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When driving my gte I've noticed that it feels faster when I press the kick down switch in hybrid mode compared to when I do it in gte mode is there an issue or is it just me thinking it feels faster haha ?
 

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No difference in my car. One of the things GTE mode does is make the accelerator pedal more sensitive, but as far as I know both hybrid at kickdown and GTE mode at full throttle have the same power.
 

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probably just just feels it then because it's less sensitive in hybrid mode going straight to full throttle
 

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In GTE mode you get the electric boost, which isn’t available in Hybrid mode.
 

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In GTE mode you get the electric boost, which isn’t available in Hybrid mode.
Not true. Electric boost is available in both modes. In hybrid, if you press the pedal down to the floor past the kickdown point, the car engages the full boost and you get 201 hp.
You can even get it in e-mode. If you press the pedal all the way, you will get boost, although it doesn't seem good to start the engine from cold and ask for full power, so I wouldn't recommend it.
 

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Not true. Electric boost is available in both modes. In hybrid, if you press the pedal down to the floor past the kickdown point, the car engages the full boost and you get 201 hp.
You can even get it in e-mode. If you press the pedal all the way, you will get boost, although it doesn't seem good to start the engine from cold and ask for full power, so I wouldn't recommend it.
OK, yes, but in normal driving there’s no e boost in hybrid.
 

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OK, yes, but in normal driving there’s no e boost in hybrid.
Not sure what you mean. If you press the pedal hard in hybrid you get full boost. The only difference with GTE mode is the pedal is more responsive, so about 50% depressed gives you more power. This makes the car feel sportier, but it's not 'really' any faster. But that's human factors engineering for you (combine that with the fake GTE sound and it sounds like you're going faster for sure!)
 

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Also noticed a ticking/clicking noise whenever I stop driving coming from underneath the car is this normal ?
 

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There are several pumps that keep running whenever the car is on, it could be those.

If you mean when you turn the ignition off you hear clicks, those are probably the battery contactors, and that's quite normal.
 

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Also when driving in hybrid mode it hardly ever seems to use the battery this is what it shows on the power flow screen anyway any ideas why
 

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VW made a number of changes to the cars over time. I think standard hybrid mode keeps the battery charge whereas GTE mode will use some of it over time to improve the efficiency. However GTE will stop this when the battery gets to about 12 miles range. It will also charge up the battery to 12 miles range if it is below, which can burn extra fuel.

I usually just use Hybrid for longer trips, switching to GTE briefly when I want a bit of fun.
 

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I thought the main reason for hybrid mode is that it uses the battery and the engine to get the best mpg
 

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Because if it's not using the battery aswell why's it even called hybrid mode the only reason I'm saying this is because when I first got the car it felt like it used to switch between battery and engine when I was driving round town, now it just seems to use the engine and only runs on the battery when going really slow or is this normal
 

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@Tom13045 I think you are overthinking it. Hybrid mode is using both electric and ICE. But at the same time, attempts to maintain the same SOC. So, let's say you are setting off at 50%SOC in hybrid mode, the car will start by using the electric motor to get you moving and at some speed will start the ICE. You have now used some electrons and the SOC is 45% (exaggerated). The car will then spend the next few minutes and any excess power or regen will be directed to the battery with the aim to bring the SOC back to 50%.

If the car uses mostly ICE, I can only assume that your SOC is very low. Basically the car can never reach sufficient SOC to run only on EV. Anything below 3miles on the GOM will wake up the ICE almost as soon as you move off.

You can do a simple test: charge to full and see how the car behaves then.
 

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What @Todor said

It uses the battery but only as a buffer. Think of it like a water tank, it can take from it and put back into it, but the software ensures the level stays the same over the long run.

You can see this on the Consumption display, the car on 'Hybrid' alternates between charging the battery and using it, I suspect it guesses when the engine is running less efficiently and can apply additional load to it to improve its thermal efficiency, and then vice-versa when running inefficiently it can use the battery to assist it.

But the true logic is a mystery to me and I suspect only VW know!
 

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Has anyone here much experience with the Passat GTE as well as golf? My experience with my Passat is that the battery gets used up slowly in hybrid and it prioritises ev if under very light load regardless of the speed. Although the lower the speed, the greater chance of running on battery.

Is this a coding difference between the car models as the golf is aimed at the driver where the Passat maybe aimed at a family/cruiser?
 

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Has anyone here much experience with the Passat GTE as well as golf? My experience with my Passat is that the battery gets used up slowly in hybrid and it prioritises ev if under very light load regardless of the speed. Although the lower the speed, the greater chance of running on battery.

Is this a coding difference between the car models as the golf is aimed at the driver where the Passat maybe aimed at a family/cruiser?
It is the same with the golf. What you are describing though sounds like driving at low speeds and/or urban/city. The car has no chance to recover the electricity used so the SOC slowly drops. It still tries to maintain SOC, just doesn't have the ability to do that: no high rpm, no heavy braking, etc.
 

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And, unlike some other hybrids (e.g. the Prius) the car won't switch the engine on unless there's demand for it.

I was stuck in traffic once for over an hour with the battery at 10 miles range and the heater running. To my surprise, the engine didn't start once, the car just started running the heater from the battery.
Eventually the engine will turn on but only because the battery is totally exhausted.

The car maintains hybrid SOC at higher speeds where the engine is running, but it doesn't do anything at lower speeds, contrary to initial expectations.
 

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Yeah ok. That makes sense. Most of my journeys (not necessarily miles) are done urban-ish (at least no greater than 50mph for longer than 20 secs) so I don't see much in the way of recuperation. When I do a motorway run and select hybrid it does a reasonable job of maintaining the SOC.

Sounds like the coding between the models is the same.
 

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One last thing sometimes on my digital display it comes up saying error workshop leave vehicle in p position anyone know what this means
 
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