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    Best drive select setting for max mpg

    Which drive select setting is giving you best mpg? I seem to get better consumption when set to auto rather than efficiency. What have others found?

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    I have mostly used dynamic and on my usual run of 40 miles to work on single carriageway been getting around 48mpg.

    I changed to auto last week and have been getting 52mpg and on one journey got 55mpg!
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    I'm on Auto and get 50mpg on my usual commute. A trip to Devon last week returned 55mpg over the week.

    I tend to drive to make swift progress rather than good mpg so I'm impressed with it so far. It's 10mpg up on the A4 it replaced.
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    On the Auto mode and drive MPG is what it is, power and fun is better than MPG on the A3"s let's rock...


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    Can see myself only ever using dynamic or auto, would have gone for a smaller engine if I were worried about MPG. Might put it in efficiency mode if the Mrs uses it, just to take the edge off the acceleration and torque as she is not a power/ speed freak.
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    Last week I was behind (all over) an A5 3 litter the fun I had was good knowing I was not far shins him on acceleration but behind him on other parts of the road, these A3's are worth the fun factor, thank goodness I have the Q5 to keep me under control also...

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    Glad you are having fun but how does your comment answer my question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1.6tdi View Post
    Glad you are having fun but how does your comment answer my question?
    Welcome to the forum, maybe you need to just go with the flow a little, lots of good info and good people on here, Dieseldoug has just expressed an opinion that mpg is not that important for him, maybe you could share your own mpg experience and driving style to aid the debate!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveotto View Post
    Welcome to the forum, maybe you need to just go with the flow a little, lots of good info and good people on here, Dieseldoug has just expressed an opinion that mpg is not that important for him, maybe you could share your own mpg experience and driving style to aid the debate!!
    i agreed, I was a bit like you to start with and got frustrated as threads have a habit of going off on tangents, so go with the flow and be patient and chip away and you will find out all you need to know. Chill and enjoy, there's helpful & funny people on here !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveotto View Post
    Welcome to the forum, maybe you need to just go with the flow a little, lots of good info and good people on here, Dieseldoug has just expressed an opinion that mpg is not that important for him, maybe you could share your own mpg experience and driving style to aid the debate!!
    My previous Company car was a 8P A3 2.0tdi which was great and they paid my fuel bills in full, but when the lease came up for renewal the Company changed the scheme and now give a mileage allowance so I went for the 1.6tdi attracted by the potential better mpg. I need to maximise my mpg to make sure my costs are covered by the Company allowance hence my question. Most of my Company mileage is on the motorway. At the moment I'm averaging 58mpg with 6000 miles on the clock since new. I'm hoping it improves to low 60s. I dont think I will ever achieve the advertised 70s.

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    Honest John gives your mpg as 54.7 so if you are getting close on 58mpg you are not going to get it much higher unless you drive around at 55mph on those motorway runs.
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    On my 8 mile commute to work, I'm getting about 40.1mpg for my 1.4TFSI. On Dynamic.

    When I first had the car, I was heavy footed and changed gears quite late due to coming from a Honda. The car is more than capable of handling on low revs and getting to the power when needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schizophonic View Post
    On my 8 mile commute to work, I'm getting about 40.1mpg for my 1.4TFSI. On Dynamic.

    When I first had the car, I was heavy footed and changed gears quite late due to coming from a Honda. The car is more than capable of handling on low revs and getting to the power when needed.
    what Honda did you have ? as i am coming from a crz and before that a 2.2 ltr diesel civic s type gt and get a 1.4 cod and wonder how you found the difference Honda to Audi as a comparison ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fragup View Post
    what Honda did you have ? as i am coming from a crz and before that a 2.2 ltr diesel civic s type gt and get a 1.4 cod and wonder how you found the difference Honda to Audi as a comparison ?
    I had an EP1.

    The audi and Honda are in 2 different leagues. My car was years behind the Audi as you can expect, it didn't even have a clock!
    In terms of driving style, in the Honda to get the power you have to keep the high revs as you know but with any of the petrol engines, the turbo does kick in very nicely and has the power you need.

    Hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schizophonic View Post
    On my 8 mile commute to work, I'm getting about 40.1mpg for my 1.4TFSI. On Dynamic.

    When I first had the car, I was heavy footed and changed gears quite late due to coming from a Honda. The car is more than capable of handling on low revs and getting to the power when needed.
    My commute is about the same distance, I usually see about 54mpg sometimes 58 mpg in Dynamic mode, considering this includes warm up and the car has only covered about 1600 miles I am very pleased with these figures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markwiggy View Post
    My commute is about the same distance, I usually see about 54mpg sometimes 58 mpg in Dynamic mode, considering this includes warm up and the car has only covered about 1600 miles I am very pleased with these figures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schizophonic View Post
    On my 8 mile commute to work, I'm getting about 40.1mpg for my 1.4TFSI. On Dynamic.
    Shame on you both. 8 miles!! You should be cycling and saving trees!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1.6tdi View Post
    At the moment I'm averaging 58mpg with 6000 miles on the clock since new. I'm hoping it improves to low 60s. I dont think I will ever achieve the advertised 70s.
    I think it would be unrealistic to expect to achieve the 'advertised' figures. They're achieved on a rolling road in clinical conditions purely to allow fair comparisons between various makes and models.

    What Car's True MPG and Honest John's Real MPG will give a far more accurate indication of what you are likely to achieve day-to-day. What you're achieving seems realistic as stated above.

    Finally, to 'answer your question' it's unlikely to make any difference what 'drive select' option you choose. There's no substitute for changing your driving style. There's plenty of information on the web giving tips on how to drive more economically. Ditching unnecessary luggage, tyre pressures, anticipating and reading road conditions are going to have more impact than a switch on the dash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hittchy View Post
    Shame on you both. 8 miles!! You should be cycling and saving trees!
    lol, funny you should say that, I usually do cycle to work 2-3 times per week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hittchy View Post
    I think it would be unrealistic to expect to achieve the 'advertised' figures. They're achieved on a rolling road in clinical conditions purely to allow fair comparisons between various makes and models.

    What Car's True MPG and Honest John's Real MPG will give a far more accurate indication of what you are likely to achieve day-to-day. What you're achieving seems realistic as stated above.

    Finally, to 'answer your question' it's unlikely to make any difference what 'drive select' option you choose. There's no substitute for changing your driving style. There's plenty of information on the web giving tips on how to drive more economically. Ditching unnecessary luggage, tyre pressures, anticipating and reading road conditions are going to have more impact than a switch on the dash.
    Definitely agree with this... I think modern cars, especially diesel with stop/start technology have a lot of potential for high mpg if driven "correctly". Driving style is important.
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