1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Audi Drive Select Effectiveness

Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by Zig, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Zig
    Offline

    Zig Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2013
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    0
    How effective is Audi Drive Select (£220 option on SE model), is it something that people tend to use, or is it something that having set it once it is just left alone and it is thus a feature that can lived without?

    Also is drive select another of the features in which all the hardware is there and it is just a matter of enabling it (like the SD Sat Nav)?
    #1
  2. Neesh
    Offline

    Neesh Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2010
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    0
    Honestly I think its a great feature to have In Dynamic mode its comes alive the steering tightens up and the throttle becomes more responsive taking corners becomes addictive(I dont know if its me or not but the dump valve sounds a bit louder in dynamic as well)...I dont feel much of a difference in the comfort and efficiency modes though.
    #2
  3. UKPonchoMan
    Offline

    UKPonchoMan New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2012
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    Agreed - in 'Economy' I'm sure it would have better fuel consumption but there feels like there's a thick piece of rubber between your foot and the accelerator pedal!! I've tried 'Auto', 'Dynamic' and 'Economy' and have stuck with 'Dynamic'...

    I guess it depends what the 'standard' setting is if you don't have Drive Select?
    #3
  4. Zig
    Offline

    Zig Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2013
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    0
    I suppose the standard version (non Drive Select) will lie between Comfort and Dynamic, it will not be a slugged response like Efficiency.
    #4
  5. number3
    Offline

    number3 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2012
    Messages:
    335
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm sure it states in the manual that it changes the sound of the engine ? So you could be right !!

    I keep mine set to auto most of the time... Mostly lol dynamic can be a mpg killer !!!
    #5
  6. Ceebee
    Offline

    Ceebee New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2012
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Have drive select including the dampers on a SE Technik, means sports suspension, ie lower similar to S-line, but with the benefit of a comfortable ride when not in dynamik. Best of both world.
    #6
  7. STERLING VOID
    Offline

    STERLING VOID Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2013
    Messages:
    102
    Likes Received:
    0
    Does anyone know precisely what happens in each mode?

    Does the car go lower when in dynamic mode?
    #7
  8. cemerson
    Online

    cemerson Active Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2013
    Messages:
    3,305
    Likes Received:
    5
    The suspension changes only if you have magnetic ride - and it gets stiffer but doesn't lower in any way as far as I know.

    I would imagine the default is auto. I keep mine in individual which has everything in dynamic except the steering, which is in comfort. If I want to work a bit harder and tighten that up I can just go to dynamic mode :)
    #8
  9. pat15312
    Online

    pat15312 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2010
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    0
    The economy mode will save you more than the cost of the option in fuel over your period of ownership; it's worth it just for that feature.
    #9
  10. cemerson
    Online

    cemerson Active Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2013
    Messages:
    3,305
    Likes Received:
    5
    Do you think? Often the economy mode actually uses MORE fuel as you are always flooring it to get it to go anywhere. I've seen that reported here, and with other car models as well.
    #10
  11. Joetidman
    Offline

    Joetidman Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2013
    Messages:
    712
    Likes Received:
    0
    The different modes (unless you have mag ride) affect throttle responsiveness and steering assistance, so in dynamic mode the throttle response is as sharp as it can go, an in terms of immediacy of engine response to pedal input, and on comfort/eco the least, thus ensuring a more relaxed ride and less chance of the engine adding fuel unneccessarily. I imagine to cemerson's point, this may be correct, but depends on your car. I should think that an S3 in eco will be quite fast enough under gentle throttle. Steering 'weight' is electrically delivered, so you get no more 'feel' through the steering but decreases the amount of lock needed at higher speeds and thus increases stability and reduces twitchiness at speed

    If you have stronic, it will also affect how quickly, or not the gears change up and down thus affecting revs and responsiveness as well as fuel consumption. In eco mode it also affects a 'coasting mode' which saves fuel
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2014
    #11
    Daveotto likes this.
  12. pat15312
    Online

    pat15312 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2010
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    0
    My car stays in Eco mode 90% of the time and I average 30mpg, more if I'm going anywhere out of town. The auto-coasting feature with the s-tronic gearbox makes quite a bit of distance I think.
    #12
  13. Daveotto
    Online

    Daveotto Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2013
    Messages:
    907
    Likes Received:
    1
    80% of the time mine (2.0TDI 150 BHP) sits in Dynamic (enjoy as much and as often as possible) mode and you certainly feel the difference in steering and throttle response.

    Have used auto mode occasionally when fully loaded up/ Mrs is onboard / or stuck going round the north circular and have used comfort mode on a couple of occasions when it's been very wet / icy to give a bit more traction control and take the edge off the throttle to stop a bit of wheel spin
    #13
    Joetidman likes this.
  14. The Challinor
    Online

    The Challinor Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,411
    Likes Received:
    20

    Did you go for it then?

    It really is worth having, in dynamic mode it makes it feel like a totally different car, makes the steering much more heavy and direct amongst other things.
    #14
  15. glospete
    Offline

    glospete Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2013
    Messages:
    426
    Likes Received:
    7
    What settings do you all have for the Individual Mode?
    #15
  16. Joetidman
    Offline

    Joetidman Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2013
    Messages:
    712
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gearbox - Dynamic
    ACC - Dynamic
    Suspension - Auto
    Steering - Auto
    Exhaust - Dynamic
    #16
    glospete likes this.
  17. The Challinor
    Online

    The Challinor Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,411
    Likes Received:
    20
    ACC as in adaptive cruise control?
    #17
  18. The Challinor
    Online

    The Challinor Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,411
    Likes Received:
    20
    What's the auto coasting?
    #18
  19. vegnomeat
    Offline

    vegnomeat Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2014
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    0
    Stick it in Auto, it's all you need
    #19
    glospete likes this.
  20. cemerson
    Online

    cemerson Active Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2013
    Messages:
    3,305
    Likes Received:
    5
    Everything in Dynamic except Steering, which is in Comfort
    #20
    glospete likes this.
  21. veeeight
    Online

    veeeight Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2012
    Messages:
    1,520
    Likes Received:
    23
    Yes, the ACC setting, determines how aggressively you accelerate, to make up the gap to the car in front (when a gap develops), and how aggressively it closes the gap to the car in front, when you're flying along Lane 3 on the Motorway approaching a slower car.

    Sort of an Audi Sales Rep Motorway mode selector ;)


    For coasting, see here:

    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/new-a3-s3-8v-chassis/212671-drive-select.html#post2160467
    #21
    The Challinor likes this.
  22. oufc1976
    Offline

    oufc1976 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2014
    Messages:
    239
    Likes Received:
    0
    Mine is in Dynamic mode and will stay there! :)
    #22
  23. Pickle1970
    Offline

    Pickle1970 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2014
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    1
    30mpg, are you saying that's good? i'd be well miffed at only getting 30mpg in eco mode. what engine is yours?
    #23
  24. Joetidman
    Offline

    Joetidman Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2013
    Messages:
    712
    Likes Received:
    0
    He has an S3, and I presume that mpg is around town
    #24
    pat15312 likes this.
  25. Pickle1970
    Offline

    Pickle1970 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2014
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    1
    ahhhh that would answer it then :yum: thanks
    #25
  26. The Challinor
    Online

    The Challinor Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,411
    Likes Received:
    20
    Why thank you
    #26
    veeeight likes this.
  27. SilureMark
    Offline

    SilureMark Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2013
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    0
    I find it hard to differentiate between comfort and auto - I use comfort on the motorway. Dynamic I find annoying in the way it hangs onto gears - I prefer to drive it on the paddles and use Individual, set to dynamic for the steering and exhaust, but left alone for the gearbox so I can make the call on when to change gear - I'll be getting a gearbox remap at some point anyway. If I left my car in dynamic all the time I'd hate the thing, mainly because of the way the gearbox will then behave - I guess on the A3's with low power outputs it could be different I suppose. Efficiency I don't like the lack of engine braking, but the jury is still out on that one as I do see a measurable improvement in fuel consumption when running in that mode. Drive Select? Yeah, If it wasn't standard on my car I would definitely tick the option box.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2014
    #27

Share This Page