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VW Tiguan 2021 Owner's Manual ➜ Manual shift

· If you turn off the ignition, the steering column  
lock may be seized and the vehicle cannot be  
Manual shift  
Shift gear: manual shift  
· Always switch off the Start-Stop system when  
working in the engine compartment.  
If the Start-Stop system is used for a long time at  
very high outside temperatures, the 12 volt battery  
may be damaged.  
In some cases it may be necessary to restart  
the engine manually.  
Observe the message that appears in this regard  
on the instrument panel display.  
On vehicles with drive profile selection ÿ p.  
169, the Start-Stop system is automatically  
activated when the Eco profile is selected.  
Fig. 130 Diagram of the gears of a 6-speed manual  
Whenever you cross water, manually  
disconnect the Start-Stop system.  
Depending on the equipment, the vehicle may be  
equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox.  
Engaging forward gears The  
Problems and solutions  
position of each gear is represented on the gear  
The engine does not start automatically  
1. Start the engine manually ÿ p. 153.  
1. Fully depress the clutch pedal and hold it down.  
2. Switch off the Start-Stop system manually.  
2. Move the gear lever to the desired position ÿ .  
3. Immediately go to a duly qualified specialist  
workshop. Volkswagen recommends a  
Volkswagen dealer.  
3. Release the clutch pedal to engage the clutch.  
In some countries the clutch pedal has to be fully  
depressed for the engine to start.  
Engage reverse gear  
Engage reverse gear only when the vehicle is  
1. Fully depress the clutch pedal and hold it down ÿ .  
2. Put the gear lever in neutral  
and press it down.  
3. Move the gear lever fully to the left and then  
forward to the reverse gear position ÿ fig. 130R  
4. Release the clutch pedal to engage the clutch.  
While driving, the change to a lower gear must  
always be carried out progressively, that is to say,  
to the immediately lower gear, and when the ré  
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engine groan is not too high ÿ .  
Downshift skipping one or more gears  
· While driving, do not leave your hand on the  
gear lever. The pressure exerted by the hand is  
transmitted to the shift forks.  
at high speeds or at high engine speeds it can  
cause damage to the clutch and gearbox, even if  
the clutch is kept depressed ÿ .  
· Make sure the vehicle is at a complete stop before  
engaging reverse gear.  
· When changing gear, always fully depress the  
clutch pedal.  
· Do not hold the vehicle stopped uphill with the  
clutch “slipping” and the engine running.  
Rapid acceleration can cause you to lose traction  
and cause the vehicle to skid, especially on  
slippery roads. This could cause loss of vehicle  
control, accidents and serious injury. · Only  
accelerate if the visibility, weather, road and traffic  
Upshifting early helps reduce fuel consumption  
and operating noises.  
conditions allow it, and if you do not endanger  
other road users with the acceleration of the  
vehicle and your driving style.  
Problems and solutions  
· Always adapt your driving style to the traffic.  
The clutch “slips”  
· When you switch off the ASR, the drive wheels  
may skid, especially if the road is wet, slippery  
or dirty. This may cause the vehicle to be  
unable to be steered or controlled.  
The control indicator lights up yellow.  
The clutch does not transmit all the torque of the engine.  
1. If necessary, remove your foot from the pedal of the embra  
The clutch has overheated  
If the engine is running, the vehicle starts moving  
as soon as a gear is engaged and the clutch pedal  
The control indicator lights up yellow.  
An acoustic warning signal may also sound ÿ p.  
is released. This also happens if the electronic  
parking brake is engaged.  
The clutch can become excessively hot if, for  
· Never engage reverse gear when he sees  
hicle is in motion.  
example, you pull off repeatedly, let the vehicle creep  
for a long time without accelerating, or pull off and  
brake continuously in heavy traffic.  
If you downshift improperly by engaging too low  
a gear, you may lose control of the vehicle and  
cause an accident and serious injury.  
This overheating is indicated by this warning lamp  
and, if necessary, additional warning lamps and a  
message in the instrument cluster display.  
1. It is possible to continue the march.  
Engaging too low a gear while driving at high  
speed or at high engine speeds can cause  
considerable damage to the clutch and gearbox.  
This can occur even when the clutch pedal is held  
down and does not engage.  
The clutch has a fault  
The control indicator lights up yellow.  
The clutch has a fault.  
Proceed with caution!  
1. Request the help of duly qualified specialized  
personnel. Failure to do so can cause  
considerable damage to the clutch.  
Please note the following to prevent damage and  
premature wear:  
Immediately have the change checked by a duly  
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qualified specialized workshop. Volkswagen  
recommends a Volkswagen dealer.  
C change operation  
dual DSG® clutch  
Automatic transmission: select  
selector lever positions  
The vehicle is equipped with a DSG® dual clutch  
transmission .  
The DSG® dual-clutch gearbox is a gearbox with  
dual-clutch technology that changes gears  
automatically. A double clutch and two mutually  
independent partial transmissions allow very fast  
gear changes without loss of tractive power. The  
DSG® dual-clutch gearbox thus combines the power  
and economy of a manual gearbox with the comfort  
and convenience of a conventional automatic gearbox.  
While driving, the power from the engine is transmitted  
to the drive axle via the gearbox. To change gear, the  
power transmission between the engine and the  
transmission must be interrupted. This is the function  
of the clutch.  
Fig. 131 Automatic transmission selector lever with  
lock button (arrow).  
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In the case of the DSG® dual clutch transmission  
While driving, the power of the engine is always  
With the ignition on, the selected selector lever  
position is shown on the instrument cluster display.  
transmitted without interruption via one of the two  
partial transmissions. Before making a gear change,  
the next higher or lower gear in the transmission that  
is not active is preselected.  
– Parking lock  
The drive wheels are locked. Select this position  
only when the vehicle is stopped.  
Then the clutch of the preselected gear closes and  
at the same time the one of the gear that was  
selected opens. This allows very fast gear changes.  
To move the selector lever out of this position,  
depress the brake pedal with the ignition on and  
press the lever lock button.  
Thanks to its design, the DSG® dual-clutch  
gearbox is more efficient than an automatic gearbox.  
While the torque converter of an automatic  
- Reverse  
transmission is always running, the DSG® dual-clutch  
transmission can open the clutch at idle speed and  
thus save fuel. Due to its efficiency, low weight and  
intelligent management, the DSG® dual-clutch  
gearbox generally achieves the same or lower fuel  
consumption than a manual gearbox.  
Reverse is engaged. Select this position only when  
the vehicle is stopped.  
- Neutral  
The change is in the neutral position. No movement  
is transmitted to the wheels and the engine braking  
effect is not available.  
As in the case of the manual transmission, the clutch  
of the DSG® dual-clutch transmission also suffers  
from wear. Depending on the type of DSG® dual  
clutch transmission in question, periodic maintenance  
will be required. For more information on this ÿ p.  
380. If one of the partial transmissions fails, the  
DSG® dual-clutch transmission also offers the  
possibility of disengaging one of them and continuing  
with the other ÿ p. 164. In this case, order in  
– Permanent position for forward movement  
Gear ratio: normal program  
All changes up or down are done automatically.  
The moment of the change occurs according to the  
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solicitation of the motor,  
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