Starting the car

The car is started using the start knob in the tunnel console when the remote control key is in the passenger compartment.

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Start knob in the tunnel console.


Before starting:

  • Fasten the seatbelt.
  • Adjust the seat, steering wheel and mirrors.
  • Make sure that the brake pedal can be fully depressed.

The remote control key is not physically used when starting the car since it is equipped with support for keyless starting (Passive start).

To start the car:


The car cannot be started if the charging cable is still engaged. Make sure the charging cable is removed from the charging input socket before the starting the car.
The remote control key must be inside the car. For cars with Passive Start, the key needs to be located in the front part of the passenger compartment. With the option for keyless locking/unlocking* of the car, the key can be anywhere in the car.
Hold the brake pedal depressed1 fully. For cars with automatic gear changing, make sure that gear position P or N is selected. For cars with a manual gearbox, make sure that the gear lever is in neutral position or that the clutch pedal is depressed.
Turn the start knob clockwise and then release it. The control automatically returns to its starting position.

When the engine is started, the starter motor works until the engine is started or until its overheating protection triggers.

When starting in normal conditions, the car's electric drive motor is prioritised - the petrol engine remains switched off. This means that after the start knob has been turned clockwise, the electric motor has ”started” and the car is ready to drive. A started car is indicated by the driver display's indicator lamps extinguishing and its preset theme illuminating.

However, there are situations where the petrol engine is started instead, e.g. in the event of the temperature being too low or if the hybrid battery needs charging.

Error messages

If the Car key not found message is shown in the driver display when starting, place the remote control key by the backup reader. Then try to start the car again.

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Backup reader's location in the tunnel console.


When the remote control key is positioned by the backup reader, make sure that there are no car keys, metal objects or electronic apparatus by the backup reader, (e.g. mobile phones, tablets, laptops or chargers). Several car keys close to one another by the backup reader may cause interference with each other.

If the message Car start System check, wait is shown in the driver display when starting, wait until the message disappears and then try to start the car again.


If the engine fails to start after 3 attempts - wait for 3 minutes before making a further attempt. Starting capacity increases if the battery is allowed to recover.


The car cannot be started if the hybrid battery is discharged.


Never remove the remote control key from the car while driving.


Always take the remote control key out from the car when leaving the car and make sure the car's electrical system is in ignition position 0 - especially if there are children in the car.


The idling speed can be noticeably higher than normal for certain engine types during cold starting. This is done in order that the emissions system can reach normal operating temperature as quickly as possible, which minimises exhaust emissions and protects the environment.
  1. * Option/accessory.
  2. 1 If the car is moving, the engine can be started by turning the start knob clockwise.