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Operator's Manual
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Welcome to the world of Mercedes-Benz


Before you drive off, please familiarize
yourself with your vehicle and read this
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Index ....................................................... 4 At a glance ........................................... 23

Introduction ......................................... 17 Safety ................................................... 33

Opening and closing ........................... 67

Seats, steering wheel and mirrors .... 89

Lights and windshield wipers .......... 101

Climate control ................................. 117

Driving and parking .......................... 127

On-board computer and displays .... 161

Loading, stowing and features ........ 205

Maintenance and care ...................... 231

Roadside Assistance ........................ 243

Tires and wheels ............................... 263

Technical data ................................... 291


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1, 2, 3 ... Air-recirculation mode


Activating/deactivating ................. 123
115 V socket ...................................... 218 Air vents ............................................. 124
12 V socket ........................................ 217 Glove box ....................................... 125
4ETS Important safety information ......... 124
see ETS/4ETS Rear ............................................... 125
4MATIC (permanent four-wheel Setting the center air vents ........... 124
drive) .................................................. 156 Setting the side air vents ............... 124
Alarm system
A see ATA
ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) Anti-lock Braking System
Display message ............................ 181 see ABS
Function/notes ................................ 62 Anti-Theft Alarm system
Warning lamp ................................. 197 see ATA
Accident (notes) ................................ 245 Anti-theft system
Active light function (display ATA (Anti-Theft Alarm system) ......... 65
message) ............................................ 186 Ashtray ............................................... 215
Active service system ATA (Anti-Theft Alarm system)
see Service interval display Activating/deactivating ................... 65
Air bags Function ........................................... 65
Display message ............................ 179 Switching off the alarm .................... 65
Front air bag (driver, front Audio menu (on-board computer) .... 168
passenger) ....................................... 37 AUTO lights
Important safety notes .................... 36 see Light sensor
Knee bag .......................................... 38 Automatic car wash .......................... 237
PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF Automatic transmission
indicator lamp (only Canada) ........... 46 Display message ............................ 192
PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF Driving tips .................................... 136
indicator lamp (only USA) ................ 41 Emergency running mode .............. 139
Pelvis air bag ................................... 40 Kickdown ....................................... 136
Safety guidelines ............................. 35 Malfunction .................................... 139
Side impact air bag .......................... 39 Program selector button ................ 137
Window curtain air bag .................... 41 Pulling away ................................... 131
Air-conditioning system Releasing the parking lock
see Climate control manually ........................................ 139
Air dehumidification Selector lever ................................ 134
Activating/deactivating with Starting .......................................... 131
cooling ........................................... 120 Trailer towing ................................. 136
Air distribution
Setting ........................................... 121 B
Airflow Backrest (display message) ............. 193
Setting ........................................... 122 Bag hook ............................................ 210
Air nozzles BAS (Brake Assist System) ................. 62
see Air vents .................................. 124 Battery
Air pressure Charging ........................................ 254
see Tire pressure Checking (SmartKey) ....................... 72
Display message ............................ 188
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Important safety guidelines Capacities


(SmartKey) ....................................... 72 see Technical data
Jump-starting ................................. 256 Care
Replacing (SmartKey) ...................... 72 Carpets .......................................... 242
Safety notes .................................. 253 Car wash ........................................ 237
Belt Display ........................................... 241
see Seat belts Gear or selector lever .................... 241
Brake fluid Headlamps ..................................... 240
Notes ............................................. 298 Notes ............................................. 237
Brake fluid level ................................ 236 Paint .............................................. 239
Brake lamp (display message) ......... 184 Plastic trim .................................... 241
Brakes Power washer ................................ 238
ABS .................................................. 62 Rear view camera .......................... 240
BAS .................................................. 62 Roof lining ...................................... 242
Brake fluid (notes) ......................... 298 Seat belt ........................................ 242
Display message ............................ 182 Seat covers .................................... 242
Important safety notes .................. 145 Sensors ......................................... 240
Maintenance .................................. 146 Steering wheel ............................... 241
Parking brake ........................ 143, 147 Tail pipes ....................................... 241
Warning lamp ................................. 195 Trim strips ..................................... 241
Breakdown Washing by hand ........................... 238
see Accident (notes) Wheels ........................................... 238
see Flat tire Windows ........................................ 239
Bulbs Wiper blades .................................. 239
Backup lamp .................................. 112 Wooden trim .................................. 241
Brake lamp .................................... 112 Cargo compartment cover ............... 210
High-beam headlamps ................... 110 Cargo compartment enlargement . . . 208
License plate lamp ......................... 113 Cargo compartment floor
Low-beam headlamps .................... 110 Opening/closing ............................ 212
Overview ........................................ 108 Stowage well (under) ..................... 212
Parking lamps ................................ 111 Cargo net
Rear fog lamp ................................ 112 Attaching ....................................... 211
Replacing ....................................... 112 Important safety information ......... 211
Standing lamps (front) ................... 111 Cargo tie down rings ......................... 209
Tail lamp ........................................ 112 CD player/CD changer (on-board
Turn signal lamp ............................ 112 computer) .......................................... 169
Turn signals (front) ......................... 111 Center console ..................................... 29
Central locking
C Automatic locking (on-board
computer) ...................................... 173
CAC
SmartKey ......................................... 68
(Customer Assistance Center) ......... 20
Changing bulbs
California
Headlamps ..................................... 107
Important notice for retail
Changing gears .................................. 136
customers and lessees .................... 18
Changing the programming
Calling up a malfunction
SmartKey ......................................... 71
see Display messages
Child-proof locks
Rear doors ....................................... 60
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Children Collapsible spare wheel


In the vehicle ................................... 55 Inflating ......................................... 251
Restraint systems ............................ 56 see Emergency spare wheel
Child seat Combination switch .......................... 104
Automatic recognition ..................... 46 Compass ............................................ 227
Automatic recognition/air bag Consumption statistics (on-board
deactivation, self-test ...................... 48 computer) .......................................... 166
Display message ............................ 177 Convenience closing feature .............. 83
LATCH-type (ISOFIX ) child seat Convenience opening feature ............ 83
anchors ............................................ 58 Coolant (engine)
Special seat belt retractor ............... 58 Checking the level ......................... 234
Top Tether ....................................... 59 Display message ............................ 186
Troubleshooting ............................... 49 Notes ............................................. 298
Cigarette lighter ................................ 216 Temperature gauge ........................ 162
Classification system for Warning lamp ................................. 201
occupants (OCS) Cooling
Faults ............................................... 45 see Climate control
Operation ......................................... 41 Cornering light (display message) ... 183
System self-test ............................... 44 Crash-responsive emergency
Climate control lighting ............................................... 107
Activating/deactivating ................. 120 Cruise control
Activating/deactivating air- Cruise control lever ....................... 150
recirculation mode ......................... 123 Display message ............................ 189
Controlling automatically ............... 121 Function/notes ............................. 149
Cooling with air dehumidification . . 120 Cup holder ......................................... 214
Defrosting the windshield .............. 122 Center console .............................. 214
Demisting the windows .................. 123 Rear compartment ......................... 214
Dual-zone automatic climate Current fuel consumption (on-
control ........................................... 119 board computer) ............................... 166
Important safety information ......... 118 Customer Assistance Center
Indicator lamp ................................ 121 (CAC) ............................................... 20
Maximum cooling .......................... 122 Customer Relations Department ....... 21
Problems with "cooling with air
dehumidification" ........................... 121 D
Problems with the rear window
heating .......................................... 123 Dashboard
Refrigerant ..................................... 298 see Cockpit
Setting the air distribution ............. 121 Date (on-board computer) ................ 171
Setting the airflow ......................... 122 Daytime running lamps
Setting the air vents ...................... 124 Display message ............................ 186
Setting the temperature ................ 121 Switching on/off (on-board
Switching the MONO function on/ computer) ...................................... 172
off .................................................. 122 Delayed switch-off
Switching the rear window Exterior lighting (on-board
heating on/off ............................... 123 computer) ...................................... 172
Clock (on-board computer) ............... 171 Interior lighting (on-board
Coat hooks ......................................... 212 computer) ...................................... 173
Cockpit ................................................. 25 Digital speedometer ......................... 166
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Display (cleaning instructions) ........ 241 Driving systems


Display messages Cruise control ................................ 149
Brakes ........................................... 181 PARKTRONIC ................................. 151
Calling up (on-board computer) ..... 175 Rear view camera .......................... 154
Clearing (on-board computer) ........ 175 Driving tips ........................................ 136
Driving systems ............................. 189 Downhill gradients ......................... 145
Engine ............................................ 186 Driving on flooded roads ................ 147
KEYLESS-GO .................................. 194 Towing a trailer .............................. 156
Lamps ............................................ 186 Wet road surface ........................... 146
Safety systems .............................. 176 Winter ............................................ 149
Service interval display .................. 236 DVD audio (on-board computer) ...... 169
SmartKey ....................................... 193
Tires ............................................... 189 E
Vehicle ........................................... 192
EASY-ENTRY feature ............................ 96
Distance recorder ............................. 166
Activating/deactivating (on-
Door
board computer) ............................ 173
Automatic locking ............................ 76
EASY-EXIT feature ............................... 96
Automatic locking (on-board
Activating/deactivating (on-
computer) ...................................... 173
board computer) ............................ 173
Display message ............................ 192
Crash-responsive ............................. 97
Emergency locking ........................... 77
EBD (Electronic Brake force
Emergency unlocking ....................... 77
Distribution)
Opening (from inside) ...................... 76
Door control panel Display message ............................ 182
Function/notes ................................ 65
Overview .......................................... 31
Electrical fuses
Doors
see Fuses
Important safety notes .................... 75
Electronic Brake force
Drinking and driving ......................... 144
see EBD
Drinks holder
Electronic Stability Program
see Cup holder
Drive program see ESP®
Automatic ...................................... 137 Electronic Traction System
Drive program display ...................... 135 see ETS/4ETS
Driving abroad ................................... 149 Emergency call
Driving on flooded roads .................. 147 see mbrace
Driving safety system Emergency release
EBD (Electronic Brake force Fuel filler flap ................................. 141
Distribution) ..................................... 65 Vehicle ............................................. 77
Emergency running mode
ESP® (Electronic Stability
Automatic transmission ................. 139
Program) .......................................... 63
Emergency spare wheel
ETS/4ETS (Electronic Traction
Storage location ............................ 246
System) ........................................... 63
Stowing .......................................... 246
Important safety information ........... 61
Emergency tensioning device
Driving safety systems
Function ........................................... 54
ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) ....... 62
Safety guidelines ............................. 35
BAS (Brake Assist System) .............. 62
Emergency unlocking
Overview .......................................... 61
Tailgate ............................................ 81
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Emissions purification Storing settings (memory


Service and warranty information .... 17 function) ........................................ 100
Engine Storing the parking position ............. 99
Irregular running ............................ 133 Exterior view ........................................ 24
Starting problems .......................... 133
Starting the engine with the key .... 131 F
Starting with KEYLESS-GO ............. 131
First-aid kit ......................................... 245
Switching off .................................. 142
Flat tire
Warning lamp Check Engine .......... 200
Changing a wheel/mounting the
Engine electronics
spare wheel ................................... 247
Malfunction .................................... 133
Preparing the vehicle ..................... 247
Engine number .................................. 294
Raising the vehicle ......................... 248
Engine oil
Floormat ............................................. 228
Adding ........................................... 234
Front fog lamp (display message) . . . 185
Checking the oil level ..................... 233
Fuel
Display message ............................ 188
Additives ........................................ 296
Lubricant additives ........................ 297
Notes ............................................. 296
Notes about oil grades ................... 297
Premium-grade unleaded gasoline . 296
Viscosity ........................................ 297
Refueling ........................................ 140
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
Specifications ................................ 296
see ESP®
Troubleshooting ............................. 142
ESP® (Electronic Stability Fuel consumption
Program) Current (on-board computer) ......... 166
Activating/deactivating ................... 63 Notes ............................................. 144
Display message ............................ 176 Fuel filler cap (display message) ..... 189
ETS/4ETS ........................................ 63 Fuel filler flap
Important safety information ........... 63 Emergency release ........................ 141
Trailer stabilization ........................... 64 Opening/closing ............................ 140
Warning lamp ................................. 198 Fuel level
ETS/4ETS (Electronic Traction
Calling up the range (on-board
System) ................................................ 63
computer) ...................................... 166
Exhaust check ................................... 145 Fuses
Exhaust tail pipe (cleaning
Dashboard fuse box ....................... 261
instructions) ...................................... 241 Fuse allocation chart ..................... 261
Exterior lighting Fuse box in the cargo
see Lights compartment ................................. 262
Exterior mirrors Fuse box in the engine
Adjusting ......................................... 97 compartment ................................. 261
Dipping (automatic) ......................... 98 Notes ............................................. 260
Folding in/out (automatically) ......... 98
Folding in/out (electrically) ............. 98
G
Folding in when locking (on-board
computer) ...................................... 174 Garage door opener
Out of position ................................. 98 Clearing the memory ..................... 227
Setting ............................................. 98 Notes ............................................. 224
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Opening/closing the garage door .. 227 Interior lighting


Programming the remote control ... 225 Automatic control .......................... 107
Gear or selector lever (cleaning Delayed switch-off (on-board
guidelines) ......................................... 241 computer) ...................................... 173
Genuine Mercedes-Benz parts ......... 292 Emergency lighting ........................ 107
Genuine wood trim and trim strips Manual control ............................... 107
(cleaning instructions) ...................... 241 Reading lamp ................................. 106
Glove box ........................................... 207
GTW (Gross Trailer Weight) J
(definition) ......................................... 285
Jack
Storage location ............................ 245
H Using ............................................. 248
Headlamp cleaning system .............. 105 Jump-starting ..................................... 256
Adding washer fluid ....................... 235
Notes ............................................. 299 K
Headlamp mode (daytime driving)
KEYLESS-GO
see Daytime running lamps
Button ............................................ 129
Headlamps
Convenience closing feature ............ 84
Cleaning ......................................... 240
Display message ............................ 194
Misting up ...................................... 106
Locking ............................................ 69
Removing/installing the cover ....... 109
Starting the engine ........................ 131
Head restraints
Unlocking ......................................... 69
Adjusting (electrically) ..................... 93
Key positions
Adjusting (manually) ........................ 93
KEYLESS-GO .................................. 129
Adjusting (rear) ................................ 93
SmartKey ....................................... 129
Installing/removing (rear) ................ 94
Kickdown ........................................... 136
see NECK-PRO head restraints
Knee bag .............................................. 38
Heating
see Climate control
High beam flasher ............................. 105 L
Hill start assist .................................. 132 LATCH-type (ISOFIX) child seat
Hood anchors ................................................ 58
Closing ........................................... 233 License plate lamp (display
Display message ............................ 192 message) ............................................ 185
Opening ......................................... 232 Lights
Hydroplaning ..................................... 147 Activating/deactivating the
interior lighting delayed switch-off
I (on-board computer) ...................... 173
Active light function ....................... 105
Immobilizer .......................................... 65
Automatic headlamp mode ............ 103
Instrument cluster
Cornering light function ................. 106
Overview .......................................... 26
Daytime running lamps .................. 103
Submenu (on-board computer) ...... 171
Driving abroad ............................... 102
Warning and indicator lamps ........... 27
Fog lamps ...................................... 104
Instrument cluster lighting ................ 26
Hazard warning lamps ................... 105
Instrument lighting
High-beam headlamps ................... 104
see Instrument cluster lighting
Light switch ................................... 102
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Low-beam headlamps .................... 103 Mechanical key


Rear fog lamp ................................ 104 Function/notes ................................ 71
Switching the daytime driving Memory card (on-board computer) . 169
lights on/off (on-board computer) . 172 Memory function ............................... 100
Switching the exterior lighting Menu (on-board computer)
delayed switch-off on/off (on- Audio ............................................. 168
board computer) ............................ 172 DVD ............................................... 169
Switching the surround lighting Navigation ..................................... 167
on/off (on-board computer) .......... 172 Overview of menus ........................ 165
Light sensor (display message) ....... 186 Service ........................................... 170
Loading guidelines ............................ 206 Settings ......................................... 171
Locking Telephone ...................................... 169
Automatic ........................................ 76 Trip ................................................ 166
Emergency locking ........................... 77 Message memory .............................. 175
From inside the vehicle (central Messages
locking button) ................................. 76 see Display messages
Locking verification signal (on- Mirrors
board computer) ............................... 173 Sun visor ........................................ 215
Low-beam headlamp (display see Exterior mirrors or Rear-view mirror
message) ............................................ 183 MP3
Luggage net ....................................... 208 Operating (on-board computer) ..... 169
Lumbar support ................................... 94 see separate operating instructions
4-way lumbar support ...................... 94 Multifunction display ........................ 164
Multifunction steering wheel
M Operating the on-board computer . 163
Overview .......................................... 28
M+S tires ............................................ 148
Main-beam headlamps (display
message) ............................................ 184
N
Malfunction message Navigation
see Display messages On-board computer ....................... 167
Malfunctions relevant to safety see separate operating instructions
Reporting ......................................... 21 NECK-PRO head restraints
mbrace Operation ......................................... 49
Call priority .................................... 223 Resetting after being triggered ........ 50
Display message ............................ 177 Notes on breaking-in a new
Downloading destinations vehicle ................................................ 128
(COMAND) ..................................... 223
Emergency call .............................. 220 O
Important safety notes .................. 219
Occupant Classification System
Locating a stolen vehicle ............... 224
(OCS)
MB info call button ........................ 222
Remote vehicle locking .................. 224 Faults ............................................... 45
Roadside Assistance button .......... 221 Operation ......................................... 41
Self-test ......................................... 219 System self-test ............................... 44
System .......................................... 219 Occupant safety
Vehicle remote unlocking .............. 223 Children in the vehicle ..................... 55
System overview .............................. 34
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Octane number (fuel) ........................ 296 Parking aid


Odometer ........................................... 166 PARKTRONIC ................................. 151
Off-road Rear view camera .......................... 154
4MATIC .......................................... 156 Parking brake .................................... 143
Oil Parking lamp (display message) ...... 185
see Engine oil Parking lock
On-board computer Releasing manually (automatic
Audio menu ................................... 168 transmission) ................................. 139
Convenience submenu .................. 173 Parking position
Display messages .......................... 175 Exterior mirror on the front-
Factory settings ............................. 174 passenger side ................................. 99
Important safety notes .................. 162 PARKTRONIC
Instrument cluster submenu .......... 171 Activating/deactivating ................. 153
Lighting submenu .......................... 172 Function/notes ............................. 151
Message memory .......................... 175 Malfunction .................................... 154
Navigation menu ............................ 167 Problem ......................................... 154
Operating video DVD ..................... 169 Range of the sensors ..................... 152
Operation ....................................... 163 Trailer towing ................................. 153
Overview of menus ........................ 165 Warning display ............................. 152
Service menu ................................. 170 PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF indicator
Settings menu ............................... 171 lamp (only Canada) ............................. 46
Standard display submenu ............ 166 PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF indicator
Telephone menu ............................ 169 lamp (only USA) ................................... 41
Time/Date submenu ..................... 171 Pedals ................................................. 144
Trip menu ...................................... 166 Permanent display (on-board
Vehicle submenu ........................... 173 computer) .......................................... 171
Opening and closing the side trim Permanent four-wheel drive
panels ................................................. 112 see 4MATIC
Operating system Plastic trim (cleaning instructions) . 241
see On-board computer Power supply (trailer) ....................... 159
Outside temperature Power washers .................................. 238
Display ........................................... 163 Power windows
Overhead control panel see Side windows
Overview .......................................... 30 Product information ............................ 17
Override feature Program selector button .................. 137
Rear side windows ........................... 60 Pulling away
Automatic transmission ................. 131
P
Paint code number ............................ 293 R
Paintwork (cleaning instructions) . . . 239 Radio
Panic alarm .......................................... 61 Changing stations (on-board
Panorama roof with power tilt/ computer) ...................................... 168
sliding panel see separate operating instructions
Opening/closing .............................. 86 Range (on-board computer) ............. 166
Resetting ......................................... 87 Rear compartment
Parking ............................................... 142 Setting the airflow ......................... 122
Setting the air vents ...................... 125
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Rear fog lamp (display message) ..... 185 S


Rear seat backrest
Display message ............................ 193 Safety
Rear seat backrest (display Children in the vehicle ..................... 55
message) ............................................ 193 Child restraint systems .................... 56
Rear view camera Occupant Classification System
Function/notes ............................. 154 (OCS) ............................................... 41
Rear view camera (cleaning Overview of occupant safety
instructions) ...................................... 240 systems ........................................... 34
Rear-view mirror Safety systems
Anti-glare (manual) .......................... 97 see Driving safety systems
Dipping (automatic) ......................... 98 Seat backrest (rear)
Rear window heating Folding forwards/back .................. 208
Malfunction .................................... 123 Seat belts
Switching on/off ........................... 123 Adjusting the height ......................... 53
Rear window wiper ........................... 114 Belt force limiters ............................ 54
Replacing the wiper blade .............. 115 center rear-compartment seat ......... 53
Refueling ............................................ 140 Cleaning ......................................... 242
Remote control Correct usage .................................. 51
Emergency Tensioning Devices ........ 54
Programming (garage door
Fastening ......................................... 52
opener) .......................................... 225
Important safety guidelines ............. 50
Reporting
Releasing ......................................... 54
Malfunctions relevant to safety ........ 21
Safety guidelines ............................. 35
Reserve fuel
Special seat belt retractor ............... 58
Display message ............................ 189
Warning lamp ................................. 196
Warning lamp ................................. 200
Warning lamp (function) ................... 54
Restraint systems
Seat heating
see SRS
Indicator lamp (Malfunction) ............ 95
Reversing lamp (display message) . . 185
Seats
Roadside Assistance (breakdown) .... 18
Adjusting (electrically) ..................... 92
Roller blind
Adjusting the 4-way lumbar
see Roller sunblind
support ............................................ 94
Roller sunblind
Adjusting the head restraint ............ 93
Opening/closing .............................. 87
Adjusting the lumbar support .......... 94
Panorama roof with power tilt/
Cleaning the cover ......................... 242
sliding panel ..................................... 86
Correct driver's seat position ........... 90
Roof carrier ................................ 213, 214
Important safety notes .................... 91
Roof lining and carpets (cleaning
Storing settings (memory
guidelines) ......................................... 242
function) ........................................ 100
Route
Switching seat heating on/off ......... 95
see Route guidance (on-board
Sensors (cleaning instructions) ....... 240
computer)
Service indicator
Route guidance (on-board
see Service interval display
computer) .......................................... 167
Service interval display .................... 236
Displaying a service message (on-
board computer) ............................ 237
Service menu (on-board computer) . 170
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Service products Spare wheel


Brake fluid ..................................... 298 Notes/data .................................... 289
Capacities ...................................... 295 Storage location ............................ 246
Coolant (engine) ............................ 298 Stowing .......................................... 246
Engine oil ....................................... 297 see Emergency spare wheel
Fuel ................................................ 296 Speedometer
Important safety notes .................. 294 Additional speedometer (on-
Notes ............................................. 294 board computer) ............................ 166
Refrigerant (air-conditioning Segments ...................................... 163
system) .......................................... 298 Setting the unit (on-board
Washer fluid ................................... 299 computer) ...................................... 171
Settings SRS (Supplemental Restraint
Factory (on-board computer) ......... 174 System)
On-board computer ....................... 171 Display message ............................ 177
Shift ranges ....................................... 137 Introduction ..................................... 34
Side impact air bag ............................. 39 Warning lamp ................................. 199
Side marker lamp (display Warning lamp (function) ................... 34
message) ............................................ 185 Standard display (on-board
Side windows computer) .......................................... 166
Convenience closing feature ............ 83 Starting the engine
Convenience opening feature .......... 83 Important safety notes .................. 130
Important safety information ........... 81 Station
Opening/closing .............................. 82 see Radio
Resetting ......................................... 84 Steering (display message) .............. 193
Troubleshooting ............................... 84 Steering wheel
Sliding sunroof Adjusting (electrically) ..................... 96
Important safety information ........... 85 Adjusting (manually) ........................ 96
Troubleshooting ............................... 88 Buttons (on-board computer) ......... 163
see Panorama roof with power Cleaning ......................................... 241
tilt/sliding panel Important safety notes .................... 95
SmartKey Memory function (storing
Changing the battery ....................... 72 settings) ........................................... 96
Changing the programming ............. 71 Storing settings (memory
Checking the battery ................. 68, 72 function) ........................................ 100
Convenience closing feature ............ 83 Stowage compartments
Convenience opening feature .......... 83 Armrest (under) ............................. 207
Display message ............................ 193 Glove box ....................................... 207
Important safety notes .................... 68 Stowage space
Malfunction ...................................... 74 Cup holders ................................... 214
Starting the engine ........................ 131 Important safety information ......... 206
Snow chains ...................................... 148 Submenu (on-board computer)
Socket ................................................ 217 Convenience .................................. 173
Dashboard ..................................... 217 Factory setting ............................... 174
Luggage compartment ................... 217 Instrument cluster ......................... 171
Rear compartment ......................... 217 Lights ............................................. 172
SOS Standard display ............................ 166
see mbrace Time/Date ..................................... 171
Vehicle ........................................... 173
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Summer opening Telephone compartment .................. 207


see Convenience opening feature Temperature
Sun visor ............................................ 215 Coolant .......................................... 162
Supplemental Restraint System Outside temperature ...................... 163
see SRS Setting ........................................... 121
Surround lighting (on-board Theft deterrent locking system
computer) .......................................... 172 Immobilizer ...................................... 65
SUV Time (on-board computer) ................ 171
(Sport Utility Vehicle) ....................... 19 Tire pressure
Switching off the alarm (ATA) ............ 65 Calling up (on-board computer) ..... 271
Checking manually ........................ 269
T Display message ............................ 189
Maximum ....................................... 274
Tachometer ........................................ 163
Notes ............................................. 267
Tailgate Pressure loss warning .................... 269
Display message ............................ 192 Recommended ............................... 266
Emergency unlocking ....................... 81 Tire pressure monitoring system
Limiting the opening angle ............... 80 Function/notes ............................. 271
Tail lamp (display message) ............. 184 Restarting ...................................... 273
Taillight Warning lamp ................................. 202
see Tail lamps Tires
Tank content Aspect ratio (definition) ................. 286
Fuel gauge ....................................... 26 Average weight of the vehicle
Technical data ................................... 292 occupants (definition) .................... 284
GLK 350 ........................................ 299 Bar (definition) ............................... 284
GLK 350 4MATIC ........................... 300 Characteristics .............................. 284
Tires/wheels ................................. 287 Checking ........................................ 265
TELEAID Cleaning ......................................... 266
Call priority .................................... 223 Definition of terms ......................... 284
Display message ............................ 177 Direction of rotation ...................... 278
Downloading destinations Distribution of the vehicle
(COMAND) ..................................... 223 occupants (definition) .................... 287
Emergency call .............................. 220 DOT, Tire Identification Number
Important safety notes .................. 219 (TIN) ............................................... 283
Locating a stolen vehicle ............... 224 DOT (Department of
MB info call button ........................ 222 Transportation) (definition) ............ 284
Remote vehicle locking .................. 224 Flat tire .......................................... 247
Roadside Assistance button .......... 221 GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating)
Self-test ......................................... 219 (definition) ..................................... 285
System .......................................... 219 GTW (Gross Trailer Weight)
Vehicle remote unlocking .............. 223 (definition) ..................................... 285
Telephone Guidelines to be observed ............. 265
Accepting a call ............................. 170 GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight)
Display message ............................ 193 (definition) ..................................... 285
Menu (on-board computer) ............ 169 GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight
Number from the phone book ........ 170 Rating) (definition) ......................... 285
Redialing ........................................ 170 Increased vehicle weight due to
Rejecting/ending a call ................. 170 optional equipment (definition) ...... 284
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Kilopascal (kPa) (definition) ........... 285 Tires and wheels (important safety
Labeling (overview) ........................ 280 information) ....................................... 264
Load bearing index (definition) ...... 286 Top Tether ............................................ 59
Load index ..................................... 283 Towing
Load index (definition) ................... 285 Important safety guidelines ........... 258
Maximum loaded vehicle weight Installing the towing eye ................ 258
(definition) ..................................... 285 Removing the towing eye ............... 259
Maximum load on a tire Towing a trailer
(definition) ..................................... 286 Driving tips .................................... 156
Maximum permissible tire Trailer
pressure (definition) ....................... 285 Coupling up ................................... 157
Maximum tire load ......................... 278 Decoupling ..................................... 158
Maximum tire load (definition) ....... 285 Display message ............................ 183
Optional equipment weight Power supply ................................. 159
(definition) ..................................... 286 Towing ........................................... 157
PSI (pounds per square inch) Trailer loads and drawbar
(definition) ..................................... 286 noseweights ...................................... 158
Replacing ....................................... 280 Trailer towing .................................... 136
Service life ..................................... 265 ESP® ................................................ 64
Sidewall (definition) ....................... 286 PARKTRONIC ................................. 153
Speed index (definition) ................. 285 Transfer case ..................................... 139
Storing ........................................... 266 Transmission position display ......... 135
Structure and characteristics Transmission positions .................... 135
(definition) ..................................... 284 Trip computer (on-board
Temperature .................................. 279 computer) .......................................... 166
TIN (Tire Identification Number) Trip odometer
(definition) ..................................... 286 Calling up ....................................... 166
Tire bead (definition) ...................... 286 Resetting (on-board computer) ...... 167
Tire pressure (definition) ................ 286 Trunk
Tire pressures (recommended) ...... 284 Automatic opening ..................... 78, 79
Tire size (data) ............................... 287 Trunk lid
Tire size designation, load-bearing Opening/closing .............................. 78
capacity, speed index .................... 281 Turn signal (display message) ......... 184
Tire tread ....................................... 265 Turn signals ....................................... 104
Tire tread (definition) ..................... 286 TWR (permissible trailer drawbar
Total load limit (definition) ............. 287 noseweight) (definition) ................... 286
Traction ......................................... 279 Type plate
Traction (definition) ....................... 286 see Vehicle identification plate
Tread wear ..................................... 279
TWR (permissible trailer drawbar U
noseweight) (definition) ................. 286
Uniform Tire Quality Grading Unlocking
Standards ...................................... 278 Emergency unlocking ....................... 77
Uniform Tire Quality Grading From inside the vehicle (central
Standards (definition) .................... 284 unlocking button) ............................. 76
Unladen weight (definition) ............ 285
Wear indicator (definition) ............. 286
Wheel rim (definition) .................... 285
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V SRS ................................................ 199


Tire pressure monitor .................... 202
Vanity mirror Warranty ............................................ 292
Sun visor ........................................ 215 Washer fluid reservoir
Vehicle Removing/attaching ...................... 110
Data acquisition ............................... 21 Wheel bolt tightening torque ........... 252
Emergency unlocking ....................... 77 Wheel chock ...................................... 248
Equipment ....................................... 17 Wheels
Exterior view .................................... 24 Changing/replacing ....................... 280
Individual settings (on-board Changing a wheel .......................... 247
computer) ...................................... 171 Checking ........................................ 265
Loading .......................................... 274 Cleaning ......................................... 238
Lowering ........................................ 252 Guidelines to be observed ............. 265
Maintenance .................................... 18 Mounting a wheel .......................... 250
Parking up ..................................... 144 Removing a wheel .......................... 250
Raising ........................................... 248 Tightening torque ........................... 252
Reporting problems ......................... 20 Wheel size/tire size ....................... 287
Towing away .................................. 258 Window curtain air bag
Tow-starting ................................... 258 Display message ............................ 178
Transporting .................................. 260 Operation ......................................... 41
Vehicle data Windows
see Technical data see Side windows
Vehicle identification number Windows (cleaning instructions) ..... 239
see VIN Windshield
Vehicle identification plate .............. 293 Defrosting ...................................... 122
Vehicle tool kit .................................. 245 Windshield washer fluid (display
Video (DVD) ........................................ 169 message) ............................................ 193
Video DVD (on-board computer) ...... 169 Windshield washer system
VIN ...................................................... 293 Adding washer fluid ....................... 235
Notes ............................................. 299
W Windshield wipers
Warning and indicator lamps Important safety notes .................. 113
ABS ................................................ 197 Replacing the wiper blades .... 114, 115
Brakes ........................................... 195 Switching on/off ........................... 113
Check Engine ................................. 200 Troubleshooting ............................. 116
Coolant .......................................... 201 Winter operation ............................... 149
ESP® .............................................. 198 Winter tires
ESP® OFF ....................................... 199 M+S tires ....................................... 148
Fuel tank ........................................ 200 Wiper blades
Overview .......................................... 27 Cleaning ......................................... 239
PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF
indicator lamp (only Canada) ........... 46
PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF
indicator lamp (only USA) ................ 41
Reserve fuel ................................... 200
Seat belt ........................................ 196
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Product information Vehicle equipment


This manual describes all the standard and
We recommend using genuine Mercedes-
optional equipment of your vehicle available
Benz parts as well as conversion parts and
at the time of publication of the Operator's
accessories explicitly approved by us for your
Manual. Country-specific differences are
vehicle model.
possible. Note that your vehicle may not be
We have tested these parts to determine their equipped with all functions described. This
reliability, safety and special suitability for also refers to safety-related systems and
Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Despite ongoing functions. The equipment in your vehicle may
market research, Mercedes-Benz is unable to therefore differ from that shown in the
assess other parts. We cannot therefore be descriptions and illustrations. All the systems
held responsible for them, even if in individual found in your vehicle are listed in the original
cases an official approval or authorization by purchase agreement of your vehicle. Should
governmental or other agencies should exist. you have any questions concerning
The use of non-approved parts could affect equipment and operation, please consult an
your vehicle's operating safety. Mercedes- authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
Benz therefore recommends that you use
The Operating Instructions and the
genuine Mercedes-Benz parts, conversion
Maintenance Booklet are important
parts and accessories that have been
documents and should be kept in the vehicle.
approved for the type of vehicle. Genuine
Mercedes-Benz parts, approved conversion
parts and accessories are available from any
Service and vehicle operation
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. In
addition, you will receive advice about Service and literature
permissible technical modifications, and the
The Service and Warranty Information
parts will be professionally installed.
booklet contains detailed information about
the warranties covering your vehicle. Your
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center will
Operator's Manual
replace and repair any factory-fitted parts
Notes on the Operator's Manual based on the terms and conditions of the
following warranties:
This Operator's Manual contains a great deal
of helpful information. We urge you to read it RNew Vehicle Limited Warranty
carefully and familiarize yourself with the REmission System Warranty
vehicle before driving. REmission Performance Warranty
For your own safety and longer service life of RCalifornia, Connecticut, Maine,
the vehicle, we urge you to follow the Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania,
instructions and warnings contained in this Rhode Island and Vermont
Operator's Manual. Ignoring them could RState Warranty Enforcement Laws (Lemon
result in damage to the vehicle or personal Laws)
injury to you or others. Vehicle damage
caused by failure to follow instructions is not
covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited
Warranty.
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Information for customers in Maintenance


California
The Service and Warranty Information
Under California law you may be entitled to a Booklet describes all necessary maintenance
replacement of your vehicle or a refund of the work that should be performed at regular
purchase price or lease price, if after a intervals.
reasonable number of repair attempts Always have the Service and Warranty
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC and/or its Information Booklet with you when you bring
authorized repair or service facilities fail to fix the vehicle to an authorized Mercedes-Benz
one or more substantial defects or Center. The service advisor will record each
malfunctions in the vehicle that are covered service in the Service and Warranty
by its express warranty. During the period of Information Booklet for you.
18 months from original delivery of the
vehicle or the accumulation of 18 000 miles
(approximately 29 000 km) on the odometer Roadside Assistance
of the vehicle, whichever occurs first, a
reasonable number of repair attempts is The Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance
presumed for a retail buyer or lessee if one or Program provides factory-trained technical
more of the following occurs: help in the event of a breakdown. Calls to the
toll-free Roadside Assistance number will be
(1) the same substantial defect or answered by Mercedes-Benz Customer
malfunction results in a condition that is Assistance Representatives 24 hours a day,
likely to cause death or serious bodily 365 days a year.
injury if the vehicle is driven, that defect
1-800-FOR-MERCedes(1-800-367-6372)
or malfunction has been subject to repair
(USA)
two or more times, and you have directly
notified Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC in 1-800-387-0100 (Canada)
writing of the need for its repair. For additional information refer to the
(2) the same substantial defect or Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance
malfunction of a less serious nature than Program brochure (in the USA) or the
category (1) has been subject to repair Roadside Assistance section of the Service
four or more times and you have directly and Warranty Information Booklet (in
notified Mercedes-Benz in writing of the Canada) You will find both in your vehicle
need for its repair. literature portfolio.
(3) the vehicle is out of service by reason of In accordance with standard program
repair of the same or different substantial guidelines, Roadside Assistance is prepared
defects or malfunctions for a cumulative to provide vehicle service up until a
total of more than 30 calendar days. reasonable distance from the next paved
roadway. We will make every effort to assist
Please send your written notice to: in a breakdown situation. However, the
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC accessibility of your vehicle will be
Customer Assistance Center determined by our authorized Mercedes-Benz
One Mercedes Drive Service technician or the tow service provider
on a case-by-case basis.
Montvale, NJ 07645-0350
Additional charges may be applicable for a
breakdown location determined not to be a
reasonably accessible roadside location as
determined by our authorized technician and
tow service provider.
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Change of address or ownership In the USA


In the event of a change of address, be sure Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
to send in the "Change of Address Notice" European Delivery Department
found in the Service and Warranty One Mercedes Drive
Information Booklet, or simply call the Montvale, NJ 07645-0350
Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Center
(in the USA) at 1-800-FOR-MERCedes
In Canada
(1-800-367-6372) or Customer Service (in
Canada) at 1-800-387-0100. This will assist Mercedes-Benz Canada, Inc.
us in contacting you in a timely manner European Delivery Department
should the need arise. 98 Vanderhoof Avenue
If you sell your Mercedes, please leave all Toronto, Ontario M4G 4C9
literature with the vehicle to make it available
to the next operator.
If you bought this vehicle used, be sure to Sport Utility Vehicle
send in the "Notice of Purchase of Used
Truck" found in the Service and Warranty G Warning!
Information Booklet, or call the Mercedes- This Sport Utility Vehicle is designed for both
Benz Customer Assistance Center (in the on-road and off-road use. It can go places and
USA) at 1-800-FOR-MERCedes perform tasks for which conventional 2-wheel
(1-800-367-6372) or Customer Service (in drive passenger cars are not intended. This
Canada) at 1-800-387-0100. vehicle will handle and maneuver differently
from conventional passenger cars in driving
conditions which may occur on streets,
Vehicle operation outside the USA highways and off-road use.
and Canada This vehicle has a higher ground clearance
If you plan to operate your vehicle in foreign and a higher center of gravity than many
countries, please be aware that: passenger cars. As with other vehicles of this
type, if you make sharp turns at excessive
RService facilities or replacement parts may
speeds or abrupt maneuvers, the vehicle may
not be readily available. roll over or may go out of control and crash.
RUnleaded gasoline for vehicles with Utility vehicles have a significantly higher
catalytic converters may not be available. rollover rate than other types of vehicles.
The use of leaded fuels can damage the Failure to operate this vehicle safely may
catalytic converter. result in an accident, rollover of the vehicle,
RGasoline may have a considerably lower and severe or fatal injury.
octane rating. Improper fuel can cause Before you start to drive this vehicle, read the
engine damage. Operator’s Manual. Take time to become
Certain Mercedes-Benz models are available familiar with the driving characteristics of this
for delivery in Europe under our European vehicle. Be sure you are familiar with all
Delivery Program. For details, consult an vehicle controls. Learn how your vehicle
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or write to handles on different road surfaces. Do not
one of the following addresses: attempt sharp turns at excessive speeds or
abrupt maneuvers or other unsafe driving
actions that can cause loss of vehicle control.
When driving off-road or working the vehicle

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hard, do not overload it. And, always wear authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or other
your seat belts at all times. In a rollover crash, qualified maintenance or repair facility for
an unbelted person is significantly more likely further inspection or repairs.
to die than a person wearing a seat belt.
Proper use of the vehicle

Operating safety To ensure proper use of the vehicle, you must


familiarize yourself with the following
Safety notes information and rules:
G Warning
Rsafety notes in this Operator's Manual
Rtechnical data in this Operator's Manual
Work improperly carried out on electronic
components and associated software could Rtraffic rules and regulations
cause them to cease functioning. Because the Rlaws and safety standards pertaining to
vehicle's electronic components are motor vehicles
interconnected, any modifications made may
produce an undesired effect on other G Warning!
systems. Electronic malfunctions could Various warning labels are attached to your
seriously impair the operating safety of your vehicle. These warning labels are intended to
vehicle. make you and others aware of various risks.
Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center Do not remove any of these warning labels
for repairs or modifications to electronic unless explicitly instructed to do so by
components. information on the label itself.
Other improper work or modifications on the Removing warning labels may cause you and
vehicle could also have a negative impact on others to be unaware of certain risks which
the operating safety of the vehicle. may result in an accident and/or personal
injury.
Some safety systems only function when the
engine is running. You should therefore never
turn off the engine while driving.
Problems with your vehicle
G Warning If you should experience a problem with your
Heavy blows against the vehicle underbody or vehicle, particularly one that you believe may
tires/wheels may cause serious damage and affect its safe operation, we urge you to
impair the operating safety of your vehicle. contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center
Such blows can be caused, for example, by immediately to have the problem diagnosed
running over an obstacle, road debris or a and rectified. If the problem is not resolved to
pothole. If you feel a sudden significant your satisfaction, please discuss the problem
vibration or ride disturbance, or you suspect with the Mercedes-Benz Center again or, if
that damage to your vehicle has occurred: necessary, contact us at one of the following
Rturn
addresses.
on your hazard warning flashers.
Rslow down carefully.
In the USA
Rdrive with caution to an area which is a safe
distance from the road. Customer Assistance Center
Inspect the vehicle underbody and tires/ Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
wheels for possible damage. If the vehicle One Mercedes Drive
appears unsafe, have it towed to the nearest Montvale, NJ 07645-0350
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In Canada Limited Warranty


Customer Relations Department ! Follow the instructions in this manual
Mercedes-Benz Canada, Inc. about the proper operation of your vehicle
98 Vanderhoof Avenue as well as about possible vehicle damage.
Toronto, Ontario M4G 4C9 Damage to your vehicle that arises from
culpable contraventions against these
instructions are not covered either by
Reporting malfunctions relevant to Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty or by the
safety New or Used-Vehicle Warranty of
Daimler AG.
For the USA only:
The following text is reproduced as required
of all manufacturers according to Title 49, Data stored in the vehicle
Code of U.S. Federal Regulations, Part 575
pursuant to the National Traffic and Motor Information regarding electronic
Vehicle Safety Act of 1966. recording devices
(Including California Code Supplement
Reporting safety defects § 9951)
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect Please note that your vehicle is equipped with
which could cause a crash or could cause devices that can record vehicle systems data.
injury or death, you should immediately If your vehicle is equipped with mbrace2 data
inform the National Highway Traffic Safety is transmitted in the event of an accident.
Administration (NHTSA) in addition to This information serves, for example, to test
notifying Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. vehicle systems after an accident and to
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may continually improve vehicle safety.
open an investigation, and if it finds that a Daimler AG can access this data and submit
safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it it:
may order a recall and remedy campaign. Rfor safety research or vehicle diagnosis
However, NHTSA cannot become involved in purposes
individual problems between you, your Rwith the consent of the vehicle owner or
dealer, or Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. lessee
To contact NHTSA, you may call the Vehicle Rin response to an official request by law
Safety Hotline toll-free at enforcement or other government agency
1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); go Rfor use in arbitration of disputes that
to: http://www.safercar.gov; or write to:
involve Daimler AG, its subsidiaries or its
Administrator, NHTSA Headquarters, sales and service organizations
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, West Building,
Ras otherwise required or permitted by law
Washington, DC 20590.
You can also obtain additional information Please observe the mbrace2 order agreement
about vehicle safety from: regarding further details on data that this
system records and transmits.
http://www.safercar.gov.

2 The system is called TELEAID in Canada.

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Exterior view ....................................... 24


Cockpit ................................................. 25
Instrument cluster .............................. 26

At a glance
Multifunction steering wheel ............. 28
Center console .................................... 29
Overhead control panel ...................... 30
Door control panel .............................. 31
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Exterior view
At a glance

Function Page Function Page


: Tailgate C Exterior mirrors 97
Vehicle tool kit 245 D Windshield wipers 113
; Rear window heating 123 E Opening the hood 232
= Lights 107 Engine oil 233
? Fuel filler flap 140 Coolant 234

A Defrosting the windshield 122


F Towing away 258
Cleaning the windows 239 G Tires and wheels 264
B Roof carrier 213 Flat tire 247
Sliding sunroof 85
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Cockpit

At a glance
Function Page Function Page
: Cruise control lever 150 E Adjusts the steering wheel
electrically 95
; Instrument cluster 26
F Combination switch 104
= Horn
G Parking brake 142
? PARKTRONIC warning
display 151 H On-board diagnostic socket
A Overhead control panel 30 I Opens the hood 232
B Operates the automatic J Releases the parking brake 142
climate control system 118
K Light switch 102
C Ignition lock 129
Start/Stop button 129
D Adjusts the steering wheel
manually 95
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Instrument cluster
Overview
At a glance

Function Page Function Page


: Fuel gauge E Gear indicator and drive
program display 135
; Coolant temperature gauge 162
F Clock 171
= Speedometer 163
G Brightness control knob for
? Segments 163 the instrument cluster
A Multifunction display 164 lighting: turn clockwise or
anti-clockwise
B Tachometer 163
C Outside temperature 163
D Outside temperature 163
Additional speedometer 171
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Warning and indicator lamps

At a glance
Function Page Function Page
: High beam 104 F ABS 197
; ESP® OFF 198 G Seat belt 196
= Low beam 103 H Fog lamp 104
? Turn signal 104 I Coolant 201
A ESP® 198 J Brakes (USA only) 195
B Turn signal 104 K Brakes (Canada only) 195
C Rear fog lamp 104 L Engine diagnostics 200
D Tire pressure monitor 202 M Reserve fuel 200
E SRS 199
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Multifunction steering wheel


At a glance

Function Page Function Page


: Multifunction display 164 A %
; COMAND/audio system; Back or deactivates voice
see the separate operating control
instructions B =;
= ~6 Selects a menu 165
Makes/accepts or rejects/ 9:
ends a call 169 Selects the submenu or
WX scrolls through lists 165
Adjusts the volume a
8 Confirms selections and
Mute hides display messages

? ?
Activates voice control; see
the separate operating
instructions
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Center console

At a glance
Function Page Function Page
: Hazard warning lamps 105 C PARKTRONIC 151
; ATA indicator lamp 65 D Stowage compartment 206
= Indicator lamp 45 Ashtray 215
(USA only) 41 Cigarette lighter 216
Indicator lamp 45 E Selector lever 134
(Canada only) 46
F Cup holder 214
? ESP® 63
G Stowage compartment 206
A COMAND/audio system;
see the separate operating
H Audio/COMAND controller
instructions I Selects the drive program 137
B Seat heating 95
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Overhead control panel


At a glance

Function Page Function Page


: u To switch the rear D Integrated electronic
interior lighting on/off 107 compass 227
; | To switch the E Buttons for the garage door
automatic interior lighting opener 225
control on/off 107 F Microphone for mbrace
= p To switch the right- (emergency call system)
hand reading lamp on/off 106 telephone and Voice
Control System3
? 3 To open/close the
panorama roof with power G F Roadside Assistance
tilt/sliding panel with roller button (mbrace system) 221
sunblinds 86
H p To switch the left-
A ï Button for MB info call hand reading lamp on/off 106
(mbrace system) 222
I c To switch the front
B G SOS button (mbrace interior lighting on/off 107
system) 220
C Rear-view mirror 97

3 Voice Control System only available in connection with COMAND. Observe the additional operating
instructions.
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Door control panel

At a glance
Function Page Function Page
: Opens the door 76 G n Activates/
deactivates the override
; %& Locks/unlocks
feature for the side
the vehicle 76 windows in the rear
= Adjusts the seat electrically 92 compartment 60
? r45= H q Opens/closes the
Stores settings for the seat, tailgate 78
exterior mirrors and
steering wheel 100
A Z Selects the left
exterior mirror 97
B ª Folds the exterior
mirrors in/out 97
C \ Selects the right
exterior mirror 97
D 7 Adjusts the exterior
mirrors 97
E W Opens/closes the
front side windows 82
F W Opens/closes the
rear side windows 82
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Vehicle equipment .............................. 34


Occupant safety .................................. 34
Children in the vehicle ........................ 55
Panic alarm .......................................... 61
Driving safety systems ....................... 61

Safety
Anti-theft systems .............................. 65
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Vehicle equipment Air bags or Emergency Tensioning Devices


(ETDs), for example, could deploy
i This manual describes all the standard inadvertently or fail to deploy in accidents
and optional equipment of your vehicle although the deceleration threshold for air
which was available at the time of bag deployment is exceeded. Therefore,
Safety

purchase. Country-specific differences are never modify the restraint systems. Do not
possible. Bear in mind that your vehicle tamper with electronic components or their
may not feature all functions described software.
here. This also refers to safety-related
systems and functions. i See "Children in the vehicle"
(Y page 55) for more information on
infants and children traveling with you in
Occupant safety the vehicle and restraints for infants and
children.
Overview of occupant safety
In this section you will learn the most
important facts about the restraint system SRS (Supplemental Restraint System)
components of the vehicle. Introduction
The restraint systems are:
SRS reduces the risk of occupants coming
RSeat belts into contact with the vehicle's interior in the
RChild restraint systems event of an accident. It can also reduce the
RLATCH-type (ISOFIX) child seat anchors effect of the forces to which occupants are
Additional protection is provided by: subjected during an accident.
RSRS (Supplemental Restraint System) SRS consists of:
RNECK-PRO Rthe 6 SRS warning lamp
head restraints
RAir bag system components with: Rair bags
- PASSENGER air bag OFF indicator lamp Rair bag control unit (with crash sensors)

- USA only: front passenger seat with Rbelt tensioners

Occupant Classification System (OCS) Rbelt force limiters


- Canada only: front passenger seat with
BabySmart™ air bag deactivation system SRS warning lamps
The different air bag systems work SRS functions are checked regularly when
independently of each other. The protective you switch on the ignition and when the
functions of the systems work in conjunction engine is running. Therefore, malfunctions
with each other. Not all air bags are deployed can be detected in good time.
in an accident.
The 6 SRS warning lamp in the instrument
G Warning cluster lights up when the ignition is switched
Modifications to or work improperly on. It goes out no later than a few seconds
conducted on restraint system components after the engine is started.
or their wiring, as well as tampering with The SRS components are in operational
interconnected electronic systems, can lead readiness when the 6 SRS warning lamp
to the restraint systems no longer functioning is not lit while the engine is running.
as intended.
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G Warning environment. Check your national disposal


The SRS self-check has detected a guidelines. California residents, see
malfunction if the 6 SRS warning lamp: www.dtsc.ca.gov/HazardousWaste/
Perchlorate/index.cfm.
Rdoes not come on at all
RAir bags and ETDs are designed to function
Rfails to go out approximately 4 seconds

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on a one-time-only basis. An air bag or ETD
after the engine was started
that has deployed must be replaced.
Rcomes on after the engine was started or
RDo not pass seat belts over sharp edges.
while driving
They could tear.
For your safety, Mercedes-Benz strongly RDo not make any modification that could
recommends that you have the system
change the effectiveness of the seat belts.
checked as soon as possible at an authorized
RDo not bleach or dye seat belts as this may
Mercedes-Benz Center. Otherwise the SRS
may not be activated when it is needed in an severely weaken them. In a crash they may
accident, which could result in serious or fatal not be able to provide adequate protection.
RNo modifications of any kind may be made
injury. The SRS might also deploy
unexpectedly and unnecessarily which could to any components or wiring of the SRS.
also result in injury. RDo not change or remove any component

In addition, improper work on the SRS creates or part of the SRS.


a risk of rendering the SRS inoperative or RDo not install additional trim material, seat
causing unintended air bag deployment. Work covers, badges, etc. over the steering
on the SRS must therefore only be performed wheel hub, front-passenger front air bag
by qualified technicians. Contact an cover, outer sides of the seat backrests,
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. door trim panels, or door frame trims.
If it is necessary to modify an air bag system RDo not install additional electrical/
to accommodate a person with disabilities, electronic equipment on or near SRS
contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center components and wiring.
for details. USA only: Call our Customer RKeep area between air bags and occupants
Assistance Center at 1-800-FOR-MERCedes free of objects (e.g. packages, purses,
(1-800-367-6372) for details. umbrellas, etc.).
RDo not hang items such as coat hangers
Safety guidelines for seat belts, from the coat hooks or handles over the
Emergency Tensioning Devices (ETDs) door. These items may be thrown around in
and air bags the vehicle and cause head and other
injuries when the window curtain air bag is
G Warning deployed.
RDamaged seat belts or seat belts that have
RAir bag system components will be hot after
been subjected to stress in an accident an air bag has inflated. Do not touch them.
must be replaced. Their anchoring points
RNever place your feet on the instrument
must also be checked. Only use seat belts
panel, dashboard, or on the seat. Always
installed or supplied by an authorized
keep both feet on the floor in front of the
Mercedes-Benz Center.
seat.
RAir bags and pyrotechnic Emergency
RImproper repair work on the SRS creates a
Tensioning Devices (ETDs) contain
risk of rendering the SRS inoperative or
perchlorate material, which may require
causing unintended air bag deployment.
special handling and regard for the
Work on the SRS must therefore only be

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performed by qualified technicians. then get fresh air by opening a window or


Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz door.
Center.
RFor your protection and the protection of G Warning
others, when scrapping the air bag unit or To reduce the risk of injuries during front air
Safety

ETD, our safety instructions must be bag inflation, the driver and front-passenger
followed. These instructions are available must always be seated correctly and have
from any authorized Mercedes-Benz their seat belts fastened accordingly.
Center. For maximum protection in the event of a
RGiven the considerable deployment speed, collision, you must always be in the normal
required inflation volume, and the material seat position with your back against the
of the air bags, there is the possibility of backrest. Fasten your seat belt and make sure
abrasions or other, potentially more serious that it is correctly positioned on your body.
injuries resulting from air bag deployment. Since the air bag inflates with considerable
speed and force, a proper seating position
If you sell your vehicle, Mercedes-Benz and correct positioning of the hands on the
strongly recommends that you inform the steering wheel will help to keep you at a safe
subsequent owner that the vehicle is distance from the air bag. Occupants who are
equipped with SRS. Also refer them to the not wearing their seat belt, are not seated
applicable section in the Operator's Manual. properly or are too close to the air bag can be
seriously injured or killed by an air bag as it
inflates with great force instantaneously:
Air bags
RSit with the seat belt properly fastened in a
Important safety notes position that is as upright as possible with
your back against the seat backrest.
G Warning RMove the driver's seat as far back as
Air bags are designed to reduce the incidence possible, still permitting proper operation
of injuries and fatalities in certain situations: of vehicle controls. The distance from the
Rfrontal impacts (driver's and front- center of the driver's chest to the center of
passenger front air bags and driver's knee the air bag cover on the steering wheel
bag) must be at least 10 inches(25 cm) or more.
Rside impacts (side impact air bags, window You should be able to accomplish this by
curtain air bags and pelvis air bags) adjusting the seat and steering wheel. If
Rrollover (window curtain air bags) you have any difficulties, please contact an
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
However, no system available today can
RDo not lean your head or chest close to the
completely eliminate injuries and fatalities.
steering wheel or dashboard.
When the air bags are deployed, a small
ROnly hold the steering wheel by the rim.
amount of powder is released. The powder
generally does not constitute a health hazard Placing hands and arms inside the rim can
and does not indicate that there is a fire in the increase the risk and potential severity of
vehicle. In order to prevent potential hand/arm injury when the driver front air
breathing difficulties, you should leave the bag inflates.
vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. If you RAdjust the front-passenger seat as far back
have any breathing difficulty but cannot get as possible from the dashboard when the
out of the vehicle after the air bag inflates, seat is occupied.
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ROccupants, especially children, should recommended for the size and


never place their bodies or lean their heads weight of the child.
in the area of the door where the side (2) Always wear seat belts properly.
impact air bag inflates. This could result in
serious injuries or death should the side The air bags are only deployed if the airbag

Safety
impact air bag be deployed. Always sit as control unit detects the need for deployment.
upright as possible, wear the seat belt Only in the event of such a situation will they
properly and use an appropriately sized provide their supplemental protection.
child restraint, infant restraint or booster The driver and passenger should always wear
seat recommended for the size and weight their seat belts. Otherwise, it is not possible
of the child. for the air bags to provide their supplemental
RCanada only: children under 12 years may protection.
only sit in the front-passenger seat if they In the event of other types of impacts and
are seated in a child restraint system which impacts below air bag deployment
is compatible with BabySmart™ and thresholds, air bags will not deploy. The driver
approved by Mercedes-Benz. If the child and passengers will then be protected to the
restraint system is installed properly, the extent possible by a properly fastened seat
front-passenger front air bag is deactivated belt. A properly fastened seat belt is also
in conjunction with the BabySmart™ needed to provide the best possible
system installed in the vehicle. Otherwise, protection in a rollover.
the child could be struck by the air bag
Air bags offer supplemental protection but
when it inflates in a crash. This could lead
are not a substitute for seat belts. All vehicle
to serious or fatal injuries.
occupants must fasten their seat belts
Failure to follow these instructions can result regardless of whether your vehicle is
in severe injuries to you or other occupants. equipped with airbags or not.
If you sell your vehicle, it is important that you It is important for your safety and that of your
make the buyer aware of this safety passenger to have deployed air bags replaced
information. Be sure to give the buyer this and to have any malfunctioning air bags
Operator's Manual. repaired. This will help to make sure the air
bags continue to perform their protective
G Warning function for the vehicle occupants in the
Accident research shows that the safest place event of a crash.
for children in an automobile is in a rear seat.
A side impact air bag related injury may occur Front air bags
if occupants, especially children, are not
properly seated or restrained when next to a G Warning
side impact air bag which needs to deploy Observe "Important safety notes"
rapidly in a side impact in order to do its job. (Y page 36).
To help avoid the possibility of injury, please
follow these guidelines: The front air bags increase protection for the
driver's and front-passenger's head and
(1) Always sit as upright as possible chest.
and use the seat belts properly.
Make sure that children 12 years
old and under use an appropriately
sized child restraint, infant
restraint, or booster seat

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are inflated with the maximum amount of


propellant gas available.
In impact situations with deceleration or
acceleration values lower than the vehicle
deceleration or acceleration values preset in
Safety

the system, the front air bags are not


deployed. You will then be protected by the
seat belt.
! Vehicles with BabySmart™ (Canada only):
do not place any objects which weigh more
Driver's air bag : deploys in front of the than 20 lb (9 kg) on the front-passenger
steering wheel; front-passenger air bag ; seat. This could cause the system to
identify the seat as being occupied. In the
deploys in front of and above the glove box.
event of an accident, the restraint systems
They are deployed: on the front-passenger side are triggered.
Rin the event of certain frontal impacts Have restraint systems that have been
Rif the system determines that air bag triggered replaced.
deployment can offer additional protection The front-passenger air bag will only deploy
to that provided by the seat belt if:
Rif the seat belt is fastened
Rthe system, based on the OCS weight
Rindependently of other air bags in the sensor readings, detects that the front-
vehicle passenger seat is occupied (USA only).
If the vehicle overturns, the front air bags are Rthe 45 indicator lamp in the center
generally not deployed unless the system console is not lit, USA: (Y page 41),
detects high vehicle deceleration in a Canada: (Y page 46).
longitudinal direction. Rthe impact exceeds a preset deployment
Your vehicle has adaptive, two-stage front air threshold.
bags. In the event of a collision, the air bag
control unit evaluates the vehicle Driver's knee bag
deceleration. When the first deployment
threshold is reached, the front air bag is filled G Warning
with enough propellant gas to reduce the risk Observe "Important safety notes"
of injuries. The front air bag is fully deployed (Y page 36).
if a second deployment threshold is exceeded
within a few milliseconds.
Vehicles with OCS (USA only): front-
passenger front air bag deployment is also
influenced by the passenger's weight
category as identified by the Occupant
Classification System (OCS) (Y page 41).
Vehicles with OCS (USA only): the lighter the
passenger side occupant, the higher the
vehicle deceleration rate required for second
stage inflation of the front-passenger front air
bag. In the second stage, the front air bags
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Driver's knee bag : increases protection for When deployed, the side impact air bags offer
the driver against the risk of: additional protection for the thorax of the
Rknee
vehicle occupants on the side of the vehicle
injuries
on which the impact occurs. However, they
Rthigh injuries do not protect the:
Rlower leg injuries

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Rhead
Driver's knee bag : inflates beneath the Rneck
steering column. If the system determines
Rarms
that deployment of driver's knee bag : can
offer additional protection to that provided by
the seat belt in the event of a frontal impact,
the system will deploy it together with the
driver's front air bag. Driver's knee bag :
operates best in conjunction with a properly
positioned and fastened seat belt.

Side impact air bags


G Warning
Observe "Important safety notes"
(Y page 36). Side impact air bags : deploy next to the
outer seat cushion.
G Warning! Side impact air bags : are deployed:
The pressure sensors for side impact air bag Ron the side on which an impact occurs
control are located in the doors. Do not
Rat the start of an accident with a high rate
modify any components of the doors or door
of lateral vehicle deceleration or
trim panels including, for example, the
acceleration, e.g. in a side impact
addition of door speakers.
Rindependently of seat belt use
Improper repair work on the doors or the
Rindependently of the front air bags
modification or addition of components to the
doors create a risk of rendering the side Rindependently of the Emergency
impact air bags inoperative or causing Tensioning Devices
unintended air bag deployment. Work on the If the vehicle overturns, the side impact air
doors must therefore only be performed by bags are generally not deployed. They are
qualified technicians. Contact an authorized deployed if the system detects high vehicle
Mercedes-Benz Center. deceleration or acceleration in a lateral
direction and determines that side impact air
G Warning bag deployment can offer additional
Only use seat covers which have been tested protection to that provided by the seat belt.
and approved by Mercedes-Benz for your Side air bags : will not deploy in side
vehicle model. Using seat covers or other seat impacts with deceleration rates which do not
coverings can cause a malfunction of the side exceed the system's preset deployment
impact air bags and/or the pelvis air bags. thresholds for vehicle deceleration or
Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center acceleration. You will then be protected by
for availability. the seat belt.
Vehicles with OCS (USA only): if the OCS
detects that the front-passenger seat is not
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occupied and the front-passenger seat belt is


not fastened (the belt tongue is not engaged
in the seat belt buckle), the side impact air
bag on the front-passenger side will not
deploy. The side impact air bag on the front-
passenger side will deploy if the front-
Safety

passenger seat belt is fastened, regardless of


whether the front-passenger seat is occupied
or not.
! Vehicles with BabySmart™ (Canada only):
do not place any objects which weigh more
Pelvis air bags : deploy next to and below
than 20 lb (9 kg) on the front-passenger
the outer seat cushions. They are deployed:
seat. This could cause the system to
Ron the side on which an impact occurs
identify the seat as being occupied. In the
event of an accident, the restraint systems Rat the start of an accident with a high rate
on the front-passenger side are triggered. of lateral vehicle deceleration or
Have restraint systems that have been acceleration, e.g. in a side impact
triggered replaced. Rindependently of seat belt use
Rindependently of the front air bags
Pelvis air bags Rindependently of the Emergency

G Warning Tensioning Devices


Observe "Important safety notes" The pelvis air bags are generally not deployed
(Y page 36). if the vehicle overturns, unless the system
detects high vehicle deceleration or
G Warning acceleration in a lateral direction and
determines that they can offer additional
Only use seat covers which have been tested
protection to that provided by the seat belt.
and approved by Mercedes-Benz for your
vehicle model. Using seat covers or other seat Pelvis air bags : will not deploy in side
coverings can cause a malfunction of the side impacts with deceleration rates which do not
impact air bags and/or the pelvis air bags. exceed the system’s preset deployment
Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center thresholds for vehicle deceleration or
for availability. acceleration. You will then be protected by
the seat belt.
Pelvis air bag deployment enhances the level Vehicles with OCS (USA only): if the OCS
of protection of the vehicle occupants on the detects that the front-passenger seat is not
side of the vehicle on which the impact occupied and the front-passenger seat belt is
occurs. not fastened (the belt tongue is not engaged
in the seat belt buckle), the pelvis air bag on
the front-passenger side will not deploy. The
pelvis air bag on the front-passenger side will
deploy if the front-passenger seat belt is
fastened, regardless of whether the front-
passenger seat is occupied or not.
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Window curtain air bags Occupant Classification System


(OCS)
G Warning
Observe "Important safety notes" How the occupant classification
(Y page 36). system works

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The window curtain air bags enhance the level The Occupant Classification System (OCS) is
of protection for the head (but not chest or standard equipment in the USA.
arms) of the vehicle occupants on the side of OCS categorizes the occupant on the front-
the vehicle on which the impact occurs. passenger seat by means of a weight sensor.
The window curtain air bags are integrated The front-passenger front air bag is
into the side of the roof frame and deploy in automatically deactivated for certain weight
the area extending from the front door (A- categories. The respective status can be
pillar) to the rear door (C-pillar). recognized by the 45 indicator lamp.
With the 45 indicator lamp
illuminated, the front-passenger front air bag
is deactivated.
The system does not deactivate:
Rthe side impact air bag
Rthe pelvis air bag
Rthe window curtain air bag
Rthe Emergency Tensioning Devices

To be classified correctly, the front passenger


must sit:
Window curtain air bags : are deployed: Rwith the seat belt properly fastened
Ron Rin a position that is as upright as possible
the side on which an impact occurs
Rat the start of an accident with a high rate with the back against the seat backrest
Rwith their feet on the floor
of lateral vehicle deceleration or
acceleration, e.g. in a side impact If the front-passenger's weight is transferred
Rregardless of whether the front-passenger to another object in the vehicle (e.g. by
seat is occupied leaning on armrests), OCS may not be able to
Rindependently of seat belt use approximate the occupant's weight category.
Rif the vehicle overturns and the system If the front passenger seat, the seat cover, or
determines that window curtain air bag the seat cushion are damaged, have the
deployment can offer additional protection necessary repair work carried out at an
to that provided by the seat belt authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
Rindependently of the front air bags For reasons of safety, Mercedes-Benz
recommends that you only use seat
Window curtain air bags : will not deploy in accessories that have been approved by
impacts with deceleration rates which do not Mercedes-Benz.
exceed the system’s preset deployment
Both the driver and the front passenger
thresholds for vehicle deceleration or
should observe the 45 indicator lamp
acceleration. You will then be protected by
to determine whether or not the front
the seat belt.
passenger is positioned correctly.

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G Warning When the OCS senses that the front-


If the 45 indicator lamp illuminates passenger seat occupant is classified as an
when an adult or someone larger than a small adult or someone larger than a small
individual is in the front-passenger seat, have individual, the 45 indicator lamp will
the front passenger reposition himself or illuminate for approximately 6 seconds when
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herself in the seat until the 45 the engine is started and then go out,
indicator lamp goes out. indicating that the front-passenger front air
In the event of a collision, the air bag control bag is activated.
unit will not allow front-passenger front air If the 45 indicator lamp is illuminated,
bag deployment when the OCS has classified the front-passenger front air bag is
the front-passenger seat occupant as deactivated and will not be deployed.
weighing as much as or less than a typical 12- If the 45 indicator lamp is not
month-old child in a standard child restraint illuminated, the front-passenger front air bag
or if the front-passenger seat is classified as is activated and will be deployed:
being empty. Rin the event of certain frontal impacts
When the OCS senses that the front- Rif impact exceeds a preset deployment
passenger seat occupant is classified as threshold
being up to or less than the weight of a typical
Rindependently of the side impact air bags
12-month-old child in a standard child
restraint, the 45 indicator lamp will If the front-passenger front air bag is
illuminate when the engine is started and deployed, the rate of inflation will be
remain illuminated, indicating that the front- influenced by:
passenger front air bag is deactivated. Rthe rate of relevant vehicle deceleration as
When the OCS senses that the front- assessed by the air bag control unit
passenger seat is classified as being empty, Rthe front passenger's weight category as
the 45 indicator lamp will illuminate identified by OCS
when the engine is started and remain
illuminated, indicating that the front- For further information, see the section
passenger front air bag is deactivated. regarding air bag display messages
When the OCS senses that the front- (Y page 179).
passenger seat occupant is classified as G Warning
being heavier than the weight of a typical 12-
According to accident statistics, children are
month-old child seated in a standard child
safer when properly restrained on the rear
restraint or as being a small individual (such
seats than on the front-passenger seat. Thus,
as a young teenager or a small adult), the
we strongly recommend that children be
45 indicator lamp will illuminate for
placed in the rear seats whenever possible.
approximately 6 seconds when the engine is Regardless of seating position, children 12
started and then, depending on occupant years old and under must be seated and
weight sensor readings from the front- properly secured in an appropriate infant
passenger seat, remain illuminated or go out. restraint, toddler restraint, or booster seat
With the 45 indicator lamp recommended for the size and weight of the
illuminated, the front-passenger front air bag child.
is deactivated. With the 45 indicator
The infant or child restraint must be properly
lamp out, the front-passenger front air bag is
secured with the vehicle's seat belt, the seat
activated.
belt and Top Tether strap, or lower anchors
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and Top Tether strap, fully in accordance with not transport a child on the front-passenger
the child seat manufacturer's instructions. seat until the system has been repaired.
Occupants, especially children, should always A child in a rear-facing child restraint on the
sit as upright as possible, wear the seat belt front-passenger seat will be seriously
properly and use an appropriately sized infant injured or even killed if the front-passenger

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restraint, toddler restraint, or booster seat front air bag inflates.
recommended for the size and weight of the RIf you place a child in a forward-facing child
child. restraint on the front-passenger seat:
Children can be killed or seriously injured by - move the seat as far back as possible
an inflating air bag. Note the following - use the proper child restraint
important information when circumstances recommended for the age, size and
require you to place a child in the front- weight of the child
passenger seat:
- secure child restraint with the vehicle's
RYour vehicle is equipped with air bag seat belt according to the child seat
technology designed to deactivate the manufacturer's instructions
front-passenger front air bag in your vehicle RFor children larger than the typical 12-
when the system senses the weight of a month-old child, the front-passenger front
typical 12-month-old child or less along air bag may or may not be activated.
with the weight of a standard appropriate
child restraint on the front-passenger seat. Deployment of the driver front air bag does
RA child in a rear-facing child restraint on the not mean that the front-passenger front air
front-passenger seat will be seriously bag should also have deployed.
injured or even killed if the front-passenger OCS may have determined:
front air bag inflates in a collision which
Rthat the seat was unoccupied or occupied
could occur under some circumstances,
by a weight of up to or less than that of a
even with the air bag technology installed
typical 12-month-old child seated in a
in your vehicle. The only means to eliminate
standard child restraint
this risk completely is never to place a child
Rthat the seat was occupied by a small
in a rear-facing child restraint in the front-
passenger seat. We therefore strongly individual (e.g. a young teenager or a small
recommend that you always place a child adult) or a child who weighs more than a
in a rear-facing child restraint on the rear typical 12-month-old child in a standard
seat. child restraint system
RIf you install a rear-facing child restraint on These are examples of when OCS deactivates
the front-passenger seat, make sure the the front-passenger front air bag. The air bag
45 indicator lamp is illuminated, is deactivated despite the impact fulfilling the
indicating that the front-passenger front air criteria for deploying the driver's front air bag.
bag is deactivated. Should the 45
indicator lamp not illuminate or go out while
the restraint is installed, please check
installation. Periodically check the
45 indicator lamp while driving to
make sure that the 45 indicator
lamp is illuminated. If the 45
indicator lamp goes out or remains out, do

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System self-test
The 45 indicator lamp illuminates
when you:
Rturn the SmartKey to position 1 or 2 in the
ignition lock
Safety

Ron vehicles with KEYLESS-GO, press the


Start/Stop button once or twice
If an adult is seated properly on the passenger
seat and the OCS classifies the occupant as
an adult, the 45 indicator lamp
If the SmartKey has been removed from the illuminates and goes out again after
ignition lock or is in position 0, indicator lamp approximately 6 seconds.
45: does not light up.
If the seat is not occupied and the OCS
G Warning classifies the front passenger seat as being
If the red 6 SRS warning lamp in the unoccupied, the 45 indicator lamp
instrument cluster and the 45 will illuminate and not go out.
indicator lamp light up simultaneously, the G Warning!
OCS is malfunctioning. The front passenger
If the 4 5 indicator lamp does not
front air bag will be deactivated in this case.
illuminate, the system is not functioning. You
Have the system checked by qualified
must contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz
technicians as soon as possible. Contact an
Center before seating any child on the front
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
passenger seat.
Only have the seat repaired or replaced at an
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. For more information, see "Problems with the
In order to ensure proper operation of the air Occupant Classification System"
bag system and OCS: (Y page 45).
RSit with the seat belt properly fastened in a G Warning
position that is as upright as possible with Never place anything between seat cushion
your back against the seat backrest. and child seat (e.g. a pillow), since it reduces
RWhen seated, a passenger should not the effectiveness of the OCS. The underside
position him/herself in such a way as to and rear side child restraint system must be
cause the passenger's weight to be lifted placed entirely on the seat cushion and the
from the seat cushion as this may result in backrest of the front-passenger seat
the OCS being unable to correctly backrest.
approximate the passenger's weight If necessary, adjust the tilt of the passenger
category. seat backrest.
RRead and observe all warnings in this
An incorrectly mounted child seat could cause
chapter. injuries to the child in case of an accident,
instead of increasing protection for the child.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for
installation of child restraint systems.
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Problems with the occupant classification system

Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


The 45 OCS is malfunctioning.
indicator lamp X Have OCS checked as soon as possible at an authorized

Safety
illuminates and Mercedes-Benz Center.
remains illuminated. X Observe the additional display messages in the multifunction
The person sitting on display (Y page 179).
the front-passenger
seat:
Rweighs as much as a
typical adult
Rweighs more than a
child

G Warning
If the 45 indicator lamp illuminates and remains illuminated when the weight of a typical
adult or someone larger than a small individual has been detected on the passenger seat, do not
allow any occupant to use the passenger seat until the system has been repaired.

Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


The 45 OCS is malfunctioning.
indicator lamp does not X Make sure there is nothing between the seat cushion and the
illuminate and/or does child seat.
not remain illuminated. X Check the installation of the child restraint system.
The front-passenger X Make sure there are no objects applying additional weight onto
seat is: the seat.
Runoccupied X If the 45 indicator lamp remains out, have OCS checked
Roccupied with the as soon as possible at an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Do
weight of a typical not transport a child on the front-passenger seat until OCS has
12-month-old child in been repaired.
a standard child X Observe the additional display messages in the multifunction
restraint or less display (Y page 179).

G Warning
If the 45 indicator lamp does not illuminate or remains out with the weight of a typical
12-month-old child in a standard child restraint or less, or is unoccupied, on the front-passenger
seat, do not transport a child on the front-passenger seat until the system has been repaired.

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BabySmart™ air bag deactivation passenger front air bag is deactivated in


system conjunction with the BabySmart™ system.
Otherwise, the child could be struck by the
How the air bag deactivation system air bag when it inflates in a crash. This could
functions lead to serious or fatal injury.
Safety

The BabySmart™ system is standard RA child in a rear-facing child restraint on the


equipment in Canada. front-passenger seat will be seriously
injured or even killed if the front-passenger
G Warning front air bag inflates in a collision which
According to accident statistics, children are could occur under some circumstances,
safer when properly restrained on the rear even with the air bag technology installed
seats than on the front-passenger seat. For in your vehicle. The only means to eliminate
this reason, Mercedes-Benz strongly advises this risk completely is never to place a child
that you always secure children in the rear in a rear-facing child restraint in the front-
seats. Regardless of seating position, children passenger seat. We therefore strongly
12 years old and under must be seated and recommend that you always place a child
properly secured in an appropriately sized in a rear-facing child restraint on the rear
child restraint system or booster seat seat.
recommended for the size and weight of the RIf it is necessary to install a BabySmart™-
child.
compatible rear-facing child restraint
Secure the infant restraint system or child system on the front-passenger seat, make
restraint system, using: sure the 45 indicator lamp is
Rthe vehicle's seat belt illuminated. This indicates that the front-
Rthe seat belt and a Top Tether belt passenger front air bag is deactivated. If the
Rthe LATCH-type (ISOFIX) child seat mount 45 indicator lamp does not light up
and a Top Tether belt or goes out when the child restraint system
is installed, check the anchorages of the
The child restraint system must be installed
restraint system. Periodically check the
and secured correctly, observing the
45 indicator lamp while driving to
manufacturer's installation instructions.
make sure the 45 is illuminated. If
Occupants, especially children, should always the 45 indicator lamp goes out or
sit as upright as possible, wear the seat belt
remains out, do not transport a child on the
properly and use an appropriately sized infant
front-passenger seat until the system has
restraint, toddler restraint, or booster seat
been repaired.
recommended for the size and weight of the
child. A child in a rear-facing child restraint on the
front-passenger seat will be seriously
Children can be killed or seriously injured by
an inflating air bag. Observe the following
important information if it is necessary to
carry a child on the front-passenger seat:
RChildren under 12 years may only sit in the
front-passenger seat if they are seated in a
child restraint system which is compatible
with BabySmart™ and approved by
Mercedes-Benz. If the child restraint
system is installed properly, the front-
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injured or even killed if the front-passenger indicator lamp remains out, do not use the
front air bag inflates. BabySmart™ child restraint system to carry a
RIf you have to place a child in a forward- child on the front-passenger seat until the
facing child restraint system on the front- system has been repaired.
passenger seat, you must:

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- move the seat as far back as possible
- use the proper child restraint
recommended for the age, size and
weight of the child
- secure child restraint with the vehicle's
seat belt according to the child seat
manufacturer's instructions

G Warning
The BabySmart™ air bag disabling system
ONLY works with specially adapted child Special child restraint systems which are
restraint systems. It does not work with child compatible with BabySmart™ are necessary
restraint systems that are not compatible with for deactivating the front-passenger front air
BabySmart™. bag. When the special child restraint system
Never place anything between the seat which is compatible with BabySmart™ is
cushion and the child restraint system (e.g. a installed correctly and is recognized by the
cushion), as this reduces the effectiveness of sensor system in the front-passenger seat,
the BabySmart™ air bag deactivation system. the front-passenger front air bag is
The underside of the child restraint system deactivated. In this case, 45 indicator
must lie against the seat cushion of the front- lamp : illuminates. If you have any
passenger seat. In the event of an accident, questions regarding the special child
an incorrectly installed child restraint system restraint systems which are compatible with
could injure the child instead of offering BabySmart™, consult an authorized
protection. Mercedes-Benz Center.
Observe the manufacturer's instructions If the key has been removed from the ignition
when installing special child restraint lock or is in position 0, indicator lamp
systems. 45: does not light up.
The system does not deactivate:
G Warning Rthe side impact air bag
When using a BabySmart™-compatible child Rthe pelvis air bag
restraint system on the front-passenger seat,
Rthe window curtain air bag
the front-passenger front air bag is only
disabled if the 45 indicator lamp is Rthe Emergency Tensioning Devices

illuminated.
Check the 45 indicator lamp
repeatedly, every time you use a
BabySmart™-compatible child restraint
system on the front-passenger seat. Should
the 45 indicator lamp not illuminate
or go out while the restraint is installed,
please check installation. If the 45

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System self-test
The 45 indicator lamp illuminates
when you:
Rturn the SmartKey to position 1 or 2 in the
ignition lock
Safety

Ron vehicles with KEYLESS-GO, press the


Start-Stop button once or twice
The 45 indicator lamp goes out again
after approximately six seconds.
If the 45 indicator lamp does not
illuminate or is lit continuously, the system is
malfunctioning. Before transporting a child
on the front-passenger seat, have the
BabySmart™ system checked at an
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
For more information, see "Problems with the
air bag deactivation system" section
(Y page 49)
G Warning
Do not place powered-on laptops, mobile
phones, electronic tags such as those used in
ski passes or similar electronic devices on the
front passenger seat. Signals from such
devices may interfere with the BabySmart™
air bag deactivation system. Such signal
interference may cause the 45
indicator lamp not to come on during self-test.
The 6 SRS indicator lamp and/or the
45 indicator lamp could be
continuously lit, indicating that the system is
not functioning. The front-passenger front air
bag could deploy inadvertently or fail to
deploy in an accident.
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Problems with the air bag deactivation system

Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


The 45 A special BabySmart™ compatible child restraint system is
indicator lamp installed on the front-passenger seat.

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illuminates and The front-passenger front air bag is therefore deactivated.
remains illuminated.
A BabySmart™-compatible child restraint system is not installed
on the front-passenger seat. The BabySmart™ system is
malfunctioning.
X Have the BabySmart™ system checked as soon as possible at
an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.

G Warning
If the 45 indicator lamp illuminates and remains illuminated when the weight of a typical
adult or someone larger than a small individual has been detected on the passenger seat, do not
allow any occupant to use the passenger seat until the system has been repaired.

Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


The 45 The BabySmart™ system is malfunctioning.
indicator lamp does not X Make sure there is nothing between the seat cushion and the
illuminate or does not child seat.
remain illuminated with X Check the installation of the child restraint system.
a BabySmart™-
X If the 45 indicator lamp does not illuminate, have the
compatible child
restraint system BabySmart™ system checked as soon as possible at an
properly installed on authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
the front-passenger Do not transport a child on the front-passenger seat until the
seat. child seat recognition system has been repaired.

NECK-PRO head restraints function properly, or in the event of a rear-end


collision may not be able offer the level of
The NECK-PRO head restraints increase
protection they are designed to provide.
protection for the driver's and front-
passenger's head and neck. In the event of a
rear collision of a certain severity, the NECK- G Warning
PRO head restraints on the driver's and front- Only use seat covers/head restraint covers
passenger seats are moved forwards and that have been tested and approved by
upwards. This provides better head support. Mercedes-Benz for your model.
Using seat covers and head restraint covers
G Warning other than those recommended may cause a
Do not secure any objects (e.g. coat hangers) malfunction when NECK-PRO head restraints
on the NECK-PRO head restraints. Otherwise, are triggered or front side impact air bags/
the NECK-PRO head restraints may not

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pelvis air bags may be prevented from qualified specialist workshop, e.g. an
deploying. authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center
for availability.
Safety

If the NECK-PRO head restraints have been


triggered in an accident, you must reset the
NECK-PRO head restraints on the driver's and
front-passenger seat (Y page 50).
Otherwise, the additional protection will not
be available in the event of another rear-end
collision. You can recognize that NECK-PRO
head restraints have been triggered by the
fact that they have moved forwards and can X Press the base of the NECK-PRO head
no longer be adjusted. restraint cushion back in the direction of
arrow ; as far as it will go.
G Warning!
X Push the NECK-PRO head restraint cushion
For your protection, drive only with properly
positioned head restraints. down into the guide in the direction of
arrow = as far as it will go.
Adjust the head restraint so that it is as close
to the head as possible and the center of the X Firmly fold the NECK-PRO head restraint

head restraint supports the back of the head cushion back in the direction of arrow :
at eye level. This will reduce the potential for until it engages.
injury to the head and neck in the event of an X Repeat this procedure for the second
accident or similar situation. NECK-PRO head restraint.

Resetting triggered NECK-PRO head Seat belts


restraints
Important safety notes
G Warning
The use of seat belts and infant and child
For safety reasons, have the NECK-PRO head restraint systems is required by law in all 50
restraints checked at an authorized states, the District of Columbia, the U.S.
Mercedes-Benz Center after a rear-end territories and all Canadian provinces.
collision.
Even where this is not the case, all vehicle
occupants should have their seat belts
G Warning
fastened when the vehicle is in motion.
When pushing back the NECK-PRO head
restraint cushion, make sure your fingers do i See "Children in the vehicle"
not become caught between the head (Y page 55) for more information on
restraint cushion and the cover. Failure to infants and children traveling with you in
observe this could result in injuries. the vehicle and restraints for infants and
children.
i Resetting the NECK-PRO head restraints
requires a lot of strength. If you have G Warning!
difficulty resetting the NECK-PRO head Always fasten your seat belt before driving off.
restraints, have this work carried out at a Always make sure all of your passengers are
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properly restrained. You and your passengers Do not make any modifications to the seat
should always wear seat belts. belts. This can lead to unintended activation
Failure to wear and properly fasten and of the ETDs or to their failure to activate when
position your seat belt greatly increases your necessary.
risk of injuries and their likely severity in an Do not bleach or dye seat belts as this may

Safety
accident. severely weaken them. In a crash they may
If you are ever in an accident, your injuries can not be able to provide adequate protection.
be considerably more severe without your Have all work carried out only by qualified
seat belt properly buckled. Without your seat technicians. Contact an authorized
belt buckled, you are much more likely to hit Mercedes-Benz Center.
the interior of the vehicle or be ejected from
it. You can be seriously injured or killed. Correct use of the seat belt
In the same crash, the possibility of injury or
death is lessened if you are properly wearing G Warning
your seat belt. The air bags can only protect USE SEAT BELTS PROPERLY
as intended if the occupants are properly RSeat belts can only work when used
wearing their seat belts. properly. Never wear seat belts in any other
way than as described in this section, as
G Warning that could result in serious injuries in the
Never ride in a moving vehicle with the seat event of an accident.
backrest in an excessively reclined position as REach occupant should wear their seat belt
this can be dangerous. You could slide under at all times, because seat belts help reduce
the seat belt in a collision. If you slide under the likelihood of and potential severity of
it, the seat belt would apply force at the injuries in accidents, including rollovers.
abdomen or neck. That could cause serious The integrated restraint system includes
or even fatal injuries. The seat backrest and SRS (driver front air bag, driver's side knee
seat belt provide the best restraint when the bag, front-passenger front air bag, side
wearer is in a position that is as upright as impact air bags, pelvis air bags, window
possible and the seat belt is properly curtain air bags for the side windows),
positioned on the body. Emergency Tensioning Devices, seat belt
force limiters, and front seat knee bolsters.
G Warning
The system is designed to enhance the
Never let more people ride in the vehicle than protection offered to properly belted
there are seat belts available. Make sure occupants in certain frontal (front air bags,
everyone riding in the vehicle is correctly driver's side knee bag and ETDs) and side
restrained with a separate seat belt. Never (side impact air bags, window curtain air
use a seat belt for more than one person at a bags, and ETDs) impacts which exceed
time. preset deployment thresholds and in
certain rollovers (window curtain air bags
G Warning and ETDs).
Damaged seat belts or seat belts that have RNever wear the shoulder belt under your
been subjected to stress in an accident must arm, across your neck or off your shoulder.
be replaced and their anchoring points must In a frontal crash, your body would move
also be checked. too far forward. That would increase the
Only use seat belts which have been approved chance of head and neck injuries. The seat
by Mercedes-Benz. belt would also apply too much force to the

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ribs or abdomen, which could severely keep both feet on the floor in front of the
injure internal organs such as your liver or seat.
spleen. RWhen using a seat belt to secure infant
Adjust the seat belt so that the shoulder restraints, toddler restraints, or children in
section is located as close as possible to booster seats, always follow the child seat
Safety

the middle of the shoulder. It should not manufacturer's instructions.


touch the neck. Never pass the shoulder
portion of the seat belt under your arm. For G Warning
this purpose, you can adjust the height of Do not pass seat belts over sharp edges. They
the seat belt outlet. could tear.
RPosition the lap belt as low as possible on Do not allow the seat belt to get caught in the
your hips and not across the abdomen. If door or in the seat adjustment mechanism.
the lap belt is positioned across your This could damage the seat belt.
abdomen, it could cause serious injuries in Never attempt to make modifications to seat
a crash. belts. This could impair the effectiveness of
RNever wear seat belts over rigid or the seat belts.
breakable objects in or on your clothing,
such as eyeglasses, pens, keys etc., as
Fastening seat belts
these might cause injuries.
RMake sure the seat belt is always fitted G Warning
snugly. Take special care of this when According to accident statistics, children are
wearing loose clothing. safer when properly restrained on the rear
RNever use a seat belt for more than one seats than on the front-passenger seat. Thus,
person at a time. Do not fasten a seat belt we strongly recommend that children be
around a person and another person or placed in the rear seat whenever possible.
other objects at the same time. Regardless of seating position, children 12
RSeat belts should not be worn twisted. In a years old and under must be seated and
crash, you would not have the full width of properly secured in an appropriately sized
the seat belt to distribute impact forces. child restraint system or booster seat
The twisted seat belt against your body recommended for the size and weight of the
could cause injuries. child. For additional information, see the
RPregnant women should also always use a "Children in the vehicle" section.
lap-shoulder belt. The lap belt portion A child's risk of serious or fatal injuries is
should be positioned as low as possible on significantly increased if the child restraints
the hips to avoid any possible pressure on are not properly secured in the vehicle and/
the abdomen. or the child is not properly secured in the child
RPlace the seat backrest in a position that is restraint.
as upright as possible.
RCheck your seat belt during travel to make
G Warning
sure it is properly positioned. Canada only: children 12 years old and under
may ride on the front seat if a BabySmart™
RNever place your feet on the instrument
compatible child restraint system is installed
panel, dashboard, or on the seat. Always
on the front-passenger seat. Use only
Mercedes-Benz approved BabySmart™
compatible child restraint systems. A
BabySmart™ compatible child restraint
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system will deactivate the front-passenger "Special seat belt retractors", see
front air bag when installed correctly. The (Y page 58).
front-passenger front air bag will not be For more information about releasing the seat
deactivated if the child restraint systems that belt with release button ?, see "Releasing
are installed are not BabySmart™ compatible seat belts" (Y page 54).

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or if BabySmart™ compatible child restraint
systems are not installed correctly. If the Seat belt outlet height adjustment
front-passenger front air bag is deployed in a
collision, the child will be struck by the air bag. You can adjust the seat belt height on the
If this happens, serious or fatal injury will driver's seat and the front-passenger seat.
result.

Adjust the height so that the upper part of the


seat belt is routed across the center of your
shoulder.
X To raise: slide the belt sash guide upwards.
The belt sash guide engages in various
positions.
X To lower: press and hold belt sash guide
X Adjust the seat and move the backrest to
release :.
an almost vertical position (Y page 90).
X Slide the belt sash guide downwards.
X Pull the seat belt smoothly through belt
sash guide :. X Release belt sash guide release : and

X Without twisting it, guide the shoulder make sure that the belt sash guide has
section of the seat belt across the middle engaged.
of your shoulder and the lap section across
your hips. Using the seat belt on the center rear
X Engage belt tongue ; in buckle =. seat
X If necessary, adjust the seat belt to the If the left-hand rear seat backrest is folded
appropriate height (Y page 53). down and back up again, the rear center seat
X If necessary, pull upwards on the shoulder belt may lock. The seat belt can then not be
section of the seat belt to tighten the belt pulled out.
across your body. X To unlock the rear center seat belt: pull

All seat belts in the vehicle, except the the seat belt out approximately 1 in
driver's seat belt, are equipped with a special (25 mm) from the belt outlet on the seat
seat belt retractor to secure child restraint backrest and release again.
systems properly. For further information on The seat belt is retracted and released.

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Releasing seat belts 7 seat belt warning lamp lights up and a


X
warning tone sounds again.
Press release button ? (Y page 52) and
guide belt tongue ; back towards belt The warning tone ceases even if the driver or
front passenger have still not fastened their
sash guide :.
seat belt after 60 seconds. The 7 seat belt
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! Make sure that the seat belt is fully rolled warning lamp stops flashing but remains
up. Otherwise, the seat belt or belt tongue illuminated.
will be trapped in the door or in the seat After the vehicle comes to a standstill, the
mechanism. This could damage the door, warning tone is reactivated and the 7 seat
the door trim panel and the seat belt. belt warning lamp flashes again if the vehicle
Damaged seat belts can no longer fulfill speed again exceeds 15 mph (25 km/h) .
their protective function and must be The 7 seat belt warning lamp only goes
replaced. Consult an authorized Mercedes- out if:
Benz Center.
Rboth the driver and the front passenger
have fastened their seat belts.
Belt warning for driver and front
passenger or
Rthe vehicle is stationary and a door is open.
Regardless of whether the driver's and front-
passenger seat belts have already been i For more information on the 7 seat
fastened, the 7 seat belt warning lamp belt warning lamp, see "Indicator and
lights up for six seconds each time the engine warning lamps in the instrument cluster,
is started. It then goes out once the driver and seat belt" (Y page 196).
the front passenger have fastened their seat
belts. Emergency Tensioning Devices and
If the driver's seat belt is not fastened after seat belt force limiters
the engine is started, an additional warning The front seat belts and the outer seat belts
tone will sound. The warning tone goes out in the rear are equipped with ETDs and belt
after approximately six seconds or once the force limiters.
driver's seat belt is fastened.
If, after six seconds, the driver or front- ! If the front-passenger seat is not
passenger have not fastened their seat belts occupied, do not engage the seat belt
and the doors are closed: tongue in the buckle on the front-
passenger seat. Otherwise, the Emergency
Rthe 7 seat belt warning lamp remains Tensioning Device could be triggered in the
illuminated as long as either the driver's or event of an accident.
front-passenger seat belt is not fastened.
The ETDs tighten the seat belts in an accident,
Rif the vehicle speed exceeds 15 mph
pulling them close against the body.
(25 km/h), the 7 seat belt warning
ETDs do not correct incorrect seat positions
lamp lights up. Additionally, a warning tone
or incorrectly fastened seat belts.
will sound with increasing intensity for a
maximum of 60 seconds or until the ETDs do not pull vehicle occupants back
driver's and front-passenger seat belt are towards the backrest.
fastened. Seat belt force limiters, when activated, are
If the driver/front passenger unfasten their employed to help reduce the force exerted by
seat belt while the vehicle is in motion, the the seat belts on occupants during a crash.
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The front belt force limiters are synchronized instructions. These are available at any
with the front air bags, which take on a part authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
of the deceleration force. Thus, the force
exerted on the occupant is distributed over a
greater area. Children in the vehicle

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The ETDs can only be activated if:
Rthe
Important safety notes
ignition is switched on.
Rthe restraint systems are operational; see G Warning
"SRS warning lamp" (Y page 34). When leaving the vehicle, always remove the
Rthe belt tongue is engaged in the buckle on SmartKey from the ignition lock. Always take
each of the lap-shoulder belts in the front. the SmartKey with you and lock the vehicle.
Rthe front-passenger seat is occupied and Do not leave children unattended in the
the belt tongue is engaged in the buckle on vehicle, even if they are secured in a child
the front-passenger side. restraint system, or with access to an
unlocked vehicle. A child's unsupervised
The ETDs on the outside seats in the rear
access to a vehicle could result in an accident
compartment are triggered independently of
and/or serious personal injury. The children
the lock status of the seat belts.
could:
The ETDs are triggered depending on the type
Rinjure themselves on parts of the vehicle
and severity of an accident:
Rbe seriously or fatally injured through
Rin the event of a head-on or rear-end
excessive exposure to extreme heat or cold
collision if the vehicle decelerates or
Rinjure themselves or cause an accident with
accelerates rapidly in a longitudinal
direction during the initial stages of the vehicle equipment that can be operated
impact even if the SmartKey is removed from the
Rin the event of a side impact, on the side
ignition lock or removed from the vehicle,
such as seat adjustment, steering wheel
opposite the impact if the vehicle
adjustment, or the memory function
decelerates or accelerates rapidly in a
lateral direction If children open a door, they could injure other
Rin certain situations if the vehicle overturns
persons or get out of the vehicle and injure
themselves or be injured by following traffic.
and the system determines that it can
provide additional protection Do not expose the child restraint system to
direct sunlight. The child restraint system's
If the Emergency Tensioning Devices (ETDs)
metal parts, for example, could become very
are triggered, you will hear a bang, and a small
hot, and the child could be burned on these
amount of powder may also be released. Only
parts.
in rare cases will the bang affect your hearing.
The powder that is released generally does
not constitute a health hazard. The 6 SRS G Warning!
warning lamp lights up. Do not carry heavy or hard objects in the
passenger compartment or trunk unless they
G Warning are firmly secured in place.
Pyrotechnic ETDs that were activated must be
replaced.
For your safety, when disposing of the
pyrotechnic ETDs always follow our safety

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Unsecured or improperly positioned cargo label on the restraint system. You will also
increases a child's risk of injury in the event find the statement in the instruction manual
of provided with the child restraint system.
Rstrong braking maneuvers When using an infant restraint system, child
Rsudden
restraint system or booster seat, make sure
changes of direction
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to carefully read and follow all manufacturer's


Ran accident
instructions for installation and use.
If an infant or child is traveling in the vehicle: Please read the warning labels affixed to the
interior of the vehicle or to the infant restraint
X Secure the child using an infant or child or child restraint system.
restraint system appropriate to the age and
weight of the child. G Warning
X Make sure that the infant or child is Accident statistics show that children
properly secured at all times while the secured in the rear seats are safer than
vehicle is in motion. children secured in the front-passenger seat.
For this reason, we strongly advise that you
always secure children in the rear seats.
Child restraint systems Regardless of the seat position, children
under 12 years must be secured correctly in
Important safety notes a suitable infant or child restraint system or
booster seat suitable for the size and weight
G Warning of the child.
Observe "Important safety notes" The infant or child restraint system must be
(Y page 55). correctly secured using the vehicle's seat
belt, the seat belt and Top Tether belt or the
We recommend all infants and children be
lower anchorages and the Top Tether belt in
properly restrained using the child restraint
complete accordance with the child seat
systems at all times while the vehicle is in
manufacturer's instructions.
motion.
Occupants, in particular children, must sit as
The use of infant or child restraints is required
upright as possible, fasten the seat belt
by law in all 50 states, the District of
correctly and use a suitable infant restraint
Columbia, the U.S. territories and all
system, child restraint system or booster seat
Canadian provinces.
suitable for the size and weight of the child.
Infants and small children should always be
Children can be seriously or even fatally
seated in an infant or child seat restraint
injured by an air bag deploying. Observe the
system appropriate for the size and weight of
following important information if it is
the child. They must be properly secured in
absolutely necessary to carry a child on the
accordance with the manufacturer's
front-passenger seat:
installation instructions for the infant or child
seat restraint system. All infant and child seat RUSA only: Your vehicle is equipped with air
restraint systems must comply with the US bag technology that is designed to
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 213 deactivate the front-passenger front air
and 225 and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety bag, when the system on the front-
Standards 213 and 210.2. passenger seat detects the weight of a
A statement by the child restraint
manufacturer of compliance with these
standards can be found on the instruction
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typical 12-month old child in a standard passenger front air bag is deactivated. If the
child restraint. 45 indicator lamp does not light up
RUSA only: For children that weigh more or goes out when the child restraint system
than a typical 12-month old child, the front- is installed, check the anchorages of the
passenger front air bag can be activated or restraint system. Check the 45

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deactivated. Always make sure that the indicator lamp regularly while driving to
45 indicator lamp is illuminated ensure that the 45 indicator lamp is
indicating that the front-passenger front air illuminated. If the 45 indicator lamp
bag is deactivated. goes out or remains out, you may only carry
RCanada only: Children 12 years old and a child on the front-passenger seat once
under may ride on the front seat if a the system has been repaired.
BabySmart™ compatible child restraint A child in a rear-facing child restraint on the
system is installed on the front-passenger front-passenger seat will be seriously
seat. Use only Mercedes-Benz approved injured or even killed if the front-passenger
BabySmart™ compatible child restraint front air bag inflates.
systems. A BabySmart™ compatible child Rwhen securing a child in a child restraint
restraint system will deactivate the front- system on the front-passenger seat, you
passenger front air bag when installed must:
correctly. The front-passenger front air bag - move the front-passenger seat as far
will not be deactivated if the child restraint back as possible
systems that are installed are not
- use a child restraint system that is
BabySmart™ compatible or if BabySmart™
suitable for the age, size and weight of
compatible child restraint systems are not
the child
installed correctly. If the front-passenger
- observe the manufacturer's installation
front air bag is deployed in a collision, the
child could be struck by the air bag. This instructions in order to install and secure
could lead to serious or fatal injury. the child restraint system correctly.
RA child in a rear-facing child restraint on the
G Warning
front-passenger seat will be seriously
injured or even killed if the front-passenger Infants and small children should never share
front air bag inflates in a collision which a seat belt with another occupant. During an
could occur under some circumstances, accident, they could be crushed between the
even with the air bag technology installed occupant and seat belt.
in your vehicle. The only way to completely A child's risk of serious or fatal injuries is
rule out this risk is by making sure you significantly increased if the child restraints
never place a child in a rearward-facing are not properly secured in the vehicle and/
child restraint system on the front- or the child is not properly secured in the child
passenger seat. For this reason, we restraint.
strongly advise that you always carry Children too big for a toddler restraint must
children in a rearward-facing child restraint ride in seats using regular seat belts. Position
system on a rear seat. the shoulder belt across the chest and
RIf you must install a rear-facing child shoulder, not face or neck. A booster seat
restraint on the front-passenger seat may be necessary to achieve proper seat belt
because circumstances require you to do positioning for children over 41 lb (18 kg) until
so, make sure the 45 indicator lamp they reach a height where a lap/shoulder belt
is illuminated, indicating that the front- fits properly without a booster.

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When the child restraint is not in use, remove G Warning


it from the vehicle or secure it with the seat Never release the seat belt buckle while the
belt to prevent the child restraint from vehicle is in motion, since the special seat belt
becoming a projectile in the event of an retractor will be deactivated.
accident.
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LATCH-type (ISOFIX) child seat anchors


Special seat belt retractor in the rear
G Warning G Warning
Observe "Important safety notes" Observe "Important safety notes"
(Y page 55). (Y page 55).

All seat belts in the vehicle, except the G Warning


driver's seat belt, are equipped with a special
Children that are too large for a child restraint
seat belt retractor. When activated, the
must travel in seats using normal seat belts.
special seat belt retractor ensures that the
Position shoulder belt across the chest and
seat belt cannot slacken after being fastened.
shoulder, not face or neck.
Installing a child restraint system:
In order to attain the correct seating position
X Always comply with the manufacturer's for children weighing over 41 lb (18 kg), it may
installation instructions. be necessary to use a booster seat until they
X Pull the seat belt smoothly from the inertia reach a height where a normal lap/shoulder
reel. seat belt lies properly across their bodies
X Engage the seat belt tongue in the belt without the need for a booster seat.
buckle. Install the child restraint system according to
the manufacturer's instructions.
Activating the special seat belt retractor:
The child restraint system must be installed
X Pull the seat belt out fully and let the inertia firmly on both brackets.
reel retract it again.
An incorrectly installed child restraint system
While the seat belt is retracting, you should
can come loose in the event of an accident,
hear a ratcheting sound. The special seat
causing the child to be severely or fatally
belt retractor function is enabled.
injured.
X Push down on the child restraint system to
Child restraint systems/child restraint
take up any slack.
retaining brackets that are damaged or have
Removing a child restraint system/ suffered damage due to an impact must be
deactivating the special seat belt retractor: replaced.
X Always comply with the manufacturer's
ISOFIX is a standardized securing system for
installation instructions.
specially designed child restraint systems on
X Press the seat belt release button and
the rear seats. Securing rings for two LATCH-
guide the belt tongue to the belt outlet. type (ISOFIX) child restraint systems are
The special seat belt retractor function is installed on the left and right of the rear seats.
deactivated.
Use the vehicle's seat belts to install child
restraint systems without the ISOFIX
securing system. Follow the manufacturer's
instructions for of child restraint systems.
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! When installing the child restraint system, Top Tether provides an additional attachment
make sure that the seat belt for the center point between the "LATCH" type child seat
seat does not get trapped. Otherwise, the mount (ISOFIX) child restraint system and the
seat belt could be damaged. rear seat. This can further reduce the risk of
injury.

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The Top Tether anchorages are located on the
rear of the rear seat backrests.

Installation instruction : indicates the


installation point of securing ring 2.
X Install the LATCH-type (ISOFIX) child
restraint system. Comply with the
manufacturer's instructions when
installing the LATCH-type (ISOFIX) child
restraint system.

Top Tether
G Warning
Observe "Important safety notes"
(Y page 55).
X Move head restraint : upwards.
G Warning X Install the LATCH-type (ISOFIX) child
Always lock the rear seat backrests in their restraint system with Top Tether. Always
upright position when the rear seats are comply with the manufacturer's
occupied by passengers. Lock the rear seat installation instructions.
backrests in their upright position before X Route Top Tether belt A under the head
installing the Top Tether straps or when the restraint : between both head restraint
cargo compartment is not in use. Make sure bars.
that rear seat backrests are secured properly
X Route Top Tether belt A downwards
by pushing and pulling on the seat backrests.
If the seat backrest is not locked properly, the between the cargo compartment cover ;
seat backrest could fold forward. The child and rear seat backrest.
restraint system is no longer supported X Engage Top Tether hook ? of Top Tether
properly or held in position and can no longer belt A into Top Tether anchorage =.
fulfill its function. This could cause serious or
even fatal injuries.

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Make sure that:


RTop Tether hook ? is engaged in Top
Tether anchorage =, as illustrated.
RTop Tether belt A is not twisted.
RTop Tether belt A is routed between rear
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seat backrest and cargo compartment


cover ; if cargo compartment
cover ; is installed.
RTop Tether belt A is routed between the
rear seat backrest and the cargo net if X To activate: press the child-proof lock
the cargo net is installed. lever up in the direction of arrow :.
X Tension Top Tether belt A. Always comply
X Make sure that the child-proof locks are
with the manufacturer's installation working properly.
instructions.
X If necessary, push head restraint : back X To deactivate: press the child-proof lock
down slightly (Y page 93). Make sure that lever down in the direction of arrow ;.
the routing of Top Tether belt A is not
impaired. Override feature for the rear side
windows
G Warning
Child-proof locks
Observe "Important safety notes"
Child-proof locks for the rear doors (Y page 55).

G Warning G Warning
Observe "Important safety notes" When children ride on the vehicle's rear seats,
(Y page 55). activate the override switch. Otherwise, the
children could be injured, e.g. by trapping
G Warning themselves in the rear side window.
Children could open a rear door from inside
the vehicle. This could result in serious
injuries or an accident. Therefore, when
children ride in the rear always secure the rear
doors with the child-proof locks.

You can secure each door individually with


the child-proof locks on the rear doors. A door
secured with a child-proof lock cannot be
opened from inside the vehicle. When the
vehicle is unlocked, the door can be opened
from the outside.
X To activate/deactivate: press button ;.
If indicator lamp : is lit, operation of the
rear side windows is disabled. Operation is
only possible using the switches in the
driver's door. If indicator lamp : is off,
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operation is possible using the switches in This device complies with the RSS-210
the rear compartment. regulations of Industry Canada. Operation
is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause interference,
Panic alarm and

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2. This device must withstand any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation of the device.
Any unauthorized modification to this
device could void the user's authority to
operate the equipment.

Driving safety systems


Overview of driving safety systems
X To activate: press and hold !
In this section, you will find information about
button : for about one second.
the following driving safety systems:
An alarm sounds and the exterior lighting RABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
flashes.
RBAS (Brake Assist System)
X To deactivate: press ! button :
RESP® (Electronic Stability Program)
again.
REBD (Electronic Brake-power Distribution)
or
X Insert the SmartKey into the ignition lock.
or Important safety notes
X Press the KEYLESS-GO Start-Stop button.
The KEYLESS-GO key must be in the G Warning
vehicle. The following factors increase the risk of
accidents:
i USA only:
RExcessive speed, especially in turns
This device complies with the part 15 of the RWet and slippery road surfaces
FCC regulations. Operation is subject to
RFollowing another vehicle too closely
the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause interference, The driving safety systems described in this
and section cannot reduce these risks or prevent
the natural laws of physics from acting on the
2. This device must withstand any
vehicle. They cannot increase braking or
interference received, including
steering efficiency beyond that afforded by
interference that may cause undesired
the condition of the vehicle brakes and tires
operation.
or the traction afforded.
Any unauthorized modification to this
Only a safe, attentive, and skillful driver can
device could void the user's authority to
prevent accidents.
operate the equipment.
The capabilities of a vehicle equipped with the
i Canada only: driving safety systems described in this
section must never be exploited in a reckless

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or dangerous manner which could jeopardize Braking


the user's safety or the safety of others. If ABS intervenes when braking, you will feel
Always adjust your driving style to the a pulsing in the brake pedal.
prevailing road and weather conditions and X If ABS intervenes: continue to depress the
keep a safe distance to other road users and
brake pedal with force until the braking
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objects on the street.


situation is over.
If a driving system malfunctions, other driving X To make a full brake application:
safety systems may also switch off. Observe
depress the brake pedal with full force.
indicator and warning lamps that may come
on as well as messages in the multifunction G Warning
display that may appear. If the ABS malfunctions, other driving systems
i In wintry driving conditions, always use such as the BAS or the ESP® are also switched
off. Observe indicator and warning lamps that
winter tires (M+S tires) and if necessary,
may come on as well as messages in the
snow chains. Only in this way will the
multifunction display that may appear.
driving safety systems described in this
section work as effectively as possible. If the ABS malfunctions, the wheels may lock
during hard braking, reducing the steering
capability and extending the braking distance.
ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
The pulsating brake pedal can be an
Important safety notes indication of hazardous road conditions and
functions as a reminder to take extra care
G Warning while driving.
Observe "Important safety notes"
(Y page 61).
BAS (Brake Assist)
G Warning
G Warning
Do not pump the brake pedal. Use firm, steady
brake pedal pressure instead. Pumping the Observe "Important safety notes"
brake pedal defeats the purpose of the ABS (Y page 61).
and significantly reduces braking
BAS operates in emergency braking
effectiveness.
situations. If you depress the brake pedal
ABS regulates brake pressure in such a way quickly, BAS automatically boosts the braking
that the wheels do not lock when you brake. force, thus shortening the stopping distance.
This allows you to continue steering the X Keep the brake pedal firmly depressed until
vehicle when braking. the emergency braking situation is over.
ABS works from a speed of about ABS prevents the wheels from locking.
5 mph (8 km/h) upwards, regardless of road- The brakes will function as usual once you
surface conditions. ABS works on slippery release the brake pedal. BAS is deactivated.
surfaces, even when you only brake gently.
G Warning
The ! warning lamp in the instrument
cluster lights up when the ignition is switched If the BAS malfunctions, the brake system still
on. It goes out when the engine is running. functions, but without the additional brake
boost available that the BAS would normally
provide in an emergency braking maneuver.
Therefore, the braking distance may increase.
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ESP® (Electronic Stability Program) ! Vehicles with 4MATIC: switch off the
ignition when the parking brake is being
Important safety notes tested on a brake dynamometer.
G Warning Application of the brakes by ESP® may
otherwise destroy the brake system.
Observe "Important safety notes"

Safety
(Y page 61). ! Vehicles with 4MATIC: function or
performance tests may only be carried out
If ESP® detects that the vehicle is deviating on a 2-axle dynamometer. If you wish to
from the direction desired by the driver, one operate the vehicle on such a
or more wheels are braked to stabilize the dynamometer, please consult an
vehicle. If necessary, the engine output is also authorized Mercedes-Benz Center in
modified to keep the vehicle on the desired advance. You could otherwise damage the
course within physical limits. ESP® assists drive train or the brake system.
the driver when pulling away on wet or
i Only use wheels with the recommended
slippery roads. ESP® can also stabilize the
tire sizes. Only then will ESP® function
vehicle during braking.
properly.
If ESP® intervenes, the ä warning lamp
flashes in the instrument cluster. ETS/4ETS (Electronic Traction System)
G Warning!
G Warning
Never switch off the ESP when you see the
Observe "Important safety notes"
ESP warning lamp ä flashing in the
(Y page 61).
instrument cluster. In this case proceed as
follows: Traction control is part of ESP®.
RWhen driving off, apply as little throttle as Traction control brakes the drive wheels
possible. individually if they spin. This enables you to
RWhile driving, ease up on the accelerator pull away and accelerate on slippery surfaces,
pedal. for example if the road surface is slippery on
RAdapt your speed and driving style to the one side. On vehicles with 4MATIC, more
prevailing road conditions. drive torque is also transferred to the wheel
Failure to observe these guidelines could or wheels with traction.
cause the vehicle to skid. The ESP cannot Traction control remains active if you
prevent accidents resulting from excessive deactivate ESP®.
speed.
Deactivating/activating ESP®
! Vehicles without 4MATIC: switch the
ignition off when: G Warning
Rthe parking brake is being tested using a The ESP® should not be switched off during
dynamometer normal driving other than in the
Rthe vehicle is being towed with the front/ circumstances described below. Disabling
the system will reduce vehicle stability in
rear axle raised
driving maneuvers.
Application of the brakes by ESP® may
Do not switch off the ESP® when a spare
otherwise destroy the brake system.
wheel is mounted.

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ESP® is activated automatically when the G Warning


engine is running. When the å ESP OFF warning lamp lights
It may be best to deactivate ESP® in the up, ESP is switched off.
following situations: When the ä ESP warning lamp and the
Rwhen using snow chains å ESP OFF warning lamp are on
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Rindeep snow continuously, ESP is not operational due to a


Ron sand or gravel malfunction.
When ESP is switched off or not operational,
G Warning! the vehicle's stability during standard driving
Activate ESP® as soon as the situations maneuvers is reduced.
described above no longer apply. ESP® will Adapt your driving style to suit the prevailing
otherwise not be able to stabilize the vehicle road conditions/weather conditions and to
if the vehicle starts to skid or a wheel starts the non-operating status of ESP.
to spin.
! Avoid spinning a drive wheel for an
When you deactivate ESP®: extended period with ESP® switched off.
RESP® no longer improves driving stability. This could cause serious damage to the
Rthe engine's torque is no longer limited and
drive train.
the drive wheels can spin. The spinning of X To activate: press button :.
the wheels results in a cutting action, which The å warning lamp in the instrument
provides better grip. cluster goes out.
Rtraction control is still activated.
RESP® still provides support when you ESP® trailer stabilization
brake.
If your trailer begins to lurch, you can only
If ESP® is deactivated and one or more wheels stabilize the vehicle/trailer combination by
start to spin, the ä warning lamp in the depressing the brake firmly.
instrument cluster flashes. In such situations,
In this situation, ESP® assists you and can
ESP® will not stabilize the vehicle.
detect if the trailer begins to lurch. ESP®
slows the vehicle down by braking and
limiting the engine output until the vehicle/
trailer combination has stabilized.
Trailer stabilization is active from a speed
above 40 mph (65 km/h).
G Warning!
The system will not be able to assist when the
trailer jackknifes
Rifthe ESP® has switched off due to a
malfunction
X To deactivate: press button :.
Ron wet or icy roads
The å warning lamp in the instrument
Ron roads with slippery surface
cluster lights up.
Rin sand or gravel
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Trailers with a high center of gravity may tip In the event that the engine cannot be
over before the system recognizes swaying of started when the starter battery is fully
the trailer. charged, the immobilizer may be faulty.
Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz
Trailer stabilization does not work if ESP® is Center or call 1-800-FOR-MERCedes (in
deactivated or disabled because of a USA) or 1-800-387-0100 (in Canada).

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malfunction.

ATA (Anti-Theft Alarm system)


EBD A visual and audible alarm is triggered if the
G Warning alarm system is armed and you open:
Observe "Important safety notes" Ra door
(Y page 61). Rthe vehicle with the mechanical key
Rthe tailgate
EBD monitors and controls the brake
Rthe hood
pressure on the rear wheels to improve
driving stability while braking. The alarm is not switched off, even if you
close the open door that has triggered it, for
G Warning! example.
If the EBD malfunctions, the brake system will
still function with full brake boost. However,
i If the alarm stays on for more than 30
the rear wheels could lock up during seconds, the emergency call system
emergency braking situations, for example. mbrace (USA only) or TELEAID (Canada
You could lose control of the vehicle and only) initiates a call to the Customer
cause an accident. Assistance Center automatically. The
emergency call system initiates the call
Adapt your driving style to the changed
provided that:
driving characteristics.
Ryou have subscribed to the mbrace/
TELEAID service.
Anti-theft systems Rthe mbrace/TELEAID service has been
activated properly.
Immobilizer Rthe required mobile phone, power supply
The immobilizer prevents your vehicle from and GPS are available.
being started without the correct key.
When leaving the vehicle, always take the
SmartKey with you and lock the vehicle. The
engine can be started by anyone with a valid
key that is left inside the vehicle.
X To activate with the SmartKey: remove
the SmartKey from the ignition lock.
X To activate with KEYLESS-GO: switch the
ignition off and open the driver's door.
X To deactivate: switch on the ignition.

i The immobilizer is always deactivated


when you start the engine.

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X To arm: lock the vehicle with the SmartKey


or KEYLESS-GO.
Indicator lamp : flashes. The alarm
system is armed after approximately 15
seconds.
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X To deactivate: unlock the vehicle using the


SmartKey or KEYLESS-GO.
X To stop the alarm using the SmartKey:
insert the SmartKey into the ignition lock.
The alarm is switched off.
or
X Press the % or & button on the
SmartKey.
The alarm is switched off.
X To stop the alarm using KEYLESS-GO:
grasp the outside door handle. The key
must be outside the vehicle.
The alarm is switched off.
or
X Press the Start/Stop button on the
dashboard. The key must be inside the
vehicle.
The alarm is switched off.
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Vehicle equipment .............................. 68


SmartKey ............................................. 68
Doors .................................................... 75
Cargo compartment ............................ 78
Side windows ...................................... 81
Sliding sunroof .................................... 85

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Vehicle equipment G Warning!


Do not carry heavy or hard objects in the
i This manual describes all the standard passenger compartment or cargo
and optional equipment of your vehicle compartment unless they are firmly secured
which was available at the time of in place.
purchase. Country-specific differences are Unsecured or improperly positioned cargo
possible. Bear in mind that your vehicle increases a child’s risk of injury in the event
may not feature all functions described of
Opening and closing

here. This also refers to safety-related


Rstrong braking maneuvers
systems and functions.
Rsudden changes of direction
Ran accident
SmartKey
Important safety notes
General information
G Warning! All doors and the tailgate must be closed.
When leaving the vehicle, always remove the
If you cannot open or lock the vehicle with the
SmartKey from the starter switch. Always
SmartKey, either the battery in the SmartKey
take the SmartKey with you and lock the
is empty, the SmartKey is faulty, or the vehicle
vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in
battery is discharged.
the vehicle, even if they are secured in a child
restraint system, or with access to an X Check the battery in the SmartKey and
unlocked vehicle. A child's unsupervised replace it if necessary (Y page 72).
access to a vehicle could result in an accident X Unlock the driver's door using the
and/or serious personal injury. The children mechanical key (Y page 71).
could X Lock the vehicle using the mechanical key
Rinjure themselves on parts of the vehicle (Y page 71).
Rbe seriously or fatally injured through X Have the vehicle battery and battery
excessive exposure to extreme heat or cold contacts checked by an authorized
Rinjure themselves or cause an accident with Mercedes-Benz Center.
vehicle equipment that can be operated If the SmartKey is faulty, contact Roadside
even if the SmartKey is removed from the Assistance or an authorized Mercedes-Benz
starter switch or removed from the vehicle, Center.
such as seat adjustment, steering wheel
adjustment, or the memory function
If children open a door, they could injure other SmartKey functions
persons or get out of the vehicle and injure
Locking and unlocking centrally
themselves or be injured by following traffic.
Do not expose the child restraint system to The SmartKey centrally locks/unlocks:
direct sunlight. The child restraint system's Rthe doors
metal parts, for example, could become very Rthe tailgate
hot, and the child could be burned by these
Rthe fuel filler flap
parts.
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Rthis equipment must not emit harmful,


electromagnetic radiation.
Rthis equipment receives electromagnetic
radiation, including radiation which can
trigger unwanted functions.
Any unauthorized change to this equipment
can lead to the user's operating license
being withdrawn.

Opening and closing


X To unlock centrally: press the %
button.
: & To lock the vehicle
If you do not open a door or the tailgate within
; F To unlock the tailgate approximately 40 seconds of unlocking the
= % To unlock the vehicle vehicle:
When unlocking, the turn signals flash once. Rthe vehicle is locked again.
When locking, they flash three times. Rthe theft deterrent locking system is
When it is dark, the surround lighting also activated again.
comes on if it is activated in the on-board X To lock centrally: press the & button.
computer.
You can also set an audible signal to confirm
that the vehicle has been locked or unlocked. KEYLESS-GO
The audible signal can be activated and
deactivated using the on-board computer General notes
(Y page 173).
i Only for USA:
i Only for USA: This equipment complies with Part 15 of
This equipment complies with Part 15 of the FCC regulations. Operation is subject
the FCC regulations. Operation is subject to the following conditions:
to the following conditions: Rthis equipment must not emit harmful,
Rthis equipment must not emit harmful, electromagnetic radiation.
electromagnetic radiation. Rthis equipment may be affected by
Rthis equipment may be affected by electromagnetic radiation, including
electromagnetic radiation, including radiation which can trigger unwanted
radiation which can trigger unwanted functions.
functions. Any unauthorized change to this equipment
Any unauthorized change to this equipment can lead to the user's operating license
can lead to the user's operating license being withdrawn.
being withdrawn.
i Only for Canada:
i Only for Canada: This equipment has been released in
This equipment complies with the RSS-210 accordance with RSS - 210 of Industry
regulations of Industry Canada. Operation Canada. Operation is subject to the
is subject to the following conditions: following conditions:

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Rthis equipment must not emit harmful, Key not detected appears in the
electromagnetic radiation. multifunction display
Rthis equipment receives electromagnetic - while the engine is running, the red
radiation, including radiation which can message Key not detected appears in
trigger unwanted functions. the multifunction display as you pull
Any unauthorized change to this equipment away. Find the KEYLESS-GO key or
can lead to the user's operating license change its current position immediately
being withdrawn. (e.g. place it on the front-passenger seat
Opening and closing

or carry it in your shirt pocket.)


Important information for using RIf you have started the engine using the
KEYLESS-GO Start/Stop button, you can turn if off again
by:
RYou can use the KEYLESS-GO key as a
- pressing the Start/Stop button again
conventional key.
- inserting the KEYLESS-GO key in the
RYou can combine KEYLESS-GO functions
with those of a conventional key (e.g. open ignition lock when the vehicle is
with KEYLESS-GO and close with the stationary and the automatic
& button). transmission is in parking position P.
RYou may accidentally unlock the vehicle if
RAlways carry your KEYLESS-GO key on your
the KEYLESS-GO key is within 3 ft (1 m) of
person.
the vehicle and:
RNever keep the KEYLESS-GO key with:
- an outer door handle comes into contact
- electronic equipment, such as your
with water
mobile phone or another key
or
- metal objects, such as coins or metal foil
- you are cleaning an outer door handle.
This may impair the functioning of KEYLESS- RNote that the engine can be started by any
GO.
vehicle occupant if a KEYLESS-GO key is in
RTo open or close the vehicle, the KEYLESS-
the vehicle.
GO key should be no more than 3 ft (1 m)
Option 1: there is a KEYLESS-GO key in the
from the door or tailgate.
vehicle and a KEYLESS-GO key outside the
RWhen the vehicle is parked for more than
vehicle. If you leave the KEYLESS-GO key
72 hours, the KEYLESS-GO function is behind when you get out and lock the
deactivated. Pull one of the outer door vehicle, a message does not appear in the
handles and turn on the ignition to multifunction display.
reactivate the KEYLESS-GO function.
Option 2: there is a KEYLESS-GO key in the
RIf the KEYLESS-GO key is not near the
vehicle but no KEYLESS-GO key outside the
vehicle, it is possible that the system may vehicle. When you get out and try to lock
not recognize it. In this case, the vehicle the vehicle, the message Key still in
cannot be locked or started with KEYLESS- vehicle appears in the multifunction
GO. display. The vehicle is not locked in this
RIf the KEYLESS-GO key has been removed
case.
from the vehicle (e.g. if a passenger leaves When starting the engine and while driving,
the vehicle with the KEYLESS-GO key): KEYLESS-GO also checks whether a valid key
- while someone is holding the Start/Stop is in the vehicle by periodically establishing
button or attempting to lock the vehicle radio contact.
with the outer door handle, the message
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The KEYLESS-GO function is changed as


follows:
X To unlock the driver's door: touch the
inner surface of the door handle on the
driver's door.
X To unlock centrally: touch the inner
surface of the door handle on the front-
passenger door or the rear door.

Opening and closing


X To lock centrally: touch sensor
surface : on one of the door handles.
X To unlock the vehicle: touch the inner
surface of the door handle.
X To lock the vehicle: touch sensor Restoring the factory settings
surface :. X Press the % and & buttons
If you pull on the handle of the tailgate, only simultaneously for approximately six
the cargo area of the vehicle is unlocked. seconds until the battery check lamp
flashes twice.
i If the vehicle has been parked for a long
time, the sensor surfaces are deactivated
automatically.
Mechanical key
Pull the door handle to unlock the door and
turn on the ignition once to activate the General notes
sensor surfaces again.
If the vehicle can no longer be locked or
unlocked with the SmartKey, use the
Changing the settings of the locking mechanical key.
system If you use the mechanical key to unlock and
open the driver's door, the anti-theft alarm
You can change the settings of the locking system will be triggered (Y page 65).
system in such a way that only the driver's
There are several ways to turn off the alarm:
door and the fuel filler flap are unlocked. This
is useful if you frequently travel on your own. X Press the % or & button on the

X To change the setting: press the %


SmartKey.
and & buttons simultaneously for or
approximately six seconds until the battery X Insert the SmartKey into the ignition lock.
check lamp flashes twice. or
X Press the Start/Stop button in the ignition
The SmartKey now functions as follows:
lock. The SmartKey must be in the vehicle.
X To unlock the driver's door: press the
or
% button once.
X Lock or unlock the vehicle using KEYLESS-
X To unlock centrally: press the %
GO. The SmartKey must be outside the
button twice. vehicle.
X To lock centrally: press the & button.
If you unlock the vehicle using the mechanical
key, the fuel filler flap will not be unlocked
automatically.

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Removing the mechanical key Checking the battery


Opening and closing

X Push release catch : in the direction of X Press the & or % button.


the arrow and at the same time remove The battery is working properly if battery
mechanical key ; from the SmartKey. charge indicator lamp : lights up briefly.
If battery charge indicator lamp : does not
light up briefly during the test, the key
SmartKey battery batteries are discharged.
Important safety notes X Change the key battery (Y page 72).

It is advisable to have batteries replaced at a i Consult any authorized Mercedes-Benz


qualified specialist workshop, e.g. at an Center for a key battery.
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
i If the battery is tested within the signal
G Warning! range of the vehicle, you can open or close
Batteries are toxic and contain caustic the vehicle by pressing & or %
substances. For this reason, keep batteries respectively.
out of the reach of children.
If a battery has been swallowed, visit a doctor Changing the battery
immediately. You require a CR 2025 3 V cell battery.
X Take the mechanical key out of the
G Warning
SmartKey (Y page 71).
SmartKey batteries contain perchlorate
material, which may require special handling
and regard for the environment. Check with
your local government's disposal guidelines.
California residents, see www.dtsc.ca.gov/
HazardousWaste/Perchlorate/
index.cfm.

X Press mechanical key ; into the opening


in the SmartKey in the direction of the
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arrow until battery tray cover : opens. Do


not hold the cover closed while doing so.

Opening and closing


X Remove the cover of the battery tray.
X Repeatedly tap the SmartKey against your
palm until battery = falls out.
X Insert the new battery with the positive
pole facing upwards. Use a lint-free cloth to
do so.
X Insert the front tabs of the battery tray's
cover first and then press to close it.
X Check the function of all SmartKey buttons
on the vehicle.

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Problems with the SmartKey

Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


You cannot lock/ The SmartKey battery is discharged or nearly discharged.
unlock the vehicle X Point the tip of the SmartKey at the driver's door handle from a
using the SmartKey. distance of approximately 1.5 ft (50 cm) and try to unlock or
lock the vehicle again.
Opening and closing

If this does not work:


X Lock or unlock the vehicle using the mechanical key
(Y page 71).
X Check the key battery and replace it if necessary (Y page 72).

The SmartKey is faulty.


X Lock the vehicle as described in the "Locking the vehicle
(mechanical key)" section (Y page 77) or unlock it using the
mechanical key (Y page 71).
X Have the SmartKey checked at a qualified specialist workshop.

You can no longer KEYLESS-GO is in standby mode because the vehicle has not been
lock/unlock the unlocked for an extended period.
vehicle using KEYLESS- X Pull the door handle and then turn the SmartKey to position 2
GO. in the ignition lock.

There is a malfunction with KEYLESS-GO.


X Lock/unlock the vehicle using the remote control function of
the SmartKey. Point the tip of the SmartKey at the driver's door
handle from close range and press the %/& button.
X Have the SmartKey checked at a qualified specialist workshop.

There is interference from a powerful source of radio waves.


X Lock/unlock the vehicle using the remote control function of
the SmartKey. Point the tip of the SmartKey at the driver's door
handle from close range and press the %/& button.

You have lost a X Have the SmartKey canceled at an authorized Mercedes-Benz


SmartKey. Center.
X Report the loss immediately to the vehicle insurers.
X If necessary, have the locks changed as well.

You have lost the X Report the loss immediately to the vehicle insurers.
mechanical key. X If necessary, have the locks changed as well.
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Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


The engine cannot be The on-board voltage is too low.
started using the X Switch off non-essential consumers, e.g. seat heating or interior
SmartKey. lighting, and try to start the engine again.
If this does not work:
X Check the starter battery and charge it if necessary

Opening and closing


(Y page 253).
or
X Jump-start the vehicle (Y page 256).
or
X Consult a qualified specialist workshop.

The engine cannot be A door is open. Therefore, the SmartKey cannot be detected as
started using KEYLESS- easily.
GO. The SmartKey is in X Close the door and try to start the vehicle again.
the vehicle.
There is interference from a powerful source of radio waves.
X Start your vehicle with the SmartKey in the ignition lock.

Doors If children open a door, they could injure other


persons or get out of the vehicle and injure
Important safety notes themselves or be injured by following traffic.
G Warning! Do not expose the child restraint system to
When leaving the vehicle, always remove the direct sunlight. The child restraint system's
SmartKey from the starter switch. Always metal parts, for example, could become very
take the SmartKey with you and lock the hot, and the child could be burned by these
vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in parts.
the vehicle, even if they are secured in a child
restraint system, or with access to an G Warning!
unlocked vehicle. A child's unsupervised Do not carry heavy or hard objects in the
access to a vehicle could result in an accident passenger compartment or cargo
and/or serious personal injury. The children compartment unless they are firmly secured
could in place.
Rinjure themselves on parts of the vehicle Unsecured or improperly positioned cargo
Rbe
increases a child’s risk of injury in the event
seriously or fatally injured through
of
excessive exposure to extreme heat or cold
Rinjure themselves or cause an accident with Rstrong braking maneuvers
vehicle equipment that can be operated Rsudden changes of direction
even if the SmartKey is removed from the Ran accident
starter switch or removed from the vehicle,
such as seat adjustment, steering wheel
adjustment, or the memory function

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Unlocking and opening doors from


the inside
You can open a door from inside the vehicle
even if it has been locked, unless the child-
proof locks have been activated (Y page 60).
Only open the door if traffic conditions allow
you to do so.
Opening and closing

If the vehicle has previously been locked with


the SmartKey or with KEYLESS-GO, opening
a door from the inside will trigger the anti-
theft alarm system. Switch off the alarm X To unlock: press button :.
(Y page 65). X To lock: press button ;.
You can open a locked front door from inside
the vehicle. Only open the door if traffic
conditions allow you to do so.
If the vehicle has previously been locked with
the central locking button:
Rand the KEYLESS-GO key is restored to the
factory settings, the entire vehicle is
unlocked if a front door is opened from
inside the vehicle.
Rand the KEYLESS-GO key is set to individual
X Front door: pull door handle ;. settings, only the front door which is
If the door is locked, locking knob : pops opened from inside the vehicle is unlocked.
up. The door is unlocked and can be If the vehicle has been locked centrally with
opened. the SmartKey or with KEYLESS-GO, it does
X Rear door: pull up locking knob : on the not unlock if you use the unlocking button of
respective rear door. the central locking.
The rear door is unlocked and can be
opened.
Automatic locking
i The vehicle locks automatically when the
Centrally locking and unlocking the ignition is switched on and the wheels of
vehicle from the inside the vehicle are moving at a speed of more
The locking or unlocking buttons of the than 9 mph(15 km/h). You may therefore
central locking do not lock or unlock the fuel lock yourself out if the vehicle is being
filler flap. pushed, towed, or located on a test rig.

i You cannot unlock the vehicle centrally


from the inside if the vehicle has been
locked with the SmartKey.
i It is only possible to lock the vehicle
centrally if the front-passenger door is
closed.
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X Insert the mechanical key into the lock of


the driver's door as far as it will go.
X Turn the mechanical key counter-clockwise
to position 1.
The door is unlocked.
X Turn the mechanical key back and remove
it.

Opening and closing


Locking the vehicle (mechanical key)
X To deactivate: press and hold button : Emergency locking
for about five seconds until a tone sounds.
X To activate: press and hold button ; for
If the vehicle can no longer be locked
centrally with the SmartKey:
about five seconds until a tone sounds.
X Open the driver's door.
i When you push either of the two buttons X Close the front-passenger door, the rear
and an audible warning signal does not doors and the tailgate.
sound, the relevant setting has already X Press the locking button (Y page 76).
been selected.
X Make sure that the locking knobs on the
On vehicles with a luxury multifunction doors are still visible. Press down the
steering wheel, you can also activate and locking knobs by hand, if necessary.
deactivate the automatic locking using the X Close the driver's door.
on-board computer (Y page 173).
X Take the mechanical key out of the
SmartKey (Y page 71).
Unlocking the driver's door
(mechanical key)
If the vehicle can no longer be unlocked
centrally with the SmartKey:
X Take the mechanical key out of the
SmartKey (Y page 71).

X Insert the mechanical key into the lock of


the driver's door as far as it will go.
X Turn the mechanical key clockwise as far
as it will go to position 1.
X Turn the mechanical key back and remove
it.
X Make sure that the doors and the tailgate
are locked.

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i If you lock the vehicle as described above, On vehicles with the EASY-PACK tailgate: if
the fuel filler flap is not locked. The anti- you pull handle : and keep it in this position,
theft alarm system is not activated. you can open the tailgate manually. If you
release the handle, the tailgate automatically
opens fully.
Cargo compartment
Closing
Important safety notes
G Risk of injury
Opening and closing

G Warning!
Make sure that nobody can become trapped
Exhaust fumes could enter the vehicle interior
as you close the tailgate.
if the engine is running and the tailgate is
open. This could poison you. Therefore, you
should make sure that the tailgate is always G Warning!
closed when the engine is running. To prevent possible personal injury, always
keep hands and fingers away from the cargo
! The tailgate swings upwards and to the compartment opening when closing the
rear when opened. Therefore, make sure tailgate. Be especially careful when small
that there is sufficient clearance above and children are around.
behind the tailgate.
Do not leave the SmartKey in the cargo area.
You could otherwise lock yourself out.
The tailgate can be:
Ropened and closed manually
Ropened and closed automatically from
outside
Ropened and closed automatically from
inside

X Pull the tailgate down using recess :.


Opening and closing from the outside
X If necessary, lock the vehicle with the
Opening & button on the SmartKey.
X Press the % button on the SmartKey.
Automatic opening and closing from
the outside
Important safety guidelines
To open the tailgate completely, a minimum
clearance of 6.90 ft (210 cm) above the
ground is necessary.

Opening the trunk lid


You can open the tailgate automatically with
X Pull handle :. the SmartKey or the handle in the tailgate.
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Open or close the tailgate fully using the


automatic function if you have stopped the
tailgate in an intermediate position.
X Press and hold the F button on the
SmartKey until the tailgate opens.
or
X When the tailgate is unlocked, pull the
handle and let it go again immediately.

Opening and closing


i You can also close the tailgate manually
if it is fully opened. Example: vehicle with the EASY-PACK tailgate and
! If you have opened the tailgate KEYLESS-GO
automatically, you should wait a moment X To close: press closing button : on the
before closing the tailgate manually. tailgate or press and hold down the F
button on the SmartKey until the tailgate
Closing the trunk lid closes.
X To close and lock simultaneously:
G Warning!
Press locking button ; on the tailgate.
Monitor the closing procedure carefully to
make sure no one is in danger of being i The tailgate can only be opened and
injured. To prevent possible personal injury, closed with the SmartKey if there is no
always keep hands and fingers away from the SmartKey in the ignition lock.
cargo compartment opening when closing the
If the tailgate touches an object while
tailgate. Be especially careful when small
closing, the closing procedure is
children are around. To stop the closing
interrupted and the tailgate reopens.
procedure, do one of the following:
RPress or pull the remote tailgate opening/ i Only with KEYLESS-GO: if you leave a
closing switch on the driver’s door. KEYLESS-GO key in the cargo area, the
RPress the tailgate closing switch. tailgate will not lock.
RPress the KEYLESS-GO locking/closing The tailgate is not closed unless a
switch. KEYLESS-GO key is detected.
RPull outside handle on the tailgate.
RWhen no SmartKey is inserted in the starter
Automatic opening and closing from
switch (vehicles with KEYLESS-GO: Make the inside
sure the vehicle’s on-board electronics
have status 0): Press button F on the You can open and close the tailgate from the
SmartKey. driver's seat when the vehicle is stationary.
G Warning!
You can close the tailgate automatically using
Maintain sight of the area around the rear of
the SmartKey, the closing button4 or the
the vehicle while operating the tailgate with
locking button5. the door-mounted remote tailgate switch.
Monitor the closing procedure carefully to

4 For vehicles with the EASY-PACK tailgate only.


5 For vehicles with the EASY-PACK tailgate and KEYLESS-GO only.

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make sure no one is in danger of being X To open: pull remote operating switch :
injured. for the tailgate until the tailgate opens.
To interrupt the closing procedure, press or X To close: turn the SmartKey to position 1
pull the door-mounted remote tailgate switch. or 2 in the ignition lock.
X Press remote operating switch for
G Warning! tailgate : until the tailgate is closed.
To prevent possible personal injury, always You will hear an acoustic signal during the
keep hands and fingers away from the cargo
Opening and closing

closing procedure.
compartment opening when closing the
tailgate. Be especially careful when small
children are around.
Limiting the opening angle of the
tailgate
G Warning!
Make sure the tailgate is closed when the Important safety guidelines
engine is running and while driving. Among
other dangers, deadly carbon monoxide (CO) You can limit the opening angle of the
gases may enter vehicle interior resulting in tailgate. This is possible in the top half of its
unconsciousness and death. opening range, up to approximately
0.6 ft (20 cm) before the stop.
G Warning! Limiting the opening angle can be useful if
Maintain sight of the area around the rear of there is not sufficient clearance above the
the vehicle while operating the tailgate with open tailgate, for example.
the door-mounted remote tailgate switch. ! Make sure there is sufficient clearance to
Monitor the opening procedure carefully to open the tailgate fully when setting the
make sure no one is in danger of being opening angle. The tailgate could otherwise
injured. be damaged. Ideally, set the opening angle
To interrupt the opening procedure, press or outside.
pull the door-mounted remote tailgate switch.
When the SmartKey is not inserted in the Activating the tailgate
starter switch (vehicles with KEYLESS-GO: X To open the tailgate: pull the handle on
Make sure the vehicle’s on-board electronics the tailgate.
have status 0): Press button F on the
X To stop the opening procedure at the
SmartKey.
desired position: press the close button
(Y page 78) on the tailgate or pull the
handle on the outside of the tailgate again.
X To store the position: press and hold the
closing button on the tailgate until you hear
a short tone.
The opening angle limiter is activated. The
tailgate will now stop in the stored position
when opening.
i If you wish to open the tailgate fully, pull
the handle of the tailgate again after it has
stopped automatically. This does not
delete the stored position.
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Deactivating the tailgate Side windows


X Press and hold the closing button Important safety notes
(Y page 78) in the tailgate until you hear
two short tones. G Warning!
When leaving the vehicle, always remove the
SmartKey from the starter switch. Always
Tailgate emergency release take the SmartKey with you and lock the
vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in

Opening and closing


If the tailgate can no longer be opened from
the vehicle, even if they are secured in a child
outside the vehicle, use the emergency
restraint system, or with access to an
release on the inside of the tailgate.
unlocked vehicle. A child's unsupervised
X Take the mechanical key out of the access to a vehicle could result in an accident
SmartKey (Y page 71). and/or serious personal injury. The children
To open the tailgate completely, a minimum could
clearance of 6.90 ft (210 cm) above the Rinjure themselves on parts of the vehicle
ground is necessary. Rbe seriously or fatally injured through
excessive exposure to extreme heat or cold
Rinjure themselves or cause an accident with
vehicle equipment that can be operated
even if the SmartKey is removed from the
starter switch or removed from the vehicle,
such as seat adjustment, steering wheel
adjustment, or the memory function
If children open a door, they could injure other
persons or get out of the vehicle and injure
themselves or be injured by following traffic.
Do not expose the child restraint system to
! The tailgate swings upwards and to the
direct sunlight. The child restraint system's
rear when opened. Therefore, make sure
metal parts, for example, could become very
that there is sufficient clearance above and
hot, and the child could be burned by these
behind the tailgate.
parts.
X Insert mechanical key ; into opening in
trim :. G Warning!
X Turn mechanical key ; 90° clockwise. Do not carry heavy or hard objects in the
X Push mechanical key ; in the direction of passenger or cargo compartment unless they
are firmly secured in place.
arrow and open the tailgate.
Unsecured or improperly positioned cargo
increases a child’s risk of injury in the event
of
Rstrong braking maneuvers
Rsudden changes of direction
Ran accident

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G Warning! Opening and closing the side


When opening or closing the door windows, windows
make sure there is no danger of anyone being
harmed by the opening/closing procedure.
The door windows are equipped with the
express operation and automatic reversal
function. If in express operation mode a door
window encounters an obstruction that
Opening and closing

blocks its path, the automatic reversal


function will stop the door window and open
it slightly.
The door windows operate differently when
the switch is pulled and held. See the section
: Front left
about the side windows.
The closing of the door windows can be ; Front right
immediately halted by releasing the switch or, = Rear right
if the switch was pulled past the resistance ? Rear left
point and released, by either pressing or
The switches for all side windows are located
pulling the respective switch.
on the driver's door. There is also a switch on
If a door window encounters an obstruction each door for the corresponding side window.
that blocks its path in a circumstance where
you are closing the door windows by pressing i Operation of the side windows in the rear
and holding button & on the SmartKey the compartment is not possible when the
automatic reversal function will not operate. override switch for the side windows is
Activate the override switch when children activated.
are riding in the back seats of the vehicle. The XTurn the key to position 2 in the ignition
children may otherwise injure themselves, lock.
e.g. by becoming trapped in the door window i You can continue to operate the side
opening. windows after you switch off the engine.
This function remains active for five
G Warning! minutes or until one of the front doors is
Do not keep any part of your body up against opened.
the window pane when opening a window. The XTo open: press the corresponding switch.
downward motion of the pane may pull that
XTo close: pull the corresponding switch.
part of your body down between the window
pane and the door frame and trap it there. If i If you press the switch beyond the point
there is a risk of entrapment, release the of resistance, an automatic opening/
switch and pull it to close the window. closing process is started in the
corresponding direction. You can stop
automatic operation by pressing again.
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Convenience opening make sure that nobody can be injured during


the closing procedure.
You can ventilate the vehicle before you start
driving. To do this, you can use the key to Proceed as follows in the event of a potentially
simultaneously: dangerous situation:
Ropen RRelease the & button to stop the closing
the side windows
Ropen the panorama roof with power tilt/ procedure. To open, press and hold the
sliding panel and roller sunblinds % button. To continue with the closing

Opening and closing


procedure (after making sure that nobody
i The convenience opening feature can can be injured during the closing
only be operated using the key. The key procedure) press and hold the & button.
must be near the handle of the driver's Vehicles with KEYLESS-GO:
door.
RRelease the locking button on the exterior
X Point the tip of the key at the driver's door door handle in order to interrupt the closing
handle. procedure.
X Press and hold the % button until the
RPull the same exterior door handle
side windows and the panorama roof with immediately and hold it firmly. The side
power tilt/sliding panel are in the desired windows and the panorama roof with power
position. tilt/sliding panel open for as long as the
The vehicle is unlocked. door handle is held without actually
If the roller sunblinds of the panorama roof opening the door.
with power tilt/sliding panel are closed, the
roller sunblinds are opened first. Using the SmartKey
X Press and hold the % button again until
i The key must be near the handle of the
the panorama roof with power tilt/sliding
driver's door.
panel is in the desired position.
X Point the tip of the key at the driver's door
X To interrupt the convenience opening
procedure: release the % button. handle.
X Press and hold the & button until the
side windows and the panorama roof with
Convenience closing power tilt/sliding panel are fully closed.
X Make sure that all the side windows and the
General information panorama roof with power tilt/sliding
When you lock the vehicle, you can panel are closed.
simultaneously: On vehicles with a panorama roof with power
Rclose the side windows tilt/sliding panel:
Rclose the panorama roof with power tilt/ X Press and hold the & button again until
sliding panel the roller sunblinds of the panorama roof
On vehicles with a panorama roof with power with power tilt/sliding panel close.
tilt/sliding panel, you can then close the X To interrupt the convenience closing
roller sunblinds. procedure: release the & button.
G Warning
When closing the side windows and the
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Using KEYLESS-GO X Pull on the corresponding switch on the


door control panel until the side window is
The SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO must be
completely closed (Y page 82).
outside the vehicle but no more than 3 ft (1 m)
X Hold the switch for an additional second.
away from a door.
X Close all the doors. If the side window opens again slightly:
X Pull the corresponding switch again
immediately and hold it for approximately
Opening and closing

one second.

Problems with the side windows


Problem: a side window cannot be closed
because objects are trapped between the
side window and the door frame.
X Remove the objects.
XTouch the sensor surface on door X Close the side window.
handle : until the side windows and the Problem: a side window cannot be closed
panorama roof with power tilt/sliding because objects in the guide rail are
panel are fully closed. preventing the window from being raised.
i Make sure you only touch sensor X Remove the objects.
surface :.
X Close the side window.
X Make sure that all the side windows and the
Problem: a side window cannot be closed,
panorama roof with power tilt/sliding
and you cannot see the cause.
panel are closed.
On vehicles with a panorama roof with power G Warning!
tilt/sliding panel: Closing the side windows with increased force
or without the anti-entrapment feature could
X Touch sensor surface : on the door lead to serious or even fatal injury. Make sure
handle again until the roller sunblinds of the that nobody can become trapped when
panorama roof with power tilt/sliding closing the side windows.
panel close.
X To interrupt convenience closing: If a side window is obstructed during closing
release sensor surface : on the door and reopens again slightly:
handle. X Immediately after the window blocks, pull
on the corresponding switch again until the
side window has closed.
Resetting the side windows The side window is closed with increased
force.
You must reset all the side windows if the side
window cannot be closed fully.
X Close all the doors.
X Turn the key to position 2 in the ignition
lock.
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If a side window is obstructed again during hot, and the child could be burned by these
closing and reopens again slightly: parts.
X Immediately after the window blocks, pull
on the corresponding switch again until the G Warning!
side window has closed. Do not carry heavy or hard objects in the
The side window is closed without the anti- passenger or cargo compartment unless they
entrapment feature. are firmly secured in place.
Unsecured or improperly positioned cargo

Opening and closing


G Warning! increases a child’s risk of injury in the event
Pulling and holding the switch to close the of
door window immediately after it had been
Rstrong braking maneuvers
blocked two times will cause the door window
to close without the anti-entrapment feature Rsudden changes of direction
for as long as you hold the switch. Ran accident

G Warning!
Sliding sunroof When opening or closing the tilt/sliding panel,
make sure there is no danger of anyone being
Important safety notes harmed by the opening/closing procedure.
G Warning! The tilt/sliding panel is equipped with the
When leaving the vehicle, always remove the automatic operation and anti-entrapment
SmartKey from the starter switch. Always features. If the movement of the tilt/sliding
take the SmartKey with you and lock the panel is blocked during the closing procedure,
vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in the tilt/sliding panel will stop and open
the vehicle, even if they are secured in a child slightly.
restraint system, or with access to an The tilt/sliding panel operates differently
unlocked vehicle. A child's unsupervised when the roof panel switch is pressed and
access to a vehicle could result in an accident held. See the relevant section in this chapter
and/or serious personal injury. The children for details.
could The opening/closing procedure of the tilt/
Rinjure themselves on parts of the vehicle sliding panel can be immediately halted by
Rbe
releasing the roof panel switch or, if the roof
seriously or fatally injured through
panel switch was moved past the resistance
excessive exposure to extreme heat or cold
point and released, by moving the roof panel
Rinjure themselves or cause an accident with
switch in any direction.
vehicle equipment that can be operated
even if the SmartKey is removed from the
G Warning!
starter switch or removed from the vehicle,
The panorama roof with tilt/sliding panel is
such as seat adjustment, steering wheel
made out of glass. In the event of an accident,
adjustment, or the memory function
the glass may shatter. This may result in an
If children open a door, they could injure other opening in the roof.
persons or get out of the vehicle and injure
In a vehicle rollover, occupants not wearing
themselves or be injured by following traffic.
their seat belts or not wearing them properly
Do not expose the child restraint system to may be thrown out of the opening. Such an
direct sunlight. The child restraint system's opening also presents a potential for injury for
metal parts, for example, could become very occupants wearing their seat belts properly as

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entire body parts or portions of them may Operating the panorama sliding
protrude from the passenger compartment. sunroof

! Only open the sliding sunroof if it is free Opening and closing


of snow and ice. Otherwise, malfunctions
may occur.
Do not allow anything to protrude from the
sliding sunroof. Otherwise, the seals could
Opening and closing

be damaged.
! If the sliding sunroof cannot be opened or
closed due to a malfunction, contact a
qualified specialist workshop, e.g. an
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
! Do not forget that the weather can
change abruptly. Make certain that the Overhead control panel
sliding sunroof is closed when you leave the : To raise
vehicle. The vehicle electronics can be ; To open
damaged if water enters the vehicle = To close
interior.
The panorama roof with power tilt/sliding
i Resonance noises can occur in addition panel can only be moved when the roller
to the usual airflow noises when the sliding sunblinds are open.
sunroof is open. They are caused by minor
X Turn the key to position 2 in the ignition
pressure fluctuations in the vehicle interior.
Change the position of the sliding sunroof lock.
or open a side window slightly to reduce or X Push or pull the 3 switch in the

eliminate these noises. corresponding direction.


i If you press the 3 switch beyond the
point of resistance, an automatic opening/
closing process is started in the
corresponding direction. You can stop
automatic operation by pressing again.
Automatic raising is only available if the
panorama roof with power tilt/sliding
panel is in the closed position.

Operating the roller sunblinds of the


panorama sliding sunroof
General notes
The roller sunblinds provide protection from
the sun. The two roller sunblinds can only be
opened and closed together when the
panorama roof with power tilt/sliding panel
is closed.
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G Warning Resetting the panorama roof with


When opening the roller sunblinds, make sure power tilt/sliding panel and the roller
that nobody can be injured during the opening sunblinds
procedure. Reset the panorama roof with power tilt/
The roller sunblinds are equipped with the sliding panel and the roller sunblinds if the
express operation and anti-entrapment panorama roof with power tilt/sliding panel
features. If the roller sunblinds block during or the roller sunblind do not open smoothly.
the opening procedure, the anti-entrapment

Opening and closing


! Do not open the panorama sliding sunroof
feature stops the roller sunblinds and opens
until it has been reset properly. Otherwise,
them again slightly.
the panorama roof with power tilt/sliding
The opening procedure of the roller sunblinds panel may lock in the open position.
can be stopped immediately by releasing the
If the panorama roof with power tilt/sliding
roof switch or by operating the roof switch in
panel cannot be closed or adjusted,
any direction if the roof switch has been
contact a qualified specialist workshop,
pressed beyond the point of resistance and
e.g. a Mercedes-Benz Service Center.
has been released.
X Turn the key to position 2 in the ignition
Opening and closing lock.
X Press the 3 switch to the point of
resistance in the direction of arrow ; and
hold it until the roller sunblinds are fully
open.
X Press the 3 switch to the point of
resistance in the direction of arrow ; and
hold it until the panorama roof with power
tilt/sliding panel has opened about 10 cm.
X Pull the 3 switch repeatedly to the point
of resistance in the direction of arrow =
until the panorama roof with power tilt/
Overhead control panel sliding panel is fully closed.
: To open X Keep the 3 switch pulled for an
; To open additional second.
= To close X Pull the 3 switch to the point of
X Turn the key to position 2 in the ignition resistance in the direction of arrow = and
lock. hold it until the roller sunblinds are fully
X Push or pull the 3 switch in the closed.
corresponding direction. X Keep the 3 switch pulled for an

i If you press the 3 switch beyond the additional second.


point of resistance, an automatic opening/ X Make sure that the panorama roof with

closing process is started in the power tilt/sliding panel can be opened fully
corresponding direction. You can stop again (Y page 86).
automatic operation by pressing again. X If this is not the case, the previously
described steps must be repeated or you
should consult a qualified specialist
workshop.

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Problems with the sliding sunroof


Problem: the sunroof cannot be closed
and you cannot see the cause.
G Warning!
You could be severely or even fatally injured
when closing the sliding sunroof with
increased closing force or if the anti-
Opening and closing

entrapment feature is deactivated. Make sure


that nobody can become trapped when
closing the sliding sunroof.

If the sliding sunroof is obstructed during


closing:
X Immediately after the sliding sunroof
blocks, pull the 3 switch in the
overhead control panel down to the point
of resistance and hold it until the sliding
sunroof is closed.
The sliding sunroof is closed with increased
force.
If the sliding sunroof is obstructed during
closing again:
X Immediately after the sliding sunroof
blocks, pull the 3 switch in the
overhead control panel down to the point
of resistance and hold it until the sliding
sunroof is closed.
The sliding sunroof is closed without the
anti-entrapment feature.

G Warning!
Pressing and holding the sliding sunroof
switch to close the sliding sunroof
immediately after it had been blocked two
times will cause the sliding sunroof to close
without the anti-entrapment feature for as
long as you hold the switch.
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Vehicle equipment .............................. 90


Correct driver's seat position ............ 90
Seats .................................................... 91
Steering wheel .................................... 95
Mirrors ................................................. 97
Memory functions ............................. 100

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Vehicle equipment Ryou have set the seat cushion angle so


that your thighs are gently supported.
i This manual describes all the standard Ryou can depress the pedals properly.
and optional equipment of your vehicle X Check whether the head restraint is
which was available at the time of adjusted properly (Y page 93).
purchase. Country-specific differences are When doing so, make sure that you have
possible. Bear in mind that your vehicle adjusted the head restraint so that the back
may not feature all functions described of your head is supported at eye level by
here. This also refers to safety-related the center of the head restraint.
systems and functions.
Observe the important safety notes on
Seats, steering wheel and mirrors

(Y page 95).
Correct driver's seat position X Check whether steering wheel : is
adjusted properly.
Adjusting the steering wheel
manually(Y page 96)
Adjusting the steering wheel electrically
(Y page 96)
When adjusting the steering wheel, make
sure:
Ryou can hold the steering wheel with your
arms slightly bent.
Ryou can move your legs freely.
Ryou can see all the displays in the
instrument cluster clearly.
Observe the important safety notes on
(Y page 50).
X Check whether you have fastened seat
belt ; properly (Y page 52).
The seat belt should:
Rfit snugly across your body
Observe the important safety notes on
Rbe routed across the middle of your
(Y page 91).
shoulder
X Check whether you have adjusted seat =
Rbe routed in your pelvic area across the
properly.
hip joints
Electrical seat adjustment (Y page 92)
X Before starting off, adjust the rear-view
When adjusting the seat, make sure: mirror and the exterior mirrors
Ryou are as far away from the driver's air (Y page 97) in such a way that you have
bag as possible. a good view of road and traffic conditions.
Ryou are sitting in a normal upright X Vehicles with memory function: save the
position. seat, steering wheel and exterior mirror
Ryou can fasten the seat belt properly. settings (Y page 100).
Ryou have moved the backrest to an
almost vertical position.
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Seats of the head restraint supports the back of


the head at eye level.
Important safety notes Rnever place hands under the seat or near
G Warning any moving parts while a seat is being
In order to avoid possible loss of vehicle adjusted.
control, all seat, head restraint, steering Failure to do so could result in an accident
wheel and rear view mirror adjustments, as and/or serious personal injury.
well as fastening of seat belts, must be done
before setting the vehicle in motion. G Warning
The electrically adjustable seats can be

Seats, steering wheel and mirrors


G Warning operated at any time. Therefore, do not leave
Do not adjust the driver's seat while driving. children unattended in the vehicle, or with
Adjusting the seat while driving could cause access to an unlocked vehicle. A child's
the driver to lose control of the vehicle. unsupervised access to a vehicle could result
Never travel in a moving vehicle with the seat in an accident and/or serious personal injury.
backrest in an excessively reclined position as
this can be dangerous. You could slide under G Warning!
the seat belt in a collision. If you slide under According to accident statistics, children are
it, the seat belt would apply force at the safer when properly restrained in the rear
abdomen or neck. This could cause serious or seating positions than in the front seating
fatal injuries. The seat backrest and seat belts position. Thus, we strongly recommend that
provide the best restraint when the wearer is children be placed in the rear seats whenever
in a position that is as upright as possible and possible. Regardless of seating position,
seat belts are properly positioned on the children 12 years old and under must be
body. seated and properly secured in an
appropriately sized infant restraint, toddler
G Warning restraint, or booster seat recommended for
Your seat belt must be adjusted so that you the size and weight of the child. For additional
can correctly fasten your seat belt. information, see "Children in the vehicle".
Observe the following points: A child's risk of serious or fatal injuries is
significantly increased if the child restraints
Radjust the seat backrest until your arms are
are not properly secured in the vehicle and/
slightly angled when holding the steering or the child is not properly secured in the child
wheel. restraint.
Radjust the seat to a comfortable seating
position that still allows you to reach the G Warning
accelerator/brake pedal safely. The For your protection, drive only with properly
position should be as far back as possible positioned head restraints.
with the driver still able to operate the
Adjust the head restraint so that it is as close
controls properly.
to the head as possible and the center of the
Radjust the head restraint so that it is as
head restraint supports the back of the head
close to the head as possible and the center at eye level. This will reduce the potential for
injury to the head and neck in the event of an
accident or similar situation.

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Do not drive the vehicle without the seat head Adjusting the seats
restraints. Head restraints are intended to
i Vehicles without the memory function:
help reduce injuries during an accident.
the seats can be adjusted within five
! To avoid damage to the seats and the seat minutes of opening a front door.
heating, observe the following information: The time span starts over if, within these
Rdo
five minutes, you:
not spill any liquids on the seats. If
liquid is spilled on the seats, dry them as Ropen or close a front door
soon as possible. Rinsert the key into or remove the key
Rif the seat covers are damp or wet, do not from the ignition lock
Seats, steering wheel and mirrors

switch on the seat heating. The seat Rswitch the ignition on or off.
heating should also not to be used to dry If the key is in position 2 in the ignition, you
the seats. can adjust the seats at any time.
Rclean the seat covers as recommended;
Depending on the equipment, the seat
see the " Interior care" section.
adjustment switches are located either on the
Rdo not transport heavy loads on the
side of the seat or on the door control panel.
seats. Do not place sharp objects on the
seat cushions, e.g. knives, nails or tools.
The seats should only be occupied by
passengers, if possible.
Rwhen the seat heating is in operation, do
not cover the seats with insulating
materials, e.g. covers, bags, seat covers,
child seats or booster seats.
! When you move the seats, make sure that
there are no objects in the footwell or
behind the seats. Otherwise, you could
damage the seats and the objects.
i The head restraints in the front seats are
installed with the NECK-PRO system
(Y page 49). For this reason, it is not
possible to remove the head restraints
from the front seats.
The rear-compartment head restraints can
be removed (Y page 94).
Please contact an authorized Mercedes-
Benz Center for more information.
: Seat cushion angle
i Related topics:
; Seat height
RCargo compartment enlargement = Seat fore-and-aft adjustment
(folding the rear bench seat forwards)
? Backrest angle
(Y page 208)
A Head restraint height6

6 Only for vehicles with the memory function.


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i You can store the seat settings using the Adjusting the head restraints
memory function (Y page 100). electrically8
X To adjust the head restraint height: slide
Adjusting the head restraints the switch for head restraint adjustment
(Y page 92) up or down in the direction of
Adjusting the head restraints manually the arrow.

Adjusting the head restraint height7 Rear seat head restraints


G Warning!

Seats, steering wheel and mirrors


For your protection, drive only with properly
positioned head restraints.
Adjust the head restraint in such a way that it
is as close to the head as possible and the
center of the head restraint supports the back
of the head at eye level. This will reduce the
potential for injury to the head and neck in the
event of an accident or similar situation.
With a rear seat occupied, make sure to move
X To raise: pull the head restraint up to the the respective head restraint up from the
desired position. lowest non-use position and have the
X To lower: press release catch : in the occupant adjust the head restraint properly.
direction of the arrow and push the head Do not drive the vehicle without the seat head
restraint down to the desired position. restraints installed when the rear seats are
occupied. Head restraints are intended to
Adjusting the angle of the head restraints help reduce injuries during an accident.

Adjusting the rear seat head restraint


height

X Push or pull the lower edge of the head


restraint in the direction of the arrow.

If the head restraint is fully lowered, it is


necessary to press release catch :.

7 For vehicles without memory function only.


8 Only for vehicles with memory function.

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X To raise: pull the head restraint up to the X To remove: pull the head restraint up to
desired position. the stop.
X X Press release catch : and pull the head
To lower: press release catch : and push
the head restraint down until it is in the restraint out of the guides.
desired position. X To re-install: insert the head restraint so
that the notches on the bar are on the left
Adjusting the rear seat head restraint when viewed in the direction of travel.
angle X Push the head restraint down until you hear
Adjust the head restraints so that they are as it engage in position.
close as possible to your head.
Seats, steering wheel and mirrors

You can only adjust the two outer head


restraints. Adjusting the lumbar support
Vehicles without the memory function:
You can adjust the contour of the front seats
so as to provide optimum support for your
back.

X Pull or push the top of the head restraint


until it is in the desired position.

Removing and installing the rear head


restraints
X Move adjustment lever : in the direction
G Warning!
of the arrow until the desired backrest
Occupants should only travel sitting on seats
contour is achieved.
which have the head restraints installed. In
the event of an accident, this reduces the risk
of injury for passengers seated in the rear
compartment. Adjusting the four-way lumbar
support
Vehicles with memory function:
You can adjust the contour of the front seat
backrests individually to provide optimum
support for your back.
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The system automatically switches down


from level 3 to level 2 after approximately
eight minutes.
The system automatically switches down
from level 2 to level 1 after approximately ten
minutes.
The system automatically switches off
approximately 20 minutes after it is set to
level 1.
X Make sure that the key is in position 2 in

Seats, steering wheel and mirrors


: To raise the backrest contour the ignition lock.
; To soften the backrest contour X To switch on: press button : repeatedly

= To lower the backrest contour until the desired heating level is set.
? To harden the backrest contour X To switch off: press button : repeatedly
until all the indicator lamps go out.

Switching the seat heating on/off Problems with the seat heating
Switching on/off The seat heating has switched itself off
prematurely or cannot be switched on. The
G Warning! vehicle's electrical system voltage is too low
Repeatedly setting the seat heating to level because too many electrical consumers are
3 may result in excessive seat temperatures. switched on.
The health of passengers that have limited X Switch off electrical consumers which you
temperature sensitivity or a limited ability to
do not need, such as the rear window
react to excessively high temperatures may
defroster or interior lighting.
be affected or they may even suffer burn-like
injuries. Therefore, do not use seat heating
level 3 repeatedly.
Steering wheel
The three red indicator lamps in the button Important safety notes
indicate the heating level you have selected.
i If the battery voltage is too low, the seat G Warning
heating may switch off. Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving.
Adjusting the steering wheel while driving, or
driving without the steering wheel adjustment
feature locked could cause the driver to lose
control of the vehicle.
The electrical steering wheel adjustment
feature can be operated at any time.
Therefore, do not leave children unattended
in the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked
vehicle. A child's unsupervised access to a
vehicle could result in an accident and/or
serious personal injury.
Driver's and front-passenger seat

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Adjusting the steering wheel i Related topics:


manually REASY-ENTRY/EXIT feature
(Y page 96)
Rstoring settings (Y page 100)

EASY-ENTRY/EXIT
G Warning!
You must make sure no one can become
Seats, steering wheel and mirrors

trapped or injured by the moving steering


wheel when the easy-entry/exit feature is
activated.
: Release lever To stop steering wheel movement, move
; To adjust the steering wheel height steering wheel adjustment stalk or press the
= To adjust the steering wheel position memory position switch.
(fore-and-aft adjustment) Do not leave children unattended in the
X Push release lever : down completely. vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle.
Children could open the driver's door and
The steering column is unlocked.
unintentionally activate the easy-entry/exit
X Adjust the steering wheel to the desired
feature, which could result in an accident
position. and/or serious personal injury.
X Push release lever : up completely.
The steering column is locked. The EASY-ENTRY/EXIT feature makes getting
X Check if the steering column is locked. in and out of your vehicle easier.
When doing so, try to push the steering The steering wheel swings upwards when
wheel up or down or try to move it in the you:
fore-and-aft direction. Rremove the key from the ignition lock.
Ropen the driver's door and KEYLESS-GO is
in position 1
Adjusting the steering wheel Ropen the driver's door and the key is in
electrically
position 0 or 1 in the ignition lock.
i The steering wheel only moves upwards if
it has not already reached the upper end
stop.
The steering wheel is moved to the last
selected position when:
Rthe driver's door is closed, and
Ryou insert the key into the ignition lock.
or
Rin vehicles with KEYLESS-GO, you press the
: To adjust the steering wheel height Start/Stop button once.
; To adjust the steering wheel position When you close the driver's door with the
(fore-and-aft adjustment) ignition switched on, the steering wheel is
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also automatically moved to the previously X Anti-glare mode: flick anti-glare


set position. switch : forwards or back.
The last position of the steering wheel is
stored when you switch off the ignition or
when you store the setting with the memory Exterior mirrors
function (Y page 100).
You can activate and deactivate the EASY-
Adjusting the exterior mirrors
ENTRY/EXIT feature in the on-board G Warning
computer (Y page 173). Exercise care when using the passenger-side
G Warning exterior rear view mirror. The mirror surface

Seats, steering wheel and mirrors


Let the system complete the adjustment is convex (outwardly curved surface for a
procedure before setting the vehicle in wider field of view). Objects in mirror are
motion. All steering wheel adjustment must closer than they appear. Check your interior
be completed before setting the vehicle in rear view mirror and glance over your
motion. Driving off with the steering wheel shoulder before changing lanes.
still adjusting could cause the driver to lose
The exterior mirrors are automatically heated
control of the vehicle.
if the rear window defroster is switched on
i If the crash-responsive EASY-EXIT feature and the outside temperature is low.
is triggered in an accident, the steering
column will move upwards when the
driver's door is opened. This occurs
irrespective of the position of the key in the
ignition lock. This makes it easier to exit the
vehicle and rescue the occupants.
The crash-responsive EASY-EXIT feature is
only operational after an accident if the
EASY-EXIT/ENTRY feature is activated in
the on-board computer.

X Make sure that the key is in position 1 or


Mirrors 2 in the ignition lock.
X Press button : for the left-hand exterior
Rear-view mirror
mirror or button ; for the right-hand
Rear-view mirror (manual anti-glare) exterior mirror.
The indicator lamp in the corresponding
button lights up in red.
The indicator lamp goes out again after
some time. You can adjust the selected
mirror using adjustment button = as long
as the indicator lamp is lit.
X Press adjustment button = up, down, to
the right or to the left until the exterior
mirror is set to a position which provides
you with a good overview of traffic
conditions.

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Folding the exterior mirrors in or out Folding the exterior mirrors in or out
electrically automatically
This function is only available in vehicles for This function is only available in vehicles for
Canada. Canada.
! Fold in the exterior mirrors when driving If the "Fold in mirrors when locking" function
the vehicle into an automatic car wash. The is activated in the on-board computer
mirrors could otherwise be damaged. (Y page 174):
Rthe exterior mirrors fold in automatically as
soon as you lock the vehicle from the
outside.
Seats, steering wheel and mirrors

Rthe exterior mirrors fold out again


automatically as soon as you unlock the
vehicle and then open the driver's or front-
passenger door.
i The mirrors do not fold out if they have
been folded in manually.

Exterior mirror out of position


X Make sure that the key is in position 1 or
2 in the ignition lock. If an exterior mirror has been pushed out of
X Briefly press button :. position, proceed as follows:
Both exterior mirrors fold in or out. X Vehicles without electrically folding
exterior mirrors: move the exterior mirror
i Make sure that the exterior mirrors are into the correct position manually.
always folded out fully while the vehicle is X Vehicles with electrically folding
in motion as they may otherwise vibrate. exterior mirrors (only vehicles for
Canada): press the mirror-folding button
i If you are driving faster than
(Y page 98) repeatedly until you hear the
9 mph(15 km/h), you can no longer fold in
mirror engage in position.
the exterior mirrors.
The mirror housing is engaged again and
you can adjust the exterior mirrors as usual
Resetting the exterior mirrors (Y page 97).
This function is only available in vehicles for
Canada.
If the battery has been disconnected or Automatic anti-glare mirrors
completely discharged, the exterior mirrors
G Warning!
must be reset. The exterior mirrors will
otherwise not fold in when you select the The auto-dimming function does not react if
"Fold in mirrors when locking" function in the incoming light is not aimed directly at sensors
on-board computer (Y page 174). in the interior rear view mirror.
X Make sure that the key is in position 1 in
The interior rear view mirror and the exterior
rear view mirror on the driver’s side do not
the ignition lock.
react, for example, when transporting cargo
X Briefly press button :.
which covers the rear window.
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Light hitting the mirror(s) at certain angles X Engage reverse gear.


(incident light) could blind you. As a result, The exterior mirror on the front-passenger
you may not be able to observe traffic side moves to the preset parking position.
conditions and could cause an accident. X Use adjustment button = to adjust the
exterior mirror to a position which allows
The rear-view mirror and the exterior mirror you to see the rear wheel and the curb.
on the driver's side automatically go into anti- The parking position is stored.
glare mode if the ignition is switched on and
incident light from headlamps strikes the i If you shift the transmission to another
sensor in the rear-view mirror. position, the exterior mirror on the front-
The mirrors do not go into anti-glare mode if passenger side returns to the driving

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reverse gear is engaged or the interior lighting position.
is switched on. i You can also store the parking position
using memory button M ?.
X With the key in position 2 in the
Parking position for the exterior
mirror on the front-passenger side ignition lock and with the exterior
mirror on the front-passenger side
Setting and storing the parking position activated, use adjustment button = to
You can position the front-passenger side set the exterior mirror such that the
exterior mirror in such a way that you can see rear wheel and curb are visible.
the rear wheel on that side as soon as you X Press memory button M ? and one of

engage reverse gear. You can store this the arrows on adjustment button =
position. within three seconds.
The parking position is stored if the
exterior mirror does not move.
If the mirror moves out of position, repeat
the steps.

Calling up a stored parking position


setting
X With the key in position 2 in the ignition
lock and the exterior mirror on the front-
passenger side activated, engage reverse
X Make sure that the vehicle is stationary and gear.
that the key is in position 2 in the ignition The exterior mirror on the front-passenger
lock. side moves to the stored parking position.
X Press button ; for the exterior mirror on The exterior mirror on the front-passenger
the front-passenger side. side moves back to its original position:
Ras soon as you exceed a speed of 6 mph
(10 km/h)
Rabout ten seconds after you have
disengaged reverse gear
Rif you press button : for the exterior
mirror on the driver's side

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Memory functions X Adjust the seat (Y page 92).


X On the driver's side, adjust the steering
Storing settings wheel (Y page 96) and the exterior mirrors
With the memory function, you can store up (Y page 97).
to three different settings, e.g. for three X Press memory button M and one of the
different people. storage position buttons 1, 2 or 3 within
The following settings are stored as a single three seconds.
memory preset: The settings are stored in the selected
Rposition of the seat, backrest and head preset position. A tone sounds when the
restraint settings have been completed.
Seats, steering wheel and mirrors

Rdriver's side: steering wheel position


Rdriver's side: position of the exterior
mirrors on the driver's and front-passenger
Calling up a stored setting
sides ! If you want to move the seat from the fully
reclined position to a stored seat position,
G Warning!
first raise the backrest. The seat could
The memory function can still be used when otherwise be damaged.
the key has been removed. For this reason,
X Press and hold the relevant storage
children should never be left unsupervised in
the vehicle. They could otherwise become position button 1, 2 or 3, until the seat,
trapped when adjusting the seat or the steering wheel and exterior mirrors are in
steering wheel. the stored position.
i The setting procedure is interrupted as
G Warning! soon as you release the storage position
Only use the memory function on the driver's button.
side when the vehicle is stationary. You could
otherwise be distracted from the traffic
conditions by the steering wheel and seat
moving of their own accord, and as a result
cause an accident.
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Vehicle equipment ............................ 102


Exterior lighting ................................ 102
Interior lighting ................................. 106
Changing bulbs ................................. 107
Windshield wipers ............................ 113

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Vehicle equipment Light switch

i This manual describes all the standard Operation


and optional equipment of your vehicle
which was available at the time of
purchase. Country-specific differences are
possible. Bear in mind that your vehicle
may not feature all functions described
here. This also refers to safety-related
systems and functions.

Exterior lighting
Lights and windshield wipers

Important safety notes 1W Left-hand standing lamps


For reasons of safety, Mercedes-Benz 2X Right-hand standing lamps
recommends that you drive with the lights 3T Parking lamps, license plate and
switched on even during the daytime. In some instrument lighting
countries, operation of the headlamps varies 4c Automatic headlamp mode/daytime
due to legal requirements and self-imposed running lamps
obligations. In these countries, the daytime 5L Low-beam/high-beam headlamps
running lamps are automatically switched on
when the engine is started. BR Rear fog lamp
CN Front fog lamps
The turn signals, high-beam headlamps and
Notes on driving abroad the high beam flasher are operated using the
Converting to symmetrical low beam combination switch (Y page 104).
when driving abroad: switch the headlamps ! Switch off the parking lamps and standing
to symmetrical low beam in countries in lamps when you leave the vehicle. This
which traffic drives on the opposite side of the prevents the battery from discharging.
road to the country where the vehicle is
registered. This prevents oncoming traffic The exterior lighting (except the parking
from being dazzled. Symmetrical lights do not lamps/standing lamps) switches off
illuminate as large an area of the edge of the automatically if you:
road. Rremove the key from the ignition lock
Have the headlamps converted at a qualified Ropen the driver's door with the key in
specialist workshop, e.g. an authorized position 0
Mercedes-Benz Center, as close to the border If you hear a warning tone when you leave the
as possible before driving in these countries. vehicle, the lights may still be switched on.
Converting to asymmetrical low beam X Turn the light switch to c.
after returning: have the headlamps
converted back to asymmetrical low beam at
a qualified specialist workshop, e.g. an
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center, as soon as
possible after crossing the border when
returning.
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Low-beam headlamps the "daytime running lamps" function via


the on-board computer (Y page 172).
X To switch on the low-beam headlamps:
X Turn the light switch to c.
turn the key in the ignition lock to position
2 or start the engine. With the engine running: depending on the
X Turn the light switch to L.
ambient light, either the daytime running
lamps or the low-beam headlamps are
The L indicator lamp in the instrument
switched on.
cluster lights up.
If the low-beam headlamps are switched
on, the L indicator lamp in the
Daytime running lamps instrument cluster lights up.
Daytime running lamps in Canada You can only switch on the high-beam
In Canada, the "daytime running lamps" headlamps if there is little ambient light.

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function is required by law. It can therefore However, the headlamp flashers can always
not be deactivated. be applied.
X Turn the light switch to c. If you set the light switch to T or L
With the engine running: depending on the while the engine is running, the manual
ambient light, either the daytime running setting overrides the daytime running lamps.
lamps or the low-beam headlamps are
switched on. Automatic headlamps
If the low-beam headlamps are switched
G Risk of accident
on, the L indicator lamp in the
If the light switch is set to c, the low-beam
instrument cluster lights up.
headlamps will not come on automatically if
With the engine running while the vehicle is it is foggy. This could endanger you and
stationary: the low-beam headlamps switch others. Therefore, turn the light switch to
off after 3 minutes if you shift the selector L in fog.
lever to P from a driving position.
The automatic headlamp feature is only an
With the engine running while the vehicle is aid. The driver is responsible for the vehicle's
stationary: if you set the light switch to lighting at all times.
T, the parking lamps and the low-beam
headlamps switch on. X To switch on automatic headlamp
If you set the light switch to L while the mode: turn the light switch to c.
engine is running, the manual setting SmartKey in position 1 in the ignition lock:
overrides the daytime running lamps. the parking lamps are switched on or off
automatically depending on the brightness
Daytime running lamps in the USA of the ambient light.
This function is only available on vehicles With the engine running: depending on the
equipped with daytime running lamps. brightness of the ambient light, the daytime
The daytime running lamps are deactivated running lamps9 or the low-beam headlamps
ex works on vehicles for the USA. are switched on or off automatically.
X To switch on the daytime running When the low-beam headlamps are
lamps (vehicles with luxury switched on, the L indicator lamp in the
multifunction steering wheel): switch on instrument cluster lights up.

9 Only if daytime running lamps have been activated via the on-board computer.

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Fog lamps and rear fog lamps Combination switch


Front fog lamps Turn signals
Only vehicles with front fog lamps have the
"fog lamps" function.
G Warning!
If you suspect that driving conditions will be
foggy, turn the light switch to L before you
start your journey. Otherwise, your vehicle
may not be visible and you could endanger
yourself and others.

X To switch on the front fog lamps: turn


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the key in the ignition lock to position 2 or


: High-beam headlamps
start the engine.
; Right turn signal
X Turn the light switch to L or c.
= High beam flasher
X Press the N button.
? Left turn signal
The green N indicator lamp in the
instrument cluster lights up. X To indicate briefly: press the combination
X To switch off the front fog lamps: press switch briefly to the pressure point in the
the N button. direction of arrow ; or ?.
The green N indicator lamp in the The corresponding turn signal flashes three
instrument cluster goes out. times.
X To indicate: press the combination switch
Rear fog lamp beyond the pressure point in the direction
X To switch on the rear fog lamp: turn the of arrow ; or ?.
key in the ignition lock to position 2 or start
the engine. High-beam headlamps
X Turn the light switch to L or c.
X To switch on the high-beam headlamps:
When the light switch is set to c, the
rear fog lamp only lights up if the low-beam turn the key in the ignition lock to position
headlamps are switched on. 2 or start the engine.
X Turn the light switch to L or c.
X Press the R button.
The yellow R indicator lamp in the X Press the combination switch beyond the

instrument cluster lights up. pressure point in the direction of


X To switch off the rear fog lamp: press the
arrow :.
R button. In the c position, the high-beam
The yellow R indicator lamp in the headlamps are only switched on when it is
instrument cluster goes out. dark and the engine is running.
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The K indicator lamp in the instrument vehicle then reaches a speed above
cluster lights up when the high-beam 6 mph (10 km/h) again.
headlamps are switched on. i The hazard warning lamps still operate if
X To switch off the high-beam
the ignition is switched off.
headlamps: move the combination switch
back to its normal position.
The K indicator lamp in the instrument Headlamp cleaning system
cluster goes out.
The headlamps are cleaned automatically if
the "Wipe with washer fluid" function is
High-beam flasher operated ten times while the lights are on and
X To switch on: turn the key in the ignition the engine is running (Y page 113). When you
lock to position 1 or 2 or start the engine. switch off the ignition, the automatic

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X Pull the combination switch briefly in the headlamp cleaning system is reset and
direction of arrow =. counting is resumed from 0.

Active light function


Hazard warning lamps

The active light function is a system that


The hazard warning lamps automatically moves the headlamps according to the
switch on: steering movements of the front wheels. In
Rif an air bag is deployed this way, relevant areas remain illuminated
Rthe vehicle decelerates rapidly from a while driving. This allows you to recognize
speed of more than 45 mph (70 km/h) and pedestrians, cyclists and animals.
comes to a standstill. Active: when the lights are switched on.
X To switch on the hazard warning lamps:
press button :.
All turn signals flash. If you now switch on
a turn signal using the combination switch,
only the turn signal lamp on the
corresponding side of the vehicle will flash.
X To switch off the hazard warning
lamps: press button :.
The hazard warning lamp switches off
automatically after full brake application if the

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Cornering light function Interior lighting


Overview of interior lighting

The cornering light function improves the


Lights and windshield wipers

illumination of the road over a wide angle in


the direction you are turning, enabling better
visibility in tight bends, for example. It can
only be activated when the low-beam
headlamps are switched on.
Active: if you are driving at speeds below : u To switch the rear interior lighting
25 mph (40 km/h) and switch on the turn
on/off
signals or turn the steering wheel.
; | To switch the automatic interior
Not active: if you are driving at speeds above
lighting control on/off
25 mph (40 km/h) or switch off the turn
= p To switch the right-hand front
signal or turn the steering wheel to the
straight-ahead position. reading lamp on/off
? c To switch the front interior lighting
The cornering light function may remain lit for
a short time, but is automatically switched off on/off
after no more than three minutes. A p To switch the left-hand front reading
lamp on/off
B Front reading lamps
Headlamps fogged up on the inside C Front interior lighting
The headlamps may fog up on the inside if
there is high atmospheric humidity.
X Drive with the headlamps switched on.
The headlamps clear up after a short
distance.
If the moisture does not disappear, the
headlamp casing is not sealed correctly and
moisture has been able to enter.
X Have the headlamps checked at a qualified
specialist workshop.
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Manual interior lighting control


X To switch the front interior lighting on/
off: press the c button.
X To switch the rear interior lighting on/
off: press the v button.
X To switch the reading lamps on/off:
press the p button.

Crash-responsive emergency lighting


Rear-compartment overhead control panel
: p To switch the right-hand reading If the interior lighting is set to automatic, the
lamp on/off interior lighting is activated automatically if

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; p To switch the left-hand reading lamp the vehicle is involved in an accident.
on/off X To switch off the crash-responsive
emergency lighting: press the hazard
warning lamp button.
Interior lighting control or
X Lock and then unlock the vehicle using the
Important notes
key.
In order to prevent the vehicle's battery from
discharging, the interior lighting functions are
automatically deactivated after some time Changing bulbs
except for when the key is in position 2 in the
ignition lock. Important safety notes
Xenon bulbs
Automatic interior lighting control
If your vehicle is equipped with Xenon bulbs,
X To switch on/off: press the | button.
you can recognize this by the following: the
When the automatic interior lighting cone of light from the Xenon bulbs moves
control is activated, the button is flush with from the top to the bottom and back again
the overhead control panel. when you start the engine. For this to be
The interior lighting automatically switches observed, the lights must be switched on
on if you: before starting the engine.
Runlock the vehicle G Warning!
Ropen a door Xenon bulbs carry a high voltage. You could
Rremove the key from the ignition lock get an electric shock and be seriously or even
The interior light is activated for a short while fatally injured if you touch the electric
when the key is removed from the ignition contacts on Xenon bulbs. Therefore, never
lock. You can activate this delayed switch-off remove the cover from Xenon bulbs.
using the on-board computer (Y page 173). Do not change Xenon bulbs yourself, but have
them replaced at a qualified specialist
workshop which has the necessary specialist
knowledge and tools to carry out the work
required.

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Mercedes-Benz recommends that you use an free cloth or only touch the base of the bulb
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for this when installing.
purpose. In particular, work relevant to safety Only use bulbs of the correct type.
or on safety-related systems must be carried If the new bulb still does not light up, consult
out at a qualified specialist workshop. a qualified specialist workshop.
Bulbs and lamps are an important aspect of
Bulbs and lamps are an important aspect of
vehicle safety. You must therefore make sure
vehicle safety. You must therefore make sure
that these function correctly at all times.
that these function correctly at all times.
Have the headlamp setting checked regularly.
Have the headlamp setting checked regularly.

Other bulbs Overview: changing bulbs/bulb types


G Warning!
Lights and windshield wipers

You can change the following bulbs. The bulb


Bulbs and lamps can be very hot. You should type can be found in the legend.
therefore allow them to cool down before you
change them. Otherwise, you could be burned
if you touch them.
Keep bulbs out of the reach of children.
Otherwise, they could damage the bulbs, for
example, and injure themselves.
Never use a bulb which has been dropped.
Such a bulb may break or even explode and
injure you.
Halogen bulbs are pressurized and can
explode when you change them, particularly
Halogen headlamps
if they are very hot. You should therefore wear
eye protection and gloves when you are : Turn signal lamp/side marker lamp:
changing them. WY 5 W
; Turn signal lamp: PY 21 W
There are bulbs other than the Xenon bulbs = High-beam headlamp: H7 55 W
that you cannot replace. Replace only the ? Parking lamp/standing lamp: W 5 W
bulbs listed (Y page 108). Have the bulbs that
A Low-beam headlamp: H7 55 W
you cannot replace yourself changed at a
qualified specialist workshop.
Mercedes-Benz recommends that you use an
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for this
purpose. In particular, work relevant to safety
or on safety-related systems must be carried
out at a qualified specialist workshop.
If you require assistance changing bulbs,
consult a qualified specialist workshop.
Do not touch the glass tube of new bulbs with
your bare hands. Even minor contamination
can burn into the glass surface and reduce
the service life of the bulbs. Always use a lint-
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Bi-Xenon headlamps License plate lamp


: Turn signal lamp/side marker lamp: : License plate lamp: W 5 W
WY 5 W

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; Turn signal lamp: PY 21 W
= Cornering lamp: H7 55 W Changing the front bulbs
? Parking lamp/standing lamp: W 5 W Removing/installing the cover on top of
the headlamp
You must remove the headlamp cover in the
engine compartment before you can replace
the bulbs in the headlamp.

Tail lamp with/without LED


: Tail lamp/brake lamp: P 21 W
; Turn signal lamp: PY 21 W
= Backup lamp: P 21 W or W 16 W10
? Tail lamp/rear fog lamp: P 21 W X To remove: press retaining clip : in the
A Side marker lamp: W 3 W direction of the arrow.
X Pull cover ; forward underneath
cover = and remove.
X To install: slide cover ; under cover =.
Connect the two covers by inserting the
tongue into the groove.
X Press cover ; until retaining clip :
engages.

10 Vehicles without LED turn signals (W 16 W)/vehicles with LED turn signals (P 21 W).

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Loosening/tightening the washer fluid X Turn housing cover : counter-clockwise


reservoir and pull it out.
You must remove the washer fluid reservoir X Pull connector ; from bulb ?.

from the engine compartment before you can X Detach retaining spring = downwards.
replace the bulbs in the left-hand headlamp. X Pull out bulb ?.
X Insert the new bulb.
X Attach retaining spring =.
X Attach connector ; to bulb ?.
X Place housing cover : and turn it
clockwise until it engages.
X Left-hand headlamp: fasten the washer
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fluid reservoir (Y page 110).


X Install the headlamp cover (Y page 109).

X To detach: turn catch ; counter- High-beam headlamps


clockwise.
X Swing washer fluid reservoir : far enough
to the side to allow the bulbs of the
headlamp to be replaced.
X To attach: swing back washer fluid
reservoir :.
X Turn catch ; clockwise.

Low-beam headlamp (halogen


headlamp)
X Switch off the lights.
X Open the hood.
X Remove the headlamp cover (Y page 109).
X Left-hand headlamp: detach the washer
fluid reservoir (Y page 110).
X Turn housing cover : counter-clockwise
and pull it out.
X Press the handle of bulb holder ; in the
direction of the arrow until bulb holder ;
is released.
X Switch off the lights. X Take out the handle with bulb holder ;.

X Open the hood. X Take the bulb out of bulb holder ;.


X Remove the headlamp cover (Y page 109).
X Left-hand headlamp: detach the washer
fluid reservoir (Y page 110).
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X Take the bulb out of bulb holder ;.


X Insert the new bulb into bulb holder ;.
X Insert bulb holder ;.
X Align housing cover : and turn it
clockwise until it engages.
X Left-hand headlamp: fasten the washer
fluid reservoir (Y page 110).
X Install the headlamp cover (Y page 109).

X Insert the new bulb into bulb holder ;. Turn signal lamps/side marker lamps
Lug = of the bulb must be pointing

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upward.
X Insert bulb holder ;.
X Push the handle of bulb holder ; in the
opposite direction from the arrow until
holder ; engages.
X Align housing cover : and turn it
clockwise until it engages.
X Left-hand headlamp: fasten the washer
fluid reservoir (Y page 110).
X Switch off the lights.
X Install the headlamp cover (Y page 109).
X Open the hood.
X Remove the headlamp cover (Y page 109).
Standing lamps/parking lamps
X Left-hand headlamp: detach the washer
fluid reservoir (Y page 110).
X Turn bulb holder : or ; counter-
clockwise and pull it out.
X WY 5 W (turn signals and side marker
lamps): pull the bulb out of bulb holder :.
X PY 21 W (turn signals): turn the bulb
counter-clockwise, applying slight
pressure, and remove it from bulb
holder ;.
X WY 5 W (turn signals and side marker
X Switch off the lights. lamps): insert the new bulb into bulb
X Open the hood. holder :.
X Remove the headlamp cover (Y page 109).
X PY 21 W: insert the new bulb into bulb
X Left-hand headlamp: detach the washer holder ; and turn it clockwise while
fluid reservoir (Y page 110). applying slight pressure.
X Turn housing cover : counter-clockwise X Insert bulb holder : or ; and turn it
and pull it out. clockwise.
X Pull out bulb holder ;.

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X Left-hand headlamp: fasten the washer Tail lamp


fluid reservoir (Y page 110).
X Switch off the lights.
X Install the headlamp cover (Y page 109).
X Open the cargo compartment.
X Open the side trim panel (Y page 112).

Changing the rear bulbs


Opening/closing the side trim
You must open the side trim panel in the
cargo compartment before you can change
the bulbs in the tail lamps.
Lights and windshield wipers

X Pull out connector ;.


X Press retaining lugs : simultaneously in
the direction of the arrow and pull the bulb
holder out.

Left-hand side trim panel

Bulb holder without LED turn signal lamp


= Tail lamp/braking lamp

Right-hand side trim panel ? Turn signals


A Backup lamp
X To open: turn release knob : 90° in the
direction of the arrow and remove side trim B Rear fog lamp/tail lamp
panel ;. C Side marker lamp
X To close: insert side trim panel ; and turn X Lightly press the corresponding bulb into
release knob : 90° in the opposite the holder, turn it counter-clockwise and
direction to the arrow. remove it from the bulb holder.
X Insert the corresponding new bulb into the
bulb holder and turn it clockwise.
X Attach the bulb holder and press firmly.
The retaining lugs on the bulb holder
engage audibly.
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X Insert the connector. window can scratch the glass if wiping


X Close the side trim panel (Y page 112). takes place when the windshield/rear
window is dry.
License plate lamp If it is necessary to switch on the windshield
wipers in dry weather conditions, always
use washer fluid when operating the
windshield wipers.
! If the windshield wipers leave smears on
the windscreen after the vehicle has been
washed in an automatic car wash, wax or
other residues may be the reason for this.
Clean the windshield using washer fluid
after washing the vehicle in an automatic

Lights and windshield wipers


car wash.

X Switch off the lights. Switching the windshield wipers on/


X Open the tailgate. off
X Press lug ; of license plate lamp : in the
direction of the arrow and remove license
plate lamp lens :.
X Remove license plate lamp lens :.
X Replace the bulb.
X Insert license plate lamp lens : and press
it in until it engages.

Windshield wipers
Combination switch
Important safety notes
1 $ Windshield wipers off
G Warning! 2 Ä Intermittent wipe, low11
Wiper blades are components that are subject 3 Å Intermittent wipe, high12
to wear and tear. Replace the wiper blades
4 ° Continuous wipe, slow
twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall.
Otherwise the windows will not be wiped 5 ¯ Continuous wipe, fast
properly. As a result, you may not be able to B í Single wipe/ î to wipe the
observe surrounding traffic conditions and windshield using washer fluid
could cause an accident. X Switch the ignition on.
X Turn the combination switch to the
! Do not operate the windshield wipers corresponding position.
when the windshield is dry, as this could
damage the wiper blades. Moreover, dust i When you stop the vehicle, the wipers
that has collected on the windshield/rear wipe more slowly.

11 Rain sensor set to low sensitivity.


12 Rain sensor set to high sensitivity.

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! Vehicles with a rain sensor: if the Switching the rear window wiper on/
windshield becomes dirty in dry weather off
conditions, the windshield wipers may be
activated inadvertently. This could then
damage the windshield wiper blades or
scratch the windshield.
For this reason, you should always switch
off the windshield wipers in dry weather.
Vehicles with a rain sensor: in the Ä or
Å position, the appropriate wiping
frequency is automatically set according to
the intensity of the rain. In the Å position,
the rain sensor is more sensitive than in
Lights and windshield wipers

Combination switch
the Ä position, causing the windshield
: è Switch
wipers to wipe more frequently.
2 ô To wipe with washer fluid
Intermittent wiping is interrupted when you
stop the vehicle and open a front door. This 3 I To switch on intermittent wiping
prevents a person from being splashed 4 0 To switch off intermittent wiping
inadvertently when getting into or out of the 5 ô To wipe with washer fluid
vehicle.
X Turn the key to position 1 or 2 in the ignition
Intermittent wiping continues when all doors
lock.
are closed and
X Turn switch : on the combination switch
Ryou shift AUTOTRONIC to drive position D
to the corresponding position.
or reverse gear R
When the rear window wiper is switched on,
or the icon appears in the instrument cluster.
Ryou change the wipe setting on the
combination switch.
i To prevent smearing on the windshield or Replacing the wiper blades
noise when wiping, wipe the windshield Important safety notes
occasionally with washer fluid.
G Warning
For safety reasons, switch off the windshield
wipers and remove the key from the ignition
lock before changing the wiper blades
(vehicles with KEYLESS-GO: make sure that
the on-board electronics are in state 0).
Otherwise, the wiper motor could be switched
on suddenly and cause injury.

! To avoid damaging the wiper blades,


make sure that you touch only the wiper
arm of the wiper.
! Never open the hood if a windshield wiper
arm has been folded away from the
windshield.
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Never fold a windshield wiper arm without Removing the wiper blades
a wiper blade back onto the windshield/ X Fold the wiper arm away from the
rear window. windshield until it engages.
Hold the windshield wiper arm firmly when X Set the wiper blade at right angles to the
you change the wiper blade. If you release wiper arm.
the windshield wiper arm without a wiper
blade and it falls onto the windshield, the
windshield may be damaged by the force of
the impact.
Mercedes-Benz recommends that you have
the wiper blades replaced by a qualified
specialist workshop, e.g. at an authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center.

Lights and windshield wipers


Replacing the windshield wiper blades
Removing the wiper blades
X Remove the wiper blade from the retainer
! Before changing the wiper blades, always on the wiper arm in the direction of the
set the wiper arms to a vertical position arrow.
using the combination switch. There is
otherwise a risk of damaging the hood. Installing the wiper blade
Moving the wiper arms to a vertical X Slide the new wiper blade into the retainer

position on the wiper arm in the opposite direction


Vehicles without KEYLESS-GO to the arrow.
X Turn the key to position 1 or 2 in the ignition
Make sure that the wiper blade slides fully
into the retainer on the wiper arm.
lock.
X Turn the wiper blade parallel to the wiper
X Set the windshield wipers to
arm.
position ° on the combination switch.
X Fold the wiper arm back onto the
X When the wiper arms have reached a
windshield.
vertical position, turn the key to position
0 and remove it from the ignition lock.
Replacing the rear window wiper blade
Vehicles with KEYLESS-GO
X Switch off the engine.
G Warning
The wiper arm could be set in motion and
X Take your foot off the brake pedal.
injure you if the windscreen wipers are
X Set the windshield wipers to
switched on.
position ° on the combination switch.
Remove the key from the ignition lock before
X Press the Start/Stop button repeatedly replacing the wiper blade.
until the windshield wipers start.
X When the wiper arms have reached a
vertical position, press the Start/Stop
button.

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Removing the wiper blade X For safety reasons, you should remove the
key from the ignition lock.
or
X Switch off the engine using the Start/Stop
button and open the driver's door.
X Remove the cause of the obstruction.
X Switch the windshield wipers back on.

The windshield wipers are inoperative


The windshield wiper drive is malfunctioning.
X Select another wiper speed on the
X Remove the key from the ignition lock.
combination switch.
Lights and windshield wipers

X Fold wiper arm : away from the rear X Have the windshield wipers checked at a
window until it engages. qualified specialist workshop.
X Position wiper blade ; at a right angle to
wiper arm :.
X Hold wiper arm : and press wiper
blade ; in the direction of the arrow until
it is released.
X Remove wiper blade ;.

Installing the wiper blade


X Place new wiper blade ; onto wiper
arm :.
X Hold wiper arm : and press wiper
blade ; in the opposite direction to the
arrow until it engages.
X Make sure that wiper blade ; is seated
correctly.
X Position wiper blade ; parallel to wiper
arm :.
X Fold wiper arm : back onto the rear
window.

Problems with the windshield wipers


The windshield wipers are obstructed
Leaves or snow, for example, may be
obstructing the windshield wiper movement.
The wiper motor has been deactivated.
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Vehicle equipment ............................ 118


Overview of climate control sys-
tems ................................................... 118
Operating the control systems ........ 120
Setting the air vents ......................... 124

Climate control
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Vehicle equipment This will speed up the cooling process and


the desired vehicle interior temperature
i This manual describes all the standard will be reached more quickly.
and optional equipment of your vehicle i The integrated filter can filter out most
which was available at the time of particles of dust and completely filters out
purchase. Country-specific differences are pollen. A clogged filter reduces the amount
possible. Bear in mind that your vehicle of air supplied to the vehicle interior. For
may not feature all functions described this reason, you should always observe the
here. This also refers to safety-related interval for replacing the filter, which is
systems and functions. specified in the Service Booklet. As it
depends on environmental conditions, e.g.
heavy air pollution, the interval may be
Overview of climate control systems shorter than stated in the Service Booklet.
Important safety notes
G Warning
Climate control

Severe conditions (e.g. strong air pollution)


may require replacement of the filter before
its scheduled replacement interval. A clogged
filter will reduce the air volume to the interior
and the windows could fog up, impairing
visibility and endangering you and others.
Have a clogged filter replaced as soon as
possible at an authorized Mercedes-Benz
Center.

G Warning
Follow the recommended settings for heating
and cooling given on the following pages.
Otherwise, the windows could fog up,
impairing visibility and endangering you and
others.

Dual-zone automatic climate control controls


the temperature and the humidity of the
vehicle interior and filters out undesirable
substances from the air.
Dual-zone automatic climate control is only
operational when the engine is running.
Optimum operation is only achieved when
you drive with the side windows and
panorama roof with power tilt/sliding panel
closed.
i Ventilate the vehicle for a brief period
during warm weather, e.g. using the
convenience opening feature (Y page 83).
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Control panel for the dual-zone automatic climate control

Function i Notes/tips
: Sets the temperature, left Set the temperature to 72 ‡ (22 †).

Climate control
; Sets climate control to Activate climate control using the à and ¿
automatic buttons. The indicator lamps in the à and ¿
buttons light up.
= Switches climate control on/ Activate climate control using the à and ¿
off buttons. The indicator lamps in the à and ¿
buttons light up.
? Switches the MONO/ZONE Use the MONO function if you want to adopt the
function on/off13 temperature and air distribution settings from the
Switches maximum cooling driver's side for the front-passenger side. The
MAX COOL on/off14 indicator lamp in the º button lights up.

A Switches cooling with air Activate climate control using the à and ¿
dehumidification on/off buttons. The indicator lamps in the à and ¿
buttons light up.
B Defrosts the windshield Only use the "defrosting" function briefly until the
windshield is clear again.
C Activates/deactivates air- Only use "air-recirculation" mode briefly, e.g. if there
recirculation mode are unpleasant outside odors or when in a tunnel. The
windows could otherwise fog up as, in air-
recirculation mode, no fresh air is drawn into the
vehicle.
D Sets the temperature, right Set the temperature to 72 ‡ (22 †).
E Switches the rear window
heating on/off
F Increases the airflow
13 Only for Canada.
14 Only for USA.

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Function i Notes/tips
G Reduces the airflow
H Display
I Sets the air distribution

Operating the control systems Switching cooling with air


dehumidification on/off
Switching the control on/off
Important information
Important information
The cooling with air dehumidification function
G Warning! is only available when the engine is running.
When the climate control system is The air inside the vehicle is cooled and
Climate control

deactivated, the outside air supply and dehumidified according to the temperature
circulation are also deactivated. Only choose selected.
this setting for a short time. Otherwise the
windows could fog up, impairing visibility and G Warning
endangering you and others. If you switch off the cooling function, the
vehicle will not be cooled when weather
i Activate climate control primarily using conditions are warm. The windows can fog up
the à button (Y page 121). more quickly. Window fogging may impair
visibility and endanger you and others.
Activating/deactivating
Condensation may drip from the underside of
X Turn the key to position 2 in the ignition the vehicle when automatic climate control is
lock. in cooling mode. This is normal and not a sign
X To activate: press the à button. that there is a malfunction.
The indicator lamp in the à button lights i The cooling with air dehumidification
up. Airflow and air distribution are set to function uses refrigerant R134a. This
automatic mode. coolant does not contain
or chlorofluorocarbons, and therefore does
X Press the ^ button. not damage the ozone layer.
The indicator lamp in the ^ button goes
out. The previously selected settings come Activating/deactivating
into effect again. i The evaporator is ventilated when the air-
X To deactivate: press the ^ button. conditioning system is operated. The
The indicator lamp in the ^ button lights blower switches on automatically
up. approximately one hour after the vehicle is
locked. The blower runs for 30 minutes on
the lowest level. The blower noise is normal
and not a sign that there is a malfunction.
If you unlock the vehicle during this time,
the ventilation will be interrupted. To save
battery power, the evaporator will not
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ventilate automatically if the starter battery X Turn the SmartKey to position 2 in the
is weak. ignition lock.
X To switch on: press the ¿ button. X Set the desired temperature.

The indicator lamp in the ¿ button lights X To activate: press the à button.
up. The indicator lamp in the à button lights
X To switch off: press the ¿ button. up. Automatic air distribution and airflow
The indicator lamp in the ¿ button goes are activated.
out. The cooling with air dehumidification X To deactivate: press the _ button.
function has a delayed switch-off feature. or
X Press the K or I button.
Problems with the "cooling with air The indicator lamp in the à button goes
dehumidification" function out. Automatic air distribution and airflow
If the indicator lamp in the ¿ button does are deactivated.
not go out when switched off, the cooling with

Climate control
air dehumidification function is switched off
due to a malfunction. You can no longer Setting the temperature
activate the cooling with air dehumidification
Different temperatures can be set for the
function.
driver's and front-passenger sides.
X Consult a qualified specialist workshop. X Turn the SmartKey to position 2 in the
ignition lock.
X To increase/reduce: turn controls : and
Setting climate control to automatic
D clockwise or counter-clockwise
G Warning (Y page 119). Only change the temperature
If you switch off the cooling function, the setting in small increments. Start at
vehicle will not be cooled when weather 72 ‡ (22 †).
conditions are warm. The windows can fog up
more quickly. Window fogging may impair
visibility and endanger you and others. Setting the air distribution
In automatic mode, the set temperature is Dual-zone automatic climate control: the air
maintained automatically at a constant level. distribution can be set individually for the
The system automatically regulates the driver's and front-passenger sides.
temperature of the dispensed air, the airflow ¯ directs the airflow through the
and the air distribution. defroster vents
Automatic mode will achieve optimal P directs the airflow through the center
operation if cooling with air dehumidification and side air vents
is also activated. If desired, cooling with air O directs the airflow through the footwell
dehumidification can be deactivated. air vents
S directs the airflow through the center
and side air vents, as well as the
footwell air vents15

15 USA only.

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_ directs the airflow to the entire vehicle Defrosting the windshield


interior16
You can use this function to defrost the
b directs the airflow through the windshield or to defrost the inside of the
defroster, center and side air vents16 windshield and the side windows.
a directs the airflow through the footwell
and defroster vents i You should only select the defrosting
function until the windshield is clear again.
i Regardless of the air distribution setting, X Turn the SmartKey to position 2 in the
airflow is always directed through the side ignition lock.
air vents. The side air vents can only be
X To activate: press the ¬ button.
closed when the controls on the side air
The indicator lamp in the ¬ button lights
vents are turned downwards.
up.
X Turn the key to position 2 in the ignition The climate control system switches to the
lock. following functions:
X Press the _ button repeatedly until the
Rcooling with air dehumidification on
Climate control

desired symbol appears in the display.


The indicator lamp in the à button goes Rhigh airflow17
out. Automatic control is deactivated and Rhigh temperature17
the air distribution is controlled according Rair distribution to the windshield and
to the selected setting. front side windows
Rair-recirculation mode off

X To deactivate: press the ¬ button.


Setting the airflow
The indicator lamp in the ¬ button goes
X Turn the SmartKey to position 2 in the out. The previously selected settings come
ignition lock. into effect again. The cooling with air
X To increase/reduce: press the K or dehumidification function remains on. Air-
I button. recirculation mode remains deactivated.
or
X Press the à button.
Switching the MONO function on/off The indicator lamp in the ¬ button goes
This function is only available in vehicles in out. Airflow and air distribution are set to
Canada. automatic mode.
You can use the MONO function to adopt the or
temperature and air distribution settings on X Turn controls : or D clockwise or
the driver's side for the front-passenger side. counter-clockwise (Y page 119).
X Press the º button. or
The indicator lamp in the º button lights X Press the K or I button.
up or goes out.

Maximum cooling MAX COOL


The MAX COOL function is only available in
vehicles for the USA.
16 Canada only.
17 Depending on the outside temperature.
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MAX COOL is only operational when the The rear window heating has a high current
engine is running. draw. You should therefore switch it off as
When you activate MAX COOL, climate soon as the window is clear as it only switches
control switches to the following functions: off automatically after several minutes.
Rmaximum cooling If the battery voltage is too low, the rear
Rmaximum
window heating may switch off.
airflow
X Turn the SmartKey to position 2 in the
Rair-recirculation mode on
ignition lock.
X To activate: press the Ù button.
X Press the ¤ button.
The indicator lamp in the button lights up.
The indicator lamp in the ¤ button lights
X To deactivate: press the Ù button
up or goes out.
again.
The indicator lamp goes out. The previously
selected settings come into effect again.
Problems with the rear window heating
The rear window heating has deactivated

Climate control
itself prematurely or cannot be activated.
Defrosting the windows X Switch off any consumers that are not
required, e.g. reading lamps or interior
Windows fogged up on the inside
lighting.
X Activate the "cooling with air When the battery is sufficiently charged,
dehumidification" function ¿. the rear window heating is activated again
X Activate automatic mode Ã. automatically.
X If the windows continue to fog up, activate
the defrosting function (Y page 122).
Activating/deactivating air-
i You should only select this setting until recirculation mode
the windshield is clear again.
You can deactivate the flow of fresh air if
unpleasant odors are entering the vehicle
Windows fogged up on the outside from outside. The air already inside the
X Switch on the windshield wipers. vehicle will then be recirculated.
X Press the _ button repeatedly until the
G Warning
O or P symbol appears in the Fogged windows impair visibility,
display. endangering you and others. If the windows
i You should only select this setting until begin to fog on the inside, switching off the
the windshield is clear again. air recirculation mode immediately should
clear interior window fogging. If interior
window fogging persists, make sure the air
Rear window defroster conditioning is activated, or press the ¬
button.
Activating/deactivating
X Turn the SmartKey to position 2 in the
G Warning
ignition lock.
Any accumulation of snow and ice should be
X To activate: press the g button.
removed from the rear window before driving.
Visibility could otherwise be impaired, The indicator lamp in the g button lights
endangering you and others. up.

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i Air-recirculation mode is activated In order to ensure the direct flow of fresh air
automatically at high outside through the air vents into the vehicle interior,
temperatures. When air-recirculation mode please observe the following notes:
is activated automatically, the indicator Rkeep the air inlet between the windshield
lamp in the g button is not lit. and the hood free of blockages, such as ice,
Outside air is added after about 30 snow or leaves
minutes. Rnever cover the vents or air inlet and outlet
X To deactivate: press the g button. grilles in the vehicle interior.
The indicator lamp in the g button goes i For virtually draft-free ventilation, adjust
out. the sliders of the air vents to the center
i Air-recirculation mode switches off position.
automatically:
Rafter approximately five minutes if Setting the center air vents
outside temperatures are under about
Climate control

41 ‡ (5 †)
Rafter approximately five minutes if
cooling with air dehumidification is
deactivated
Rafter approximately 30 minutes if outside
temperatures are over about
41 ‡ (5 †)

Setting the air vents


: Center air vent, left
Important safety notes
; Center air vent, right
G Warning = Center vent thumbwheel, right
When operating the climate control, the air ? Center vent thumbwheel, left
that enters the passenger compartment
X To open/close: turn thumbwheels =
through the air vents can be very hot or very
cold (depending on the set temperature). This and ? up or down.
could cause burns or frostbite to unprotected
skin in the immediate area of the air vents.
Always keep sufficient distance between Setting the side air vents
unprotected parts of the body and the air
vents. If necessary, use the air distribution
adjustment to direct the air to air vents in the
vehicle interior that are not in the immediate
area of unprotected skin.
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X To open/close: turn thumbwheel = up or Setting the rear-compartment air


down. vents
i Side window defroster vent : is never Setting the center vents in the rear
completely shut, even if side air vent ; is compartment
shut.

Setting the air vent in the glove box


When automatic climate control is activated,
the glove box can be ventilated, for instance
to cool its contents. The level of airflow
depends on the airflow and air distribution
settings.
! Close the air vent when heating the

Climate control
vehicle. : Rear-compartment air vent thumbwheel
At high outside temperatures, open the air ; Rear-compartment air vent, right
vent and activate the "cooling with air = Rear-compartment air vent, left
dehumidification" function. Otherwise,
temperature-sensitive items stored in the X To open/close: turn thumbwheel : up or
glove box could be damaged. down.

: Air vent thumbwheel


; Air vent
X To open/close: turn thumbwheel :
clockwise or counter-clockwise.

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Vehicle equipment ............................ 128


Notes on breaking-in a new vehicle 128
Driving ............................................... 128
Automatic transmission ................... 134

Driving and parking


Refueling ............................................ 140
Parking ............................................... 142
Driving tips ........................................ 144
Driving systems ................................ 149
Off-road driving systems .................. 156
Towing a trailer ................................. 156
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Vehicle equipment Driving

i This manual describes all the standard Important safety notes


and optional equipment of your vehicle G Warning
which was available at the time of Make sure absolutely no objects are
Driving and parking

purchase. Country-specific differences are obstructing the pedals' range of movement.


possible. Bear in mind that your vehicle Keep the driver's footwell clear of all
may not feature all functions described obstacles. If there are any floormats or
here. This also refers to safety-related carpets in the footwell, make sure the pedals
systems and functions. still have sufficient clearance.
During sudden driving or braking maneuvers
Notes on breaking-in a new vehicle the objects could get caught between the
pedals. You could then no longer brake or
The first 1000 miles (1500 km) accelerate. This could lead to accidents and
injury.
The more you look after the engine when it is
new, the happier you will be with its
G Warning
performance in the future.
On slippery road surfaces, never downshift in
RDrive at varying vehicle speeds and engine order to obtain braking action. This could
speeds for the first 1000 miles (1500 km) result in drive wheel slip and reduced vehicle
for this reason. control. Your vehicle's ABS will not prevent
RAvoid overstraining the vehicle during this this type of loss of control.
period, e.g. driving at full throttle.
RChange gear in good time, at the latest G Warning
when the tachometer needle is 2/3 of the It is dangerous to shift AUTOTRONIC out of
way to the red area in the tachometer parking position P or neutral position N if the
display. engine speed is higher than idle speed. If your
RDo not manually shift to a lower gear to foot is not firmly on the brake pedal, the
brake the vehicle. vehicle could accelerate quickly forward or in
RIf possible, do not depress the accelerator reverse. You could lose control of the vehicle
and hit someone or something. Only shift into
pedal past the point of resistance
gear when the engine is idling normally and
(kickdown).
when your right foot is firmly on the brake
ROnly select shift ranges 3, 2 or 1 when
pedal.
driving slowly, e.g. in mountainous terrain.
RIdeally, drive program E should be selected ! Warm up the engine quickly. Do not use
for driving the first 1000 miles (1500 km). the engine's full performance until it has
After 1000 miles (1500 km) you may reached operating temperature.
gradually bring the vehicle up to full road and Only shift the automatic transmission to
engine speeds. the desired drive position when the vehicle
i Also observe these breaking-in notes is stationary.
when the vehicle's engine, front-axle Where possible, avoid spinning the drive
transmission or differential have been wheels when pulling away on slippery
replaced. roads. You could otherwise damage the
drive train.
i Always observe the respective limit
speeds.
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SmartKey positions If you cannot turn the SmartKey in the ignition


lock, the vehicle battery may not be charged
SmartKey sufficiently.
X Check the vehicle battery and charge if
necessary (Y page 254).

Driving and parking


or
X Jump-start the vehicle (Y page 256).

i The SmartKey can be turned in the


ignition lock even if it is not the correct
SmartKey for the vehicle. The ignition is not
switched on. The engine cannot be started.

KEYLESS-GO
g To remove the SmartKey
Vehicles with KEYLESS-GO are equipped with
(shift the transmission to position P)
a SmartKey with an integrated KEYLESS-GO
1 Power supply for some consumers, such function and a detachable Start/Stop button.
as the windshield wipers
The Start/Stop button must be inserted in the
2 Ignition (power supply for all consumers) ignition lock and the SmartKey must be in the
and drive position vehicle.
3 To start the engine Pressing the Start/Stop button several times
Once the ignition is switched on, all the in succession corresponds to the different
indicator lamps in the instrument cluster light key positions in the ignition lock. This is only
up. The indicator lamps of the low-beam the case if you are not depressing the brake
headlamps, high-beam headlamps, turn pedal.
signal lamps or front fog lamps only light up If you depress the brake pedal and press the
if the low-beam headlamps, high-beam Start/Stop button, the engine starts
headlamps, turn signal lamps or front fog immediately.
lamps are switched on. If an indicator lamp The Start/Stop button can be removed from
does not light up when the ignition is switched the ignition lock. Then you can insert the
on, check it and replace it if necessary. If an SmartKey in the ignition lock.
indicator lamp does not go out after starting
the engine or lights up while the vehicle is in i You do not have to remove the Start/Stop
motion, see (Y page 195). button from the ignition lock when you
If the SmartKey is in position 0 in the ignition leave the vehicle. However, you should
lock for an extended period of time, it can no always take the SmartKey with you when
longer be turned in the ignition lock. The leaving the vehicle. The vehicle can be
steering is then locked. To unlock, remove the started with the Start/Stop button and the
SmartKey and reinsert it in the ignition lock. electrical equipment can be operated while
the SmartKey is in the vehicle.
The steering is locked when you remove the
SmartKey from the ignition lock.
X Remove the SmartKey when the engine is
switched off.
The battery may otherwise discharge.

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i If you then open the driver's door when in


this position, the power supply is
deactivated.
X Position 2 (ignition): press Start/Stop
button : twice.
Driving and parking

i If you press Start/Stop button : once


when in this position and the driver's door
is open, the power supply is deactivated
again.
: Start/Stop button As soon as the ignition is switched on, all the
; Ignition lock indicator lamps in the instrument cluster light
up. The indicator lamps of the low-beam
X Insert Start/Stop button : into ignition headlamps, high-beam headlamps, turn
lock ;. signal lamps or front fog lamps only light up
if the low-beam headlamps, high-beam
i When you insert Start/Stop button :
headlamps, turn signal lamps or front fog
into ignition lock ;, the system requires a lamps are switched on. If an indicator lamp
detection time of two seconds before you does not light up when the ignition is switched
can use Start/Stop button :. on, check it and replace it if necessary. If an
X Shift the transmission to position P. indicator lamp does not go out after the
engine is started or if it lights up while the
X Do not press the brake pedal. vehicle is in motion, see (Y page 195).

Starting the engine


Important safety notes
G Warning
Inhalation of exhaust gas is hazardous to your
health. All exhaust gas contains carbon
monoxide (CO), and inhaling it can cause
unconsciousness and possible death.
Start/Stop button Do not run the engine in confined areas (such
= USA only as a garage) which are not properly ventilated.
If you think that exhaust gas fumes are
? Canada only
entering the vehicle while driving, have the
X Position 0: if Start/Stop button : has not cause determined and corrected
yet been pressed, this corresponds to the immediately. If you must drive under these
SmartKey being removed from the ignition. conditions, drive only with at least one
X Position 1: press Start/Stop button :. window fully open at all times.
You can now activate the windshield
! Do not depress the accelerator pedal
wipers, for example.
when starting the engine.
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Automatic transmission Pulling away


X Shift the transmission to position P. Automatic transmission
i The transmission position display in the G Warning
multifunction display shows P.
It is dangerous to shift AUTOTRONIC out of

Driving and parking


parking position P or neutral position N if the
Starting procedure with the SmartKey engine speed is higher than idle speed. If your
X Turn the SmartKey to position 3 in the foot is not firmly on the brake pedal, the
ignition lock (Y page 129) and release it as vehicle could accelerate quickly forward or in
soon as the engine is running. reverse. You could lose control of the vehicle
and hit someone or something. Only shift into
gear when the engine is idling normally and
Using KEYLESS-GO to start the engine
when your right foot is firmly on the brake
G Warning! pedal.
As long as the SmartKey is in your vehicle, the
i It is only possible to shift the transmission
vehicle can be started. Therefore, never leave
children unattended in the vehicle, as they
from position P to the desired position if
could otherwise accidentally start the engine. you depress the brake pedal. Only then is
the selector lever lock released.
When leaving the vehicle, always take the
SmartKey with you and lock the vehicle. Do X Depress the brake pedal and keep it
not leave children unattended in the vehicle, depressed.
or with access to an unlocked vehicle. A X Shift the transmission to position D or R.
child's unsupervised access to a vehicle could X Wait until the gear change is completed
result in an accident and/or serious personal before pulling away.
injury. X Release the parking brake (Y page 143).
X Release the brake pedal.
i The Start/Stop button can be used to
start the vehicle without inserting the X Carefully depress the accelerator pedal.
SmartKey in the ignition lock. The
! If a warning tone sounds and the
SmartKey must be in the vehicle.
Release Park. Brake message appears
X The Start/Stop button must be inserted in in the instrument cluster, the parking brake
the ignition lock. is still applied. Release the parking brake.
i To start the engine with the SmartKey i The vehicle locks centrally once you have
instead of with KEYLESS-GO, remove the pulled away. The locking knobs in the doors
Start/Stop button from the ignition lock. drop down.
X Depress the brake pedal and keep it You can open the doors from the inside at
depressed. any time.
X Press the Start/Stop button once You can also deactivate the automatic
(Y page 129). locking feature (Y page 173).
The engine starts. i Upshifts take place at higher engine
speeds after a cold start. This helps the
catalytic converter to reach its operating
temperature more quickly.

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Hill start assist


Hill start assist helps you when pulling away
forwards or in reverse on an uphill gradient.
It holds the vehicle for a short time after you
have removed your foot from the brake pedal.
Driving and parking

This gives you enough time to move your foot


from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal
and depress it before the vehicle begins to
roll.
G Warning
Never leave the vehicle when it is held by hill
start assist. After approximately one second,
hill start assist will no longer brake your
vehicle and it could roll away.

X Take your foot off the brake pedal.


i Once you have taken your foot off the
brake pedal, the vehicle is held for around
one second.
X Pull away.
Hill start assist will not function if:
Ryou are pulling away on a level road or a
downhill gradient.
Rthe transmission is in position N.
Rthe parking brake is applied.
RESP® is malfunctioning.
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Problems with the engine

Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


The engine does not RThere is a malfunction in the engine electronics.
start. The starter motor

Driving and parking


RThere is a malfunction in the fuel supply.
can be heard. X Turn the SmartKey back to position 0 in the ignition lock before
the next attempt to start with the SmartKey.
X Before the next starting attempt with KEYLESS-GO: shut all open
vehicle doors so that the signals from the SmartKey may be
better received.
or
X Pull the Start/Stop button out of the ignition.
X Use the SmartKey to start the engine, (Y page 131) as external
radio signals cause KEYLESS-GO to malfunction. Avoid
excessively long and frequent attempts to start the engine as
these will drain the battery.
If the engine does not start after several attempts:
X Consult a qualified specialist workshop.

The engine does not The on-board voltage is too low because the starter battery is too
start. You cannot hear weak or discharged.
the starter motor. X Jump-start the vehicle (Y page 256).

If the engine does not start despite attempts to jump-start it:


X Consult a qualified specialist workshop.

The starter motor was exposed to a thermal load that was too high.
X Allow the starter motor to cool down for approximately two
minutes.
X Try to start the engine again.

If the engine still does not start:


X Consult a qualified specialist workshop.

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Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


The engine is not There is a malfunction in the engine electronics or a mechanical
running smoothly and component of the engine management system.
is misfiring. X Only depress the accelerator pedal slightly.
Driving and parking

X Have the cause rectified immediately at a qualified specialist


workshop.
Otherwise, non-combusted fuel may get into the catalytic
converter and damage it.

The coolant The coolant level is too low. The coolant is too hot and the engine
temperature gauge is no longer being cooled sufficiently.
shows a value above X Stop as soon as possible and allow the engine and the coolant
248 ‡(120 †). to cool down.
X Check the coolant level (Y page 234). Observe the warning
notes as you do so and add coolant if necessary.

Automatic transmission Selector lever


Important safety notes Overview of transmission positions
G Warning
It is dangerous to shift AUTOTRONIC out of
parking position P or neutral position N if the
engine speed is higher than idle speed. If your
foot is not firmly on the brake pedal, the
vehicle could accelerate quickly forward or in
reverse. You could lose control of the vehicle
and hit someone or something. Only shift into
gear when the engine is idling normally and
when your right foot is firmly on the brake
pedal.
Selector lever
P Park position with selector lever lock
G Warning!
R Reverse
Keep in mind that turning off the engine alone
N Neutral
only will shift AUTOTRONIC into neutral
position N automatically. D Drive
Always shift AUTOTRONIC into park position
P before turning off the engine.
Otherwise the vehicle could roll away which
could result in an accident and/or serious
personal injury.
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Transmission position display Transmission positions


B Park position
Do not shift the transmission into
position P unless the vehicle is

Driving and parking


stationary. The parking lock should
not be used as a brake when
parking. In addition to engaging the
parking lock, you must always
apply the parking brake to secure
the vehicle.
The SmartKey can only be removed
: Transmission position display if the transmission is in position P.
Displays on the cover beside the selector If the SmartKey is removed from
lever also indicate the current position of the the ignition lock, the selector lever
selector lever. is locked.
The displays light up when the SmartKey is In the event of a fault in the vehicle
inserted in the ignition lock. The displays go electronics, the selector lever can
out when the SmartKey is removed from the be locked in position P. To release
ignition lock. the selector lever lock, see
"Releasing the parking lock
Drive program display manually" (Y page 139).
C Reverse
Only shift the transmission to R
when the vehicle is stationary.

: Drive program display

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A Neutral Driving tips


Do not shift the transmission to N Kickdown
while driving. The transmission
could otherwise be damaged. Use kickdown for maximum acceleration.
No power is transmitted from the X Vehicles for USA: fully depress the
Driving and parking

engine to the drive wheels. accelerator pedal.


Releasing the brakes will allow you The transmission shifts to a lower gear
to move the vehicle freely, e.g. to depending on the engine speed.
push it or tow it. X Vehicles for Canada: depress the

If ESP® is deactivated or faulty: accelerator pedal beyond the pressure


only shift the transmission to point.
position N if the vehicle is in danger The transmission shifts to a lower gear
of skidding, e.g. on icy roads. depending on the engine speed.

! Driving in neutral N can


Working on the vehicle
damage the drive train.
7 Drive G Warning
When working on the vehicle, engage the
The automatic transmission
parking brake and shift AUTOTRONIC into
changes gear automatically. All
park position P. Otherwise the vehicle could
forward gears are available.
roll away which could result in an accident
and/or serious personal injury.
Gearshifting
Trailer towing
The automatic transmission shifts to the
X When towing a trailer and driving downhill,
individual gears automatically when it is in
transmission position D. This automatic shift to a lower gear if the automatic
gearshifting behavior is determined by: transmission constantly shifts between
two gears.
Ra shift range restriction, if selected
X Engaging a lower gear and reducing the
Rthe selected drive program speed reduces the risk of the engine
E/S (Y page 137) overheating.
Rthe position of the accelerator pedal
Rthe road speed
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Program selector button Shift ranges


Introduction
When the automatic transmission is in
position D, it is possible to restrict or

Driving and parking


derestrict the shift range (Y page 137).
The shift range selected is shown in the
multifunction display. The automatic
transmission shifts only as far as the selected
gear.
Driving situations
Program selector button = You can use the engine's braking
E Economy Comfortable, economical effect.
driving 5 To use the braking effect of the
S Sport Sporty driving style engine on downhill gradients and
for driving:
Ron steep mountain roads
i For further information on "Automatic
drive program" (Y page 137). Rin mountainous terrain
Rin arduous conditions
X Press program selector button :
repeatedly until the letter for the desired 4 To use the braking effect of the
gearshift program appears in the engine on extremely steep downhill
multifunction display. gradients and on long downhill
stretches

Automatic drive program Restricting the shift range


Drive program E is characterized by the X Press the selector lever to the left towards
following: D–.
Rthe vehicle pulling away more gently in The shift range is restricted.
forward and reverse gears, unless the
accelerator pedal is depressed fully i In order to prevent the engine from
Rincreased sensitivity, which improves overrevving, the automatic transmission
driving stability on slippery road surfaces, does not shift down when the engine speed
for example is too high.
Rthe automatic transmission shifting up i If the maximum engine speed for the shift
sooner, which results in the vehicle being range is reached and you continue to
driven at lower engine speeds and the accelerate, the automatic transmission
wheels being less likely to spin shifts up in order to prevent the engine
In drive program S, the automatic from overrevving, even if the shift range is
transmission shifts up later. restricted.

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Derestricting the shift range


X Briefly press the selector lever to the right
towards D+.
The shift range is derestricted.
Driving and parking

Clearing the shift range restriction


X Press and hold the selector lever towards
D+ until D is shown once more in the
multifunction display.
The automatic transmission shifts from the
current shift range directly to D.

Selecting the ideal shift range


X Press the selector lever to the left towards
D– and hold it in position.
The automatic transmission shifts to the
gear which allows ideal acceleration and
deceleration. To do this, the automatic
transmission shifts down one or more
gears.
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Problems with the transmission

Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


The acceleration ability The transmission is in emergency mode.
is deteriorating.

Driving and parking


It is only possible to shift into 2nd gear and reverse gear.
The transmission no X Stop the vehicle.
longer changes gear. X Shift the transmission to position P.
X Switch off the engine.
X Wait at least 10 seconds before restarting the engine.
X Shift the transmission to position D or R.
If D is selected, the transmission shifts into 2nd gear; if R is
selected, the transmission shifts into reverse gear.
X Have the transmission checked at a qualified specialist
workshop immediately.

Releasing the parking lock manually cloth) from the right-hand edge, pulling it
up and out.
In the event of an electrical malfunction, it is
X Press release button ; down and
possible to release the selector lever lock
manually to move it out of position P, e.g. if simultaneously move the selector lever out
you wish to tow the vehicle away. of position P.
The selector lever can now be moved freely
until it is returned to position P.

Transfer case
This section is only valid for vehicles with 4-
wheel drive (4MATIC). Power is always
transmitted to both axles.
! Performance tests may only be carried
out on a 2-axle dynamometer. The brake
system or transfer case could otherwise be
! Do not use any sharp-edged objects to damaged. Contact an authorized
remove the selector lever cover in the Mercedes-Benz Center for a performance
center console. This can damage the test. Mercedes-Benz recommends that you
selector lever cover. use an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center
X Depress the parking brake firmly. for this purpose.
X Pry out selector lever gaiter : with a flat,
blunt object (e.g. a screwdriver wrapped in

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! To prevent ESP® from intervening, the have the fuel tank and fuel lines drained
ignition must be switched off (SmartKey in completely.
position 0 or 1) if:
Rthe parking brake is being tested on a
Gasoline
brake dynamometer.
Driving and parking

Rthe vehicle is being towed with only one Fuel grade


axle raised (not permitted for vehicles
! You should only refuel with unleaded
with 4MATIC).
premium-grade gasoline as this avoids
The brake system could otherwise be damaging the catalytic converter.
damaged.
If engine running problems are apparent,
have the cause checked immediately and
Refueling repaired. Excess unburned fuel can
otherwise enter the catalytic converter,
Important safety notes leading to overheating and possibly
causing a fire.
G Warning
Gasoline is highly flammable and poisonous.
i Only refuel with unleaded premium-grade
It burns violently and can cause serious gasoline with a specified minimum octane
personal injury. number of 91 (average value of 96 RON/
86 MON).
Never allow sparks, flames or smoking
materials near gasoline. Usually you will find information about the
fuel grade on the pump. If you cannot find
Turn off the engine before refueling.
the label on the gasoline pump, ask the gas
Whenever you are around gasoline, avoid station staff.
inhaling fumes and any skin or clothing
You can find further information under
contact.
"Fuel" (Y page 296), by consulting an
Direct skin contact with fuels and the authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or
inhalation of fuel vapors are damaging to your visiting http://www.mbusa.com (USA
health. only).

G Warning
Overfilling of the fuel tank may create Refueling
pressure in the system which could cause a
gas discharge. This could cause the gasoline Fuel filler flap
to spray back out when removing the fuel The fuel filler flap is unlocked or locked
pump nozzle, which could cause personal automatically when you open or close the
injury. vehicle with the SmartKey or using KEYLESS-
GO.
! Do not use diesel to refuel vehicles with a
The position of the fuel filler flap is to the rear
gasoline engine. Even small amounts of the
on the right. The position of the fuel filler cap
wrong fuel result in damage to the fuel
is displayed in the instrument cluster 8.
system and engine.
The arrow next to the gas pump indicates the
! Do not switch on the ignition if you side of the vehicle.
accidentally refuel with the wrong fuel.
Otherwise, the fuel will enter the fuel lines.
Notify a qualified specialist workshop and
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! Overfilling the fuel tank could damage the


fuel system.

Closing
XReplace the fuel filler cap and turn it

Driving and parking


clockwise. The fuel filler cap audibly
engages.
i Close the fuel filler flap before locking the
vehicle. A locking pin otherwise prevents
the fuel filler flap from closing after the
: To open the fuel filler flap vehicle has been locked.
; To insert the fuel filler cap X Close the fuel filler flap.
= Tire pressure table
? Fuel type
Emergency fuel filler flap release
Opening
G Warning!
X Switch off the engine. Avoid contact with the vehicle walls as they
may contain sharp edges. Otherwise, you
i When the engine is running and the fuel
could injure yourself while releasing the fuel
filler flap is open, the ; engine
filler flap.
diagnostics warning lamp may light up.
For further information on warning and The emergency release is located behind the
indicator lamps in the instrument cluster, side trim panel in the cargo compartment.
see (Y page 200). X Open the tailgate.
X Remove the SmartKey from the ignition X Open the right-hand side trim panel
lock. (Y page 112).
KEYLESS-GO: the driver's door is open.
This returns the ignition to position 0,
which corresponds to the SmartKey being
removed. The driver's door can be closed
again.
X Press the fuel filler flap in the direction of
arrow :.
The fuel filler flap opens slightly.
X Open the fuel filler flap.
X Turn the fuel filler cap counter-clockwise
and remove it.
X Pull emergency release :.
X Insert the fuel filler cap into the holder
bracket on the inside of filler flap ;. The fuel filler flap is unlocked.
X Open the fuel filler flap.
X Completely insert the filler neck of the fuel
pump nozzle into the tank and refuel.
X Only fill the tank until the pump nozzle
switches off.

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Problems with the fuel and fuel tank

Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


Fuel is leaking from the G Risk of explosion or fire
vehicle.
Driving and parking

The fuel line or the fuel tank is defective.


X Turn the key to position 0(Y page 129) in the ignition lock
immediately and remove it.
X Do not restart the engine under any circumstances.
X Consult a qualified specialist workshop.

The fuel filler flap The fuel filler flap is not unlocked.
cannot be opened. or
The key batteries are discharged.
X Unlock the vehicle using the mechanical key (Y page 71).
X Open the tailgate.
X Manually unlock the fuel filler flap using the emergency release
(Y page 141).

The fuel filler flap is unlocked, but the opening mechanism is


jammed.
X Manually unlock the fuel filler flap using the emergency release
(Y page 141).
X Consult a qualified specialist workshop.

Parking RSlowly release the brake pedal.


RWhen parked on an incline, always turn the
Important safety notes
front wheels towards the road curb.
G Warning! RTurn the SmartKey in the starter switch to
Do not park this vehicle in areas where position 0 and remove the SmartKey from
combustible materials such as grass, hay or the starter switch, or press the KEYLESS-
leaves can come into contact with the hot GO start/stop button.
exhaust system. These materials could be RTake the SmartKey with you and lock the
ignited and cause a vehicle fire. vehicle when leaving.
Vehicle movement may result in serious
personal injury or damage to the vehicle or
vehicle drivetrain. Therefore, always do the Switching off the engine
following before turning off the engine and
leaving the vehicle: Important safety notes
RKeep right foot on the brake pedal. G Warning
REngage the parking brake. Do not turn off the engine before the vehicle
RShift the automatic transmission into park has come to a complete stop. With the engine
position P. not running, there is no power assistance for
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the brake and steering systems. In this case, Parking brake


it is important to keep in mind that a
considerably higher degree of effort is G Warning
necessary to brake and steer the vehicle. Engaging the parking brake while the vehicle
is in motion can cause the rear wheels to lock

Driving and parking


up. You could lose control of the vehicle and
Vehicles with automatic transmission
cause an accident. In addition, the vehicle's
X Apply the parking brake firmly. brake lights do not light up when the parking
X Shift the transmission to position P. brake is engaged.

Using the SmartKey G Warning!


X Turn the SmartKey to position 0 in the When leaving the vehicle, always remove the
ignition lock and remove it. SmartKey from the starter switch, take it with
The immobilizer is activated. you, and lock the vehicle. Do not leave
children unattended in the vehicle, or with
i The SmartKey can only be removed if the access to an unlocked vehicle. Children could
transmission is in position P. release the parking brake and/or shift the
Using KEYLESS-GO automatic transmission out of park position
P, either of which could result in an accident
X Press the Start/Stop button (Y page 129).
and/or serious personal injury.
When the driver's door is closed, the Start/
Stop button is in position 1. When the
driver's door is opened, the Start/Stop
button moves to position 0. This
corresponds to removing the SmartKey.
If you attempt to turn off the engine when the
selector lever is not in position P, a warning
signal sounds.
Observe the messages in the multifunction
display.
i In an emergency, you can turn off the
engine while the vehicle is in motion by X To apply: depress parking brake ; firmly.
pressing and holding the Start/Stop button When the engine is running, the $ (USA
for three seconds. only) or J (Canada only) indicator lamp
If you have started the engine with the Start/ lights up in the instrument cluster.
Stop button and it cannot be switched off as X To release: depress the brake pedal and
described: keep it depressed.
X remove the Start/Stop button from the X Pull release handle :.
ignition lock. When the ignition is switched on or the
X insert the SmartKey into the ignition lock. engine is running, the $ (USA only) or
The engine stops. The ignition lock is in J (Canada only) indicator lamp goes out
position 0. in the instrument cluster.

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Parking up the vehicle Bear in mind that at a speed of just 30 mph


(approximately 50 km/h), your vehicle is
If you leave the vehicle parked up for longer
covering a distance of 44 feet (approximately
than four weeks, the battery may be damaged
14 m) every second.
by exhaustive discharge.
X Disconnect the battery or connect it to a
Driving and parking

trickle charger.
Drive sensibly – save fuel
i You can obtain information about trickle To save fuel, observe the following notes:
chargers from a qualified specialist X Keep tires at the recommended inflation
workshop, e.g. an authorized Mercedes- pressures.
Benz Center. X Remove unnecessary cargo.
If you leave the vehicle parked up for longer X Remove the roof rack when not in use.
than six weeks, the vehicle may suffer
X Maintain a low engine speed until the
damage as a result of lack of use.
engine is warm.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop and
X Avoid frequent acceleration and
seek advice.
deceleration.
X Have all maintenance work performed at
the service intervals specified in the
Driving tips
Service Booklet or indicated by the service
General driving tips interval indicator.
Fuel consumption is also increased by driving
Important safety notes
in cold weather, in stop-and-go traffic, on
G Warning short trips and in mountainous areas.
Please do not forget that your primary
responsibility is to drive the vehicle. A driver's Drinking and driving
attention to the road must always be his/her
G Warning
primary focus when driving. For your safety
and the safety of others, we recommend that Drinking and driving and/or taking drugs and
you pull over to a safe location and stop driving are very dangerous combinations.
before placing or taking a telephone call. Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs can
affect your reflexes, perceptions and
If you use the telephone18 while driving, judgment.
please use the hands-free device and only use
The possibility of a serious or even fatal
the telephone when road, weather and traffic
accident are greatly increased when you drink
conditions permit. Some jurisdictions prohibit
or take drugs and drive.
the driver from using a mobile telephone while
driving a vehicle. Do not drink or take drugs and drive or allow
anyone to drive who has been drinking or
Only operate the audio system or
taking drugs.
COMAND18 (Cockpit Management and Data
System) if road, weather and traffic
conditions permit. Otherwise, you may not be Pedals
able to observe traffic conditions and could
G Warning
endanger yourself and others.
Make sure absolutely no objects are
obstructing the pedals' range of movement.

18 Observe all legal requirements.


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Keep the driver's footwell clear of all The engine settings must not be changed in
obstacles. If there are any floormats or any circumstances. Furthermore, all specific
carpets in the footwell, make sure that the service work must be carried out at regular
pedals still have sufficient clearance. intervals and in accordance with the
During sudden driving or braking maneuvers, Mercedes-Benz service requirements. Details

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the objects could get caught between the can be found in the Service Booklet.
pedals. You could then no longer brake or
accelerate. This could lead to accidents and
injury. Brakes
Important safety notes
Coasting with the engine switched off
G Warning
G Warning! On slippery road surfaces, never downshift in
There is no power assistance for the steering order to obtain braking action. This could
and the brake when the engine is not running. result in drive wheel slip and reduced vehicle
Steering and braking requires significantly control. Your vehicle's ABS will not prevent
more effort and you could lose control of the this type of loss of control.
vehicle and cause an accident as a result.
Do not turn off the engine while the vehicle is G Warning
in motion. Make sure that you do not endanger other
road users when you apply the brakes.
Exhaust check
Downhill gradients
G Warning
! On long and steep gradients, you must
Inhalation of exhaust gas is hazardous to your
reduce the cargo on the brakes by shifting
health. All exhaust gas contains carbon
to a lower gear in good time. This allows
monoxide (CO), and inhaling it can cause
you to take advantage of engine braking
unconsciousness and possible death.
and helps you to avoid overheating the
Do not run the engine in confined areas (such brakes and wearing them out excessively.
as a garage) which are not properly ventilated.
When you take advantage of engine
If you think that exhaust gas fumes are
braking, a drive wheel may not turn for
entering the vehicle while driving, have the
some time, e.g. on a slippery road surface.
cause determined and corrected
This could cause damage to the drive train.
immediately. If you must drive under these
Such damage is not covered by the
conditions, drive only with at least one
Mercedes-Benz warranty.
window fully open at all times.

Certain engine systems are designed to keep Heavy and light loads
the level of poisonous components in exhaust
G Warning
fumes within legal limits.
Depressing the brake pedal constantly results
These systems only work optimally if they are
in excessive and premature wear to the brake
maintained exactly in accordance with the
pads.
manufacturer's specifications. For this
reason, all work on the engine must be carried It may also cause the brakes to overheat,
out by qualified and authorized Mercedes- seriously impairing their effectiveness. It may
Benz technicians. then not be possible to stop the vehicle in
sufficient time to avoid an accident.

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If the brakes have been subjected to a heavy Maintenance of the brakes


cargo, do not stop the vehicle immediately,
! If the red brake warning lamp lights up in
but drive on for a short while. This allows the
the instrument cluster and you hear a
airflow to cool the brakes more quickly.
warning tone while the engine is running,
the brake fluid level may be too low.
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Wet roads
Observe additional warning messages in
G Warning the multifunction display.
After driving in heavy rain for some time The brake fluid level may be too low due to
without applying the brakes or through water brake pad wear or leaking brake lines.
deep enough to wet brake components, the Have the brake system checked
first braking action may be somewhat immediately. This work should be carried
reduced. You have to depress the brake pedal out at an authorized Mercedes-Benz
more firmly. Maintain a safe distance from Center.
vehicles in front. All checks and maintenance work on the
brake system must be carried out at a
After driving on a wet road or having the
qualified specialist workshop. This work
vehicle washed, brake firmly while paying
should be carried out at an authorized
attention to the traffic conditions. This will
Mercedes-Benz Center.
warm up the brake discs, thereby drying them
more quickly and protecting them against Only install brake pads and use brake fluid
corrosion. recommended by Mercedes-Benz.
G Warning
Limited braking performance on salt If other than recommended brake pads are
treated roads installed, or other than recommended brake
fluid is used, the braking properties of the
G Warning
vehicle can be degraded to an extent that safe
The layer of salt on the brake discs and the
braking is substantially impaired. This could
brake pads/linings may cause a delay in the
result in an accident.
braking effect, resulting in a significantly
longer braking distance, which could lead to ! Vehicles with 4MATIC: a function or
an accident. performance test may only be carried out
To avoid this danger, you should: on a two-axle dynamometer. If you are
Roccasionally brake carefully, without planning to have the vehicle tested on such
putting other road users at risk, when you a dynamometer, contact an authorized
are driving on salted roads. This helps to Mercedes-Benz Center to obtain further
remove any salt that may have started to information first. Otherwise, the drive train
build up on the brake discs and the brake or the brake system may suffer damage.
pads/linings.
! As the ESP® system operates
Rmaintain a greater distance to the vehicle
automatically, the engine and the ignition
ahead and drive with particular care. must be switched off (SmartKey in position
Rcarefully apply the brakes at the end of a 0 or 1 in the ignition lock) when:
trip and immediately after commencing a Rtesting the parking brake on a brake
new trip, so that salt residues are removed
dynamometer.
from the brake discs.
Ryou intend to have the vehicle towed with
the front or rear axle raised (not
permitted for vehicles with 4MATIC).
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Braking maneuvers triggered automatically Driving on wet roads


by ESP® may seriously damage the brake
system. Hydroplaning
If your brake system is only subjected to If water has accumulated to a certain depth
moderate loads, you should regularly test on the road surface, there is a danger of

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your brake system's function by forcefully hydroplaning occurring, even if:
depressing the brake pedal when driving at Ryou drive at low speeds
high speed. This will give the brake pads Rthe tires have adequate tread depth
better grip.
For this reason, in the event of heavy rain or
G Warning in conditions in which hydroplaning can occur
Make sure that you do not endanger other you must drive in the following manner:
road users when you apply the brakes. RLower your speed
RAvoid ruts
You can find a description of Brake Assist
(BAS) on (Y page 62). RBrake carefully

Parking brake Driving on flooded roads


If you drive on wet roads or dirt-covered ! Do not drive through flooded areas.
surfaces, road salt and/or dirt could get into Check the depth of any water before driving
the parking brake. through it. Drive slowly through standing
In order to prevent corrosion and a reduction water. Otherwise, water may enter the
in the braking power of the parking brake, vehicle interior or the engine compartment.
observe the following: This can damage the electronic
components in the engine or AUTOTRONIC.
Rgently depress the parking brake from time
Water can also be drawn in by the engine's
to time before beginning the journey. air suction nozzles and this can cause
Rdrive approximately 110 yd (100 m) engine damage.
without exceeding a speed of 12 mph
Prevent water from entering the vehicle
(20 km/h).
interior or engine compartment. If you have
G Warning! to drive through standing water, please note
While performing this procedure please that:
assure that the vehicle is stopped before Rthe maximum permissible still water depth
applying the parking brake. Otherwise the is 12 in. (30 cm).
rear wheels could lock up. You could lose Ryou should drive no faster than at walking
control of the vehicle and cause an accident. pace.
In addition, the vehicle’s brake lights do not
light up when the parking brake is engaged.
Make sure not to endanger any other road Winter driving
users when you engage the parking brake.
Important safety notes
Have your vehicle winterproofed at a qualified
specialist workshop, e.g. at an authorized
Mercedes-Benz Center, at the onset of
winter.

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Observe the notes in the "Winter operation" Snow chains


section (Y page 149).
For safety reasons, Mercedes-Benz
recommends that you only use snow chains
Winter tires which have been specially approved for your
At temperatures below 45 ‡(+7 †), use vehicle by Mercedes-Benz, or are of a
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winter tires or all-season tires. Both types of corresponding standard of quality.


tire are identified by the M+S marking. ! There is not enough space for snow
Only winter tires also bearing the i chains on some wheel sizes. Observe the
snowflake symbol next to the M+S marking information under "Tires and wheels" in the
provide the best possible grip in wintry road "Technical Data" section to avoid damage
conditions. Only these tires will allow driving to the vehicle or the wheels.
safety systems such as ABS and ESP® to ROnly use snow chains when driving on an
function optimally in winter, as these tires
area completely covered by snow. Do not
have been designed specifically for driving on
exceed the maximum permissible speed of
snow.
30 mph (50 km/h). Remove the snow
Use M+S tires of the same make and tread on chains as soon as possible when you are no
all wheels to maintain safe handling longer driving on snow-covered roads.
characteristics. RLocal regulations may restrict the use of
G Warning snow chains. Applicable regulations must
M+S tires with a tread depth of less than 1/6 be observed if you wish to mount snow
chains.
inch (4 mm) must be replaced. They are no
RSnow chains must not be mounted on
longer suitable for winter operation.
emergency spare wheels.
Always observe the maximum permissible If you intend to mount snow chains, please
speed specified for the M+S tires you have bear the following points in mind:
mounted. Ryou may not attach snow chains to all
Once you have installed the winter tires: wheel-tire combinations; see the "Tires and
X Check the tire pressures (Y page 269). wheels" section in the "Technical data"
X Restart the tire pressure monitor chapter.
Rmount snow chains only in pairs and only
(Y page 271).
on the rear wheels. Observe the
G Warning manufacturer's installation instructions.
If you use your spare wheel when M+S tires ! If snow chains are mounted on the front
are fitted on the other wheels, be aware that
wheels, the snow chains could grind
the difference in tire characteristics may very
against the bodywork or components of the
well impair turning stability and that overall
chassis. This could result in damage to the
driving stability may be reduced. Adapt your
vehicle or the tires.
driving style accordingly.
Have the spare wheel replaced by a regular ! Vehicles with steel wheels
road wheel with an M+S tire at the nearest If you wish to mount snow chains to steel
authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. wheels, make sure that you remove the
respective wheels' hubcaps first. The
hubcaps may otherwise be damaged.
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i You may wish to deactivate G Warning


ESP®(Y page 63) when pulling away with Make sure that you do not endanger other
snow chains installed. This way you can road users when you apply the brakes.
allow the wheels to spin in a controlled
manner, achieving an increased driving

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force (cutting action). Driving abroad
Slippery road surfaces An extensive Mercedes-Benz Service network
is also available in other countries. The
G Warning Service Hotline's current telephone numbers
If the vehicle becomes stuck in snow, make for use when you are abroad are to be found
sure snow is kept clear of the exhaust pipe in the "Service24h" section of the Service
and from around the vehicle with the engine Booklet.
running. Otherwise, deadly carbon monoxide
(CO) gases may enter vehicle interior
resulting in unconsciousness and death. Driving systems
To assure sufficient fresh air ventilation, open Cruise control
a window slightly on the side of the vehicle
not facing the wind. Important safety notes
Cruise control maintains a constant road
G Warning!
speed for you. It brakes automatically in order
The outside temperature indicator is not to avoid exceeding the set speed. On long and
designed to serve as an ice-warning device steep downhill gradients, especially if the
and is therefore unsuitable for that purpose. vehicle is laden or towing a trailer, you must
Indicated temperatures just above the select shift range 1, 2 or 3 in good time. By
freezing point do not guarantee that the road doing so, you will make use of the braking
surface is free of ice. The road may still be icy, effect of the engine, which relieves the load
especially in wooded areas or on bridges. on the brake system and prevents the brakes
from overheating and wearing too quickly.
G Warning Use cruise control only if road and traffic
On slippery road surfaces, never downshift in conditions make it appropriate to maintain a
order to obtain braking action. This could steady speed for a prolonged period. You can
result in drive wheel slip and reduced vehicle store any road speed above 20 mph
control. Your vehicle's ABS will not prevent (30 km/h).
this type of loss of control.
G Warning
You should drive particularly carefully on The cruise control is a convenience system
slippery road surfaces. Avoid sudden designed to assist the driver during vehicle
acceleration, steering and braking operation. The driver is and must always
maneuvers. Do not use cruise control. remain responsible for the vehicle's speed
If the vehicle threatens to skid or cannot be and for safe brake operation.
stopped when moving at low speed: Only use the cruise control if the road, traffic,
X Shift the transmission to position N. and weather conditions make it advisable to
travel at a constant speed.
i For more information on driving with RThe use of the cruise control can be
snow chains, see (Y page 148). dangerous on winding roads or in heavy

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traffic because conditions do not allow safe Storing and maintaining the current
driving at a constant speed. speed
RThe use of the cruise control can be You can store the current speed if you are
dangerous on slippery roads. Rapid driving faster than 20 mph (30 km/h).
changes in tire traction can result in wheel X Accelerate the vehicle to the desired
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spin and loss of control.


speed.
RDeactivate the cruise control when driving
X Briefly press the cruise control lever
in fog.
up : or down ; to the pressure point.
The "Resume" function should only be
X Remove your foot from the accelerator
operated if the driver is fully aware of the
pedal.
previously set speed and wishes to resume
Cruise control is activated. The vehicle
this particular preset speed.
automatically maintains the stored speed.
G Warning! i Cruise control may be unable to maintain
The cruise control brakes automatically so the stored speed on uphill gradients. The
that the set speed is not exceeded. stored speed is resumed when the gradient
evens out. Cruise control maintains the
i Cruise control should not be activated stored speed on downhill gradients by
during off-road driving. automatically applying the brakes.

Cruise control lever Storing the current speed or calling up


the last stored speed
G Warning
The set speed stored in memory should only
be set again if prevailing road conditions and
legal speed limits permit. Possible
acceleration or deceleration differences
arising from returning to the preset speed
could cause an accident and/or serious injury
to you and others.

X Briefly pull the cruise control lever towards


: To store the current speed or a higher
speed you ?.
; To store the current speed or a lower X Remove your foot from the accelerator

speed pedal.
= To deactivate cruise control The first time cruise control is activated, it
stores the current speed or regulates the
? To store the current speed or to call up
speed of the vehicle to the previously
the last stored speed stored speed.
When you activate cruise control, the stored
speed is shown in the multifunction display
for five seconds. In the multifunction display,
the segments between the stored speed and
the maximum speed light up.
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Setting a speed Deactivating cruise control


G Warning There are several ways to deactivate cruise
Keep in mind that it may take a brief moment control:
until the vehicle has made the necessary X Briefly press the cruise control lever

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adjustments. forwards =.
Increase or decrease the set vehicle speed to or
a value that the prevailing road conditions and X Brake.
legal speed limits permit. Otherwise, sudden
and unexpected acceleration or deceleration Cruise control is automatically deactivated if:
of the vehicle could cause an accident and/ Ryou depress the parking brake.
or serious injury to you and others. Ryou are driving below 20 mph (30 km/h).
RESP® intervenes or you deactivate ESP®.
X Press the cruise control lever to the
Ryou shift the transmission to position N
pressure point, up : for a higher speed or
down ; for a lower speed. while driving.
X Keep the cruise control lever pressed until If cruise control is deactivated, you will hear
the desired speed is reached. a warning tone. You will see the Cruise
control off message in the multifunction
X Release the cruise control lever.
display for approximately five seconds.
The new speed is stored.
i The last speed stored is cleared when you
i Cruise control is not deactivated if you switch off the engine.
depress the accelerator pedal. For
example, if you accelerate briefly to
overtake, cruise control adjusts the PARKTRONIC
vehicle's speed to the last speed stored
after you have finished overtaking. Important safety notes

Setting in 1 mph (Canada: 1 km/h) G Warning!


increments The PARKTRONIC is a supplemental system.
It is not intended to, nor does it replace, the
X Briefly press the cruise control lever to the need for extreme care. The responsibility
pressure point, up : for a higher speed or during parking and other critical maneuvers
down ; for a lower speed. always remains with the driver.
The last speed stored is increased or
reduced. G Warning!
Make sure no persons or animals are in or
Setting in 5 mph (Canada: 10 km/h) near the area in which you are parking/
increments maneuvering. Otherwise, they could be
injured.
X Briefly press the cruise control lever
beyond the pressure point, up : for a PARKTRONIC is an electronic parking aid with
higher speed or down ; for a lower speed. ultrasonic sensors. It indicates visually and
The last speed stored is increased or audibly the distance between your vehicle
reduced. and an object.

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PARKTRONIC is activated automatically when


you:
Rswitch on the ignition.
Rshift the transmission to position D, R or
N.
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Rrelease the parking brake.


PARKTRONIC is deactivated at speeds above
11 mph (18 km/h). It is reactivated at lower
speeds.
PARKTRONIC monitors the area around your
vehicle using six sensors in the front bumper Top view
and four sensors in the rear bumper. Front sensors
Center Approx. 40 in (100 cm)
Corners Approx. 24 in (60 cm)

Rear sensors
Center Approx. 48 in (120 cm)
Corners Approx. 32 in (80 cm)

! When parking, pay particular attention to


: Sensors in the front bumper, left-hand
objects above or below the sensors, such
as flower pots or trailer drawbars.
side (example)
PARKTRONIC does not detect such objects
when they are in the immediate vicinity of
Range of the sensors
the vehicle. You could damage the vehicle
The sensors must be free of dirt, ice and or the objects.
slush; otherwise they may not function Ultrasonic sources such as an automatic
correctly. Clean the sensors regularly, taking car wash, a truck's compressed-air brakes
care not to scratch or damage them or a pneumatic drill could cause
(Y page 240). PARKTRONIC to malfunction.
Minimum distance
If there is an obstacle within this range, all
warning displays light up and a warning tone
sounds. If the distance falls below the
minimum, the distance may no longer be
shown.

Warning displays
The warning displays show the distance
between the sensors and the obstacle. The
Side view
warning display for the front area is located
on the dashboard above the center air vents.
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The warning display for the rear area is From the:


located on the headliner in the rear Rsixthsegment onwards, you will hear an
compartment. intermittent warning tone for
approximately two seconds.
Rseventh segment onwards, you will hear a

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warning tone for approximately two
seconds. This indicates that you have now
reached the minimum distance.

Deactivating/activating PARKTRONIC

Warning display for the front area


: Segments on the left-hand side of the
vehicle
; Segments on the right-hand side of the
vehicle
= Segments showing operational readiness
The warning display for each side of the
vehicle is divided into five yellow and two red : To deactivate/activate PARKTRONIC
segments. PARKTRONIC is operational if ; Indicator lamp
yellow segments showing operational
readiness = light up. If indicator lamp ; lights up, PARKTRONIC is
deactivated.
The selected transmission position
determines which warning display is active i PARKTRONIC is automatically activated
when the engine is running. when you turn the SmartKey to position 2
in the ignition lock.
Transmission Warning display
position
Towing a trailer
D Front area activated PARKTRONIC is deactivated for the rear area
R or N Rear and front areas when you establish an electrical connection
activated between your vehicle and a trailer.

P No areas activated ! Fold in the ball coupling if the trailer tow


hitch is not required. PARKTRONIC
measures the minimum detection range to
One or more segments light up as the vehicle
an obstacle from the bumper, not the ball
approaches an obstacle, depending on the
coupling.
vehicle's distance from the obstacle.

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Problems with PARKTRONIC

Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


Only the red segments PARKTRONIC has malfunctioned and has switched off.
in the PARKTRONIC X If problems persist, have PARKTRONIC checked at a qualified
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warning displays are lit. specialist workshop.


You also hear a warning
tone for approximately
two seconds.
PARKTRONIC is
deactivated after
approximately
20 seconds, and the
indicator lamp in the
PARKTRONIC button
lights up.

Only the red segments The PARKTRONIC sensors are dirty or there is interference.
in the PARKTRONIC X Clean the PARKTRONIC sensors (Y page 240).
warning displays are lit. X
Switch the ignition back on.
PARKTRONIC is
deactivated after The problem may be caused by an external source of radio or
approximately 20 ultrasound waves.
seconds.
X See if PARKTRONIC functions in a different location.

Rear view camera


Important safety notes
The rear view camera is an optical parking aid.
It shows the area behind your vehicle in the
COMAND display.
G Warning!
Make sure no persons or animals are in or
near the area in which you are parking/
maneuvering. Otherwise, they could be
injured. : Rear view camera

The rear view camera is located in the handle View through the camera
strip of the tailgate.
The area behind the vehicle is displayed as a
mirror image, as in the rear-view mirror.
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G Warning! Do not use the rear view camera in these


The rear view camera is only an aid and may situations. Otherwise you could injure
display obstacles yourself or others and/or damage property
including your vehicle while parking/
Rfrom a distorted perspective
maneuvering.

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Rinaccurately
Rmay not display obstacles at all Activating the rear view camera
The rear view camera does not relieve you of
X Make sure that the SmartKey is in
the responsibility to be cautious. Take care
and pay careful attention. The rear view position 2 in the ignition lock.
camera may not show objects which are X Make sure that the "rear view camera"

Rvery
function is selected in COMAND (see the
close to the rear bumper
separate operating instructions for
Runder the rear bumper COMAND).
Rabove the tailgate handle
X Engage reverse gear.
You are responsible for safety at all times and The area behind the vehicle is shown in the
must continue to pay attention to the COMAND display with guide lines.
immediate surroundings when parking and
maneuvering. This includes the area behind, Guide lines in the COMAND display
in front of, and beside the vehicle. Otherwise G Warning!
you could endanger yourself and/or others.
Use of rear view camera can be dangerous if
you are color-blind or have impaired color
G Warning!
vision.
The rear view camera either will not function
Only use rear view camera if you can see and
or will not function to its full capability if
distinguish all colored guidelines shown by
Rthe tailgate is open
rear view camera on the COMAND system
Rit is raining very hard, snowing or foggy display.
Rit is night or you are parking/maneuvering
your vehicle in an area where it is very dark G Warning
Rthe camera is exposed to a very bright white Please note that objects that do not touch the
light ground may appear to be further away than
Rthe immediate surroundings are they actually are, for example:
illuminated with fluorescent light (the Rthe bumper of a vehicle parked behind you
display may flicker) Rthe trailer drawbar
Rthere is a sudden change in temperature,
Rthe ball coupling of a trailer tow hitch
e.g. if you drive into a heated garage from
Rthe rear end of a truck
the cold (lens condensation)
Ra slanted post
Rthe camera lens is dirty or covered
Rthe rear of your vehicle is damaged
In such cases, you should not use the guide
lines to judge the distance. You may misjudge
In this case, have the position and setting the distance, which increases the risk of
of the camera checked by a qualified impacting the objects.
specialist workshop. Mercedes-Benz
Even if the object you approach is directly on
recommends that you contact a Mercedes-
the ground, do not approach the object any
Benz Center for this purpose.
closer than the red guide line.

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! Never tow the vehicle with one axle


raised. This may damage the transfer case.
Damage of this sort is not covered by the
Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. All
wheels must remain either on the ground
Driving and parking

or be fully raised. Observe the instructions


for towing the vehicle with all wheels in full
contact with the ground.
i In wintry driving conditions, the maximum
effect of 4MATIC can only be achieved if
Guide lines ; and = show the approximate you use winter tires (M+S tires), with snow
chains if necessary.
distance from the rear of the vehicle. Yellow
guide line ; indicates a distance of ! When testing the parking brake, operate
approximately 3 ft (1 m) and red guide line the vehicle only briefly (for a maximum of
= indicates a distance of approximately ten seconds) on a brake test dynamometer.
10 in (0.25 m). The distances only apply to When doing this, turn the key to position
objects at ground level. Blue guide line : 0 or 1 in the ignition. Failure to do this can
depicts the width required for the vehicle. It cause damage to the drive train or the
is used to align the vehicle with the edge of brake system.
the road, e.g. the curb. ! Function or performance tests may only
be performed on a 2-axle dynamometer. If
you wish to operate the vehicle on such a
Off-road driving systems dynamometer, please consult an
4MATIC (permanent four-wheel drive) authorized Mercedes-Benz Center
beforehand. You could otherwise damage
4MATIC ensures that all four wheels are the drive train or the brake system.
permanently driven. Together with ESP® and
Information on "Off-road driving"; see .
ETS, it improves the traction of your vehicle
whenever a drive wheel spins due to
insufficient grip.
Towing a trailer
G Warning!
Notes on towing a trailer
If a drive wheel is spinning due to insufficient
traction: Important safety instructions
RWhile driving off, apply as little throttle as G Warning!
possible.
Failure to use proper equipment and driving
RWhile driving, ease up on the accelerator
technique can result in a loss of vehicle
pedal. control when towing a trailer.
RAdapt your speed and driving style to the
Improper towing or failure to follow the
prevailing road conditions. instructions in this manual can result in
Failure to observe these guidelines could vehicle damage and/or serious personal
cause the vehicle to skid. injury. Follow the guidelines below carefully
The 4MATIC cannot prevent accidents to assure safe trailer operation.
resulting from excessive speed.
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Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center equipped with an anti-lock brake system.


should you require an explanation of Doing so will result in a loss of function of
information contained in this manual. the brake systems of both the vehicle and
the trailer.
General information i The vehicle's wiring harness features a

Driving and parking


ROnly install an approved trailer coupling on
line to the brake indicator lamp.
your vehicle. X Make sure that the automatic transmission
Further information on availability and on is set to position P.
installation is available from any authorized X Apply the vehicle's parking brake.
Mercedes-Benz Center. X Close all doors and the tailgate.
RThe bumpers of your vehicle are not X Couple up the trailer.
suitable for installing detachable trailer X Establish all electrical connections.
couplings.
RDo not install hired trailer couplings or
other detachable trailer couplings on the Towing a trailer
bumpers of your vehicle.
RTo reduce the risk of damage to the ball
There are numerous legal requirements
concerning the towing of a trailer, e.g. speed
coupling, remove it from the ball coupling
restrictions. Make sure that your vehicle/
recess when not in use.
trailer combination complies with the local
requirements not only in your area of
residence but also at any location to which
Coupling up a trailer
you are traveling. The police and local
Observe the maximum permissible trailer authorities can provide reliable information.
dimensions (width and length). Please observe the following when towing a
Most federal states and all Canadian trailer:
provinces require by law: RTo acquaint yourself with driving with a
Rsafety chains between the towing vehicle trailer and with the resulting changes to
and the trailer. The chains should be cross- handling, you should practice cornering,
wound under the trailer drawbar. They must stopping and reversing in a traffic-free
be fastened to the vehicle's trailer location.
coupling, not to the bumper or the axle. RBefore driving, check:
Allow for enough play in the chains to - the trailer coupling
facilitate turning tight corners. - the safety switch for braked trailers
Ra separate brake system for certain types
- the safety chains
of trailer.
- the electrical connections
Ra safety switch for braked trailers. Check
- the lights
the specific legal requirements applicable
to your federal state. - the wheels

If the trailer detaches from the towing RAdjust the exterior mirrors to provide an

vehicle, the safety switch applies the unobstructed view of the rear section of the
trailer's brakes. trailer.
RIf the trailer features electronically
! Do not connect the trailer's brake system
controlled brakes, pull away the vehicle/
(if featured) to the hydraulic brake system
trailer combination carefully, manually
of the towing vehicle, as the latter is
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brake using the brake controller, and check blower fan and the interior temperature to
the brakes for correct function. maximum.
RSecure any objects on the trailer to prevent RWhen overtaking, pay particular attention
the cargo from slipping when the vehicle is to the extended length of your vehicle/
in motion. trailer combination.
Driving and parking

RIf you couple up a trailer, regularly check Due to the length of your vehicle/trailer
the cargo for secure fastening and make combination, you will have to travel an
sure that the trailer lamps and (if additional distance beyond the vehicle you
applicable) the trailer brakes are are overtaking before returning to the
functioning correctly. previous lane.
RBear in mind that the handling will be less
stable when towing a trailer than when
driving without one. Avoid sudden steering Decoupling a trailer
movements. X Make sure that the automatic transmission
RThe vehicle/trailer combination is heavier, is set to position P.
accelerates more slowly, has a decreased X Apply the vehicle's parking brake.
gradient climbing capability and a longer X Close all doors and the tailgate.
braking distance.
X Apply the trailer's parking brake.
It is more susceptible to side winds and
requires more careful steering. X Detach the trailer cable and decouple the
RIf possible, avoid abrupt braking. Depress trailer.
the brake pedal moderately at first, so that X Detach the trailer cable and decouple the
the trailer can activate its own brakes. Then trailer.
increase the pressure on the brake pedal.
RIf the automatic transmission continues to
shift back and forth between two gears Permissible trailer load and drawbar
when driving up or downhill, restrict the noseweight
shift range. Select shift range 4, 3, 2, or 1.
Weight specifications
A lower gear and lower speed reduce the
risk of engine failure. The Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) is the
RWhen driving downhill, shift to a lower gear combined weight of the trailer together with
to utilize the engine's braking effect. the cargo and equipment loaded on the
trailer. Permissible gross weight: 3500 lb
Avoid continuous brake application as this
(1588 kg).
may overheat the vehicle brakes and, if
installed, the trailer brakes. The permissible Trailer drawbar Weight
RIf the coolant temperature increases
Rating (TWR) is the maximum weight
permitted on the trailer drawbar: 280 lb
dramatically while the air-conditioning
(127 kg) limit for Mercedes-Benz-approved
system is switched on, switch off the air-
trailer couplings.
conditioning system.
Coolant heat can additionally be dissipated Loading a trailer
by opening the windows and by setting the
RWhen loading a trailer, please note that
neither the permissible gross trailer weight
nor the permissible Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating (GVWR) may be exceeded. The
permissible Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
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(GVWR) is specified on the type plate supplied as part of the Mercedes-Benz-


located on the B-pillar on the driver's side approved trailer coupling.
of your vehicle.
i Depending on your trailer, you may need
You can find the maximum permissible an adapter to connect your trailer to the
values on the type plates of your vehicle vehicle.

Driving and parking


and the trailer. Always observe the lowest
respective value when determining the Further information is available from any
maximum weight with which you can load authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
the vehicle and the trailer.
RThe drawbar noseweight acting on the ball
coupling has to be added to the rear axle
weight in order to prevent the permissible
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) from
being exceeded. The permissible Gross
Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is specified
on the type plate located on the B-pillar on
the driver's side of your vehicle.
i Mercedes-Benz recommends loading the
trailer so that the drawbar noseweight
remains between 8% and 10% of the
permissible gross trailer weight.
i The weight of additional accessories,
passengers, and cargo reduces the
permissible trailer load and drawbar
noseweight for your vehicle.

Checking the vehicle and trailer weight


RTo check that the weights of the towing
vehicle and the trailer comply with the
maximum permissible values, have the
vehicle/trailer combination (including the
driver, passengers, and cargo with a fully
laden trailer) weighed on a calibrated
weighbridge.
RCheck the permissible axle weight of the
front and rear axle, the Gross Trailer Weight
(GTW), and the drawbar noseweight.
Check the permissible axle weight of the
front and rear axle, the Gross Trailer Weight
(GTW), and the drawbar noseweight.

Trailer power supply


The trailer power socket of your vehicle is
designed for connecting the 7-pin connector

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Vehicle equipment ............................ 162

On-board computer and displays


Important safety notes .................... 162
Displays and operation .................... 162
Menus and submenus ...................... 165
Display messages ............................. 175
Warning and indicator lamps in the
instrument cluster ............................ 195
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Vehicle equipment If you must continue to drive, do so with added


On-board computer and displays

caution. Contact an authorized Mercedes-


i This manual describes all the standard Benz Center as soon as possible.
and optional equipment of your vehicle
which was available at the time of G Warning
purchase. Country-specific differences are Malfunction and warning messages are only
possible. Bear in mind that your vehicle indicated for certain systems and are
may not feature all functions described intentionally not very detailed. The
here. This also refers to safety-related malfunction and warning messages are
systems and functions. simply a reminder with respect to the
operation of certain systems. They do not
replace the owner's and/or driver's
Important safety notes responsibility to maintain the vehicle's
operating safety. Have all required
You will find an illustration of the instrument maintenance and safety checks performed on
cluster in the "At a glance" section the vehicle. Bring the vehicle to an authorized
(Y page 26). Mercedes-Benz Center to address the
malfunction and warning messages.
G Warning
A driver's attention to the road and traffic
conditions must always be his/her primary
focus when driving.
Displays and operation
For your safety and the safety of others, Coolant temperature gauge
selecting features through the multifunction
steering wheel should only be done by the G Warning
driver when traffic and road conditions permit Driving when your engine is overheated can
it to be done safely. cause some fluids which may have leaked into
Bear in mind that at a speed of just 30 mph the engine compartment to catch fire. You
(approximately 50 km/h ), your vehicle is could be seriously burned.
covering a distance of 44 feet (approximately Steam from an overheated engine can cause
14 m) every second. serious burns which can occur just by opening
the engine hood. Stay away from the engine
G Warning! if you see or hear steam coming from it.
No messages will be displayed if either the Stop the vehicle in a safe location away from
instrument cluster or the multifunction other traffic. Turn off the engine, get out of the
display is inoperative. vehicle and do not stand near the vehicle until
As a result, you will not be able to see the engine has cooled down.
information about your driving conditions,
The coolant temperature gauge is in the
such as
instrument cluster on the right-hand side.
Rspeed
Under normal operating conditions and with
Routside temperature
the specified coolant level, the coolant
Rwarning/indicator lamps temperature may rise to 248 ‡ (120 †).
Rmalfunction/warning messages
! If the coolant temperature is too high a
Rfailure of any systems
display message is shown.
Driving characteristics may be impaired.
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If the coolant temperature rises above the buttons on the multifunction steering

On-board computer and displays


248 ‡(120 †), do not drive any further as wheel.
this could damage the engine.

Tachometer
The red band in the tachometer indicates the
engine's overrevving range.
! Do not drive in the overrevving range, as
this could damage the engine.
The fuel supply is interrupted to protect the
engine when the red band is reached.

Outside temperature display


The outside temperature display is in the
multifunction display.
G Warning!
The outside temperature indicator is not
designed to serve as an ice-warning device : Multifunction display
and is therefore unsuitable for that purpose.
; ~6
Indicated temperatures just above the
Makes/accepts or rejects/ends a
freezing point do not guarantee that the road
call
surface is free of ice. The road may still be icy,
especially in wooded areas or on bridges. WX
Adjusts the volume
Changes in the outside temperature are 8
displayed after a short delay.
Mute
= ?
Speedometer with segments Activates voice control; see the
The segments in the speedometer indicate separate operating instructions
which speed range is available. ? %Press briefly:
Cruise control mode: Back
The segments light up from the stored speed Deactivates voice control
to the maximum speed.
Hides display messages
%Press and hold:
Operating the on-board computer
Selects the standard display
The on-board computer is activated as soon
A =;
as you turn the SmartKey to position 1 in the
ignition lock. Calls up the menu and menu bar
You can control the multifunction display and
the settings in the on-board computer using
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9:Press briefly:
On-board computer and displays

Selects the submenu or scrolls


through lists
In the Audio menu: selects a stored
station, an audio track or a video
scene
In the Tel (telephone) menu:
switches to the phone book and
selects a name or telephone number
9:Press and hold: : Description field
In the Audio menu: selects the ; Menu bar
previous/next station or selects an
X To show menu bar ;: press the =
audio track or a video scene using
rapid scrolling or ; button on the steering wheel.
In the Tel (telephone) menu: starts
rapid scrolling through the phone
book
a
Confirms selections and hides
display messages
In the Tel (telephone) menu:
switches to the phone book and
starts dialing

Multifunction display
To activate the multifunction display:
Rswitch on the ignition.
Rswitch on the lights.
Ropen the driver's door.

Values and settings as well as display


messages are shown in the multifunction
display.
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Menus and submenus

On-board computer and displays


Menu overview
The number of menus shown depends on the optional equipment in the vehicle.

Function
: Trip menu (Y page 166)
; Navi menu (navigation details) (Y page 167)
= Audio menu (Y page 168)
? Tel menu (telephone) (Y page 169)
A Serv. menu (Y page 170)
Rcall up display messages (Y page 175)
Rtire pressure loss warning system (Canada only) (Y page 269)
Rtire pressure monitor (USA only) (Y page 271)
RASSYST PLUS service interval display (Y page 237)

B Settings(Y page 171) menu

The Audio and Tel menus differ slightly in vehicles with an audio system and vehicles with
COMAND. The examples given in this Operator's Manual apply to vehicles equipped with
COMAND.

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Trip menu Rthe ignition has been switched off for more
On-board computer and displays

than 4 hours.
Standard display R999 hours have been exceeded.
R9999 miles have been exceeded.

The From Reset trip computer is


automatically reset if the trip exceeds
9999 hours or 99,999 miles.
You can select km or miles as the unit of
measurement for distance (Y page 171).
X Press and hold the % button on the Displaying the range and current fuel
steering wheel until the Trip menu with consumption
odometer : and trip odometer ; is
shown. X Press = or ; on the steering wheel
to select the Trip menu.
Trip computer "From start" or "From X Press the 9 or : button to select

reset" current fuel consumption and approximate


range.
The values in the From Start submenu are
calculated from the start of a journey whilst
the values in the From Reset submenu are
calculated from the last time the submenu
was reset.
X Press = or ; on the steering wheel
to select the Trip menu.
X Press 9 or : to select From Start : Current fuel consumption
or From Reset. ; Approximate range

Approximate range ; is calculated


according to current driving style and the
amount of fuel in the tank. If there is only a
small amount of fuel left in the fuel tank, the
display shows a vehicle being refueled C
instead of range ;.
Trip computer "After start" (example)
: Distance Digital speedometer
; Time X Press = or ; on the steering wheel
= Average speed to select the Trip menu.
? Average fuel consumption X Press 9 or : to select the digital
speedometer.
The From Start trip computer is reset
automatically when
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Route guidance inactive

On-board computer and displays


Resetting values
: Direction of travel
You can reset the values of the following ; Current road
functions:
RTrip odometer Route guidance active
RTrip computer "From start"
RTrip computer "From reset"
No change of direction announced
X Press = or ; on the steering wheel
to select the Trip menu.
X Press 9 or : to select the function
that you wish to reset.
X Press a.

: Distance to destination
; Distance to next change of direction
= Current road
? Symbol for "follow the road's course"

Change of direction announced without a


Resetting the trip computer "From start" (example) lane recommendation
X Press the : button to select Yes and
press the a button to confirm.

Navigation menu
Displaying navigation instructions
: Road into which the change of direction
In the Navi menu, the multifunction display leads
shows navigation instructions. For more ; Distance to change of direction and visual
information, see the separate operating distance display
instructions.
= Symbol for change of direction
X Switch on COMAND (see the separate
operating instructions). When a change of direction has been
announced, you will see visual distance
X Press the = or ; button on the
display ; next to symbol = for the change
steering wheel to select the Navi menu.
of direction. This decreases in size as you
approach the announced change of direction.

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Change of direction announced with a ROff Map or Off Mapped Road: the vehicle
On-board computer and displays

lane recommendation position is outside the area of the digital


Lane recommendations are only displayed if map (off-map position).
the relevant data is available on the digital RNo Route: no route could be calculated to
map. the selected destination.

Audio menu
Selecting a radio station
i SIRIUS XM satellite radio acts like a
normal radio.
: Road into which the change of direction For more information on satellite radio
leads operation, see the separate operating
; Distance to change of direction and visual instructions.
distance display You can only change the waveband and store
= Lane recommendation new stations using the audio system or
? Symbol for change of direction COMAND.
On multi-lane roads, lane recommendation X Switch on the audio system or COMAND
= may be shown for the next change of and select Radio (see the separate
direction. Lanes may be added during a operating instructions).
change of direction. X Press the = or ; button on the
steering wheel to select the Audio menu.

Lane recommendation display (example)


: Uninterrupted lane : Waveband19
; New lane during a change of direction ; Station
= Lane recommended for the change of X To select a stored channel: briefly press
direction the 9 or : button.
X To select a channel from the channel
Other status indicators of the
list: press and briefly hold the 9
navigation system
or : button.
RO: you have reached the destination. X To select a station using the station
RNew Route... or Calculating Route: a search20: press and briefly hold the 9
new route is being calculated. or : button.

19 When station ; has been stored, the memory position will also be displayed.
20 Only if no station list is received.
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Audio player or audio media operation X To select the next or previous scene:

On-board computer and displays


briefly press the 9 or the : button.
Audio data from various audio devices or
X To select a scene from the scene list
media can be played, depending on the
equipment installed in the vehicle. (rapid scrolling): press and hold the
9 or : button until the desired
X Switch on the audio system or COMAND
scene has been reached.
APS and select the audio device or medium;
see the separate operating instructions.
X Press the = or ; button on the
Telephone menu
steering wheel to select the Audio menu.
Introduction
You can establish a Bluetooth® wireless
connection to the audio system or to
COMAND (see the separate operating
instructions).
G Warning
CD player display (example) A driver's attention to the road must always
: Current track be his/her primary focus when driving. For
your safety and the safety of others, we
X To select the next/previous track:
recommend that you pull over to a safe
briefly press the 9 or : button.
location and stop before placing or taking a
X To select a track from the track list telephone call. If you choose to use the
(rapid scrolling): press and hold the telephone while driving, please use the hands-
9 or : button until the desired track free device and only use the telephone when
has been reached. weather, road and traffic conditions permit.
If track information is stored on the audio Some jurisdictions prohibit the driver from
device or medium, the multifunction display using a mobile phone while driving a vehicle.
will show the number and name of the track. Bear in mind that at a speed of just 30 mph
The current track does not appear in audio (approximately 50 km/h ), your vehicle is
AUX mode (Auxiliary audio mode: external covering a distance of 44 feet (approximately
audio source connected). 14 m) every second.

Video DVD operation X Switch on the mobile phone and audio


system or COMAND (see the separate
X Switch on COMAND and select video DVD operating instructions).
(see the separate operating instructions).
X Press the = or ; button on the
X Press the = or ; button on the
steering wheel to select the Tel menu.
steering wheel to select the Audio menu.
You will see one of the following display
messages in the multifunction display:
RTelephone Ready or the name of the
network provider: the mobile phone has
found a network and is ready to receive.
RNo Service: No network is available.

: Current scene

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Accepting a call X If only one telephone number is stored


On-board computer and displays

for a name: press the 6 or a button


If someone calls you when you are in the
to start dialing.
Tel menu, a display message appears in the
multifunction display, for example: or
X If there is more than one number for a
particular name: press the 6 or a
button to display the numbers.
X Press the 9 or : button to select the
number you want to dial.
X Press the 6 or a button to start
dialing.
X Press 6 on the steering wheel to accept or
an incoming call. X If you do not want to make a call: press
You can accept a call even if you are not in the ~ button.
the Tel menu.
Redialing
Rejecting or ending a call
The on-board computer saves the last names
X Press the ~ button on the steering or numbers dialed in the redial memory.
wheel. X Press the = or ; button on the
You can end or reject a call even if you are not steering wheel to select the Tel menu.
in the Tel menu. X Press the 6 button to switch to the
redial memory.
Dialing a number from the phone book X Press the 9 or : button to select the
If your mobile phone is able to receive calls, desired name or number.
you can search for and dial a number from the X Press the 6 or a button to start
phone book in the audio system or COMAND dialing.
at any time.
X Copy the telephone book of the mobile
phone into the audio system or to COMAND Maintenance menu
(see the separate operating instructions).
X Press the = or ; button on the
steering wheel to select the Tel menu.
X Press the 9, : or a button to call
up the phone book.
X Press 9 or : to select the name you
are searching for.
To start scrolling rapidly, press and hold the In the Service menu you can:
9 or : button for longer than one Rcall up display messages (Y page 175)
second. After a short time, the rapid scroll Rrestart the tire pressure loss warning
speeds up. system (Canada only) (Y page 269)
Rapid scrolling stops when you release the Rcheck the tire pressure electronically (USA
button or reach the end of the list. only) (Y page 271)
Rcall up the service due date (Y page 237)
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Settings menu X Press the : or 9 button to select the

On-board computer and displays


Display Unit Speed-/Odometer.
Introduction function.
You will see the selected setting: km or
miles.
X Press the a button to save the setting.

Selecting the permanent display function


The Permanent Display: function allows
you to choose whether the multifunction
In the Settings menu, you have the following display always shows the outside
options: temperature or the speed in km/h (USA) or
RChanging the instrument cluster settings mph (Canada).
RChanging the time/date settings21 X Press the = or ; button on the

RChanging the lighting settings steering wheel to select the Settings


RChanging the vehicle settings
menu.
X Press the : or 9 button to select the
RChanging the convenience settings
Instr. Cluster submenu.
RRestoring the factory settings
X Press the a button to confirm.
X Press : or 9 to select the
Instrument cluster
Permanent Display: function.
Selecting the unit of measurement for You will see the selected setting Outside
distance Temperature or Speedometer [km/h]:.
The Display Unit Speed-/Odometer: X Press the a button to save the setting.
function allows you to choose whether
certain displays appear in km/h or mph in the Time/date
multifunction display.
The selected unit of measurement for This submenu is only available on vehicles
distance applies to: with Audio 20. To set the time and date on
vehicles with COMAND, see the separate
Rthe digital speedometer in the Trip menu operating instructions.
Rthe odometer and the trip odometer In the Time/date submenu, you can set the
Rthe trip computer time and date.
Rthe navigation instructions in the Navi X Press the = or ; button on the
menu steering wheel to select the Settings
X Press the = or ; button on the menu.
steering wheel to select the Settings X Press the : or 9 button to select the
menu. Time/date submenu.
X Press the : or 9 button to select the X Press the a button to confirm.
Instr. Cluster submenu. X Press the : or 9 button to select
X Press the a button to confirm.
Time: or Date:.
The current time or date set is displayed.
X Press a to change the setting.

21 This function is not available in vehicles with COMAND.

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X Press the = or ; button to select the Rthe exterior lighting switches on when it is
On-board computer and displays

display you want to change: hour, minute, dark after unlocking the vehicle with the
day, month, year. SmartKey.
X Press the : or 9 button to set the The exterior lighting switches off when you
selected display. open the driver’s door.
X Press the a button to store the entry. Rthe exterior lighting remains on for 15
seconds when it is dark after closing the
doors.
Lights
If the engine is switched off and then none
Switching the daytime running lamps on/ of the doors are opened, or if an open door
off is not closed, the exterior lighting goes out
This function is not available in Canada. after 60 seconds.
If you have activated the Daytime Running If you activate the Locator Lighting:
Lights: function and the light switch is in the function, the following light up:
c position the daytime running lamps are Rthe parking lamps

switched on automatically when the engine is Rthe tail lamps


running. Rthe fog lamps22
In the dark, the following also light up: Rthe low-beam headlamps23
Rthe low-beam headlamps Rthe license plate lamp
Rthe parking lamps Rthe side marker lamps
Rthe tail lamps X Press the = or ; button on the
Rthe license plate lamp steering wheel to select the Settings
Rthe side marker lamps menu.
X Press the = or ; button on the X Press the : or 9 button to select the
steering wheel to select the Settings Lights submenu.
menu. X Press the a button to confirm.
X Press the : or 9 button to select the X Press the : or 9 button to select the
Lights submenu. Locator Lighting: function.
X Press the a button to confirm. You will see the selected setting: Enabled
X Press the : or 9 button to select the or Disabled.
Daytime Running Lights: function. X Press the a button to save the setting.
You will see the selected setting: Enabled To deactivate the delayed shut-off
or Disabled. temporarily:
X Press the a button to save the setting.
X Before leaving the vehicle, turn the
Activating/deactivating surround SmartKey to position 0 in the ignition lock.
lighting and exterior lighting delayed X Turn the SmartKey to position 2 in the
switch-off ignition lock and back to position 0.
If you switch on the Locator Lighting: The delayed shut-off is deactivated.
function and the light switch is set to c, The delayed shut-off is reactivated the next
time you start the engine.

22 Only for vehicles with front fog lamps.


23 Only for vehicles without front fog lamps.
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On-board computer and displays


lighting delayed switch-off When locking, it sounds three times.
If the Interior Lighting Delay: function X Press the = or ; button on the
is activated and you pull the SmartKey out of steering wheel to select the Settings
the ignition lock, the interior lighting remains menu.
on for around 10 seconds. X Press the : or 9 button to select the
X Press the = or ; button on the Vehicle submenu.
steering wheel to select the Settings X Press the a button to confirm.
menu.
X Press the : or 9 button to select the
X Press the : or 9 button to select the
Acoustic Lock Feedback: function.
Lights submenu. You will see the selected setting: Enabled
X Press the a button to confirm. or Disabled.
X Press the : or 9 button to select the X Press the a button to save the setting.
Interior Lighting Delay: function.
You will see the selected setting: Enabled Convenience
or Disabled.
X Press the a button to save the setting. Activating/deactivating the EASY-
ENTRY/EXIT feature
Vehicle You can use the Easy Entry/Exit: function
to activate or deactivate the easy-entry/exit
Activating/deactivating the automatic feature (Y page 96).
locking feature
G Warning!
If you select the Automatic Door Lock:
You must make sure no one can become
function, the vehicle is centrally locked above
trapped or injured by the moving steering
a speed of around 9 mph (15 km/h).
wheel when the easy-entry/exit feature is
i Further information on the automatic activated.
locking feature (Y page 76). To stop steering wheel movement, move
X Press the = or ; button on the steering wheel adjustment lever or press one
steering wheel to select the Settings of the memory position buttons.
menu. Do not leave children unattended in the
X Press the : or 9 button to select the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle.
Vehicle submenu. Children could open the driver's door and
unintentionally activate the easy-entry/exit
X Press the a button to confirm.
feature, which could result in an accident
X Press the : or 9 button to select the and/or serious personal injury.
Automatic Door Lock: function.
You will see the selected setting: Enabled X Press the = or ; button on the
or Disabled. steering wheel to select the Settings
X Press the a button to save the setting. menu.
X Press the : or 9 button to select the
Activating/deactivating the acoustic Convenience submenu.
locking confirmation X Press the a button to confirm.
If you switch on the Acoustic Lock
Feedback: function, an acoustic signal
sounds when you lock or unlock the vehicle.

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X Press the : or 9 button to select the X Press the a button to confirm.


On-board computer and displays

Easy Entry/Exit: feature. The Reset All Settings? message


You will see the selected setting: Enabled appears.
or Disabled. X Press the : or 9 button to select
X Press the a button to save the setting. No or Yes.
X Press the a button to confirm the
Switching the fold in mirrors when selection.
locking function on/off
If you have selected Yes, the multifunction
This function is only available in Canada. display shows a confirmation message.
If you switch on the Fold Mirrors In when
Locking: function, the exterior mirrors fold
in when you lock the vehicle. When you
unlock the vehicle and then open the driver's
or front-passenger door, the exterior mirrors
fold out again.
If you have switched the function on and you
fold the exterior mirrors in using the button
on the door (Y page 98), they will not fold out
automatically. The exterior mirrors can then
only be folded out using the button on the
door.
X Press the = or ; button on the
steering wheel to select the Settings
menu.
X Press the : or 9 button to select the
Convenience submenu.
X Press the a button to confirm.
X Press the : or 9 button to select the
Fold Mirrors in when Locking:
function.
You will see the selected setting: Enabled
or Disabled.
X Press the a button to save the setting.

Resetting to factory settings


For safety reasons, the Daytime Running
Lights: function in the Light submenu is
only reset if the vehicle is stationary.
X Press the = or ; button on the
steering wheel to select the Settings
menu.
X Press the : or 9 button to select the
Factory Setting submenu.
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On-board computer and displays


Hiding display messages
G Warning
All categories of messages contain important information which should be taken note of and,
where a malfunction is indicated, addressed as soon as possible at an authorized Mercedes-Benz
Center.
Failure to repair the condition noted may cause damage not covered by the Mercedes-Benz
Limited Warranty, or result in property damage or personal injury.

Display messages appear in the multifunction display.


X Press the a or % button on the steering wheel to hide the display message.
The display message is cleared.
The multifunction display shows high-priority display messages in red.
You cannot hide display messages of the highest priority. The multifunction display shows
these messages continuously until the causes for the messages have been remedied.
Certain display messages are accompanied by an audible warning tone or a continuous tone.
Please respond in accordance with the display messages and follow the additional notes in
this Operator's Manual.

Message memory
You can read the display messages in the message memory.
X Press = or ; on the steering wheel to select the Service menu.
If there are display messages, the multifunction display shows 2 messages, for example.
X Press the 9 or : button to select the entry, e.g. 2 messages.
X Confirm with a.
X Press the 9 or : button to scroll through the display messages.

When the ignition is switched off, all display messages are deleted apart from some high-
priority display messages. Once the causes of the high-priority display messages have been
rectified, the corresponding display messages are also deleted.

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On-board computer and displays

Display messages Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions

÷ G Risk of accident
Inoperative See ESP® (Electronic Stability Program), BAS (Brake Assist), hill start
Operator's Manual assist and trailer stabilization are not available due to a
malfunction. In addition, the ä and å warning lamps light
up in the instrument cluster.
The brake system continues to function normally, but without the
functions listed above.
X Drive on carefully.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

÷ G Risk of accident
ESC Currently ESP®, BAS, hill start assist and ESP® trailer stabilization are
Unavailable See temporarily unavailable. In addition, the ä and å warning
Operator's Manual lamps light up in the instrument cluster.
The self-diagnosis function might not be complete, for example.
The brake system continues to function normally, but without the
functions listed above.
X Carefully drive a suitable distance making slight steering
movements at a speed above 12 mph (20 km/h).
If the display message disappears, the functions mentioned
above are available again.
If the display message continues to be displayed:
X Drive on carefully.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

G Risk of accident
ESP®, BAS, hill start assist and ESP® trailer stabilization are
temporarily unavailable. In addition, the ä and å warning
lamps light up in the instrument cluster.
The on-board voltage may be insufficient, for example.
The brake system continues to function normally, but without the
functions listed above.
X Drive on carefully.
If the display message disappears, the functions mentioned
above are available again.
If the display message continues to be displayed:
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
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G Risk of accident
If the display message is shown and the ä warning lamp flashes
at the same time, ETS (Electronic Traction System) is deactivated.
The brakes on the drive wheels could otherwise overheat.
X Let the brakes cool down until the display message disappears
and the ä warning lamp goes out.
ETS is active again.

G USA only: one or more main functions in the mbrace system are
malfunctioning.
Tele Aid Canada only: one or more of the main functions of the TELEAID
Inoperative system is malfunctioning.
X USA only: have the mbrace system checked at a qualified
specialist workshop.
X Canada only: have the TELEAID system checked at a qualified
specialist workshop.

Check Child Seat G Risk of injury


Pos.
Vehicles with BabySmart™ (Canada only):
See Operator's
The BabySmart™ child seat is positioned incorrectly.
Manual
X Install the child seat in the correct position.

G Risk of injury
Vehicles with BabySmart™ (Canada only):
The sensor for automatic child seat recognition is faulty.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

6 G Risk of injury
SRS Malfunction There is a malfunction in the SRS (Supplemental Restraint
Service Required System). The 6 warning lamp also lights up in the instrument
cluster.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

6 G Risk of injury
Front Left SRS SRS has malfunctioned at the front on the left or right. The 6
Malfunction warning lamp also lights up in the instrument cluster.
Service Required X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
or
Front Right SRS
Malfunction
Service Required

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6 G Risk of injury
Rear Left SRS SRS has malfunctioned at the rear on the left or right. The 6
Malfunction warning lamp also lights up in the instrument cluster.
Service Required X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
or
Rear Right SRS
Malfunction
Service Required

6 G Risk of injury
Rear Center SRS SRS has malfunctioned at the rear center. The 6 warning lamp
Malfunction also lights up in the instrument cluster.
Service Required X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

6 G Risk of injury
Left Side Curtain There is a malfunction in the left-hand and/or right-hand window
Airbag Malfunction curtain air bag. The 6 warning lamp also lights up in the
Service Required instrument cluster.
or X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Right Side Curtain
Airbag Malfunction
Service Required

G Warning
In the event a malfunction of the SRS is indicated as outlined above, the SRS may not be
operational.
For your safety, we strongly recommend that you contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center
immediately to have the system checked. Otherwise the SRS may not be activated when needed
in an accident, which could result in serious or fatal injury, or it might deploy unexpectedly and
unnecessarily which could also result in injury.
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Front Passenger The front-passenger air bag is enabled during the journey,
Airbag Enabled although:
See Operator's Rthere is a child, a small adult or an object weighing less than the
Manual system's weight threshold on the front-passenger seat.
Rthe front-passenger seat is unoccupied.

The system may detect the additional weight of objects on the


seat or forces acting on the seat.
X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely as soon as possible, paying
attention to road and traffic conditions.
X Engage the parking brake.
X Switch off the ignition.
X Open the front-passenger door.
X Remove the child and the child restraint system from the front-
passenger seat.
X If necessary, secure the child in a child restraint system on a
suitable rear seat.
X Make sure that there are no objects adding to the weight applied
to the seat. The system may otherwise detect the additional
weight and interpret the seat occupant's weight as greater than
it actually is.
X Make sure that the seat is unoccupied and has no objects placed
on it, close the front-passenger door, and switch on the ignition.
Observe the 45(Y page 41) indicator lamps and the
multifunction display and check the following:
Seat unoccupied and ignition switched on:
Rthe 45 indicator lamp must light up and remain lit. When
the indicator lamp is on, OCS (Y page 41) has deactivated the
front-passenger air bag.
RThe Front Passenger Airbag Enabled See Operator's
Manual or Front Passenger Airbag Disabled See
Operator's Manual display messages must not appear. Wait
for at least 60 seconds until the necessary system checks have
been completed and to make sure that the display messages do
not appear in the multifunction display.
If these conditions are met, the front-passenger seat can be
occupied again. Whether the 45 indicator lamp remains lit
or goes out depends on how OCS classifies the occupant.
If the conditions are not met, the system is not operating correctly.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop immediately.

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If the 45 indicator lamp remains off even after performing the above corrective steps, do
not have any children 12 years old and under and other small individuals use the front-passenger
seat until the system has been repaired.

Display messages Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


Front Passenger The front-passenger air bag is deactivated during the journey even
Airbag Disabled though an adult or a person larger than a certain size is occupying
See Operator's the front-passenger seat. If additional forces are applied to the
Manual seat, the system may interpret the occupant's weight as lower
than it actually is.
X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely as soon as possible, paying
attention to road and traffic conditions.
X Engage the parking brake.
X Switch off the ignition.
X Have the occupant get out of the vehicle.
X Make sure that the seat is unoccupied and has no objects placed
on it, close the front-passenger door, and switch on the ignition.
Observe the 45(Y page 41) indicator lamps and the
multifunction display and check the following:
Seat unoccupied and ignition switched on:
Rthe 45 indicator lamp must light up and remain lit. When
the indicator lamp is on, OCS (Y page 41) has deactivated the
front-passenger air bag.
RThe Front Passenger Airbag Enabled See Operator's
Manual or Front Passenger Airbag Disabled See
Operator's Manual display messages must not appear. Wait
for at least 60 seconds until the necessary system checks have
been completed and to make sure that the display messages do
not appear in the multifunction display.
If these conditions are met, the front-passenger seat can be
occupied again. Whether the 45 indicator lamp remains lit
or goes out depends on how OCS classifies the occupant.
If the conditions are not met, the system is not operating correctly.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop immediately.

G Warning
If the 45 indicator lamp remains lit with an adult occupant on the front-passenger seat
even after performing the above corrective steps, do not have any passenger use the front-
passenger seat until the system has been repaired.
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Brakes

On-board computer and displays


Display messages Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions

$(USA only) G Risk of accident


J(Canada only) ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ESP® (Electronic Stability
Program), BAS (Brake Assist), hill start assist and ESP® trailer
ABS and ESC stabilization are temporarily unavailable. The self-diagnosis might
Currently not be finished, for example. In addition, the ä, å
Unavailable See and ! warning lamps light up in the instrument cluster.
Operator's Manual
The brake system continues to function normally, but without the
functions listed above. The wheels could therefore lock if you
brake hard, for example.
X Carefully drive a suitable distance making slight steering
movements at a speed above 12 mph (20 km/h).
If the display message disappears, the functions mentioned
above are available again.
If the display message continues to be displayed:
X Drive on carefully.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

G Risk of accident
ABS, ESP®, BAS, hill start assist and trailer stabilization are
temporarily unavailable. The on-board voltage may be insufficient,
for example. In addition, the ä, å and ! warning lamps
light up in the instrument cluster.
The brake system continues to function normally, but without the
functions listed above. The wheels could therefore lock if you
brake hard, for example.
X Drive on carefully.
If the display message disappears, the functions mentioned
above are available again.
If the display message continues to be displayed:
X Drive on carefully.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

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$(USA only) G Risk of accident


J(Canada only) ABS, ESP®, BAS, hill start assist and ESP® trailer stabilization are
unavailable due to a malfunction. In addition, the ä, å
ABS and ESC and ! warning lamps light up in the instrument cluster.
Inoperative See
The brake system continues to function normally, but without the
Operator's Manual
functions listed above. The wheels could therefore lock if you
brake hard, for example.
X Drive on carefully.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

$(USA only) G Risk of accident


J(Canada only) EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), ABS, ESP®, BAS, hill
start assist and ESP® trailer stabilization are unavailable due to a
EBD, ABS, and ESC malfunction. In addition, the ä, å and ! warning lamps
Inoperative See in the instrument cluster light up and a warning tone sounds.
Operator's Manual
The brake system continues to function normally, but without the
functions listed above. The wheels could therefore lock if you
brake hard, for example.
X Drive on carefully.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop immediately.

# The brake pads/linings have reached their wear limit.


X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Check Brake Pad
Wear

$(USA only) You are driving with the parking brake engaged. A warning tone
also sounds.
J(Canada only) X Release the parking brake.
Release Park. Brake

$(USA only) G Risk of accident


There is insufficient brake fluid in the brake fluid reservoir.
J(Canada only) Additionally, the red $ (USA only)/ J (Canada only)
Check Brake Fluid warning lamp lights up in the instrument cluster and a warning
Level tone sounds.
X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely as soon as possible, paying
attention to road and traffic conditions. Do not continue driving
under any circumstances.
X Engage the parking brake.
X Consult a qualified specialist workshop.
X Do not add brake fluid. This will not rectify the malfunction.
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G Warning

On-board computer and displays


Driving with the message Check Brake Fluid Level displayed can result in an accident. Have
your brake system checked immediately.
Do not add brake fluid before checking the brake system. Overfilling the brake fluid reservoir can
result in spilling brake fluid on hot engine parts and the brake fluid catching fire. You can be
seriously burned.

Lights
i Display messages concerning LEDs:
This display message will only appear if all LEDs have failed.

Display messages Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions

b The left or right-hand cornering light is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Check Left
(Y page 107).
Corner'g Lite
or or
Right Corner'g Lite X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

b The left or right-hand low-beam headlamp is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Check Left Low Beam
(Y page 107).
or
Check Right Low or
Beam X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

b The left or right-hand trailer tail light is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself.
Chk. Trailer Lt
Tail Lamp or
or X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Chk. Trailer Rt
Tail Lamp

b The left or right-hand trailer turn signal lamp is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself.
Check Trailer Lt.
Turn Sig. or
or X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Chk. Trailer Rt
Turn Sig.

b The trailer brake lamp is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself.
Chk. Trailer Brake
Lamp or
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

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b The rear left-hand or rear right-hand turn signal is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Turn Signal Rear
(Y page 107).
Left
or or
Chk. Rear Rt Turn X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Signal

b The front left-hand or front right-hand turn signal is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Chk. Front Lt.
(Y page 107).
Turn Signal
or or
Front right X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
indicator

b The turn signal in the left-hand and/or right-hand exterior mirror


is faulty.
Check Left Mirror X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Signal
(Y page 107).
or
Check Right Mirror or
Signal X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

b The high-mounted brake lamp is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Chk. Center Brake
(Y page 107).
Lamp
or
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

b The left or right-hand tail lamp/brake lamp is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Chk. Lt. Tail
(Y page 107).
+Brake Lmp.
or or
Chk. Rt. Tail X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
+Brake Lmp.

b The left or right-hand high beam is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Check Left High
(Y page 107).
Beam
or or
Check Right High X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Beam
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b The left or right-hand license plate lamp is faulty.
X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Chk. Left Lic. Pl
(Y page 107).
Lamp
or or
Chk. Right Lic. Pl X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Lamp

b The left-hand or right-hand front fog lamp is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Check Left Fog Lamp
(Y page 107).
or
Check Right Fog or
Lamp X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

b The left-hand or right-hand rear fog lamp is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Chk. Rear Lt. Fog
(Y page 107).
Lamp
or or
Chk. Rear Rt Fog X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Lamp

b The front left or front right standing lamp is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Chk. Front Lt.
(Y page 107).
Park'g Lmp
or or
Chk. Front Rt. X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Park'g Lmp.

b The left or right-hand backup lamp is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Check Left Revers.
(Y page 107).
Lmp
or or
Check Right X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Revers. Lamp

b The front left or right side marker lamp is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Chk. Front Lt
(Y page 107).
Sidemarker
or or
Chk. Front Rt X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Sidemarker

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b The rear left or right side marker lamp is faulty.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Check Rear Lt.
(Y page 107).
Sidemarker
or or
Chk. Rear Rt X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Sidemarker

b The left or right-hand daytime running lamp is defective.


X Check whether you are permitted to change the bulb yourself
Chk. Lt. Day
(Y page 107).
Running Lite
or or
Chk. Rt. Day X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Running Lite

b The active light function is faulty.


X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Active Headlamps
Inoperative

b The exterior lighting is faulty.


X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Malfunction See
Operator's Manual

b The light sensor is faulty. The low-beam headlamps are switched


on.
AUTO Lamps X USA only: switch off the daytime driving lights in the on-board
Inoperative
computer (Y page 172).
X Switch the lights on and off using the light switch.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

b The lights are still switched on when you leave the vehicle. A
warning tone also sounds.
Switch Off Lights X Turn the light switch to c.

Engine

Display messages Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions

+ The coolant level is too low.


X Add coolant, observing the warning notes when doing so
Check Coolant
(Y page 234).
Level See
X If coolant needs adding more often than usual, have the engine
Operator's Manual
coolant system checked at a qualified specialist workshop.
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On-board computer and displays


Do not spill antifreeze on hot engine parts. Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol which may burn
if it comes into contact with hot engine parts. You could be seriously burned.

! The coolant level is too low. Avoid making long journeys with too little coolant in the cooling
system. The engine will otherwise be damaged.
The display messages and the corresponding symbol that indicate that the coolant level is
too low must not be ignored.

Display messages Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions

? The coolant is too hot.


X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely as soon as possible, paying
Coolant Level Low
attention to road and traffic conditions.
Stop Vehicle Turn
X Make sure that the air supply to the radiator is not blocked, e.g.
Engine Off
by snow, slush or ice.
X Wait until the display message disappears before restarting the
engine. There is otherwise a risk of engine damage.
X Pay attention to the coolant temperature display.
X If the temperature increases again, visit a qualified specialist
workshop immediately.

The poly-V-belt may have torn.


X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely as soon as possible, paying
attention to road and traffic conditions.
X Open the hood.
X Check whether the poly-V-belt is torn.

If the poly-V-belt is torn:


! Do not continue driving. The engine could otherwise overheat.
X Consult a qualified specialist workshop.
If the poly-V-belt is OK:
X Wait until the display message disappears before restarting the
engine. There is otherwise a risk of engine damage.
X Pay attention to the coolant temperature display.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

G Warning
Driving when your engine is overheated can cause some fluids which may have leaked into the
engine compartment to catch fire. You could be seriously burned.
Steam from an overheated engine can cause serious burns which can occur just by opening the
engine hood. Stay away from the engine if you see or hear steam coming from it.
Stop the vehicle in a safe location away from other traffic. Turn off the engine, get out of the
vehicle and do not stand near the vehicle until the engine has cooled down.

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! If the coolant temperature exceeds 248 ‡(120 †) do not continue driving. The engine will
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otherwise be damaged.

Display messages Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions

? The engine fan is faulty.


X At coolant temperatures below 248 ‡ (120 †), continue driving
to the next qualified specialist workshop.
X Avoid subjecting the engine to heavy loads, e.g. driving in
mountainous terrain, and stop-start driving.

# The battery is not being charged.


Possible causes are:
Ra faulty alternator
Ra torn poly-V-belt
Ra malfunction in the electronics

X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely and switch off the engine,
paying attention to road and traffic conditions.
X Open the hood.
X Check whether the poly-V-belt is torn.

If the poly-V-belt is torn:


! Do not continue driving. The engine could otherwise overheat.
X Consult a qualified specialist workshop.
If the poly-V-belt is OK:
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

4 The engine oil level has dropped to a critical level.


A warning tone also sounds.
Check Engine Oil
X Check the oil level (Y page 233).
At Next
RefuelingCheck X If necessary, add the engine oil (Y page 234).
Engine Oil at Next X Have the engine checked for leaks if engine oil has to be added
Refueling more often than usual.

Information on approved engine oils can be obtained from any qualified specialist workshop
or on the Internet at http://www.mbusa.com (USA only).
! The oil level is too low. Avoid long journeys with too little engine oil. There is a risk of
engine damage.
The display messages and the corresponding symbol that indicate that the oil level is too
low must not be ignored.
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C There is only a small amount of fuel in the fuel tank.
X Refuel at the nearest gas station.

8 The fuel level has dropped into the reserve range.


X Refuel at the nearest gas station.
Fuel Level Low

8 The fuel system pressure is too low. The fuel filler cap is not closed
correctly or the fuel system is leaking.
Gas Cap Loose X Check that the fuel filler cap is correctly closed.
X If the fuel filler cap is not correctly closed: close the fuel filler
cap.
X If the fuel filler cap is closed: visit a qualified specialist
workshop.

Driving systems

Display messages Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


Cruise Control Cruise control is faulty.
Inoperative A warning tone also sounds.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

Cruise Control A condition for activating cruise control has not been met.
--- mph You attempted to save a speed of less than 20 mph (30 km/h).
X If the situation allows, drive faster than 20 mph (30 km/h) and
save the speed.
X Check the activation conditions for cruise control
(Y page 149).

Tires
G Warning
Do not drive with a flat tire. A flat tire affects the ability to steer or brake the vehicle. You may
lose control of the vehicle. Continued driving with a flat tire will cause excessive heat build-up
and possibly a fire.

G Warning
Follow recommended tire inflation pressures.
Do not underinflate tires. Underinflated tires wear excessively and/or unevenly, adversely affect
handling and fuel economy, and are more likely to fail from being overheated.

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unevenly, increase stopping distance, and result in sudden deflation (blowout) because they are
more likely to become punctured or damaged by road debris, potholes etc.

Display messages Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


Check G Risk of accident
Tire Pressure Soon The tire pressure loss warning system has detected a significant
loss in pressure.
A warning tone also sounds.
X Stop the vehicle without making any sudden steering or braking
maneuvers. Pay attention to the traffic conditions as you do so.
X Check the tires and, if necessary, change the wheel
(Y page 280).
X Check the tire pressures and, if necessary, set to the correct
tire pressure.
X Restart the tire pressure loss warning system when the tire
pressure is correct (Y page 269).

Check Tire Pressure A display message from the tire pressure loss warning system was
Then Restart Run shown and the system has not been restarted since.
Flat Indicator X Set the correct tire pressure in all four tires.
X Restart the tire pressure loss warning system (Y page 269).

Run Flat Indicator The tire pressure loss warning system is faulty.
Inoperative X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

Tire pressures The tire pressure monitor is measuring the tire pressure.
will be displayed X Drive on.
after driving a The tire pressures appear in the multifunction display after you
few minutes have been driving for a few minutes.

Tire Press. Monitor The TPMS is faulty.


Inoperative X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

Tire Pressure The wheels mounted do not have a suitable tire pressure sensor.
Monitor The tire pressure monitor is deactivated.
Inoperative No X Mount wheels with suitable tire pressure sensors.
Wheel Sensors The TPMS is activated automatically after driving for a few
minutes.
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Check G Risk of accident
Tires The tire pressure in one or more tires has dropped significantly.
The wheel position is displayed in the multifunction display.
X Stop the vehicle without making any sudden steering or braking
maneuvers. Pay attention to the traffic conditions as you do so.
X Correct the tire pressure (Y page 271).
X If necessary, change a wheel (Y page 280).

Caution G Risk of accident


Tire Malfunction The tire pressure in one or more tires has dropped suddenly. The
wheel position is displayed in the multifunction display.
X Stop the vehicle without making any sudden steering or braking
maneuvers. Pay attention to the traffic conditions as you do so.
X If necessary, change a wheel (Y page 280).

Correct The tire pressure is insufficient in at least one of the tires or the
Tire Pressure tire pressure difference between the wheels is too great.
X Check the tire pressures at the next opportunity. If necessary,
correct the tire pressure (Y page 271).
X Restart the tire pressure monitor (Y page 273).

Tire Press. There is no signal from the tire pressure sensor of one or several
Sensor(s)Missing wheels. The pressure of the affected tire is not displayed in the
multifunction display.
X Have the faulty tire pressure sensor replaced at a qualified
specialist workshop.

Tire Press. Monitor No signals are being received from the tire pressure sensors due
Currently to radio interference. The tire pressure monitor is temporarily
Unavailable malfunctioning.
X Drive on.
The TPMS restarts automatically as soon as the problem has
been solved.

h G Risk of accident
Tire Press. The tire pressure in one or more tires has dropped suddenly.
Warning Caution X Stop the vehicle without making any sudden steering or braking
Tire Malfunction maneuvers. Pay attention to the traffic conditions as you do so.
X If necessary, change a wheel (Y page 280).

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h G Risk of accident
Check Tire Pressure The tire pressure in one or more tires has dropped significantly.
X Stop the vehicle without making any sudden steering or braking
maneuvers. Pay attention to the traffic conditions as you do so.
X If necessary, change a wheel (Y page 280).
X Check the tire pressure. If necessary, correct the tire pressure
(Y page 271).

h The tire pressure is insufficient in at least one of the tires or the


tire pressure difference between the wheels is too great.
Correct Tire X Check the tire pressures at the next opportunity. If necessary,
Pressure
correct the tire pressure (Y page 271).

Vehicle

Display messages Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


Shift to 'P' or 'N' You have attempted to start the engine with the transmission in
to Start Engine position R or D.
X Shift the transmission to position P or N.

P You turned off the engine with the Start/Stop button and opened
Shift to 'P' the driver's door while the transmission was in position N.
or
You have attempted to turn off the engine with the Start/Stop
button while the transmission was in position R or D.
X Shift the transmission to position P.

A The tailgate is open.


X Close the tailgate.

? G Risk of accident
The hood is open.
X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely as soon as possible, paying
attention to road and traffic conditions.
X Engage the parking brake.
X Close the hood.

C At least one door is open.


X Close all doors.
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_ G Risk of injury
Rear Lt. Backrest The backrest in the rear is not engaged on the left-hand and/or
Not Latched right-hand side.
or X Push the backrest back until it engages.
Rear Rt. Backrest
Not Latched

D G Risk of accident
Power Steering The power steering assistance is faulty. You will need to use more
Malfunction See force to steer.
Operator's Manual A warning tone also sounds.
X Check whether you are able to apply the extra force required.
X If you are able to steer safely: carefully drive on to a qualified
specialist workshop.
X If you are unable to steer safely: do not drive on. Contact the
nearest qualified specialist workshop.

No Service Your vehicle is outside the network provider transmitter/receiver


range.
X Wait until the mobile phone operational readiness symbol
appears in the multifunction display.

¥ The washer fluid level in the washer fluid reservoir has dropped
below the minimum.
Check Washer Fluid X Add washer fluid (Y page 235).

SmartKey

Display messages Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions

+ You have put the wrong SmartKey in the ignition lock.


X Use the correct SmartKey.
Key Does Not
Belong to Vehicle

+ The SmartKey is in the ignition lock.


X Remove the SmartKey.
Take Your Key from
Ignition

+ The SmartKey needs to be replaced.


X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
Obtain a new key

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+ The batteries of the KEYLESS-GO key are discharged.


X Change the batteries (Y page 72).
Replace Key Battery

+ The display message is displayed for a maximum of 60 seconds


and is just a reminder.
Don't Forget Your You have opened the driver's door with the engine switched off.
Key The KEYLESS-GO key is not in the ignition lock.
X Take the KEYLESS-GO key with you when leaving the vehicle.

+ The KEYLESS-GO key is not in the vehicle.


A warning tone also sounds.
Key Not Detected
(red display message) If the engine is switched off, you can no longer lock the vehicle
centrally or start the engine.
X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely as soon as possible, paying
attention to road and traffic conditions.
X Engage the parking brake.
X Locate the KEYLESS-GO key.

The KEYLESS-GO key is not detected while the engine is running


because there is interference from a strong source of radio waves.
A warning tone also sounds.
X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely as soon as possible, paying
attention to road and traffic conditions.
X Engage the parking brake.
X Operate the vehicle with the KEYLESS-GO key in the ignition
lock if necessary.

+ The KEYLESS-GO key cannot be detected at present.


X Change the location of the key with the KEYLESS-GO functions
Key Not Detected
in the vehicle.
(white display
message) If the KEYLESS-GO key is still not detected:
X Change the location of the key with the KEYLESS-GO functions
in the vehicle.
X Operate the vehicle with the KEYLESS-GO key in the ignition
lock if necessary.

+ The KEYLESS-GO key has been detected inside the vehicle during
locking.
Key Detected in X Remove the KEYLESS-GO key from the vehicle.
Vehicle
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+ KEYLESS-GO is temporarily malfunctioning or is defective. A
warning tone also sounds.
Remove 'Start' X Insert the SmartKey into the ignition lock and turn it to the
Button and Insert
desired position.
Key
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

+ At least one door is open. A warning tone also sounds.


X Close all doors and lock the vehicle again.
Close Doors to
Lock Vehicle

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Brakes

Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


$ (USA only) You are driving with the parking brake engaged.
J (Canada only) X Release the parking brake.
The red brake system The warning lamp goes out and the warning tone ceases.
warning lamp comes on
while the vehicle is
moving. A warning tone
also sounds.

$ (USA only) G Risk of accident


J (Canada only)
There is insufficient brake fluid in the fluid reservoir.
The red brake system
X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely as soon as possible, paying
warning lamp comes on
attention to road and traffic conditions. Do not continue driving
while the engine is
under any circumstances.
running. A warning tone
X Engage the parking brake.
also sounds.
X Consult a qualified specialist workshop immediately.
X Observe the additional display messages in the multifunction
display.
Do not add brake fluid. This will not rectify the problem.

G Warning
Driving with the brake warning lamp illuminated can result in an accident. Have your brake system
checked immediately if the brake warning lamp stays on. Do not add brake fluid before checking
the brake system.
Overfilling the brake fluid reservoir can result in spilling brake fluid on hot engine parts and the
brake fluid catching fire. You can be seriously burned.

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Seat belts
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Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


7 The seat belt warning lamp reminds the driver and front passenger
After starting the to fasten their seat belts.
engine, the red seat X Fasten your seat belt (Y page 50).
belt warning lamp lights
up for 6 seconds.

7 G Risk of injury
After starting the The driver's seat belt is not fastened.
engine, the red seat
belt warning lamp lights X Fasten your seat belt (Y page 50).
up. In addition, a The warning tone ceases.
warning tone sounds
for up to 6 seconds.

7 G Risk of injury
The red seat belt The driver or front passenger has not fastened their seat belt.
warning lamp lights up
after the engine starts, X Fasten your seat belt (Y page 50).
as soon as the driver's The warning lamp goes out.
or the front-passenger
door is closed. G Risk of injury
There are objects on the front-passenger seat.
X Remove the objects from the front-passenger seat and stow
them in a secure place.
The warning lamp goes out.
7 G Risk of injury
The red seat belt The driver or front passenger has not fastened their seat belt. In
warning lamp flashes addition, you are driving faster than 15 mph (25 km/h) or you have
and an intermittent briefly driven faster than 15 mph (25 km/h).
audible warning
X Fasten your seat belt (Y page 50).
sounds.
The warning lamp goes out and the intermittent audible warning
ceases.

G Risk of injury
There are objects on the front-passenger seat. In addition, you are
driving faster than 15 mph (25 km/h) or you have briefly driven
faster than 15 mph (25 km/h).
X Remove the objects from the front-passenger seat and stow
them in a secure place.
The warning lamp goes out and the intermittent audible warning
ceases.
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Safety systems

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Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions
! G Risk of accident
The yellow ABS warning ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) is deactivated due to a malfunction.
lamp is lit while the
Therefore, ESP® (Electronic Stability Program), BAS (Brake Assist),
engine is running.
EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), hill start assist and
ESP® trailer stabilization are also deactivated.
The brake system continues to function normally, but without the
functions listed above. The wheels could therefore lock if you
brake hard, for example.
X Observe the additional display messages in the multifunction
display.
X Drive on carefully.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

If the ABS control unit is faulty, there is also a possibility that other
systems, such as the navigation system or AUTOTRONIC, will not
be available.
! G Risk of accident
The yellow ABS warning
ABS is temporarily unavailable. ESP®, BAS and EBD, for example,
lamp is lit while the
are therefore not available either.
engine is running.
Self diagnosis is not yet complete.
The brake system continues to function normally, but without the
functions listed above. The wheels could therefore lock if you
brake hard, for example.
X Carefully drive a suitable distance making slight steering
movements at a speed above 12 mph (20 km/h).
The functions mentioned above are available again when the
warning lamp goes out.
If the warning lamp is still on:
X Observe the additional display messages in the multifunction
display.
X Drive on carefully.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

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äå! G Risk of accident


The yellow ESP® and EBD is faulty. Therefore, ABS, BAS, hill start assist and ESP® trailer
ESP® OFF warning stabilization are not available either, due to a malfunction.
lamps and the yellow
The brake system continues to function normally, but without the
ABS warning lamp are
functions listed above. The wheels could therefore lock if you
lit while the engine is
brake hard, for example.
running. A warning tone
also sounds. X Observe the additional display messages in the multifunction
display.
X Drive on carefully.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

äå! G Risk of accident


The yellow ESP® and ABS and ESP® are faulty. Therefore, BAS, hill start assist and
ESP® OFF warning ESP® trailer stabilization are not available either, due to a
lamps and the yellow malfunction.
ABS warning lamp are
The brake system continues to function normally, but without the
lit while the engine is
functions listed above. The wheels could therefore lock if you
running.
brake hard, for example.
X Observe the additional display messages in the multifunction
display.
X Drive on carefully.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

ä G Risk of accident
The yellow ESP® ESP® or traction control has intervened because there is a risk of
warning lamp flashes skidding or at least one wheel has started to spin.
while the vehicle is in
Cruise control is deactivated.
motion.
X Only depress the accelerator pedal as far as necessary when
pulling away.
X Release the accelerator pedal while the vehicle is in motion.
X Adapt your driving style to suit the road and weather conditions.
X Do not deactivate ESP®.

Exceptions: (Y page 63).


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ä At least one wheel is spinning and ETS (Electronic Traction
The yellow ESP® System) is deactivated to prevent the brakes on the drive wheels
warning lamp flashes from overheating.
while the vehicle is in X Observe the additional display messages in the multifunction
motion. display.
ETS switches back on again as soon as the brakes have cooled
down.
The display message disappears and the ä warning lamp goes
out.
å G Risk of accident
The yellow ESP® OFF ESP® and ESP® trailer stabilization are deactivated. ESP® will not
warning lamp is lit while stabilize the vehicle if it starts to skid or if a wheel starts to spin.
the engine is running.
X Reactivate ESP®.

Exceptions: (Y page 63).


X Adapt your driving style to suit the road and weather conditions.

If ESP® cannot be activated:


X Have ESP® checked at a qualified specialist workshop.
äå G Risk of accident
The yellow ESP® and ESP®, BAS, hill start assist and ESP® trailer stabilization are not
ESP® OFF warning available, due to a malfunction. ESP® will not stabilize the vehicle
lamps are lit while the if it starts to skid or if a wheel starts to spin.
engine is running.
The brake system continues to function normally, but without the
functions listed above.
X Observe the additional display messages in the multifunction
display.
X Drive on carefully.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.

6 G Risk of injury
The red SRS warning The restraint systems are malfunctioning. The air bags or ETDs
lamp is lit while the may either be triggered unintentionally or, in the event of an
engine is running. accident, not be triggered at all.
X Drive on carefully.
X Visit a qualified specialist workshop immediately.

G Warning
In the event a malfunction of the SRS is indicated as outlined above, the SRS may not be
operational.

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immediately to have the system checked. Otherwise the SRS may not be activated when needed
in an accident, which could result in serious or fatal injury, or it might deploy unexpectedly and
unnecessarily which could also result in injury.

Engine

Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


; There may be a malfunction, for example:
The yellow Check Rin the engine management
Engine warning lamp Rin the fuel injection system
lights up while the Rin the exhaust system
engine is running.
Rin the ignition system
Rthe fuel system

The emission limit values may have been exceeded and the engine
may be breaking in emergency mode.
X Have the vehicle checked as soon as possible at a qualified
specialist workshop.
i In some states/provinces, you are required by law to visit a
qualified specialist workshop as soon as the Check Engine
warning lamp lights up. If necessary, check whether this is the
case in the state/province you are in.
8 The fuel system pressure is too low. The fuel filler cap is not closed
The yellow reserve fuel correctly or the fuel system is leaking.
warning lamp flashes X Check that the fuel filler cap is correctly closed.
while the engine is X If the fuel filler cap is not correctly closed: close the fuel filler
running. cap.
X If the fuel filler cap is closed: visit a qualified specialist
workshop.
8 The amount of fuel in the tank has dropped into the reserve range.
The yellow reserve fuel X Refuel at the nearest gas station.
warning lamp lights up
while the engine is
running.
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? The temperature sensor for the coolant temperature gauge is
The red coolant faulty.
warning lamp lights up The coolant temperature is no longer being monitored. There is a
while the engine is risk of engine damage if the coolant temperature is too high.
running and the coolant X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely and switch off the engine,
temperature gauge is paying attention to road and traffic conditions. Do not continue
at the start of the scale. driving under any circumstances.
X Engage the parking brake.
X Consult a qualified specialist workshop.

? The coolant level is too low.


The red coolant If the coolant level is correct, the airflow to the radiator may be
warning lamp comes on blocked or the electric radiator fan may be malfunctioning.
while the engine is The coolant is too hot and the engine is no longer being cooled
running. sufficiently.
X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely and switch off the engine,
paying attention to road and traffic conditions.
X Allow the engine and coolant to cool.
X Check the coolant level and add the coolant (Y page 234).
Observe the warning notes.
X If the coolant needs adding more often than usual, have the
engine coolant system checked.
X Make sure that the air supply to the radiator is not blocked, e.g.
by snow, slush or ice.
X At coolant temperatures below 248 ‡ (120 †), continue driving
to the next qualified specialist workshop.
X Avoid subjecting the engine to heavy loads, e.g. driving in
mountainous terrain, and stop-start driving.
? The coolant has exceeded a temperature of 248 ‡ (120 †). The
The red coolant airflow to the radiator may be blocked or the coolant level may be
warning lamp comes on too low.
while the engine is The engine is not being cooled sufficiently and may be damaged.
running. A warning tone X Pull over and stop the vehicle safely and switch off the engine,
also sounds. paying attention to road and traffic conditions.
X Allow the engine and coolant to cool.

G Warning
Driving when your engine is overheated can cause some fluids which may have leaked into the
engine compartment to catch fire. You could be seriously burned.
Steam from an overheated engine can cause serious burns which can occur just by opening the
engine hood. Stay away from the engine if you see or hear steam coming from it.

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vehicle and do not stand near the vehicle until the engine has cooled down.

! If the coolant temperature exceeds 248 ‡(120 †) do not continue driving. The engine will
otherwise be damaged.

Tires

Problem Possible causes/consequences and M Solutions


h G Risk of accident
USA only: The tire pressure monitor has detected a loss of pressure in at
The yellow combination least one of the tires.
low tire pressure X Stop the vehicle without making any sudden steering or braking
warning lamp/TPMS
maneuvers. Pay attention to the traffic conditions as you do so.
malfunction warning
X Observe the additional display messages in the multifunction
lamp is lit.
display.
X Check the tire pressure. If necessary, correct the tire pressure
(Y page 271).
X If necessary, change a wheel (Y page 280).

h The tire pressure monitor is faulty.


USA only: X Observe the additional display messages in the multifunction
The yellow combination display.
low tire pressure X Visit a qualified specialist workshop.
warning lamp/TPMS
malfunction warning
lamp flashes for sixty
seconds and then
remains lit.

G Warning
Each tire, including the spare (if provided), should be checked every other week when cold and
inflated to the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer on the Tire and
Loading Information placard on the driver's door B-pillar or, if available, the tire inflation pressure
label on the inside of the fuel filler flap. If your vehicle has tires of a different size than the size
indicated on the Tire and Loading Information placard or, if available, the tire inflation pressure
label, you should determine the proper tire inflation pressure for those tires.
As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been equipped with a tire pressure monitoring
system (TPMS) that illuminates a low tire pressure warning lamp when one or more of your tires
are significantly underinflated. Accordingly, when the low tire pressure warning lamp illuminates,
you should stop and check your tires as soon as possible, and inflate them to the proper pressure.
Driving on a significantly underinflated tire causes the tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure.
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Underinflation also reduces fuel efficiency and tire tread life, and may affect the vehicle's handling

On-board computer and displays


and stopping ability. Please note that the TPMS is not a substitute for proper tire maintenance,
and it is the driver's responsibility to maintain correct tire pressure, even if underinflation has
not reached the level to trigger illumination of the TPMS low tire pressure warning lamp.
Your vehicle has also been equipped with a TPMS malfunction indicator to indicate when the
system is not operating properly. The TPMS malfunction indicator is combined with the low tire
pressure warning lamp. When the system detects a malfunction, the warning lamp will flash for
approximately one minute and then remain continuously illuminated. This sequence will continue
upon subsequent vehicle start-ups as long as the malfunction exists. When the malfunction
indicator is lit, the system may not be able to detect or signal low tire pressure as intended.
TPMS malfunctions may occur for a variety of reasons, including the installation of incompatible
replacement or alternate tires or wheels on the vehicle that prevent the TPMS from functioning
properly. Always check the TPMS malfunction warning lamp after replacing one or more tires or
wheels on your vehicle to ensure that the replacement or alternate tires and wheels allow the
TPMS to continue to function properly.

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Vehicle equipment ............................ 206


Loading guidelines ............................ 206
Stowage compartments ................... 206
Stowage areas .................................. 208

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Features ............................................. 214
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Vehicle equipment (GAWR) for the front and rear axles. The data
on GVWR and GAWR is stated on the vehicle
i This manual describes all the standard identification plate on the B-pillar on the
and optional equipment of your vehicle driver's side (Y page 274).
which was available at the time of Further information can be found in the
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purchase. Country-specific differences are "Loading the vehicle" section (Y page 274).
possible. Bear in mind that your vehicle The handling characteristics of a laden
may not feature all functions described vehicle are dependent on the distribution of
here. This also refers to safety-related the load within the vehicle. For this reason,
systems and functions. you should observe the following notes when
transporting a load:
RPosition heavy loads as far forwards as
Loading guidelines possible and as low down in the cargo
compartment as possible.
G Warning! RThe load must not protrude above the
Always fasten items being carried as securely upper edge of the seat backrests.
as possible using cargo tie-down rings and Ralways place the load against the rear or
fastening materials appropriate for the weight front seat backrests. Make sure that the
and size of the load. seat backrests are securely locked into
In an accident, during hard braking or sudden place.
maneuvers, loose items will be thrown around RHook in the cargo net when loading.
inside the vehicle. This can cause injury to RAlways place the load behind unoccupied
vehicle occupants unless the items are
seats if possible.
securely fastened in the vehicle.
RSecure the load with sufficiently strong and
To help avoid personal injury during a collision
wear-resistant tie down. Pad sharp edges
or sudden maneuver, exercise care when
for protection.
transporting cargo. Do not pile luggage or
cargo higher than the seat backrests.
Never drive a vehicle with the tailgate open. Stowage compartments
Deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gases may
enter vehicle interior resulting in Important safety notes
unconsciousness and death.
G Warning!
The gross vehicle weight (GVW) is the weight To help avoid personal injury during a collision
of the vehicle including fuel, the vehicle tool or sudden maneuver, exercise care when
kit, spare tire, any installed accessories, storing objects in the vehicle. Put luggage or
vehicle occupants and luggage/cargo. cargo in the cargo compartment if possible.
The load limit and the gross vehicle weight Do not pile luggage or cargo higher than the
rating (GVWR) of your vehicle must never be seat backrests.
exceeded. The load limit and the GVWR are Keep compartment lids closed. This will help
stated on the vehicle identification plate on to prevent stored objects from being thrown
the B-pillar on the driver's side about and injuring vehicle occupants during
(Y page 274). Rbraking
Additionally, the cargo must be distributed so Rvehicle maneuvers
that the weight on each axle never exceeds Ran accident
the maximum gross axle weight rating
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Stowage compartments in the front X To lock: insert the mechanical key into the
lock and turn it 90° clockwise to position
Glove box 2.
i Depending on the vehicle equipment, X To unlock: insert the mechanical key into
there is an AUX-IN connection or a Media the lock and turn it 90° counter-clockwise

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Interface installed in the glove box. Media to position 1.
Interface is a universal interface for mobile
audio equipment, e.g. for an iPod® or USB
devices; see separate COMAND operating Stowage compartment under the
instructions. armrest
i The glove box can be ventilated i A small and a large stowage compartment
(Y page 125). are located under the armrest. The small
stowage compartment can be removed for
emptying.

X To open: pull handle : and open glove box


flap ;.
X To close: fold glove box flap ; upwards X To open: press left-hand button ; or right-
until it engages. hand button :.
The stowage compartment opens.
The glove box can only be locked and
unlocked using the mechanical key.
Stowage compartments in the rear
Stowage pockets
G Warning!
Storage bags are intended for storing light-
weight items only.
Heavy objects, objects with sharp edges or
fragile objects may not be transported in the
storage bag. In an accident, during hard
braking, or sudden maneuvers, they could be
thrown around inside the vehicle and cause
injury to vehicle occupants.
Storage bags cannot protect transported
goods in the event of an accident.

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Storage bags are located in the rear G Warning!


compartment on the driver's and front- Never drive a vehicle with the tailgate open.
passenger seat backrests. Deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gases may
enter vehicle interior resulting in
unconsciousness and death.
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The left-hand and right-hand rear seat
Parcel nets
backrests can be folded forwards separately
G Warning to increase the cargo compartment capacity.
Parcel nets are intended for storing light-
weight items only, such as road maps, mail, Folding the rear seat backrest forward
etc.
Heavy objects, objects with sharp edges, or
fragile objects may not be transported in the
parcel nets. In an accident, during hard
braking, or sudden maneuvers, they could be
thrown around inside the vehicle and cause
injury to vehicle occupants.
Parcel nets cannot protect transported goods
in the event of an accident.

Parcel nets are located in the front-passenger


footwell and on the left-hand side of the cargo X Fully insert the backrest head restraints
compartment. (Y page 93).
X Move the driver's or front-passenger seat
forward if necessary.
Enlarging the luggage compartment X Pull left-hand or right-hand release
Important safety notes handle ; of the seat backrest forwards.
Corresponding seat backrest : is
G Warning! released.
Always lock the seat backrest in its upright X Fold seat backrest : forwards.
position when the rear seat bench is
X Move the driver's or front-passenger seat
occupied, or the extended cargo volume is not
in use. back if necessary.
Check for secure locking by pushing and
pulling on the seat backrest.
In an accident, during hard braking or sudden
maneuvers, loose items will be thrown around
inside the vehicle. This can cause injury to
vehicle occupants unless the items are
securely fastened in the vehicle.
To help avoid personal injury during a collision
or sudden maneuver, exercise care when
transporting cargo.
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Folding the rear seat backrest back X Adjust the head restraints if necessary
(Y page 93).
X Move the driver's or front-passenger seat
back if necessary.

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Securing cargos
Lashing eyelets
Observe the following notes on securing
loads:
Rsecure the load using the cargo tie down
: Backrest
rings.
; Lock verification indicator
Rdo not use elastic straps or nets to secure
= Backrest release handle
a load, as these are only intended as an
X Move the driver's or front-passenger seat anti-slip protection for light loads.
forward if necessary. Rdo not route tie downs across sharp edges
or corners.
! Make sure that the seat belt does not
Rpad sharp edges for protection.
become trapped when folding the rear seat
backrest back. Otherwise, it could be There are four cargo tie down rings in the
damaged. cargo compartment and two cargo tie down
X
rings in the rear footwells24.
Fold seat backrest : back until it engages.
Red lock verification indicator ; is no
longer visible.

G Warning!
If a red indicator is visible with the seat
backrest up, then the seat backrest is not
properly locked into position.
Always lock seat backrest in its upright
position when rear seat bench is occupied, or
the expanded cargo volume is not in use.
Check for secure locking by pushing and
: Cargo tie down rings in the cargo
pulling on the seat backrest.
compartment
In an accident, during hard braking or sudden
maneuvers, loose items will be thrown around
inside the vehicle. This can cause injury to
vehicle occupants unless the items are
securely fastened in the vehicle.
To help avoid personal injury during a collision
or sudden maneuver, exercise care when
transporting cargo.

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i You can fold up the solid section of the


cargo compartment cover approximately
45˚ to facilitate loading the cargo
compartment.
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Extending/retracting the luggage


compartment cover

: Cargo tie down rings in the rear footwells


(Canada only)

Bag hooks
! The bag hook can bear a maximum load
of 11 lbs (5 kg). Do not use it to secure a
load.
There is one bag hook on the left side wall in X To extend: pull cargo compartment
the cargo compartment and there are two cover : back and clip it into the retainers
hooks on the right and left of the lower D-pillar on the left and right.
trim. X To retract: unhook cargo compartment
cover : from the retainers on the left and
right and guide it forwards by the grab
handle until it is fully retracted.

Removing/installing the luggage


compartment cover

Luggage compartment cover


Important safety notes
! When loading the vehicle, make sure that
you do not stack the load in the cargo
compartment higher than the lower edge of X To remove: make sure that cargo
the side windows. Do not place heavy compartment cover : is rolled up.
objects on top of the cargo compartment X Press handle ; on the right underside to
cover.
the left.
The cargo compartment cover is located X Remove cargo compartment cover :.
behind the rear bench seat backrest.
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X To install: attach cargo compartment


cover : to the opening on the left-hand
side.
X Press handle ; to the right.
X Allow cargo compartment cover : to

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engage in the appropriate recess.

Cargo net
Important safety notes RThe brackets behind B-pillar : are
G Warning! required for the cargo compartment
Make sure the cargo net is properly engaged enlargement (Y page 208).
at top and bottom position and the tightening The corresponding cargo tie down rings to
belts are securely fastened. tighten the net are located in the footwell
Never use a damaged cargo net. of the rear bench seat (Y page 209).
RThe brackets behind C-pillar ; are
Always use cargo net when transporting
cargo. This helps to avoid personal injury from required for the cargo compartment behind
smaller objects being thrown around in the the rear bench seat.
occupant compartment during a collision or The corresponding cargo tie down rings to
sudden maneuver. tension the net are located in the cargo
The cargo net cannot prevent the movement compartment (Y page 209).
of large, heavier objects into the passenger The cargo net is located in the loading tray in
compartment in an accident. Such items must the stowage well under the trunk floor
be properly secured using the cargo tie-down (Y page 212).
rings in the cargo compartment floor. X Open both Velcro fasteners and remove the
Passenger use of seats behind installed cargo cargo net.
net is restricted because of the footwell being X Unroll and unfold the cargo net.
taken up by the net. The upper and lower guide rods must
engage audibly.
When the vehicle is loaded with objects that
extend beyond the seat backrests, using a
cargo net is particularly important. For Attaching the cargo net
reasons of safety, a cargo net should always
be used when transporting cargo.

Preparing the cargo net


The cargo net can be used in two different
positions (behind the B-pillar or the C-pillar).

Cargo net attached behind the C-pillar

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X Insert guide rod ; into retainer : in the X Pull belt adjuster : upwards in the
direction of the arrow. direction of the arrow to reduce the tension
X Slide guide rod ; forwards into on the tensioning strap.
retainer : in the direction of the arrow. X Unhook belt hook ; from cargo tie-down
ring =.
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Tightening the cargo net


Detaching and storing the cargo net
X Detach guide rod ; from bracket :
(Y page 211).
X Press the red button on the upper and lower
guide rods.
X Fold the cargo net and roll it up.
X Close the two Velcro fasteners on the cargo
net holder.

Seat belt reel holder behind the front seats Coat hooks on the tailgate
X Insert belt hook : into cargo tie-down
G Warning!
ring ; in the direction of the arrow.
The tailgate may close if too great a load is
X Pull tensioning strap = by the loose end in placed on the coat hooks.
the direction of the arrow until the cargo You and/or others could be trapped and
net is tight. injured.
X After driving a short distance, check the
Only use the coat hooks for light clothing.
tension of the cargo net and retighten it if
necessary.

Releasing the cargo net

: Coat hooks

Stowage well under the cargo


Seat belt reel holder behind the front seats
compartment floor
G Warning!
If items are stored in the compartment, make
sure compartment is securely closed.
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In an accident, during hard braking or sudden


maneuvers, they could be thrown around
inside the vehicle, and cause injury to vehicle
occupants.

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X Engage hook = into rain trough ?.
i Stowage compartments A and B can be
used to stow small, light and flat objects.
! Before you close the tailgate, unhook the
X To open: open the tailgate. hook from the rain trough and fold the trunk
X Holding the ribbing, press handle : floor down.
downwards ;. X To close: unhook hook = from rain
Handle : folds upwards.
trough ?.
X Swing the trunk floor upwards using
X Fasten the hook to the bracket on the
handle : until it rests against the cargo
underside of the trunk floor
compartment cover.
X Fold the trunk floor down.
X Press the trunk floor down ; until it
engages.

Roof carrier
Important safety notes
G Warning!
Only use roof racks approved by Mercedes-
Benz for your vehicle model to avoid damage
X Release hook = from the bracket on the to the vehicle.
underside of the trunk floor. Follow the manufacturer’s installation
instructions. Otherwise, an improperly
attached roof rack system or its load could
become detached from the vehicle.
Do not exceed the maximum roof load of
165 lb (75 kg).
Take into consideration that when the roof
rack is loaded, the handling characteristics
are different from those when operating the
vehicle without the roof rack loaded.

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! Mercedes-Benz recommends that you thrown around in the vehicle interior may
only use roof carriers that have been tested cause an accident and/or serious personal
and approved for Mercedes-Benz vehicles. injury.
This helps to prevent damage to the
vehicle. Cup holder in the center console
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Position the cargo on the roof rack in such


a way that the vehicle will not sustain
damage even when it is in motion.
Ensure that, depending on the vehicle's
equipment, you can raise the panorama
roof with power tilt/sliding panel fully and
open the tailgate fully when the roof carrier
is installed.

Fastening the roof carrier


X Secure the roof carrier to the roof rails.
X Observe the manufacturer's installation
Cup holder in the rear seat armrest
instructions.
! Do not sit or lean your bodyweight on the
armrests when they are folded out as you
Features could damage them.

Cup holder ! Only fold the armrests up when the cup


holder is closed. The cup holder may
Points to observe before use otherwise be damaged.
G Warning
In order to help prevent spilling liquids on
vehicle occupants and/or vehicle equipment,
only use containers that fit into the cup
holder. Use lids on open containers and do
not fill containers to a height where the
contents, especially hot liquids, could spill
during braking, vehicle maneuvers, or in an
accident. Liquids spilled on vehicle occupants
may cause serious personal injury. Liquids
spilled on vehicle equipment may cause
damage not covered by the Mercedes-Benz X To open: raise the armrest cover.
Limited Warranty. X Press release catch :.
When not in use, keep the cup holder closed. Cup holder ; folds out forwards.
An open cup holder may cause injury to you X Swing the armrest cover back down, if
or others when contacted during braking, necessary.
vehicle maneuvers, or in an accident. X To close: raise the armrest cover.
Keep in mind that objects placed in the cup X Swing cup holder ; back until it engages.
holder may come loose during braking,
X Swing the armrest cover back down, if
vehicle maneuvers, or in an accident and be
thrown around in the vehicle interior. Objects necessary.
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Sun visors
Overview of the sun visor
G Warning

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Do not use the vanity mirror while driving.
Keep the vanity mirrors in the sun visors
closed while the vehicle is in motion.
Reflected glare can endanger you and others.

X Pull or push the sun visor in the direction of


the arrow.

Ashtray
Ashtray in the cockpit
i There is a stowage space under the
ashtray.
: Mirror light
! The stowage space under the ashtray is
; Bracket
not heat resistant. Before placing lit
= Retaining clip, e.g. for a car park ticket cigarettes in the ashtray, make sure that
? Vanity mirror the ashtray is properly engaged. Otherwise,
A Mirror cover the stowage space could be damaged.

Vanity mirror in the sun visor


Mirror light : only functions if the sun visor
is clipped into retainer ; and mirror cover
A has been folded up.

Glare from the side


X Fold down the sun visor.
X Pull the sun visor out of retainer ;.
X Swing the sun visor to the side. X To open: slide cover : forwards until it
engages.
X To remove the insert: hold insert = by
the ribbing at the sides and lift it up and
out ;.

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X To refit the insert: press insert = into the even if the SmartKey is removed from the
holder until it engages. ignition lock or removed from the vehicle,
X To close: press cover : briefly at the such as seat adjustment, steering wheel
front. adjustment, or the memory function
The cover moves back. If children open a door, they could injure other
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persons or get out of the vehicle and injure


Ashtray in the rear compartment themselves or be injured by following traffic.
Do not expose the child restraint system to
direct sunlight. The child restraint system's
metal parts, for example, could become very
hot, and the child could be burned on these
parts.

G Warning
Never touch the heating element or sides of
the lighter; they are extremely hot. Hold the
knob only.
Make sure any children traveling with you do
X To open: pull cover ; out by its top edge. not injure themselves or start a fire with the
hot cigarette lighter.
X To remove the insert: press release
button = and lift the insert up and out.
X To re-insert the insert: replace insert :
from above.
X Press insert : into the holder until it
engages.

Cigarette lighter
G Warning
When leaving the vehicle, always remove the
Center console, front
SmartKey from the ignition lock. Always take
the SmartKey with you and lock the vehicle. X Turn the key to position 2 in the ignition
Do not leave children unattended in the lock.
vehicle, even if they are secured in a child X Slide cover : forwards until it engages.
restraint system, or with access to an X Press in cigarette lighter ;.
unlocked vehicle. A child's unsupervised Cigarette lighter ; will pop out
access to a vehicle could result in an accident
automatically when the heating element is
and/or serious personal injury. The children
red-hot.
could:
Rinjure themselves on parts of the vehicle
Rbe seriously or fatally injured through
excessive exposure to extreme heat or cold
Rinjure themselves or cause an accident with
vehicle equipment that can be operated
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12 V sockets X To open: slide cover : forwards until it


engages.
Points to observe before use X Lift up the cover of socket ;.
! If you are using all sockets in the vehicle, X To close: press cover : briefly at the
make sure that you do not exceed the

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front.
maximum current draw of 55 A. Otherwise, The cover moves back.
you will overload the fuses.
The socket can be used for accessories with Socket in