Recommendations for driving

Economical driving

Updated 7/9/2020

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.

Note the following:

  • For lower fuel consumption, activate Eco drive mode.
  • Use the Eco Coast freewheel function in Eco drive mode – engine braking ceases, meaning that the car's kinetic energy is used to freewheel for longer distances

    Applies to automatic gearbox.

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  • When driving with manual gear changing – 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 certain markets.

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  • 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.
  • Trip computer indication for instantaneous fuel consumption can be helpful for driving 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.
  • Use engine braking to slow down, when it can take place without risk to other road users.
  • Drive with the correct air pressure in the tyres and check this regularly - select ECO tyre pressure for best results.
  • Choice of tyres can affect fuel consumption - seek advice on suitable tyres from a retailer.
  • Remove unnecessary items from the car - the greater the load the higher the consumption.
  • A roof load and space box increase wind resistance, leading to higher consumption - remove the load carriers when not in use.
  • Avoid driving with open windows.

Warning

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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