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Eco mode

Post by Gary Buttle » Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:54 pm

Just had a quick try of eco mode setting and actually is surprisingly usable for a relaxed drive .
Numbs everything down a bit but still usable.
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Re: Eco mode

Post by RoJo » Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:58 pm

For me, Eco mode is pretty pointless. It might be ok for a long motorway journey, but I doubt it makes a huge difference in economy. I need to know that the car will perform as expected if I need a sudden boost in power output, so I drive in Dynamic all the time. Still manage 38-40 on a long run so I'm happy with that :)
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Re: Eco mode

Post by Jeff123 » Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:22 pm

Total waste of time IMO.

Why have a 180bhp car that will easily get 60mpg on a run and and make it like a 120bhp car to get broadly similar mpg? If you want to save fuel, drive more steadily. I had 77.2mpg on a 25 mile motorway cruise last week. I have tried Eco a few times on several cars and it's the most underwhelming of experiences.
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Re: Eco mode

Post by Gojira » Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:39 pm

I find it is OK in urban areas - it does make the 300 slightly less enthusiastic in stop-start traffic :)

Mind you, I think I'm one of the few who doesn't switch off the stop-start, either! :o

I'm not sure it makes much difference to the MPG, though.

Once I'm out of town, it is into dynamic, and then full-on grin mode on the interesting bits, so it does get driven properly when the opportunity arises...
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Re: Eco mode

Post by Kaikoura » Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:29 pm

IMHO Eco mode is a mild amusement to be played with when you are bored. Stop/Start is downright dangerous and should be illegal. Dynamic and Sport modes should only be used if you want to annoy another driver. Normal mode is perfectly adequate for normal use and also quite capable of adding points to your licence.
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Re: Eco mode

Post by Wolfie1 » Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:00 am

Dont forget your heated/cooled seats heated steering wheel dont work on eco either

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Re: Eco mode

Post by myquest » Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:40 am

My heated seats and steering wheel work on Eco mode...
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Re: Eco mode

Post by Growler Parts » Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:27 pm

myquest wrote:
Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:40 am
My heated seats and steering wheel work on Eco mode...
Mine too!

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Re: Eco mode

Post by Hillmangt » Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:46 pm

I use eco mode on my journeys north when the motorway is quiet and get about 30 miles extra range on a 400 mile journey. AC and heated seats still work though I believe the AC runs at reduced rate. Car cruises at speed as well as normal mode but is slower to respond if instant acceleration is required.
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Re: Eco mode

Post by Nuttyspark » Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:43 pm

When I first bought my car I had it in Eco mode for about 3 months. I think the previous owner must have had lead boots as in normal mode the engine went over 3000 revs before changing up! I spent a lot of time using the paddles to change early to try and reteach the box.
I still use mostly eco mode now as I actually prefer the early changes at low revs. Very relaxing way to drive for of anyway.
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