Starting the Engine

Models without keyless access system
  1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.
Continuously variable transmission models
  1. Check that the shift lever is in P, then depress the brake pedal.
    • Although it is possible to start the vehicle in N, it is safer to start it in P.
Manual transmission models
  1. Check that the shift lever is in N. Then depress the brake pedal with your right foot, and the clutch pedal with your left foot.
    • The clutch pedal must be fully depressed to start the engine.
Petrol models
  1. Turn the ignition switch to START III without depressing the accelerator pedal.
Diesel models
  1. Wait until the glow plugs indicator goes off, then turn the ignition switch to START III without depressing the accelerator pedal.
Detail
Keep your foot firmly on the brake pedal when starting the engine.

Petrol models
The engine is harder to start in cold weather and in thinner air found at altitudes above 2,400 metres.

When starting the engine in cold weather, turn off all electrical accessories such as the lights, heating and cooling system*/climate control system*, and rear demister in order to reduce battery drain.

If the exhaust system sounds abnormal or you can smell exhaust gas inside the vehicle, have your vehicle checked by a dealer. There may be a problem with the engine or exhaust system.

The immobilizer system protects your vehicle from theft. If an improperly coded device is used, the engine’s fuel system is disabled.

Do not hold the key in START III for more than 10 seconds.
Petrol models
  • If the engine does not start right away, wait for at least 30 seconds before trying again.
  • If the engine starts, but then immediately stops, wait at least 30 seconds before repeating step 3 while gently depressing the accelerator pedal.
    Release the accelerator pedal once the engine starts.
Diesel models
  • If the engine does not start right away, wait for at least 30 seconds before trying again.
  • If the engine starts, but then immediately stops, wait at least 30 seconds before repeating step 3 while gently depressing the accelerator pedal.
    Release the accelerator pedal once the engine starts.

Diesel models
When the ambient temperature is extremely low, the engine peak power may be restricted at starting the engine. This is to help the fuel flow for the normal engine operation.
Diesel models
For proper lubrication, the engine must not be run above fast idle speed until the low oil pressure indicator goes off.
Avoid harsh acceleration or labouring the engine before the normal operating temperature has been reached.

Starting to Drive

Continuously variable transmission models
  1. Keeping your right foot on the brake pedal, release the parking brake. Check that the parking brake indicator has gone off.
  2. Put the shift lever in D. Select R when reversing.
  3. Gradually release the brake pedal and gently depress the accelerator pedal to pull away.

Hill start assist system*

Hill start assist keeps the brake engaged briefly to help to prevent the vehicle from rolling on inclines as you move your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator.

Manual transmission models

Depress the clutch pedal, and shift to one of the forward gears when facing uphill, or R when facing downhill, then release the brake pedal.

Continuously variable transmission models

Move the shift lever to D or S when facing uphill, or R when facing downhill, then release the brake pedal.

Detail
Hill start assist may not prevent the vehicle from rolling downhill on a very steep or slippery slope, and does not operate on small inclines.
Hill start assist is not a replacement for the parking brake.

* Not available on all models

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