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> If the top is opened while it is wet, e.g. after
Opening and closing
driving in the rain, water may drip into the
Convertible top operation with Comfort Access,
cargo area. If necessary, remove items from
refer also to page 20.
the cargo area beforehand to avoid water
As of radio readiness, refer to page 47:
stains or soiling.
If possible, conserve the battery by only
At temperatures below +147/-106, do
operating the convertible top when the
not move the convertible top as this could
engine is running.
result in damage.
Before closing the convertible top, remove all
Do not keep the convertible top in the convert-
foreign objects from the windshield frame as
ible top box for longer than one day if it is wet;
these could prevent the hardtop from closing
otherwise, the moisture may cause damage.
properly.<
Do not place objects on the convertible top, as
otherwise they may fall off when you operate
the convertible top and cause damage or injury.
Never move the convertible top when the roll-
over protection system is in the activated posi-
tion.
Always fully complete a convertible top move-
ment. Driving with the convertible top incom-
pletely opened or closed can result in damage
or injury.
Do not reach into the mechanism during the
1
Push button: close convertible top
opening or closing procedure. Keep children
away from the opening/closing path of the con-
2
Push button: open convertible top
vertible top.
3
LEDs
For safety reasons, only move the convertible
The side windows move down when the
top when the vehicle is stationary, if possible.<
convertible top is opened.<
The convertible top swings upward when
opening and closing. When operating the
Operation while driving
convertible top in a garage, under a bridge, etc.,
You can open or close the convertible top while
ensure that there are at least 6 ft 7 in/2 m of
driving, as long as the car is not moving faster
headroom; otherwise, the vehicle may be dam-
than approx. 25 mph/40 km/h.
aged.<
If you accelerate to over 30 mph/50 km/h while
the convertible top is moving, the procedure is
Before opening and closing
interrupted.
> Comply with the safety precautions
When operating the convertible top while
described above.
driving, pay extra attention to the traffic to
> Ensure that the cargo area partition is
avoid an accident. If possible, do not move the
folded down and engaged on both sides,
convertible top while driving in reverse gear,
refer to page 91; otherwise, it will not be
because your view to the rear is severely limited
possible to open the convertible top.
during the procedure. Do not operate the con-
> Ensure that the cargo does not press
vertible top while driving in windy conditions.
against the cargo area partition from below.
Do not drive faster than 30 mph/50 km/h; other-
> Ensure that the trunk lid is closed.
wise, damage to the vehicle can occur.<
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LEDs
Before closing
> While the convertible top is being operated,
1.
Open the trunk lid.
the left LED lights up green. It goes out as
2.
Take the screwdriver out of the onboard
soon as the top is fully opened or closed.
vehicle tool kit, refer to page 124.
> If the right-hand LED flashes red when you
release the button, the opening or closing
action has not yet finished.
> If the right-hand LED lights up red when the
button is pressed, the cargo area partition is
raised, the trunk lid is not closed or there is a
malfunction. The convertible top cannot be
moved.
Interruption
3.
If the convertible top is locked, release the
The automatic sequence of movements is
two button in the cargo area, arrows 1,
interrupted if the button for the convertible top
using the screwdriver and pull forcefully all
operation is released. The sequence can be
the way out. The convertible top box cover
continued in the desired direction by pushing or
is unlocked.
pulling the buttons.
4.
Close the trunk lid. After manually releasing
If the opening or closing procedure is inter-
the convertible top box cover, it is no longer
rupted for an extended period, the convertible
possible to open the trunk lid.
top remains in the raised position for approx.
10 minutes and then slowly moves to a stable
Closing
position.
1.
Slide the protective cap, arrow 2, forward.
A convertible top that is not fully opened
or closed is a safety hazard.<
2.
Slowly and smoothly open the convertible
top box cover all the way, arrow 3.
If the convertible top is not fully opened or
closed, the trunk lid cannot be opened
and the windows cannot be moved.<
Convenient operation with remote
control or via door lock
Refer to pages 20 and 22.
Closing manually
Only close the convertible top manually if
it is absolutely necessary, and never open
3.
The locking pins must have engaged com-
it manually. The convertible top box cover can-
pletely. If they are still visible: close the con-
not be locked if there is an electrical defect and
vertible top box cover as far as necessary
would then open while the vehicle is in motion.
until the locking bolts engage audibly, then
Incorrect handling can result in damage.<
slowly open the cover. During this process,
Closing the convertible top manually should be
performed by two people. The rear seats must
not be occupied.
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do not close the convertible top box cover
Take the Allen wrench out of the onboard
completely.
literature pouch.
8. Attach the handle of the screwdriver to the
Allen wrench and insert the wrench into the
opening provided.
4.
Lift out the front part of the convertible top,
arrows 4, on both sides and swing it for-
ward. At the same time keep the convertible
top box cover from closing, e.g. using your
9. Turn the Allen wrench all the way to the left,
shoulder.
arrow 7, until the front convertible top frame
is locked to the windshield frame. The rear
convertible top frame is automatically
pressed down onto the convertible top box
cover and is sealed tight under tension.
The closing procedure must be fully com-
pleted; otherwise, injury or damage may
occur.<
Please contact your BMW center to have the
cause of the malfunction eliminated.
5.
Position the rear convertible top frame
upright, arrow 5, and close the convertible
Wind deflector*
top box cover, arrow 6. Then lower the rear
The wind deflector keeps air currents in the
convertible top frame.
passenger compartment at a low level when the
convertible top is down and provides for an
even more pleasant journey at higher speeds.
Installation
1. Remove the wind deflector from the protec-
tive cover and unfold it, arrows 1.
6. Together with another person, press down
the front convertible top frame from the out-
side and on both sides as far as possible.
7. Carefully remove the cover in the center of
the front convertible top frame using a
pointed object.
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2. Press together the top and bottom parts of
Folding
the wind deflector until the catch engages,
arrow 2.
3. Position both locking pins of one side at the
openings provided for them.
Slide the red release lever towards the middle of
the wind deflector and push the two halves
apart.
4. Press the wind deflector into the openings,
arrows 3, overcoming the tension in the
springs, and push the free locking pin in the
same direction, arrow 4.
5. Position the free locking pins at the corre-
sponding openings and let the spring ten-
sion lock the wind deflector in place, arrow
5.
6. Fold up the top section of the wind deflec-
tor, arrow 6.
With the wind deflector installed: do not
recline the front-seat backrests too far if
the seat is to be slid all the way back, as this
would damage the wind deflector.<
Removing the wind deflector
Proceed in the reverse order as used for instal-
lation.
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Adjustments
Sitting safely
Head restraint
A correctly adjusted head restraint reduces the
The ideal sitting position can make a vital con-
risk of neck injury in the event of an accident.
tribution to relaxed, fatigue-free driving. In con-
Adjust the head restraint in such a way
junction with the safety belts, the head
that its center is at approx. ear level. Oth-
restraints and the airbags, the seated position
erwise, there is an increased risk of injury in the
has a major influence on your safety in the event
event of an accident.<
of an accident. To ensure that the safety sys-
tems operate with optimal efficiency, we
Head restraints, refer to page 37.
strongly urge you to observe the instructions
contained in the following section.
Safety belt
For additional information on transporting chil-
Before every drive, make sure that all occupants
dren safely, refer to page 44.
wear their safety belts. Airbags complement the
safety belt as an additional safety device, but
Airbags
they do not represent a substitute.
Always maintain an adequate distance
Your vehicle has four seats, each of which is
between yourself and the airbags. Always
equipped with a safety belt.
grip the steering wheel on the rim, with your
Never allow more than one person to
hands in the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions,
wear a single safety belt. Never allow
to minimize the risk of injury to the hands or
infants or small children to ride in a passenger's
arms in the event of the airbag being triggered
lap. Make sure that the belt in the lap area sits
off.
low across the hips and does not press against
No one and nothing should come between the
the abdomen.
airbags and the seat occupant.
The safety belt must not rest against the throat,
Do not use the cover of the front airbag on the
run across sharp edges, pass over hard or frag-
front passenger side as a storage area. Make
ile objects or be pinched. Fasten the safety belt
sure that the front passenger is sitting correctly,
so that it sits as snugly as possible against the
i.e. not resting feet or legs on the dashboard;
lap and shoulder without being twisted. Other-
otherwise, leg injuries can occur if the front air-
wise, the belt could slide over your hips and
bag deploys.
injure your abdomen in the event of a frontal
Make sure that passengers keep their heads
collision. Avoid wearing bulky clothing and reg-
away from the side airbag and do not lean
ularly pull the belt in the upper-body area taut;
against the cover of the head airbag; otherwise,
otherwise, its restraining effect could be
serious injuries can result if the airbag
impaired.<
deploys.<
Safety belts, refer to page 41.
Even if you follow all the instructions, injuries
resulting from contact with airbags cannot be
fully excluded, depending on the circum-
Seats
stances. The ignition and inflation noise may
provoke a mild hearing loss in extremely sensi-
Note before adjusting
tive individuals. This effect is usually only tem-
Never attempt to adjust your seat while
porary.
the vehicle is moving. The seat could
For airbag locations and additional information
respond with unexpected movement, and the
on airbags, refer to page 71.
ensuing loss of vehicle control could lead to an
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accident.
Backrest
On the front passenger seat as well, do not
incline the backrest too far to the rear while the
vehicle is being driven; otherwise, there is a
danger in the event of an accident of sliding
under the safety belt, eliminating the protection
normally provided by the belt.<
Comply with the instructions on head restraint
height on page 37, and on damaged safety
belts on page 41.
Pull lever 3 and apply your weight to the back-
Manual adjustment
rest or lift it off, as necessary.
Observe the adjustment instructions
above to ensure the best possible per-
Tilt*
sonal protection.<
Pull the lever and apply your weight to the seat
Longitudinal direction
or lift it off, as necessary.
Pull lever 1 and slide the seat to the desired
Thigh support*
position.
After releasing the lever, move the seat gently
forward or back to make sure it engages prop-
erly.
Height
Pull lever 2 and apply your weight to the seat or
lift it off, as necessary.
Pull the lever and move the thigh support for-
ward or back.
Electrical adjustment*
Observe the adjustment instructions
above to ensure the best possible per-
sonal protection.<
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> Shift curvature up or down: press the switch
at the top or bottom, respectively.
Backrest width*
1
Longitudinal direction
2
Height
3
Angle
You can change the width of the backrest to suit
your individual preferences by adjusting the lat-
eral-support pads.
Press the front or rear end of the switch.
Backrest width decreases or increases accord-
ingly.
4
Backrest
The head restraints are adjusted manually, refer
to Head restraints on page 37.
Lumbar support*
To move the front seats forward or backward
from outside or from one of the rear seats: with
the door open, press the front end 1 or rear end
2 of the switch.
Head restraints
You can also adjust the contour of the backrest
Correctly adjusted head restraint
to obtain additional support in the lumbar
A correctly adjusted head restraint reduces the
region.
risk of neck injury in the event of an accident.
The upper hips and spinal column receive sup-
Adjust the head restraint in such a way
plementary support to help you maintain a
that its center is at approx. ear level. Oth-
relaxed, upright sitting position.
erwise, there is an increased risk of injury in the
event of an accident. Only remove a head
> Increase or decrease curvature: press the
restraint if no one will be sitting on the seat in
switch at the front or rear, respectively.
question. Reinstall the head restraint before
transporting anyone on that seat. Otherwise,
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the passenger will be without protection from
the head restraint.<
Height
Adjust the head restraint so that its center is
approximately at ear level.
Distance
Adjust the distance so that the head restraint is
as close as possible to the back of the head.
> To raise: pull up.
> To lower: press the button, arrow 1, and
Front seats
slide the head restraint down, arrow 2.
Height adjustment
Removing
> To raise: pull up.
1. Pull it up as far as it will go.
> To lower: press the button, arrow 1, and
2. Press the button, arrow 1, and pull the head
slide the head restraint down.
restraint all the way out.
Removing
Coupe: folding head restraint down and
1. Pull it up as far as it will go.
up*
2. Press the button, arrow 1, and pull the head
restraint all the way out.
Rear seats
Coupe: height adjustment
Depending on your vehicle's equipment, it may
contain foldable head restraints.
Folding down:
Press the button, arrow 1.
Folding up:
Pull the head restraint.
> To raise: pull up.
Only fold down the head restraints if there
> To lower: press the button, arrow 1, and
are no passengers in the rear. Fold up the
slide the head restraint down.
head restraints again before transporting pas-
sengers in the rear.<
Convertible: raising and lowering
Only lower the head restraints if there are
no passengers in the rear. Raise all low-
ered head restraints before transporting pas-
sengers in the rear.<
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Seat with manual longitudinal
1. Pull lever 1 and swing the backrest forward.
adjustment
2. Press the front end 2 of the switch until the
seat has moved into the desired position.
Previous position
Press the rear end 3 of the switch until the seat
automatically stops in its previous position, and
fold the backrest back. If you release the switch
before the previous seat position is reached,
the seat will stop at its current position.
When sliding the seat backward, make
sure no one is injured and no objects are
Easy entry
damaged.
The easy entry feature includes a memory func-
Before driving off, engage both seats and back-
tion for the longitudinal adjustment and back-
rests so that they are locked in place. Other-
rest angle.
wise, there is a risk of an accident due to unex-
1. Pull lever 1 and swing the backrest forward.
pected movement.<
2. Push the seat forward.
Previous position
Heated seats*
Push the seat backward and swing the backrest
back.
When pushing the seat into its rearmost
position, make sure that no one is injured
and that no objects are damaged.
Before driving off, engage both seats and back-
rests so that they are locked in place. Other-
wise, there is a risk an accident due to unex-
pected movement.<
Depending on the vehicle's equipment, press
Seat with electrical longitudinal
one of the buttons labeled 1 or 2 here.
adjustment
Press the button once per temperature level.
Three LEDs indicate the highest temperature.
To switch off:
Press button longer.
If you continue driving within approx.
15 minutes, the seat heating is automatically
activated at the previously set temperature.
The temperature is lowered or the heating is
switched off entirely to save on battery power.
The LEDs stay lit.
Easy entry
The easy entry feature includes a memory func-
tion for the longitudinal adjustment and back-
rest angle.
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Seat and mirror memory*
Safety feature
1. Close the driver's door and switch the igni-
You can store and call up two different combi-
tion on or off, refer to page 47.
nations of driver's-seat and exterior-mirror
2. Press the desired memory button 1 or 2
positions.
and keep it pressed until the adjustment
Settings for the backrest width and lumbar sup-
process has been completed.
port are not stored in memory.
If the
button was pressed accidentally:
Press the button again; the LED goes out.
Storing
Call-up with the remote control
The driver's seat position last set is stored for
the remote control currently in use.
You can select whether or not the seat is reset
to that position automatically.
When this Personal Profile function is
used, first make sure that the footwell
behind the driver's seat is free of obstacles.
Failure to do so could cause injury to persons or
1. Switch on radio readiness or the ignition,
damage to objects as a result of a rearward
refer to page 47.
movement of the seat.<
2. Adjust the seat and exterior mirrors to the
The adjusting procedure is halted when you
desired positions.
touch a seat adjustment switch or one of the
3. Press the
button.
memory buttons.
The LED in the button lights up.
4. Press the desired memory button 1 or 2: the
Activating/deactivating automatic call-
LED goes out.
up
1. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
Call-up
lever up or down repeatedly until the sym-
Do not call up the memory while you are
bol appears in the display accompanied by
driving; otherwise, unexpected seat
the word "SET".
movement could result in an accident.<
Comfort function
1. Unlock and open the driver's door or switch
on radio readiness, refer to page 47.
2. Lightly push the desired memory button 1
or 2.
The adjusting procedure is halted when you
touch a seat adjustment switch or one of
the memory buttons.
2. Press button 2.
3. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever down repeatedly until the symbol
appears in the display.
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The upper belt anchor is suitable for adults of
any stature as long as the seat is adjusted prop-
erly, refer to page 35.
Opening
1. Grasp the belt firmly.
2. Press the red button in the buckle.
3. Guide the belt into its reel.
4.
Press button 2.
"Fasten safety belts" reminder for front
5.
Use button 1 to select:
seats
The indicator lamps light up and an
>
acoustic signal sounds. Check
Call-up when the vehicle is unlocked.
whether the safety belt has been fas-
>
tened correctly.
Call-up when the driver's door is
The "Fasten safety belts" reminder is issued as
opened.
long as the driver's safety belt has not been fas-
>
tened. The "Fasten safety belts" reminder is
Switch off automatic function.
also issued above approx. 5 mph/8 km/h if the
6.
Press button 2.
front passenger safety belt has not been fas-
The setting is stored.
tened, if there are objects on the front passen-
ger seat or if the driver or front passenger
unfasten their safety belts.
Safety belts
Damage to safety belts
Observe the adjustment instructions on
page 35 to ensure the best possible per-
If the safety belts are damaged or
stressed in an accident: have the belt sys-
sonal protection.<
tem, including any belt tensioners or child
Before every drive, make sure that all occupants
restraint systems, replaced and the belt
wear their safety belts. Airbags complement the
anchors checked. Have this work done only by
safety belt as an additional safety device, but
your BMW center or at a workshop that works
they do not represent a substitute.
according to BMW repair procedures with cor-
respondingly trained personnel. Otherwise, it is
not guaranteed that the safety devices will func-
tion properly.<
Mirrors
Exterior mirrors
The front passenger's mirror is more con-
vex than the driver's mirror. The objects
Closing
seen in the mirror are closer than they appear.
Make sure you hear the latch plate engage in
Do not gauge your distance from traffic behind
the belt buckle.
you on the basis of what you see in the mirror;
otherwise, there is an increased risk of an acci-
dent.<
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Passenger-side mirror tilt function -
automatic curb monitor*
Activating
1. Push the switch to the position for the
driver's side mirror, arrow 1.
1
Adjustments
2
Switching to the other mirror or automatic
curb monitor*
3
Folding mirrors in and out*
The setting for the exterior mirrors is stored for
the remote control currently in use*. The stored
2. Engage reverse gear or move the selector
position is called up automatically when the
lever to position R.
vehicle is unlocked.
The glass of the mirror on the passenger
side tilts slightly down. This allows the
Manual adjustment
driver to see the area immediately adjacent
The mirrors can also be adjusted manually:
to the vehicle, e.g. a curb, when backing into
press the edge of the glass.
a parking space.
Folding mirrors in and out*
Deactivating
At driving speeds up to approx. 12 mph/
Push the switch to the position for the passen-
20 km/h, you can fold the mirrors in and out by
ger-side mirror, arrow 2.
pressing button 3. This can be beneficial in nar-
row streets, for example, or for moving mirrors
Interior rearview mirror
that were folded in by hand back out into their
correct positions. Mirrors that were folded in are
folded out automatically at a speed of approx.
25 mph/40 km/h.
Automatic heating
Depending on the outside temperature, both
exterior mirrors are heated automatically when
the engine is running or the ignition is switched
on.
Turn the knob to reduce glare from the head-
lamps of cars behind you when driving at night.
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Interior and exterior mirrors, automatic
Do not use force to swing the lever
dimming feature*
back up; otherwise, the mechanism
will be damaged.<
Steering wheel heating*
The automatic dimming feature of the interior
and exterior mirrors* is controlled by two photo
cells in the interior rearview mirror. One photo
cell is in the mirror frame, see arrow; the other is
Press the button.
on the back of the mirror.
The LED in the button lights up when the steer-
In order to ensure that the system functions
ing wheel heating is switched on.
correctly, keep the photo cells clean, do not
cover the area between the interior rearview
mirror and windshield, and do not affix adhesive
labels or stickers of any kind to the windshield
directly in front of the mirror.
Steering wheel
Adjustments
Do not adjust the steering wheel position
while the car is in motion; otherwise, there
is a risk of an accident due to unexpected move-
ment.<
1. Fold the lever down.
2. Move the steering wheel to the preferred
height and angle to suit your seated posi-
tion.
3. Swing the lever back up.
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Transporting children safely
or improperly installed child restraint systems
The right place for children
can increase the risk of injury to children.
Do not leave children unattended in the
Always follow the installation instructions for
vehicle; otherwise, they could endanger
the system with the greatest care.
themselves and/or other persons by opening
the doors, for example.<
On the front passenger seat
After installing a child restraint system on
Children always in the rear
the front passenger seat, make sure that
Accident research has shown that the safest
the front and side airbags for the front passen-
place for children is on the rear seat.
ger are deactivated; otherwise, there is an
Children under the age of 13 or smaller
increased risk of injury if the airbags deploy.<
than 5 ft/150 cm may be transported only
in the rear in suitable child restraint systems
Seat position
appropriate for their age, weight and size. Oth-
Before installing a child restraint system, move
erwise, there is an increased risk of injury in the
the front passenger seat as far back and up as
event of an accident.<
possible to obtain the best possible position for
Children 13 years of age or older must be buck-
the belt. Do not change the seat position after
led in with a safety belt as soon as there no
this.
longer is any child restraint system that is
appropriate for their age, size and weight.
Backrest width*
The backrest width of the front passenger
Exception for front passenger seat
seat must be at its widest possible set-
Should it be necessary to use a child
ting. Do not change the setting after installing
restraint system on the front passenger
the child seat. Otherwise, the child seat's stabil-
seat, the front and side airbags for the front pas-
ity on the front passenger seat is limited.<
senger must be deactivated. Otherwise, a child
1. Adjust the backrest width to its widest set-
traveling on that seat will face a significant risk
ting, refer to page 37.
of injury if the airbags are triggered off, even
2. Install the child seat.
with a child restraint system.<
For more information on automatic deactivation
Child seat security
of the front passenger airbags refer to page 71.
Installing child restraint
systems
Observe the child restraint system manu-
facturer's instructions when selecting,
installing and using child restraint systems.
Otherwise, the protective effect may be dimin-
ished. <
The rear safety belts and the front passenger
Standard child restraint systems are designed
safety belt can be prevented from being pulled
to be secured with a lap belt or with the lap-belt
out in order to fasten child restraint systems.
section of a lap-and-shoulder belt. Incorrectly
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To lock the safety belt
Coupe: rear seats
1. Secure the child restraint system with the
belt.
2. Pull the belt strap all the way out.
3. Allow the belt strap to retract and pull it taut
against the child restraint system.
The safety belt is locked.
To unlock the safety belt
1. Open the belt buckle.
The anchor points for the lower LATCH
2. Remove the child restraint system.
anchors are located behind the labeled protec-
3. Allow the safety belt strap to retract all the
tive caps.
way.
Convertible: rear seats
LATCH child restraint fixing
system
LATCH: Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHil-
dren.
To install and use the LATCH child
restraint system, follow the operating and
safety instructions provided by the manufac-
turer of the system; otherwise, the protective
The anchor points for the lower LATCH
function of the seat may be compromised.<
anchors are located at the positions indicated
by arrows, in the gap between the seat and the
Mounts for the lower LATCH anchors
backrest.
Before installing the child seat, pull the belt out
of the area for the child restraint fixing system.
Upper LATCH retaining strap
Ensure that both lower LATCH anchors
are correctly engaged and that the child
Convertible
restraint system is resting firmly against the
For Canadian Customers Only.
backrest; otherwise, the protective function of
The following statement is required by Trans-
the seat may be compromised.<
port Canada.
This vehicle is not equipped with user-ready
tether anchorages. As such neither a child
restraint system, nor a booster cushion, requir-
ing the use of a tether strap can be properly
secured in the vehicle.
Coupe
Use the top tether anchors to secure child
restraint systems only; otherwise, the
anchors could be damaged.<
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4. Push the head restraint into its lowermost
position.
5. Pull the retaining strap taut.
For child restraint systems with tether straps
there are two additional anchors, see arrows.
Placement of the tether strap
Coupe
Make sure the upper retaining strap does
not run over sharp edges and is not
twisted as it passes to the top anchor. Other-
wise, the strap will not properly secure the child
restraint system in the event of an accident.<
1
Direction of travel
2
Head restraint
3
Hook for upper retaining strap
4
Anchor
5
Rear window shelf
6
Seat backrest
7
Upper retaining strap of child restraint sys-
tem
If necessary, fold the head restraints upward
before use.
1. Push the head restraint upward.
2. Guide the upper retaining strap between
the head restraint holders.
3. Use the hook to clip the retaining strap to
the anchor.
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Driving
Ignition lock
Start/stop button
Insert the remote control into the
ignition lock
Pressing the start/stop button switches radio
readiness or the ignition on or off.
The engine is started when you press the
Insert the remote control all the way into the
start/stop button and depress the clutch if
ignition lock.
the car has manual transmission, or the brake if
> Radio readiness is switched on.
the car has automatic transmission.<
Individual electrical consumers can operate.
Radio readiness
Comfort Access*
Individual electrical consumers can operate.
If the car is equipped with Comfort Access, only
The time and the outside temperature are dis-
insert the remote control into the ignition lock
played in the instrument cluster.
under special circumstances, refer to page 26.
Radio readiness is switched off automatically:
Removing the remote control from the
> When the remote control is removed from
ignition lock
the ignition lock
Do not forcibly pull the remote control out
> In cars with Comfort Access*, by touching
of the ignition lock as this may cause
the surface above the door lock, refer to
damage.<
Locking on page 26
Before removing the remote control, push it all
Ignition on
the way in to release the locking mechanism.
All electrical consumers can operate. The
> The ignition is switched off if it was on.
odometer and trip odometer are displayed in
the instrument cluster.
Automatic transmission
When the engine is off, please switch off
You cannot take out the remote control unless
the ignition and any unnecessary electri-
the selector lever is in the P position: interlock.
cal consumers in order to preserve the bat-
tery.<
Radio readiness and ignition off
All indicator and warning lamps as well as dis-
plays in the instrument cluster go out.
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Starting the engine
Automatic transmission
Remote control in the ignition lock or, with
Do not run the engine in enclosed areas;
Comfort Access, inside the vehicle, refer to
otherwise, the inhalation of toxic exhaust
page 26.
gases can cause loss of consciousness and
1. Depress the brake.
death. The exhaust gases contain carbon mon-
oxide, an odorless and colorless, but highly
2. Move the selector lever to position P.
toxic gas. Never leave an unattended vehicle
3. Press the start/stop button.
with the engine running; otherwise, such a vehi-
The starter operates automatically for a certain
cle represents a potential safety hazard.
time, and stops automatically as soon as the
Before leaving the car with the engine running,
engine has started.
place the transmission in neutral or move the
selector lever to position P and forcefully apply
the parking brake to prevent the car from mov-
Switching off the engine
ing.<
Do not wait for the engine to warm up while the
Always take the remote control with you
vehicle remains stationary. Start driving right
when you leave the vehicle.
away, but at moderate engine speeds.
When parking, apply the parking brake force-
fully; otherwise, the vehicle could begin to roll.<
Avoid frequent starting in quick succes-
sion as well as repeated start attempts in
Manual transmission
which the engine does not start. Otherwise, the
fuel is not burned or incompletely burned and
1. With the car at a standstill, press the start/
there is a danger of overheating and damaging
stop button.
the catalytic converter.<
2. Shift into first gear or reverse.
3. Forcefully apply the parking brake.
4. Removing the remote control from the igni-
tion lock, refer to page 47.
Automatic transmission
1. With the car at a standstill, move the selec-
tor lever to position P.
2. Press the start/stop button.
3. Forcefully apply the parking brake.
Manual transmission
4. Removing the remote control from the igni-
Remote control in the ignition lock or, with
tion lock, refer to page 47.
Comfort Access, inside the vehicle, refer to
page 26.
Before driving into a car wash
1. Depress the brake.
The vehicle is able to roll when you perform the
2. Depress the clutch and shift to neutral posi-
following steps:
tion.
1. Insert the remote control, even with Com-
3. Press the start/stop button.
fort Access, into the ignition lock.
The starter operates automatically for a certain
2. Depress the brake.
time, and stops automatically as soon as the
3. Move the selector lever to position N.
engine has started.
4. Switch off the engine.
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Parking brake
Manual transmission
The parking brake is primarily intended to pre-
vent the vehicle from rolling while parked; it
brakes the rear wheels.
Indicator lamp
The indicator lamp is lit, and when you
drive off a signal sounds in addition.
The parking brake is still applied.
Indicator lamp for Canadian models.
When shifting into 5th or 6th gear, press
the gearshift lever to the right. Otherwise,
Applying
the engine could be damaged if you inadvert-
The lever locks in position automatically.
ently shift into 3rd or 4th gear.<
Releasing
Reverse gear
Select this only when the vehicle is stationary.
When the gearshift lever is pressed to the left, a
slight resistance has to be overcome.
Automatic transmission with
Steptronic*
In addition to fully automatic operation, you can
also manually shift with the Steptronic, refer to
Pull slightly upwards, press the button and
page 50.
lower the lever.
In exceptional cases, if the parking brake
Vehicle parking
has to be used to slow or stop the car, do
To prevent the vehicle from rolling,
not pull the lever up too hard. In doing so, con-
always select position P and apply the
tinuously press the button of the parking brake
parking brake before leaving the vehicle with
lever.
the engine running.<
Otherwise, excessive force on the parking
brake can lock up the rear wheels and cause the
Disengaging the remote control
rear of the car to swerve.<
In order to remove the remote control from the
To prevent corrosion and one-sided brak-
ignition lock, you must first move the selector
ing action, occasionally apply the parking
lever to position P and switch off the engine:
brake lightly when the vehicle is slowly coming
interlock. Removing the remote control from
to a stop if the traffic conditions are suitable.
the ignition lock, refer to page 47.
The brake lamps do not light up when the park-
ing brake is applied.<
Selector lever positions
P R N D M/S + -
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Displays in the instrument cluster
R Reverse
Select this only when the vehicle is stationary.
N Neutral
You can select this in a car wash, for example.
The vehicle can roll.
D Drive, automatic position
Position for normal vehicle operation. All for-
ward gears are selected automatically.
P R N D DS M1 to M6
Under normal operating conditions, fuel con-
The selector lever position is displayed, or the
sumption is lowest when you are driving in posi-
current gear in the manual mode.
tion D.
Changing selector lever positions
Kickdown
> With the ignition switched on or the engine
Kickdown enables you to achieve maximum
running, the selector lever can be moved
performance.
out of position P.
Press the accelerator pedal beyond the full-
throttle resistance point.
> Before moving the lever away from P or N
with the vehicle stationary, first depress the
Sport program and manual operation
brake; otherwise, the selector lever will
M/S
refuse to move: shiftlock.
To prevent the vehicle from creeping
after you select a driving position,
depress the brake until you are ready to
start.<
Move selector lever from position D toward the
left into the M/S shifting slot:
The sport program is activated and DS is dis-
played on the instrument cluster. This position
is recommended for a performance-oriented
A lock prevents you from inadvertently engag-
driving style.
ing selector lever positions R and P. To cancel
To deactivate the sport program or manual
the lock, press the button on the front of the
mode M/S, move the selector lever to the right
selector lever, see arrow.
into position D.
P Park
Shifting gears via the selector lever
Select this only when the vehicle is stationary.
Move selector lever from position D toward the
The drive wheels are locked.
left into the M/S shifting slot:
When you press the selector lever forwards or
backwards, the manual mode is activated and
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Steptronic changes gear. M1 through M6 are
Overriding selector lever lock
displayed on the instrument cluster.
Should the selector lever refuse to move out of
Upshifts and downshifts are executed only
position P even though the ignition is switched
when they will result in a plausible combination
on, the brake is depressed and the button on
of engine and vehicle speed; thus, for example,
the selector lever is pressed, the selector lever
a downshift that would cause the engine to
lock can be overridden:
overrev will not be executed by the system. The
1. Unclip the sleeve of the selector lever.
gear selected is briefly displayed in the instru-
2. Pull the sleeve up over the selector lever
ment cluster, followed by the gear actually in
until the sleeve is inside out.
use.
Shifting gears via shift paddles* on the
steering wheel
The shift paddles allow you to shift gears
quickly since both hands can remain on the
steering wheel.
> When you use the shift paddles on the
steering wheel to shift gears in automatic
mode, the transmission switches to manual
mode.
3. Using the screwdriver from the onboard
> If you do not accelerate or shift gears using
vehicle tool kit, refer to page 124, press the
the shift paddles for a certain amount of
red lever, see arrow, while moving the
time, the transmission switches back to
selector lever to the desired position.
automatic mode.
If the selector lever is in the M/S gear
Turn signals/
plane, manual mode remains active.<
headlamp flasher
> To shift up: pull one of the shift paddles.
> To shift down: press one of the shift pad-
1
High beams
dles.
2
Headlamp flasher
Upshifts and downshifts are executed only
3
Turn signals
when they will result in a plausible combination
of engine and vehicle speed; thus, for example,
Using turn signals
a downshift that would cause the engine to
Press the lever beyond the resistance point.
overrev will not be executed by the system. The
To turn off manually, press the lever to the
gear selected is briefly displayed in the instru-
resistance point.
ment cluster, followed by the gear actually in
use.
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