Driving Like Grandad

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    Round trip to visit the grandchildren today.

    BMW X1 petrol 2 litre.

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    Halogen, Glos Guy? My, you were spoilt!  We had tungsten bulbs and those all in one sealed beam headlights.

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    I’ve never had LED headlights before so I’m on a winner anyway 🙂 I guess it’s worse if you have had it before so to speak 🙂

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    Sorry, don’t know how to edit a posting (if it’s at all possible).

    Hi Rene If you want to edit your post you must be a registered member and even then it’s time related, not sure how long before your post locks but most forums do that these days.

    Hey, cheers – i actually am a registered member, just forgot to log in. Duh.

    Its easy to argue, well I’ve got this and that in my current car so I need it in my new one and get carried away. The car before our X1 had 360 degree cameras, the cost of adding them on the X1 was a lot – so we did without. Do we miss them? – yes occasionally but not £20 a week’s worth. Same with other stuff. We tried to look at what we needed, not what we wanted. We wanted a panoramic roof on the new car until we test drive one and found only the rear seat passengers benefit so why spend another £1000. At the end of the day. It’s a different car – it will have different features some better some worse. A high AP is like rent – at the end of the lease there’s nothing to show for it!

    Absolutely. There’s a few things that, if i think about it long enough, i could do without – absolutely. But, i mean, a base model somethingsomething would be sufficient, because most of them have all you genuinely need. The rest is “want”. What car with a PanRoof did you test drive, since the three we drove did change the entire driving experience (GLA Prem Plus – not on the scheme anymore currently, Tiguan Elegance and Ateca)? And you’re absolutely right, one does need to find a balance rather than just blowing the AP up, have a great car for three to five years and then nothing to show for it.

    The question though isn’t whether you need things, it’s the fact that some manufacturers charge for very basic things (it’s not just Volvo, of course) – when you can get the equivalent (much more, in fact) equipment in another car from a “premium manufacturer” (well..) for quite literally a quarter of the AP (after options). To me, looking at the Volvo, it’s always a bit like “yeah, i do want one, but i’d leave so much stuff on the table for so much more money”. If that makes sense?

    @Glos Guy, well I will be driving.with main beam on in mine as the description on the Web site says I can, will adapt if I keep getting flashed 🙂

    You can. It’s the same system (well, similar) as we currently have in our Ateca – basically, above a certain speed (it’s 37mph for us in the Ateca, that might be different in the Volvo – check the manual) the high beam comes automagically on. Once the car via radar or infrared (not sure) detects oncoming traffic (or a car in front of you), it turns the high beam off. Once the road is clear again, they come back on.

    Matrix LED lights differ from that quite substantially. Once the Matrix high beam comes on, it stays on, even when there’s cars coming towards you. Instead of turning the high beam off, it turns off single LEDs (Matrix LED units have dozens, sometimes hundreds of single LEDs in a matrix) which are pointing at the oncoming traffic, the rest of the high beam stays on.

    Newer systems (VW/Skoda/Audi does it, not sure about others) even “phase out” street signs. Which is the big one for me – where i live, once i get on the dual carriage way, there’s a huge street sign that turns into the surface of the sun once my high beams come on, blinding me.

    This video explains it much better than me, english isn’t my first language. Notice how the car in front, even when blasted with the high beam, always sits in a “dark patch” regardless of which angle it drives in front of the car.

    That said: it’s not a necessity, unlike general LED lamps (can’t ever go back to Halogen). This is one of the points where it’s really nice to have, but not actually necessary. On the other hand, if they come as standard, all the better.

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    I think that’s it for me, never having had LED lights at all, the ‘loss’ of matrix type lights isn’t such a big deal for me.  I have on the other hand become rather lazy with the high beam assist that that the Galaxy has, so that functionality I would miss.

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    Lee Bengough

    I done a 120 miles round trip down to Weston Super Mare yesterday evening from South Wales. I did 61mpg going down and 56mpg coming back on the Motorway I kept my speed between 60 – 65mph. 65 is the sweet spot for 8th gear.

    this is my average since I filled up a week over 192 miles. Not bad considering it’s still right at the moment being a new car.

    #157921 Reply

    "the world is full of kings and queens who blind your eyes and steal your dreams-its heaven and hell "(RJD)
    Seat Ateca FR Black Edition 2.0tsi 190 dsg 4drive Nevada White

    #157945 Reply

    Word of warning.  Many on board computers overstate mpg. True and accurate test is between fill ups brim to brim.

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    best ive managed is over 90mpg but over a short 7 mile journey heading west with a slight wind assist and also very slightly down hill mostly. it was nearer 60 on return trip showing how much these 2 factors alter the mpg, and yes, i was driving like great grandpa.

    On average i get about 57mpg i guess bar winter when its a fair bit lower; maybe as low as 49 depending on whats all on in car. Toyota C-HR Hybrid 1-8.

    Still its not too bad and apart from me there is my scooter and hoist in car.

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    What I tend to do is never reset it, so my 2 litre petrol x1 is going back in Nov and it’s showing as averaging 32.4mpg across all types of driving over the 20,000 miles since new which I don’t think is that great? Thoughts pepes?

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    Our X1 (2 litre petrol 2 wheel drive) is on about 22000 miles and going back this month. The overall consumption is currently  showing 39.5mpg, Paul.

    #157990 Reply

    Thanks wigwam, clearly it’s me then not the car 😂

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