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I understand how the various options affect the car setup, but what options can you change in the "Individual Profile" option? The manual only says that it depends on what options the car has. My car will have DSG but not 4Drive plus all the other "Driver Assist" options.
 

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I think it's a bit of a gimmick and waste of time myself. On the 2wd anyhow!
Not sure how much difference the snow setting etc makes to the 4wd.

Have driven around switching back and fore between the modes at traffic lights, and can see no real discernable advantage to being able to change between them.

All eco seems to do is force on the stop/start and restrict AC.
Normal seems, well normal, and sport seems no different to normal to me, other than the steering feels slightly heavier, I didn't like it, and spend most of the time in normal.

On my mates Zafira he has a sport button on the dash, and it is actually is mapped differently, and gives about 40bhp extra when in sport mode. Sport on the Ateca seems to do very little.

It's all a bit vague all round really, the three settings are just described as eco, normal, sport, but when you go into each one, it just says steering, throttle etc all the same, eco, normal, or sport, with no real description of the actual differences between each setting..

In 'individual' you can just change the AC, throttle, steering etc between eco, normal or sport manually, i.e. In normal all three say 'normal', in sport all three say 'sport', in individual you can have steering as normal and throttle as sport, etc,..
 

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The individual is so you can blend a mix of the others. The sales guy in MK had set the electric steering to pacify someone who didn't like the default. You get use to the default so it's not an issue then what do you do if you want the others, twig each time ?.

DSG sport makes a difference. Eco was totally weird in my DSG and seemed to offer resistance on the accelorator pedal and activities the stop start, the overdrive goes wild. I won't be using that and also plays havoc with diesel regeneration.

So I'll be sticking with normal and snow. They will do me fine.

I'll try to do some photos of how the menu presents on a diesel DSG.
 

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Mine looks like this. Engine and ACC break into Normal, Sport and ECO. Obviously if you didn't have ACC you wouldnt see that. Nothing too exciting there.

I shall continue to be a Luddite and stick to Normal and Snow mode.... just need some snow.
 

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I suspected it was just a gimmick. Tell, can you check exactly what options come up under " engine"?

I assume that is where throttle response would be covered, but is there a Sport setting for the DSG in there as well. It seems that just select the Sport option would cover this.
 

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Thanks for that - just what I wanted to check. Yes it is boring. I will probably leave it in Sport all the time.
 

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Fred99 said:
Thanks for that - just what I wanted to check. Yes it is boring. I will probably leave it in Sport all the time.
Boy racer :mrgreen:
 

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Saggy said:
Boy racer :mrgreen:
When you get to my age, about the only thing you can still do quickly is drive! :lol: :lol:
 

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Fred99 said:
Saggy said:
Boy racer :mrgreen:
When you get to my age, about the only thing you can still do quickly is drive! :lol: :lol:
Well Fred, there are some things where slow isn't a negative ;)
 

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I do not agree that it is a gimmick
When in ECO mode acceleration, gear changes and the steering are quite different to sport mode.
In ECO mode acceleration is much more gradual, unless you hit the floor. Gear changes are targetted to keep the revs low and the steering is less precise, so easier.
In sport mode, acceleration is immediate and very responsive. Gear changes are optimised so that if at any time you need power you have it. And the steering is fun and very responsive.
So, economy at the expense of responsiveness or power and responsiveness at the expense of economy.
I like it.
 

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I was suggesting that the individual profile could be a gimmick, not the system itself.

What I want to know is exactly what you can select to put in your personal profile rather than use the preselected parameters.

Have you set up an individual profile, if so what did you select?
 

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You can also fiddle with each of the settings as I recall, normal, sport, eco etc.... but I'd have to double check, 95 percent sure on that one.
 

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With DSG Sport mode will make a big difference, but that is easier to achieve by flicking the gear lever back to select Sport mode than fiddling around with a dial.
 

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That's true although I reckon you will have enough power in normal mode without over revving it in sport.... I know you can rev petrol more before it goes raucous as diesels do. The quick change of DSG does help you to keep the pace up whilst manual drivers stir the gear box and sometimes miss.
 

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I always found the best way to make progress in a diesel is to short-shift anyway. With most modern turbo diesels having a torque plateau from very low down the rev range, and generally running out of puff beyond 3000rpm or so, there is little to be gained from high engine speeds... It's all about staying in the meat of the torque curve and keeping the turbo on boost.
 

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Which is why they are boring to drive compared to a high revving turbo petrol engine.

They do exactly what they are supposed to do, but it's not so much fun!
 

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Your not into listening to music when you drive then Freddie... we have plenty of speed cameras to catch you out via excessive speed in the UK.

Somewhere I will work in the Charlie who was flashing me since they thought I'd left my lights on... no DLR, they were needlessly driving a big 4WD with snorkel and tyres on the roof. Best to be prepared... I think they didn't like the brightness of the rear LEDs in the day light and that was foot off the brake on a DSG so no high intensity centre light.
 

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PaulT00 said:
I always found the best way to make progress in a diesel is to short-shift anyway. With most modern turbo diesels having a torque plateau from very low down the rev range, and generally running out of puff beyond 3000rpm or so, there is little to be gained from high engine speeds... It's all about staying in the meat of the torque curve and keeping the turbo on boost.
Why I leave it in normal mode. A bit of sport driving helps with the run in, but other than that you don't need the sport setting in a diesel DSG.
 
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