Recommendations for driving

Economical driving

Updated 1/31/2020

Economical driving

Drive economically and in a more eco-friendly way by driving smoothly, thinking ahead, and adjusting your driving style and speed to the prevailing conditions.

  • Use the combined instrument panel's ECO Guide* which indicates how fuel-efficiently the car is being driven.
  • For lower fuel consumption, activate Drive mode ECO

    Applies to automatic gearbox.

  • Use the Eco Coast freewheel function in drive mode ECO – engine braking will cease and the car's kinetic energy can be used to freewheel for longer distances.
  • When driving with manual gearing – drive in the highest gear possible, adapted to the current traffic situation and road - lower engine speeds result in lower fuel consumption. Use the gear shift indicator

    Applies to manual gearbox.

  • Drive at a steady speed and keep a good distance to other vehicles and objects to minimise braking.
  • High speed results in increased fuel consumption - the wind resistance increases with speed.
  • The trip computer's instantaneous fuel consumption indication may help you to drive more economically.
  • Do not run the engine to operating temperature at idling speed, but rather drive with a normal load right after starting - a cold engine consumes more fuel than a warm one.
  • If possible, avoid using the car for driving short distances. The engine does not have time to reach normal operating temperature, which contributes to increased fuel consumption.
  • Drive with the correct air pressure in the tyres and check this regularly - select ECO tyre pressure for best results, see Tyres - approved tyre pressures.
  • Choice of tyres can affect fuel consumption - seek advice on suitable tyres from a dealer.
  • Remove unnecessary items from the car - the greater the load the higher the fuel consumption.
  • Use engine braking to slow down, when it can take place without risk to other road users.
  • A roof load and space box increase air resistance, leading to higher fuel consumption - remove the load carriers when not in use.
  • Avoid driving with open windows.


Never switch off the engine while moving, such as downhill, this deactivates important systems such as the power steering and brake servo.

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