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Never start the engine and leave it running when the vehicle is in an enclosed space. Exhaust gases are poisonous and can cause unconsciousness and death if inhaled.


If the engine fails to start, do not continue cranking, as this discharges the battery. Damage may also be caused to the catalytic converter due to unburnt fuel passing through the exhaust.


The smart key may not be detected if placed within a metal container, or is shielded by a device with a back-lit LCD screen. For example, a smartphone, laptop, including when inside a laptop bag, or a games console. Keep the smart key clear of such devices when attempting keyless entry, an engine start, or the engine start backup procedure.

To start the engine:

  1. Make sure a valid smart key is inside the vehicle.

  2. Make sure Park (P) or Neutral (N) is selected.

  3. Press the brake pedal firmly.

  4. Press and release the engine START/STOP button. See DRIVER CONTROLS.

Once the engine starts, release the brake pedal, if it is safe to do so.


Gasoline engines only: When starting the engine, the idle speed may rise. The rise in idle speed helps the engine reach its optimum operating temperature quickly, improving fuel efficiency.


If the vehicle is left in a driveable condition with the engine running, the auto stop/start driver exit feature does not prevent the vehicle from moving. Always make sure the vehicle is not left in a driveable condition, as serious injury or death may occur.

For more information on the driver exit feature, see DRIVER EXIT.