the next step. ~--------------: !:3
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release. Repeat this sequence twice .

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- Press the appropriate programmed button (0 , or @ ® This procedure will cause the existing programming on the
to activate the desired remote control function ~ in & Homelink ® button to be erased! •
"General information" on page 107. •
App li es to ve hicl es: wit h Homeli nk® uni ve rsal remote cont ro l

Ap pli es to vehic les : wit h Home li nk® u nivers al rem ote con tro l Erasing the programming of the Homelink ®
Reprogramming a single button transmitter
A Homelink® button can be reprogrammed individually When you erase the programming, the programming on
without affecting the other button a/locations. all three of the transmitter channels with be lost!

Programming the overhead keypad - Perform steps 1 to 4 as described on ~ page 108, "Phase
1: programming the overhead keypad".
- Press the appropriate Homelink® button until the indi -
cator light begins flashing slowly. When completed , the Homelink ® system will be in the p rog ram-
ming mode and is then ready to learn the codes for remote
Programming the bumper mounted transmitter controlled devices.
1. Hold the original remote control at a distance between 0-
5 in. (0-13 cm) from the bumper below the appropriate
headlight for your vehicle (use the shortest distance
[I) Tips
• Programmed buttons cannot be erased individually.
possible) .
• For security reasons you are advised to erase the programming
2. Aim the remote control just below the driver side head- of the Homelink ® system befo re you sell your vehicle. •
light.
3. Press and hold the act ivation button on the remote
control.
4. The emergency flashers w ill flash three times (after
about 15-60 seconds) when the programming is
successful. Now release the button on the remote
control.
- If the device ut ilizes a rolling code, please follow phase 3
of ~ page 108, "Programming the Homelink® trans -
mitter" for rolling code programming.
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Driving Safely

General notes Safety equipment


The safety features are part of the occupant restraint
Safe driving habits system and work together to help reduce the risk of injury
Please remember - safety first! in a wide variety of accident situations.
This chapter contains important information , tips, instructions and Your safety and the safety of your passengers should not be left to
warnings that you need to read and observe for your own safety, the chance. Advances in technology have made a variety of features
safety of your passengers and others. We have summarized here available to help reduce the risk of injury in an accident. The
what you need to know about safety belts, airbags, child restraints following is a listing of just a few of the safety features in your Audi:
as well as child safety. Your safety is for us priority number 1. Always • sophisticated safety belts for driver and all passenger seating
observe the information and warnings in this section - for your own positions,
safety as well as for that of your passengers.
• safety belt pre-tensioners,
The information in this section applies to all model versions of your
• front airbags,
vehicle. Some of the features described in this sections may be
standard equipment on some models, or may be optional equip - • knee airbags for the front seats,
ment on others. If you are not sure, ask your authorized Audi dealer. • side airbags in the front seats,
• LATCH anchorages for child restraints,

& WARNING • adjustable steering column .

• Make certain that you follow the instructions and heed the These individual safety features can work together as a system to
WARNINGS in this Manual. It is in your interest and in the interest help protect you and your passengers in a wide range of accidents.
of your passengers. These features cannot work as a system if they are not always prop -
erly adjusted and properly used!
• Always keep the complete Owner's Literature in your Audi
when you lend or sell your vehicle so that this important informa- Safety is everybody's responsibility! •
tion will always be available to the driver and passengers.
• Always keep the Owner's literature handy so that you can find Important things to do before driving
it easily if you have questions. •
Safety is everybody's job! Vehicle and occupant safety
always depends on the informed and careful driver.
For your safety and the safety of your passengers, before
driving always: .,_
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- Make sure that all lights and signals are operating become a hazard to everyone else on the road => &, .There -
correctly. fore:
- Make sure that the tire pressure is correct. - Do not let yourself be distracted by passengers or by
using a cellular telephone.
- Make sure that all windows are clean and afford good
visibility to the outside. - NEVER drive when your driving ability is impaired (by
medications, alcohol, drugs, etc .).
- Secure all luggage and other items carefully => page 83.
- Observe all traffic laws, rules of the road and speed limits
- Make sure that nothing can interfere with the pedals.
and plain common sense.
- Adjust front seat, head restraint and mirrors correctly for
- ALWAYS adjust your speed to road, traffic and weather
your height.
conditions.
- Instruct passengers to adjust the head restraints
- Take frequent breaks on long trips. Do not drive for more
according to their height.
than two hours at a stretch.
- Make sure to use the right child restraint correctly to
- Do NOT drive when you are tired, under pressure or when
protect children => page 157, "Child Safety".
you are stressed.
- Sit properly in your seat and make sure that your passen-
gers do the same => page 69, "General recommenda-
tions". in.WARNING
Impaired driving safety increases the risk of serious personal
- Fasten your safety belt and wear it properly. Also instruct injury and death whenever a vehicle is being used. •
your passengers to fasten their safety belts properly
=> page 125. •

What impairs driving safety?


Safe driving is directly related to the condition of the
vehicle, the driver as well as the driver's ability to concen-
trate on the road without being distracted.
The driver is responsible for the safety of the vehicle and all
of its occupants. If your ability to drive is impaired, safety
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Proper occupant seating positi ·ons - Adjust the angle of the seatback so that it is in an upright
position so that your back comes in full contact with it
Proper seating position for the driver when you drive.

The proper driver seating position is important for safe, - Adjust the steering wheel so that there is a distance of at
relaxed driving. least 10 i nches (25 cm) between the steering wheel and
your breast bone =:>fig. 96. If not possible, see your
"' authorized Audi dealership about adaptive equipment.
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- Adjust the steering wheel so tha t the steering wheel and


airbag cover points at your chest and not at your face.
- Grasp the top of the steering wheel w ith your elbow(s)
slightly bent.
Fig. 96 The correct
distance between - Adjust t he head restraint so that the upper edge is as
driver and steering even with the top of your head as possible but no lower
wheel
than eye level and so that it is as close to the back of your
head as poss ible =:>fig. 97.
- Fasten and wear safety belts correctly =:>page 129.
- Always keep both feet in the footwell so that you are in
control of the vehicle at all t imes.

For detailed information on how to adjust the driver's seat, see


=>page 71.
Fig. 97 Correct head
restraint position for
driver
& WARNING
For your own safety and to reduce the risk of injury in t he Drivers who are unbelted, out of position or too close to the airbag
can be seriously injured by an airbag as it deploys. To help reduce
event of an accident, we recommend that you adjust the
the risk of serious personal injury:
driver's seat to the following position:
• Always adjust the driver's seat and the steering wheel so that
- Adjust the driver's seat so that you can easily push the there are at least 10 inches 125 cm) between your breastbone and
pedals all the way to the floor while keeping your knee(s) the steering wheel. ..
slightly bent =:>& .
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& WARNING (continued) Proper seating position for the front
passenger
• Always adjust the driver's seat and the steering wheel so that
there are at least 4 inches (10 cm) between the knees and the The proper front passenger seating position is important
lower part of the instrument panel. for safe, relaxed driving.
• Always hold the steering wheel on the outside of the steering For your own safety and to reduce the r isk of injury in the
wheel rim with your hands at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions
event of an accident, we recommend that you adjust the
to help reduce the risk of personal injury if the driver's airbag
seat for the front passenger to the follow in g pos ition:
inflates .
• Never hold the steering wheel at the 12 o'clock position or with - Move the front passenger seat back as far as possible.
your hands at other positions inside the steering wheel rim or on There must be a minimum of 10 inches (25 cm) between
the steering wheel hub. Holding the steering wheel the wrong way the breastbone and the instrument panel => &.
can cause serious injuries to the hands, arms and head if the
driver's airbag inflates - Adjust the angle of the seatback so that it is in an upright
position and your back comes in full contact with it
• Pointing the steering wheel toward your face decreases the
ability of the supplemental driver's airbag to protect you in a colli- whenever the vehicle is mov ing.
sion . - Adjust the head restraint so that the upper edge is as
• Always sit in an upright position and never lean against or even with the top of your head as possible but not lower
place any part of your body too close to the area where the airbags than eye level and so that it is as close to the back of your
are located. head as possible => page 119.
• Before driving, always adjust the front seats and head
restraints properly and make sure that all passengers are properly - Keep both feet flat on the floor in front of the front
restrained . passenger seat.
• Never adjust the seats while the vehicle is moving. Your seat - Fasten and wear safety belts correctly => page 129.
may move unexpectedly and you could lose control of the vehicle.
• Never drive with the backrest reclined or tilted far back! The For detailed information on how to adjust the front passenger's
farther the backrests are tilted back, the greater the risk of injury seat, see => page 69.
due to incorrect positioning of the safety belt and improper
seating position.
• Children must always ride in child seats => page 157. Special
& WARNING
precautions apply when installing a child seat on the front Front seat passengers who are unbelted, out of position or too
passenger seat => page 135. • close to the airbag can be seriously injured or killed by the airbag
as it unfolds. To help reduce the risk of serious personal injury : .,

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& WARNING (continued) Proper seating positions for passengers in


rear seats
• Passengers must always sit in an upright position and never
lean against or place any part of their body too close to the area Rear seat passengers must sit upright with both feet on
where the airbags are located. the floor consistent with their physical size and be prop-
• Passengers who are unbelted, out of position or too close to the erly restrained whenever the vehicle is in use.
airbag can be seriously injured by an airbag as it unfolds with
To reduce the risk of injury caused by an incorrect seating
great force in the blink of an eye.
position in the event of a sudden braking maneuver or an
• Always make sure that there are at least 10 inches (25 cm)
accident, your passengers on the rear bench seat must
between the front passenger's breastbone and the instrument
always observe the following:
panel.
• Always make sure that there are at least 4 inches (10 cm) - Make sure that the seatback is securely latched in the
between the front passenger's knees and the lower part of the upright position~ page 76.
instrument panel .
Keep both feet flat in the footwell in front of the rear seat.
• Each passenger must always sit on a seat of their own and
properly fasten and wear the safety belt belonging to that seat . Fasten and wear safety belts properly ~ page 129.
• Before driving, always adjust the front passenger seat and - Make sure that children are always properly restrained in
head restraint properly.
a child rest raint that is appropriate for their size and age
• Always keep your feet on the floor in front of the seat. Never ~ page 157.
rest them on the seat, instrument panel, out of the window, etc .
The airbag system and safety belt will not be able to protect you
properly and can even increase the risk of injury in a crash. & WARNING
• Never drive with the backrest reclined or tilted far back! The Passengers who are improperly seated on the rear seat can be
farther the backrests are tilted back, the greater the risk of injury seriously injured in a crash.
due to incorrect positioning of the safety belt and improper
• Each passenger must always sit on a seat of their own and
seating position.
properly fasten and wear the safety belt belonging to that seat.
• Children must always ride in child seats :::::,
page 157. Special
• Safety belts only offer maximum protection when the seatback
precautions apply when installing a child seat on the front
is securely latched in the upright position and the safety belts are
passenger seat =:>page 135. •
properly positioned on the body. By not sitting upright, a rear seat
passenger increases the risk of personal injury from improperly
positioned safety belts! •
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Proper adjustment of head restraints & WARNING (continued)


Correctly adjusted head restraints are an important part
• Always make sure each person in the vehicle properly adjusts
of your vehicle's occupant restraint system and can help their head restraint. Each head restraint must be adjusted
to reduce the risk of injuries in accident situations. according to occupants' size so that the upper edge is as even
with the top of the person's head, but no lower than eye level and
so it is as close to the back of to the head as possible .
• Never attempt to adjust head restraint while driving. If you
have driven off and must adjust the driver headrest for any reason,
first stop the vehicle safely before attempting to adjust the head
restraint.
• Children must always be properly restrained in a child restraint
that is appropriate for their age and size => page 157. •
Fig. 98 Correctly
adjusted head restraint
viewed from the side
Examples of improper seating positions
The head restraints must be correctly adjusted to achieve The occupant restraint system can only reduce the risk of
the best protection. injury if vehicle occupants ore properly seated.
- Adjust the head restraint so that the upper edge of the Improper seating positions can cause serious injury or
restraint is level with the top of your head, but no lower death . Safety belts can only work when they are properly
than eye level and so it is as close to the back of your positioned on the body. Improper seating positions reduce
head as possible ~ fig. 98. the effectiveness of safety belts and will even increase the
risk of injury and death by moving the safety belt to critical
Adjusting head restraints=> page 74.
areas of the body. Improper seating positions also increase
the risk of serious injury and death when an airbag deploys
& WARNING and strikes an occupant who is not in the proper seating
Driving without head restraints or with improperly adjusted head position. A driver is responsible for the safety of all vehicle
restraints increases the risk of serious injuries in a collision. To occupants and especially for children. Therefore:
help reduce the risk of injury:
- Never allow anyone to assume an incorrect seating posi-
• Always drive with the head restraints in place and properly tion when the vehicle is being used ~ & .
adjusted.
• Every person in the vehicle must have a properly adjusted head The following bullets list only some sample positions that will
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examp les w ill make you mo re aware of seating positions that ar e Driver and passenger side footwell
dan gerous .

Therefore, whenever the vehicle is moving: Important safety instructions


• nev er st an d up in the ve hi cle


never stand on the seats
never knee l on th e seats
& WARNING
Always make sure that the knee airbag can inflate without inter -
• n ever ride w ith th e seatba ck recl i ned ference . Objects between yourself and the airbag can increase the
• never lie down on the rear seat risk of injury in an accident by interfering with the way the airbag
• nev er lea n up aga in st t he i nstrument pa nel deploys or by being pushed into you as the airbag deploys .
• never sit on t he ed ge of the seat • No persons (children) or animals should ride in the footwell in
front of the passenger seat . If the airbag deploys, this can result in
• never sit sideways
serious or fatal injuries .
• never lean ou t th e w indo w
• No objects of any kind should be carried in the footwell area in
• never put your feet out the window front of the driver's or passenger 's seat . Bulky objects (shopping
• never put your feet on t he instrument panel bags, for example) can hamper or prevent proper deployment of
• never rest yo ur f eet on t he seat cus hi on o r back of the seat the airbag. Small objects can be thrown through the vehicle if the
airbag deploys and injure you or your passengers. •
• never ride in the footwell
• never ride in the car go area
Pedal area
& WARNING Pedals
Improper seating positions increase the risk of serious personal
injury and death whenever a vehicle is being used. The pedal s must al ways be f ree to move an d mus t nev er
• Always make sure that all vehi cle occupants stay in a proper be in terfe red wi th b y a flo or mat or any othe r objec t.
seating position and are properly restrained whenever the vehicle
is being used. •
Make sure that all pedals move freely w ithout interfe rence and that
noth i ng p revents t hem fr om retu r ni ng to t hei r or ig inal pos itions.
Only use floor mats that leave the pedal area free and can be
secured w ith flo o r mat fa st ene rs .
If a bra ke circu it f ai ls, incr eased brake pedal travel is requ ired to
bring the veh icle to a full stop.
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Pedals that cannot move freely can cause loss of vehicle control • Never place or install floor mats or other floor coverings in the
and increase the risk of serious injury. vehicle that cannot be properly secured in place to prevent them
from slipping and interfering with the pedals or the ability to
• Never place any objects in the driver's footwell . An object could
control the vehicle.
get into the pedal area and interfere with pedal function. In case
of sudden braking or an accident, you would not be able to brake • Never place or install floor mats or other floor coverings on top
or accelerate! of already installed floor mats. Additional floor mats and other
coverings will reduce the size of the pedal area and interfere with
• Always make sure that nothing can fall or move into the
the pedals.
driver's footwell. •
• Always properly reinstall and secure floor mats that have been
taken out for cleaning.
Floor mats on the driver side • Always make sure that objects cannot fall into the driver foot-
Always use floor mats that can be securely attached to well while the vehicle is moving. Objects can become trapped
under the brake pedal and accelerator pedal causing a loss of
the floor mat fasteners and do not interfere with the free
vehicle control. •
movement of the pedals.
- Make sure that the floor mats are properly secured and
cannot move and interfere with the pedals => & . Stowing luggage
Use only floor mats that leave the pedal area unobstructed and that Loading the luggage compartment
are firmly secured so that they cannot slip out of position . You can
obtain suitable floor mats from your authorized Audi Dealer. All luggage and other objects must be properly stowed
and secured in the luggage compartment.
Floor mat fasteners are installed in your Audi.
Floor mats used in your vehicle must be attached to t hese fasteners . co
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positions that could interfere with the pedals or impair safe opera-
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tion of your vehicle in other ways.

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Pedals that cannot move freely can result in a loss of vehicle tioning: heavy cargo
control and increase the risk of serious personal injury. positioned as far
forward as possible. ..
• Always make sure that floor mats are properly secured.

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Loose items in the luggage compartment can shift & WARNING (continued)
suddenly, changing vehicle handling characteristics. Loose
items can also increase the risk of serious personal injury in - Place heavy objects as far forward in the luggage compart-
a sudden vehicle maneuver or in a collision. ment as possible.
• Never exceed the Gross Axle Weight Rating or the Gross
- Distribute the load evenly in the luggage compartment.
Vehicle Weight Rating specified on the safety compliance sticker
- Always place and properly secure heavy items in the on the left door jamb. Exceeding permissible weight standards
luggage compartment as far forward as possible can cause the vehicle to slide and handle differently.
~ page 121, fig. 99. • Please observe information on safe driving ~ page 114.

Secure luggage using the tie-downs provided~ page 77.


- Make sure that the rear seat back is securely latched in
& WARNING
place. To help prevent poisonous exhaust gas from being drawn into the
vehicle, always keep the rear lid closed while driving.

& WARNING • Never transport objects larger than those fitting completely
into the luggage area because the rear lid cannot be fully closed.
Improperly stored luggage or other items can fly through the • If you absolutely must drive with the rear lid open, observe the
vehicle causing serious personal injury in the event of hard braking following notes to reduce the risk of poisoning:
or an accident. To help reduce the risk of serious personal injury: - Close all windows,
• Always put objects , for example, luggage or other heavy items - Open all air outlets in the instrument panel,
in the luggage compartment.
- Switch off the air recirculation,
• Always secure objects in the luggage compartment using the
- Set the fresh air fan to the highest speed.
tie-down eyelets and suitable straps.

& WARNING & WARNING


Always make sure that the doors, all windows and the rear lid are
Heavy loads will influence the way your vehicle handles. To help
securely closed and locked to reduce the risk of injury when the
reduce the risk of a loss of control leading to serious personal
vehicle is not being used.
injury:
• After closing the rear lid, always make sure that it is properly
• Always keep in mind when transporting heavy objects, that a
closed and locked .
change in the center of gravity can also cause changes in vehicle
handling: • Never leave your vehicle unattended especially with the rear lid
left open. A child could crawl into the vehicle through the luggage
- Always distribute the load as evenly as possible.
compartment and close the rear lid becoming trapped and unable ~
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to get out . Being tr apped in a vehicle can lead to serious personal
& WARNING
Weak , damaged or imp roper straps used to secure items to tie -
injury.
downs can fail during hard braking or in a collision and cause
• Never let children play in or around the vehicle . serious personal injury.
• Never let passengers ride in the luggage compartment . Vehicle • Always use suitable mounting straps and properly secure
occupants must always be properly restrained in one of the items to the tie -downs in the luggage compartment to help
vehicle 's seating positions. prevent items from shifting or flying forward as dangerous
missiles .
[i ] Tips • When the rear seat backrest is folded down , always use suit -
able mounting straps and properly secure items to the tie -downs
• Air circu lation helps to reduce window fogging. Stale air escapes
in the luggage compartment to help prevent items from flying
to the outside through vents in the trim pane l, on the left side of the
forward as dangerous missiles into the passenger compartment .
luggage compa rt ment . Be sure t o keep t hese slot s free and ope n.
• Never attach a child safety seat tether strap to a tie -down. •
• The tire pressure must correspond to the load - see the tire pres-
sure sticker on driver's side B-pillar. •

Reporting Safety Defects


Tie-downs
The lu ggag e com p art men t is equipp ed wit h four tie- Applicable to U.S.A.
do wns to secu re lug g ag e and other it ems . If you believe that your vehicle has a defect
Use the tie -downs to secure your car go properly=> page 121, which could cause a crash or could cause
" Load ing the luggage com partme nt ". injury or death , you should immediately inform
In a col li sion, the laws of physics mea n tha t even smaller items tha t the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminis-
are loose in the vehic le will become heavy missiles that can cause
tration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Audi of
serious i nj u ry. Items i n t he vehicl e possess ene rgy w hi ch vary with
vehic le speed and the weight of the item. Vehic le speed is the most America , Inc.
signi fi cant f actor .
If NHTSA receives similar complaints , it may
For example, in a frontal co llision at a speed of 30 mph (48 km/h),
the forces acting on a 10-lb (4.5 kg) object are about 20 times the
open an investigation, and if it finds that a
normal weight of the item. This means that the weight of t he item safety defects exists in a group of vehicles , it
would suddenly be about 200 lbs. (90 kg). You can imagine the inj u- may order a recall and remedy campaign.
ries that a 200 lbs. (90 kg) it em fl ying fr eely t hrou g h th e passe nge r
compartment could cause in a co ll ision like this .
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individual problems between you, your dealer, 330 Sparks Street


or Audi of America, Inc. Ottawa, ON K1A 0N5
To contact NHTSA, you may call the Vehicle For additional road safety information, please
Safety Hotline toll -free at: visit the Road Safety website at:
Tel.: 1-888-327-4236 (TIY: 1-800-424-9153) http://www. tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/menu .htm •
or write to:
Administrator
NHTSA
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590
You can also obtain other informa tion about
motor vehicle safety from:
http://www.safercar.gov
Applicable to Canada
Canadian customers who wish to report a
safety-related defect to Transport Canada,
Defect Investigations and Recalls, may tele -
phone the toll free hotline:
Tel.: 1-800-333-0371
or contact Transport Canada by mail at:
Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation
Di recto rate
Transport Canada
Tower C, Place de Ville,
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General notes no person taller than 4'11" (1.5 meters) should ever ride in the rear
seat area .
Always wear safety belts!
Wearing safety belts correctly saves lives! & WARNING
Not wearing safety belts or wearing them improperly increases
This chapter explains why safety belts are necessary, how the risk of serious personal injury and death.
they work and how to adjust and wear them correctly.
• Never strap more than one person, including small children,
- Read all the information that follows and heed all of the into any belt. It is especially dangerous to place a safety belt over
instructions and WARNINGS. a child sitting on your lap.
• Never let more people ride in the vehicle than there are safety

& WARNING belts available.


• Be sure everyone riding in the vehicle is properly restrained
Not wearing safety belts or wearing them improperly increases with a separate safety belt or child restraint.
the risk of serious personal injury and death. • Persons taller than 4'11" (1.5 m) as well as children in booster
• Safety belts are the single most effective means available to seats who are too close to the rear window and roof can suffer
reduce the risk of serious injury and death in automobile acci- severe head and neck injuries when the rear lid is closed or in a
dents. For your protection and that of your passengers, always crash.
correctly wear safety belts when the vehicle is moving. • The minimum clearance between the passenger's heads and
• Pregnant women, injured, or physically impaired persons must the rear window must never - under any circumstances - be less
also use safety belts . Like all vehicle occupants, they are more that 1 inch (2.5 cm.I when the passengers sit fully upright.
likely to be seriously injured if they do not wear safety belts. The • Always make sure that rear seat passengers cannot be struck
best way to protect a fetus is to protect the mother - throughout when the rear lid is closed. •
the entire pregnancy. •

Number of seats

Your Audi TI Coupe has two seating positions in the front and two
height-limited seating positions in the rear. Each seating position
has a safety belt. The rear seat area in your Audi TT Coupe does not
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Safety be lt warning light 4 vehi cle is moving faster than about 15 mph , the warning tone will
sound again for about 6 seconds and t hen stop for 24 seconds and
Your vehicle has a warn i ng system for the driver and front then repea t t his reminder sequence for a maximum of 2 minu t es . At
seat passenger to remind you about the importance of speeds below 5 mph, the warning ton e will not sound .
buckling-up. Fasten your safety belt and make sure that your passengers also
properly put on t heir safety belt s.

& WARNING
• Safet y belt s are the single most effe ctive means available to
reduce the risk of serious injury and death in automobi le acci-
dents. For your protection and that of your passengers, always
Fig. 100 Safety belt correctly we ar safety belt s when t he vehicle is moving.
w arning light in t he
instrum ent cluster - • Failure to pay att ent ion t o th e w arning light that come on,
enlarged could lead t o personal injury. •

Before driving off , alw a ys:


- Fasten your safety belt and make sure you wear it prop- Why safety be lts?
er ly.
Frontal collisions and the law of physics
Make sure that your passengers also buckle up and prop-
erly wea r t heir safety be lts. Frontal crashes create very strong forces for people riding
in vehicles .
- Protect children wit h a child restraint syst em appropria t e
for t he size and age.

The warning light t in the instrument cluster lights up when the


ignition is swi t ched on as a reminder to fasten the safety belts. In
addition, you will hear a warning tone .
After the ignition is switched on , t he warning light in the ins t rumen t
cluster will always come on for about 6 seconds and if the driver has
not fastened the safety belt, a warning tone will also sound for
about 6 seconds. As soon as the driver has f astened the safety belt ,
-- Fig. 101 Unbelted
occupants in a vehicle
heading for a w all ~
the warning tone wil l stop and the warning light will go out.
If the driver or front seat passenger have not buckled-up within
about 10 seconds after the warning tone has stopped and the
Safety belts

What happens to occupants not wearing


safety belt s?
In crashes unbelted occupants cannot stop themselves
from flying forward and being injured or killed. Always
wear your safety belts!

Fig. 102 The vehicle


crashes into the wall.

The physical principles are simple. Both the vehicle and the passen-
gers possess energy which varies with vehicle speed and body
weight . Engineers call this energy "kinetic energy."
Fig. 103 A driver not
The higher the speed of the vehicle and the greater the vehicle's wearing a safety belt is
weight, the more energy that has to be "absorbed" in the crash. violently thrown
forward
Vehicle speed is the most significant factor. If the speed doubles
from 15 to 30 mph (25 to 50 km/h), the energy increases 4 times!
Because the occupants in this vehicle are not using safety belts
~ page 126, fig . 101, they will keep moving at the same speed the
vehicle was moving just before the crash, until something stops
them - here, the wall ~ fig. 102.
The same principles apply to people sitting in a vehicle that is Fig. 104 A rear
involved in a frontal collision . Even at city speeds of 20 to 30 mph passenger not wearing
(30 to 50 km/h), the forces acting on the body can reach one ton a safety belt will fly
forward and strike the
(2,000 lbs, or 1,000 kg) or more . At higher speeds , these forces are driver
even greater.
People who do not use safety belts are also not attached to their Unbelted occupants are not able to resist the tremendous forces of
vehicle. In a frontal collision they will also keep moving forward at impact by holding tight or bracing themselves. Without the benefit
the speed their vehicle was travelling just before the crash. Of of safety restraint systems, the unrestrained occupant will slam
course, the laws of physics don't just apply t o frontal collisions, they violently into the steering wheel , instrument panel , windshield , or
determine what happens in all kinds of accidents and collisions. • whatever else is in the way ~ fig. 103. This impact with the vehicle
interior has all th e energy they had just before the crash.
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supposed to deploy in all kinds of accidents. Alth ough your Aud i is uncontrolled movement that can cause serious injuries. In addition,
equipped with airbags, all vehicle occupants, including the driver, safety belts reduce the danger of being thrown out of the vehicle.
must wear safety belts correctly in order to minimize the risk of
Safety belts attach passengers to the car and give them the benefit
severe injury or death in a crash.
of being slowed down more gently or "softly" through the "give" in
Remember too, that airbags will deploy only once and that your the safety belts, crush zones and other safety features engineered
safety belts are always there to offer protection in those accidents into today's vehicles. By "absorbing" the kinetic energy over a
in which airbags are not supposed to deploy or when they have longer period of time, the safety belts make the forces on the body
already deployed. Unbelted occupants can also be thrown out of the more "tolerable" and less likely to cause injury.
vehicle where even more severe or fatal injuries can occur. Although these examples are based on a frontal collision, safety
It is also important for the rear passengers to wear safety belts belts can also substantially reduce the risk of injury in other kinds
correctly. Unb elted passengers in the rear seats endanger not only of crashes. So, whether you're on a long trip or just going to the
themselves but also the driver and other passengers:::::, page 127, corner store, always buckle up and make sure others do, too . Acci-
fig. 104. In a frontal collision they will be thrown forward violently, dent statistics show that vehicle occupants properly wearing safety
where they can hit and injure the driver and/or front seat belts have a lower risk of being injured and a much better chance of
passenger. • surviving an accident. Properly using safety belts also greatly
increases the ability of the supplemental airbags to do their job in a
collision . For this reason, wearing a safety belt is legally required in
Safety belts protect most countries including much of the United States and Canada.
People think it's possible to use the hands to brace the Although your Audi is equipped with airbags, you still have to wear
body in a minor collision. It's simply not true! the safety belts provided. Front airbags, for example, are activated
only in some frontal collisions. The front airbags are not activated in
all frontal collisions, in side and rear collisions, in roll overs or in
cases where there is not enough deceleration through impact to the
front of the vehicle. The same goes for the other airbag systems in
your Audi. So, always wear your safety belt and make sure every-
body in your vehicle is properly restrained! •

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erly restrained in a
sudden braking belts
maneuver.
Safety belts must always be properly positioned across
Safety belts used properly can make a big difference . Safety belts the strongest bones of your body.
help to keep passengers in their seats, gradually reduce energy Always wear safety belts as illustrated and described in
levels applied to the body in an accident, and help prevent the
this chapter. _,
Safety belts

- Make sure tha t your safety be lt s ar e alw ay s ready fo r use & WARNING !continued)
and ar e not damaged.
• Never allow safety belts to become damaged by being caught

& WARNING in door or seat hardware.


• Torn or frayed safety belts can tear and damaged belt hardware
Not wearing safety belts or wearing them improperly increases can break in an accident . Inspect belts regularly . If webbing , bind -
the risk of ser ious personal injury and death . Safety belts can work ings, buckles, or retractors are damaged, have belts replaced by an
only when used correctly. authori zed Audi dealer or qualified workshop.
• Always fasten your safety belts correctly before driving off and • Safety belts that have been worn and loaded in an accident
make sure all passengers are properly restrained . must be replaced with the correct replacement safety belt by an
• For maximum protection , safety belts must always be posi- authorized Audi dealer or qualified workshop . Replacement may
tioned correctly on the body. be necessary even if damage cannot be clearly seen. Anchorages
that were loaded must also be inspected .
• Never strap more than one person , including small children ,
into any single safety belt . • Never remove , modify , disassemble, or try to repair the safety
belts yourself .
• Never place a safety belt over a child sitting on your lap.
• Always keep the belts clean. Dirty belts may not work properly
• Always keep feet in the footwell in front of the seat while the
and can impair the function of the inertia reel => page 209 , "Safety
vehicle is being driven.
belts" . •
• Never let any person ride with feet on the instrument panel or
sticking out the window or on the seat.
• Never remove a safety belt while the vehicle is moving. Doing Safety belts
so will increase your risk of being injured or killed.
• Never wear belts twisted. Fastening safety belts
• Never wear belts over rigid or breakable objects in or on your
Seat fi rst - everybo dy buckle up !
clothing, such as eye glasses, pens, keys , etc ., as these may cause
injury .
• Never wear the shoulder part of the belt under your arm or
otherwise out of position .
• Several layers of heavy clothing may interfere with correct posi-
tioning of belts and redu ce their effectiveness .
• Always keep belt buckles free of anything that may prevent the
bu ckle from latching securely .
• Never use comfort clips or devices that create slack in the Fig. 106 Belt buckle
and tongue on the
shoulder belt . However , special clips may be required for the driver 's seat Iii>-
correct use of some child restraint systems.

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be positioned correctly on the wearer's body. & WARNING
Improperly positioned safety belts can cause serious injury in an
Adjust the front seat and head restraint properly
accident :::::,page 130, "Safety belt position".
=> page 69, "General recommendations ".
• Safety belts offer optimum protection only when the seat back
Hold the belt by the tongue and pull it evenly across the is upright and belts are properly positioned on the body.
chest and pelvis=> & . • Never attach the safety belt to the buckle for another seat .
- Insert the tongue into the correct buckle of your seat Attaching the belt to the wrong buckle will reduce safety belt
effectiveness and can cause serious personal injury.
until you hear it latch securely => page 129, fig. 106.
• A passenger who is not properly restrained can be seriously
Pull on the belt to make sure that it is securely latched in injured by the safety belt itself when it moves from the stronger
the buckle. parts of the body into critical areas like the abdomen.
• Always lock the convertible locking retractor when you are
Automatic safety belt retractors
securing a child seat in the vehicle:::::,page 170. •
Every safety belt is equipped with an automatic belt retractor on the
shoulder belt. This feature locks the belt when the belt is pulled out
fast, during hard braking and in an accident . The belt may also lock Safety belt pos ition
when you drive up or down a steep hill or through a sharp curve.
During normal driving the belt lets you move freely. Correct belt position is the key to getting maximum
protection f ram safety belts.
Safety belt pretensioners
The safety belts on the front seats are equipped with a belt preten-
sion er that helps to tighten the safety belt and remove slack when
the pretensioner is activated. The function of the pretensioner is
monitored by a warning light :::::,page 78, "Airbag system
t!A(USA models) /!.ir (Canada models)".

Switchable locking feature


Fig. 107 Head restraint
Every safety belt except the one on the driver seat is equipped with and safety belt posi-
a switchable locking feature that must be used when the safety belt tion as seen from the
is used to attach a child seat. Be sure to read the important informa - side
tion about this feature:::::, page 168.
Use the height adjustment to change the position of the shoulder
straps of the front seat safety belts. ~
Safety belts

Pregnant women must also be properly


& WARNING restrained
Improperly positioned safety belts can cause serious personal
The best way to protect the fetus is to make sure that
injury in an accident.
expectant mothers always wear safety belts correctly -
• The shoulder belt portion of the safety belt must be positioned
throughout the pregnancy.
over the middle of the occupant's shoulder and never across the
neck or throat .
• The safety belt must lie flat and snug on the occupant's upper
body => page 130, fig . 107. Pull on the belt to tighten if necessary.
• The lap belt portion of the safety belt must be positioned as
low as possible across pelvis and never over the abdomen. Make
sure the belt lies flat and snug => page 130, fig. 107. Pull on the belt
to tighten if necessary.
• A loose-fitting safety belt can cause serious injuries by shifting Fig. 108 Safety belt
its position on your body from the strong bones to more vulner- position during preg-
nancy
able, soft tissue and cause serious injury.
• Always read and heed all WARNINGS and other important infor-
To prov ide maximum protection, safety belts must always
mation=> page 128. •
be posi tione d correctly on the wearer's body ~ page 130.
- Adjust the front seat and head restra int correctly
~ page 69, "General recommendations".

- Make sure the seat back of the rear seat bench is in


upright position and securely latched in place before
using the belt.
- Hold the belt by the tongue and pull it evenly across the
chest and pelvis => fig. 108, ~ &.
- Insert the tongue into the correct buckle of your seat
until you hear it latch securely ~ page 129, fig. 106.
- Pull on the belt to make sure that it is securely latched in
the buckle. •

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& WARNING Incorrectly positioned safety belts can cause severe inju-
Improperly positioned safety belts can cause serious personal
ries.
injury in an accident.
• Expectant mothers must always wear the lap portion of the Wearing safety belts improperly can cause serious injury or
safety belt as low as possible across the pelvis and below the death. Safety belts can only work when they are correctly
rounding of the abdomen . positioned on the body . Improper seating positions reduce
• Always read and heed all WARNINGS and other important infor - the effectiveness of safety belts and will even increase the
mation => &in "Fastening safety belts" on page 129. • risk of injury and death by moving the safety belt to critical
areas of the body. Improper seating positions also increase
the risk of serious injury and death when an airbag deploys
Unfastening safety belts
and strikes an occupant who is not in the correct seating
Unbuckle the safety belt with the red release button only position . A driver is responsible for the safety of all vehic le
after the vehicle has stopped. occupants and especially for children. Therefore :
- Never permit anyone to assume an incorrect sitting posi-
tion in the vehicle while traveling=> & .

& WARNING
Improperly worn safety belts increase the risk of serious personal
injury and death whenever a vehicle is being used.
• Always make sure that all vehicle occupants are correctly
Fig. 109 Releasing the restrained and stay in a correct seating position whenever the
tongue from the buckle
vehicle is being used.
• Always read and heed all WARNINGS and other important infor-
- Push the red release button on the buckle => fig. 109. The
mation =>page 128. •
belt tongue will spring out of the buckle => & .
- Let the belt wind up on the retractor as you guide the belt
tongue to its stowed position.

& WARNING
Never unfasten safety belt while the vehicle is moving . Doing so
will increase your risk of being injured or killed. •
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pretensioner
How safety belt pretensioners work
The safety belt pretensioners are parts of the safety belts on your
In front and side collisions above a particular severity, Audi. Insta ll ing, removing, servicing or repair ing of belt preten-
safety belts in use are tensioned automatically. sioners can damage the safety belt system and prevent it from
work ing correctly in a collision.
The safety belts for the front seating positions are equipped with
safety belt prete nsioners. The system is activated by sensors in There are some important things you have to know to make sure
front and side co ll isions of great severity. This tightens the belt and that the effect iveness of the syst em will not be impai red and that
takes up belt slack ~ & in "Se rvice and d isposal of safety belt discarded components do not cause injury or pol lute the environ-
pretensioner". Taking up the slack helps to reduce forward occupant ment .
movement during a co llision .

[i ] Tip s
& WARNING
Improper care, servicing and repair procedure s can increase the
The safety belt p retensione r can on ly be activated once. risk of personal injury and death by preventing a safety belt
• In minor frontal and side collis ions, in rear-end collisions, in a preten sioner from activating when needed or activating it unex-
rollover and in accidents involving very litt le impact fo rce, the safety pectedly :
belt pretensioner are not activated. • The belt preten sioner system can be activated only once. If belt
• When the safety belt pretensioner is activated, a f ine dust is preten sioners have been activated , the syste m mu st be repla ced .
released . This is normal and is not caused by a fire in the vehicle. • Never repair, adju st, or change any part s of the safety belt
• The relevant safety require ments must be observed when the system.
vehicle or components of the system are scrapped. A qualified deal - • Safety belt system s including safety belt preten sioners cannot
ership is fami l iar with these regulat ions and wil l be p leased to pass be repai red. Special procedures are required for removal , installa -
on the information to you. tion and disposal of thi s syst em .
• Be su re to observe all safety, env ironmen t al and othe r regula - • For any work on the safety belt system, we strongl y recom-
tions if the vehicle or individual parts of the system, particu larly the mend that you see your authorized Audi dealer or qualified techni -
safety belt or airbag, are to be disposed . We recommend you have cian who has an Audi approved repair manual, train ing and special
your authorized Audi dealer perform this service for you. • equipment necessary.

WFor the sake of the environment


Undeployed airbag modu les and pretensioners might be c lassified
as Perchlorate Material -specia l handling may apply, see
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with pretensioners are scrapped, all applicable laws and regu la-
tions must be observed . Your authorized Audi dealer is fami liar with
these requirements and we recommend that you have your dea ler
perform this service for you . •
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Important things to know There is a lot that the driver and the passengers can and must do to
help the individual safety features installed in your Audi work
together as a system.
Importance of wearing safety belts and
sitting properly Proper seating position is important so that the front airbag on the
driver side can do its job. If you have a physical impairment or
Airbags are only supplemental restraints. For airbags to condition that prevents you from sitting properly on the driver seat
do their job, occupants must always properly wear their with the safety belt properly fastened and reaching the pedals, or if
safety belts and be in a proper seating position. you have concerns with regard to the function or operation of the
Advanced Airbag System, please contact your authorized Audi
For your safety and the safety of your passengers, before dealer or qualified workshop, or call Audi Customer CARE at 1-800-
driving off, always: 822-2834 for possible modifications to your vehicle.

- Adjust the driver's seat and steering wheel properly When the airbag system deploys, a gas generator will fill the
~ page 116,
airbags, break open the padded covers, and inflate between the
steering wheel and the driver and between the instrument panel
- Adjust the front passenger's seat properly~ page 70, and the front passenger. The airbags will deflate immediately after
deployment so that the front occupants can see through the wind -
- Wear safety belts properly~ page 128, shield again without interruption.
- Always properly use the proper child restraint to protect All of this takes place in the blink of an eye, so fast that many people
children~ page 157. don't even realize that the airbags have deployed. The airbags also
inflate with a great deal of force and nothing should be in their way
In a collision airbags must inflate within the blink of an eye and with when they deploy. Front airbags in combination with properly worn
considerable force. The supplemental airbags can cause injuries if safety belts slow down and limit the occupant's forward movement .
the driver or the front seat passenger are not seated properly. There - Together they help to prevent the driver and front seat passenger
fore in order to help the airbag to do its job, it is important, both as from hitting parts of the inside the vehicle while reducing the forces
a driver and as a passenger to sit properly at all times . acting on the occupant during the crash. In this way they help to
By keeping room between your body and the steering wheel and the reduce the risk of injury to the head and upper body in the crash.
front of the passenger compartment, the airbag can inflate fully and Airbags do not protect the arms or the lower parts of the body.
completely and provide supplemental protection in certain frontal Both front airbags will not inflate in all frontal collisions. The trig-
collisions => page 116, "Proper occupant seating positions". For gering of the airbag system depends on the vehicle deceleration
details on the operation of the seat adjustment controls => page 70 rate caused by the collision and registered by the electronic control
and=> page 71. unit. If this rate is below the reference value programmed into the
It's especially important that children are properly restrained control unit, the airbags will not be triggered, even though the car
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repa ir costs or even the lack of vehicle dama g e is not necessa ril y an
in d ic ati o n of wh et her an ai rb ag s ho ul d infl at e or no t.
& WARNING (continued)
It is not possib le to define a ran ge of vehicle spe eds t hat w ill cover • To reduce the risk of injury when an airbag inflates, always
every possible kind and angle of impact that wi ll always trigge r the wear safety belts properly =:>page 129, " Safety belts".
airbags, si nce the ci rcu m sta nces will v ary co nside rably bet w een • Always make certain that children age 12 or younger always
one co llision and another. Impo rtant factors include, for example, ride in the rear seat. If children are not properly restrained , they
th e nature (hard o r soft) of th e o bj ect w hi ch t he ca r hit s, th e ang le may be severely injured or killed when an airbag inflates.
of impact, vehicle speed, etc . The front airbags will also not inflate • Never let children ride unrestrained or improperly restrained in
i n sid e o r rear co llisions, or in ro ll-o vers. the vehicle. Adjust the front seats properly .
Always remember : Airba gs will dep loy only once, and on ly in certain • Never ride with the backrest reclined.
kind s of co llision s. Yo ur safe ty bel t s are always the re t o offe r pr ot ec-
• Always sit as far as possible from the steering wheel or the
ti on in tho se sit uat ions in whic h ai rba g s are not suppose d t o dep loy,
instrument panel =:>page 116, " Proper occupant seating posi-
or w hen they have alr eady dep loye d; f or examp le, when yo ur veh ic le
tions " .
str ikes o r is str uc k by anot h er afte r the fi rst co lli sion .
• Always sit upright with your back against the backrest of your
This is just one of the reasons why an airbag is a supplementary seat.
restr ain t an d is not a su bs t it ut e f o r a saf et y belt. The ai r bag system
• Never place your feet on the instrument panel or on the seat .
works most eff ectively when used with the safety be lts . Therefore,
Always keep both feet on the floor in front of the seat to help
alw ays pro per ly wea r your safe t y be lts ~ page 125.
prevent serious injuries to the legs and hips if the airbag inflates.
• Never recline the front passenger's seat to transport objects .
& WARNING Items can also move into the area of the side airbag or the front
airbag during braking or in a sudden maneuver. Objects near the
Sitting too close to the steering wheel or instrument panel will
airbags can become projectiles and cause injury when an airbag
decrease the effectiveness of the airbags and will increase the risk
inflates.
of personal injury in a collision.
• Never sit closer than 10 inches (25 cm) to the steering wheel or
instrument panel . & WARNING
• If you cannot sit more than 10 inches (25 cm ) from the steering Airbags that have deployed in a crash must be replaced .
wheel , investigate whether adaptive equipment may be available
• Use only original equipment airbags approved by Audi and
to held you reach the pedals and increase your seating distance
installed by a trained technician who has the necessary tools and
from the steering wheel.
diagnostic equipment to properly replace any airbag in your
• If you are unrestrained , leaning forward, sitting sideways or out vehicle and assure system effectiveness in a crash .
of position in any way, your risk of injury is much higher.
• Never permit salvaged or recycled airbags to be installed in
• You will also receive serious injuries and could even be killed if your vehicle . •
you are up against the airbag or too close to it when it inflates -
even with an Advanced Airbag .
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important things to know passenger seat,
• will go off if the front passenger seat is occupied by an adult as
- Be sure to read the important information and head the registered by the weight-sensing mat => page 146, "Monitoring the
WARNINGS for important details about children and Advanced Airbag System" .
Advanced Airbags :=>page 157. The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light comes on when the control unit
detects a total weight on the front passenger seat that requires the
Even though your vehicle is equipped with an Advanced Airbag front airbag to be turned off.
System, make certain that all children, especially those 12 years and
If the total weight on the front passenger seat is more than that of
younger, always ride in the back seat properly restrained for their
a typical 1 year-old child but less than the weight of a small adult,
age and size . The airbag on the passenger side makes the front seat
the front airbag on the passenger side can deploy (the PASSENGER
a potentially dangerous place for a child to ride . The front seat is not
AIR BAG OFF light does not come on). If the PASSENGER AIR BAG
the safest place for a child in a forward -facing child safety seat. It
OFF light does not come on, the front airbag on the passenger side
can be a very dangerous place for an infant or a child in a rearward -
has not been turned off by the electronic control unit and can
facing seat.
deploy if the control unit senses an impact that meets the condi-
The Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle has been certified to tions stored in its memory.
comply with the Requirements of United States Federal Motor
For example, the airbag may deploy if:
Vehicle Safety Standard 208 as applicable at the time your vehicle
was manufactured. • a small child that is heavier than a typical 1 year -old child is on
the front passenger seat (regardless of whether the child is in one
The Standard requires the front airbag on the passenger side to be
of the child safety seats listed => page 159), or
turned off ("suppressed") if a child up to about one year of age
restrained in one of the rear-facing or forward-facing infant • a child who has outgrown child restraints is on the front
restraints listed in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 with passenger seat.
which the Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle was certified has If the front passenger airbag is turned off, the PASSENGER AIR BAG
been installed on the front passenger seat. For a listing of the child OFF light comes on in the instrument cluster and stays on.
restraints that were used to certify compliance with the US Safety
Standard => page 159. The front airbag on the passenger side may not deploy (the
PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does not illuminate and stay lit) even
The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light in the instrument panel tells you if a small adult or teenager, or a passenger who is not sitting upright
when the front Advanced Airbag on the passenger side has been with their back against a non-reclined backrest with their feet on the
turned off by the electronic control unit. vehicle floor in front of the seat is on the front passenger seat
Each time you turn on the ignition, the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF => page 116, "Proper seating position for the driver".
light will come on for a few seconds and: If the front passenger airbag deploys, the Federal Standard requires
• will stay on if the front passenger seat is not occupied, the airbag to meet the "low risk" deployment criteria to reduce the
risk of injury through interaction with the airbag . "Low risk" deploy-
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as defin ed i n th e el ect ron ic contro l un it=> page 147, " PASSENGER


AI R BAG OFF lig ht".
& WARNING (continued)
A lwa y s rem em ber, a chil d safet y seat or infant carr ier installe d on • Always make sure the forward-facing seat has been designed
the front seat m ay be str uck and knocked out of po sition by t he and certified by its manufacturer for use on a front seat with a
rap id ly infla ti ng passe nge r's air bag in a fron ta l colli sion . The airb ag passenger front and side airbag .
cou ld great ly redu ce the effectivene ss of the ch ild restrain t and • Never put the forward-facing child restraint up against or very
even seri ous ly in j ure the chi ld dur in g infl atio n. near the instrument panel.
For th is reason, and beca use the bac k seat is the safest plac e for • Always move the passenger seat into its rearmost position in
chi ldren - wh en prop erly rest rained acc or di ng t o th eir age and siz e the seat's fore and aft adjustment range, as far away from the
- we strong ly recommend that ch ildren always sit in the bac k seat airbag as possible before installing the forward-facing child
=> p age 157, "Ch ild Saf ety ". restraint. The backrest must be adjusted to an upright position .
• Make sure that the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light comes on

& WARNING and stays on all the time whenever the ignition is switched on.

A child in a rearward -facing child safety seat installed on the front


passenger seat will be ser iously injured and can be killed if the & WARNING
front airbag inflates - even with an Advanced Airbag System . To reduce the risk of serious injury , make sure that the PASSENGER
• The inflating airbag will hit the child safety seat or infant AIR BAG OFF light will be displayed whenever a child restraint is
carrier with great force and will smash the child safety seat and installed on the front passenger seat and the ignition is switched
child against the ba ckrest , door or roof . on.
• Always install rear -facing child safety seats on the rear seat . • If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not stay on , perform
the checks described => page 146, "Monitoring the Advanced
• If you must install a rearward facing child safety seat on the
Airbag System" .
front passenger seat because of exceptional circumstances and
the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not come on and stay on , • Take the child restraint off the front passenger seat and install
immediately install the rear-facing child safety seat in a rear it properly at one of the rear seat positions if the PASSENGER AIR
seating position and have the airbag system inspected by your BAG OFF light does not stay on.
Audi dealer . • Have the airbag system inspected by your Audi dealer immedi -
• Forward-facing child safety seats installed on the front ately .
passenger's seat may interfere with the deployment of the airbag • Always carefully follow instructions from child restraint manu -
and cause serious personal injury to the child . facturers when installing child restraints .

& WARNING & WARNING


If, in exceptional circumstances , you must install a forward-facing If, in exceptional circumstances, you must install a forward or
child restraint on the front passenger's seat: rearward -facing child restraint on the front passenger's seat :
Airbag system

& WARNING !continued)


• Improper installation of child restraints can reduce their effec-
tiveness or even prevent them from providing any protection .
• An improperly installed child restraint can interfere with the
airbag as it deploys and seriously injure or even kill the child -
even with an Advanced Airbag System. Fig . 111 Location of
front passenger's
• Always carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions
airbag: in the instru-
provided with the child safety seat or carrier. ment panel
• Never place additional items on the seat that can increase the
total weight registered by the weight-sensing mat and can cause Your vehicle is equipped with an "Advanced Airbag System" in
injury in a crash. • compliance with United States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Stan -
dard (FMVSS) 208 as applicable at the time your vehicle was manu-
factured. The safety belts for the front seats have "pretensioners"
Front airbags that help to take slack out of the belt system. The pretensioners are
also activated by the electronic control unit for the airbag system .
Description of front airbags The front safety belts also have load limiters to help reduce the
forces applied to the body in a crash.
The airbag system can provide supplemental protection
to properly restrained front seat occupants. The airbag for the driver is in the steering wheel hub ~ fig. 110 and
the airbag for the front passenger is in the instrument panel
~ fig . 111. The general location of the airbags is marked "AIRBAG".

There is a lot you need to know about the airbags in your vehicle. We
urg e you to read the detailed information about airbags, safety belts
and child safety in this and the other chapters that make up the
owner's literature. Please be sure to heed the WARNINGS - they are
extremely important for your safety and the safety of your passen -
gers, especially infants and small children.
Fig. 110 Location of
driver airbag: in
steering wheel & WARNING
Never rely on airbags alone for protection .
• Even when they deploy, airbags provide only supplemental
protection.

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The front Advanced Airbag System supplements the safety belts to


& WARNING (continued) provide additional protection for the driver's and front passenger's
• Airbag work most effectively when used with properly worn heads and upper bodies in frontal crashes . The airbags inflate only
safety belts . in frontal impacts when the vehicle deceleration is high enough.
• Therefore, always wear your safety belts and make sure that The front Advanced Airbag System for the front seat occupants is
everybody in your vehicle is properly restrained . not a substitute for your safety belts . Rather, it is part of the overall
occupant restraint system in your vehicle. Always remember that

& WARNING the airbag system can only help to protect you, if you are sitting
upright, wearing your safety belt and wearing it properly. This is why
A person on the front passenger seat, especially infants and small you and your passengers must always be properly restrained, not
children, will receive serious injuries and can even be killed by just because the law requires you to be.
being too close to the airbag when it inflates . The Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle has been certified to
• Although the Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle is meet the "low risk" requirements for 3 and 6 year -old children on the
designed to turn off the front passenger airbag if an infant or a passenger side and very small adults on the driver side. The low risk
small child is on the front passenger seat, nobody can absolutely deployment criteria are intended to help reduce the risk of injury
guarantee that deployment under these special conditions is through interaction with the front airbag that can occur, for
impossible in all conceivable situations that may happen during example, by being too close to the steering wheel and instrument
the useful life of your vehicle. panel when the airbag inflates.
• The Advanced Airbag System can deploy in accordance with In addition, the system has been certified to comply with the
the "low risk" option under the U.S. Federal Standard if a child that "suppression" requirements of the Safety Standard, to turn off the
is heavier than the typical one-year old child is on the front front airbag fo r infants 12 months old and younger who are
passenger seat and the other conditions for airbag deployment restrained on the front passenger seat in child restraints that are
are met. listed in the Standard=> page 159, "Child restraints and Advanced
• Accident statistics have shown that children are generally safer Airbags" .
in the rear seat area than in the front seating position. "Suppression" requires the front airbag on the passenger side to be
• For their own safety, all children, especially 12 years and turned off if:
younger, should always ride in the back properly restrained for • a child up to about one year of age is restrained on the front
their age and size . • passenger seat in one of the rear-facing or forward-facing infant
restraints listed in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 with
which the Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle was certified. For
Advanced front airbag system
a listing of the child restraints that were used to certify your
vehicle's compliance with the US Safety Standard => page 159,
Your vehicle is equipped with a front Advanced Airbag System in
• weight less than a threshold level stored in the control unit is
compliance with United States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Stan -
dard 208 as applicable at the time your vehicle was manufactured. detected on the front passenger seat. .,
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more th an the to t al weight of a child t hat is about 1 year old dep loyment occurs in those crashes that t ake place at lower decel -
restrained in one of the rear-facing or forward -facing infant erations as defined in the electronic control unit~ page 146.
restraints (listed in Federa l Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 with
Alw ays remembe r: Even though your vehicle is equipped with
which the Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle was certified),
Advanced Airbags, the safes t place for chi ldren is properly
the front airbag on the passenger side may or may not deploy .
restrained on the back seat. Please be sure to read the important
The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light comes on when the electronic informat ion in t he sections tha t follow a nd be sure t o heed all of the
control unit detects a total weight on the front passenger seat that WARNINGS.
requires the front airbag to be turned off . If the PASSENGER AIR BAG
OFF light does not come on, the front airbag on the passenger side
has not been t u rned off by the contro l u nit and can dep loy if the & WARNING
control unit senses an impact that meets the conditions stored in its To reduce the risk of injury when an airbag inflates , always wear
memory . safety belts prope rly.
If the total weight on the front passenger seat is more than that of • If you are unrestrained , leaning forward , sitt ing sideways or out
a typical 1 year -old, but less than the we ight of a small adult, the of position in any w ay, your risk of injury is mu ch higher.
front airbag on the passenger side may dep loy (the PASS ENGER AIR • You will also receive serious injurie s and could even be killed if
BAG OFF light does not come on). you are up against the airbag or too close t o it when it inflate s -
For example, the airbag may deploy if: even with an AdvancedAirbag =>page 135.
• a small ch ild that is heavier than a typ ical 1 year-o ld child is on
the front passenger seat (regardless of whether the child is in one
of the child saf ety seats listed ~ page 159),
& WARNING
A child in a rearward -facing child safety seat in stalled on the front
• a child who has outgrown child restr ai nts is on the front
pa ssenge r seat w ill be ser iou sly injured and can be killed if the
passenger seat.
front airb ag inflate s - even with an Advanced Airbag System .
If the front passenger airbag is turned off, the PASSENGER AIR BAG • Although the Advan ced Airbag System in your vehicle is
OFF light in the cen t er of the instrument panel wi ll co me on and stay de signed to turn off the front airbag when a rearward -fa cing child
on . restraint has been in stalled on the front pa ssenger seat , nobod y
The front airbag on the passenge r side may not deploy (the can ab solutely guarantee that deployment i s impo ssib le in all
PASSEN GER AIR BAG OFF light does not illuminate and stay lit) if: conceivable situations that may happen during the useful life of
your vehicle .
• a small adult or teenager is on the front passenger seat
• The inflating airbag w ill hit the c hild safety seat or inf ant
• a passenger who is not sitting upright with their back against a
carrier with great force and will smash the chi ld safety seat and
non -reclined backrest with their feet on the vehicle floor in front of
child ag ainst the ba ckre st , door , or roof .
the seat is on the front passenger seat.
• Always in stall rearward -facing child restraint s in the back seat . ...
If the front passenger airbag dep loys, the Federal Standard requires
the airbag t o meet the "low risk" deployment criteria to help reduce

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& WARNING (continued) of the Advanced Airbag System, you must take care to prevent it
• If you must install a rearward facing child safety seat on the from being damaged. Damage to the seat may prevent the
front passenger seat because of exceptional circumstances and Advanced Airbag for the front passenger seat from doing its job in
the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not come on and stay on, a crash .
immediately install the rear-facing child safety seat in a rear
The front Advanced Airbag System consists of the
seating position and have the airbag system inspected by your
following:
Audi dealer.
• Crash sensors in the front of the vehicle that measure vehicle
acceleration/deceleration to provide information to the Advanced
& WARNING Airbag System about the severity of the crash.
If, in exceptional circumstances, you must install a forward-facing • An electronic control unit, with integrated crash sensors for front
child restraint on the front passenger's seat: and side impacts. The control unit "decides" whether to fire the
front airbags based on the information received from the crash
• Always make sure the forward -facing seat has been designed
sensors. The control unit also "decides" whether the safety belt
and certified by its manufacturer for use on a front seat with a
pretensioners should be activated.
passenger front and side airbag.
• An Advanced Airbag with gas generator for the driver inside the
• Never put the forward-facing child restraint up against or very
steering wheel hub .
near the instrument panel.
• An Advanced Airbag with gas generator inside the instrument
• Always move the passenger seat into its rearmost position in
panel for the front passenger.
the seat's fore and aft adjustment range, as far away from the
airbag as possible, before installing the forward-facing child • A weight-sensing mat under the upholstery padding of the front
restraint . The backrest must be adjusted to an upright position. passenger seat cushion that measures the total weight on the seat.
The information registered is sent continuously to the electronic
• Make sure that the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light comes on
control unit to regulate deployment of the front Advanced Airbag on
and stays on all the time whenever the ignition is switched on. •
the passenger side.
• An airbag monitoring system and indicator light in the instru -
Advanced Airbag System components ment cluster ~ page 146.
• Th e PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light comes on and stays on in the
Th e front passenger seat in your vehicle has a lot of very important center of the instrument panel ~ page 147, fig. 113 and tells you
parts of the Advanced Airbag System in it . These parts include the when the front Advanced Airbag on the passenger side has been
weight-sensing mat, sensors, wiring, brackets, and more. Th e func- turned off.
tion of the system in the front passenger seat is checked by the elec- • A sensor below the safety belt latch for the front seat passenger
tronic control unit when the ignition is on. The control unit monitors to measure the tension on the safety belt . The tension on the safety
the Advanced Airbag System and turns the airbag indicator light on belt and the weight registered by the weight -sensing mat help the
when a malfunction in the system components is detected. The control unit "decide" whether the front airbag for the front ..
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restr aint s o n the fro nt seat - some impor ta nt thin gs t o know".
& WARNING (continued )

• A sensor in the safety belt latch fo r the d rive r and for the front • Seat covers can prevent the Advanced Airbag System from
seat pass en ger th at sen ses wh ether th at saf et y belt is lat ch ed o r not recognizing child restraints or occupants on the front passenger
and transmits this information to the electronic contro l unit. seat and prevent the side airbag in the seat backrest from
deploying properly.

& WARNING • Never use cushions, pillows, blankets or similar items on the
front passenger seat. The additional padding will prevent the
Damage to the front passenger seat can prevent the front airbag weight-sensing mat in the seat from accurately registering the
from working properly . child restraint or person on the seat and prevent the Advanced
• Improper repair or disassembly of the front passenger and Airbag System from functioning properly .
driver seat will prevent the Advanced Airbag System from func - • If you must use a child restraint on the front passenger seat
tioning properly . and the child restraint manufa cturer's instructions require the use
• Repairs to the front passenger seat must be performed by qual - of a towel , foam cushion or something else to properly position
ified and properly trained workshop personnel . the child restraint, make certain that the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF
light comes on and stays on whenever the child restraint is
• Never remove the front passenger or driver seat from the
installed on the front passenger seat.
vehicle.
• If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not come on and stay
• Never remove the upholstery from the front passenger seat .
on , immediately install child restraint in a rear seating position
• Never disassemble or remove parts from the seat or disconnect and have the airbag system inspected by your Audi dealer. •
wires from it.
• Never carry sharp objects in your pockets or place them on the
seat . If the weight-sensing mat in the passenger seat is punctured How the Advanced Airbag System
it cannot work properly. components work together
• Never carry things on your lap or carry objects on the
passenger seat . Such items can increase the weight registered by The front Advanced Airbag System and the side airbags suppl ement
the weight-sensing mat and send the wrong information to the the pr otection offe red by t he front t hree-point safety bel t s with
airbag control unit . pretens ioners and load li miters and the adj ustable head restraints
to help reduce the risk of in j ury in a wide range of accident and
• Never store items under the front passenger seat . Parts of the
crash situati on s. Be sure to read t he impo rta nt inf o r matio n abou t
Advanced Airbag System under the passenger seat could be
safety and heed the WARNI NGS in th is chapter.
damaged , preventing them and the airbag system from working
properly. Dep loym ent of th e Adva nce d Ai rb ag System and the activati on of
• Never place seat covers or replacement upholstery that have th e safety be lt pretension ers depend on the decel eration measur ed
not been specifically approved by Audi on the front seats. by the crash sens o rs and regis t ered by th e electr o nic control un it .
Crash severity depends on speed and decel eration as we ll as t he
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When the electronic control unit registers a low severity crash and More important things t o knovv a bout front
th e safety belt is being used, the airbag will not deploy. If the safety airbags
belt is not being used, the first stage deploys, followed by the
second stage after a much later time in the crash sequence.
If t he electronic contro l unit registers a crash of medium severity,
the first stage of the airbag deploys followed by the second stage at
a much later time in the crash sequence - regardless of whether the
safety belt is being used or not . In higher severity crashes as regis-
tered by the electronic contro l unit, both the first and second stages
deploy almost at the same time.
On the passenger side, regardless of safety belt use, the airbag will
be turned off if the weight on the passenger seat is less than the Fig. 112 Infl ated front
airbags
amount programmed in the electronic control unit . The front airbag
on the passenger side will also be t urned off if one of the child
safety seats that has been certified under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety belts are important to help keep front seat occupants in the
Safety Standard 208 has been recognized on the seat. The proper seated position so th at airbags can unfold properly and
PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light comes on and stays on to tel l you provide supp lemental protection in a fronta l collision.
when the front Advanced Airbag on th e passenger side has been The front airbags are designed to provide additional protection for
turned off~ page 137, "Child restraints on the front seat - some the chest and face of the driver and the front seat passenger when:
important things to know".
• safety be lts are worn properly,
• the seats have been positioned so that the occupant is properly
& WARNING seated as far as possible from the airbag,
To reduce the risk of injury when an airbag inflates , always wear • and the head restraints have been properly adjusted.
safety belts properly. Because airbags inflate in the blink of an eye with great force, things
• If you are unrestrained , leaning forward , sitting sideways or out you have on your lap or have placed on the seat cou ld become
of position in any way, your risk of injury is much higher. dangerous projectiles, and be pushed into you if the airbag inflates .
• You will also receive serious injuries and could even be killed if When an airbag deploys, fine dust is released. This is normal and is
you are up against the airbag or too close to it when it inflates - not caused by a fire in the vehic le. This dust is made up most ly of a
even with an Advanced Airbag ~ page 135. • powder used to lubricate the airbags as they deploy. It cou ld irritate
skin.
It is important to remember that while the supplemental airbag
system is designed to reduce the likelihood of serious injuries, other
injuries, for example swelling, bruising and minor abrasions, can
also happen when airbags inflate . Airbags do not protect the arms ._,
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or t he low er parts of the body. Front airba gs only suppl eme nt t he
th ree po int saf et y belt s in so me fro nt al co lli sio ns in w hi ch t he & WARNING
veh icle dece lerat ion is h igh enou g h to deploy th e ai rbags.
A child in a rearward -facing child safety seat installed on the front
Front airbags will not deploy: passenger seat will be seriously injured and can be killed if the
front airbag inflates - even w ith an Advanced Airbag System .
• if the ignition is switched off when a crash occurs,
• The inflating airbag will hit the child safety seat or infant
• in side collisions ,
carrier with great force and will smash the child safety seat and
• i n rea r-end coll isions , child against the backrest , center arm rest , door or roof.
• in ro llovers, • Always install rear-facing child safety seats on the rear seat .
• w h en th e c rash deceler ation m easu red by th e ai rba g sys t em is • If you must install a rearward facing child safety seat on the
less than the minimum threshold needed for airbag dep loyment as front passenger seat because of exceptional circumstances and
regi st ere d by the ele ctroni c co ntrol u ni t. the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not come on and stay on,
immediately install the rear-facing child safety seat in a rear
The front passenger airbag will also not deploy :
seating position and have the airbag system inspected by your
• when th e fron t passenger seat is not occupied, Audi dealer .
• w hen the weight o n t he front pass enger seat as sensed by the
Ad vanced Ai rb ag System indi cat es t hat th e fr ont ai rba g on th e
passenger side has to be tu rned off by the electronic cont rol unit & WARNING
(th e PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF lig ht co me s on and st ay s on ). Objects between you and the airbag will in crease the risk of injury
in a crash by interfering with the way the airbag unfolds or by

& WARNING being pushed into you as the airbag inflates .


• Never hold things in your hands or on your lap when the vehicle
Sitting in the wrong position can increase the risk of ser ious injury is in use .
in crashes .
• Never transport items on or in the area of the front passenger
• To reduce the risk of injury when the airbags inflate , the driver seat. Objects could move into the area of the front airbags during
and passengers must always sit in an upright position , must not braking or other sudden maneuver and become dangerous projec-
lean against or place any part of their body too close to the area tiles that can cause serious personal injury if the airbags inflate .
where the airbags are located .
• Never place or attach accessories or other objects (such as cup
• Occupants who are unbelted , out of position or too close to the holders , telephone brackets , large , heavy or bulky objects ) on the
airbag can be seriously injured by an airbag as it unfolds with doors , over or near the area marked "AIRBAG" on the steering
great force in the blink of an eye ~ page 137. wheel , instrument panel , seat backrests or between those areas
and yourself . These objects could cause injury in a crash , espe -
cially when the airbags inflate .
• Never recline the front passenger's seat to transport objects.
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ma ke sure tha t it is functioning properly whenever the ignition is on .


& WA RNING (continued )
Each tim e yo u turn o n t he igniti o n, the ai rb ag monito ring indica t o r
airbag during br aking or in a sudden m aneuver . Obje cts near the li ght ~ wi ll come on for a few seconds (self diagnost ics).
airbags can become proje ctiles and cause injury , parti cularly when
the seat is recli ned . The system must be inspected when the indicator
• Never tilt the front pas senger seat ba ckrest forward when the
light m:
vehi cle is moving . An inflating airbag will force the backrest back- • does not co m e o n w hen th e igni t ion is switche d o n,
ward and can injure rear seat occupant s. • does not go out a few seconds after you have switched on the
ig niti o n, or

& WARNING • comes on whi le driving.


If an air bag system m alfu nct ion is dete ct ed, t he in d icato r lig ht will
The fine dust created when airbag s deploy can cause breathing
first start f lashing to catch the driver 's attention and then stay on
problems for people with a history of asthma or other breathing
conti nuou sly t o serve as a const ant re mind er t o have t he sys t em
conditions.
inspected immediately.
• To reduce the risk of breathing problems , those with asthma or
If a malfunction occu rs that turns the front airbag on the passenger
other respiratory conditions should get fresh air right away by
side off , the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF lig ht w i ll come on and stay on
getting out of the veh icle or opening windows or doors .
whenever the ignition is on.
• If you are in a collision in which airbags deploy, wash your
hands and face with mild soap and water before eating .
• Be careful not to get the dust into your eyes, or into any cuts o r & WARNING
scratches . An airbag system that is not functioning properly cannot provide
• If the residue should get into your eyes, flush them with supplemental protection in a frontal crash.
water . • • If the airbag indicator light comes on, it means that there may
be something wrong with the Advanced Airbag System. It is
possible that the airbag will inflate when it is not supposed to, or
Monitoring the Advanced Airbag will not inflate when it should.
System • Have the airbag system inspected immediately by your Audi
dealer. •
Airbag monitoring indicator light :~
Two separ ate indi cators moni tor the functi on of th e
A dvance d A ir bag System: the ai rbag monitor ing ind icator
lig ht and the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF l ight.
The Advanced Airbag Syst em (includ in g t he electronic co nt rol unit,
sensor circuits and system wiring ) is monito red continuous ly to
Airb a g s y s t e m

PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light one of the rear-facing or forward -facing infant restraints listed in
Federa l Motor Vehicle Safety St andard 208 with which the Advanced
Airbag System in your vehicle was certified .
If the front passenger seat is not occupied, the front airbag will not
deploy, and the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light will stay on . Never
) install a rearward -facing child restraint on the front passenger seat,
t he saf est place for a child in any kind of child restraint is at one of
the seating positions on the rear seat=> page 137, "Child restraints
on the front seat- so me important things to know" and => page 157,
Fig. 113 Secti on from
th e instrum ent panel: "Child Safety" .
PASSENGER AIR BAG
If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light come s on when one of the
OFF light
conditions listed above is met, be sure to check the light regu larly
to make certain that the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light stays on
The PASS ENGER AI R BAG OFF light is located in the center of the
continuously whenever the igni t ion is on . If the PASSENGER AIR
instrument pane l =>fig. 113.
BAG OFF light does not appear and not stay on all the time, stop as
The PASSEN GER A IR BAG OFF light wil l come on and stay on to tell soon as it is safe to do so and
you when the front Advanced Airbag on the passenger side has
• reactivate the system by turning the ignition off and then turning
been turned off by the electron ic control unit . Each time you turn on
it on again;
the ignition, the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light wi ll flash for a few
seconds and : • remove and reinstall the child restraint. Make sure that the child
restraint is proper ly instal led and that the safety belt for the front
• wi ll stay on if the front passenger seat is not occupied, passenger seat has been correctly routed around the child restraint
• wi ll stay on if there is a small child or chi ld restra int on the front as described in the child restraint manufacturer's instructions;
passenger seat, • make sure that the convertible locking feature on the safety belt
• wi ll go out if the front passenger seat is occupied by an adult as fo r t he front passenger seat has been activated and that the safety
registered by the weight -sensing mat. belt has been pulled tight . The belt must not be loose or have loops
The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light mu st come on and stay on if the of slack so that the sensor below the safety belt latch on the seat can
ignition is on and do its job =>page 168.
• make sure that things that may increase t he weight of the child
• a car bed has been instal led on the front seat, o r
and child safety seat are not being transported on the front
• a rearward-facing chi ld restraint has been installed on the front passenger seat;
passenger seat, or
• make sure that the safety belt tension sensor is not blocked.
• a forward-facing child restraint has been instal led on the front Shake the safety belt latch on the front passenger seat back and
passenger seat , or forth;
• the weight registered on the front passenger seat is equa l to or • If a strap or te t her is being used to tie the child saf ety seat to the
less than the combined weigh t of a typica l 1 year-old restra ined in front passenger seat, make sure that it is not so tight that it causes ~

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the weight -sensing mat to measure more weight than is actual ly on display. This is to inform the driver of the curren t front passenger
th e seat . air bag status . •
If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light still does not come on and does
not stay on continuous ly (when the ignition is switched on), Important safety instructions on monitoring
• t ake th e c hild restr ai nt off t he fr o nt passe ng er seat and ins t all it the Advanced Airbag System
properly at one of the rear seat pos it ions. Have the airbag system
insp ect ed by yo ur Audi deal er im m edia t ely.
• move the chi ld to a rear seat position and make sure that the
chi ld is p ro pe rly restrai ned in a chi ld restraint th at is app ropriat e fo r
& WARNING
An airbag system that is not functioning properly cannot provide
its size and age.
supplemental protect ion in a frontal crash.
The PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF ligh t sho ul d NOT come on when the • If the airbag indicator light comes on, it means that there may
ignition is on and an adult is sitt ing i n a proper seating position on be something wrong with the Advanced Airbag System . It is
the front passenge r seat . If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light possible that the airbag will inflate when it is not supposed to, or
comes on a nd st ays o n o r fl ashes for about 5 seco nds whi le d ri vi ng, will not inflate when it should.
under these ci rcumstances, make sure that:
• Have the airbag system inspected immediately by your Audi
• t he ad ult on t he fron t passen ger seat is p ro perly seated on t he dealer.
cent er of the seat cushion with his or her back up against the back-
rest and the backrest is not reclined => page 116, "Proper o cc upant
seating positions", & WARNING
• t he ad u lt is not t aking w eig ht off the seat by hol d ing o n to the If the front airbag inflates , a child without a child restraint, in a
passenger assist hand le above the front passenger door or rearw ard-facing child safety seat or in a forward-facing child
su p po rt ing th eir w eight on the arm rest, restraint that has not been properly installed will be seriously
• the safety be lt is being proper ly worn and that there is not a lot injured and can be killed .
of slack in the safet y belt web bin g, • Even though your vehicle is equipped with an Advanced Airbag
• accessory seat covers or cushions or other things that may cause System , make certain that all children , especially 12 years and
an incorrect read ing or impression on t he w eight -sensi ng m at younger, always ride on the back seat properly restrained for their
under the upho lstery of the seat have been removed from the front age and size.
pass enger seat, • Always install forward or rear-facing child safety seats on the
• a safety be lt extender has not been left in the safety be lt latc h for rear seat - even with an Advanced Airbag System .
th e fro nt passenger seat. • If you must install a rearward -facing child safety seat on the
In addition to the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light in the center of the front passenger seat because of exceptional circumstances and
instrument pane l, the mes sage PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF o r the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not appear and stay on,
immediately install the rear-facing child safety seat in a rear ~
PASSENGERAIR BAG ON will br iefly appear in the instrument cluster
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seating position and have the airbag system inspected by your Parts of the airbag system are insta lled at many different places on
Audi dealer . your Au d i. Inst all ing, remo vi ng, serv ic in g o r repai rin g a part in an
• A tight tether or other str ap on a rearward-fac ing child restr aint area of the vehicle can damage a part of an airbag system and
attached to the front pas senger seat can put too much pressure pre v ent t hat system fro m wo r ki ng prope rly in a co ll ision .
on the weight-sensing mat in the seat and reg ister more weight
There are some important things you have to know to make sure
than is actually on the seat. The heavier weight registered can
that the effectiveness of the system will not be impai red an d that
make the system work as though an adult were on the seat and
d iscarded components do not cause i nju ry or po ll ute t he env iron -
deploy the Advanced Airbag when it must be suppressed causing
ment .
serious or even fatal injury to the c hild .
• If, in exceptional circumstance s, you mu st in stall a forward -
fac ing child restra int on the front passenger seat , always move the
seat into its rearmost position in the seat 's fore and aft adj ust -
& WARNING
Improper care , servicing and repair procedures can increase the
ment range , as far away from the airbag as possible . The backrest
risk of personal injury and death by preventing an airbag from
must be adjusted to an upright position . Make sure that the
deploying when needed or deploying an airbag unexpectedly:
PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light comes on and stay s on all the time
whenever the ignition is switched on . • Never cover , obstruct , or change the steering wheel horn pad
or airbag cover or the instrument panel or modify them in any way.

& WARNING • Never atta ch any obje cts su ch as cup holders or telephone
mountings to the surfaces covering the airbag units.
• If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does not go out when an • For cleaning the horn pad or instrument panel, use only a soft ,
adult is sitting on the front passenger seat after taking the steps dry cloth or one moi stened with plain water . Solvents or cleaners
described above, make sure the adult is properly seated and could damage the airbag cover or change the stiffness or strength
restrained at one of the rear seating positions . of the material so that the airbag cannot deploy and protect prop -
• Have the airbag system inspected by your Audi dealer before erly .
transporting anyone on the front passenger seat . • Never repair , adjust , or change any parts of the airbag system.
• All work on the steering wheel , instrument panel , front seats or
[i ] Tips electrical system (including the installation of audio equipment ,
cellular telephones and CB radios , etc .I must be performed by a
If the weight -sensing mat in the front passenger seat detects an
qualified technician who has the training and special equipment
emp ty seat, the fro nt airbag on t he passenge r sid e will be t u rned
necessary .
off, and PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF will stay on . •
• For any work on the airbag system , we strongly recommend
that you see your authorized Audi dealer or qualified workshop .
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Other things that can affect Advanced Airbag
performance
• Always make sure that the side airbag can inflate without inter-
fe rence: Changing the vehic le's suspens ion system can change the way that
- Never install seat covers or replacement upholstery over the th e Adva nced Air bag Syste m pe rf orms i n a crash. For example,
front seatback s that have not been specifically approved by using tire -ri m co m binations not approved by Audi, lowering the
Audi. veh icle, chang i ng the st iff ness of t he suspe nsio n, incl udi ng th e
- Never use additional seat cushions that cover the areas spr ings, suspension struts, shock absorbers etc. can change the
where the side airbags inflate . f orces t hat are m easured by the ai rba g se nsors and se nt to th e elec -
tronic control unit. Some suspension changes can, for example,
- Damage to the original seat covers or to the seam in the area
i ncrease the fo rce level s meas u red by th e senso rs and make th e
of the side airbag module must always be repaired immedi -
airbag system dep loy in crashes in which it wou ld not d ep loy if the
ately by an authorized Audi dealer.
changes had no t been m ade. Oth er ki nds of changes m ay red uce
• The airbag system can be activated only once. After an airbag th e force levels measured by t he sensors and preve nt the airbag
has inflated , it must be replaced by an authorized Audi dealer or fro m de p loying w hen it sh ou ld .
qualified technician who has the technical information , training
and special equipment necessary.
Th e senso rs in t he saf ety belt buc kle fo r th e dr iver and fro nt
passenger seat te ll the electronic contro l modu le if the safety belt is
• The airbag system can be deployed only once. After an airbag lat ched or not. If th e saf ety belt is b eing used, th e front airbag wi ll
has been deployed , it must be replaced with new repla cement deploy at a slightly higher rate of vehic le dece leration than if the
parts designed and approved especially for your Audi model saf et y be lt is not bein g used. Theref ore, i n a partic ula r coll isio n, it is
version . Replacement of complete airbag systems or airbag possible that an airbag wi ll not deploy at a seating position where
components must be performed by qualified workshops only. th e saf ety be lt is bei ng us ed bu t wi ll infl at e at the po sition w here th e
Make sure that any airbag service action is entered in your Audi safety be lt is not being used. It is important that nothi ng interfere
Warranty & Maintenance booklet under AIRBAG REPLACEMENT with the safety belt buc kles so that the sensors can send the co rrect
RECORD. i nformatio n about safety belt use to t he electronic control unit.
• For safety reasons in severe accidents , the alternator and
starter are separated from the vehicle battery with a pyrotechn ic
circuit interrupter. & WARNING
- Work on the pyrotechni c circuit interrupter must only be Changing the vehicle's suspension including use of unapproved
performed by a qualified dealer - risk of an accident! tire -rim combinations can change Advanced Airbag performance
- If the vehicle or the circuit inte rrupter is scrapped , all appli - and increase the risk of serious personal injury in a crash.
cable safety precautions must be followed. • • Never install suspension components that do not have the
same performance characteristics as the components originally
installed on your vehicle.
• Never use tire -rim combinations that have not been approved
by Audi. ..
Airbag system

Knee airbags
& WARNING
Items stored between the safety belt buckle and the center Description of knee airbags
console can cause the sensors in the buckle to send the wrong
information to the electronic control module and prevent the The airbag system can provide supplemental protection
Advanced Airbag System from working properly. to properly restrained front seat occupants.
• Always make sure that nothing can interfere with the safety
belt buckles and that they are not obstructed.

<i'For the sake of the environment


Undeployed airbag modules and pretensioners might be classified
as Perchlorate Material -special handling may apply, see
www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate. When the vehicle or
parts of the restraint system including airbag modules safety belts
with pretensioners are scrapped, all applicable laws and regula- Fig. 114 Driver 's
airbag
tions must be observed. Your authorized Audi dealer is familiar with
these requirements and we recommend that you have your dealer
perform this service for you. • The airbag for the driver is located in the instrument panel under -
neath the steering wheel=> fig. 114, the airbag for the passenger is
at about the same height in the instrument panel underneath the
glove compartment.
The knee airbag offers additional protection to the driver's and
passenger's knees and upper and lower thigh areas as a supple-
ment to the safety belts.
If the front airbags deploy, the knee airbags also deploy in frontal
collisions above a certain severity=> page 144, "More importan t
things to know about front airbags".
Besides their normal safety function, safety belts work to help keep
the driver or front passenger in posit ion in case of a frontal collision
so that the airbags can provide protection.
The airbag system is not a substitute for your safety belt. Rather, it
is part of the overall occupant restraint system in your vehicle.
Always remember that the airbag system can only help to protect
you if you are wearing your safety belt and wearing it properly. This •

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is why you should always wear your safety belt, not just because the • in rear-end collisions
law requires you to do so ~ page 125, "General notes". • in rollovers
The safety belt buckle for the driver and front seat passenger have • in the event of a system malfunction (warning/indicator light illu -
switches that tell the airbag control module if the safety belt is m inated)~ page 18.
being used or not . If the safety belt is being used, the knee airbag
will deploy at a slightly higher rate of deceleration than if the belt is
not be ing used. Therefore, in a part icular collision, it is possible that & WARNING
an airbag will not deploy at a seating position where the safety belt • Safet y belt s and th e airb ag system can only provide prote ction
is being used but will inflate at the position where the safety belt is when occupants are in the proper seating posit ion ~ pag e 144.
not being used .
• If the airbag indicat or light comes w hen the vehicle is being
Remember too, airbags wi ll deploy only once and only in certain used, have the syst em inspected imm ediat ely by your authori zed
kinds of accidents - your safety belts are always there to offer Audi dea ler. The airbag may not work properly w hen the vehicle
protection in those accidents in which airbags are not supposed to acceleration in a side collision is high enough to deploy th e airbag.
deploy or when they have already deployed, for example when your See also ~ pag e 18. •
vehic le strikes or is struck by another after the first collision .
This is just one of the reasons why an airbag is not a substitute for
the safety be lt . The airbag system works most effectively when used
How knee airbags work
with the safety bel t s. Therefore, always wear your safety belts The risk of injury to the leg area is re duced by fully
correctly . deployed knee airbags.
It is important to remember that while the supplemental airbag
system is des igned to reduce the likelihood of serious injuries, other
injuries, for example, swelling, bruising, and minor abrasions can
also be associated with airbags.

Th e kn ee a irb a g s ys tem b as ica lly c on s ist s o f :


• The electronic control module
• Two inflatable airbags (airbag and gas generator!, one for the
driver and one for the front passenger Fig. 115 Inflated
airbags prot ecting in a
• The airbag indicator light in the instrument panel frontal collision

T h e kn e e ai rb a g sys t e m will not depl oy:


The knee airbag system has been designed so that the airbags for
• when the ignition is turned off
the driver and fron t passenger are deployed in certain but not all
• in front -end col lisions when the deceleration measured by the frontal co ll isions. .,.
control unit is too low
• in side collisions
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colli sion s abo ve a ce rt ai n sev erity.
& WARNING (continued)
their seat positions , it is important that both the driver and the
W hen th e syst em is dep loy ed, the airbags start to f il l with a prope l-
front passenger keep their upper bodies and knees at the
lant gas, and inflate between the lower part of the inst rument pane l
following minimum safe distances:
and th e dri ve r and the lowe r pa rt of t he in stru m ent panel and th e
front passenger => page 144, fig. 112. - 1O inches (25 cm) between the chest and the steering
wheel / instrument panel .
A lth o ugh the y are not a soft pil low, the y can "c ush io n" the impac t
an d in this w ay they can help to reduce the risk of inj ury to th e low er - 4 inches (10 cm) between the knees and the lower part of the
extr emiti es. instrument panel .
• The risk of personal injury increases if you lean forward or to
A ll thi s t akes pla ce in st ant ane ous ly, so f ast th at m any peo p le d o n't
the side, or if the seat is improperly positioned and you are not
eve n realize that the airb ags have d eploye d . The ai rb ag s also inflate
wearing your safety belt . The risk increases even more should the
wi t h a g reat dea l of f orce and it is i m portant f or o cc up ant saf ety that
airbag deploy .
no t hi ng sho ul d be in t heir wa y when the y dep lo y.
• Always make sure that the knee airbag can inflate without
Fully infl at ed airb ags in combin at ion with pr o perl y worn saf ety belt s
interference . Objects between yourself and the airbag can
slow dow n and limi t t he occu pant's fo rward moveme nt and hel p to increase the risk of injury in an accident by interfering with the
reduc e th e risk. • way the airbag deploys or by being pushed into you as the airbag
deploys .
Important safety instructions on the knee - No persons (children) or animals should ride in the footwell
airbag system in front of the passenger seat . If the airbag deploys , this can
result in serious or fatal injuries .
A ir bags are only supplem enta l restra ints. Alwa ys w ear - No objects of any kind should be carried in the footwell area
safe ty belts corr ectly and ride in a prop er seating position . in front of the driver's or passenger's seat . Bulky objects (shop-
ping bags , for example) can hamper or prevent proper deploy-
The re is a lot th at you and y our pass enger s m us t kn ow and d o t o
ment of the airbag . Small objects can be thrown through the
he l p the safety be lts an d airba gs to p rov ide supp leme nta l p rot ec-
vehicle if the airbag deploys and injure you or your passengers .
ti o n.
• Make sure there are no cracks, deep scratches or other damage
in the area of the instrument panel where the knee airbags are
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An inflating knee airbag can cause serious injury. Wearing safety • If children are incorrectly seated, their risk of injury increases in
belts incorrectly and improper seating positions increase the risk the case of an accident => page 157, "Child Safety". •
of serious personal injury and death whenever a vehicle is being
used.
• The airbag system cannot protect you properly if you are
seated too close to any of the airbag locations. When adjusting

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Side airbags unit, the side airbags will not be triggered, even though the car may
be badly damaged as a result of the collision. It is not possible to
define an airbag triggering range that wi ll cover every possible
Description of side airbags angle of impact, since the circumstances will vary considerab ly
The airbag system can provide supplemental protection between one collision and another . Important factors include, for
to pro p erly restrained front seat occupants. example, the nature (hard or soft) of the impacting object, the angle
of impact, vehicle speed, etc . ~ page 155, "Important safety
instructions on the side airbag system" .
Aside from t heir normal safety function, safety belts work to help
keep the driver or front passenger in position in the event of a side
collision so that the side airbags can provide protection.
The airbag system is not a subs t itute for your safety belt. Rather, it
is part of the overall occupant restraint system in your vehicle .
Always remember that the side airbag system can only help to
Fig. 116 Side airbag protect you if you are wearing your safety belt and wearing it prop -
locat ion in the drive r's
seat erly. This is another reason why you should always wear your safety
belts, not just because the law requires you to do so ~ page 125,
"General notes" .
The side airbags are located in the sides of the front seat backrests
~ fig. 116 facing the doors. They are identified by the word It is important to remember that while the supplemental side airbag
"AIRBAG". system is designed to reduce the likelihood of serious injuries, other
injuries, for example, swel ling, bruis ing , and minor abrasions can
The side airbag system basically consist s of :
also be associated with deployed side airbags . Remember too, side
• the electronic control module and external side impact sensors airbags will deploy only once and only in certain kinds of accidents
• the two side airbags located in the sides of the front backrests - your safety belts are always there to offer protection.
• the airbag warning light in the instrument cluster . Vehicle damage, repair costs or even the lack of vehicle damage are
The airbag system is monitored electronica lly to make certain that not necessarily an indication of over-sensitive or failed airbag acti-
it is functioning properly at all times . Each time you turn on the igni - vat ion . In some collisions, both front and side airbags may inflate .
tion, the airbag system indicator light will come on for a few Remember too, that airbags will deploy only once and only in
seconds (self diagnostics). certain kinds of col lisions - your safety belts are always there to
offer protection in those accidents in which airbags are not
The side airbag system supplements the safety belts and can help supposed to deploy or when they have already deployed .
to reduce the risk of injury to the driver's and front passenger's
upper torso on the side of the vehicle that is struck in a side colli- T h e s id e a irba g sy s tem wi ll n ot de pl oy :
sion . The airbag deploys only in side impacts and only when the • whe n the ignition is turned off
vehic le acceleration registered by the control unit is high enough. If
• in side collisions when the acceleration measured by the sensor
this rate is below the reference value programmed into the control
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• in front -end collisions "AIR BAG". It expands between the side trim pane l and the
• in rear-end col lis ions passe nger. In o rd er to hel p provide this add iti o nal protecti on , t he
side airbag must inflate w ithin a fraction of a second at very high
• in ro llovers.
speed and w ith grea t force. The suppleme nt al side ai rbag could
In som e types of acci d ents t h e fron t air ba gs and side air bags m ay injure you if your seating position is not proper or upright or if items
be trigge red together. are located in the area where the su pp lemental si d e air bag expands .
This applies especial ly to child ren=> page 157, "Ch ild Saf et y".

& WARNING Sup pl emental side airbags inflate between the occupant and the
do or pa nel on the side of th e vehicle tha t is str uck in certa in side
• Safety belts and the airbag system will only provide protect ion collision => fig . 117.
when occupants are in the proper seating position =>page 155. A lt hough t hey are not a soft pi ll ow, they ca n "cushi on" the imp act
• If the airbag indicator light comes on when the vehicle is being and in this way they can help to reduce the risk of injury to the upper
used, have the system inspected immediately by your authorized par t of t he bo dy.
Audi dealer . The airbag may not work properly when the vehicle
A f ine d ust may develop w hen the ai rbag deploys. Thi s is no r mal
acceleration in a side collision is high enough to activate the
and does not mean there is a fire in the vehic le. •
airbag . •

rmportant safety instructions on the side


How supplemental side airbags work
airbag system
Side air bags deploy inst ant ly and con help reduce the risk
Ai rbags ore on ly supplementa l restrai nts. A lwa ys prop-
of upper torso injuries for occupants wh o ore properly
erly w ear safety belts and ride in a p roper seating posi-
restrained.
ti on.
Ther e is a lot t hat you and your passenge rs m ust know and act
accordingly to help the safety belts and airbags do their job to
p rovide sup ple m enta l pr ot ect ion .

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An inflating side airbag can cause serious or fatal injury. Improp -
Fig. 117 Inflated side erly wearing safety belts and improper seating positions increase
airbags on left side of
the risk of serious personal injury and death whenever a vehicle is
vehicle
being used.

When the syst em is triggered, the airbag is fi lle d with prop el lant gas • In order to reduce the risk of injury when the supplemental side
and br eaks through a seam in the seat sur f ace area marked airbag inflates : .,

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& WARNING (continued) & WARNING (continued)


- Always sit in an upright position and never lean against the • Always use the built-in coat hooks only for lightweight
area where the supplemental side airbag is located. clothing. Never leave any heavy or sharp -edged objects in the
- Never let a child or anyone else rest their head against the pockets that may interfere with side airbag deployment and can
side trim panel in the area where the supplemental side airbag cause personal injury in an accident .
inflates . • Always prevent the side airbags from being damaged by heavy
- Always make sure that safety belts are worn correctly, objects knocking against or hitting the sides of the seatbacks.

- Do not let anyone sitting in the front seat put their hand or • The airbag system can only be triggered once. If the airbag has
any other parts of their body out of the window. been triggered, the system must be replaced by an authorized
Audi dealership .
• Always make sure that the side airbag can inflate without inter -
ference. • Damage (cracks , deep scratches etc.I to the original seat covers
or to the seam in the area of the side airbag module must always
- Never install seat covers or replacement upholstery over the
be repaired immediately by an authorized Audi dealer .
front seat backs that have not been specifically approved by
Audi. • If children are seated improperly, their risk of injury increases
in the case of an accident ~ page 157, " Child Safety " .
- Never use additional seat cushions that cover the areas
where the side airbags deploy . • Never attempt to modify any components of the airbag system
in any way .
- Damage to the original seat covers or to the seam in the area
of the side airbag module must always be repaired immedi- • In a side collision , side airbags will not function properly if
ately by an authorized Audi dealer. sensors cannot correctly measure increasing air pressure inside
the doors when air escapes through larger , unclosed openings in
• Objects between you and the airbag can increase the risk of
the door panel.
injury in an accident by interfering with the way the airbag unfolds
or by being pushed into you as the airbag inflates . - Never drive with interior door trim panels removed.

- Never place or attach accessories or other objects (such as - Never drive when parts have been removed from the inside
cup holders , telephone brackets, or even large, bulky objects) door panel and the openings they leave have not been properly
on the doors , over or near the area marked "AIRBAG" on the closed .
seat backrests . - Never drive when loudspeakers in the doors have been
- Such objects and accessories can become dangerous projec - removed unless the speaker holes have been properly closed.
tiles and cause injury when the supplemental side airbag - Always make certain that openings are covered or filled if
deploys. additional speakers or other equipment is installed in the
- Never carry any objects or pets in the deployment space inside door panels .
between them and the airbags or allow children or other - Always have work on the doors done by an authorized Audi
passengers to travel in this position. dealer or qualified workshop . •
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Child Safety

Important things to know amoun t of important informat ion, we cannot repeat it all here. We
urge you to read the detai led information in this owner's manua l
about air bags and th e Advanced Airbag Syst em in your ve h ic le and
Introduction
the very important information about transporting children on the
The rear seat is generally the safes t place in a collision. fr ont passenger seat . Please be sure t o heed t he WARNINGS - th ey
are extreme ly important for your safety and the safety of your
The p hysica l pr inciples of what happens when you r veh icle is in a passe ngers, especia lly inf ant s and s m al l ch ild ren .
crash apply also to children=> page 127, "What happens to occu -
pa nts not wearing safety b elt s?". But un like adults and t eenagers,
their musc les and bones are not fu lly developed. In many respects
children are at greater ris k of serious inj ury in cras hes than ad ults .
& WARNING
• Accident statistics have shown that children are generally safer
Because chi ldren's bodies are no t f ul ly deve loped, they require in the rear seat area than in the front seating position . Always
restraint systems especial ly designed for their size, weight, and restrain any child age 12 and under in the rear.
body structu re. Many countries and al l sta t es of the Uni ted States • All vehicle occupants and especially children must be
and provinces of Canada have laws requiring the use of approved restrained properly whenever riding in a vehicle . An unrestrained
chil d restraint syst ems for infa nts and smal l children . or improperlyrestrainedchild could be injured by strikingthe inte-
In a frontal crash at a speed of 20-35 mph (30-56 km/h) the forces rior or by being ejected from the vehicle during a sudden
act ing on a 13-pou nd (6 kg) infant wi ll be mo re than 20 t imes th e maneuver or impact . An unrestrained or improperly restrained
weight of the child. This means the weight of the child would child is also at greater risk of injury or death through conta ct with
suddenly be more than 260 pounds (120 kg). Under these condi - an inflating airbag .
t ions, only an appropriate child restraint proper ly used can reduce • A suitable child restraint properly installed and used at one of
the risk of serious in j ury. Child restraints, like adult safety belts, the rear seating positions provides the highest degree of protec-
must be used properly t o be eff ective. Used impro perly, t hey can tion for infants and small children in most accident situations .
increase the risk of serious injury in an accident.
Consul t the chi ld safety seat m an uf acture r's inst ruct ions t o be su re
the seat is right for your child's size=> page 160, " Important safety
& WARNING
instructions for using child safety seats" . Please be sure to read and Children on the front seat of any car even with Advanced Airbags
heed all of the important information and WARNI NGS about child can be seriously injured or even killed when an airbag inflates . A
safety, Advanced Airbags, and the insta ll ation of child restraints in child in a rearward -facing child safety seat installed on the front
this chapter. passenger seat will be seriously injured and can be killed if the
front airbag inflates.
There is a lot you need to know about the Advanced Airbags in your
veh icle and how they work whe n inf ant s and ch i ld ren in chi ld • The inflating airbag will hit the child safety seat or infant
restraints are on the front passenger seat. Because of the large carrier with great force and will smash the child safety seat and
child against the backrest or door. •

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The Advanced Airbag system in your vehicle has been certified to
& WARNING (continu ed) meet the " low -risk" requirements for 3 and 6 year-old chi ldren on
• Alw ays inst all rear-facin g child safety seats on the rear seat . the passenger side and smal l adults on the driver side . The low risk
deployment criteria are intended to reduce the risk of injury through
• If you m ust inst all a rearwa rd facing child safety seat on th e
interaction with the airbag that can occur, for example, by being too
fr ont passenger seat in exceptional circum stan ces and the
close to the steering wheel and instrument panel when the airbag
PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does not come on and sta y on,
inflates. In addition, the system has been certified to comply with
immediately inst all the rear-facing child safety seat in a rear
the "suppression" requirements of the Safety Standard, to turn off
seating posit ion and have th e airbag system inspected immedi -
the front airbag for infants up to 12 months who are restrained on
atel y by your Audi dealer.
the front passenger seat in child restraints that are listed in the
St andard.
& WARNING Even though your vehicle is equipped with an Advanced Airbag
If, in exceptional circum stance s, you mu st inst all a forward -facing system, all children, especially those 12 years and younger, should
child restr aint on t he front passenger's seat : always ride in the back seat properly restrained for their age and
size . The airbag on the passenger side makes the front seat a poten-
• Always mak e sure the forward -facing seat has been designed
tially dangerous p lace for a child to ride. The front seat is not the
and cert ified by it s manufacturer for use on a front seat w ith a
safest p lace for a child in a forward -facing child safety seat. It can be
passenger front and side airbag.
a very dangerous p lace for an infant or a larger ch ild in a rearward-
• Always follow the manufacturer's instru ct ions provided w ith facing seat. •
the child safety seat or carr ier.
• Alwa ys move the passenger seat into it s rearmost positi on in
the seat' s fore and aft adjustment range, as far aw ay from the Advanced Airbags and the weight-sensing
airbag as possible before installing the child restraint . The back- mat in the front seat
rest mu st be adjusted to an upright position.
• Alway s make sure that the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light The Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle detects the presence
comes on and st ays on all the time whenever the ignition is of an infant or child in a chi ld restraint on the front passenger seat
sw it ched on. • using the weight -sensing mat in the seat cushion and the sensor
below the safety belt latch on the front passenger seat that
measures the tension on the safety belt.
Advanced front airbag system and children The weight -sensing mat measures total weight of t he chi ld and the
child safety seat and a child blanket on the front passenger seat . The
Your vehicle is equipped with an "Advanced Airbag System" in weight on t he front passenger seat is related t o the design of the
complia nce with United States Federa l Motor Vehicle Safety Stan - child restraint and its "footprint", the size and shape of the bottom
dard (FMVSS) 208 as applicable at the time your vehicle was manu - of the child restraint as it sits on the seat . The weight of a child
factu red. restraint and its "footprint" vary for different kinds of child ..,.
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restraints and for the different models of the same kind of child Many types and models of child restraints have been available over
restraint offered by child restraint manufacturers. the years, new mode ls are introduced regularly incorpora t ing new
and improved designs and older mode ls are taken out of produc-
The weight ranges for the individual types, makes and models of
tion. Child restraints are not standardized . Child restraints of the
child restraints that the NHTSA has specified in the Safety Standard
same type typically have different weights and sizes and different
together with the weight ranges of typ ical infants and typical 1 year-
'footprints,' the size and shape of the bottom of the chi ld restraint
old child have been stored in the control unit of the Advanced
that sits on the seat, when they are installed on a vehicle seat . These
Airbag System. When a child restraint is being used on the front
differences make it virtual ly impossible to certify comp liance with
passenger seat with a typical 1 year-old child, the Advanced Airbag
the requirements for advanced airbags with each and every child
System compares the weight measured by the weight sensing mat
restraint that has ever been sold in the past or will be sold over the
with the information stored in the electronic control unit.
course of the usefu l life of your vehic le.
The electronic control unit also registers the tension on the front
For this reason, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety
passenger safety belt. The tension on the safety belt for the front
Administration has pub lished a list of specific type, makes and
passenger seat will be different for an adult who is properly using
models of child restraints that must be used to certify compliance
the safety belt as compared to the tension on the belt when it is
of the Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle with the suppression
used to attach a child restraint to the seat. The sensor below the
requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208. These
latch for the safety belt for the front seat passenger measures the
child restraints are:
tension on the belt . The input from this sensor is then used with the
weight to "decide" , whether there is a child restraint with a typical 1 A. Car beds , manufactured on or after September 1,
year-old child on the front passenger seat and whether or not the 2004:
airbag must be turned off . •
• Cosco Dream Ride 02-719

B . Rear facing child restraint systems, manufactured


Child restraints and Advanced Airbags on or after September 1, 2004:
(When the restraint system comes equipped with a removable base,
Regardless of the child restraint that you use, make sure that it has
compliance has to be certified with or without the base).
been certified to meet United States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards and has been certified by its manufacturer for use with • Britax Handle with Care 191
an airbag. Always be sure that the chi ld restraint is properly • Century Assura 4553
installed at one of the rear seating positions. If in exceptiona l
• Century Smart Fit 4543
circumstances you must use it on the front passenger seat, carefully
read all of the information on child safety and Advanced Airbags • Cosco Arriva 02727
and heed all of the applicable WARNINGS. Make certain that the • Evenflo Discovery Adjust Right 212
child restraint is correctly recognized by the weight -sensing mat • Evenflo First Choice 204
inside the front passenger seat, that the front passenger airbag is
• Graco lnfant8457
turned off and that the airbag status is always correctly signaled by
th e PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light .

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C . Forward-facing convertible child restraint systems, Important safety instructions for using child
manufactured on or after September 1, 2004: safety seats
• Britax Roundabout 161
Correct use of child safety seats substantially reduces the
• Britax Expressway
risk of injury in an accident!
• Century Encore 4612
• Century STE 1000 4416 As the driver, you are responsible for the safety of every -
• Cosco Olympian 02803 body in the vehicle, especially children:
• Cosco Touriva 02519 - Always use the right child safety seat fo r each child and
• Evenflo Horizon V 425 always use it properly ::::>page 162.
• Evenflo Medallion 254 - Always carefully follow the child safety seat manufac-
• Safety First Comfort Ride 22-400 turer's instructions on how to route the safety belt prop-
erly through the child safety seat.
& WARNING - When using the vehicle safety belt to install a child safety
To reduce the risk of serious injury, make sure that the PASSENGER seat, you must first activate the convertible locking
AIR BAG OFF light comes on and stays on whenever a child retractor on the safety belt to prevent the child safety
restraint is installed on the front passenger seat and the ignition seat from moving ::::>page 168.
is switched on.
- Push the child safety seat down with your full weight to
• Take the child restraint off the front passenger seat and install
get the safety belt really tight so that the seat cannot
it properly at one of the rear seat positions if the PASSENGERAIR
move forward or sideways more than one inch (2.5 cm).
BAG OFF light does not stay on.
• Have the airbag system inspected by your authorized Audi - If a strap or tether is being used to t ie the child safety
dealer immediately. seat to the front passenger seat, make sure that it is not
so tight that it causes the weight-sensing mat to
measure more weight than is actually on the seat.
[i] Tips
The child seats listed in categories A to C have been tested by Audi Always remember: Even though your vehicle is equipped with an
only for the Advanced Airbag function. • Advanced Airbag system, all children, especially those 12 years and
younger, should always ride in the back seat properly restrained for
their age and size. _,,
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Not using a child safety seat, using the wrong child safety seat or • Never let babies or older children ride in a vehicle while sitting
improperly installing a child restraint increases the risk of serious on the lap of another passenger .
personal injury and death . - Holding a child in your arms is never a substitute for a child
• All vehicle occupants and especially children must always be restraint system .
restrained properly whenever riding in a vehicle . - The strongest person could not hold the child with the forces
- An unrestrained or improperly restrained child can be injured that exist in an accident. The child will strike the interior of the
or killed by being thrown against the inside of the vehicle or by vehicle and can also be struck by the passenger.
being ejected from it during a sudden maneuver or impact. - The child and the passenger can also injure each another in
- An unrestrained or improperly restrained child is at much an accident.
greater risk of injury or death by being struck by an inflating • Never install rear-facing child safety seats or infant carriers on
airbag. the front passenger seat. A child will be seriously injured and can
• Commercially available child safety seats are required to be killed when the passenger airbag inflates - even with an
comply with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSSl Advanced Airbag System.
213 (in Canada CMVSS 2131. • The inflating airbag will hit the child safety seat or infant
- When buying a child restraint, select one that fits your child carrier with great force and will smash the child safety seat and
and the vehicle. child against the backrest , door or roof .
- Only use child restraint systems that fully contact the flat • Always install rear-facing child safety seats or infant carriers on
portion of the seat cushion. The child restraint must not tip or the rear seat.
lean to either side . Audi does not recommend using child safety • Forward -facing child safety seats installed on the front
seats that rest on legs or tube-like frames. They do not provide passenger's seat can interfere with the airbag when it inflates and
adequate contact with the seat . cause serious injury to the child. Always install forward -facing
- Always heed all legal requirements pertaining to the installa - child safety seats on the rear seat .
tion and use of child safety seats and carefully follow the • If exceptional circumstances require the use of a forward-
instructions provided by the manufacturer of the seat you are facing child restraint on the front passenger's seat , the child's
using . safety and well-being require that the following special precau -
• Never allow children under 4 ft. 9 in. (1.4 ml to wear a normal tions be taken :
safety belt on rear seat under 4 ft . 3 in. (1.3 m l => page 166. They - Make sure the forward -facing seat has been designed and
must always be restrained by a proper child restraint system . certified by its manufacturer for use on a front seat with a
Otherwise, they could sustain injuries to the abdomen and neck passenger front and side airbag.
areas during sudden braking maneuvers or accidents. - Always carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions
• Never let more than one child occupy a child safety seat . provided with the child safety seat or carrier.

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& WARNING (continued) Child safety seats


- Always move the front passenger seat into the rearmost Infant seats
position of the passenger seat's fore and aft adjustment range,
and as far away from the airbag as possible before installing Babies and infants up to about one year old and 22 lbs or
the child restraint. 10 kg need special rearward-facing child restraints that
- Always make sure that nothing prevents the front support the back, neck and head in a crash.
passenger's seat from being moved to the rearmost position in
its fore and aft adjustment range .
- Always make sure that the backrest is in the upright posi-
tion.
• Always buckle the child safety seat firmly in place even if a
child is not sitting in it. A loose child safety seat can fly around
during a sudden stop or in a collision.
Fig. 118 Rearward-
• Always read and heed all WARNINGS whenever using a child
facing infant seat,
restrained in a vehicle is being used => page 125, "Safety belts", properly installed on
=> page 135, "Airbag system" and => page 157, "Child Safety". the rear seat

& WARNING - When using the vehicle safety belt to install a child safety
seat, you must first activate the convertible locking
To reduce the risk of serious injury, make sure that the PASSENGER retractor on the safety belt to prevent the child safety
AIR BAG OFF light comes on and stays on whenever a child seat from moving ~ page 168 or install the seat using
restraint is installed on the front passenger seat and the ignition
the LATCH attachments.
is switched on.
• Take the child restraint off the front passenger seat and install - Push the child safety seat down with your full weight to
it properly at one of the rear seat positions if the PASSENGERAIR get the safety belt really tight so that the seat cannot
BAG OFF light does not stay on. move forward or sideways more than one inch (2.5 cm).
• Have the airbag system inspected by your authorized Audi
Infants up to about one year (22 lbs. or 10 kg) are best protected in
dealer immediately. •
special infant carriers and child safety seats designed for their age
group. Many experts believe that infants and small children should
ride only in special restraints in which the child faces the back of the
vehicle. These infant seats support the baby's back, neck and head
in a crash . These child safety seats must never be used in the front
seat because of the risk of serious injury or death should the airbag
deploy in a crash => fig . 118. ..
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Convertible ch ild safety seats


& WARNING Properly used convertible child safety seats can help
Not using a child safety seat, using the wrong child safety seat or
protect toddlers and children over age one who weigh
improperly installing a child restraint increases the risk of serious
personal injury and death in a crash. between 20 and 40 lbs. (10 and 20 kg) in a crash.
• Never install rear-facing child safety seats or infant carriers on
the front passenger seat - even with an Advanced Airbag System .
A child will be seriously injured and can be killed when the
inflating airbag hits the child safety seat or infant carrier with
great force and smashes the child safety seat and child against the
backrest, or door=> page 137, "Child restraints on the front seat -
some important things to know" . Fig. 119 Rear seat:
smalle r child in a prop-
• Always install rear-facing child safety seats or infant carriers on
erly installed forward-
the rear seat. facing convertible child
• Never install a rear-facing child restraint in the forward-facing safety seat
direction. Such restraints are designed for the special needs of
infants and very small children and cannot protect them properly When using the vehicle safety belt to install a child safety
if the seat is forward-facing. seat, you must first activate the convertible locking
• If you must install a rearward facing child safety seat on the feature on the safety belt to prevent the child safety seat
front passenger seat because of exceptional circumstances and from moving :::;,page 168 or install the seat using the
the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not come on and stay on, LATCH attachment .
immediately install the rear-facing child safety seat in a rear
seating position and have the airbag system inspected by your Push the child safety seat down with your full weight to
Audi dealer . get the safety belt really tight so that the seat cannot
• Always read and heed all WARNINGS whenever using a child move forward or sideways more than o ne inch (2.5 cm)
restrained in a vehicle is being used => page 125, "Safety belts", :::;,page 168.
=> page 135, "Airbag system" and=> page 157, "Important things
to know". •
A toddler or child is usually too large fo r an infant restra int if it is
more than one year old and weighs more than 22 lbs. (10 kg).
Toddlers and children who are older than one year up to about 4
years old and weigh more than 22 lbs (10 kg) up to 40 lbs . (18 kg)
should be properly restrained in a child safety seat certified for th eir
size and weight=> fig . 119.
The airbag on the passenger side makes the front seat a potentially
dangerous place for a child to ride . The front seat is not the safest •

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place for a chi ld in a forward -facing ch ild safety seat . It is a very
da ngerous place fo r an infan t or a large r ch ild in a rearw ard -f ac in g
& WARNING (continued )

seat . • Make sure the forward-facing seat ha s been designed and certi-
fied by its manufacturer for use on a front seat with a pa ssenger

& WARNING front and side airbag .


• Always follow the manufacturer's inst ructions prov ided with
Not using a child safety seat , using the wrong child safety seat or the child safety seat or carrier.
improperly installing a child restraint increases the risk of seriou s
• Always move the front passenger seat into the rearmost posi -
personal injury and death in a collision or other emergency situa -
tion of the passenger seat's fore and aft adjustment range , and as
tion.
far away from the airbag as possible before installing the child
• Children on the front seat of any car, even with Advanced restraint.
Airbags, can be seriously injured or even killed when an airbag
• Always make sure that nothing prevents the front passenger's
inflates. A child in a rearward -facing child safety seat installed on
seat from being moved to the rearmost position in its fore and aft
the front passenger seat will be seriously injured and can be killed
adjustment range .
if the front airbag inflates - even w ith an Advan ced Airbag System .
• Always make sure the backrest is in an upright position.
• The inflating airbag will hit the child safety seat or infant
carrier with great for ce and will smash the child safety seat and • Make sure that the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light comes on
child against the backrest or door. and stays on all the time whenever the ignition is switched on.
• Always install rea r-facing child safety seats on the rear seat . • If the light does not stay on , perform the checks => page 146,
" Monitoring the Advanced Airbag System" .
• If you must install a rearward facing child safety seat on the
front passenger seat because of exceptional ci rcumstances and • Take the child restraint off the front passenger seat and install
the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not come on and stay on , it properly at one of the rear seat positions if the PASSENGER AIR
immediately install the rear-facing child safety seat in a rear BAG OFF light does not stay on whenever the ignition is switched
seating position and have the airbag system inspected by your on. a
Audi dealer .
• Always read and heed all WARNINGS whenever using a child
restrained in a vehicle is being used => page 125, "Safety belts " ,
=> page 135, "Airbag sy stem" and => page 157, "Important things
to know ".

& WARNING
If exceptional circumstances require the use of a forward-facing
child restraint on the front pas senger's seat , the child's safety and
well-being require that the following special precautions be taken :
Child Safety

Booster seats Children up to about 40 lbs (18 kg) are best protected in child safety
seats designed for their age and weight. Experts say that the skel-
Properly used booster seats can help protect children etal structure, particularly the pelvis, of these children is not fully
weighing between about 40 lbs. and 80 lbs. (18 kg and 36 developed, and they should not use the vehicle safety belts
kg) who are less than 4 ft. 9 in. tall. =>page 165, fig. 120.
Children who weigh more than 40 lbs. (18 kg) may generally use the
available three point combination lap and shoulder belts when they
sit on an appropriate booster seat . Be sure the booster seat meets
all applicable safety standards.
Booster seats raise the seating position of the child and reposition
both the lap and shoulder parts of the safety belt so that they pass
across the child's body in the right places. The routing of the belt
Fig. 120 Rear seat : over the child's body is very important for the child's protection.
child properly
restrained in a booster This applies whenever a child uses the vehicle's safety belts, even
seat when the child is big enough to use them without a booster seat.
Children age 12 and under should always ride in the rear seat .
The vehicle's safety belts alone will not fit most children Children should not ride in the front seat unless no other seating
until they are at least 4 ft. 9 in. tall and weigh about 80 lbs. position is available because crash statistics show that children are
(36 kg). Booster seats raise these children up so that the better protected in the rear seat.
safety belt will pass properly over the stronger parts of their In a crash, airbags must inflate within a blink of an eye and with
bodies and the safety belt can help protect them in a crash. considerable force . In order to do its job, the airbag needs room to
inflate so that it will be there to protect the occupant as the occu -
- Do not use the convertible locking retractor when using
pant moves forward into the airbag.
the vehicle's safety belt to restrain a child on a booster
seat. A vehicle occupant including a child who is out of position and too
close to the airbag gets in the way of an inflating airbag. When an
- Always position the shoulder portion of the safety belt occupant is too close, he or she will be struck violently and will
midway over the child's shoulder. receive serious or possibly even fatal injury.

- Always make sure that the shoulder portion of the safety In order for the airbag to offer protection, it is important that all
belt never rests against or across the child's neck. vehicle occupants, especially any children, who must be in the front
seat in exceptional circumstances, be properly restrained and as far
- Always make sure that the child can properly wear the away from the airbag as possible. By keeping room between the
lap portion of the belt low across the thighs or pelvis and child's or other occupant's body and the front of the passenger
never over the stomach or abdomen. compartment, the airbag can inflate fully and completely and
provide supplemental protection in certain frontal crashes. _.,

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& WARNING & WARNING (continued)


Not using a booster seat , using the booster seat improperly , in cor - • If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not come on and stay
rectly installing a booster seat or using the vehicle safety belt on, perform the checks described => page 146, " Monitoring the
improperly in creases the risk of serious personal injury and death Advanced Airbag System ".
in a collision or other emergency situation. To help reduce the risk • Take the child restraint off the front passenger seat and in stall
of serious personal injury and / or death: it properly at one of the rear seat positions if the PASSENGER AIR
• Always make sure to position the shoulder portion of the three - BAG OFF light does not stay on whenever the ignition is switched
po int belt over the m iddle of ch ild's shoulder . on .
• Never let the shoulder portion of the belt rest against or across • Always read and heed all WARNINGS whenever using a child
the neck , face , chin, or throat of the child . restrained in a vehicle is being used => page 125, "Safety belts",
=> page 135, "Airbag system " and => page 157, " Important things
• Always make sure the lap belt portion of the three-point belt is
to know" . •
worn snug and passes as low as possible across the child 's pelvis.
Never let the belt pass over the soft abdomen.
• Failure to properly route safety belts over a child's body will Booster seats on the rear seat
cause severe injuries in an accident or other emergency situation
=> page 125. Childr en who are abo ut 7 years and old er, wh o w eig h mor e t ha n 55
• Children on the front seat of any car, even with Advanced l b (25 kg ) and ar e not taller than 4'1 1" (1.5 m) are best protected
Airbags , can be seriously injured or even killed when an airbag when pro per ly restrained on the rea r seat.
inflates . A child in a rearward -facing child safety seat installed on
Due t o limite d rear seat head cle arance chil d ren 4'3" (1.3 m ) and
the front passenger seat will be seriously injured and can be killed
tal ler must not use booster seats on the rear seat of your Audi TT
if the front airbag inflates.
Cou pe . The rear seat of yo u r A udi TT Cou pe has been spec iall y
• Never let a ch ild stand or kneel on any seat , for example the designed to permit ch ildr en who are between 4'3" (1.3 m) and 4'11"
front seat. (1.5 m ) t all (about 7 to 12 years old ) to use th e avai lab le thr ee -point
• Never let a child ride in the cargo area of your vehicle. lap and shoulder safety belts.
• Always remember that a child leaning forward , sitting side -
ways or out of position in any way during an accident can be
struck by a deploying airbag . This will result in serious personal
& WARNING
injury or death . • The rear seat area is too small to safely transport passengers
taller than 4'11" (1.5 ml.
• If you must install a rearward facing child safety seat on the
front passenger seat because of exceptional circumstances the • Persons taller than 4' 11" (1.5 m) as well as children in booster
PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light must come on and stay on, when - seats who are too close to the rear window and roof can suffer
ever the ignition is switched on . severe head and neck injuries when the rear lid is closed or in a
crash .
Child Safety

& WARNING !continued ) & WARNING !continued )


• The minimum clearance between the passengers ' heads and • If the passenger seat cannot be securely latched in the very
the rear window must never - under any circumstances - be less rear of its fore and aft adjustment range, then the passenger front
than 1 inch (2.5 cm .) when the passengers sits fully upright. airbag must be turned off with the ON / OFF sw itch . •
• Always make sure that the rear seat passengers cannot be
struck when the rear lid is closed. •
Safety belts and o lder children
Properly w orn three po in t l ap and sh oulder belt can help
Booster seats on the front seat
protect child ren w eighi ng mor e than 80 lbs. (36 kg) and
w ho are at least 4 ft. 9 in . tall .
Chil d ren aged ab o ut 7 yea rs and older an d weig h ing mo re t han 55
lbs 125 kg) who are between 4'3" (1.3 m) and 4'11" (1.5 m ) ta ll may in
exceptional c ircu ms t ances ride o n t he fr o nt passenge r's seat. Chil-
d ren less t han 4' 9" 11.4 m) tall must sit on a certified boos t er seat
and properly wear the vehicle's three -po int la p and shoulder safety
belt.
A lways securely latch the passenger seat at the very rear of its fore
and aft ad ju st m ent range . The backrest mu st be adju st ed to an
Fig. 121 Child taller
upr ig ht position . th an 4 ft . 9 in . properly
restrained on the front

& WARNING seat

If you must install a booster seat child restraint on the front Chil dr e n who weig h mor e t han about 80 lbs (36 kg) and are at least
passenger seat: 4 ft. 9 in . ta ll can g ene rally use the vehicle's three point lap and
shou lder belts .
• Make sure the booster seat has been designed and certified by
its manufacturer for use on a front seat with a passenger front and
side airbag .
• Always follow the manufacturer's instructions provided with
& WARNING
Using wrong child restraints or improperly installed child
the booster seat .
restraints can cause serious personal injury or death in a crash.
• Always move the passenger seat to the very rear of its fore and
• Failure to properly route safety belts over a child's body will
aft adjustment range, as far away from the airbag as possible .
cause severe injuries in a crash. The lap belt portion of the three
• Always make sure that the passenger seat is securely latched point belt must always pass as low as possible across the pelvis,
in place before installing the booster seat. The backrest must be never over the stomach or abdomen . ~
adjusted to an upright position .

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& WARNING (continued ) & WARNING (continued)


• An improperly worn safety belt will not provide the best protec- • Always make sure that the safety belt retractor is locked when
tion in a crash and may cause serious personal injury. Always installing a child safety seat . An unlocked safety belt retractor
make sure that children and other vehicle occupants properly cannot hold the child safety seat in place during normal driving or
wear available restraint system s. Carefully follow the instructions in a crash.
provided by the manufacturers of child restraints . • • Always buckle the child safety seat firmly in place even if a
child is not sitting in it . A loose child safety seat can fly around
during a sudden stop or in a collision
Installing a child safety seat • If the backrest is not securely latched, the child and the child
restraint will be thrown forward together with the backrest and
Securing a child safety seat using a safety will strike parts of the vehicle interior . The child can be seriously
belt injured or killed .
• Never install rear-facing child safety seats or infant carriers on
Safety bel ts for th e rear sea ts and the front passenger can
the front passenger seat . A child will be seriously injured and can
be l ocked w i th th e co nv erti ble lo cking ret racto r to prop- be killed when the passenger airbag inflates .
erly secu re chi ld safety sea ts.
• The inflating airbag will hit the child safety seat or infant
The saf et y belts eme rgency loc ki ng retr act o rs for th e rear seat s carrier with great force and will smash the child safety seat and
saf ety belts an d for t he front pass enger's seat safety be lt have a child against the backrest, door or roof .
co nve rti ble lock ing retracto r f or ch ild rest raint s. The saf et y b elt • Always install rear -facing child safety seats or infant carriers on
must be loc ked so t hat belt we bb ing cannot un reel. Th e ret ract or the rear seat.
can be activated to lock the safety be lt and p revent the safety be lt
• Forward-facing child safety seats or infant carriers installed on
w eb bing fr o m loos enin g up d ur ing nor m al dr ivi ng . A child safe ty
the front passenger's seat may interfere with the deployment of
seat can only be properly instal led when the safety belt is locked so
the airbag and cause serious injury to the child.
th at the chi ld a nd chi ld safe ty seat w ill st ay in p lace.
• It is safer to install a forward-facing child safety seat on the rear
Al ways rem e mbe r: Even t hough you r vehic le is equ ipped with an seat .
A dva nced A irb ag syst em, all c hil d ren, esp ec ially th ose 12 years and
• Always read and heed all WARNINGS whenever using a child
youn ger, shou ld always ride in the back seat prop erl y rest rained for
restrained in a vehicle is being used => page 157. Special precau -
thei r age and size .
tions apply when installing a child safety seat on the front
passenger seat => page 137, " Child restraints on the front seat -
& WARNING some important things to know" . ._

Improperly installed child safety seats increase the risk of serious


personal injury and death in a collision.
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Always take special precautions if you must install a forward or • Always move the passenger seat into its rearmost position in
rearward -facing child restraint on the front passenger's seat in the seat's fore and aft adjustment range, as far away from the
exceptional situations: airbag as possible before installing the forward-facing child
restraint. The backrest must be adjusted to an upright position .
• Whenever a forward or rearward -facing child restraint is
installed on the front passenger seat , the PASSENGER AIR BAG • Make sure that the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light comes on
OFF light must come on and stay on whenever the ignition is and stays on all the time whenever the ignition is switched on.
switched on.
• If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not come on and stay
on , perform the checks described =>page 146, " Monitoring the
& WARNING
Advanced Airbag System". Rearward -facing child restraints :
• Take the child restraint off the front passenger seat and install • A child in a rearward -facing child safety seat installed on the
it properly at one of the rear seat positions if the PASSENGER AIR front passenger seat will be seriously injured and can be killed if
BAG OFF light does not stay on whenever the ignition is switched the front airbag inflates - even with an Advanced Airbag System .
on . • The inflating airbag will hit the child safety seat or infant
• Improper installation of child restraints can reduce the ir effec- carrier with great force and will smash the child safety seat and
tiveness or even prevent them from providing any protection . child against the backrest , door or roof .
• An improperly installed ch ild restraint can interfere with the • Always be especially careful if you must install a rearward
airbag as it deploys and seriously injure or even kill the child. fac ing child safety seat on the front passenger seat in exceptional
circumstances .
• Always carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions
provided with the child safety seat or carrier. • A tight tether strap on a rearward-facing child restraint
attached to the front passenger seat can put too much pressure
• Never place additional items on the seat that can increase the
on the weight-mat in the seat and register a heavier weight in the
total weight registered by the weight-sensing mat and can cause
Advanced Airbag System. The heavier weight registered can make
injury in a crash .
the system work as though an adult were on the seat and deploy
the Advanced Airbag when it must be suppressed causing serious
& WARNING or even fatal injury to the child .
• Make sure that the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light comes on
Forward -facing child restraints:
and stays on all the time whenever the ignition is sw itched on .
• Always make sure the forward -facing seat has been designed
• If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not come on and stay
and certified by its manufacturer for use on a front seat with a
on , immediately install the rear-fac ing child safety seat in a rear
passenger front and side airbag .
seating position and have the airbag system inspected by your
• Never put the forward -facing child restraint up , against or very Audi dealer. •
near the instrument panel .

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Activating the convertible locking retractor


Use the convertible locking retractor to secure a child
& WARNING
Using the wrong child restraint or an improperly installed child
restraint.
restraint can cause serious personal injury or death in a crash.
Always heed the child safety seat manufacturer's instruc - • Always make sure that the safety belt retractor is locked when
tions when installing a ch ild restraint in your vehicle. To installing a child safety seat. An unlocked safety belt retractor
activate the convertible locking retractor: cannot hold the child safety seat in place during normal driving or
in a crash.
- Place the child restraint on a seat, preferably on the rear • Always buckle the child safety seat firmly in place even if a
seat. child is not sitting in it. A loose child safety seat can fly around
- Slowly pull the belt all the way out . during a sudden stop or in a crash.
• Always make sure the seat backrest to which the child restraint
- Route it around or through the child restraint belt path is installed is in an upright position and securely latched into place
=>&- and cannot fold forward. Otherwise, the seat back with the child
safety seat attached to it could fly forward in the event of an acci-
- Push the child safety seat down with your full weight to
dent or other emergency situation.
get the safety belt really tight.
• Always read and heed all WARNINGS whenever using a child
- Insert the belt tongue into the buckle for that seating restrained in a vehicle is being used => page 157. Special precau-
position. tions apply when installing a child safety seat on the front
passenger seat => page 137, "Child restraints on the front seat -
- Guide the safety belt back into the retractor unt il the belt some important things to know" . •
lies flat and snug on the child safety seat .
- You should hear a "clicking" noise as the belt winds back Deactivating the convertible locking retractor
into the inertia reel. Test the convertible locking retractor
by pulling on the belt. You should no longer be able to The convertible locking retractor for child restraints will
pull the belt out of the retractor. The convertible locking be deactivated automatically when the belt is wound all
retractor is now act ivated. the way back into the retractor.
- Make sure that the red release button is facing away from - Press the red button on the safety belt buckle. The belt
the child restraint so that it can be unbuckled quickly. tongue will pop out of the buckle.
- Pull on the belt to make sure the safety belt is properly - Guide the belt all the way back into its stowed position .
tight and fastened so that the seat cannot move forward
or sideways more than one inch (2.5 cm) . Always let the saf ety belt retract completely into its stowed position.
The safety belt can now be used as an ordinary safety belt without
the convertible locking retractor for child restraints. IJll-
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If the convertible locking retractor should be activated inadvert- phase-in tether anchorages for attachment of the tether strap in
ently, the safety belt must be unfastened and gu ided co m p let ely t heir U.S. vehic les beg inn i ng September 1, 1999.
back into its stowed position to deactivate this feature. If the
The combination of the tether anchorages and the lower anchor -
convertible lock ing retractor is not deactivated, the safet y be lt will
ages is now genera lly called the LATCH system for " Lower A nchors
gradually become tighter and uncomfortab le to wear.
and Tether for Ch ildren".
(The term "ISOFIX" regarding lower anchorages had been used by
& WARNING Audi and other manufacturers in t he past , but LATCH is now t he
Improper ly installed child safet y seat s increa se the risk of serious
standard name for the new child restraint anchorage system.)
personal injury and death in a collision. Some child restraint system manufacturers have been providing
• Never unfasten t he safety belt to deactivate the convertible tether straps on certain models of their child restraint systems,
locking retractor for child restraint s while the vehicle is moving . either as standard equipment or as a retrofit, for severa l years.
You would not be restrained and could be seriously injured in an Check w ith the manufacturer of the child restraint syst em f or tether
accident. strap availabi lity.
• Alway s read and heed all WARNINGS whenever using a child To provide a simpler and more practicable way to attach the child
restrained in a vehicle is being used =:>page 157. Special precau- restraint system on the vehicle seat, U.S. Federal regu lations require
tion s app ly when installing a child safety seat on the front t he phase -i n of lower anchorages in veh icles and devices on new
passenger seat =:>pag e 13 7, "Child restraint s on the front seat - child restraint systems to attach to the veh icle ancho rages .
some important thing s to know ". • Child restraint system manufacturers will probably offer two kinds
of lower anchorages on t heir child safety seats

Additional Information They cou ld come with:


• hook-on or push-on connectors attached to adjustable straps or
What types of child restraint anchors are • rigid latches on bars that extend out the back of the child
available and how are they related to child restraint and are released with re lease buttons at the bottom of the
safety? child restraint.
In addition to the LATCH lower anchorages, both of these child
For years, child restraints have been installed using the safety belts restra int systems use tether straps to help keep the chi ld restraint
already present in every vehicle. system firmly in p lace. •
Since September 1, 1999, chi ld restraint manufacturers have been
providing tether straps that attach the top of the child restraint to Where can I get additional information about
the vehicles structure, on most of their forward -facing systems in
child restraint application and usage?
order to comply with U.S. Federa l regu lations for child restraint
performance in a crash. Vehicle manufacture rs are required t o
There are a numbe r of sources of additional information about child
restra int select ion, installation and usage: _.,

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NHTSA advises that the best child safety seat is the one that fits Lower anchorages and tether for
your child and fits in your vehicle, and that you will use correctly and
consistently.
children (LATCH)
Try before you buy!
Location
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Tel.: (888) DASH-2-DOT
LATCH is the acronym for Lower Anchors and Tether for
www .nhtsa.dot.gov Children and designates a special child safety seat
restraint system. In Canada, the terms "top tether" with
National SAFE KIDS Campaign
"lower universal anchorages" (or "lower universal
Tel.: (202) 662-0600
www.safekids.org anchorages bars") are used to describe the system.
Safety BeltSafe U.S.A
Tel.: (800) 745-SAFE (English)
Tel.: (800) 747-SANO (Spanish)
www.carseat.org

Transport Canada
Tel.: (800) 333-0371
www.tc.gc.ca Fig. 122 Schematic
overview: LATCH
Audi Client Relations anchorage point loca-
Tel.: (800) 822-2834 • tions

The illustration =:>fig. 122 shows the seating locations in your


vehicle which are equipped with the lower universal anchorages
system. •
Child Safety

Description & WARNING (continued)


• Always carefully follow the child restraints manufacturer's
instructions for proper installation of the child restraint and
proper use of the lower anchorages or safety belts in your vehicle.
• Never secure or attach any luggage or other items to the LATCH
lower anchorages.
• Always read and heed the important information about child
restraints in this chapter and WARNINGS ~ page 157, "Child
Fig . 123 Rear seats: Safety". •
lower anchorage
bracket locations
Guidance fixtures for lower anchorages
Lower anchorages
The lower anchorage attachment points are located between the
Special guidance fixtures increase the convenience of the
rear seatback and rear seat cushion~ fig . 123. lower anchorages and are available from your authorized
Audi dealer.
Lower anchorages secure the child restraint in the seat without
using the vehicle 's safety belts. Anchorages provide a secure and
easy-to -use attachment and minimize the possibility of improper
child restraint installation.
All child restraints manufactured after September 1, 2002, must
have lower anchorage attachments for the LATCHsystem.
Please remember that the lower anchorage points are only intended
for installation and attachment of child restraints specifically certi -
fied for use with LATCH lower anchorages . Child restraints that are Fig. 124 Installing the
not equipped with the lower anchorage attachments can still be guidance fixtures on
the rear seat •
installed in compliance with the child restraint manufacturer's
instructions on using vehicle safety belts.

,& WARNING
Improper installation of child restraints will increase the risk of
injury in a crash.

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- Always remove the guidance fixtures and keep them in a


safe place when not in use.

You may find it easier to install child restraints equipped with hooks
attached to straps without the guidance fixtures in plac e. If this is
the case, remove the guidance fixtures by pulling them off the
anchorages . However , the guidance fixtures can help you t o locate
Fig. 125 Close-up:
fitting the guidance
the LATCHanchorages .
fixture over the lower
anchorage bracket
& WARNING
The lower anchorage attachment points are located on the Improper use of tether anchorages or lower anchorages can cause
rear seats between the seatback and the seat cushion . serious personal injury in a crash.
Special gu idance fixtures increase the convenience of the • Always carefully follow the child restraint manufacturer's
lower anchorages and help protect the seat material from instructions for proper installation and use of child restraint
possible damage when install ing ch ild restraints that have systems.
rigid lower anchorages and not straps with hooks. • Never use the LATCHor tether anchorages to attach safety
belts or other kinds of occupant restraints.
Installing the guidance fixtures • Child restraint tether attachments and lower attachments are
- Push down on the seat cushion so that the lower anchor- only designed to secure a child restraint that has been equipped
ages are visible. to use these anchorages .
• Tether anchorages and lower anchorages are designed to with-
- Hold the guidance fixture with the part number facing stand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child restraints.
downward and push it in the direction of the arrow onto Under no circumstances can they be used safely for adult or child
the anchorage => page 174, fig. 125. safety belts or harnesses.
- Make sure that each of the two guidance fixtures per seat • Never mount more than one child restraint to a single tether or
snaps into place. to a lower anchorage point. Attaching two child restraints to a
single anchorage point can cause the anchorage to fail and cause
Removing the guidance fixtures serious personal injury in a crash.

- Remove the child restra int according the child restraint


manufacturer's instructions. 0 Note
• Remov e the guidance fixtur es before f olding th e rear seatback to
- Push down on the seat cushion so that the lower anchor -
prevent damaging the seat cushion.
ages are visible.
• If you leave the guidance fixtures installed for several days, they
- Pull off the guidance fixtures from the lower anchorages. could leave a mark on the upholstery on the seat cushion and back- ~
Child Safety

rest in the area that the guidance fixtures were installed. The uphol-
stery would also be permanently stretched around the guidance
fixtures. This applies especially to leather seats.

[i J Tips
• Always remove the guidance fixtures when not in use.
• Please keep the guidance fixtures in a safe place with the vehicle Fig. 127 Installation of
when not in use. • child safety seat with
rigid latches on bars

Installing a child restraint using the lovver Whenever you install a child restraint always refer to the
anchorages of the LATCH system child restraint manufacturer's instructions.
Child safety seats equipped with the LATCH system can - Make sure the seat back of the rear seat bench is in the
quickly and easily be secured to the rear seats. upright position and securely latched in place.
- Install the guidance fixtures==> page 173.
Insert the latches onto the lower anchorages==> fig. 127.
- Make sure you hear the child restraint click securely into
place. This indicates that the seat is securely mounted on
the anchors.

Fig. 126 LATCH-type


- Pull on the child restraint once you have mounted it to
seat with both rigid make sure it is secure.
latch bars extended

& WARNING
Improper use of the LATCHsystem can increase the risk of serious
personal injury and death in an accident.
• These anchors were developed solely for child safety seats
using the "LATCH" system.
• Never attach other child safety seats, belts or other objects to
these anchors.
• Always make sure that you hear a click when latching the seat
in place. If you do not hear a click the seat is not secure and could .,

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& WARNING (continued) - Depress the spring catch on the hook.

fly forward and hit the interior of the vehicle, or be ejected from - Hold the spring catch in depressed posit ion .
the vehicle. - Move the hook in the direction of the vehicle floor so that
there is enough space to release the anchorage hook
& WARNING from the lower anchorage.
Improper installation of child restraints will increase the risk of
injury in an accident. & WARNING
• Always follow the child restraint system manufacturer's • Improper installation of child restraints will increase the risk of
instructions for proper installation of the child restraint system
injuries in a crash.
and proper use of tether straps as well as the lower anchorages or
• Always refer to the child restraints manufacturer's instructions
safety belts in your vehicle.
for proper installation of the child restraint and proper use of the
• Always read and heed the important information and WARN- lower anchorages or safety belts in your vehicle. ti
INGS about child safety and the installation of child restraint
systems => page 157, "Child Safety" . •
Tether strap
Mounting and releasing the anchorage hook A tether is a straight or V-shaped strap that attaches the
top part of a child restraint to special anchorage points in
If you use a child restraint system with hooks or other
the vehicle.
latches attached to adjustable straps.
Mounting
Press the anchorage hook with the spring catch release
onto the lower anchorage so that the anchorage hook
locks into place.
Pull on the anchorage hook to make sure that it has
securely engaged the lower anchorage .
Fig. 128 Tether strap:
Tighten the strap following the child restraint manufac- proper routing and
mounting
turer's instructions.
Th e purpose of the tether is to reduce the forward movement of the
Releasing
child restraint in a crash, in order to help reduce the risk of head
- Loosen the tension on the strap following the child injury that could be caused by striking the vehicle i nt eri or. .,
restraint manufacturer's instructions.
Child Safety

Fo rw ard facing child restra ints manufactu red after September 1,


1999, are requ ired by U.S. f ed eral reg ul ations to com ply wi t h child & WARNING
head movement pe rformance requ irements. These new perfo r-
A c hild in a rearward -facing child safety seat installed on the front
m ance req ui rem ent s m ake a t ethe r neces sary o n mos t new child
passenger seat will be seriously injured and can be killed if the
safety seats.
front airbag inflates - even with an Advanced Airbag System .
• The inflating airbag will hit the child safety seat or infant
& WARNING carrier with great force and will smash the ch ild safety seat and
child against the backrest , or door .
Improper installation of child restraints will increase the risk of
injury in a crash . • A tight tether or other strap on a rearward-facing child restraint
attached to the front passenger seat can put too much pressure
• Never attach a child safety seat tether strap to a tie-down hook
on the weight-mat in the seat and register a heavier weight in the
in the luggage compartment.
Advanced Airbag System. The heavier weight registered can make
• Never secure or attach any luggage or other items to the LATCH the system work as though an adult were on the seat and deploy
lower anchorages or to the tether. the Advanced Airbag when it must be suppressed causing serious
• If a tether or other strap is used to attach a child restraint to the or even fatal injury to the child.
front passenger seat , make sure that it is not so tight , that it • If you must install a rearward facing child safety seat on the
causes the weight-sensing mat to measure more weight than is front passenger seat because of exceptional circumstances and
actually on the seat. the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not come on and stay on ,
• The heavier weight registered can make the system work as immediately install the rear-facing child safety seat in a rear
though an adult were on the seat and deploy the Advanced Airbag seating posit ion and have the airbag system inspected by your
when it must be suppressed causing serious or even fatal injury to Audi dealer . •
the child . •

Securing the upper tether strap to the anchor


Using tethers on rear-facing child restraint bracket
systems

Curr ently, few rear-facing chi ld restraint systems come with a tether.
Please read and heed the child restrai nt system manufac t urer's
instructions careful ly to determine how to proper ly instal l the
tethe r.

Fig. 129 Tether strap:


prope r routing and
mounting ..

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S ec uring th e c hild res tr a int t e th e r str a p to th e


teth e r a n c hor
- Release or deploy the tether strap on the child restraint
according t o the ch il d restraint manufacturer's usage
inst r uct ions.
- Tilt the recess flap -detail view -=> fig. 129 up to expose
the anchor bracket.
- Slide the tether strap hook over the anchor bracket.
- Pull on the tether st rap hook so t hat t he spring catch of
the hook engages.
- Tighte n the tether strap f irmly following t he chi ld
restraint ma nu facturer's instr uctions.

Releasing the tether strap


- Loosen the tension following the child restraint manufac-
turer's instructions.
- Depress the spr ing catch on the hook and release it f rom
the tether anchor .

& WARNING
Alw ays read and heed all WARNINGS.

0 Note
If you leave the child restraint with the tether strap firm ly instal led
for severa l days, this could leave a mark on the upho lstery on the
seat cushion and backrest in the area where the tether strap was
installed . The upholstery would also be permanent ly stretched
around the tether strap . This applies especial ly to leather seats . •
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Notice about data recorded by Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP)


vehicle control modules
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Your vehicle is not equipped with an Event Data Recorder (EDR), The Electronic Stability Program increases driving
installed by some manufacturers for the express purpose of
sta bility.
capturing data for retrieval after an accident or crash event . EDR's
are sometimes called "crash recorders".
Some state laws restrict the retrieval or downloading of data stored
by EDR's that were installed in a vehicle for the express purpose of
retrieving data after an accident or crash event w ithout the owner's
consent.
Although your vehicle is not equipped with an EDR, it is equipped
with a number of electronic control modules for various vehicle
systems such as, for example, engine function, emission control, as Fig. 130 Cente r
console with ESP
well as for the airbags and safety belts.
switch
These electronic control modules also record vehic le-related data
during norma l vehicle opera t ion for diagnostic and repair purposes . With ESP,control over the veh icle is increased in situations when
The recording capacity of the electronic control modules is limited the vehicle is close to the limits of grip, such as during acce leration
to data (no sound is recorded) and only a small amount of data is and in curves. ESP reduces the risk of skidding and improves vehicle
actually recorded over a very limited period of time and stored when stability under all road conditions . It operates at all speeds .
a system fault or other condition is sensed by a control unit. Some
The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Electr onic Differentia l Lock (EDS)
of the data then stored may relate to vehic le speed, direction,
and Anti-Slip Regulation System (ASR) are integrated in the Elec-
braking as well as restraint system use and performance in the
tronic Stability Program .
event of a crash or other condition . Stored data can only be read and
downloaded with special equipment. H o w ESP work s
The ESP control unit processes the following data from high-sensi -
tive sensors: the rotational speed of the vehicle about its vertica l
axis, fore -and -aft and lateral acceleration forces, brake pressure and
steering angle.
Using steering ang le and vehicle speed, the direction the driver
wishes to travel is determined and continuously compared with
actual vehicle behavior . If the two do not match, for example when
In te llig ent t ec hn o lo gy

the vehicle begins to skid, ESP brakes the appropriate wheel auto- about 45 mph (70 km/h) and deactivated automatical ly below this
matical ly. speed.
The vehicle is stabilized again by the forces acting on the wheel D eac ti va t in g ES P/ ASR
during braking. With an oversteering vehicle (tendency for the rear
Press the button for more than 3 seconds . Deactivation is indicated
end to skid out of the curve), the brake application is mainly at the
by the ESP lamp in the instrument cluster staying on permanently .
front wheel on the outside of the curve, with an understeering
This deactivates the Electronic Stabi lity Program (ESP)in addition to
vehicle (tendency to run wide in the curve) at the rear wheel on the
ASR. No Electronic Stability System operation and no Anti-Slip
inside of the curve or additionally at the other wheels as needed .
Regu lation is availab le across the entire speed range; ASR and ESP
This brake application is accompanied by noises.
are activated only when the brakes are used for the duration of the
ESP works in conjunction with ABS=:> page 187. If there is ma lfunc- braking action and remain active until a stab le vehicle condition has
tion in the ABS, ESP is also inoperative . been reached. There is no driving situation which requires ESPto be
deactivated, so this should only be done if the driver's skill and the
Act iva t ing
traff ic situation permit .
The ESP is automatica lly activated when the engine is started, and
it performs a self-test. As soon as the test is completed, the system
is in normal operating mode . With ASR deactivated, or with ESP/ASR & WARNING
deactivated, pressing the button=> page 182, fig. 130 returns the • The limi ts of physics cannot be suspended by ESP. Even in vehi-
system to normal operation. cles with ESP,you should always adapt your driving to road and
D eac ti va ting tr affi c condition s. This is part icular ly tr ue on a slippe ry and w et
road. Do not be te mpt ed by th e increased safet y provided to ta ke
ESP should norma lly be activated at all times because this ensures
risks - danger of an accident !
optimum vehicle stability . Only in certain exceptional cases it does
make sense to deactivate Anti -Slip Regulation (ASR) or the Elec- • Please note that when ASR or ESP/ASR is deactiv ated , t he drive
tronic Stability Program !ESP) by pressing the button =:>page 182, w heels can spin on icy and slippery roads and the vehi cle can
fig. 130. Both deactivation stages can only be activated from normal break away - danger of skiddin g!
mode.

Dea c ti vat in g ASR Ii ] Tip s


Tap the switch . Deactivation is indicated by slow flashing of the ESP In the event of a defect in the rear spoiler system or in Audi
lamp in the instrument cluster. In certain situations (e.g. driving magnetic ride, it can happen that ASR and ASR/ESP cannot be deac -
with snow chains, in deep snow or on loose ground, or when tivated, or they are activated automatica lly in the deactivated
rocking the car free), it may be necessary to deactivate ASR. Deacti - state. •
vation is effective only up to a speed of about 45 mph (70 km/h). At
higher speeds, ASR is switched on again automatical ly in front -
whee l drive vehicles, deactivation is possible only up to about 30
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Electronic different ial lock (EOL)


The electronic differential lock monitors the rotational
& WARNING
• When accelerating on slippery surfaces, such as on ice or snow,
speed of the drive wheels.
always be careful when depressing the accelerator pedal. Even
General notes with the EDL working, the drive wheels can spin and reduce your
ability to control your car. - Risk of crash!
The electronic differential lock (EDU helps the car to start moving,
accelerate and climb a gradient on surfaces providing poor or • The increased safety afforded by EDL does not mean that you
almost no grip. Without EDL, this would be difficult, if not impos - can take safety risks. Always adapt your driving style to the road
sible. conditions and traffic situation.

How the system works


The EDL operates automatically. It monitors the rotational speed of
[i] Tips
the drive wheels on an axle with the help of the ABS sensors If a fault occurs in the ABS, the EDL is also not functioning . This is
=>page 187. If a noticeable difference in rotational speed between indicated by the ABS warning light => page 20. •
the drive wheels on one axle is detected (e.g. on slippery ground on
one side), the spinning wheel is braked, thereby transferring power
to the other drive wheel or wheels (all-wheel drivel. This is done up Anti-Slip Regulation System (ASR)
to a speed of about 60 mph (100 km/hl. Noises from the brake The Anti-Slip Regulation System prevents the driven
system signal that wheel spin is being controlled. wheels from spinning when the car is accelerating.
Driving off
General notes
When driving off, always be sure to keep road conditions in mind as The Anti-Slip Regulation System (ASR) is integrated in the electronic
you accelerate . If one drive wheel spins because it is on a surface stabilization program (ESP).When the vehicle starts up and acceler -
with less grip, gradually increase the pressure on the accelerator ates , the wheels are prevented from spinning by adjusting the
pedal until the car starts to move. The wheel less able to transfer engine power to match the amount of grip available from the road
power spins. surface .
Overheating of brakes
How the system works
To prevent the disc brake of the braked wheel from overheating if ASR performs automatically, i.e. without the driver's intervention .
subjected to excessive loads , the EDL cuts out temporarily . The With the aid of the ABS sensors => page 187, ASR monitors the
vehicle remains operational and behaves in the same way as a speed of the driven wheels. If the wheels start to spin, the engine
vehicle without EDL. torque is reduced automatically until the tires find enough grip to
As soon as the brak e has cooled down, EDL switches on again auto- lock onto the road surface . The system is active across the entire
matically. speed range.
The ASR works in conjunction with the ABS. If a malfunction should
occur in the ABS, the ASR will also be out of action . ~
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Activating cause the system to reduce engine power when this is not desired.
The ESP is automatically activated when the engine is started and it See also ::::>page 246, "New tires and replacing tires and wheels".
performs a self-test. You can activate a deactivated ASR if required
by pressing the => page 182, fig. 130 button. When it is activated,
the message ESP/ASR on appears briefly in the display. Vehicles Rear spoiler
with front -wheel drive a deactivated ASR automatically re-activates
itself at a speed of 40 mph (70 km/h). The rear spoiler improves vehicle handling and enhances
driver control.
Deactivating
You can deactivate the ASR if required by pressing the button (for
less than 3 seconds) => page 182, fig. 130. With the ASR deactivated,
the ESP check light comes on, see=> page 17. The message ASR off
appears in the display as well. On vehicles with front -wheel drive:
deactivation is possible only up to 30 mph (50 km/h) for safety
reasons. Vehicles with all-wheel drive : the ASR can be deactivated
at any speed.
The ASR should normally be activated all the time. Only in certain
Fig. 131 Switch for
exceptional situations when some slip is desirable does it make rear spoiler
sense to deactivate the ASR. Examples:
• when driving with tire chains The rear spoiler deploys and retracts. Spoiler operation can be set
• when driving in deep snow or on loose ground and for automatic or manual operation .

• when rocking the vehicle loose after it has become stuck. Automatic mode (normal operation)
When the abnormal situation is over, you should activate the ASR • Automatic deployment : At a speed of about 75 mph (120 km/h),
again. the rear spoiler deploys automatically.
• Automatic retraction: When speed drops below about 50 mph

& WARNING (80 km/h), the rear spoiler retracts automatically.

The increased safety afforded by ASR does not mean that you can Manual mode
take safety risks. Always adapt your driving style to the road • Manual deployment: Tapping briefly on the switch ::::>fig. 131
conditions and traffic situation. deploys the rear spoiler .
• Manual retraction: At speeds up to about 10 mph (20 km/h),
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retract the rear spoiler by pressing and holding the switch
::::>fig. 131. At speeds between 10 mph (20 km/h) and 75 mph (120
To ensure that the ASR works properly, all four wheels must be fitted km/h), retract the rear spoiler by tapping on the switch=> fig. 131.
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After 15 cycles (deploy and retract) , manual operation is suspended Braking
f o r up t o 2.5 minutes . Above 75 mph (120 km/h), operation swi t ches
to automatic mode .
General "nformation

& WARNING Wh at aff ect s braking effi cien cy?


Operating condition s and driving habits
Driving at higher speeds witho ut the rear spoiler deployed can
impair handling characteri stics, making the vehicle harder to The brakes on today's automob iles are sti ll sub ject to wea r,
control. depending large ly o n operati ng co nditions and driving habits ~ & .
On vehicles that are either driv en mostly in stop -and -go city traffic
• Always make sure that the spoiler is deployed when driving at
or are driven hard, the brake pads shou ld be checked by you r au t ho -
speeds over 85 mph (140 km/ h). If the rear spoiler warning / indi-
rized Audi dea ler mor e often than sp ecified in the Warranty & Main -
cator light in the instrument cluster come s on, the rear spoiler
tenance booklet. Failure t o have your br ake pads inspected can
may not have deployed .
resu lt in reduced brake performance.
• Never drive at speeds higher than 85 mph (140 km/ h) if the
spoiler is not deployed . Have the spoiler inspected as soon as On st eep sl o pes, you should use the braking effec t of the engine .
possible by an authorized Audi dealer or qualified workshop. This way, you prevent unnecessary wear on t he brake syst em . If you
must use your brakes, do not hold the brakes down continuous ly.
• Always obey speed limits and other traff ic law s.
Pump t he b rakes at i nterva ls.

& WARNING Moi s ture or road salt


Under certa in conditions, f or example , when driving through water
Improper operation of the rear spoiler can cause crushing injuries. or ve ry heavy rai n, o r even afte r washing you r ve hicle, t he brak ing
• Always make sure that nobody, especially children, is in the eff ect can be reduced due to moisture (or in freezing cond it io ns ice)
way when the rear spoiler is deployed or retracted. on the brake pads . A few cautious brake applications should dry off
the brake pads or remove any ice coat i ngs.

0 Note
The effectiveness of the brakes can be reduced when the vehic le is
driven on a sa lt -cove red road and the brake s are n ot used . Likew ise,
Never push the vehicle or ap ply fo rce t o the rear spoi ler - it cou ld be you clean off accumulated salt coat i ng from brake discs and pads
damaged .
wit h a few caut ious applica t ions of t he brake ~ & .

[i ] Tips Corrosion
There m ay b e a t endency fo r d ir t t o b uil d up o n t he brake pads and
Clean the spoi ler compartment every 2 to 3 months . The spoiler
corrosion to form on the discs if the car is not driven regular ly or
compa rtment must always be free of ice, snow, leaves or other
only for sho rt t rips wi t h lit t le use of the brakes. ._
debris . •
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If t he brakes are not used frequently , or if corrosion has for me d on


th e d iscs, it is adv isabl e to cl ean off the pads and d isc s by b raki ng
& WARNING (continued )

firm ly a f ew times from a moderate ly high speed=:> & . vehicle, the effectiveness of the brakes can be reduced . In winter ,
ice can accumulate on the brake pads, linings, discs and drums .
Faults in the brake system Cautiously apply brakes for a test. Brakes will dry and ice coatings
If yo u shou ld notice a sudden i ncrease in bra ke pedal trave l, then will be cleaned off after a few cautious brake applications.
o ne of th e two b ra ke c ir cui ts may hav e fa iled =:>& . • Driving for an extended period of time on salt-covered roads
without using your brakes can also affect braking efficiency. Clean
Low brake fluid level
off accumulated salt coating from brake discs and pads with a few
M alf unc ti o ns ca n occu r in the br ake system if t he b rake flu id leve l is cautious brake applications.
too low . Th e brake fluid level is m onitored electronica lly.
• If you damage the front spoiler, or if you install a different
Brake lining wear status spoiler, be sure the air flow to the front brakes is not obstructed.
Brake linin g wea r m ay be chec ked by v isual inspection of the condi - Otherwise the brake system could overheat reducing the effective-
tion of t he b rake pads t hr ou g h the ope ning s in th e wheel. If neces - ness of the entire brake system.
sary, the wheel may be removed for this inspection =:>page 268, • Failure of one brake circuit will impair the braking capability
''W hat shou ld I be aw are of wh en chang ing a ti re?". resulting in an increased stopping distance. Avoid driving the
vehicle and have it towed to the nearest Audi dealer or qualified
Brake power assist unit workshop.
The bra ke po w er assist unit increas es the pressure th at you • Never let the vehicle roll to a stop with the engine shut off .
generate w ith the b ra ke peda l. It work s only when the engine is
• If the brake booster is not working, for example when towing
r un nin g .
your vehicle, or because the brake booster has somehow been
damaged , the brake pedal must be pressed considerably harder to
& WARNING make up for the lack of booster assistance . •

• You should perform braking maneuvers for the purpose of


cleaning the brake system only if road conditions permit . Other Anti- lock brake system CABS)
road users must not be put at risk - you may cause an accident!
ABS preve nts th e w heels from lo ckin g under braki ng .
• Before descending a steep grade , reduce speed and shift trans-
mission into a lower gear or lower driving position . Do not ride the The anti -loc k brake syste m (ABS) makes a major contribution to
brakes or hold the pedal down too long or too often. This could inc reasing act ive d rivi ng saf ety . You sho ul d not expect that braki ng
cause the brakes to get hot and diminish braking efficiency . distances wi ll be shortened und er all circumstances with ABS .
• Do not "ride the brakes " by resting your foot on the pedal when Braki ng dis t ance m ay even b ecome so mewhat lon ger, fo r exa mpl e,
you do not intend to brake . This may cause the brakes to overheat , on gravel or i n new snow on slippery ground, even if you are driving
premature wear and increased stopping distance . caref u lly and slowly .
• Under certain climatic and operating conditions such as
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When a vehicle speed of about 10 mph (20 km/h) is reached, an aut o -
matic test sequence is run . Some noise from the pump may be by driving too close to the vehicle ahead . The increased risk of an
audible . accident cannot be reduced by the brake assistant - danger of an
accident .
If the speed of a whee l slows down too much relative to vehic le
speed and it starts to lock, brake pressure to th is wheel is reduced.
This adj ustment process can be felt as a pulsing motion of the brake [i ] Tips
pedal , accompanied by some noises. You as the driver are intention- If a ma lfunction occurs in the ABS, th is is signalled by an indicator
ally being given the infor mation tha t the wheels are tending t o lock l ight, see => pag e 20.
(ABS control range). In order for ABS to be ab le to operate optima lly
in this range, you must keep the brake pedal depressed - do not
"pump the brakes". E ectro-mechan-;cal power assist
Brake assistant The electro-me chanical po wer assist helps the driver
The brake power assist un it increases the pressure that you when steering.
genera t e wi t h t he brake p edal. It wo rks only when t he engine is
running. The d egree of pow er assis t is electronically matched t o veh ic le
speed .
Automatic full braking
The power stee ring system assists the driver so that he can steer the
This function allows fu ll bra king in spite of high brake pedal forces
vehic le with reduced physica l effort.
(e.g. whe n t he brakes are seve rely str essed beca use t he veh icle is
fully loaded) . The driver not ices this function through a reduction of Power steering wil l not work if the engine is off. As a result, the
pedal force and increased pedal t ravel. When the brake peda l is ste eri ng wheel wi ll be hard to t urn .
released, fu ll braking assist switches off again automatically .
If there is an ABS failure, the brake assistant and automatic fu ll
brak i ng assist are not available.
& WARNING
If the system develops a problem , you must seek qualified profes-
sional assistance.
& WARNING
• ABS cannot suspend the law s of physics. You should keep this
in mind in parti cular on an icy or wet road . If ABS control of braking
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If there is an electronic ma lfunction, servotronic wi ll st ill function
intervenes , you should adjust your speed immediately to road and
li ke a conve ntio nal power stee ri ng system, prov idi ng a constant
traffic condit ions. Do not be tempted by the increased safety
steering support force that is no longer proportionate to the vehicle
provided to take risks - danger of an accident.
speed. This is most not iceable when turni ng the st eering wheel at
• Please keep in mind that the risk of an accident is increased by low speeds (for examp le when parking), - more effort will be
driving too fast , particularly in bends and on icy or wet roads, and required t han usual. ._
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• Be aware of the different than usual steering response and Snow chains
adjust your steering force accordingly. Where tire chains are mandatory on certain roads, this normally
• Have the problem checked and set right by an authorized Audi also applies to vehicles with All Wheel Drive=> page 251, "Snow
dealer as soon as possible. chains".
• If a steering malfunction occurs, this is signaled with the or.
Replacing wheels/tires
~ indicator lights and a warning tone, see.
Vehicles with All Wheel Drive must always have tires of the same
size. Also avoid tires with different tread depths . For details see
[i] Tips page => page 246, "New tires and replacing tires and wheels".
• If the power steering system should fail, or if the engine is not
Off-Road driving?
running (for example, while being towed} , you will still be able to
steer the vehicle. However, more effort will be required to do so. Your Audi does not have enough ground clearance to be used as an
off-road vehicle. It is therefore best to avoid rough tracks and
• If the power steering system is not functioning properly, contact
uneven terrain as much as possible. Also refer to => page 192.
your authorized Audi dealer immediately.

Ap plies t o vehicles : w it h A ll Wheel Drive


& WARNING
Always adjust your driving to road and traffic conditions. Do not
0 iving w i h your quattro® let the extra safety afforded by All Wheel Drive tempt you into
With All Wheel Drive, all four wheels are driven. taking extra risks.
• Although the All Wheel Drive is very effective, always
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remember that braking capacity is limited by tire traction. You
With All Wheel Drive, power is distributed to all four wheels. This should therefore not drive at excessive speeds on icy or slippery
happens automatically depending on your driving style and the road surfaces.
road conditions at the time. See also => page 184, "Electronic differ -
• On wet road surfaces, be careful not to drive too fast because
ential lock (EDU".
the front wheels could begin to slide on top of the water (aqua-
Winter tires planing}. If this should occur, you will have no warning from a
sudden increase in engine speed as with a front-wheel drive
When driving in the winter , your vehicle with All Wheel Drive has an
vehicle . Always drive at speeds which are suited to the road condi-
advantage, even with regular tires. In winter road conditions it may
tions. - risk of crash. •
be advisable to mount winter tires (or all-season tires} for improved
driveability and braking : these tires must be mounted on all four
wheels. See also=> page 250, "Winter tires".

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The first 1,000 miles ( 1 ,500 km) and During the first few hours of driving, the engine's internal friction is
higher than later when all the moving parts have been broken in.
afterwards How well this break-in process is done depends to a considerable
extent on the way the vehicle is driven during the first 1,000 miles
New engine (1,500 kilometres).
The engine needs to be run-in during the first 1,000 miles
(1,500 km). 0 Note
Extremely high engine speeds are automatically reduced. However,
For the first 600 miles (1,000 kilometres):
these RPM-limits were programmed for an engine well run-in, not a
Do not use full throttle. new engine.
- Do not drive faster than 3/4 of the top speed marked on
the speedometer. ~ For the sake of the environment
- Avoid high engine speeds . Do not drive with unnecessarily high engine speeds - upshifting
early saves fuel, reduces noise and protects the environment . •
From 600 to 1,000 miles (1,000 to 1,500
kilometres): New tires
- Speeds can gradually be increased to the max imum
permissible road or engine speed. If your vehicle is running on new tires, drive particularly
careful for the first 350 miles (500 kilometres) after fitting.
During and after break-in period
- Do not rev the engine up to high speeds when it is cold.
This applies whether the transmission is in N (Neutral) or
& WARNING
1n gear. New tires tend to be slippery and must also be "broken-in". Be
sure to remember this during the first 350 miles (500 kilometres).
Brake gently. Avoid following closely behind other vehicles or
After the break-in period
other situations that might require sudden, hard braking. :I
- Do not exceed maximum engine speed under any
circumstances.
- Upshift into the next higher gear before reaching the red
area at the end of the tachometer scale => page 12.
Dri v ing a nd e nvironm e nt

New brake pads The catalytic converter is an efficient "clean-up" device built into the
exhaust system of t he vehicle . The cataly t ic converter burns many
Remember t hat new brake pads do not have a full braking of the pollutants in the exhaust gas before they are re leased into the
atmosphere.
effec t during the first 250 miles (400 kilometres) after they
are in stalled. The exclusive use of un leaded fuel is critica lly important for the life
of the catalytic converter and proper functioning of the engine.
New brake pads have to be "burnished in" before they have optima l
grab=> & .
During the break -in period, you should avoid putting severe loads
& WARNING
on the brakes. Severe loads include, for example, sudden hard • Do not park or operate th e vehicle in areas whe re the hot
braking, in particular at very high speeds or, for example, on moun - exha ust syst em may com e in conta ct wi th dry grass, brush, fuel
tain passes. spill or other mat erial which can cause a fire.
• Do not apply additi onal undercoat ing or rustpr oofing on or

& WARNING near the exhaust manifold, exhaust pipe s, cat alyti c convert er or
heat shields. During driving, th e subst ance used for undercoating
Until the y develop the maximum "bite " for best stoppi ng powe r, could overheat and cause a fire.
th e surfaces on new brake pads require some "breaking-in" during
th e init ial 100 to 150 miles 1150 to 200 kilomet res) of normal city
driving . You can comp ensat e for thi s by pressing t he brake pedal
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more fi rmly. This appl ies w henever new pads are inst alled. • • Be aware that just one tank fi ll ing with leaded fuel wi ll already
seriously degrade the performance of the catalytic converter.
• Do not exceed t he correct engine oil level => page 222 .
Catalytic converter • Do not drive until the fuel tank becomes completely empty. The
engine could misfire . Unburned fuel could also get into the exhaust
It is very important that your emission control system system and this could cause the catalytic converter to overheat .
(catalytic converter) is functioning properly to ensure that
• Do not turn off the igni t ion wh ile the vehicle is moving.
your vehicle is running in an environmentally s ound
• Do not continue to operate your vehicle under these conditions,
manner. as otherwise fue l can reach t he cata lytic converter. This could resu lt
- Always use lead-free gasoline ~ page 211, "Fuel supply". in overheating of the converter, requiring its replacement .
• To assure efficient operation of the Emiss ion Control System:
- Never run the tank down all the way to empty.
- Have your vehicle maintained properly and in accordance with
- Never put too much motor oil in your engine~ page 222, the service recommendations in your Warranty & Maintenance
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- Neve r t ry to push - or t ow -st art your ve hi cle.

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- Lack of proper maintenance as well as improper use of the If you anticipate what you need to do next and drive economically,
vehic le will impair the function of the emission con t rol system you can easily cut your fuel consumption by 10-15 percent . This
and could lead to damage. section will give you some tips on how you can help the environ-
ment and your pocketbook .

<i'For the sake of the environment [i ] Tips


Even when the Emission Control System is operating properly, the
exhaust gas can have a sulfur -like exhaust gas smell under some The consumption estimates as published by ENVIRONMENTAL
operating states . This depends on the sulfur content of the fuel PROTECTIONAGENCY (EPA) and Transport Canada may not corre-
being used. Using a different brand of fuel may help, or filling the spond to your actua l consumption on the road, which will vary
tank with lead-free super grade gasoline. • depend ing upon vehicle load and speed, road and weather condi-
tions, trip length, etc. •

Avoid damaging the vehicle


Drive smoothly and keep a lookout ahead
When you are driving on poor roads, or over curbs, steep ramps, Vehicles use the most fuel when they are accelerating.
etc., make certain that low-lying parts such as spoilers and exhaust
system parts do not bottom out and get damaged. Avoid unnecessary accelerating and braking.
This is especially true for vehicles with low-slung chassis (sports Vehicles use the most fue l when they are accelerating . If you antici-
chassis) and fully loaded vehicles. • pate what is going to happen next, you will need to brake less and,
thus, accelerate less. Let the vehicle coast whenever possible - for
example when you see that the next traffic light is red. •
Operate your vehicle economically
and minimize pollution Avoid full throttle
General Driving at moderate speeds saves fuel and improves your
mileage.
Your personal style of driving will determine the economy
of your vehicle, as well as exhaust and noise levels. - Try and keep well below your car's maximum speed.
Fuel economy, environmental impact, and wear on your engine, Acce lerating gently reduces fuel consumption, eng ine wear, and
brakes and t ires largely depend on three factors: does not disturb the environment.
• your personal driving style Fuel consumption, exhaust emissions and engine noise increase
• operating condit ions disproportionately at high speeds. If you drive at approximately
• technical limitations three quarters of top speed, fuel consumption wil l be reduced by 9J,,
Dri v ing a nd e nvironm e nt

one half. Never drive faster than the posted speed limit and weather By having your vehicle regularly serviced by an Audi dea ler helps to
con d iti ons permit. • ensure that it runs properly and economically . The conditio n of your
vehic le not only affects its safety and abi lity to hold its value, it also
affects fuel consumption .
Reducing unnecessary Idling
Check your oil each time you fill your tank.
Even when your car is just idling it burns up fuel. The amount of oil used is related to engine load and speed .
- Shut the eng ine off when you are not driving the vehicle . It is normal for the oi l consumption of a new eng ine to reach its
lowest value after a certain mi leage has been driven.
- Do not warm up the vehicle by letting the eng ine run at
idle. You must drive your vehicle about 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometres)
bef ore you can proper ly assess o il consumpt ion.
It makes sense to shut off the engine in traffic jams, when waiting This also applies to fuel consumption and engine output .
for trains to pass at railroad crossings, or at traffic lights that have
long waits on red. Turning the engine off for j ust 30-40 seconds
saves more fue l than is burned st arting the engine again . 0 Note
It takes a long time for the engine to warm up fully when it is • Have your vehicle maintained properly and in accordance with
running at idle . However, wear and noxious emissions are especial ly t he service recommendations in you r Warranty & Maintenance
high when the engine is warming up. So you should drive away as booklet. Lack of proper maintenance as well as improper use of the
soon as you start the engine and avoid running at high RPMs whi le vehicle wi ll impair t he function of the emission control system and
the engine is stil l warming up . cou ld lead to da mage.
• Do not alter or remove any component of the Emission Contro l

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System unless approved by the manufacturer .
• Do not alt er or remove any device, such as heat shields,
Do not leave engine idling unattended after starting . If warning
switches, ignition wires, valves, which are designed to protect your
lights should come on to indicate improper operation, they would
veh ic le's Emission Contr o l System and ot her important vehicle
go unheeded. Extended idl ing also produces heat, wh ich cou ld
components. •
result in overheating or other damage to the vehicle or other
property . •
Fewer short trips
Regular maintenance Fuel con sump ti on wi ll alwa ys be rel atively high on shor t
A badly tuned engine unnecessarily wastes a lot of fuel. tri ps.

- Have your vehicl e serv iced at reg ul ar intervals. - Try t o avo id driving short dista nces wi t h a cold engine.

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The engine and catalytic converter have to reach their optimal oper-
ating temperature to reduce fuel consumption and noxious emis -
sions effectively.
• Just after starting, a cold engine in a mid -size car burns the fuel
at a poor rate of 6-8 miles per gallon (30-40 l/100kml. Half a mile
down the road, the mileage improves to 12 MPG (20 1/100 kml. It will
take the engine no less than two and a half miles (4 km) of driving to
warm up to its proper operating temperature and operate at an
economic mileage. This explains why taking the car for short trips is
a rather wasteful convenience.
• The outside temperature is also critical in this regard. Your car
consumes more fuel in the winter than in the summer.

Trailer towing

General information
Your Audi TT Coupe is not designed to tow a trailer.
Towing a trailer with your Audi TT Coupe is not recommended and
can cause damage to the car. Damaged caused by towing a trailer is
not covered by your Audi Warranty. •
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Cleaning and protection

General information & WARNIN G (conti nued)


Regular care preserves vehicle value. • Do not clean the undersides of chassis, fenders, wheel covers,
etc . without protecting your hands and arm s. You may cut yourself
Any automobi le is exposed to industrial fumes, corrosive road salt,
on sharp-edged metal part s.
muddy dog feet, etc . A wel l cared for Audi can look like new many
years after purchase. Regu lar and correct care will contribute to • Moisture and ice on brakes may impair braking efficiency
maintaining the beauty and value of your Audi. =>page 186, "General information ". Test the brake s carefully each
time you wa sh the vehicle.
Furthermore, good care may be a conditi on for substantiating a
war ranty claim should corrosion damage or paint defects occur.
Your authorized Audi dealer has a variety of dedi cated vehicle-care ~ For the sake of the environment
product s and can advise whic h ones to use for cleaning the exterior Select only environmenta lly friend ly c leaning products . Leftover
and interior of your vehicle. clean ing products should not disposed of in the household waste. •
Whether you use p roducts recommended by Audi or other commer -
cially availab le cleaning agents , please make sure you apply them
correctly. Care of exterior
Washing
& WARNING Frequent washing protects the vehicle.
• Cleaning agents may be poisonous. Keep them out of the reach
of children . Th e best protection against envi ronmental influences is frequent
• Heed all caution labels. washing and waxing .
• Alway s read directions on the contai ner before using any How often t his is required depends on:
produ ct . Follow the direction s carefully. • How much the vehic le is used
• Most chemical cleaners are concentrated and have to be • Where the vehicle is pa rked (garage, in the open under t rees,
diluted . etc.)
• Use spot removing fluids only in well ventilated area s. • The seasonal and weather conditions
• Do not use gasoline , kerosene, diesel fuel, nail polish remover • Environmental influences
or oth er volatile fluid s. They may be toxi c, flammable or hazardous
in other way s. Do not w ash, wa x or dry the vehicle w it h the igni- The longer bird droppings, insects, tree resin, road and industrial
tion on or the engine running. grime, tar, soot, road salt and other materials remain on the vehicle
p aint, the more lasting t heir dest ructive effects will be . _,,,
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High temperatures, as from exposure to intense sunlight, intens ify Washing the vehicle by hand
the corrosive effect particularly when humidity is high as well.
A lot of water is needed when washing a vehicle by hand.
Under ce rtain circumstances , weekly washing may be necessary .
Under other conditions, a monthly washing and waxing may be - Before you start washing, make sure you have read and
adequate. understood the WARNINGS =:> &
in "General informa-
After the winter, the underside of the vehicle should be thoroughly tion" on page 198.
washed preferably in a professional car wash.
- First soak all dried dirt until it is soft, then rinse it off.

& WARNING - As you clean your vehicle, start with the roof and work
your way down to the bottom, using a sponge, a sponge
Always read and heed all WARNINGS and the information glove or a clean brush.
=>page 198. •
- Rinse the sponge or the sponge glove often, flushing it
clean each time.
Automatic car wash
- Use special car shampoo only for very persistent dirt.
The vehicle can be washed in almost any modern auto-
- Rinse the car thoroughly with water.
matic car wash.
- Use a chamois leather to gently w ipe the exterior dry.
The vehicle paint is so durable that the vehicle can normally be
washed without problems in an automatic car wash . However , the Use a separate sponge for cleaning the wheels , door sills and other
effect on the paint depends to a large extent on the design of the regions exposed to road dirt. In this way, you will not scratch the
facility, the filtering of the wash water, the type of wash and care paint with coarse particles imbedded in the sponge the next time
material, etc. If the paint has a dull appearance after going through you wash the car.
the car wash or is scratched, bring this to the attention of the oper-
ator immediately . If necessary, use a different car wash .
Before going through a car wash, be sure to take the usual precau - & WARNING
tions such as closing the windows. Remove antenna if applicable . • Do not clean the underside of the chassis, fenders, wheel
If you have installed additional accessories on the vehicle - such as covers, or other hard to reach parts without protecting your hands
spoilers, etc. - it is best to ask the car wash operator if these should and arms. You may cut yourself on sharp-edged metal parts.
be remov ed. •
Always read and heed all WARNINGS and other information
=>page 198. .,.

& WARNING
Always read and heed all WARNINGS and the information
=>page 198. •

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- Make sure that the jet on th e spray hose pro du ces a "fan
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• Never try to remove d i rt, mud or dust if the surface of the vehicle
is dry . Never use a dry cloth or sponge, since this cou ld scratch your Do not hold the spray nozzle too close to soft materials.
vehic le's paint or w indows.
When cleaning the vehicle with a power washer always follow the
• Never wash your car in bright sunlight. Drops of water act as operating instructions. This applies particula rly to the operating
magnify ing lenses and may damage your paint. pressure and the spraying distance . Maintain a sufficient distance
• When you wash your car in the winter : if you rinse your vehicle to soft materia ls such as rubber hoses and sound/vibration dead -
with a hose, be careful not to aim the stream of water directly at ening materia ls (part icularly on the underside of the engine hood).
locks, or at door or hatch openings - they can freeze shut. Do not use a jet which sprays water in a direct stream or one that
• Never use sponges designed to remove insects, or any kitchen has a rotating jet.
scouring sponges or similar products. They can damage your paint Water temperature should not exceed 140 °F (60 °Cl.
finish .
• Never use a dry cloth or sponge to clean the head ligh t s. Only use
wet cloths or sponges to prevent scratches . It is best to use soapy & WARNING
water. Never wash tire s with a jet that sprays water in a direct stream .
Thi s could cause invisible damage to the tire s and we aken them ,

<i>For the sake of the environment even if the spray is from a relat ively long distance and for a short
time . Damaged and weakened tire s can fail and cause accident s
In the interest of the environment, the vehicle should on ly be and personal injury.
washed in specia l wash bays. •

Washing your vehicle with a power washer


0 Note
To avoid damaging your vehicle, always make sure that there is
Cleaning the exterior of your car with a high -p ressure suffic ient distance between the spray head and soft materia ls like
power washer is safe as long as yo u observe a few simple rubber hoses, plastic parts and sound -deadening materials . Never
aim the spray head at the same po int for a long time . This also
rules .
applies to cleaning headlights and painted bumpers . Remember :
- Before using the power washer, make sur e you have read the closer the nozzle is to the surface of the material, the greater the
&
and understood the WARNIN GS =::;, in "General infor- stress on the mater ial. •
mati o n" on page 198.
- Always follow the operating instructions for the power
washer.
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Waxing Polishing
Wax prote cts the vehicle's paint. Polishi ng resto res the gloss to the paint.
- Use a manually applied car wax occasion al ly to protect Po lish your vehic le on ly if the paint has lost its shine and the g loss
t he paint. cann ot be br ought back wi t h wax .
If the polish used does not contain preservative compounds , the
A good wax coating protects the vehicle paint to a large extent paint must be waxed afterwards ~ page 201, "Waxing" .
against th e environm ental factors listed under ~ page 198,
"Washing" and even against slight scratches .
You can use a liquid car wax to protect your paint as soon as one & WARNING
wee k after you r vehic le has been delivered . Always read and heed all WARNINGS and the information
Even if you regularly use a waxing process in automatic car washes, ~ page 198.

we recommend that you manua lly app ly a coat of wax to give the
paint extra protection, par ti cu lar ly if water no longer beads on the
clean paint.
0 Note
Do not treat matte anodized metal trim, plastic or rubber parts with
Protec t pl astic body parts with car wax in the same way as t he polish or wax . •
vehic le body.
During warm weather dead insects tend to col lect on the front
bumpe r and on the forward area of the hood. They are m uch easie r Trim strips
to remove from paint that is waxed often. Metal trim needs special care.
For envi ronmental reasons, Audi fab r icates t he bright trim strips
& WARNING and trim pieces from pure chromium -free aluminum .
Always read and heed all WARNINGS and other information Dirt and marks on the trim strips should be removed with a pH-
~ page 198. balanced clean ing agen t (do no t use a chrome clea n er). Audi
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your vehicle and are not ha rmf u l t o t he environment.
To avoid corrosion on the exterior trim strips , only a pH-ba lanced
Do not use ca r wax on
solution shou ld be used for the windshield washer .
• matte or anodized meta l t rim
• rubber or rubber -like trim. •
& WARNING
Alway s read and heed all WARNINGS and other information
~ page 198. •

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Plastic and vinyl Touch-up paint


Plastics needs special care. Minor paint damages should be touched up immediately.
Use a clean, damp cloth or sponge to remove dust and light surface - Use either a touch -up paint stick or spray paint to cover
dirt. For other soil, use a lukewarm all -purpose cleaning solution or minor scratches and nicks.
a mild saddle soap for vinyl trim . Remove water spots and soap
traces with a clean, damp cloth or sponge. Use a clean, soft cloth to Your Audi dealer has touch-up paint for minor scratches and stone
rub dry . chips . Scratches should be touched up soon after they occur to
Grease, tar or oil stains can be removed with a clean cloth or sponge prevent corrosion.
soaked with all-purpose cleaner or with a solvent designed espe- The number for the original vehicle paint can be found on the
cially to clean vinyl. vehicle identification label ~ page 288.
Occasionally apply a colorless vinyl or leather preservative to retain
the material's luster and pliability.
& WARNING
Always read and heed all WARNINGS and the information
& WARNING ~ page 198. a

Always read and heed all WARNINGS and the information


~ page 198. •
Windows
Clear vision to all sides.
Aluminum trim
Clean all windows regularly to remove road film and
Use only neutral-pH products to remove spots and deposits from carwash wax buildup.
aluminum surfaces. Chrome care products and alkaline cleaners
- Remove snow from windows using a brush.
will attack aluminum surfaces and can damage them over time.
- Use a plastic ice scraper to remove ice from windows and
& WARNING mirrors.

Always read and heed all WARNINGS and the information - Remove other residue on the windows with a spray-on
~ page 198. • glass cleaner.
- Wipe the windows dry with a clean piece of cloth or
kitchen paper towel.
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The best way to remove snow from windows and mirrors is to use a Weatherstrips
brush . Use a non -abrasive plast ic ice scraper - better sti ll, a spray
deicer - to remove ice from w indows and mirrors . Complete ca r car e includes the we atherst rips as w ell .
The windows must not be cleaned with insect remover or wax since App ly a suitable rubbe r con di tioner to t he weatherstr ip s
these can inter fere with the function of t he w inds hie ld w iper blades f rom t ime t o t im e.
(chatter).
Oil, grease o r sil icone residue can be removed with glass cleaner or To be able seal properly, the weatherstrips around the hood, doors,
silicone remover . However, wax residue requires the use of a
rear lid, etc . must remain pliable. Spray the weatherstrips with sili-
spec ially for m ulated solvent . Please contact your Audi dealer for co ne or coat them w ith t alcum powder or glycer ine to retain the
advice on safe products for wax removal. f lexibility of the rubber and to protect them against freezing in the
winte r.
Windows should also be cleaned on the inside at regular interva ls.
Never dry windows with th e same chamois that you use to dry
painted surfaces . Wax residue on the chamois can impair vision
& WARNING
t hrough the windows. Alway s read and heed all WARNINGS and the information
~ page 198.

& WARNING [i ] Tips


• The windshield mu st not be treated with water -repellent mate -
rials. They can increase glare under poor visibility conditions such Keep si licone sprays off the windshield to avoid wiper smear in
as wetne ss, darkne ss, or when t he sun is low on t he horizon. In ra in . •
addition , they can cause the wind shield wipers to chatter .
• Alway s read and heed all WARNINGS and other information App li es to veh icles : with stee l whee ls
~ page 198. Steel wheels
The w heels also have to be cleaned.
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- Alw ays in clude the hu b caps and whee l r ims when
• Never use warm or hot water to remove snow and ice from
windows a nd m irrors . This cou ld cause the glass to crack. washing yo ur vehi cle to remove road dir t , sal t sprays an d
• To prevent damage to the wires of the rear defogger, do not p lace brake du st.
any adhesive stickers on the inside of the rear window over the
If necessary, use a commercial whee l cleaner to remove accumu -
wires.
lated brake dust.
• To he lp prevent dirt from scratching the window, always scrape
in a forward direction - pushing the scraper away from you - never The wheel r ims are easier to keep clean if they are reg ula rly coat ed
back and f orth. • with liquid wax. ..

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Paint scratches should be touched up as soon as possible to prevent Never use abrasive or metal polishing cleaning agents . If the protec -
corrosion => page 202, "To uch -up pain t ". t ive coating has been chipped, e.g. by kicked up road dirt, touch it
up as soon as possib le.

& WARNING & WARNING


• Moi sture and ice on brake s may affect braking efficiency -
=> pag e 186, "General inform at ion". Test the brakes carefully afte r • Moisture and ice on brakes may affect braki ng efficiency
each veh icle was h. => page 186, "General information ". Test the brakes carefully each
• Alway s read and heed all WARNINGS and t he infor mation ti me you w ash th e vehicle.
=> page 198. • • Alw ays read and heed all WARNINGS and other informa ti on
=> page 198. •
App lies to vehi cles: w it h Cast alloy whee ls

Cast (light) alloy wheels Body cavity sealing


Cast (light) alloy wheels require special care. The body cavity sealing does not need to be checked.
- Wash the wheels with a spo nge or hose brush every All body cavities which could be affected by corrosion have been
ot her week . given thorough protection at the fac t ory.

- For deep cleaning afte rwards, use only a dedicated acid- This sealing does not require any inspection or additional treat -
ment . If any wax should seep out of the cavi t y when t he amb ient
free cast alloy whee l cleaner.
temperature is high, it can be removed with a p lastic scraper and a
- Rub a coat of liquid wa x onto the rims every t hree month . suitable solvent .
Be sure to reach and treat all parts of the rim.

To preserve the decorative appearance of the cast alloy wheels, & WARNING
some special care is necessary. In addition to road dirt and salt, Solvents can be dangerou s.
brake dust is also corrosive . If left on for too long, brake dust can • Benzine is flamm able and toxic. If you use benzine for removing
cause pitting. the wax, keep sparks, flame and lighted cigarette s away . Never
Use on ly specia l acid -free cleaners formu lated for alloy rims . Safe dump benzine on the ground, into open st ream s or dow n sewage
products are availab le at your Audi dealer . Never leave the cleaner drains.
on the rims longer than specified on the label. If not rinsed off • Be sure to observe all safety and environment al regulat ions.
promptly, the acid contained in some c leaners can attack the Follow all instru ction s on the container.
threads on the wheel bo lts .
• Alwa ys read and heed all WARNINGS and the infor mation
=> page 198. •
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Chassis Fabrics and fabric coverings


Have the underco a ting checke d for damage from time to
Fabrics and fabric coverings (e.g . seats, door trim pane ls, etc.)
time . shou ld be cleaned at regular intervals with a vacuum cleaner . This
The lower body shell of your Audi is also thorough ly protected removes surface dirt partic les which could become embedded in
against corros ion. t he fabric t hrough use. Steam clea ners shou ld not be used, because
the steam tends to push the dirt deeper into the fabric and lock it
Any damage to the undercoating caused by road hazards should be there .
repa ired promptly .
No rmal c leaning

& WARNING Genera lly, we recommend using a soft spo nge or a lint-free
microfiber cloth to the clean fabric . Brushes should on ly be used for
Too much undercoat ing in the wrong places can cause a fire. carpe t s and floor m ats, since other fabric su rfaces co uld be harmed
• Do not app ly additional undercoating or rustproofing on or by brushes.
near t he exhaust manifold , exhaust pipes, cat alytic converter or Norma l surface stains can be cleaned using a commercially avail -
heat shields. While driving, the substan ce used for undercoating able foam cleaner. Spread the foam on the surface of the fabric with
could overheat and cause a fire. a soft sponge and work it in gent ly. Do not saturate the fabric . Then
• Always read and heed all WARNINGS and other information pat the foam dry us ing absorbent, dry cloths (e.g. microfiber cloth)
=>page 198. • and vacuum it after it has dried completely .

C leaning stains
Care of interior Stains caused by beverages (e.g. coffee, fruit juice, etc.) can be
t reated with a m ild detergent so lution . Apply the detergent so lution
with a sponge. In the case of stubborn stains, a detergent paste can
Aluminum trim
be applied directly to