Starting and driving

Start engine

Updated 7/23/2018

The engine is started using the remote control key and the ignition dial in the tunnel console.

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Ignition dial in the tunnel console.

Ignition dial in the tunnel console.

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

To start the engine:

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 keyless locking/unlocking option (Passive Entry*), the key can be anywhere in the car.

Make sure that gear position P or N is selected.

Depress the brake pedal fullyIf the car is moving, then you simply need to turn the ignition dial towards START to start the engine..

Turn the ignition dial to START and release it. The control automatically returns to its starting position.


For diesel-engined cars, there may be a slight delay before the engine can be started.

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

Backup reader

Backup reader's location in the tunnel console.

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


When the remote control key is placed in the cup holder, make sure that no other car keys, metal objects or electronic apparatus (e.g. mobile phones, tablets, laptops or chargers) are in the cup holder. Several car keys close to each other in the cup holder can cause interference with each other.

If the message Car startSystem 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.


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


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.

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