Audi A3  Setting off  Driving  Electro-mechanical parking brake
Applies to vehicles: with hold assist
The hold assist helps the driver if the vehicle is stationary for a long period or very often, for instance at traffic lights, on steep gradients or in stop-and-go traffic.
Switching on the hold assist
Important: The driver's door must be closed and the engine must be running.
Press button -A- Fig. 1 in the centre console to switch on the hold assist function. The LED in button -A- will light up.
Stopping with the hold assist
Once it detects that the vehicle has stopped, the hold assist keeps the vehicle stationary. In this case, a green indicator lamp lights up in the instrument cluster. You can now take your foot off the brake pedal.
Drive off in the normal way: the brake will be released automatically and the vehicle will start moving.
Switching off the hold assist
Press button -A- to switch off the hold assist function. The LED in button -A- will go out.
In certain situations, the hold assist transfers the job of holding the vehicle to the parking brake. As soon as the parking brake is holding the vehicle still, the warning lamp appears in the instrument cluster.
Driver message
Hold assist: only available when door is closed, seat belt is fastened and engine is running
If this message appears, make sure that the door is closed, the seat belt is buckled and the engine is running.
The intelligent technology in the hold assist function cannot defy the laws of physics. Do not let the extra convenience afforded by the hold assist function tempt you into taking any risks when driving – this can cause accidents.
  • The hold assist cannot keep the vehicle stationary in all conditions on a gradient (e.g. if the road is slippery or icy).
  • Always ensure that the vehicle is stopped properly and safely - risk of accident!
Switch off the hold assist function before driving the vehicle into a car wash.
  • Automatic gearbox: When the hold assist function is switched on, it stops the vehicle from creeping forwards when you take your foot off the brake pedal.
  • In certain situations, the hold assist cannot hold the vehicle. The LED in the button will go out.

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