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Approaching 5 months with my ID3 and I must admit I’m still not 100% sure I’m comfortable always driving in B, especially on motorways, from an efficiency and ease of driving perspective.
I kinda gravitated to B as a more natural fit to aid general braking but at times I still feel like it encourages a heavier use of the accelerator pedal with ‘the push it through claggy jelly’ feeling!

What’s your latest thoughts on best, most efficient, use of B and D after owning the car a while??
 

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VW design D as the preferred mode and I don't personally like the feel of B.
Albeit, this is based on my 20 min test drive, but I tried 5 mins of B and didn't like it. It seemed counterintuitive to pressing on. I can see it being of benefit only to people who drive with a lead foot on both the accelerator and brake, with no real anticipation of the road ahead, those who accelerate to a roundabout and then jump on the brakes rather than those who come off the accelerator early and brake lighter and later.

I think I'll be sticking with D when I get mine (which should have landed in Grimsby today after a 7 week wait in Emden).
 

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Coming from an ICE automatic, I initially found B had a more familiar feel.

However I soon switched to just leaving it in D unless I know I’m going to need to slow down before the car ever could (such as stretches of road with speed bumps)
 

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A few minutes during a test drive is not enough to understand the pros and cons of B and D.

Once you have the car, I suggest that you try again over an extended period.

That's what my wife and I did when we got our Golf GTE nearly four years ago.

I enjoyed learning the technique of using B properly and have continued to use it exclusively ever since. A little adjustment was needed when changing to the November 2020 ID3 but 2.1 upgrade takes me back to virtually the GTE technique.

My wife has stuck with D after her experiments. That means our brakes do not rust like they would if I was the only driver.

It's a very relaxing car to drive either way and I doubt that you could measure any difference in economy.
 

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After 9000 miles in mine, on mostly A and M-Way roads, I’m a confirmed D man now.

I can achieve better efficiency using anticipation, acceleration and coasting than ACC and I find B mode scrubs off hard won momentum unnecessarily.

In a city environment, or twisty B roads, or descending a big hill, B could be better, but I’m not a fan.
 

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A few minutes during a test drive is not enough to understand the pros and cons of B and D.

Once you have the car, I suggest that you try again over an extended period.

That's what my wife and I did when we got our Golf GTE nearly four years ago.

I enjoyed learning the technique of using B properly and have continued to use it exclusively ever since. A little adjustment was needed when changing to the November 2020 ID3 but 2.1 upgrade takes me back to virtually the GTE technique.

My wife has stuck with D after her experiments. That means our brakes do not rust like they would if I was the only driver.

It's a very relaxing car to drive either way and I doubt that you could measure any difference in economy.
I'll have another play when I get the car, but for me, I'm pretty sure I'd rather drive a car that's wanting to keep moving rather than trying to stop without your input. It's more economical to preserve your momentum and minimise waste rather than rely on a recovery system that is probably 60-70% efficient.

I'm presuming that using the brake pedal to a certain extent activates the regen rather than actually using the brakes and the actual brakes kick in under a firmer pedal press, as they would in B mode anyway - is that correct? If so, I'd think that driving in a way that generally preserves momentum in D mode would be noticeably more efficient than driving in an uneconomical manner and rely on "B" mode to save you some of that wastage.

I used to smash the combined mpg figures before stop-start massively skewed the figures. Even now, my missus averages 33mpg in our Polo GTI+ and I average 37mpg doing similar journeys. I get up to speed quicker than her but brake half as much as she does...anticipation of the road ahead.
 

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Thanks, interesting replies. I’d thought they’d be more B fans, especially as youtubers like Teslabjorn always drive in B. But there is plenty to be said for a natural feeling freewheeling coast.
Of course ID3 typically has some intelligent regeneration assist in D which slightly complicates things I guess.
I think I’ll start using D more on faster roads.
 

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D mode for me all the time unless I'm in stop/start traffic but I turn off the intelligent regen assist by making sure its in normal and not eco, I find it annoying when I switch on sport mode and it acts as though it's in B mode.
 

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I always drive in D, whereas my wife mainly uses B and switches to D on motorways and dual carriageways. Use whichever you are most comfortable with. I don't think efficiency is affected as much as by other factors (wind, rain, cold, etc).
I have found the same; D for long-distance cruising and NSL roads, B for stop-start stuff, but don't really stress about changing exactly as the road changes.
 
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