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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual: Starter button

Fig. 128 USA: In the center console: Starter button of the Keyless Access locking and starting system.

Fig. 129 Emergency starting feature on vehicles with Keyless Access.

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

The starter button can only be used when an authorized vehicle key is in the vehicle.

When leaving the vehicle, the electronic steering column lock is activated when the ignition is switched off and the driver door is opened ⇒ Steering .

Switching the ignition on and off

  • Briefly press the starter button once without depressing the brake or clutch pedals ⇒ .

Emergency start function

If an authorized remote control vehicle key is in the passenger compartment but the instrument cluster displays Key not in Range when you push the starter button, the remote control vehicle key battery is weak or dead. You can still start the engine using the Emergency start feature:

  • Make sure the selector lever is in the Park  (P) position.
  • Hold the remote control vehicle key against the right side of the steering column trim immediately after pressing the starter button ⇒ Fig. 129 .
  • The ignition automatically switches on.

Emergency shut-off

If the engine does not switch off by briefly pressing the starter button, emergency shutoff is necessary:

  • Press the starter button twice within 1 second or once for more than 2 seconds ⇒ ⇒ Stopping the engine .
  • The engine switches off automatically.

Engine restart function

If no authorized remote control vehicle key is identified in the passenger compartment after the engine has been switched off, the engine can be restarted within about 5 seconds. A related message is shown in the display of the instrument cluster.

After the 5 seconds have passed, the engine can no longer be started without an authorized vehicle key in the passenger compartment.


Unintended vehicle movement can cause serious personal injury.
  • Do not depress the brake or clutch pedals when switching on the ignition, as the engine could otherwise start immediately.


Improper use of vehicle keys can result in serious personal injury.
  • Always take the key with you when you leave the vehicle. Children or unauthorized persons may use it to lock the vehicle, start the engine, and operate vehicle systems such as the power windows, leading to serious personal injury.
  • Never leave children, disabled persons, or anyone who cannot help themselves in the vehicle. The doors can be locked using the remote control vehicle key. This could result in people being trapped in the vehicle in an emergency. For example, depending on the time of year, people trapped in the vehicle can be exposed to very high or very low temperatures.
  • Heat buildup in the passenger and luggage compartment of a parked vehicle can result in temperatures in the vehicle that are much higher than the outside temperatures, particularly in summer. Temperatures can quickly reach levels that can cause unconsciousness and death, particularly to small children.

If the ignition is switched on or the engine is running and the driver door is opened, a chime sounds. The chime is also a reminder to switch off the engine and turn off the ignition before leaving and locking the vehicle from the outside.

Applicable only in the United States

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