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Air conditioning


Heating, ventilation and cooling

Cases in which the heat seating should not
be switched on

Do not switch the seat heating on if any of the
following conditions are met:

The seat is occupied by a person with limited

perception of pain or temperature.

The seat is not occupied.

The seat has a cover.

A child seat has been installed on the seat.

The seat cushion is wet or damp.

The outdoor or indoor temperature is greater

than +25°C (77°F).


People who cannot perceive pain or temper-
ature because of medications, paralysis or
chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes) or have a
limited perception of these, may suffer burns
to the back, buttocks or legs when using seat

People with limited pain and temperature

thresholds must never use seat heating.

If an abnormality in the device's tempera-

ture control is detected, have it checked by a
specialist workshop.


If the fabric of the cushion is wet, this can
adversely affect the operation of the seat
heating, increasing the risk of burns.

Make sure the seat cushion is dry prior to

using the seat heater.

Do not sit on the seat with clothing that is

wet or damp.

Do not leave clothing that is wet or damp

on the seat.

Do not spill liquids on the seat.


To avoid damaging the heating elements of

the seat heaters, please do not kneel on the
seat or apply sharp pressure to a single point
on the seat cushion or backrest.

Liquids, sharps objects and insulating ma-

terials (e.g. covers or child seats) can dam-
age the seat heating.

In the event of smells, switch off the seat

heating immediately and have it inspected
by a specialised workshop.

If the original seat upholstery is replaced

by another material, the seat heating may
overheat or its operation may be limited.

For the sake of the environment

The seat heating should remain on only when
needed. Otherwise, it is unnecessary energy

Steering wheel heating

Steering wheel heating works only with the en-
gine running.
The selected steering wheel heating level will
be displayed on the instrument panel display.

Adjust the steering wheel heating by press-
ing   on the multifunction steering wheel

Short press (less than 1 second):

The heating is switched on at its maximum level.
Press the steering wheel button repeatedly to
set the desired level. To switch off steering
wheel heating, press the steering wheel button
repeatedly until the heated steering wheel 
icon is displayed on the instrument cluster.

Long press (more than 1 second):

The heating is switched off directly from the
current operating level. Another long press on
the button switches on the heating directly at
the last level saved before switching off.

Adjust the steering wheel heating via the in-
fotainment system (valid for for hybrid vehi-

In the air conditioning menu, press the steer-

ing wheel heating function button  . The heat-
ing is switched on at its maximum level.

Press the function button repeatedly to set

the desired level.

To switch off steering wheel heating, press the

function button several times until no LED is on.


Air conditioning

Automatic disconnection

The steering wheel heating will be switched off
automatically when any of the following condi-
tions are met:

Electrical energy consumption is too high.

The steering wheel heating system is faulty.

If the ignition is switched off.

Automatic connection (valid for hybrid vehi-

When the drive system is re-started within ap-
proximately 10 minutes, the last set heating
level activates automatically.

Windscreen heating

Fig. 115 

Windscreen humidity and

temperature sensor.

Fig. 116 

Areas for placing electronic


The brake servo works only when the engine is
The heated windscreen is comprised of a set
of heated wires placed between the layers of
the windscreen which, when electric current is
supplied to them, heat up and cause the tem-
perature of the glass to rise.
Its function is to assist the air-conditioning sys-
tem to prevent the windscreen from misting up
or to demist it faster if it does mist up.
The system can be switched on manually or

Manual activation

 Press the button   in the air conditioning

settings in the infotainment system.
The heated windscreen is switched off based
on the outside temperature and, in any case,
after approximately 8 minutes.

Automatic activation

The heated windscreen switches on automati-
cally when a window is at risk of misting up.

Open the air conditioning settings in the info-

tainment system 


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Switch the automatic heated windscreen on

or off.
The automatic heated windscreen is switched
on, even when the air conditioning is switched

Thermal windscreen using the defrost func-

If the defrost function is switched on and a sen-
sor detects that the windscreen could mist up,
the heated windscreen switches on.

When does the heated windscreen switch

The heated windscreen switches off when one
of the following conditions is met:

 Power consumption is too high.

The air conditioner fuse is faulty.

If the preset time has elapsed.

Location of electronic accessories

The windscreen heating has a film that reflects
infra-red rays. This film interferes with the op-
eration of electronic accessories (e.g. remote
tolls or similar devices). To avoid this, there are

Air conditioning


Auxiliary heating and ventilation

defined areas next to the interior mirror where
these devices can be placed 


Fig. 116


These areas should not be covered and stickers
should not be placed on them, as this could
cause anomalies in the operation of electronic
components placed there.


The cooling system cannot be switched on
or its operation is limited

If the air conditioning system cannot be
switched on, this may be caused by the follow-

 The engine is not running.

The fan is switched off.

The air conditioner fuse has blown.

The outside temperature is lower than ap-

proximately 0°C (+32°F).

The air conditioner compressor has been

temporarily switched off because the engine
coolant temperature is too high.

Another fault in the vehicle. Have the air con-

ditioner checked by a specialised workshop.

The heating and fresh air system cannot be
switched on or operates in a limited way

The heating and fresh air system and the de-

frost function operate best when the engine is

Hybrid vehicles:

 Select the 



mode because power in 


 is limited.

If the fault continues, consult a specialised


The windows are misted up

Windows mist up when they are cooler than
the ambient temperature and the air is very
damp. Cold air can absorb less moisture than
hot air, so the windows mist up more often in
cold weather.

The air vent in front of the windscreen keeps

it free of ice, snow and leaves, which improves
the performance of the heating and cooling

The air grooves located at the rear of the

luggage compartment must be kept clear to
allow the air to circulate through the vehicle
from front to back.

Switch on the demist function.

Change the temperature unit (Climatronic)

The temperature display can be changed from
Celsius to Fahrenheit on the Infotainment sys-
tem screen using the function button 

 > Set-

tings > Units


Water or water vapour under the vehicle

If the humidity and temperature outside the ve-
hicle are high, 


 can drip off the

evaporator in the cooling system and form a
pool underneath the vehicle. This is normal and
does not indicate a leak!
When the outside humidity is high and the am-
bient temperature is low, condensation water
may evaporate when the stationary air condi-
tioning is operating. In this case, steam may
be released from underneath the vehicle. This
does not mean that the vehicle has any dam-


After starting the engine, any residual humid-
ity in the air conditioner could mist over the
windscreen. Switch on the defrost function
as soon as possible to clear the windscreen
of condensation.

Auxiliary heating and venti-


With the auxiliary heating and ventilation, it is
possible to heat the vehicle interior in winter
and ventilate it in summer. It can also be used
to demist the windscreen and remove ice or
even a thin layer of snow. The auxiliary heating


Air conditioning

is powered by fuel from the vehicle’s tank and
can even continue to operate when the ignition
is switched off. The auxiliary ventilation is pow-
ered by the 12-volt vehicle battery.
The auxiliary heating can be controlled by the
SEAT CONNECT mobile app or through the My-
SEAT website.
The auxiliary heater can be switched on using
the fast heating button of the air conditioning
controls, with the remote control or by previ-
ously programming a departure time in the aux-
iliary heater menu of the infotainment system.
If the outside temperature is very high, the vehi-
cle interior can be ventilated with the engine off
using the auxiliary heater.

Auxiliary heating exhaust system

The exhaust gases generated by the auxiliary
heater are removed via an exhaust pipe fitted
underneath the vehicle. This exhaust pipe must
not be blocked by snow, mud or anything else.


The auxiliary heater exhaust fumes contain
carbon monoxide, an odourless and colour-
less toxic gas. Carbon monoxide can cause
people to lose consciousness. It can also
cause death.

Never switch on the auxiliary heater or

leave it running in enclosed spaces or areas
with no ventilation.

Never programme the auxiliary heater so

that it switches itself on and is running in an
enclosed space or an area with no ventila-


The components of the auxiliary heater are
extremely hot and could cause a fire.

Always park your vehicle so that no part

of the exhaust system can come in contact
with easily flammable materials that might
be below the vehicle, such as dried grass.


Never place food, medicines or other tem-
perature-sensitive objects close to the air
vents. Food, medicines and other objects
sensitive to heat or cold may be damaged
or made unsuitable for use by the air coming
from the vents.

Switching the auxiliary heater and
ventilation on and off

The auxiliary heating can operate with the igni-
tion switched on and off.

Open the Auxiliary heater menu

Open the air conditioning settings in the info-

tainment system.

Press the   function button.

Switching on the auxiliary heater

The auxiliary heating can be switched off in the
following ways:

Press the immediate heat button   on the air

conditioning controls.


: Press the button   on the remote control 


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: Set the departure time 


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: Using the App or MySEAT website.

If the 12-volt vehicle battery is low on charge or
the tank is empty, the auxiliary heating cannot
be switched on.

Switch off the auxiliary heating manually

The auxiliary heater can be switched off man-
ually in the following ways:

Press the immediate heat button   on the air

conditioning controls.


: Press button   on the remote control.



: Using the SEAT CONNECT mobile app or

the MySEAT website.

The auxiliary heater switches off automati-

At the scheduled departure time or the end of

the set operating period 


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If the yellow indicator lamp   (fuel gauge)

lights up.

If the 12-volt battery's charge level drops


Air conditioning


Auxiliary heating and ventilation

To burn the remaining fuel in the auxiliary heat-
ing, it continues to operate briefly once it has
been turned off manually or automatically.

Using the auxiliary heating as a supplemen-
tary heater

If the engine has been started, the auxiliary
heating can continue to operate as a supple-
mentary heating system. The following condi-
tion must be met for this to happen:


Automatic supplementary heater

function can be switched on in the infotainment
system's air conditioning settings.

The outside temperature is lower than +5 °C

(+41 °F).
The supplementary heating system switches off
again automatically after a while.


Noises will be heard while the auxiliary

heater is running.

When the air humidity is high and the in-

side temperature low, condensation from the
heating and ventilating system may evapo-
rate when the auxiliary heater is switched
on. In this case, steam may be released from
underneath the vehicle. This does not mean
that there is a vehicle malfunction.

If the vehicle is tilted, e.g. if parked on a

slope, the operation of the auxiliary heater
may be restricted if the fuel tank level is low
(just above the reserve level).

If the auxiliary heater is used a number of

times for a long period of time, the 12-volt
battery will lose its charge. To recharge the
battery, the vehicle must be driven for a
number of kilometres from time to time. As
a guideline: the journey should last approxi-
mately as long as the heater was connected.

At temperatures below +5 °C (+41 °F), the

auxiliary heater may switch itself on auto-
matically when the engine is switched on.
The auxiliary heater is switched off again af-
ter a certain time.

While the vehicle is stopped, the auxiliary

heating can be switched on up to a maximum
of three consecutive times in a row with the
maximum operating duration.

Remote control

Fig. 117 

Independent heating: radiofrequency

remote control key

Switch on

: Press the button for about one


Switch off

: Press the button for about one


If the buttons of the remote control are pressed
unnecessarily, it could switch on the auxiliary
heater involuntarily, even when it is out of range
or when the control lamp is flashing.

Remote control LED

When the buttons are pressed, the LED of re-
mote control 


Fig. 117



 gives the user a

range of information:

It lights up for approx. 2 seconds

In green

: The auxiliary heater has been

switched on using the   button.

In red

: The auxiliary heater has been switched

off using the   button.

Flashes slowly for approx. 2 seconds

In green

: No on signal has been received. The

remote control is out of range. Move closer to
the vehicle.

In red

: No off signal has been received. The

remote control is out of range. Move closer to
the vehicle.


Air conditioning

It flashes irregularly

In green

: The independent heating is blocked.

Possible causes: the fuel tank is almost empty,
the 12-volt battery charge is very low or there is
a fault.

It lights up or flashes steadily

In orange (then in green or in red)

: The remote

control battery is almost flat. However, the on
or off signal has been received.

In orange (then flashes green or red)

: The re-

mote control battery is almost flat. No on or off
signal has been received.

Flashes for around 5 seconds

In orange

: The remote control battery is flat.

No on or off signal has been received.


The range of the remote control is a few hun-
dred meters when the battery is fully charged
and under optimal conditions.

A distance of at least 2 m must be left be-

tween the remote control and the vehicle.

There should be no obstacle between the re-

mote control and the vehicle.

Secure the remote control with the chrome



Fig. 117



 vertically facing upwards.

Do not cover the antenna.

The range of the control is considerably less in
poor weather conditions, if there are buildings
in the vicinity or if the battery is low.

Changing the remote control battery

If the indicator lamp does not come on, the re-
mote control's battery must be replaced.

Insert a suitable tool, e.g. a screwdriver, into

the indentation in the remote control housing, in
the direction of the arrow 


Fig. 117


With the help of the same tool, lift the lid until

the housing locking element is released.

Slightly move the cover in the direction of the


Remove the cover.

To remove the battery, carefully insert a tool

like a screwdriver into the indentation next to
the battery.

Use the screwdriver to lift up the battery until

it releases from its housing.

Remove the old battery.

Insert a new battery of the same type and

make sure it clicks into place. When inserting
the battery, make sure that the polarity is cor-

Fit the cover onto the remote control housing.

Slide the cover in the direction opposite to the

arrow until it clicks into place 


Fig. 117



Swallowing a battery with a 20 mm diameter
or any other button battery can cause seri-
ous and even fatal injuries within a very short

Always keep the remote control, keyrings

with batteries, the spare batteries, button
batteries and all other batteries over 20 mm
out of reach of children.

If you suspect that someone may have

swallowed a battery, seek immediate medi-
cal attention.


The radio frequency remote control con-

tains electronic components. Therefore,
avoid getting it wet and exposing it to knocks
or direct sunlight.

The use of inappropriate batteries may

damage the radio frequency remote control.
For this reason, always replace the used bat-
tery with another of the same voltage, size
and specifications.

Air conditioning


Stationary air conditioning


Not valid for hybrid vehicles.

For the sake of the environment

Please dispose of your used batteries cor-

rectly and with respect for the environment.

The remote control battery may contain

perchlorate. Observe the legal provisions re-
garding disposal.

Care should be taken so as not to operate

the remote control unintentionally so as to
prevent the auxiliary heater being switched
on accidentally.

Programming the auxiliary heater



 programming it, check that the vehicle's

date and time are set correctly 



The auxiliary heater is programmed in the 


iliary heater

 menu of the infotainment sys-


Set the operating duration of the auxiliary

Open the 

Auxiliary heater


Press the 


 function button.

To set the operating time, press the 


ing duration


The set operating duration is taken into account
when the auxiliary heating is switched on using
the immediate heat button   or the remote

The maximum duration of the auxiliary heating
is 60 minutes.

Set the departure time

Activating this function only affects the heating
or ventilation. The departure time must be reac-
tivated whenever the vehicle is started.

Open the 

Auxiliary heater


Press the 


 function button.

Select one of the memory spaces for a 


parture time


Press the 


 function button.

Manual air conditioning

: The scheduled depar-

ture time determines when the auxiliary heating
or ventilation will be switched off. The start of
the heating or ventilation process depends on
the programmed duration of operation.


: The vehicle uses the programmed

departure time to automatically calculate the
time at which the heating or ventilation process
should begin to attain the set temperature.
A departure time can be scheduled in the App
or on the MySEAT website.

Checking the programming

If a departure time is activated, the yellow LED
on the immediate heat button   lights up on
the Climatronic control panel, approximately
ten seconds after the ignition is switched off.


Never programme the auxiliary heater so
that it switches itself on and is running in
an enclosed space or an area with no ven-
tilation. The auxiliary heater exhaust fumes
contain carbon monoxide, an odourless and
colourless toxic gas. Carbon monoxide can
cause people to lose consciousness. It can
also cause death.

Stationary air conditioning


 Valid for: hybrid vehicles.

With the stationary air conditioning you can
cool, ventilate and heat the passenger com-
partment while the vehicle is parked. In winter,
you can also demist the windscreen and leave
it free of ice and snow (if the layer is thin).
The stationary air conditioning is powered
through a socket or the vehicle’s high voltage
battery. Stationary air conditioning can be pro-
grammed and controlled in the Infotainment
system, through the SEAT CONNECT mobile
App and on the MySEAT website.


Air conditioning

You can find information about the app, its
availability and the necessary requirements for
its use, as well as compatible terminals, on the


page 244



Never place food, medicines or other tem-
perature-sensitive objects close to the air
vents. Food, medicines and other objects
sensitive to heat or cold may be damaged
or made unsuitable for use by the air coming
from the vents.


Using the stationary air conditioning with-
out connecting the charging cable reduces
the vehicle’s range. At extreme exterior tem-
peratures, the heating or cooling power of
the stationary air conditioning may be insuf-
ficient to reach the desired temperature.

Operating the stationary air condi-

 Valid for: hybrid vehicles.

Open the 

Battery Manager


1. Switch the ignition on.
2. Switch on the infotainment system.
3. Select 

Battery Manager

 from the main


Using the stationary air conditioning without
plugging in the charging connector

The stationary air conditioning can be used
without the charging connector being plugged
in. When the charging connector is not plugged
in, the stationary air conditioning receives the
necessary electrical power from the high-volt-
age battery.
1. Open the 

Battery Manager


2. Select the 



3. Activate the function 

Air condition using

battery current


The stationary air conditioning only works if the
high voltage battery is sufficiently charged.

Setting the desired temperature

1. Open the 

Battery Manager


2. Select the 



3. Press 

Interior temperature


Switch off the stationary air conditioning

 Connect the drive system.


 press the   button on the air conditioning

control panel.

The stationary air conditioning switches off

 Once the programmed operating time has



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When the state of charge of the high voltage

battery drops excessively 


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If the state of charge of the high voltage

battery drops excessively, it is not possible
to switch on the stationary air conditioning.

Noises will be heard while the stationary

air conditioning is running, caused by its op-

The longer or the more often the station-

ary air conditioning is used without external
power, the more the high-voltage battery will
be discharged.

Programming the stationary air con-

 Valid for: hybrid vehicles.

The stationary air conditioning can be pro-
grammed in the Infotainment system for a
scheduled departure time. You can set the de-
sired temperature of the vehicle interior for the
vehicle’s planned departure time.
Based on the desired temperature, the vehicle
calculates the time that the stationary air con-
ditioning needs to be switched on to reach this
temperature by the departure time.

Air conditioning


Stationary air conditioning

Air conditioning the vehicle for departure

1. Open the 

Battery Manager


2. Select one of the memories for a departure


3. Set the scheduled departure time.
4. Turn on the 

air conditioning



functions as needed.
If the two 

air conditioning



functions are on at the same time, the high-
voltage battery is charged first and then
the vehicle is air conditioned. The departure
time can only be enabled when one of the
two functions has been enabled.

5. If desired, activate the 

Low Tariff

 function to

charge at times when the electricity supply
tariff is lower. The time slot can be selected.

If the charging connector is plugged in, the ve-
hicle starts cooling down around 30 minutes
before the scheduled departure time. If the ve-
hicle is not ready to drive at the scheduled de-
parture time, it will be cooled for a further 15
If the charging connector is not plugged in, the
air conditioning operating time is reduced to 10
minutes. The operating time is extended by 5
minutes if the vehicle is not ready to drive.
The stationary air conditioning switches off au-

Checking the programming

When the ignition is switched off, the infotain-
ment system displays the next time that is ac-
tive and the set functions.


If the outside temperatures are very low, the
set temperature may not be reached by the
departure time.




Driving indications


Ensure that you can always press the accel-

erator, brake and clutch pedals unimpaired to
the floor.

Ensure that the pedals can return unimpaired

to their initial positions.

Ensure that the floor mats are securely fas-

tened during the trip and do not obstruct the



Only use floor mats which leave the pedals
clear and which are secured to prevent them
from slipping. You can obtain suitable floor mats
from a specialised dealership. Fasteners for
floor mats are fitted in the footwells.

Wear suitable footwear

Always wear shoes which support your feet
properly and give you a good feeling for the


Restricting pedal operation can lead to

critical situations while driving.

Never lay or fit floor mats or other floor

coverings over the original floor mats. This
would reduce the pedal area and could ob-
struct the pedals. Risk of accident.

Never place objects in the driver footwell.

An object could move into the pedal area
and impair pedal operation.

Selecting the optimal gear

Depending on the equipment on the instrument
panel screen, a recommendation is shown with
the gear that should be engaged to optimise
On vehicles with 

automatic transmission

, it is

only displayed when driving in Tiptronic mode 


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No recommendation will appear if the optimal
gear is engaged. The current gear will be dis-




Optimum gear.

4   5

Changing to a higher gear is rec-

2   1

Changing to a lower gear is rec-

Information regarding the “cleanliness” of
the particulate filter

When the exhaust system detects that the par-
ticulate filter is close to saturation, this system’s
self-cleaning function recommends the optimal
gear for that function 


page 316



The gear change recommendation is an aux-
iliary function and in no case should be a
substitute for careful driving.

 Responsibility for selecting the correct

gear, depending on the circumstances, rests
solely with the driver.

For the sake of the environment

Selecting the correct gear can help to save


The recommended gear display turns off
when you are no longer in tiptronic mode.

Economical and environmentally
friendly driving

Fuel consumption, environmental pollution and
wear to the engine, brakes and tyres all depend
largely on driving style. Consumption can be
reduced between 10-15% with an efficient driv-
ing type. The following section gives you some



Driving indications

tips on lessening the impact on the environment
and reducing your operating costs at the same

Active cylinder management (ACT®)

Depending on vehicle equipment, the active
cylinder management (ACT®) may deactivate
some of the engine cylinders if the driving sit-
uation does not require too much power. The
number of active cylinders can be seen on the
instrument panel display 


page 16


Foresight when driving

If you think ahead when driving, you will need
to brake less and thus accelerate less. Take ad-
vantage of the inertia of the vehicle whenever
possible, with a 

gear engaged

. This takes ad-

vantage of the engine braking effect, reducing
wear on the brakes and tyres. Emissions and
fuel consumption will drop to zero.

Changing gear to save energy

An effective way of saving is to change 

in ad-


 to a higher gear.

Manual gearbox:

 change from first to second

gear as soon as possible. Choosing the cor-
rect gear saves fuel. Select the highest possi-
ble gear suitable for the driving situation (the
engine should continue to run with cyclical reg-

Automatic transmission:

 accelerate gradually

and without reaching the “kick-down” position.

Avoid driving at high speed

Avoid travelling at your vehicle’s top speed,
whenever possible. Fuel consumption, emission
of harmful gases and noise pollution multiply as
speed is increased. Driving at moderate speeds
will help to save fuel.

Reduce idling time

In vehicles with the Start-Stop system idling is
automatically reduced. In vehicles without the
Start-Stop system it is worth switching off the
engine, for example, at level crossings and at
traffic lights that remain red for long periods of
time. When an engine has reached operating
temperature, and depending on the cylinder
capacity, keeping it switched off for a minimum
of about 5 seconds already saves more than
the amount of fuel necessary for restarting.
The engine takes a long time to warm up when
it is idling. Mechanical wear and pollutant emis-
sions are also especially high during this initial
warm-up phase. It is therefore best to drive
off immediately after starting the engine. Avoid
running the engine at high speed.

Regular maintenance

Regular servicing helps in saving fuel even be-
fore the engine is started. A well-serviced en-
gine gives you the benefit of 

improved fuel


 as well as maximum reliability and

an enhanced resale value. A badly serviced en-
gine can consume up to 10% more fuel than

Avoid short journeys

The engine and catalytic converter need to
reach their optimal 

operating temperature


order to minimise fuel consumption and emis-
A cold engine consumes a disproportionate
amount of fuel. The engine reaches its work-
ing temperature after about four kilometres (2.5
miles), when fuel consumption will return to a
normal level.

Check tyre pressure

Always make sure the tyres are inflated to the
correct pressures 


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 to save fuel. If

the pressure is below half bar, fuel consumption
may increase by 5%. Due to the greater rolling
resistance, under-inflation also increases tyre
wear and impairs handling.
Do not use winter tyres all year round as they
increase fuel consumption by up to 10%.

Avoid carrying unnecessary loads

Given that every kilo of extra 


 will in-

crease the fuel consumption, it is advisable
make sure that no unnecessary loads are being
Since the luggage rack increases the 


namic drag

 of the vehicle, you should remove

it when not needed. At speeds of 100-120 km/h
(62-75 mph), this will save 12% of fuel.



Save electrical energy

The engine drives the alternator, thereby gen-
erating electricity. This implies that any in-
crease in power consumption also increases
fuel consumption! For this reason, switch off any
unneeded electrical devices. Devices that use
a lot of electricity include the blower at a high
setting, the rear window heating or the seat

Plug-in hybrid drive:

 brake early and evenly to

take advantage of energy recovery.


 If you have the Start-Stop system, it is rec-

ommended that it should not be disconnec-

It is recommended that you close the win-

dows when driving at more than 60 km/h
(37 mph).

Do not drive with your foot resting on the

clutch pedal, as the pressure can make the
plate slip. This causes wear and can damage
the clutch plate.

Do not ride the clutch on a hill, use the

brake. The fuel consumption will be lower
and you will prevent the clutch plate from
being damaged.

Use the engine brake on downhills by

changing to the gear that is best suited for
the gradient. Fuel consumption will be “zero”
and the brakes will not suffer.

Driving with a loaded vehicle

In order to achieve appropriate driving charac-
teristics when the vehicle is loaded, please note
the following:

Place all luggage securely 


page 288


Accelerate with particular care and precau-


Avoid sudden braking and manoeuvres.

Brake earlier than usual.

If applicable, please note the information

about the roof rack 


page 297



Loads that move around could seriously
threaten the vehicle's stability and safety,
extend the braking distance during hard or
emergency braking and lead to serious acci-
dents and injuries.

Secure the load correctly to prevent it from

moving around.

Secure heavy objects with suitable lashing

straps or tie-down belts.

Ensure that the rear seat backrests are se-

curely engaged.

Driving with the rear lid open

Driving with the rear lid open is particularly
dangerous. Secure all objects and the open
rear lid correctly and take any necessary
Driving with the rear lid open increases the aer-
odynamic drag of the vehicle, along with fuel
consumption. It is therefore recommended that
you do not drive with the rear lid open.


Driving with the rear lid unlocked or open can
cause serious injury.

Always drive with the rear lid closed.

Place all objects securely inside the lug-

gage compartment. Otherwise, loose ob-
jects could fall out of the luggage compart-
ment and injure road users driving behind.

Always drive carefully and with special

care and anticipation.

Avoid braking and sudden manoeuvres, as

the open rear lid could move uncontrollably.

When transporting objects that protrude

from the luggage compartment, mark them
accordingly to warn other road users. Please
bear in mind all legal provisions.

Never use the rear lid to support or secure

objects protruding from the luggage com-



Driving indications

If a luggage rack is fitted on the rear lid, re-

move it and the load when you have to drive
with the rear lid open.


An open rear lid changes the height and, in
some cases, the length of the vehicle.


Depending on the country, it may be forbid-
den to drive with the rear lid open. Please
observe the legal regulations of the country
in question.

Driving on flooded roads

To prevent damage to the vehicle driving on
flooded roads, take the following into account:

Water should 


 come above the lower

edge of the bodywork.

Drive at pedestrian speed.

Never stop the vehicle in the water, drive in

reverse or stop the engine.

Vehicles driving in the opposite direction form

waves that can raise the water level so high
that your vehicle will not be able to cross the
water safely.


After driving through flooded zones, braking
effectiveness can decrease if the brake discs
or pads are damp 


page 175



Driving through flooded areas may se-

verely damage vehicle components such as
the engine, drive train or electrical system.

Avoid driving through salt water (corrosion) 


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Whenever driving through water, the

Start-Stop system must be switched off 


page 161


Running in

Please observe the instructions for running-in
new components.

Running-in the engine

A new engine must be driven through a
run-in period during its first 1500 kilometres
(1000 miles). During its first few hours of run-
ning, the internal friction in the engine is greater
than later on when all the moving parts have
bedded down.
How the vehicle is driven for the first 1500 km
(1000 miles) influences the future engine per-
formance. Throughout the life of the vehicle,
it should be driven at a moderate speed (es-

pecially when the engine is cold) this will re-
duce engine wear and increase its useful life.
Never drive at extremely low engine speeds.
Always engage a lower gear when the engine
works “irregularly”. 

For the first 1000 km or

600 miles, please note:

 Do not use full throttle.

Do not force the engine above two thirds of its

maximum speed.

Do not tow a trailer.

Between 1000 and 1500 kilometres (600 to
1000 miles)


 increase power until

reaching the maximum speed and high engine

Running in new tyres and brake pads

 Replacement of wheel rims and new tyres 


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Information about brakes 


page 175


For the sake of the environment

If the engine is run in gently, the life of the
engine will be increased and the engine oil
consumption reduced.

Four-wheel drive (4Drive)

On four-wheel drive models, the engine power
is distributed to all four wheels



General notes

On four-wheel drive vehicles, the engine power
is distributed to all four wheels. The distribution
of power is controlled automatically according
to your driving style and the road conditions.
See also 


page 177


The four-wheel drive is specially designed to
complement the superior engine power. This
combination gives the vehicle exceptional han-
dling and performance capabilities, both on
normal roads and in more difficult conditions,
such as snow and ice. Even so (or perhaps es-
pecially for this reason), it is important to ob-
serve certain safety points 



Winter tyres

Thanks to four-wheel drive, your vehicle will
have plenty of traction in winter conditions,
even with the standard tyres. Nevertheless, we
still recommend that winter tyres or all-season
tyres be fitted on all four wheels to give even
better braking response.

Snow chains

On roads where snow chains are mandatory,
this also applies to cars with four-wheel drive 


page 355


Changing tyres

On vehicles with four-wheel drive, all four tyres
must have the same rolling circumference. Also
avoid using tyres with varying tread depths 


page 351



Your SEAT vehicle is not an off-roader: in fact,
the ground clearance is not enough to be used
as such. Avoid consequently rough tracks and
uneven terrain.


Even with four-wheel drive, you should al-

ways adjust your speed to suit the condi-
tions. Do not let the extra safety features
tempt you into taking any risks when driving.
Accident hazard!

The braking capability of your vehicle is

limited by the tyres' grip. It is therefore no dif-
ferent from a car without four-wheel drive. So
do not be tempted to drive too fast on firm or
slippery roads just because the vehicle still
has good acceleration in these conditions.
Accident hazard!

On wet roads bear in mind that the front

wheels may start to “aquaplane” and lose
contact with the road if the car is driven too
fast. If this should happen, there will be no
sudden increase in engine speed to warn the
driver, as occurs with a front-wheel drive car.

For this reason you should always choose
a driving speed suitable for the road condi-
tions. Accident hazard!

Trips abroad

The vehicle has been manufactured for a spe-
cific country and meets the approval regula-
tions in force in that country at the time it was
If you are going to use the vehicle abroad tem-
porarily or for a short period of time, please
observe the relevant instructions.
Some countries have special safety regulations
and provisions that the vehicle may not com-
ply with. Before travelling abroad, SEAT recom-
mends that you seek information from one of
your dealers about the legal provisions in force
in your destination country.
If you are going to sell the vehicle in another
country or use it there for a longer period of
time, please observe the legal regulations in
force in the country in question.
In some cases it may be necessary to install or
remove certain equipment at a later date, and
to deactivate certain functions. Sets and types
of services may also be affected. In particular,
this can occur if the vehicle is to be used in an-
other climatic region for a long period of time.
Due to the different frequency bands around
the world, the factory-fitted infotainment sys-
tem may not work in another country.



Starting and stopping the engine

With petrol vehicles, it should be ensured that
lead-free petrol is available throughout the
journey. Seek information about service station
networks selling unleaded fuel.

SEAT importers and distributors will provide in-
formation about the technical preparation that
your vehicle requires and also about necessary
maintenance and repair possibilities.


SEAT does not accept liability for any dam-
age to the vehicle due to the use of a lower
quality fuel, an inadequate service or the
non-availability of genuine spare parts.

Starting and stopping the

Switching the ignition on/off

Fig. 118 

In the lower part of the centre console:

start button.

The engine can be started with a start button
(Press & Drive). To do so, there must be a valid
key inside the vehicle in the area of the front or
rear seats, or on the centre console.
In vehicles with the Keyless Access system, the
engine can also be started with the key in the
luggage compartment.
Opening the driver's door 

when exiting the ve-


 activates the electronic lock on the steer-

ing column if the ignition is disabled.

Switching the ignition on/off

If you only want to switch on the ignition (with-
out starting the engine), briefly press the start
button once 

without pressing

 the brake pedal

or the clutch pedal 


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The starter button text 


like a heartbeat when the system is preset for
switching the ignition on and off.

Automatic ignition disconnection

If the driver leaves the vehicle, taking the key
with them but leaving the ignition on, the igni-
tion does not switch off automatically. The igni-
tion is switched off by pressing the lock button
on the remote control   or by pressing the sen-
sor surface on the door lever. 


page 85

Automatic deactivation of the ignition on ve-
hicles with the Start-Stop system

The ignition is switched off automatically when
the vehicle is stopped and the automatic en-
gine shutdown is active, if:

 The driver's seat belt is not fastened,

the driver does not step on any pedal,

the driver door is opened.

After automatically turning off the ignition, if the
dipped beam   is on, the side light remains
on for approx. 30 minutes (if the battery has
enough charge). If the driver locks the vehicle
or manually turns off the light, the side light
goes out.



Switching off the ignition when leaving the
vehicle, with hybrid drive

When the ignition is not switched off in E-MODE
operating mode, a certain amount of time af-
ter the journey is complete it switches off auto-
matically to prevent draining the 12-volt vehicle

Engine restart feature

If no key is detected inside the vehicle after the
engine stops, you will only have 5 seconds to
restart it. A warning will display on the dash
panel screen.
After this interval, it will not be possible to start
the engine without a valid key inside the vehicle.

Function “My Beat”

For vehicles with a convenience key there is the
“My Beat” function. This feature provides an ad-
ditional indication of the vehicle ignition system.
When entering the vehicle, the start button 


Fig. 118

 flashes to draw attention to it.

When the ignition is on/off, the engine start but-
ton flashes.
With the ignition is switched off, the start button
goes off after a few seconds.
With the engine running, the start button light
stays on, indicating that the engine is running.
The time elapsed between the moment the
user starts the engine with the start button and
the lighting changes from flashing to fixed will

depend on specific engine size characteristics.
When the start button is used to stop the en-
gine, the button starts flashing again.
In vehicles 

with the Start-Stop system

, the

“My Beat” function also offers additional infor-

 When the engine stops during the Stop

phase, the light of the start button stays on,
as the Start-Stop system remains active even
though the engine is off.

When the engine cannot be started again

with the Start-Stop system 


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needs to be started manually, the start button
flashes to indicate this situation.


When switching on the ignition, do not press
the brake or clutch pedal, otherwise the en-
gine could start immediately.


If vehicle keys are used negligently or with-
out due care, this may cause accidents and
serious injury.

 Never leave any key inside the vehicle

when you leave it. Otherwise, a child or un-
authorised person could lock the vehicle,
start the engine or connect the ignition and
operate any of the electrical equipment.


 Before leaving the vehicle, always discon-

nect the ignition and, if appropriate, take into
account the instructions on the screen of the
dash panel.

 If the vehicle is stationary for a long time

with the engine off and the ignition on, the
vehicle battery might be discharged and it
might not be possible to start the engine.

In vehicles with diesel engines, wait until

the warning light   goes off before starting
the engine.

If during the STOP phase you press the

 button, the ignition is switched

off and the push-button flashes.

If the following indication appears on the

instrument cluster display: 


system deactivated: Start the en-
gine manually”

; the button 

will flash.

Starting the engine

Vehicles with manual transmission:

 put the

gear lever in neutral, press the clutch pedal and
keep it pressed in this position until the engine

Vehicles with automatic transmission:

 put the

selector lever in 




, press the brake pedal

and keep it pressed in this position until the en-
gine starts.



Starting and stopping the engine

 Press the start button without pressing the

accelerator. There must be a valid key in the
vehicle for the engine to start. After starting the
engine, the lighting of the 


remains fixed indicating that the engine is run-

 Once the engine starts, release the start but-


If the engine does not start, stop and wait

for around 1 minute to try again. If necessary,
perform an emergency start 


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Diesel engines can take a few seconds longer
than usual to start on cold days. During pre-
heating, the warning lamp   remains lit. To
avoid unnecessary discharging of the battery,
do not use any other major electrical equip-
ment while the glow plugs are pre-heating.
The preheating time depends on the coolant
and exterior temperatures. With the engine at
operating temperature, or at outside tempera-
tures above +8°C, the warning lamp   will light
up for about one second. This means that you
can start the engine almost immediately.

Starting a diesel engine after having run out
of fuel

If the fuel tank of a diesel vehicle was run until
completely empty, after refuelling it can last
longer than normal to start the engine, even
up to a minute. This is because the fuel system
must eliminate air first.


Do not keep the engine running in confined
spaces, as there is a risk of poisoning.

 The exhaust gases contain carbon monox-

ide, an odourless and colourless poisonous
gas that can cause loss of consciousness
and death.


Do not get out of the vehicle with the en-
gine running, especially if a gear is engaged.
The vehicle could then suddenly move or
something strange could happen that would
cause damage, fire or serious injury.


Never use cold start sprays, they could ex-
plode or cause the engine to run at high revs.
Doing this risks injury.


 The starter motor or the engine may be

damaged if you try to restart the engine im-
mediately after switching it off.

When the engine is cold, you should avoid

high engine speeds, driving at full throttle
and over-loading the engine, as this could
cause engine damage.

For the sake of the environment

Do not warm-up the engine by running the
engine with the vehicle stationary. Start off
immediately, driving gently. This helps the
engine reach operating temperature faster
and reduces emissions.


Electrical components with a high power
consumption are switched off temporarily
when the engine starts.

 When starting with a cold engine, noise

levels may briefly increase. This is quite nor-
mal, and no cause for concern.

 When the outside temperature is below

+5 °C (+41 °F), if the engine is diesel, some
smoke may appear under the vehicle when
the fuel-operated auxiliary heater is on.

Turning off the engine

Bring the vehicle to a full stop 



Vehicles with manual transmission:

 fully de-

press the clutch.

Vehicles with automatic transmission:


the selector lever to the 



Apply the electronic parking brake.

Briefly press the start button.



Emergency disconnection

If the engine does not switch off after briefly
pressing the starter button, an emergency dis-
connect will be required:

Press the start button twice within 3 seconds

or press it once for more than 1 second .

Car wash function (hybrid vehicles)

When the ignition is turned off with gear 



tivated, the vehicle can roll for the next 30 mi-
nutes. After that time, if the vehicle is stopped
the parking lock 


 activates automatically. The

corresponding warning message is displayed
on the instrument cluster display one minute
before this happens.


Never switch off the engine while the vehicle
is moving. This could cause loss of control of
the vehicle, accidents and serious injury.

 The airbags and belt tensioners do not

work when the ignition is switched off.

The brake servo does not work with the

engine off. Therefore, you need to press the
break pedal harder to brake the vehicle.

Power steering does not work when the en-

gine is not running. You need more strength
to steer when the engine is switched off.

If the ignition is switched off, the steering

column could be locked, making it impossi-
ble to control the vehicle.


Always take the key with you when you leave
the vehicle. This is particularly important if
there are children in the vehicle, as they
might otherwise be able to start the engine
or use power-operated equipment (e.g. the
electric windows), which could cause inju-


 If the vehicle is stopped and the Start-Stop

system switches off the engine, the ignition
remains switched on. Make sure that the ig-
nition is switched off before leaving the vehi-
cle, otherwise the battery could discharge.

If the engine has been driven at high speed

for a prolonged period of time, it may over-
heat when switched off. To avoid damage,
allow the engine to run for approximately two
minutes in neutral before switching it off.


After the engine is switched off the radiator
fan may run on for up to 10 minutes, even
if the ignition is switched off. It is also pos-
sible that the fan turns itself on once more
if the coolant temperature increases due to
the heat accumulated in the engine com-
partment or due to its prolonged exposure to
solar radiation.

Electronic immobilizer

The electronic immobiliser helps to prevent the
engine from being started with an unauthorised
key and, consequently, the vehicle being put in
The vehicle key has an integrated chip which
automatically deactivates the electronic immo-
biliser if there is a valid key inside the passenger
The electronic immobiliser is automatically ac-
tivated when there is no longer a valid key in-
side the vehicle.
For this reason, the engine can only be started
with a properly coded Original SEAT key. This
type of keys can be purchased from a SEAT


A perfect operation of the vehicle is ensured
if genuine SEAT keys are used.



Driving with electric drive

Emergency starting function

Fig. 119 

On the right of the steering column:

emergency start.

If no valid key is detected inside the vehicle,
an emergency start-up will be required. The rel-
evant message will appear in the dash panel
display. This may happen when, for example,
the vehicle key battery is very low.

Immediately after pushing the starter button,

keep the key next to the right trim of the steer-
ing column 


Fig. 119

, as close as possible to




 The ignition connects and the engine starts


Indications for the driver on the in-
strument cluster screen

Depress the clutch

This indication is displayed on vehicles with

a manual gearbox when the driver does not
depress the clutch pedal when starting the en-
gine. The engine can only be started if the
clutch pedal is depressed.

Press the brake

 This message appears on vehicles with an

automatic gearbox if the driver tries to start the
engine without having the brake pedal pressed.

Select N or P

 This message appears if you try to start or

stop the engine when the selector lever of the
automatic gearbox is not in position 





The engine can only be started and stopped
in those positions.

Engage position P; the vehicle can
move; doors can only be locked in
position P.

For safety reasons, this driver message ap-

pears and an audible warning sounds if the se-
lector lever of the automatic gearbox is not in


 after you switch off the ignition. Move

the selector lever to the 


 position, otherwise

the vehicle could move.

Gear change: Selector lever in the
drive position!

This driver message is displayed when the

selector lever is not in the position 


 when the

driver door is opened. Additionally, a buzzing
sound is emitted. Put the selector lever in posi-


, otherwise the vehicle could roll away.

Ignition is switched on

 This driver message is displayed and a buz-

zer is sounded when the driver door is opened
with the ignition switched on.

Driving with electric drive

Switching on the hybrid drive system

 Valid for: hybrid vehicles

Switching on the hybrid drive activates the ve-
hicle's propulsion system. When the vehicle’s
drive system is switched on, the electric drive
is activated. The combustion engine starts au-
tomatically when the charge level of the high-
voltage battery is not sufficient to run with the
electric drive, or if high drive power is required.

Requirements for switching on the drive sys-

The drive system can be switched on when the
following conditions are met:



The high voltage battery has a sufficient

charge level.

There is no charging cable plugged in.

 The temperature of the high-voltage battery

is within the operating range.

There is a valid remote control key in the vehi-


Switching on the drive system

Press the ignition and start button once. The

ignition must be switched on.

Press the brake pedal and keep it pressed.

Set the gear selector switch to position 



activate the parking lock 



 Press the ignition and start button until in-

dicator lamp 

 lights up on the instrument

cluster. Do not press the accelerator. Release
the ignition and start button when the indicator

 lights up on the instrument cluster.

The mark on the power display changes from




If the indicator lamp 

 does not light up,

cancel and repeat the operation.

If the vehicle has been locked with the remote

control key, the ignition and start button is de-
activated. If you are inside the vehicle and have
to start the engine, first unlock the vehicle or
perform an emergency start 


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A click is heard when the drive system is
turned on. This is completely normal and
does not mean there is a problem.

Detecting the drive system

With the electric drive, the motor makes no
noticeable noise when the drive system is
switched on or while driving. Therefore, you
cannot defect that the vehicle's drive system
is on by engine noise. Instead, the following
characteristics show that the vehicle is ready
to drive:

The indication 




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 is displayed on

the power gauge of the instrument cluster.

The display light on the instrument cluster is

on, regardless of whether the vehicle’s exterior
lighting is on.

The indicator lamp 

 is on in the instrument

cluster display.

An audio signal is heard.

Switching on the drive system in very low
outside temperatures

If the outside temperature is very low (approxi-
mately -27°C (-16°F) or lower), the high-voltage
battery may freeze and stop working. In this
case it's not possible to switch on the drive sys-

As soon as the temperature of the high-voltage
has increase enough, the drive system can be
switched on again.
To ensure that the drive system can be
switched on, even in very low outside tempera-
tures, SEAT recommends parking the vehicle in
a place protected from the cold.

Behaviour when moving off or stopping

The combustion engine only runs if necessary.
When the vehicle is stationary, the combustion
engine is normally switched off and the vehi-
cle’s electrical systems are powered by the
high-voltage battery. The rev counter on the
instrument cluster remains at 




page 21


The combustion engine switches off in certain
driving conditions. This is normal and aims to
save fuel. In general, the power steering and
brake assist systems remain on. In isolated ca-
ses the system may require the combustion en-
gine to carry on running even when the vehicle
is stationary.
In traffic jams the combustion engine may start
up while the vehicle is stationary to recharge
the high voltage battery for subsequent 








Operating mode selection

Vehicle sound

 Valid for: hybrid vehicles

The electric drive makes much less noise than
a combustion engine. In the versions for some
countries, artificial vehicle sound is generated
to allow the vehicle to be heard better from
the outside. At higher speeds, when the noise
produced by the tyres and the wind increases,
the vehicle's sound automatically fades out.


During electric driving, the auditory percep-
tion of the vehicle by other road users may
be much lower. This is especially true in traf-
fic-restricted areas and when manoeuvring
or reversing. Accident hazard!


 Valid for: hybrid vehicles

 Drive: Fault! Stop the vehicle safely

The warning lamp lights up red.
There is a fault in the vehicle’s drive system.
The vehicle's drive system is no longer availa-
ble. Park the vehicle in a safe place as soon as
possible. Seek professional assistance.

 Error: Hybrid system. Visit the work-


The warning lamp lights up yellow.
There is a fault in the vehicle’s drive system.
Drive slowly to a specialised workshop to have
the fault repaired.

 Power limited

The warning lamp lights up yellow.
Performance limited. The high-voltage battery
may not be sufficiently charged or may have
reached its operating temperature limit, for ex-
ample in very cold outside temperatures.

 Vehicle sound: Fault! Pedestrians can-

not hear the vehicle. Visit a workshop

The warning lamp lights up yellow.
There is a vehicle sound fault. Drive with utmost
care, as other road users may not be able to
hear the electric vehicle. Go immediately to a
specialised workshop to have the fault repaired.

Operating mode selection

Operating mode selection

 Valid for: hybrid vehicles

Fig. 120 

Centre console: E-MODE button.

The vehicle has different operating modes so
that it can always be optimally adjusted to ev-
ery situation while driving. Once the drive sys-
tem has been turned on, and provided that all
of the operating conditions required for this pur-
pose have been met, the 



mode is always activated in the first instance
for electric driving.

Operating mode selection

 Switch on the drive system.

Press the 


 button on the centre con-



Fig. 120





The displayed symbol varies depending on the active operating mode and the charge level of the high-voltage battery.


E-MODE   (driving in electric mode)


In the E-MODE electric driving mode, the vehi-
cle basically drives in electric only mode. To
the extent possible, the vehicle's combustion
engine is not used.
All of the following conditions must be met for
E-MODE to be activated:

 The high voltage battery has a sufficient

charge level.

The vehicle speed is lower than 130 km/h (80


The high voltage battery temperature is

above -10°C.
If, while driving in E-MODE mode, the necessary
conditions are no longer met, the combustion
engine starts and electric driving is suspended.
In this case, the indicator   lights up on the
instrument cluster display.
The combustion engine starts when a kick-
down occurs in E-MODE. However, E-MODE re-
mains activated.

Hybrid   (use the battery's charge)


This is the operating mode that allows you to
save most fuel.
The operating mode control unit tries to make
the most of the battery charge. For this pur-
pose, with active directions the navigation data
are also accessed.

In this operating mode, the electric motor and
the combustion engine share the work of driv-
ing the vehicle.
In hybrid operating mode, the power from
the battery charge is used optimally. If route
guidance is activated, the vehicle may autono-
mously recharge the high-voltage battery using
the combustion engine.

Manual control of the battery charge

Manual control of the battery charge is only
possible in 


 operating mode. The option

selected by the user is only valid until the igni-
tion is switched off or the vehicle is switched to
Hybrid mode or E-MODE.
Press the function button   and use the sym-
bols  , 


 and   to control the battery charge:

Pressing this symbol selects a higher the-
oretical charge level. The vehicle tries to
reach that new theoretical high-voltage
battery charge level while driving. The vehi-
cle is powered by the combustion engine. If
the combustion engine has “excess” power,
it is used to charge the high-voltage bat-
This option increases fuel consumption.
SEAT therefore recommends using the
charging socket to charge the high-voltage
battery, whenever possibl


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The high-voltage battery charge level is
kept at around the current level while driv-
ing. If you accelerate harder or increase
the vehicle speed, the combustion engine
starts up. When permitted by the driver’s
demand for acceleration and the vehicle
speed, the vehicle switches back to electric
Pressing this symbol selects a lower theo-
retical charge level. The vehicle only uses
the battery's charge when it is above the
selected theoretical charge level. The rest
is kept until the end of the journey.

Show the active operating mode

The operating mode active at any given time is
displayed on the instrument cluster display, e.g.



Switching to a different operating mode
while driving can distract you from traffic
conditions and cause accidents.


Information about the operating mode that
is currently active is displayed on the instru-
ment cluster display, along with the charge
level of the high-voltage battery.



Start-Stop system


Only in vehicles with Keyless Access.


 Valid for: hybrid vehicles

 E-MODE operating mode is not availa-


The indicator lamp lights up in white.
The E-MODE operating mode   (driving in
electric mode) cannot be used temporarily be-
cause one or more conditions are not met.

The conditions must be met to use the E-

MODE operating mode.

Start-Stop system

Description and operation

Not valid for PHEV hybrid vehicles

The Start-Stop system helps you to save fuel
and reduce CO



In Start-Stop mode, the engine will automati-
cally switch off when the vehicle stops or is
stopping. The ignition remains switched on. The
engine automatically switches back on when
In this scenario, the light of the 
button remains lit.


When the ignition is switched on, the Start-Stop
function is automatically activated.

Control lamps

The Start-Stop system is available, the
automatic engine shutdown is active.
The Start-Stop system is not available or
has been disconnected.

Stopping and starting the engine

Vehicles with a manual gearbox:

 When the vehicle is stopped, put it into neu-

tral and release the clutch pedal. The engine
will stop. The warning lamp   will light up on
the display. The engine may be stopped before
the vehicle comes to a standstill (approximately
7 km/h).

When you depress the clutch pedal, the en-

gine will start again. The indicator lamp goes

Vehicles with an automatic gearbox:

 Brake until the vehicle has come to a stand-

still, and keep your foot on the brake pedal or
activate the Auto Hold system so that the vehi-
cle remains braked. The engine will stop. The
warning lamp   will appear on the display.
The engine may stop before the car stops com-
pletely (approximately 7 or 2 km/h depending
on the vehicle's gearbox).

When you take your foot off the brake pedal

the engine will start up again. The indicator
lamp goes out. With the Auto Hold system, the

engine will not start if you remove your foot
from the brake pedal. The car starts when you
press the accelerator pedal.

Basic requirements for the start/stop mode

 The driver door must be closed.

The driver's seat belt must be fastened.

The bonnet must be closed.

The engine has reached operating tempera-


The reverse gear must not be engaged.

The vehicle must not be on a very steep


The engine does not turn off for various rea-

Before stopping the vehicle, the system verifies
whether certain conditions are met. The engine

does not

 switch off, in the following situations

for example:

The engine has not yet reached the required

temperature for the Start-Stop mode.

The temperature selected on the climate

control has not been reached.

The interior temperature is very high/low.

De-icing function button   activated.

Park assist is switched on.

The battery is very low.



The steering wheel is overly turned or is being


If there is a danger of misting.

After engaging reverse gear.

In case of a very steep gradient.

 is displayed on the instrument cluster

screen; it is also displayed in the driver informa-
tion system, 


The engine starts by itself

When stopped, the normal system mode may
be interrupted in the following situations. The
engine restarts without the driver's intervention.

 The interior temperature differs from the tem-

perature selected on the climate control.

Defrost function button activated  .

The brake is pressed several times in a row.

The battery is not charged enough.

High electricity consumption.

Additional information related to the auto-
matic gearbox

The engine stops when the selector lever is in 






, as well as in Tiptronic mode. With the

selector lever in 


, the engine will also remain

switched off when you take your foot off the
brake pedal.
In order to start the engine up again the ac-
celerator must be pressed, or another gear en-
gaged or the brake released.

If the selector lever is placed in 


 while stopped,

the engine will start up again.
Change from 




 to prevent the engine from

accidentally starting when passing through 



Additional information about vehicles with
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

In vehicles with ACC function, the engine will
start up again in certain operating conditions if
the radar sensor detects that the vehicle ahead
drives off again.


 Never switch the engine off until the vehi-

cle is stationary. The operation of the brake
and steering will not be fully guaranteed.
More force will be needed to turn the steer-
ing wheel or to brake. You could suffer an
accident and even serious injuries.

To avoid injury, make sure that the Start-

Stop system is switched off when working in
the engine compartment 


page 162



The Start-Stop system must always be
switched off when driving through flooded


page 151



In vehicles with an automatic gearbox,

you can control whether the engine should
switch off or not by reducing or increasing
the brake force applied. While the vehicle re-
mains stopped, the engine will not stop if the
brake pedal is slightly pressed, in traffic jams
with frequent stopping and starting for exam-
ple. As soon as strong pressure is applied to
the brake pedal, the engine will stop.

When stopped, the brake pedal must be

kept pressed to ensure that the vehicle does
not move.

If the engine “stalls” with a manual gear-

box, it can be directly started up again by
immediately pressing the clutch pedal.

If the lever is placed in position D, N or S

after engaging reverse gear, 10 km/h (6 mph)
in a forwards direction must be reached for
the system to be in a condition to stop the

Manually connecting and discon-
necting the Start-Stop system

Not valid for PHEV hybrid vehicles



Manual gearbox

Fig. 121 

Centre console: Start-Stop system


If you do not wish to use the system, you can
switch it off manually:

To manually switch on/off the Start-Stop sys-

tem, press the   button 


Fig. 121

The button symbol   remains lit up in yellow
when the system is switched off.


The system switches on every time the en-
gine is turned off voluntarily.


Not valid for PHEV hybrid vehicles

Indications for the driver on the instrument
cluster screen

Start-Stop system deactivated.
Start the engine manually

 This indication shows that the Start-Stop sys-



 restart the engine.

This happens for 2 reasons: if the driver's door
has been opened or if the driver has unbuckled
the seat belt.

Start-Stop system: Fault! Function
not available

 There is a fault in the Start-Stop system. Take

the vehicle to a workshop to have the fault re-

Manual gearbox

Changing gears

Fig. 122 

Diagram of a 6-speed manual


Gear positions are indicated on the gear lever 


Fig. 122


Depress the clutch and keep your foot as far

as it will go.

Move the gear lever to the desired position.

Release the clutch.

Engaging reverse gear

Only engage reverse gear when the vehicle is



 Depress the clutch and keep your foot as far

as it will go.

With the gear lever in neutral, push it down,

move it all the way to the left and then forwards
to select reverse gear 


Fig. 122




Release the clutch.

Changing to lower gears

When driving, you should always change down
through the gears progressively, i.e. to the gear
immediately below when engine RPM is not
tool high 


. Skipping one or several gears

when changing down through the gears at high
speed or high RPM can cause damage to the
clutch and gearbox, even if the clutch is de-




If the engine is running, the vehicle starts
moving as soon as a gear is engaged and the
clutch pedal is released. This also happens if
the electronic parking brake is switched on.

Never engage reverse gear while the vehi-

cle is in motion.


Changing down through the gears incor-
rectly by selecting a gear that is too low
can lead to loss of control of the vehicle and
cause accidents and serious injuries.


Engaging a gear that is too low when driving
at high speed or at high engine RPM can
cause considerable damage to the clutch
and gearbox. This can happen even if the
clutch pedal is kept depressed and the gear
is not engaged.


Consider the following to avoid damage and
premature wear:

Do not rest your hand on the gear lever

while driving. The pressure exerted by the
hand is transmitted to the gearbox forks.

Do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal;

even if the pressure seems insignificant, it
can cause premature wear of the clutch disc.
Use the footrest when not changing gears.

Make sure the vehicle is completely stop-

ped before engaging reverse gear.

When changing gears, always fully de-

press the clutch.

Do not “ride” the clutch with the engine

running when the vehicle is stopped on an
uphill slope.

DSG automatic transmis-


Your vehicle is equipped with an electronically
controlled manual gearbox. Torque between
the engine and the gearbox is transmitted via
two independent clutches. They replace the
torque converter found on conventional auto-
matic gearboxes and allow for smooth, uninter-
rupted acceleration of the vehicle.


 system allows the driver to

change gears 




page 166, 


ing gear in Tiptronic mode


Gear selector positions

Fig. 123 

Selector lever lock.



DSG automatic transmission

Fig. 124 

Selector lever lock (hybrid vehicles).

The selector lever position is shown when the
corresponding sign lights up. With the selector
lever in the manual gearbox positions 





, the engaged gear is also shown on the dis-


 - Parking lock

When the lever is put in this position, the drive
wheels are locked. The lever should only be put


 when the vehicle is stationary 



To put the lever in 


 or take it out of 


 , the

locking button must be pressed and held and
the brake pedal pressed simultaneously.

 – Reverse gear

Reverse gear must be engaged only when the
vehicle is stationary and the engine is idling 



To move the lever to position 


, the lock button

must be pressed and held while pressing the
brake pedal at the same time. The reverse lights
come on when the lever is in the 


 position with

the ignition on.

 – Neutral

In this position, the gear is in neutral.
Press the brake pedal to move the lever from




 when the vehicle is stationary or at

speeds below 3 km/h (2 mph) 



 – Permanent forward drive position

The lever in the 


 position enables the gears

to be operated in normal mode (


) or sport

mode (


). To select Sport mode 


, move the

lever backwards. Pushing the lever again will
select normal mode 


. The selected driving

mode is shown on the instrument panel display.

normal mode



), the gearbox selects the

best gear ratio. This depends on the engine
load, the road speed and the dynamic gear
control programme (DCP).

Sport mode



) should be selected for a sporty

driving style. This setting makes use of the en-
gine's maximum power output. When acceler-
ating the gear shifts will be noticeable.
Under certain circumstances (e.g. on mountain
roads) it can be advantageous to switch tip-
tronic mode 


page 166

, to adapt the gears

to suit the road conditions.

 Permanent forward drive position

(valid for hybrid vehicles)

The lever in the 


 position allows the gears to

be operated in coasting or recuperation mode.
Push the lever backwards to select mode B.
Pushing it again will return to mode D.


In mode D:

 if the accelerator is not pressed,

the car moves by its own inertia.

In mode B:

 the vehicle is slowed by the elec-

tric motor, taking advantage of the energy to
recharge the high-voltage battery.

Selector lever lock





, the lever lock prevents a gear range

from being engaged, and prevents the vehicle
from moving off accidentally.
To release the gear lever lock, press and hold
the brake pedal with the ignition on. At the
same time, press the lever lock in the direction
of the arro


Fig. 123


As a reminder to the driver, when the lever is in
positions P or N the following indication will be
shown on the screen:

When stationary, apply foot brake
while selecting a gear.

The lever is not locked if it is moved quickly
through position 


 (e.g. when shifting from 




). This makes it possible, for instance, to

“rock the vehicle backwards and forwards” if it
is stuck in snow or mud. The lever lock engages
automatically if the brake pedal is not pressed



and the lever is in position 


 for more than

about one second at a speed of less than 5
km/h (3 mph).


 Take care not to press the accelerator

pedal when the vehicle is stopped. The vehi-
cle could start moving immediately (in some
cases even if the parking brake is engaged)
resulting in the risk of an accident.

Never move the lever to R or P when driving.

Failure to follow this instruction could result
in an accident or failure.

With the lever in any position (except P),

the foot brake must be pushed down when-
ever the engine is running. This is because an
automatic gearbox still transmits power even
at idling speed.

 While you are selecting a gear and the ve-

hicle is stopped with the engine running, do
not accelerate. Failure to follow this instruc-
tion could result in an accident.

As a driver you should never leave your ve-

hicle if the engine is running and a gear is
engaged. Switch on the electronic parking
brake and select the parking lock (P).


If the lever is moved accidentally to N when

driving, release the accelerator and let the
engine speed drop to idling before selecting
gear range D or S again.

Should the power supply to the lever be in-

terrupted in position P, it will not be possible
to move the lever. If this should happen the
manual release can be used 


page 170



If the lever lock does not engage, there is a

fault. The transmission is interrupted to pre-
vent the vehicle from accidentally moving.
Follow the procedure below in order for the
lever lock to engage again:

With a 6-speed gearbox: press the brake

pedal and release it again.

With a 7-speed gearbox: press the brake

pedal. Move the lever to position P or N and
subsequently engage a gear.

 If a gear has been selected, the vehicle

does not move forwards or back. Proceed to
the next mode:

 When the vehicle does not move in

the required direction, the system may not
have the gear range correctly engaged.
Press the brake pedal and engage the gear
range again.

If the vehicle still does not move in the re-

quired direction, there is a system malfunc-
tion. Seek specialist assistance and have
the system checked.

Changing gear in Tiptronic mode

Fig. 125 

Steering wheel: automatic gearbox


Tiptronic gives the driver the option to change
gears manually.
When you change to the Tiptronic programme,
the vehicle remains in the currently selected
gear. This is possible as long as the system is
not changing gear automatically due to a traf-
fic situation.

Using Tiptronic with the selector lever

It is possible to change to Tiptronic mode, both
when the vehicle is stopped and while driving.



DSG automatic transmission

Starting from the 


 position, move the lever

to the right. The instrument panel will show
whether the lever is in manual or Tiptronic
mode (e.g. 



 Move the lever forwards 


 or backwards 

to change up or down a gear.

To exit Tiptronic mode, move the lever to the


Using Tiptronic with the steering wheel pad-

The gearshift paddles can be used when the
selector lever is in the 




 (Tiptronic) posi-


 Press the 


 gear shift paddle to change up

a gear 


Fig. 125


Press the 

 gear shift paddle to change

down a gear.

To exit the Tiptronic mode, pull the right-hand

lever towards the steering wheel for approxi-
mately 1 second or move the lever to the left.
If the paddles are not operated for some time
and the lever is not in the Tiptronic selection
position, it will automatically exit from Tiptronic


When accelerating, if a higher gear is

not selected, it will automatically change
shortly before reaching the maximum per-
mitted RPM.

Also, if a lower gear is selected, the system

will not change until it detects that the en-
gine will not reach its maximum RPM.

Driving with an automatic gearbox

The gearbox changes gear ratios automati-
cally as the vehicle moves.
The engine can only start with the selector
lever in position 




. At low temperatures

(below -10 °C), the engine can only start with
the selector lever in position 



Driving down hills

Under certain circumstances it may be advan-
tageous to use the Tiptronic mode to select the
gear manually according to driving conditions 




On level ground, just use the lever to engage


. On slopes you should first apply the

parking brake and then set the lever to 



makes it easier to remove the lever from posi-


 when starting.

If the driver door is opened and the lever is not
in position 


, the vehicle could move. The fol-

lowing warning is displayed on the instrument

 Gear change: selector lever

in the drive position!.

 Additionally, a

buzzer will sound.

Stopping on a downhill


 apply the brake pedal firmly to prevent

the vehicle from moving; if necessary, apply the
electronic parking brak



Do not

 accelerate while a range of gears is en-

gaged to prevent the car from rolling downhill 



Starting off uphill with the Auto Hold function

 Once you have engaged a gear, take your

foot off the brake pedal and gently press the

Starting off uphill without the Auto Hold

 Pull on the electronic parking brake button.

Once you have engaged a gear, gently press

the accelerator and pull on the electronic park-
ing brake button.




Vehicles without a driver information system:

 the warning lamp flashes slowly. 

Vehicles with a driver information system:

 the warning lamp remains on.


Observe the safety warnings 




selector positions

 on page 166


Never allow the brake to rub and do not use

the brake pedal too often or for long periods,
as the brakes can overheat. This reduces
the braking power, increases the braking dis-
tance or even causes a brake system fault.

If you have to stop on a hill, keep the vehi-

cle’s brakes applied with the brake pedal or
parking brake.


If you stop the vehicle on a gradient, do not

attempt to stop it from rolling by depressing
the accelerator when a gear has been selec-
ted. This could cause overheating and dam-
age the automatic gearbox.

If you allow the vehicle to roll with the lever

in position N and the engine off, the auto-
matic gearbox will be damaged by lack of

In certain driving situations or traffic condi-

tions, the gears could overheat and be dam-
aged! If the warning lamp   lights up, stop
the vehicle as soon as you can and wait for
the gearbox to cool 


page 170


If the gearbox operates with the backup

programme, take the vehicle to a specialised
workshop and have the fault repaired with-
out delay.


The kick-down device provides maximum ac-
celeration when the gear selector lever is in the



 or in Tiptronic mode.

When the accelerator pedal is pressed right
down, the automatic gearbox will shift down
to a lower gear, depending on road speed
and engine speed. This takes advantage of the
maximum acceleration of the vehicle 



The upshift to the next higher gear is delayed
until the engine reaches maximum rpm.


Please note that if the road surface is slip-
pery or wet, the kickdown feature could
cause the driving wheels to spin, which could
result in skidding.

Launch-control program

The Launch-control programme enables maxi-
mum acceleration from a standstill.


 the engine must have reached oper-

ating temperature and the steering wheel must
not be turned.
The engine speed for Launch-control is differ-
ent for petrol and diesel engines.
To use the Launch-control it is necessary to
disconnect the traction control (TCS) using the
infotainment system menu 


page 37

. The

warning lamp   will stay switched on or will
flash slowly depending on whether or not the
vehicle has a driver information system.
On vehicles with the driver information system,
the ESC lamp lights up permanently and the
corresponding text message 

Stability con-

trol deactivated

 (temporary) appears on

the instrument panel to indicate the deactiva-
tion status.

With the engine running, switch off traction

control (TCS) 


page 178



Press the brake pedal with your left foot and

hold it down for at least one second.

Turn the selector lever to the 


 or Tiptronic

position, or else select the 


 driving mode

from the Drive Profile.

With your right foot, press the accelerator

down to the full throttle or kick-down posi-
tion. The engine speed will stabilise at about


 rpm (petrol engine) or about 



(diesel engine).

Take your left foot off the brake pedal. The

vehicle starts with maximum acceleration.



DSG automatic transmission


 Always adapt your driving style to the

traffic conditions.

Only use the Launch control programme

when road and traffic conditions permit, and
make sure your manner of driving and accel-
erating the vehicle does not inconvenience
or endanger other road users.

Make sure that the ESC remains switched

on. Please note that when the TCS and ESC
are deactivated, the wheels may start to
spin, causing the vehicle to lose grip. Acci-
dent hazard!

After moving off, the ESC “sport” mode

should be deactivated by briefly pressing the



After using the Launch control programme,

the temperature in the gearbox may have in-
creased considerably. In this case, the pro-
gram may be out of service for a few minutes.
The program may be used again once the
cooling phase is complete.

Accelerating with the Launch control pro-

gramme places a heavy load on all parts of
the vehicle. This can result in increased wear
and tear.

Inertia mode

The inertia mode allows you to travel certain
distances without using the accelerator, which
saves fuel. Plan ahead and use the inertia
mode to let the vehicle roll.

Activation of the inertia mode

Condition: lever in position 


, slopes of

less than 12% and speeds between 20 and
130 km/h (12 and 80 mph).

 Gently take your foot off the accelerator.

The indication will be shown on the instrument
panel  , the engaged gear and current con-
sumption will disappear and the word 


will appear.
The gears will automatically disengage and the
vehicle will roll freely, without the effect of the
engine brake. While the vehicle rolls, the engine
runs at idling speed.

Stopping inertia mode

Press the brake or the accelerator pedal.

To take advantage of the engine's inertia mode,
simply remove your foot from the accelerator.
Applying both the 

inertia mode

 (= prolonged

section with less energy) and 

inertia discon-


 (= shorter section without the need for

fuel) facilitates improved fuel consumption and
emission balance.

If the vehicle has 

SEAT Drive Profile



page 173

, the inertia mode can be acti-

vated in 








 mode, it is activated whenever the op-

erating conditions are met, regardless of the
smoothness with which the foot is removed
from the accelerator.


If the inertia mode has been switched on,

take into account, when approaching an ob-
stacle, that the vehicle will not decelerate in
the usual manner: risk of accident!

 When using inertia mode while travelling

down hills, the vehicle can increase speed:
risk of accident!

If other users drive your vehicle, warn them

about inertia mode.


The driver message Inertia is only displayed
with the current consumption. In inertia mode
the gear will no longer be displayed (for ex-
ample D or E will appear instead of D7 or E7).


The operation of the inertia mode in combi-
nation with hybrid engines can cause the
combustion engine to switch off.




The inertia mode will be automatically dis-
connected on gradients steeper than 15%.


 The engine does not start

The indicator lamp lights up green.
The brake is not depressed, e.g. when trying to
change the gear selector lever.

 To select a gear range, press the brake


 Selector lever lock

The control lamp flashes green.
The selector lever locking button is not en-
gaged. The vehicle is prevented from moving
forwards. Engage the selector lever lock.

Indications on the instrument cluster display:


 Clutch overheated! Please stop!

The clutch has overheated and could be

damaged. Stop and wait for the gearbox to
cool with the engine at idling speed and the
selector lever in position 


. When the warning

lamp and the driver message switch off, have

the fault corrected by a specialised workshop
without delay. If they do not turn off, do not
continue driving. Seek specialist assistance.

Faults in the gearbox

 Gearbox: Fault! Stop the vehi-

cle and place the lever in the P

 There is a fault in the gearbox. Stop the vehi-

cle in a safe place and do not continue driving.
Seek specialist assistance.

 Gearbox: System fault! You may

continue driving

 Have the fault corrected by a specialised

workshop without delay.

 Gearbox: System fault! You can

continue driving with restrictions.
Reverse gear disabled

Take the vehicle to a specialised workshop

and have the fault repaired.

 Gearbox: System fault! You can

continue driving in D until switch-
ing off the engine

Park the vehicle in a safe place. Seek special-

ist assistance.

 Gearbox: too hot. Adapt your

driving accordingly

Continue driving at moderate speeds. When

the warning lamp switches off, you can con-
tinue driving in a normal manner.

 Gearbox: press the brake and

engage a gear again

If the warning was caused by the temperature

of the gearbox, this driver message will be dis-
played when the gearbox has cooled again.

Back-up programme

If all the gear positions are shown over a light
background on the instrument cluster, there is
a system fault and the automatic gearbox will
operate with the backup programme. It is still
possible to drive the vehicle, however, at low
speeds and within a selected range of gears.

Driving in reverse gear may not be possible


Manual release of the selector lever

Fig. 126 

Selector lever: manual release from

position P.

In the event of a power failure when starting
(e.g. discharged battery), the lever will remain
locked in position 


. To move it to position 









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