Starting Your Jaguar or Land Rover
On the previous page, we noted that there are three distinct Smart Key Styles. Plus, there are two ways to use the Style 1 key fob.
To start your Jaguar using the Style 1 Smart Key fob, insert the Smart Key into the starter control unit on the driver’s side of the vehicle’s dashboard, as shown to the right. You can then press the Start / Stop button and the brake pedal as normal to start the engine.
Beginning in 2013 in the XK and X150 models, the Style 1 Key is used in the center console. Lift the console lid and slide open the cover of the starter control unit (2) as shown again to the right. Insert the Smart Key fully into the unit. Keep the Emergency Key Blade in place to use as a handle. Press and release the Start / Stop button with the brake pedal as usual to start the engine.
The Style 1 Smart Key can be undocked with the car in Park and the ignition off. Press the Key to release and pull it out.
With the Style 2 and Style 3 Smart Keys, while the warning “Smart Key Not Found” is displayed, hold the Smart Key close to and below the auxiliary switch pack to the left of the steering wheel on the dashboard and press the Start / Stop ignition button and the brake pedal as normal.
Land Rover and Newest Jaguars
With the Land Rover and late model Jaguars , and with the Style 3 key fob, what must be done depends on whether or not the steering wheel is adjusted manually or electrically.
If it is adjusted manually, hold the Smart Key fob flat against the underside of the steering column, buttons facing down, as shown. Note the markings, three parallel lines, on the steering column that mark to the correct right spot. The Message Center in your instrument panel will display “Smart Key Recognized”. You will need to hold the key fob in place, and press the Start / Stop ignition button and the brake pedal, all at the same time, to start the vehicle.
If the steering column adjusts electrically, the process is exactly the same, except that the Smart Key fob is held against the left side of the steering column with the buttons facing out, as shown. Again, note the three parallel lines marking the correct spot. When the fob is in the right spot, the Message Center in your instrument panel will display “Smart Key Recognized”. Again, the key fob will need to be held in place, and press the Start / Stop ignition button and the brake pedal all at the same time to start the vehicle.
Check our videos for additional help with Land Rovers.
Note: If you have made an attempt to start the vehicle without success, there may be residual pressure in the brake system and a new warning light may appear (left) or text message to Step on the Brake. Press the brake pedal very, very hard when trying to start the vehicle again to be sure that the release switch behind the pedal is engaged. Check out this page for more!