Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Cambridge, UK
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Being a diesel and not having the combustion chamber temps of our petrol brothers the engine is going to take a while longer to bed in - fuel economy will improve with miles.
One shouldn't discount that the transmission probably has a capability to learn and adapt to your driving style - so if you have been hoofing your new toy then it will have noted that and done it's best to oblige - not always with economy in mind! It will constantly re-assess and adjust accordingly....
Been driving the thing like a damn pussy cat.
Next tankful I'm going to hoof the sh*t out of it.
If it wants loosening up it's just about to get it
Not sure if I am being dumb but can't you switch the S Tronic to manual mode and have all the joys of the electronic clutch without it coosing your change points?
Any ideas if engine Drive Select in comfort gives less sporty more fuel efficient changes?
I like the S-tronic: very smooth (contrary to some reports) in fully auto yet very quick when you put your foot down. In 'D' mode, press the accelerator sharply and it will change down automatically then change up again when you reduce the pressure. I occasionally use it in manual mode.
On the other hand, we only get about 20mpg in city driving (and that's just leaving it in 'D' all the time). Motorway, maybe 28mpg (again 'D' most of the time and [mostly] within the speed limit). Way off the Audi figures. I believe the "official" figures are measured with the air-con off but I find it difficult to believe that that would make such a difference. Also, I'd like to know if these official figures assume 'D' mode or expect the driver to be using manual mode, if so, you'd think that 'D' mode would be profiled to match for maximum mpg.
According to his sig he has the 2.0T engine, not the TDI. He was just giving his experience with the S-tronic.
I should have said that I currently own a manual 3.TDI and get excellent fuel economy my PB is just over 50MPG, my daily average is around 45MPG so anything radically worse than this wouldn't be very desirable even give the nice aspects of the S-Tronic. I give myself until the end of the week to make my mind up to either stick with the S-Tronic or change the order to the manual.