Got my brand new Corsa-e on Monday. Boy, do I love this car. First impressions/problems:
- I'm glad they finally added a percentage SoC to the dash, even if it is hidden away in one of the menus. The GoM is rather useless. 190+ miles at 90% SoC in this weather (sub 10°C) is simply impossible. I'd have thought it would take my previous driving into account, but this doesn't seem to be working all that well. The GoM seems to get more realistic, the lower the SoC gets, which I find odd. Either way, I'm linked up with Tronity now and that seems to be doing a much better job with the stats, giving me a measured range of 140 miles, getting roughly 3 miles/kWh. It also seems (for now) to be tracking every single journey. I wonder if this is because I always link my car with Android Auto?
- I'm also experiencing the issue with the radio blaring as soon as I turn the car on. I use Android Auto pretty much every time I drive the car, but even so, the car should remember and simply mute the radio until I connect my phone. It even says it should connect to the last connected source in the infotainment manual, which is crap. I guess I'm just going to have to get into the habit of muting every time I turn the car off, just so I don't get a surprise when I come back to the car, at 8am in the morning. Not a huge deal.
- The My Vauxhall app is OK. Not good, not great, just OK. "Refreshing" the car doesn't appear to do anything most of the time. The only sure-fire way to refresh anything is to completely restart the app, which in 2021 is ridiculous. Also, needing 50% SoC to preheat the car seems like an arbitrary limitation. My car's SoC will be less than 50% SoC, 50% of the time, because I charge only when I need to at rapid chargers (I don't have home charging, or a driveway). 20% would be a more reasonable cut-off.
- The brakes seem awfully sensitive, and I don't feel super confident bringing the car to a stop. From what I understand, it uses a blend of regen braking and physical braking to bring you to a stop. It also seems to cut out around 2-3mph, causing the brakes to need an extra push that last few meters. I'll increase my following distance for the time being, just so I don't accidentally rear-end someone, as this might just be something I need to get used to. I'm curious if anyone else has had a similar experience. It also baffles me that in B mode, the brake lights don't activate. I understand that it's within regulation, but it's not an insignificant amount of deceleration, certainly a lot more than I was able to achieve in my ICE car using engine braking. I wouldn't be surprised if this increases my chance of being rear-ended. I'll stick to using D mode, for now.
- The IntelliLux lights are amazing. I've yet to have oncoming traffic flash me, so I'm going to assume they're working as intended. But, we'll see. The auto-levelling system is a huge upgrade from my 2014 VW Polo. It's quite fun watching it work its magic. I'm curious how it works. Is it just based on the speed, or does it use the front camera to figure out the distance to the car in front?
- I really like the reverse-camera system. Although the camera quality is rather primitive, I find the generated top-down view to be super useful when reverse-parking.
- The proximity locking works fine, it just requires me to be really close to the driver's side door. I'm also not a fan of the beeping when the car locks, so I've just disabled proximity locking. I get on just fine pressing the buttons. Also, placing my keys in the centre console area, just in front of the cup holders (which I assume is designated for them), the car won't start. It just gives me an error with something along the lines of "key not in car". I have to move my keys closer to the dash for it to work 😬 I'm wondering if the key fobs battery simply needs replacing.