Hyundai Santa Cruz Owners & Service Manuals

Hyundai Santa Cruz: Braking System / Downhill Brake Control (DBC)

Downhill Brake Control assists the driver to descend down a steep hill without having to depress the brake pedal.

The system automatically applies the brakes to maintain vehicle speed below a certain speed and allows the driver to concentrate on steering the vehicle down hill.

The system is turned off whenever the engine is turned off.

Press the button to turn on the system and press the button again to turn it off.

System operation

Downhill Brake Control disabled. Control vehicle speed (manually)

When Downhill Brake Control is not working properly this warning message will appear on the cluster LCD display and you will hear a warning sound. If this occurs, control vehicle speed by depressing the brake pedal.


Always turn off Downhill Brake Control on normal roads. The system might activate inadvertently from the standby mode when driving through speed bumps or making sharp curves.


  • Downhill Brake Control may not deactivate on steep inclines even though the brake pedal or accelerator pedal is depressed.
  • Downhill Brake Control may not always maintain vehicle speed at a certain speed.
  • Downhill Brake Control does not operate when:
    - The gear is in P (Park).
    - ESC is activated.
  • Noise or vibration may occur from the brakes when Downhill Brake Control is activated.
  • The rear stop light comes on when Downhill Brake Control is activated.
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