VW Multifunction display menu and options explained (2022)

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Introduction

Some menu and convenience settings on your mk5 or mk6 VW Jetta, Golf, andTiguan like language and metric/standard units are self explanatory.Others aren't. My car didn't come with an owner's manual to explainany of this (and many functions aren't mentioned at all) so here's an article shows functions of the "inmotion" trip computer and "stopped only" setup menu. This article does not discuss bluetooth functions. Pleaserefer to 1000q: mk5/6 bluetooth FAQ for detailson the bluetooth menus.

There are 3 basic types of displays: lowline half screen, midline fullscreen, and highline full screen multifunction display (MFD+). Some call it MFI (MultiFunction Indicator) or MFD (Multi Function Display) but both are correct becauseboth appeared on the menu depending on the year. After 2010the display became white/black instead of red and the lowline display becamefull size. After 2011, the Jetta uses a short half screen displayagain. 2010+ cars combined theCECM with the central convenience module.

-A lowline display only shows basic features and the "pixels" arebasic. 2009 and earlier lowline were half-screen. The fuel level andwater temp gauges do not have chrome rings.
-A "midline" display is full screen but does not have all the optionsof the highline display like the convenience menu (adjustable settings shownbelow).
-A highline displayallows more functions to be adjustable through the menus. The fuel leveland water temp gauges have chrome rings.

-If you have alow/midline display some of these options can still be adjusted through a rosstech VCDS. Some examples are the alarm honk or how many doors open whenyou use the key fob to unlock the car.(You need an OEM GPS or compass module for the compass to show up in the displaybut if you have a highline display the car already has at least the compassmodule).
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Only highline MFD show the large "car door open" screen. Lowline havea little car symbol light. In North America, midline instrument clusters were onlyfound on gas Jetta /Golf. TDI 2005.5-2010 either have lowline or highline (+) clusters.mk6 2011+ Jetta only had low line clusters. 2010+ Golf/Sportwagen in the US had highline clusters. If you don't have a highline cluster you can't access some of theseoptions. See 1000q: VCDS options andtweaks if you don't have a highline cluster.
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2009 Jetta TDI sportwagen and most 2005.5/2006 didn't come with amultifunction steering wheel (pictured below) to control the MFD+. To adda MFSW, see 1000q: steeringwheel and paddle shifter retrofit. Other cars came with buttons on thestalk. "OK/reset" is on the bottom of the stalk. Hold thetrip buttons up or down to access the menus. It appears that 2011 andnewer Jetta TDI moved the right spoke buttons back to the wiper stalk.
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There are also other settings which can be accessed through a ross tech VCDSbut are not adjustable through the menu. The amount of electric steeringassist can be raised or lowered up to 2007 (see 1000q: powersteering assist level for details), the foglights (if equipped) can be usedas daytime running lights (see 1000q: foglights as DRLfor details), and the intensity of the daytime running lights isadjustable. If your VW speedometer is reading fast, see 1000q:speedometer fix to adjust it. If you have climatronic dual zone autoclimate control, you can also see the speed that the odometer sees, see 1000q:climatronic menu for how.

From what I understand, many US spec Tiguans with the full screen MFD are notenabled to access the convenience menu even though it's equipped. Use aVCDS to change the code to enable it.

Trip computer functions

This shows average mpg, instant mpg, trip time, trip distance, and speedwarning. To switch between trip computer 1 and 2, press the "OK"button. Press and hold "OK" to reset the current tripcomputer. To adjust the speed warning, press "OK" on this screenand adjust the speed using the up/down trip buttons. The speed warningsounds a chime when you pass the set speed.
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When you're at the average mpg (1 or 2) screen, the Ø symbol to the left of the number is a Durchschnitt, or cut through. This means average in German speaking countries. (thanks draula!). It resembles a null, phi,or Scandinavian but it's a durchschnitt.

Menu settings only available when car is stopped (2009 models may have some functions that were in2010 models)

Note: Units with factory indash GPS like the MFD2 (see 1000q: MFD2 navigation systemFAQ), the newer RNS510 (1000q: RNS 510 GPS systemFAQ), or the latest RNS 315 GPS (see 1000q:RNS315 GPS system) don't have the compass setting because the compass is in the GPS.If you add a factory GPS you must disable the compass with a code change or elseit will get 2 signals. Here is the compass menu from a 2010.
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Selecting FactorySetting on any menu resets that menu.

A. "Time" lets you adjust the time or 24h/12 hour clock or fordaylight savings.
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B. "Winter tires" sets a chime that sounds when you exceed a certainspeed. You can adjust that speed in +/- 5 mph increments.Ithas nothing to do with adjusting the speedometer. To correct a fast speedo,see 1000q: speedometeradjustment.
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C. "Language" changes the display language.

D. "Units" changes fuel consumption units (below screen) orswitches Celsius and Fahrenheit. GB (UK) gallons are bigger than USgallons. This is one reason why early reviews or press releases ofEuropean cars show more mpg - their gallons are bigger. The Euro mpg testcycle is also different from the US EPA test cycle.
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E. Going to the "Convenience" menu opens the optionsbelow (Not all will be available on your car, all options are shown below for illustration). A 2010+ Golf menu is shown on the right.
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  1. Windows+sunroof that close if it rains is only available if you enabledthe function AND have a rain sensor (auto headlights/wipers and dimming rearview mirror). This came stock on all 2005.5 Jetta TDI but can beretrofitted to any VW Jetta, Golf, or Sportwagen with a highline centralelectric control module (CECM). See 1000q:rain sensor retrofit to add one. See 1000q:rain sensor auto close to enable the function if you have the sensor.
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  2. Door open lets you unlock all doors or just a single door when you pressunlock once on the key fob. Auto close locks the doors when you exceeda certain speed. Auto open unlocks all doors when you remove the keyfrom the ignition. If you're in a car crash, the doors should unlockautomatically. 2010 models looked like the black/white screen.
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  3. ATA confirm is the anti-theft confirm horn honk. You can set it sothat the car honks when it's locked or doesn't honk.
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  4. Conv. mode lets you choose which windows/sunroof to open/close if youinsert the driver's key into the door lock and turn/hold it to lock/unlock.You can also do this using the remote key fob but you have to use a VCDStool to get to the menu. See 1000q:using the remote to open/close the windows for instructions for2005.5-2009 models. Instructions for 2010 and newer are at the bottom.
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  5. Mirror adjust lets you adjust the mirrors together or separately.
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  6. Mirror down lowers the right side rear view mirror when you shift inreverse so that you can see the curb when backing up. NOTE - thisoption wasonly on 2005.5 Jetta that had highline door control modules (package 2 withmemory seats and leather). This module wasdecontented on all later Jetta and Golf to midline door control moduleswhich can't do this function. You also had to put the mirroradjustment knob on right for it to work. If you have this function,please share exactly how it works in the VolkswagenTDI discussion forum.
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F. "Lights and Vision" menu opens the options below.

  1. The intensity of footwell lighting is adjustable.
  2. Comfort indic. ON activates the turn signal 3 times with a light tap ofthe turn signal. If you hold the turn signal for 2 clicks it won'tactivate. OFF activates the turn signal only as long as you aretapping the turn signal. This setting is separate from the normal"move the lever all the way" function of the turn signal. Ifyou have a 2009 (maybe 2010) or newer, you can adjust how many times the signal flashesduring convenience mode. (You have to use VCDS tool - enter thecentral electric module adaptation).
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  3. If you have coming home, it briefly activates the low beam headlights,side lights, taillights, and license plate light after you lock thedoors. Leaving home turns these lights on when you unlock the doorsusing the key fob. I believe your car must be equipped with thecorrect switch and control module forthese to work.

Do you have any tips on what these settings mean or a scan of the owner'smanual? Please share in the VolkswagenTDI discussion forum, thank you!

Additional menu settings on 2010 + Jetta and Golf

(2009 models may have some functions that were in 2010 models)

(Video) vw mfd menu

The additional main menu settings are Alt. speed dis. and service indicatorinfo/reset.
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You can now customize the MFI (multifunction indicator display or MFD+) menuas well.
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The convenience menu has the setting to control the windows here. If itdoesn't let you open the windows using the remote key fob, see 1000q:2010+ remote window open trick. ****NOTE: the picture below is from a 2010 Jetta. The 2010 Golf menu looks the same except they removed the ATA confirm option (see above).
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After around 2011, some had alt speed options. This displays km/h and I'm guessing mph in Canada.
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Is your car slightly different? Share your experience at the forumslinked at the top.

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