Audi Q3 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q3: Starting the vehicle

Convenience key

Applies to: vehicles with convenience key

Starting the vehicle
Fig. 79 Center console: starting the engine

Requirement: the key must be in the vehicle.

Starting the engine

  • Press and hold the brake pedal.
  • Press the button. The engine will start.

Equipment that uses a lot of electricity is switched off temporarily when you start the engine. If the engine does not start immediately, the starting procedure stops automatically after a short time. If this is the case, repeat the starting procedure after approximately 30 seconds.

Stopping the engine

  • Bring the vehicle to a full stop.
  • Press the button. The engine will switch off.

Applies to : vehicles with steering lock: The steering is locked when you turn off the engine and open the driver's door. The steering lock helps prevent vehicle theft. "P" must be engaged on vehicles with an automatic transmission.

Stopping the engine in an emergency

If necessary in an emergency, the engine can also be stopped while driving using the emergency off function.

  • Press the button twice in a row or press and hold it one time.

Switching on and off

If you would like to switch the ignition on or off without starting the engine, follow these steps:

  • Press the button without pressing the brake pedal.

Switching the ignition off automatically

To prevent the vehicle battery from draining, the ignition and possibly the exterior lighting may switch off automatically.


  • The Start/Stop system must have stopped the engine.
  • You must have left the vehicle for longer than 30 seconds.
  • The ignition must be switched on.

Among other indicators, the system detects that you have left the vehicle based on the following factors:

  • The driver's door has been opened.
  • The driver's safety belt has been unbuckled.
  • The brake pedal is not being pressed.

The ignition will also be switched off if the vehicle is locked from the outside.


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