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Volkswagen Golf Owners Manual: Introduction

This chapter contains information on the following subjects:

 → Displays  

 → Radar sensor  

 → Operating the area monitoring system (Front Assist)  

 → Temporarily switch off the area monitoring system (Front Assist) in the following situations  

 → City emergency brake function  

 → System limits  

The area monitoring system (Front Assist) helps to avoid rear-end collisions.

Front Assist can warn the driver about imminent collisions, prepare the vehicle for emergency braking in case of danger, assist with braking, and initiate automatic braking.

Front Assist is not a substitute for the full concentration of the driver.

Additional information and warnings:

Distance warning

If the system detects danger from driving too close to the vehicle in front, within the speed range of approx. 60 km/h (37 mph) up to 210 km/h (130 mph), the system can warn the driver by showing a corresponding message in the instrument cluster display  .

The warning period varies according to the traffic situation and the driver's response.

Advance warning

If the system detects a danger of collision with the vehicle ahead, within the speed range of approx. 30 km/h (18 mph) up to 210 km/h (130 mph), the system can warn the driver by emitting a warning tone and showing a corresponding message in the instrument cluster display  .

The warning period varies according to the traffic situation and the driver's response. At the same time it prepares the vehicle for possible emergency braking  .

Urgent warning

If the driver fails to respond to the advance warning, within a speed range of approx. 30 km/h (18 mph) to 210 km/h (130 mph), the system can initiate a quick jolt of the brake in order to draw the driver's attention to the increasing danger of a collision.

Automatic braking

If the driver does not react to the acute warning, within a speed range of approx. 5 km/h (3 mph) to 210 km/h (130 mph), the vehicle can brake automatically using brake pressure with gradually increasing intensity. By reducing speed during a possible collision the system can help to minimise the consequences of an accident.

Brake assistance

If Front Assist detects that the driver is not braking sufficiently when there is a risk of collision, the system can increase the braking force and thereby help to prevent a collision within a speed range of approx. 5 km/h (3 mph) to 210 km/h (130 mph). Brake assistance works only for as long as the brake pedal is pressed hard.

WARNING

The intelligent technology used in Front Assist cannot overcome the laws of physics. The driver is always responsible for braking in time. If Front Assist issues a warning, immediately apply the foot brake to slow the vehicle down or avoid the obstacle, depending on the traffic situation.

The brake pedal feels harder when Front Assist triggers the brakes.

Automatic braking intervention by Front Assist can be stopped by depressing the clutch, the accelerator, or through a steering intervention.

Deactivate Front Assist if it does not function as described in this chapter, e.g. if multiple unwanted interventions occur. Have the system checked by a qualified workshop. Volkswagen recommends using a Volkswagen dealership for this purpose.

Area monitoring system (Front Assist)
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Displays
Fig. 172 In the instrument cluster display: distance warning display Fig. 173 The display in the instrument cluster: advance warning display First read and observe the introductory information ...

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