Oh I love this car and now another excuse to go for a drive (wife thinks I have another woman, she doesn't realise the other woman is sitting on the drive).yes, it is quite interesting to see how 'soft' the crusie control really is.
Here's a thing to try to get a feel for it. Think of a straight flat road you might drive along now and again leading from a 60 into a 30 zone. When you go that way next, at some point before entering the 60 zone, set the cruise control to 30.
So now you are driving along the 60 with cruise doing nothing, because it is set to 30.
Now just back off early for the 30 not using your brakes. You'll see as your speed drops, as it drops below 40mph it will slow down much more gradually than if you did not have cruise control. Below 35mph and the deceleration is almost glacial, and it slowly asymptotes to 30, all softly and gradually.
Other cruise controls will decelerate 'normally' right down to 30mph, often 'overshooting' and dropping below 30, before re-engaging power abruptly to bring it back up to 30.
I like the way the Ampera runs its CC, it suits my driving style and preferences. others might prefer a 'harder' cruise control, which is fine each to their own and all that, but it wastes energy.
Mine came pre-loaded with "War of the Worlds" which probably gives an idea of the type of customer Vauxhall was lending the car out to!Why do I feel that playing AC/DC in the car is not appropriate or will I get over it!
You might want to invest in a set of winter tyres maybe? I have a set of Nokians on alloys which seem to give similar miles/charge - certainly no significant loss, as well as being a lot quieter than the standard Michelin energy-savers! You might also reduce corrosion on the OEM alloys - seems we're all getting some/a lot of bubbling, with owners getting this fixed under ?6? year anti-corrosion warranty? Reminds me, I must ask about mine at 4 yr service coming up...Speaking of winter, what are they like in icy conditions (I live on a hill that never gets gritted)?
FWIW I bought this lot from mytyres.co.uk last December:... not sure if i can afford the winter tyres this year...l
The "softness" of cruise control varies between "sport" and "normal" modes as well as between "D" and "L" settings.I used the cruise control going through an average speed check area but found it did drop to 39 from 40 often with no sign of going back.
From your winter tyres? I don't get more than 45 miles/charge on my summers usually, once managed 49.1 - yet to make the 50 club! But it's hard to be sure what the difference is, as temps & my journeys vary too much for me to manage an exact comparison when I've swapped the wheels over.I never get more than mid 40's from mine
Thanks very much Lee, not being used to Automatic style of driving I didn't know what to expect when I used cruise control. This is such an interesting car.The "softness" of cruise control varies between "sport" and "normal" modes as well as between "D" and "L" settings.
Sport mode will oblige the car to accelerate and "L" will oblige the car to decelerate. If you want to permit some acceleration via coasting (going faster than the cc setting) then use "D".
If you want to make cruise control stick closely to the input setting then go to "sport" and "L".
Yes, Crystal Red acc to my 2012 brochure. The only red they did, afaik. But mine's got white interior seat & door etc trims - would rather have had red there as well, to match. But I can live with that! Perfect car for old farts - and others!!Thanks Andy, they dont detract from the look of the car either. Nice colour, is that Crystal Claret, same as mine, and I see your retired, I was worried that I was the only old fart on the forum. Phil