Shifting Cargo Loads
An unsecured or incorrectly positioned cargo can slip out of place or endanger the vehicle occupants during braking, direction changes or in accidents.
Never transport objects which are not secured.
Always transport cargo in the cargo area, never in the passenger compartment (e.g. on or in front of the seats).
Support the cargo on the seat backrests whenever possible. Always lock the backrests into place.
Place the cargo behind unoccupied seats whenever possible.
Stow heavy objects as close to the front of the cargo area as possible, with lightweight objects behind them.
The cargo must never project over the top edge of the seat backrest.
Always protect the passenger compartment with a luggage safety net and a luggage compartment cover.
Do not drive with objects on top of the luggage compartment cover.
If the rear seats are not occupied, the backrests can be additionally secured with the safety belts. Simply cross the outer safety belts and insert each into the opposite buckle.
Make sure that the cargo cannot damage the heating filaments of the rear window and the TV antenna of the side window.
Do not transport any heavy objects in open storage trays.
Always keep the covers of the storage trays closed while driving.
Luggage must be stowed completely covered by the luggage net.
The luggage net can prevent only lightweight objects from slipping.
Do not use elastic belts or straps to tie down cargo.
Do not place belts and straps over sharp edges.
Observe the directions for use and information for the tie-down equipment.
Use only belts with a tear strength of at least
1543 lbs. (700 kg) and a maximum width of
1 in. (25 mm).
Cross the belts over the load.
The car's handling changes depending on the vehicle loading. Adapt your driving style to the changed driving behavior.
Do not exceed the maximum gross weight and the axle load.
This information can be found under "Technical data" in this Owner's Manual:
Please see the chapter "WEIGHTS" on page 341.
Never drive with the tailgate open.
Exhaust gases can enter the passenger compartment.
Adapt the tire pressure to the load.
If you change the tire pressure, you must also update the setting for Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
For information on setting Tire Pressure Monitoring System on the multi-function display:
Please see the chapter "SELECTING "CHARGE" IN THE TIRE PRESSURE MENU" on page 119.
Information on tire pressures for partially and fully loaded vehicles can be found under "Technical data" in this Owner's Manual:
Please see the chapter "TIRE PRESSURE FOR COLD TIRES 68 °F (20 °C)" on page 339.