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Some menu and convenience settings on your mk5 or mk6 VW Jetta, Golf, and Tiguan like language and metric/standard units are self explanatory. Others aren't. My car didn't come with an owner's manual to explain any of this (and many functions aren't mentioned at all) so here's an article shows functions of the "in motion" trip computer and "stopped only" setup menu. This article does not discuss bluetooth functions. Please refer to 1000q: mk5/6 bluetooth FAQ for details on the bluetooth menus.
There are 3 basic types of displays: lowline half screen, midline full screen, and highline full screen multifunction display (MFD+). Some call it MFI (Multi Function Indicator) or MFD (Multi Function Display) but both are correct because both appeared on the menu depending on the year. After 2010 the display became white/black instead of red and the lowline display became full size. After 2011, the Jetta uses a short half screen display again. 2010+ cars combined the CECM with the central convenience module.
-A lowline display only shows basic features and the "pixels" are
basic. 2009 and earlier lowline were half-screen. The fuel level and
water temp gauges do not have chrome rings.
-A "midline" display is full screen but does not have all the options of the highline display like the convenience menu (adjustable settings shown below).
-A highline display allows more functions to be adjustable through the menus. The fuel level and water temp gauges have chrome rings.
-If you have a
low/midline display some of these options can still be adjusted through a ross
tech VCDS. Some examples are the alarm honk or how many doors open when
you use the key fob to unlock the car.
(You need an OEM GPS or compass module for the compass to show up in the display
but if you have a highline display the car already has at least the compass
Only highline MFD show the large "car door open" screen. Lowline have
a little car symbol light. In North America, midline instrument clusters were only
found on gas Jetta /
Golf. TDI 2005.5-2010 either have lowline or highline (+) clusters.
mk6 2011+ Jetta only had low line clusters. 2010+ Golf/Sportwagen in the US had highline clusters. If you don't have a highline cluster you can't access some of these
options. See 1000q: VCDS options and
tweaks if you don't have a highline cluster.
2009 Jetta TDI sportwagen and most 2005.5/2006 didn't come with a
multifunction steering wheel (pictured below) to control the MFD+. To add
a MFSW, see 1000q: steering
wheel and paddle shifter retrofit. Other cars came with buttons on the
stalk. "OK/reset" is on the bottom of the stalk. Hold the
trip buttons up or down to access the menus. It appears that 2011 and
newer Jetta TDI moved the right spoke buttons back to the wiper stalk.
There are also other settings which can be accessed through a ross tech VCDS but are not adjustable through the menu. The amount of electric steering assist can be raised or lowered up to 2007 (see 1000q: power steering assist level for details), the foglights (if equipped) can be used as daytime running lights (see 1000q: foglights as DRL for details), and the intensity of the daytime running lights is adjustable. If your VW speedometer is reading fast, see 1000q: speedometer fix to adjust it. If you have climatronic dual zone auto climate control, you can also see the speed that the odometer sees, see 1000q: climatronic menu for how.
From what I understand, many US spec Tiguans with the full screen MFD are not enabled to access the convenience menu even though it's equipped. Use a VCDS to change the code to enable it.
This shows average mpg, instant mpg, trip time, trip distance, and speed
warning. To switch between trip computer 1 and 2, press the "OK"
button. Press and hold "OK" to reset the current trip
computer. To adjust the speed warning, press "OK" on this screen
and adjust the speed using the up/down trip buttons. The speed warning
sounds a chime when you pass the set speed.
When you're at the average mpg (1 or 2) screen, the Ø symbol to the left of the number is a Durchschnitt, or cut through. This means average in German speaking countries. (thanks draula!). It resembles a null, phi,or Scandinavian but it's a durchschnitt.
Menu settings only available when car is stopped (2009 models may have some functions that were in 2010 models)
Note: Units with factory in
dash GPS like the MFD2 (see 1000q: MFD2 navigation system
FAQ), the newer RNS510 (1000q: RNS 510 GPS system
FAQ), or the latest RNS 315 GPS (see 1000q:
RNS315 GPS system) don't have the compass setting because the compass is in the GPS.
If you add a factory GPS you must disable the compass with a code change or else
it will get 2 signals. Here is the compass menu from a 2010.
Selecting Factory Setting on any menu resets that menu.
A. "Time" lets you adjust the time or 24h/12 hour clock or for
B. "Winter tires" sets a chime that sounds when you exceed a certain
speed. You can adjust that speed in +/- 5 mph increments. It
has nothing to do with adjusting the speedometer. To correct a fast speedo,
see 1000q: speedometer
C. "Language" changes the display language.
D. "Units" changes fuel consumption units (below screen) or
switches Celsius and Fahrenheit. GB (UK) gallons are bigger than US
gallons. This is one reason why early reviews or press releases of
European cars show more mpg - their gallons are bigger. The Euro mpg test
cycle is also different from the US EPA test cycle.
E. Going to the "Convenience" menu opens the options
below (Not all will be available on your car, all options are shown below for illustration). A 2010+ Golf menu is shown on the right.
F. "Lights and Vision" menu opens the options below.
Do you have any tips on what these settings mean or a scan of the owner's manual? Please share in the Volkswagen TDI discussion forum, thank you!
(2009 models may have some functions that were in 2010 models)
The additional main menu settings are Alt. speed dis. and service indicator
You can now customize the MFI (multifunction indicator display or MFD+) menu
The convenience menu has the setting to control the windows here. If it
doesn't let you open the windows using the remote key fob, see 1000q:
2010+ remote window open trick. ****NOTE: the picture below is from a 2010 Jetta. The 2010 Golf menu looks the same except they removed the ATA confirm option (see above).
After around 2011, some had alt speed options. This displays km/h and I'm guessing mph in Canada.
Is your car slightly different? Share your experience at the forums linked at the top.