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Pop out the passenger-side door handle from the driver’s seat

Press the “unlock” button on the inside of your door.

Set a custom background image

Make an image:

You can use a ready-made template to get the dimensions right:

Put the image at the root of a USB drive.

Connect the drive to the data-enabled front USB port (not the one with a battery icon).

Go to General Settings > Display > Wallpaper to import or switch wallpaper.

(2020 manual, pp. 272–273.)

See this forum thread for inspiration and ready-made images.

Hide the passenger-side app launcher

Go to General Settings > System > Passenger App Launcher.

It can be changed to always be hidden, or to automatically show only if the passenger seat is occupied.

Turn off the feedback display for climate controls

When you use climate controls, the screen will show what you did for a few seconds. This can be annoying since it covers whatever the screen was showing previously – like satnav. See this forum post for how to turn it off.

Play/pause music via physical buttons

The “⏻ AUDIO” button on the dashboard will effectively play/pause music. On wireless CarPlay, you will lose a few seconds when you un-pause.

To play/pause CarPlay from the steering wheel, you can select “Audio” and then scroll the wheel to some other input like Bluetooth and select it to pause. Scroll back to CarPlay to resume.


Enable HDMI while driving

Normally you can’t play HDMI video while driving, but this can be enabled via a secret diagnostics menu – though it resets when the car is restarted.

Don’t watch video while driving! Only use this for the benefit of passengers.

This video shows how to do it. Also see the forum discussion.

Turn off cruise control and re-activate Single Pedal Control

You can press the Single Pedal Control button to turn off cruise control and re-activate Single Pedal Control at the same time (though you’ll get an angry beep).

Take a screenshot in CarPlay

Take a screenshot on your connected phone and you will also get one for the CarPlay screen.

Note that this does not let you take screenshots of the non-CarPlay parts of the infotainment system.

Use the keyless remote to open or close windows

To open, press the unlock button, release, then within 10 seconds press it again and hold it.

To close, press the lock button, release, then within 10 seconds press it again and hold it.

The windows move while you hold the button and stop when you release it. The back windows never open fully.

(2020 manual, p. 196.)

Use the keyless remote for climate pre-conditioning

To turn it on, press the lock button (exterior lights will flash). Within 5 seconds, press and hold the climate button (fan icon) for a few seconds until exterior lights flash 6 times.

To turn it off, press and hold the climate button (fan icon). Exterior lights will flash.

(2020 manual, p. 250.)

Avoid the 12V battery running flat

Keep the driver’s seat belt fastened if you leave the car on when stopped.

If the seat belt is not fastened, after a while the car will show this dialog: “The vehicle automatically turns OFF to save battery power after a while. Do you want to cancel this function? Yes / No”.

Presumably this is about preserving the 12V battery which powers e.g. the infotainment system and the 12V socket used for the air compressor in the included tyre repair kit. There are horror stories about it going flat.

Fastening the driver’s seat belt makes the dialog go away. The assumption is that with the seat belt fastened, the car will charge the 12V battery.

You can even use a loose seat belt clip for convenience.

(Source. Source.)

Fit both charging cables under the boot floor

This may be more hassle than it’s worth, but it’s physically possible:



Fill the empty slots under the boot floor

This first aid kid and this warning triangle (UK store) fit perfectly in the empty slots.

Or you can put the box of wheel nuts where the first aid kit would go (as in image above).

Or the wheel nut key on its own can fit next to the warning triangle (as in image below).



Finish driving

This seems to be the fewest steps:

  1. Press the “POWER” button. This will automatically put the car in Park and may (see below) automatically apply the parking brake.
  2. Leave the car.
  3. Lock the car.

Turning the car off appears to automatically apply the parking brake if “auto brake” or “single pedal control” were on – watch for the parking brake button’s indicator light to come on. If not, engage it manually. (Source.)

You can turn on “automatic parking brake” (2020 manual, pp. 501–502) in which case it should always engage when the car is turned off. Mind the manual’s warnings: the brake can freeze in cold weather and should not be engaged for conveyor-type car washes or towing. (Source.)