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Hi, I took delivery of our 4+ in Silky Silver yesterday and I am very pleased with it. There are a couple of things that I need advice on - and yes before someone says it I have at least tried to "RTFM" but so far haven't yet found the answers!!

1] Is there any way to change between the driving modes ( eco, normal, sport ) other than pressing the button on the console between the seats? I thought this would be possible on the steering wheel.

2] I have found how to get into Accessory mode ( ACC ) by pressing the power button without a foot on the brake pedal - but is this the same as the Utility mode that I read about in these forums?

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Good choice - we are thinking of getting a 4+ on lease. Can you answer a question for me - does the sun roof on the 4+ eat into the head room more than a non-sunroof car?
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I’m probably not the right person to as seeing that I’m 5ft 6in ! I’ve just taken a couple of photos- in the dark - & it seems that the sun roof may be set in a little, possibly giving a little more headroom. its possible of course that the whole roof lining is lower but I don’t think so.

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Hi, I took delivery of our 4+ in Silky Silver yesterday and I am very pleased with it. There are a couple of things that I need advice on - and yes before someone says it I have at least tried to "RTFM" but so far haven't yet found the answers!!

1] Is there any way to change between the driving modes ( eco, normal, sport ) other than pressing the button on the console between the seats? I thought this would be possible on the steering wheel.

2] I have found how to get into Accessory mode ( ACC ) by pressing the power button without a foot on the brake pedal - but is this the same as the Utility mode that I read about in these forums?

Thanks
Hi,no the central button is the only way. Tbh the novelty will wear off and you'll probably end up just driving and forgetting about changing.
 

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To be honest I always use utility mode whilst playing with the settings, mapping, radio etc it charges and preserves the 12v auxiliary battery, also you can have the hvac on whilst sitting there. Mine is Silky silver 4+. I also found once in utility mode I swap to the passenger side to play with the infotainment settings unless you’re left handed It makes it easier, try it.
 

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Thanks. Anyone know the difference between Accessory mode & Utility mode?
( sorry that I posted 4 identical photos 😬 )
Accessory mode will run off the 12v battery. Utility mode runs from the HV battery.
 

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Thanks. Anyone know the difference between Accessory mode & Utility mode?
( sorry that I posted 4 identical photos 😬 )
The two modes appear similar but really are like chalk and cheese.
Both power up some of the systems. However, accessory mode puts a quite significant drain on the 12V battery. Everything in this mode is running from the auxiliary battery alone.
IMO it should literally never be used for anything!

It's way better to just start the car as normal OR select utility mode. Utility mode gives everything accessory mode has but with the additional benefit of HVAC, and full 12V battery charging, so all the energy used comes straight from the traction battery.

Utility mode is also a great way to give the Auxiliary battery a rejuvenating top up charge. No need for any external battery charger etc. Especially useful if the 12V battery has been accidentally discharged by using the silly accessory mode!

I wish hitting the power button without foot on brake just went straight into Utility mode. That would be very convenient and would eliminate folk discharging the 12V battery needlessly in accessory mode.

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Is there any practical difference between utility mode and just turning the car on but leaving it in Park & parking brake engaged?
Yes, in utility mode the daytime running lights (DRL) are off and the car cannot be driven until the car has been turned off and then started in the normal manner, with the key present.
 

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So Accessory mode is easily Accessed but completely ill-Advised

Utility mode is really Useful but completely Unfindable
A spot on description! I so wish the two modes access methods were swapped with each other. That would be very cool IMO.

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Is there any practical difference between utility mode and just turning the car on but leaving it in Park & parking brake engaged?
Though it’s not huge, there is a power saving in Utility mode. I did a few measurements on the 12V rail system current draw a while ago. AFAIR it was around 11 Amps in car on ready to drive mode and 6 Amps in Utility mode. So that would equate (at 14.7V) to ~162 Watts and ~88 Watts respectively. So there is a power saving of at least 74 Watts. That likely equates to ~100W saved on the HV battery loading whilst in Utility mode. That’s not massive, in the scheme of things, but it is a real saving if using the mode for some extended time.

Also, the utility mode maintains 14.7V to the Auxiliary battery continuously, whereas the driving mode does not always. Hence why it’s a great way to do an equalising top off charge to the Aux battery.

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Yes, in utility mode the daytime running lights (DRL) are off and the car cannot be driven until the car has been turned off and then started in the normal manner, with the key present.
John, IIRC the DRLs go off in ready mode anyway if you put it in P and apply the parking brake (Providing the lights are set to off). From memory I think that’s the case, though please correct me if I’m wrong. This car is so darn complex!
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