This post is probably of limited value because it only applies to a factory-fitted retractable towbar on certain Volkswagen models (mine’s a Tiguan Sport) but, being a towbar newbie (I don’t tow but I do want to fix a decent bike rack onto my car!), I wanted to see how to “fold out” the towbar (and to retract it again). The driver who delivered the car didn’t know how, there are no instructions in the handbook, and googling didn’t turn up much either but it’s quite straightforward once you find out how…
- Lift the rear hatch (boot) door and look out for a cover on the top-left of the rear bumper.
- Lift this cover by tucking something into the hole and prising it off (the car key works well for this) – there is a “knob” underneath.
- Give the “knob” a good tug and the towbar will be released. Pull the towbar it out until it locks into place.
- To retract the towbar repeat steps 1-3 but push the towbar back in under the bumper.