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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual: Lights and Vision features

Read and follow the introductory information and safety information firstIntroduction to the subject 

Daytime running lights

Separate lamps are installed in the headlights or in the front bumper for the daytime running lights.

When the daytime running lights are switched on, only these separate lamps come on ⇒ .

The daytime running lights are switched on whenever the ignition is switched on and the light switch is in position or . The or indicator light in the instrument cluster indicates that the feature is active ⇒ Indicator lights .

If the light switch is in position , a low light sensor switches the instrument and switch lighting on and off automatically.

The daytime running lights can be activated and deactivated in the Lights & Vision menu in the instrument cluster display ⇒ Volkswagen Information System .

Turning on DRL Turning off DRL
Press and hold the turn signal lever and high beam switch up and to the back (right turn signal and headlight flasher). Press and hold the turn signal lever and high beam switch down and to the back (left turn signal and headlight flasher).
Switch the ignition on for about 3 seconds and then off again.

Daytime running lights (DRL) parking feature

Some models are equipped with a daytime running lights (DRL) parking feature that switches the daytime running lights off when the vehicle is parked and the ignition is switched on.

Function Action
Switching the DRL parking feature on: – Switch the ignition on.

– Turn the light switch to the position.

– Set the parking brake.
Switching the DRL parking feature off: – Release the parking brake.

OR: Turn the light switch to the position.

OR: Switch the ignition off.

Static cornering lights

Your vehicle may have fog lights under the front bumper that are also static cornering lights. At speeds below about 25 mph (40 km/h), the light on one side of the vehicle will come on when you turn a corner. If you turn to the right, the right fog light comes on; turn left and the left fog light comes on. The light dims and goes out when the steering wheel is straightened out again.

When you move the selector lever to Reverse (R), the static cornering lights on both sides of the vehicle may come on so that you can see the area around the vehicle better when backing up.

The static cornering lights work only when the headlights are on. If you are using automatic headlight control (headlight switch in the () position) ⇒ Fig. 82  they work only when the headlights have been automatically switched on. The static cornering lights do not come on when the headlight switch is in the position or when the fog lights themselves have been switched on ⇒ Switching lights on and off .

Automatic headlight control

Automatic headlight control is a convenience feature only and cannot always recognize all lighting and driving situations.

If the light switch is in the position, both vehicle lighting and instrument and switch lighting are automatically switched on and off in the following situations ⇒ :

Automatic activation: Automatic deactivation:
If the low light sensor registers darkness, for example when driving through a tunnel. If sufficient brightness is registered.
If the rain sensor recognizes rain and switches the windshield wipers on. If the windshield wipers have not moved for several minutes.

Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)

The Adaptive Front Lighting System works only with the low beams switched on and only at speeds above about 6 mph (10 km/h). The swivel-mounted lamps automatically improve road illumination during cornering.

On vehicles equipped with the Adaptive Front Lighting System, the feature is switched on and off via the Assistant menu ⇒ Volkswagen Information System .

On some models, the headlights move independently of each other, even in straight-ahead driving. They adapt to weather conditions and speed to better illuminate the roadway. The headlights return to their original position after a delay, depending on the speed of the vehicle.

Warning

Crashes and other accidents can happen when you cannot see the road ahead and when you cannot be seen by other motorists.
  • Never use daytime running lights (DRL) to see where you are going. DRL are not bright enough to light up the roadway and be seen by other motorists. You will not be able to see far enough ahead for safety, especially at dusk or when it is dark. Always switch on the low-beam headlights at dusk or when it is dark.
  • The taillights do not come on when the daytime running lights are switched on. A vehicle without taillights on cannot be seen by others in bad weather, at dusk, or when it is dark.
  • If automatic headlight control () is switched on, the low-beam headlights still may not be switched on in fog or heavy rain. You have to switch on the low-beam headlights yourself.

In cool or humid weather, the insides of the headlights, rear lights, and turn signals can temporarily fog up. This is normal and does not affect the service life of the vehicle's lighting system.

Applicable only in Canada

    Switching lights on and off
    Fig. 82 Headlight switch next to the steering wheel: Ⓐ vehicles with front fog lights. Ⓑ vehicles without front fog lights. Read and follow the introductory information and safety information ...

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