Rear Lights on with DRL

Ron240

Breaking the stereotype
I've mentioned previously that my rear rights are illuminated all the time with the DRL, but I am wondering how many others here do the same?
It does state in the handbook that rear lights are on with the DRL in "some markets", which I assume must include the UK.
I have seen other newish A3/S3 models but none of them have had rear lights on during the day.
Could it be this was a change brought in for 2018 model year?
 

MattSedg

ex S3 owner
Gold Supporter
I've mentioned previously that my rear rights are illuminated all the time with the DRL, but I am wondering how many others here do the same?
It does state in the handbook that rear lights are on with the DRL in "some markets", which I assume must include the UK.
I have seen other newish A3/S3 models but none of them have had rear lights on during the day.
Could it be this was a change brought in for 2018 model year?
yeah mine are always on, they look cool so its all good
 

Martinbanshee

Registered User
PFL here so I run rear DRLs courtesy of VCDS.
 

jassyo06

T-Cut King !
Great until they either dim or go on the bung after a few years of use.. . Strange very strange as every other new Audi doesn't have them.. . Not a fan
 

SPIKE_

Vorsprung durch Technik
Judging by the above comments it seems to be standard.

I have noticed in our S3 the interior light switch when set to auto mode has the side lights mode lit up at all times which supports and answers the OP question.
 

Ron240

Breaking the stereotype
It must be an S3 exclusive thing then and not A3, because all of the latter that I've seen do not have rear lights on.
 

Ron240

Breaking the stereotype
I have noticed in our S3 the interior light switch when set to auto mode has the side lights mode lit up at all times which supports and answers the OP question.
No it doesn't. :)
The DRL are active regardless of whether lights are set to auto or not.
 
M

monopole

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Additionally, I'm pretty sure it's only applicable with LED rear lights, I imagine from my19 onwards, all models will have them by default
 

Brumbrum1

Registered User
It must be an S3 exclusive thing then and not A3, because all of the latter that I've seen do not have rear lights on.
Nope
Mine are always on as well.
Standard on face lift S Line
 

jassyo06

T-Cut King !
In that case must be as stated above, only in conjunction with LED lights....but model year could play a part as well.
S-line and above all do it no matter what build year they are
 

Ron240

Breaking the stereotype
S-line and above all do it no matter what build year they are
That's curious then, because from all the other A3 models I've seen on the road not a single one has had rear lights on. I don't know what trim spec they were but S-line is a very popular choice.
 

SPIKE_

Vorsprung durch Technik
No it doesn't. :)
The DRL are active regardless of whether lights are set to auto or not.
I probably didn’t get across what I meant! The side lights on the light switch cluster is lit green at all times, which I didn’t have on our previous PFL A3, S1 and also our current B9 A4. I’m assuming this supports the fact that the rear lights are always on, as the previous three cars I mentioned didn’t have the rear lights on and the side light was not lit green on the switch.
 

Scotty123

Registered User
Got my car in January of last year on a 66 plate s-line my rear drl’s are always on I really like it personally but each to there own I suppose.
 

jet_andy

Registered User
I've mentioned previously that my rear rights are illuminated all the time with the DRL, but I am wondering how many others here do the same?
It does state in the handbook that rear lights are on with the DRL in "some markets", which I assume must include the UK.
I have seen other newish A3/S3 models but none of them have had rear lights on during the day.
Could it be this was a change brought in for 2018 model year?
It is not a requirement to have rear DRL in the UK, and if you look you'll see that most cars do not have them on.
 

Ron240

Breaking the stereotype
Its probably been done to make things idiot proof, because some people will drive at night with just the front DRL on....assuming auto lights are not active of course. My previous car had auto lights active by default, they couldn't be turned off.
It's strange that Audi have not made rear DRL a standard feature across the whole range.
Lets hope all of the LED units have a long operating life. :neutral:
 

Ron240

Breaking the stereotype
It is not a requirement to have rear DRL in the UK, and if you look you'll see that most cars do not have them on.
I'm sorry but where did that comment come from?
It didn't even address what I was asking. :anguished:
Of course it's not a legal requirement to have rear DRL in the UK....everybody knows this.
 

jet_andy

Registered User
I'm sorry but where did that comment come from?
It didn't even address what I was asking. :anguished:
Of course it's not a legal requirement to have rear DRL in the UK....everybody knows this.
Sorry didn't mean to point out obvious, it was the comment about some markets having rear DRL and you assuming this ncluded UK...
 

Ron240

Breaking the stereotype
Sorry didn't mean to point out obvious, it was the comment about some markets having rear DRL and you assuming this ncluded UK...
The statement comes from the handbook.
"some markets" obviously must include the UK if the rear lights are active on my car.
I never suggested or implied any legal requirement for this.
It seems like you have misunderstood at least part of my original post.
 

jet_andy

Registered User
The statement comes from the handbook.
"some markets" obviously must include the UK if the rear lights are active on my car.
I never suggested or implied any legal requirement for this.
It seems like you have misunderstood at least part of my original post.
Yes, simple misunderstanding , that's all.
 

jet_andy

Registered User
Would probably be a good thing . The number of people you see driving in darkness just with DRLs on, maybe they assume they've got rears on as well, especially as dashboards light up on most cars these days.
 

RS3 S.

Registered User
Had them coded in on my 16 plate RS3 with the VCDS at my local specialist, if it's there & can be made to work I like to have it done.
 
That's curious then, because from all the other A3 models I've seen on the road not a single one has had rear lights on. I don't know what trim spec they were but S-line is a very popular choice.

My 2016 S3 with LED Headlights (option added) didn't have rear lights on - My 2018 S3 With LED Standard Headlights does - Definitely happened on the Facelift
 

RS3 S.

Registered User
............as above can be coded in with VCDS. Not shure from what year?.
 

QUIGGS2001

Registered User
Just purchased a late 2015 A7 S-Line 272 Quattro Black Edition - DRL Rears seem to run upon ignition. I love it!

Now to get the Needle Sweep programmed....
 

Potterswheel

Active Member
Gold Supporter
I think its a good thing, I park my car nose up to my garage door and it is easy to think you have your lights on as the daylight running lights are brighter than the side lights, I will be the first to admit that I have driven away at night with just the daylight running lights on and wondered why I was being flashed! - I will be investigating getting my rears to operate like the fronts, do they have 2 brightness levels like the fronts when correctly coded?
This may help towards increasing the longevity of the LEDs if this is a concern.
 
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