Starting the car

The car is started using the ignition dial in the tunnel console when a key is in the car.


Before starting:

  • Fasten the seatbelt.
  • Adjust the seat, steering wheel and mirrors.
  • Make sure that the brake pedal can be fully depressed.
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Start knob in the tunnel console.
Make sure the key is in the car1.
Put the seatbelt on.
Depress the brake pedal.2.

Turn the start knob clockwise and release it.

The car starts and the ignition dial automatically returns to its original position.

Change gear to D or R.


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.

When the engine is started, the starter motor works until the engine is started or until its overheating protection triggers3.

Error messages

If the message Car key not detected is shown, place the key by the back-up reader. Then try to start the car again.

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Backup reader's location in the tunnel console.


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


Never remove the key from the car while driving or during towing.


Always take the 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. 1 For cars with passive start, the key needs to be located in the front part of the passenger compartment.
  2. 2 If the car is moving, the engine can be started by turning the start knob clockwise.
  3. 3 Does not apply to KERS cars where the alternator is used for starting.