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Volkswagen Polo Owners Manual: Introduction

This chapter contains information on the following subjects:

 → Technical requirements
 → Fitting the removable ball coupling
 → Removing the ball coupling
 → Hitching and connecting the trailer
 → Loading the trailer
 → Towing a trailer
 → Retrofitting a towing bracket
 → Maximum permitted trailer weights
 → Maximum permitted gross combination weight

Observe any country-specific regulations when towing a trailer and using a towing bracket.

Your car is intended mainly for transporting passengers and luggage. However, it can also be used to tow a trailer or caravan, provided that it is fitted with the necessary equipment. This additional load will affect the durability, fuel consumption and performance of the vehicle and, in certain circumstances, can shorten the service intervals.

Driving with a trailer not only places an extra load on the vehicle, but also requires increased concentration on the part of the driver.

In low temperatures, fit winter tyres to both the vehicle and the trailer.

Drawbar load

The maximum permitted weight exerted by the trailer drawbar on the ball coupling of the towing bracket must not exceed 50 kg.

Vehicles with start/stop system

When using a factory-fitted towing bracket or a towing bracket retrofitted by Volkswagen, the start/stop system is automatically switched on as soon as a trailer is attached.

If the trailer is not recognised or if towing brackets are used which have not been retrofitted by Volkswagen, the start/stop system must be switched off manually before towing a trailer by pressing the button in the upper section of the centre console. The start/stop system must remain switched off for the whole period that a trailer is being towed .

Additional information and warnings:

WARNING

It is dangerous to transport people in a trailer and it may also be illegal.

WARNING

Improper use of the towing bracket can cause injury and accidents.

WARNING

Towing a trailer and transporting heavy or bulky items can change the way the vehicle's handling. This can lead to accidents.

WARNING

The start/stop system must always be switched off manually when towing a trailer using towing brackets that have not been retrofitted by Volkswagen. Otherwise faults can occur in the brake system, possibly resulting in accidents and serious injuries.

Always switch off the anti-theft alarm when a trailer is being hitched or unhitched . The tilt sensor could otherwise trigger an alarm unnecessarily.

In new vehicles, do not tow a trailer during the first 1,000 km .

Volkswagen recommends removing the ball coupling before driving without a trailer. The level of damage sustained during a rear-end collision could be greater for vehicles with a fitted ball coupling than for those without.

In some models, the towing bracket is required for towing vehicles. For this reason, the towing bracket ball coupling should be stored in the vehicle at all times.

Towing a trailer
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Technical requirements
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