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Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC)

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Functionality

The Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) detects critical situations at an early stage, and takes action to stop skidding and help bring your Volkswagen safely under control.

Safety Tips

  • Apply brakes on turnings to avoid accidents.
  • Always use brakes before sharp turns, so that the car doesn’t lose control.
  • The systems ABS, BAS, TCS and EDL are integrated in the ESC. The ESC is always switched on. In certain situations when the traction achieved is not sufficient, ESC can be switched off by pressing the ASR (TCS) button. Always ensure that ASR (TCS) is switched back on again, once traction is sufficient.

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

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Functionality

ABS prevents wheels from locking when brakes are applied in an emergency. The system ensures that the car comes to a halt with ease and prevents the vehicle from skidding, by keeping it under control. This means that the vehicle is less likely to spin, even when the brakes are fully applied.

Safety Tips

  • To activate the ABS system, depress and hold the brake pedal with force. Do not take your foot off the brake pedal or reduce the force on the brake pedal.
  • The ABS is not functioning correctly if the ABS indicator lamp does not go out or comes on whilst the vehicle is in motion. The vehicle can be stopped using the normal brakes only (without ABS). The protection provided by ABS is no longer available. Go to a qualified workshop as soon as possible.

Traction Control System (TCS)

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Functionality

The TCS reduces engine output if a wheel spin occurs and adapts the output to suit road surface conditions.

TCS helps the car to start moving, accelerate and climb gradients in unfavorable road conditions.

Safety Tips

  • The TCS can be switched on and off manually.
  • When the engine is running, the TCS can be switched off by pressing the button OFF.
  • The TCS should only be switched off in situations when the traction achieved is not sufficient.

Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)

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Functionality

Every car’s centre of gravity shifts forward when you brake. This creates a reduction in grip which can cause the rear wheels to lock. EBD ensures maximum braking performance on all wheels and prevents the rear end from swerving out because of over-braking at the rear wheels.

Parking Sensors

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Functionality

City driving often finds passengers having to manoeuvre cars into tight parking spots. This sometimes results in minor damages. Parking sensors make your job easier by warning you when you’re getting too close to something, thus preventing small knocks and scratches.

Safety Tips

  • Never park the vehicle so that parts of the exhaust system can come into contact with any inflammable material underneath the vehicle, e.g. leaves, dry grass, spilt fuel.
  • Always apply the handbrake fully when the vehicle is parked.
  • When facing uphill, turn the wheels so that they face the centre of the road.
  • The convenient Hill Hold function prevents your car from rolling back when pulling away on a slope or during a hill start. The Hill Hold operates for approximately two seconds.
  • When facing downhill, turn the wheels so that they face the kerb.
  • The Hill Descent Assist function in specific models allows you to drive down slopes in a safe, controlled way in first gear, thanks to the engine's ability to govern the engine speed and apply the brakes if necessary. Hill Descent Assist lets you negotiate extremely steep drops simply and safely. Your car's speed is maintained at a constant crawling pace without you having to do anything.