This chapter contains information on the following subjects:
→ Technical requirements→ Fitting the removable ball coupling
→ Removing the ball coupling→ Hitching and connecting the trailer
→ Loading the trailer→ Towing a trailer
→ Trailer stabilisation→ Retrofitting a towing bracket
→ Maximum permitted trailer weights→ Maximum permitted gross combination weight
Observe any country-specific regulations when towing a trailer and using a towing bracket.
Your car is intended mainly for transporting passengers and luggage; however it can also be used to tow a trailer or caravan, provided that it is fitted with the necessary equipment. This additional load will affect the durability, fuel consumption and performance of the vehicle and, in certain circumstances, could shorten the service intervals.
Driving with a trailer places an extra load on the vehicle. It also means that the driver has to concentrate even harder on driving.
In low temperatures, fit winter tyres to both the vehicle and the trailer.
The maximum permitted weight exerted by the trailer drawbar on the ball coupling of the towing bracket must not exceed 75 kg.
Vehicles with start/stop system
When using towing brackets that were not retrofitted by Volkswagen, the start/stop system must be switched off manually using the button in the dash panel before you start towing a trailer and must remain switched off as long as a trailer is being towed .
Additional information and warnings:
WARNINGIt is dangerous to transport people in a trailer. It may also be illegal.
Improper use of the towing bracket can cause injury and accidents.
WARNINGTowing a trailer and transporting heavy or bulky items can change the way the vehicle handles. This could lead to accidents.
WARNINGThe start/stop system must always be switched off manually when towing a trailer using towing brackets that have not been retrofitted by Volkswagen. Otherwise faults can occur in the brake system, possibly resulting in accidents and serious injuries.
Always switch off the anti-theft alarm when a trailer is being hitched or unhitched . The tilt sensor could otherwise trigger an alarm unnecessarily.
In new vehicles, do not tow a trailer during the first 1,000 km .
Volkswagen recommends removing the ball coupling before driving without a trailer. The level of damage sustained during a rear-end collision could be greater for vehicles with a fitted ball coupling than for those without.
In some models, the towing bracket is needed while towing vehicles. For this reason, store the towing bracket ball coupling in the vehicle at all times.
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