One of the perks of owning a Volkswagen is the nearly unending list of features and functions. In addition to referencing the important information in your owner’s manual, we shine a spotlight on some of our favorite tips and tutorials.
Bluetooth® technology 1
Built-in Bluetooth technology is one feature many people may not know how to take advantage of. But using Bluetooth can enable you to make and receive phone calls and stream music wirelessly from your compatible device to your car’s audio system (if your vehicle is properly equipped). To get started: If your Volkswagen model has the MIB infotainment system (called “Composition Media” or “Discover Media Navigation”), ensure your vehicle is parked in a secure location, then turn your vehicle on and search for “VW BT [last 4 digits of VIN]” on your electronic device. For those with a RCD or RNS system, look for “VW PHONE.” Then, follow the setup instructions as prompted by your system. For models with steering wheel controls, use your compatible Volkswagen infotainment system, select ”MEDIA” and then select “BT Audio”.
Seat Positions 1
Few things in a car are as critical as seating position. A properly adjusted seat helps you maintain the correct arm and body distance and position to help you drive. In a Volkswagen, the basic manually adjusted front seats have three levers (fore/aft, recline, and height-adjust); front seats with lumbar support will have four levers. To adjust the front seats, use the controls on the door side of the seat to move forward and back; the control on the side to adjust lumbar support; and the controls on the lower side to set both seat height and the backrest angle.
On select models equipped with the available memory seat positions feature, you can find your perfect driver seat positioning even if someone else has been driving. To set memory positions, ensure the vehicle is parked in a secure location, turn the car on and start by setting the seat, lumbar support and side view mirrors to your desired driver seat position. Press and release the “Set” button on the memory seat control (either on the door panel or on the driver’s seat base), and then choose one of the numbered seating positions — 1, 2 or 3. Press and hold the desired button (1, 2 or 3) briefly, until you hear a chime. If your driver seat gets moved, with the engine on and the door open, you can simply press and release the button of your preset spot. Or when the car is on and the driver door is closed, press and hold the button of your preset spot until the seat and mirrors return to your preferred position.
Daylight-Saving Time Setup1
When daylight-saving time starts and ends, you’ll want to change your Volkswagen vehicle’s clock. If you have a 2016 Golf with available multifunction steering wheel you can go to the Settings menu and toggle back and forth between “Standard” and “Daylight-Saving Time” using the buttons on either side when the vehicle is parked. If you have a Jetta, Passat, or Tiguan, you can use the multifunction steering wheel to select the setting menu, then “Time,” then “Daylight-Savings Time.” No steering-wheel-mounted buttons? With the ignition on, press the “Menu” or “Clock” button on the instrument cluster to highlight the hour; press the “0” or “Set” button to advance the hour. Press the “Menu” or “Clock” button once again to highlight the minutes; press the “0” or “Set” button to advance the minutes. Once you’ve finished, press the “Menu” or “Clock” button once again to complete the procedure.
Car Lock Help 1
Your key fob operates using a battery. If the battery unexpectedly wears out before you can replace it and you don’t have a spare fob, or if the vehicle itself cannot respond to the key fob, there’s a last option to use in a pinch to unlock some Volkswagen vehicles that have a traditional lock tumbler: Underneath the driver’s side handle is a key slot. Some models, such as Jetta and Beetle, have a traditional exposed lock tumbler. If yours does not, put your key in the slot and pull the handle back and toward you to gently pop off the cover. There, you’ll find a manual keyhole to unlock the door. Note that once you manually unlock the door and enter the vehicle, the alarm may begin to sound, but rest assured that when you hold the fob over the “dummy” ignition tumbler or insert the key into the ignition, the alarm will stop, as the key has communicated with the vehicle’s immobilizer system. Once you replace the fob battery, return the lock tumbler cover.
Know your VW
For more information, including tutorial videos and a quick-start guide for your specific Volkswagen model, check out the Know Your VW website. And download the free mobile app to your compatible iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet. 2