I’d not really used “D” until today snd was pleasantly surprised, it wasn’t what I expected. I had it set in normal drive (comfort) and “D”. I think it suites my driving style better than B, but I need to play more to be sure. I note that you say that in normal and D, there’s no regen unless brake is pressed. This wasn’t my experience, regen was definitely far less, but I definitely saw the regen green bar moving on occasions. Not sure if there’s other settings I need to change or if it’s perhaps just another anomaly of my naughty car.It's true in summary the IDs behave like this:
I prefer D mode in normal, I lift off early and if I want to slow down quicker I use the brake pedal. The only thing that annoys me is if I want the extra oomph of sport mode then it acts as though it's in B mode by default, it's really annoying if you change modes whilst driving and your foot isn't on the accelerator!
- D and eco drive mode, intelligent regen is enabled the car tells you when to lift of the accelerator and will automatically adjust the regen depending on the road, I find this disconcerting as the car goes faster than I would like especially at roundabouts but it is what VW recommends and is probably the most efficient
- D and normal drive mode, no regen unless the brake is pressed, it uses the motor regen first and then if more force is called for than the motor can provide it uses the actual brakes
- D and sport drive mode or B mode selected the car blends in the regen once the accelerator is no longer pressed down enough to maintain momentum, if you take your foot off the regen kicks in quite sharply but maybe not as much as others, obviously this depends on temperature and charge % (sorry feel like that might be a bit teaching granny to suck eggs)