Oct 21, 2013
I suspect I will be permanently disabling start-stop, always hated it anyway.
I can't see how's that related to start-stop, or even this discussion at all. The car knows if the car door is open or not, no one enter or exit the car through a closed door. Also, the car knows whether the fob is inside or not. I'm sure there's a rational explanation for start-stop behaviour I described, but your comment has zero relation to it.
The variable ratio progressive steering - I've some interesting observations.
Obviously, this is fitted as standard on the S3, so I'm pretty used to how it feels etc.
For the past 2 days, I've been in an S-line 1.4 courtesy car, with the standard steering rack.
I have to say that I prefer the standard steering rack, it seems much less work to get the car to hit the apex everytime, more intuitive, there also appear to be a little more road "feel" through this as well. This is all on my normal roads, so I know them pretty well.
The obvious difference is maneuvering in small car parks etc. but didn't really notice any additional turning required for B-roads etc.
If this was a de-selectable option on the S3, I'd personally use the money elsewhere.
I found this problem when I first had the car. I would pull up outside my garage and take my seat belt off whilst my electric garage door opened and the engine would stop and then I had to go through the same process as you described to start the car again to drive it into the garage. Now I've got used to leaving my seat belt on, opening the door and touching the throttle and then just driving into the garage using the 'creep' that is standard on the s-tronic.
I see you will have had your car for a year or so now. I am just about to order a very similar spec to you and wondered what you now thought of the progressive steering? I would love to know your thoughts as I am undecided on it
Also is there anything from your spec that you would not have bothered with and is there anything that you wish you had added?
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