Took my car out for a drive to the airport. Since it was past 10 PM the roads were nearly empty. So I thought it would be the best time to put all the three driving mode (Eco, City and Sports) to the test.
Sports mode - As soon as I climbed the elevated highway after Hebbal flyover, I switched to sports mode. Although there was no immediate turbo rush as you would experience with a QDJ engine, the speedo meter would have happily crossed the 100 KMPH mark and took me through 140-160 with a very light foot on the accelerator. However I chose not to cross the 100 KMPH level before the Running in period is over and there were some slow moving trucks on all the three lanes which made me switch back to the city mode. My verdict on the sports mode - will save this one for my long drives after the run in period.
City Mode - I was on this mode (the default one) for the most part of my drive. One thing that I noticed with this mode is that it was getting difficult for me to limit the speed within 100 KMPH mark even with a light foot on the throttle. So I was just taking my foot off to slow down every once in a while. My verdict - With the city mode on, you don't even feel the need to switch over to Sports mode. This mode packs enough punch in itself.
Eco Mode - Towards the end of my drive for almost 10 Kms I used the eco mode. And to my surprise the engine did not show much of a lag as I was expecting. It did show a decent response to the throttle throughout the drive. Even after I was back in the city where you encounter numerous unscientific speed breakers, potholes, rough patches etc. My Verdict - I am going to use this mode till my running in period. And even after that most of the time during the night as the air conditioner will not suck more power out of the engine during the night.
I forgot to mention that it handles the curves at the speed to 90 with great ease. I noticed it on the flyover which connects the airport to the highway. I had the climate control on temperature set at 24*C and fan speed 2.
I am pretty happy with the way the car is performing right now as I am expecting it to get much better after a couple of servicing. Few more things which I liked about the car -
- Its tall stance. Feels like a mini SUV.
- The ground clearance. There is one particular speed breaker near my house which I could never duck with my old Maruti Alto. This one goes over it happily without any effort.
- The Bluetooth mike. The voice quality over the call is pretty refined. I have made and received few calls from inside the car and no one on the other side of the call realize that I was on bluetooth car stereo unless I told them. It was also able to pick up the voice of the backseat passenger with great detail.
So this is my first opinion about the drive quality. Any comments and suggestions are always welcome. Will write more about the bumper to bumper experience in the daytime once I start going to office from Monday