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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual: Hill Hold

Hill Hold helps keep the vehicle from rolling backwards when starting out on a hill, for example after stopping at a traffic light. You don't have to apply and release the parking brake while depressing the accelerator. For Hill Hold to work, the engine must be running and the vehicle must be in First Gear or Reverse (manual transmission) or in Drive (D), Sport Drive (S), or Reverse (R) (automatic transmission) and you must use the foot brake to hold the vehicle before starting to move.

Hill Hold keeps the brake applied for not quite 2 seconds with the same force you used to prevent the vehicle from moving. This gives you time to take your foot off the brake, let the clutch out on a manual transmission vehicle, and gently depress the accelerator to get the vehicle moving again. If you do not depress the accelerator pedal and get the vehicle moving again within this time, the brakes will release and the vehicle will roll downhill. Furthermore, if any requirement for engaging Hill Hold is no longer met while the vehicle is stopped, Hill Hold disengages and the brakes are automatically released and will no longer hold the vehicle.

Hill Hold is activated automatically when the following conditions are all met at the same time.

Points 1 to 3 must all be met at the same time:
  Manual transmission Automatic transmission
1. Hold the stopped vehicle on an incline with the foot or parking brake.
2. The engine must be running smoothly.
3. A manual transmission vehicle must be in 1st gear (1) if headed up a hill or in Reverse (R) if backing up a hill; you must hold the clutch down and the foot brake must be depressed to keep the vehicle from moving. An automatic transmission vehicle must be in Reverse (R), Drive (D), or Sport Drive (S) and the foot brake must be depressed to keep the vehicle from moving.
  Release the brake as you let the clutch out and gently depress the accelerator. Release the brake as you gently depress the accelerator.

Hill Hold is immediately deactivated:

  • If any requirement listed in the table above is no longer met (see ⇒ Hill Hold is activated automatically when the following conditions are all met at the same time. ).
  • If the engine is not running smoothly or the engine malfunctions.
  • If the engine stalls or is switched off.
  • Automatic transmission vehicles: If the transmission is in Neutral (N).
  • Automatic transmission vehicles: If a tire does not have enough road contact (such as when the vehicle is tipped or at an angle).


The intelligent technology of Hill Hold cannot overcome the laws of physics. Never let the increased convenience provided by Hill Hold tempt you into taking risks.
  • The Hill Hold feature cannot hold the vehicle in all hill start situations (for example, if the surface is icy or slippery).
  • Hill Hold can only help keep the vehicle from moving for less than 2 seconds. After that, the brakes will be released and the vehicle can roll down the hill.
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