Audi A4 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi A4: Manual shifting

When driving
Fig. 96 Center console: shifting manually with the selector lever

When driving
Fig. 97 Steering wheel: shift paddles*

You can shift the gears manually when in "D" mode. The transmission is in tiptronic mode and "M" is displayed in the instrument cluster. You can shift into manual shifting mode while the vehicle is stationary or while driving.

Shifting with the selector lever

  • To switch to manual shifting mode, tilt the selector lever toward the front passenger's side => fig. 96. "M" will be displayed in the instrument cluster.
  • Upshifting: push the selector lever forward (+).
  • Downshifting: push the selector lever toward the rear (-).
  • To switch back to automatic mode, tilt the selector lever toward the driver's side.

Shifting with the shift paddles

Applies to: vehicles with shift paddles

  • Upshifting: press the (+) shift paddle => fig. 97.
  • Downshifting: press the (-) shift paddle.
  • To switch back to automatic mode, press and hold the (+) shift paddle or push the selector lever toward the rear.

If you stop using the shift paddles temporarily, the transmission will switch back to automatic mode. To keep shifting manually, tilt the selector lever toward the front passenger's side.

Tips

  • The transmission only allows manual shifting when the engine speed is within the permitted range.
  • The transmission automatically shifts up or down before critical engine speed is reached.

Accelerator pedal

You can accelerate the vehicle using the accelerator pedal.

Maximum acceleration

If you press the accelerator pedal all the way down, the motor's full power will be used and you will reach maximum acceleration, also called "kick-down".

WARNING

The driving wheels could spin and the vehicle could swerve on slick or slippery road surfaces when using kick-down, which increases the risk of an accident.

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