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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual: Park Distance Control (PDC)

Fig. 143 In the center console: Button to switch the Park Distance Control system on or off.

Fig. 144 Park Distance Control system sensors

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

The Park Distance Control System sensors are in the front and rear bumpers ⇒ Exterior views .

Switching the Park Distance Control system on and off manually

  • Push the button once⇒ Fig. 143  when the ignition is switched on to switch on Park Distance Control on.
  • Push the button again when the ignition is switched on to switch Park Distance Control off.

Switching the Park Distance Control system on and off automatically

  • Turn on: Shift into Reverse ((R) on an automatic transmission vehicle) when the ignition is on.
  • Turn off: Drive faster than about 10 mph (15 km/h ).

A chime sounds to tell you that the system is on. If the chime does not sound, PDC is not working. Have the system inspected by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or an authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.

Special considerations when using Park Distance Control

  • In some cases, the Park Distance Control interprets water and ice on the sensors as an obstacle.
  • If the distance remains the same, the warning tone volume decreases after a few seconds. If a continuous tone sounds, its volume remains the same.
  • If the vehicle moves away from the obstacle, the beeping sound stops automatically. The beep turns on again automatically if the vehicle approaches the obstacle again.
  • For vehicles with automatic transmissions, there is no beeping when the transmission is in Park (P).
  • The volume of the audible signals can be adjusted by an authorized Volkswagen dealership or an authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.


Never rely completely on the PDC for information about people and objects that might be in the way of the vehicle and could be struck by the vehicle causing serious personal injury.
  • The PDC sensors have blind spots where they cannot detect people or objects.
  • Always watch for people, especially small children and animals, because the sensors may not always be able to detect them.

If you hear a long beep lasting about 3 seconds when you first turn PDC on or the indicator light in the button starts blinking, this means there is a malfunction in the Park Distance Control system. Switch off the Park Distance Control system with the button and have it immediately checked by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or an authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.

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