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VW Tiguan 2021 Owner's Manual ➜ Trunk lid

The interior monitor and the anti-tow system remain  
deactivated until the next time the vehicle is locked.  
trunk lid  
Introduction to the topic  
In the following situations it is recommended to  
deactivate the passenger compartment monitoring  
and the anti-tow system:  
The tailgate is unlocked and locked together with  
the doors.  
— When people or animals remain inside the  
vehicle.  
On vehicles with the "Keyless Access" keyless entry  
and start system, the tailgate unlocks automatically  
when opened ÿ p. 78.  
— When the vehicle has to be loaded onto another  
means of transport.  
If individual door opening or opening of one side of  
the vehicle is activated in the opening and closing  
settings of the infotainment system, the button on  
the vehicle key must be pressed twice to unlock the  
tailgate.  
— When transporting the vehicle.  
— When the vehicle has to be towed with a  
suspended axle.  
— When the vehicle is to be parked in a two-  
storey garage space.  
On vehicles with the "Keyless Access" system, the  
sensor surface on the inside of the driver's or front  
passenger's door handle must be actuated twice .  
— When the vehicle has to be left in a car wash.  
Risk of false alarms from interior monitoring  
WARNING  
The interior monitor will only work correctly if the  
vehicle is completely closed.  
Observe the legal provisions. A false alarm may  
occur in the following situations:  
Unlocking, opening or closing the tailgate  
improperly or without paying due attention can  
cause accidents and serious injuries.  
· Open or close the tailgate only when there is no  
one in the area of its travel.  
— If any window or the glass roof is partially or  
completely open.  
— If light objects are left in the vehicle, e.g. eg,  
loose or hanging papers in the interior mirror.  
· After closing the tailgate, make sure that it has  
been closed correctly. The tailgate should be  
flush with the adjoining parts of the bodywork.  
— If the vibrate function of a mobile phone that has  
been left inside the vehicle is activated.  
· Always keep the tailgate closed while driving.  
It is not possible to permanently deactivate  
the interior monitor and the anti-tow system.  
· Never open the tailgate with cargo, such as  
bicycles, attached to it. The gate could close  
on its own due to the additional weight. If  
necessary, secure the tailgate or remove the  
load beforehand.  
If, when activating the anti-theft alarm, a  
door or the boot lid is still open, only the  
alarm will be activated. The anti-tow system will  
only activate once all the doors and the tailgate  
have been closed.  
· Close and lock the tailgate and all doors when  
the vehicle is not in use. When doing so, make  
sure that no one remains in the vehicle.  
Depending on the equipment, when the  
interior monitor and anti-tow system are  
switched off, the "safe" security system is also  
deactivated ÿ p. 84.  
· Always keep a close eye on children when they  
play in or next to the vehicle, especially if the  
tailgate is open. Children could get into the  
trunk, close the tailgate and be locked in.  
Depending on the season of the year, a closed  
vehicle can reach very high or very low  
temperatures that can cause very serious  
injuries and illnesses or even death, especially  
to small children.  
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WARNING  
Open and close the tailgate  
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If the tailgate is unlocked or opened improperly or without  
paying due attention, it may cause serious injury.  
Please note and  
at the beginning of this ca  
chapter, on page 87.  
· When a luggage rack with its corresponding load is  
mounted on the tailgate, it is not always possible to see  
if the tailgate is unlocked. If the tailgate is not locked, it  
could open unexpectedly while driving.  
WARNING  
If there is a lot of accumulated snow on the trunk lid or a  
lot of cargo is mounted on it, the trunk lid could close by  
itself due to the extra weight and cause serious injury.  
· Never open the tailgate when there is a lot of snow on it  
or when you are carrying cargo, e.g. e.g., in a luggage  
rack.  
· Before opening the gate, remove snow and debris.  
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Fig. 69 On the tailgate: button to open the tailgate  
(schematic representation).  
WARNING  
Do not close the tailgate by pressing your hand on the rear  
window. The rear window could break and cause injury.  
WARNING  
Never use the opening mechanism to secure a load or to hold  
on. This could cause damage that makes it impossible to close  
the tailgate.  
Fig. 70 With an open tailgate: handle for closing the  
tailgate.  
WARNING  
Never use the rear wiper to secure a load or to hold on. This  
could cause damage resulting in the breakage of the rear wiper.  
Open the trunk lid  
1. To unlock the tailgate, press the key  
or the vehicle key.  
WARNING  
2. Raise the tailgate by pressing the button ÿ fig. 69.  
Never use the rear spoiler to secure loads or to hold on. This  
could cause damage resulting in the spoiler breaking.  
Close the tailgate  
1. Pull the tailgate, using the handle on its interior trim,  
forcefully downwards so that it engages in the catch ÿ fig.  
70, ÿ .  
If the tailgate is open or not properly closed, it is indicated on the  
instrument panel screen with a representation.  
The gate locks automatically while driving.  
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Electrically open the tailgate  
WARNING  
1. 5-seater vehicles: To unlock the tailgate, briefly press and  
Closing the tailgate improperly or without paying due attention  
hold the button  
can cause serious injury.  
of the vehicle key.  
Or: pull up the button on the driver's door ÿ fig. 71. The  
· When opening the gate, make sure it is raised as  
far as it will go.  
parking lock P must be engaged for this.  
· When closing the gate, remove your hands in time from the  
area of its travel.  
Or: press the boot lid button  
If after unlocking the gate it does not open within a  
few minutes, the gate will re-lock automatically.  
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The gate opens automatically.  
Electrically close the tailgate  
1. Press the button located on the boot lid ÿ fig. 72.  
Open and close the tailgate  
electrically  
5-seater vehicles: Either: With the ignition on, pull up the  
button located on the driver's door until the tailgate is closed.  
Note and , at the beginning of this chapter, on page 87.  
5-seater vehicles: Either: Briefly press and hold the button  
on the vehicle key. To do this, the vehtichleevkiecyinmityuosft btheein  
tailgate.  
Or: Move the gate by hand in the closing direction until  
it closes automatically.  
The gate closes.  
Interrupt opening or closing  
1. Press one of the keys  
during opening  
Fig. 71 On the driver's door: tailgate unlock button.  
or the closure.  
Or: press the button located on the boot lid ÿ fig. 72  
during opening or closing.  
1 unlock key  
The gate can now be moved by hand. You will have to use a lot  
of force to do this.  
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If you press the key again to  
the starting position.  
the gate will return  
acoustic signals  
When the tailgate is opened or closed from the passenger  
compartment or with the vehicle key, acoustic signals sound.  
Changing and storing the opening angle If the  
available space behind or above the vehicle is less than the area  
of travel of the tailgate, the tailgate opening angle can be changed.  
Fig. 72 With an open tailgate: button for electric tailgate  
closing.  
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1. Interrupt the opening process at the desired position  
(gate must be at least half open).  
If there is a valid vehicle key in the vicinity of the tailgate,  
it is possible to unlock and open the tailgate by moving  
one foot.  
located in the  
2. Keep the tailgate button pressed  
1. Stand behind the bumper, in the center.  
until the hazard warning lights flash ÿ fig. 72.  
2. With a quick movement, bring one foot and lower leg  
closer to the bumper. The lower part of the leg  
must be brought closer to the upper area of action  
of the sensor, and the foot closer to the lower area  
ÿ fig. 73.  
The new opening angle is stored.  
In addition to the flashing of the hazard lights, storage is  
confirmed by an acoustic signal.  
3. Quickly move your foot and lower leg out of the sensor  
action zones. An optical warning is emitted through  
the direction indicators. The tailgate opens.  
Resetting and storing the opening angle In order  
for the tailgate to fully open again, the opening angle  
must be reset and stored again.  
Activate or deactivate the Easy Open function  
The Easy Open function can be activated and  
deactivated in the infotainment system:  
1. Raise the gate by hand as far as it will go. You will  
have to use a lot of force to do this.  
1. Select the Vehicle menu .  
2. Keep the key pressed ÿ fig. 72 located on the  
tailgate until the hazard warning lights flash.  
2. Select the Exterior submenu .  
3. Swipe a finger from the side and turn the Easy Open  
function on or off.  
The opening angle is reset.  
O well:  
In addition to the flashing of the hazard lights, the  
process is confirmed by an acoustic signal.  
1. Swipe a finger to the side and select the Central  
locking menu option.  
2. Scroll down the list and turn the Easy Open feature  
WARNING  
on or off.  
Before opening or closing the tailgate, make sure there  
is enough space to open or close it, e.g. For example,  
in a garage.  
Depending on the equipment, when the Easy Open  
function is activated, the Easy Close function is also  
activated ÿ p. 91.  
The Easy Open function is only available if the Keyless  
Access system is activated ÿ p. 78.  
Trunk lid with Easy Open  
ATTENTION  
movement sensor  
If there is a valid vehicle key in the vicinity of the  
Note and , at the beginning of this chapter, on  
page 87.  
tailgate, in some cases the Easy Open function may  
accidentally activate and open the tailgate, for  
example, if you sweep under the rear bumper, if you  
are driving a high-pressure water or steam jet into the  
area of it or if maintenance or repair work is carried out  
in that area. If accidentally opened, the tailgate could  
injure people in the area of its travel and cause property  
damage.  
· Always make sure that there are no unattended  
valid keys in the vicinity of the tailgate.  
Fig. 73 Tailgate with sensor-controlled opening (Easy  
Open).  
· Before carrying out maintenance and repair work  
on the vehicle, always deactivate the Easy Open  
function in the infotainment system.  
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· Before washing the vehicle, always deactivate  
the Easy Open function in the infotain system  
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The locking process is interrupted if a key is inserted again  
in the corresponding proximity zone. The gate opens again.  
· Before mounting a bicycle rack or hitching a  
trailer ÿ p. 293, always deactivate the Easy  
Open/Easy Close function in the infotainment  
system.  
Activating and deactivating the Easy Close  
function The Easy Close function can be activated and  
deactivated together with the Easy Open function in the menu  
Infotainment system vehicle ÿ p. 90.  
The Easy Close function is only available if the Keyless  
Access system is activated ÿ p. 78.  
Close the tailgate automatically  
with the function  
ATTENTION  
Easy Close  
If a valid vehicle key is found in the vicinity of the tailgate,  
in some cases the Easy Close function may activate  
unexpectedly and close the tailgate, e.g. eg if sweeping  
under the rear bumper or carrying out maintenance or  
repair work in this area. If it were to close unexpectedly,  
the tailgate could injure people in its path and cause  
property damage.  
Note and , at the beginning of this chapter, on page  
87.  
· Always make sure that there are no unattended  
valid keys in the vicinity of the tailgate.  
· Before carrying out maintenance and repair  
work on the vehicle, always deactivate the  
Easy Open function in the infotainment system.  
Fig. 74 Tailgate with sensor-controlled closing (Easy  
Close).  
· Before washing the vehicle, always deactivate  
the Easy Open function in the infotain system  
The Easy Close function can only be activated if a valid  
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vehicle key is in the vicinity of the tailgate.  
· Before mounting a bicycle rack or hitching a  
trailer ÿ p. 293, always deactivate the Easy  
Open/Easy Close function in the infotainment  
system.  
1. With a quick movement, bring one foot and lower leg  
closer to the bumper. The lower part of the leg must  
be brought closer to the upper area of action of the  
sensor, and the foot closer to the lower area ÿ fig. 74.  
If during the closing of the tailgate another function  
of the tailgate is activated or it is detected when  
any object in its area, the closing process will be  
interrupted automatically.  
2. Quickly move your foot and lower leg out of the sensor  
action zones.  
If the vehicle is locked and the Easy Close  
function is activated, the tailgate will lock automatically  
after closing it. If the entire vehicle is unlocked and the Easy  
Close function is activated, the tailgate will not automatically  
lock after closing it.  
The Easy Close function is activated for approx. 20  
seconds. An acoustic signal confirms activation.  
The tailgate closes as soon as all valid vehicle keys are  
removed from the vicinity of the tailgate.  
When closed, the tailgate locks automatically if the vehicle  
has already been locked and there is no valid key inside.  
The Easy Close function allows a maximum of one key to  
remain inside the boot.  
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