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I'm 5 or so weeks into ownership now and am still unfamiliar with some of the features. Yesterday, I was driving in town traffic and encountered several sets of traffic lights on red so I decided to try Autohold. I've been driving autos for a long time now and I'm in the habit of applying the parking brake and putting the gear into Neutral if I'm stopped for several minutes and I think I may have done this in the MX yesterday. Whatever, when I came to pull away after getting the green light yesterday, the car wouldn't move and I became very unpopular with everyone behind me! 馃槯 . In my panic, I was trying everything, including switching power off and on and eventually I managed to get under way, but I'm not sure how! I've checked the handbook today and can't find any specific reference to this, but I'm thinking that for Autohold, I should brake to a standstill and leave the car in Drive until ready to accelerate away - is that correct please?
 

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Yes. Don't touch the gear. Start car, press autohold (it needs started every time you power up). When you come to a stop just press the brake pedal a little harder...nothing else. Keep you foot away from the accelerator as even a light touch can take autohold off. When you are ready to go just accelerate.

I had the same issue when test driving the Skoda Enyaq, T shirt earned

Alan
 

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Just curious what your last vehicle was - or what the last vehicle was that you were doing the entire "applying the parking brake and putting the gear into Neutral if I'm stopped for several minutes " Was that a stick shift/manual car??
 

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Gears in an auto should always be set and forget (unless its got snow mode) - it does clever things like hill stop hold that can go screwy if you switch gears. The MX-30 also has a feature where if you are in neutral and with the park brake it engages anti-roll - then you have to manually engage park before selecting the gear again.
 

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Just curious what your last vehicle was - or what the last vehicle was that you were doing the entire "applying the parking brake and putting the gear into Neutral if I'm stopped for several minutes " Was that a stick shift/manual car??
Hello. No, it was an MX5 RF Auto. I know that some recommend staying in Drive when waiting at junctions, lights etc. but I liked to put the car into Neutral and apply the handbrake if I was going to be waiting for a while on the basis that it would prevent any strain on the transmission and remove the danger of accidentally pressing on the throttle and lurching forward (despite the handbrake).
 
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