— If the trailer has a brake, it must be equipped
with a mechanical inertia brake.
Do not let the increased safety provided by stabilizing the
tow vehicle and trailer combination induce you to take
any risk that compromises safety.
· Always adapt your speed and driving style to the
visibility, weather, road and traffic conditions.
· Accelerate with caution when the road is slippery.
· When you are regulating any system, stop
Fig. 200 On the right side of the luggage compartment:
button for unlocking the trailer hitch.
Unlock the trailer hitch and remove it
The stabilization of the tow vehicle and trailer combination
may not correctly detect all driving situations.
1. Park the vehicle ÿ p. 206.
2. Open the tailgate.
3. Briefly pull the button ÿ fig. 200 located in the trunk.
· When ESC is off, the stabilization of the towing vehicle
and trailer combination is also off.
The trailer hitch is unlocked electrically and comes out
automatically. The button control indicator flashes.
· The stabilization of the towing vehicle and trailer
combination does not detect in all cases light trailers
with little stability, therefore it does not stabilize them
4. Finish pulling out the towbar until you feel and hear it
engage and the button control indicator lights up
· When driving on slippery roads with poor grip, the trailer
may pitch even with the stabilization function.
5. Close the tailgate.
Trailers with a high center of gravity can overturn even
Retract trailer hitch
without having previously swung
1. Park the vehicle ÿ p. 206.
· If a trailer is not towed, but a plug is plugged into the
trailer socket (for example, if a lighted bike rack is
2. Unhitch the trailer and break the electrical
connection between the trailer and the vehicle.
If you are using an adapter, remove it from the
trailer power outlet.
towed), this may cause automatic braking in extreme
3. Open the tailgate.
4. Briefly pull the button ÿ fig. 200 located in the trunk.
The trailer hitch is unlocked electrically.
5. Slide the trailer hitch under the bumper until you feel
and hear it click and the key control indicator comes
Removing the trailer hitch
The towing hitch for the towing device located on the
bumper. The electrically released trailer hitch is mechanically
detachable for use and cannot be removed
6. Close the tailgate.
Meaning of the control lamp of the button
— The indicator light of the key ÿ fig. 200 remains on with
boot lid open: trailer hitch engaged
Transport of objects
correctly both when it is extracted and when it is concealed.
· Never place the safety or safety cable
trailer break loose on trailer hitch.
— Control indicator in the button flashes: The
towbar has not yet engaged correctly or is
damaged ÿ .
When cleaning the vehicle with a high-pressure
cleaner or steam cleaner, do not aim the jet directly
at the retractable trailer hitch or trailer socket, as this
could damage the seals or wash away the grease
required for assembly. lubrication.
— The indicator light for the button goes out for
approx. 1 minute after closing the tailgate
In some countries trailers, both unbraked and with
them, have to be secured with a safety or
It may happen that, at extremely low
temperatures, the trailer hitch cannot be
Please note the country-specific regulations
regarding the use of a safety cable.
actuated. In these cases it is enough to leave the
vehicle in a warmer room, e.g. e.g., in a garage.
1. Attach the safety cable or breakaway cable to the
eye provided for it on the tow hitch.
2. Insert the cable through the eyelet and hook it
on the carabiner ÿ .
Improper use of the towing device can cause
injuries and accidents.
· Use the trailer hitch only when
is embedded correctly.
· Always make sure that no person, animal or
object is in the path of the trailer hitch.
Never intervene with a tool or tool
lie when the trailer hitch comes out
or slip away
· Never press the button when a trailer is attached
or a luggage rack or other accessories are
mounted on the towbar.
· Do not use the towing hitch if the
hook does not fit correctly or there is some fault
in the electrical system or in the device itself.
Have the towbar checked by a qualifi ed specialist
workshop. Volkswagen recommends a
· Never use the towing hitch if the ball has a
diameter of less than 49 mm at the smallest
Incorrectly securing the trailer can cause injuries
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Volkswagen recommends using a suitably qualified
specialist workshop for retrofitting a towing hitch. It
is likely e.g. For example, it is necessary to adapt
the cooling system or install heat protection plates.
Dimensions and attachment
points for retrofitting a towing
Volkswagen recommends a Volkswa dealer
The towing hitch must be mounted in accordance
with the mounting instructions for the hitch.
If the wires are connected improperly or
incorrectly, it could cause failure of the entire
electronic system of the vehicle, as well as
accidents and serious injuries.
· Never connect the electrical system of the
trailer directly to the electrical connections of
the rear light groups or to other inappropriate
power sources. Use only suitable connectors
to connect the trailer.
· Go to a specialized workshop duly
Qualified for retrofitting a towing device.
Volkswagen recommends a Volkswagen dealer.
If the towing device is installed incorrectly or is
not correct, the trailer could come loose from the
towing vehicle. This could cause serious accidents
and fatal injuries.
Only use towing devices approved by
Volkswagen for this type of vehicle.
Fig. 201 Dimensions and fixing points for retrofitting
a towing hitch.
Problems and solutions
If a towing device is retrofitted, always take the
distance dimensions into account ÿ fig. 201. The
distance between the center of the towbar and the
roadway F must never be less than the minimum
indicated. This also applies to a fully loaded vehicle,
including the maximum vertical load on the coupling.
Unlocked tow hitch hitch
The control indicator lights up yellow.
1. Do not use the towing device. Check the towing
hitch lock ÿ p. 298.
A Fixing points B
2. If the problem persists, go to a duly qualified
specialized workshop. Volkswagen recommends
a Volkswagen dealer.
1102 mm (433 8 inches)
C 595mm (237 16 in)
D 348mm (1,311 16 in)
E 65 mm (29 16 inches) min.
F 350 to 420 mm (1325 32 to 1617 32 in)
G 1061 to 1066 mm (4125 32 to 4131 32 in)
Transport of objects
· If you nevertheless install a roof rack, it could
come loose while driving and fall off the roof of
Attaching a roof rack, of any type, to vehicles that are not
approved for the use of roof racks can cause considerable
damage to the vehicle.
Introduction to the topic
Depending on the model, the vehicle may be designed for
mounting a roof rack.
With a roof rack, bulky items can be transported on the roof of
Install a roof rack
If you are not sure whether the vehicle is designed for the
installation of a roof rack, consult an appropriately qualified
specialist workshop. Volkswagen recommends a Volks wagen
Note and , at the beginning of this ca
chapter, on page 301.
For safety reasons, it is necessary to use special roof racks to
transport luggage, bicycles, surfboards, skis and boats. Suitable
accessories can be purchased from Volkswagen dealers.
Only use roof racks approved by Volkswagen for this vehicle.
If the vehicle is not approved for the use of a roof rack, do not use
one or install one afterwards.
Mounting the roof rack to the longitudinal roof bars Mount
the roof rack in accordance with the installation instructions for
the roof rack ÿ .
When heavy or large objects are transported in the roof rack,
the driving characteristics of the vehicle vary due to the shift
in the center of gravity and the larger area exposed to the
Once the roof rack has been correctly mounted, the supporting
structure in question can be attached ÿ .
Situations in which you have to remove the roof rack
· Always secure the load correctly with suitable
and well-maintained lashing straps, lashing
straps or lashing straps.
— When the roof rack is no longer needed
· Bulky, heavy, long or flat cargo has a negative
effect on the vehicle's aerodynamics, center of
gravity and driving behaviour.
— Before entering an automatic washing facility.
— When the height of the vehicle exceeds the required
clearance height, e.g. For example, in a garage.
· Avoid sudden maneuvers and braking.
· Always adapt your speed and driving style to
the visibility, weather, road and traffic
· The height of the vehicle increases with the
mounting of a roof rack, as well as with the load
attached to it. Make sure the height of the vehicle
does not exceed the height limit for traversing,
e.g. e.g. underpasses or garage doors.
If a roof rack not approved for the vehicle is mounted or one
is mounted in a vehicle that is not approved for the use of
these roof racks, accidents and injuries may occur.
· The roof rack and the cargo must not interfere
with the parts that are mounted on the roof of
the vehicle depending on the equipment, such
as the roof antenna or the glass roof, nor obstruct
the area of travel of the boot lid.
· Only use roof racks approved by Volkswagen
for this vehicle.
· Never mount a roof rack on a vehicle that is not
approved for the use of these racks.
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