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Luggage compar tmentLoading the luggage compartment
Loads in the luggage compartment should be safely
secured.To maintain safe handling on the road, please observe the
– Distribute the weight as evenly as possible.
– Position heavy items as far forward as possible ⇒fig. 82.
– Secure the load with the luggage net* or with non-elastic
straps secured to the fastening rings* ⇒page 79.
Unsecured objects in the luggage compartment can suddenly
shift and cause changes in the handling of the vehicle.
In an accident or a sudden manoeuvre, loose objects in the
passenger compartment can be flung forward and possibly injure
Always store objects in the luggage compartment and secure
with suitable straps. This is especially important for heavy
When you transport heavy objects, always keep in mind that a
change of the centre of gravity can also cause changes in vehicle
Please observe the important safety warnings ⇒page 186,
Adjust the tyre pressure to match the vehicle loading - the correct
pressures are specified on the sticker on the end face of the driver's
door.Applies to vehicles: with fastening ringsFastening rings
There are four fastening rings in the luggage compart-
ment which can be used to secure loads.– Use the fastening rings to secure the load ⇒fig. 83
Fig. 82 Heavy items
s h o u l d b e p l a c e d a s fa r
forwards as possible.
Fig. 83 Location of
fastening rings in
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– Please refer to the safety notes ⇒page 193.Applies to vehicles: with stretch netStretch net / retaining net
The stretch net / retaining net can be used to secure light
items in the luggage compartment.Stretch net
– First secure the front hooks in the fastening rings
–Then secure the rear hooks in the fastening rings.Retaining net
– Secure the hooks of the retaining net to the fastening
rings at the bottom of the tail panel ⇒fig. 85.
– Pull down the retaining hooks at the top of the luggage
compartment. Pull up the net and attach the loops of the
net to the retaining hooks.
You can also use the retaining hooks ⇒fig. 85 to secure light items
of luggage, such as shopping bags, etc.
The hooks will fold up again by themselves when not in use.
The retaining net should only be used to hold objects weighing up
to 5 kg. Heavier objects cannot be safely secured (injury risk).Side storage compartment
The DVD player for the navigation system* is located in
the left side compartment in the luggage compartment.
Fig. 84 Stretch net laid
outFig. 85 Stretch net
attached in position as
Fig. 86 Luggage
trim with closed
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– To open the storage compartment, pull the handle
⇒page 80, fig. 86.DVD player for navigation system*
The DVD player for the navigation system is located in this storage
compartment ⇒fig. 87 in the luggage compartment. For more
information, please refer to the Infotainment/MMI Operating
Manual.Extending the luggage compartment
The two sections of the backrest can be folded forwards
either together or separately to increase the capacity of
the luggage compartment.
Folding down backrest
– Press the release lever ⇒fig. 88 in the direction indi-
– Fold down the backrest.
Returning backrest to an upright position
– Push the backrest up until it engages securely ⇒. The
red marking on the tab should no longer be visible
when the backrest is properly secured.When the backrest is properly engaged in its upright position, it can
be locked and unlocked with the key ⇒fig. 89. This prevents unau-
thorised access to the luggage compartment from inside the
Make sure that the rear backrest is securely locked in position
so that the seat belt can provide proper protection on the centre
The rear backrest must always be securely latched so that
objects stored in the luggage compartment will not fly forward
during sudden braking.
Fig. 87 Luggage
player for navigation
systemFig. 88 Backrest
Fig. 89 Locking the
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CautionWhen returning the backrest to an upright position, make sure that
the seat belts for the outer rear seats are in their guides so that they
cannot be caught up and damaged in the catches for the backrest.Storage shelf
The storage shelf behind the rear backrest should only be
used to store light articles of clothing.
Do not store any heavy or hard objects on the storage shelf. They
could cause injury if the brakes are applied suddenly.
Please note that hard objects could chafe against the wires of the
heating element in the rear window and cause damage.
Make sure that the slots between the rear window and the storage
shelf are kept clear to ensure unimpaired ventilation.
Applies to vehicles: with load-through hatchLoad-through hatch with transport bag
You can use the load-through hatch and the removable
ski bag to transport skis or other extra-long objects safely
inside the vehicle without soiling or damaging the uphol-
– In the passenger compartment, pull down the centre rear
– You will then see the inside cover of the load-through
hatch - pull the release catch downwards ⇒fig. 90
-arrow- to fold the hatch down.
Fig. 90 Rear seat:
Cover of load-through
hatchFig. 91 Securing the
ski bag with the centre
seat belt buckle on the
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– Open the boot lid.
– Open out the ski bag and fill it with the items you wish to
– Push the ski bag from the luggage compartment into the
passenger compartment through the opening in the
– Insert the fastening belt ⇒page 82, fig. 91 of the ski
bag into the centre seat belt buckle .
– Pull the free end of belt to tighten.
– Pull the ski bag towards the rear through the opening in
– Close the cover of the load-through hatch in the
–Fold up the ski bag.
The ski bag must be secured in place with the fastening belt after
it has been loaded.
Allow the ski bag to dry before folding it up.
Roof carrierApplies to vehicles: with roof carrier: Under development at the time of printDescription
Additional loads can be transported using the roof carrier.Note the following points if you intend to carry loads on the roof:•
The rain channels are moulded into the roof as part of the aero-
dynamic roof design. It is therefore not possible to mount conven-
tional roof luggage racks. We recommend using the carrier units
from the range of Audi Genuine accessories.
These carrier units form the basic elements of a complete roof
carrier system. Special fixtures must then be added in order to
safely transport luggage, bicycles, skis, surf boards or boats on the
roof. All the elements of this system are available from Audi dealers.Caution
Any damage to the vehicle caused by the use of other types of roof
rack or incorrect installation will not be covered by the factory
warranty. The roof carrier system must therefore be installed exactly
according to the instructions provided.
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Seats and storage 84Attachment points
The roof carrier must be attached at the marked points
The feet of the roof carrier must always be attached at the position
where the holes in the roof frame are located ⇒fig. 92. The holes
are only visible when the doors are open. When using roof carriers
with pins, make sure that the pins are securely fixed in the holes
when mounting the carrier units.
After driving a few kilometres, check that the roof carrier is
Each roof carrier has a marking to indicate whether it is to be fitted
at the front or rear of the vehicle.
Roof loadLoads carried on the roof must be securely attached. The
car's handling is affected when transporting loads.The maximum permissible roof load for your vehicle is 90 kg. The
load limit applies to the combined weight of the carrier system and
the load itself.
It will not be possible to carry the full maximum load if the roof
carrier you are using is rated for a load which is less than this figure.
Do not exceed the maximum weight limit for the roof carrier, which
is listed in the fitting instructions.
To prevent accidents, loads carried on the roof must be
Do not exceed the maximum roof load for the vehicle, the
maximum axle loads or the maximum gross vehicle weight, as this
could cause an accident.
When transporting heavy or bulky loads on the roof, bear in
mind that the car's handling is affected by the extra weight on the
roof and a possible susceptibility to cross winds. Adjust your
speed and driving style accordingly to avoid accidents.For the sake of the environment
The increased air resistance when the roof carrier is fitted means
that the vehicle uses more fuel. For this reason you should always
take off the roof carrier when it is not in use.
Fig. 92 Attachment
points for carrier units
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Cup holdersFront cup holder
– Two drinks can be placed in this cup holder ⇒fig. 93.
Opening rear cup holder
– Press the symbol
Placing drinks in rear cup holder
– To adjust the arm of the cup holder , move it in the
direction indicated by the arrow.– Position the cup in the holder and let go of the arm. The
arm will move back automatically to secure the cup.
Closing cup holder
– Press the middle piece between the two arms and push
the cup holder back into the shaft as far as it will go.
The retainer arm should be positioned against the drinks container
so that it is held securely.
One or two drink containers can be held in the centre armrest.
Do not put any hot drinks in the cup holders while the vehicle
is moving. You could be scalded if the hot liquid is spilt.
Do not use hard china cups or glasses. These could cause injury
in the event of an accident.Caution
You should avoid putting open drinks containers in the cup holders.
The drinks could otherwise spill over and cause damage to e.g. the
electrical equipment or the seat covers.
Fig. 93 Centre console:
Front cup holderFig. 94 Cup holder in
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Seats and storage 86AshtraysFront ashtrayOpening ashtray
– Slide the cover open.
– Lightly press the cover to make the ashtray close auto-
–Slide the switch ⇒fig. 95 to the right to release the
– Take out the ashtray ⇒fig. 95.
– Insert the ashtray and press it into its mountings.
Never put waste paper in the ashtray, as this could cause a fire.
Rear ashtrayOpening ashtray
– Pull the front lip of the ashtray ⇒fig. 96 in the direc-
tion of the arrow.
– Press down the retainer and take out the ashtray.
– Place the ashtray in the holder.
Never put waste paper in the ashtray, as this could cause a fire.
Fig. 95 Centre console:
Fig. 96 Rear centre
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Cigarette lighter and electrical
socketsCigarette lighterUsing cigarette lighter
– Open the cover of the front ashtray.
– Press in the cigarette lighter knob.
– Wait for the lighter to spring out.
– Pull out the cigarette lighter immediately.
– Use the glowing heater element of the cigarette lighter to
light your cigarette.
– Put the cigarette lighter back in its socket.
Operating electrical socket
– Take out the cigarette lighter.
– Insert the plug of the electrical appliance into the ciga-
rette lighter socket.
The cigarette lighter employs a standard 12 Volt socket which can
also be used as a power source for electrical appliances. The appli-
ances connected to the socket must not exceed a power rating of
The cigarette lighter only works when the ignition is on.
Take care when using the cigarette lighter. Carelessness or
negligence when using the cigarette lighter can cause burns.
The electrical sockets and any appliances connected to them
will operate only when the ignition is switched on. Improper use
of the electrical sockets or the appliances connected to them can
cause injuries or fire. To avoid the risk of injury, never leave chil-
dren unsupervised in the vehicle with the key.Caution
Always use the correct type of plugs to avoid damaging the
The cigarette lighter socket should only be used for a short
period of time as a power source for electrical equipment. Please
use the electrical sockets* ⇒page 88 in the vehicle when
connecting equipment for longer periods.Note
Using electrical appliances with the engine switched off will drain
Fig. 97 Front ashtray
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Seats and storage 88Applies to vehicles: with 12 Volt sockets12 Volt sockets
Electrical equipment can be connected to both 12 Volt
sockets.Electrical socket in luggage compartment and
front centre console
– Open the cover cap concealing the socket ⇒fig. 98.
– Insert the plug of the electrical appliance into the socket.
Electrical socket in rear centre console
– Fold up the lid ⇒page 89, fig. 100 to access the socket.– Insert the plug of the electrical appliance into the socket.
Electrical equipment can be connected to the 12 Volt socket. The
appliances connected to the socket must not exceed a power rating
of 150 W.
The electrical sockets and any appliances connected to them will
operate only when the ignition is switched on. Improper use of the
electrical sockets or the appliances connected to them can cause
injuries or fire. To avoid the risk of injury, never leave children
unsupervised in the vehicle with the key.
To avoid damage to the vehicle's electrical system, never
connect equipment that generates electrical current, such as a solar
panel or battery charger, to the 12 Volt sockets or cigarette lighter in
order to charge the vehicle's battery.
Use only equipment which has been tested for electromagnetic
compatibility in compliance with EC Directive 2004/104/EC.Note
Using electrical appliances with the engine switched off will drain
Fig. 98 Detail of the
side trim in the
12 Volt socketFig. 99 Electrical
socket in the centre
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