sdbmania wrote:I don't shift a lot. Usually I use eco mode and B mode, but when I go on the freeway I turn off eco so that I can keep up with traffic.
You can't keep up with traffic in ECO? I get the same max kw on full pedal in normal as I do in ECO. The mapping is just non linear in ECO, less on 0-50% pedal and it catches up near the end. I like a smooth acceleration progress. I'm not a hard gas, hard brakes, rinse and repeat that most US drivers do.
I can understand though that you don't need as much pedal movement in normal compared to ECO but the max power is the same so full pedal seems to match for me, maybe I'm wrong?
No, you're correct about the power availability. It's a common misconception that Eco mode "reduces the performance", but as you say, it's really just re-mapping the pedal-response curve. Both modes give you the full 0 to 100% range. Though I think it's ECO that is actually the linear mapping. I.e., advance the pedal 20% and you get 20% torque. 40% and you get 40% torque and so on. With Normal mode, the car behaves like so many others, over-weighting the initial pedal response. Initial 20% pedal movement giving you much more than 20% of torque. Personally I find the linear mapping of ECO to allow more precise control. I like having power when I want it, and not jerking my passengers around when I don't. The "economy" aspect relies on the driver being fooled into the impression that less power is available, and accepting slower acceleration as a consequence of the setting, instead of simply moving their foot to get the desired torque level.
So I usually use ECO, for the better pedal-response curve. The only drawback is it also de-rates the HVAC so if it's really hot or really cold I have to go to Normal mode to get proper heat or cooling. I wish these functions were separated, and the driver allowed to select HVAC power levels like almost all cars USED to do. A knob or slider controlling the intensity of heat or cool. Too simple, I guess.
B mode I'm almost always in, unless I'm "hypermiling", which happens maybe once a year or less. Again, it's about controllability for me. I love the idea of 1-pedal driving and looking forward to seeing how the new implementation works.