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Speed-dependent steering force

Updated 7/9/2020

Speed-dependent steering force

Speed related power steering causes the steering wheel force to increase with the speed of the car in order to give the driver enhanced sensitivity.

On motorways the steering feels firmer. When parking and at low speed steering is light and requires only a slight effort.

Note

In certain situations the power steering may become too hot and then needs to be temporarily cooled - during this time the power steering operates with reduced power and turning the steering wheel may then be perceived to be slightly heavier.

In parallel with the temporarily reduced steering assistance, the driver display shows a message as well as a STEERING WHEEL symbol.

Warning

While the power steering is working at reduced power, the driver support functions and steering assistance system are not available.

In such a situation, the driver display shows the Power steering failure message, combined with a STEERING WHEEL symbol.

Change the steering force level*

To select the steering force level, go to the "Drive modes" section and see the description at the alternative INDIVIDUAL under the heading "Selectable drive modes".

For the car models without a drive mode control with its INDIVIDUAL option, the selection of steering force is instead made via the centre display's top view and the following search path:

SettingsMy CarDrive ModesSteering Force

Steering force selection cannot be accessed during a turn if the speed exceeds 10 km/h (6 mph).


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