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Audi Q3: Starting and stopping the engine automatically

Audi Q3 2018-2023 Owner's Manual / Starting and driving / Driving / Starting and stopping the engine automatically

Applies to: vehicles with Start/Stop system

The system checks if certain conditions are met before and during the Stop phase, and determines if the engine stops and how long it remains stopped. For example, if power usage is high, the engine will not be stopped. Along with other conditions, the following factors influence the automatic engine start or stop:

  • Environmental conditions (slopes, inclines, elevation, temperature)
  • Battery (charge status, temperature, power usage)
  • Engine temperature
  • Assist systems
  • Driving behavior

Depending on the engine, the indicator light may appear if the engine is not stopped.

Manually switching the Start/Stop system off and on

Applies to: vehicles with Start/Stop system

The button is located above the selector lever in the center console.

  • Press to switch the system on or off. The button will be illuminated when the function is switched off.


If you switch the system off during a Stop phase, the engine will start again automatically.


Applies to: vehicles with Start/Stop system

The following messages may appear depending on the vehicle equipment:

Drive system: please start the vehicle manually

This message appears when specific conditions are not met during a Stop phase. The Start/Stop system will not be able to restart the engine. The engine must be started with the [START ENGINE STOP] button.

Vehicle starting system: malfunction! Please contact Service

There is a malfunction in the Start/Stop system.

Drive the vehicle to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Service Facility as soon as possible to have the malfunction corrected.



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