get to know the tech-savvy VW Golf
Mk VII Specifics
fingerbrake Instead of a handbrake lever, the Golf Mk VII has a little electric handbrake button you can operate with one finger. Once you’ve got the car started just put your foot on the brake and push the handbrake button in the central console (where the handbrake lever would be). The light will turn off when it’s released. Put the car in gear and off you go. To put the handbrake back on, you’ve guessed it, put your foot on the brake again and pull the handbrake button up.
uphill ease Press the auto hold button next to the electric handbrake (it’ll light up when it’s activated), and it will hold the car still when your feet are off the pedals. It won’t work if the doors are open or if the driver’s seatbelt isn’t on. To get going just put it into gear, release the clutch and accelerate away.
going hands free To pair your phone with the car’s radio for calls and tunes, first make sure your Bluetooth is activated. Then click the ‘media’ button on the radio, followed by ‘source’ on the touchscreen. You should then tap ‘BT Audio’ and ‘search for new device’, at which point the name of your device should pop up (tap on it). Follow the instructions on your device to pair it and you’re good to go.
other gadgets and gizmos
• Browse your favourite stations in a breeze with the touchscreen digital radio
• No more sticky fingers: the glove compartment is air conditioned to keep your chocolate nice and cool.
• You’ll find the CD player and an SD card slot in the glove compartment for extra musical options.
• Plus there’s media input in the central console to plug in your MP3 player.
opening up Once you’ve swiped into the car with your Zipcard or the mobile app, use the keys during your reservation. We don’t really need to tell you, but press the open padlock button on the fob to unlock all the doors including the boot and (surprise, surprise) press the locked padlock button to lock them all again. With the boot unlocked push on the top half of the VW symbol to open it. To release the key push the button in the top left hand corner. To open the bonnet use the lever found in the driver’s side footwell.
getting started There are both manual and automatic Golfs in the fleet. To start a manual push the clutch whilst turning the key in the ignition (a notice will flash on the screen saying ‘depress the clutch’ if you don’t). For the automatic Golf ensure it is in ‘park’ mode and push down the brake when turning the ignition. Tip: if you're having trouble removing the key from the ignition and you're in an automatic Golf, make sure you're in 'park' mode.
steering lock Trying to turn the ignition but it won’t turn fully or connect? You’ll probably find the steering wheel lock is on. To release, give the wheel a firm wiggle from side to side.
fuel it up Push on the fuel flap and it will spring open (but only if the doors are unlocked). Turn the cap anti-clockwise to unscrew it. Be sure to double check which type of fuel your Zipcar drinks before filling up (you’ll find this on your booking confirmation and/or a sticker inside the fuel flap).
for a rainy day You’ll find the wiper controls on the right hand side lever off the steering wheel. The symbols on the stalk indicate how to operate the different settings. Tip: if the front wipers aren’t working, check that the bonnet is shut properly. If the rear wipers aren’t working, then it may be that the boot isn’t closed properly.
moving the mirrors Adjust your wingmirrors using the electric joystick on the driver’s door (next to the window operating buttons).
disabling the front passenger airbag If you need to use a rear-facing child seat in the passenger seat you can disable the airbag in a few simple steps: with the ignition off, find the airbag switch inside the glove compartment. Use the ignition key to turn it to the off position. When off there will be a warning light to indicate this. Remember to turn the airbag back on when you finish your reservation for the safety of the next member.
dimensions The approximate boot dimensions are 83cm (D) x 100cm (W) x 56cm (L)
Got any more questions about the VW Golf? Check your handy co-pilot found in your Zipcar’s glove compartment or give our friendly Member Services team a call on 0333 240 9000.
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