Selection of level - Sport mode
The ESC system is always activated - it cannot be deactivated.
However, the driver can select the Sport mode, which allows for a more active driving experience.
Sport mode is selected in the menu system MY CAR. For a description of the menu system, see MY CAR.
In Sport mode the system detects whether the accelerator pedal, steering wheel movements and cornering are more active than in normal driving and then allows controlled skidding with the rear section up to a certain level before it intervenes and stabilises the car.
If, for example, the driver stops a controlled skid by releasing the accelerator pedal, then the ESC system intervenes and stabilises the car.
With Sport mode, maximum traction is also obtained if the car has become stuck, or when driving on a loose surface - e.g. sand or deep snow.
Sport mode is indicated in the combined instrument panel by means of this symbol illuminating with a constant glow until the driver deselects the function or until the engine is switched off - after the next time the engine is started the ESC system is back in its normal mode again.