chrisgeary

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About chrisgeary

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  • First Name
    Chris
  • Toyota Model
    2014 Auris Hybrid Touring
  • Toyota Year
    2014
  • Location
    Berkshire
  1. chrisgeary

    New Auris Hybrid owner questions

    I find EV mode handy in car parks where you need over the mid point of ECO on the power-o-meter to get up the ramps. Apart from that, it isn't much use. Over 20mph it dis-engages (no idea why, makes no sense to me) whereas if you keep the throttle at or below the mid ECO mark in non-ev mode, it'll stay on battery all the way up to 48mph. How quickly you get there depends on traffic, gradient, charge in the battery and so on but it is possible. So EV mode handy for car parks. ECO/Normal for everywhere else and control EV mode with the throttle.
  2. chrisgeary

    Climate control auto mode likes the windscreen

    @mrpj No thanks. It's just wasted energy running it full time. Not to mention harder to keep bacteria free if the evaporator is permanently wet. In my 3 decades on the road, I've never yet damaged an AC unit by not running it full time.
  3. chrisgeary

    Climate control auto mode likes the windscreen

    I think the climate control in my outgoing BMW E61 also preferred the windscreen if the humidity was high. I generally ran with the AC off in that car as well and the windows were usually not fogged up, so didn't need it. The climate control seemed happier with AC on so I know that car definitely did take humidity into account. I do (and have always) run AC once or twice a month during the colder months for exactly that reason, preservation of seals. Otherwise, it's just wasted energy running it full time. Not to mention harder to keep bacteria free if the evaporator is permanently wet.
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    Climate control auto mode likes the windscreen

    Ah ok, makes sense. Thank you 🙂
  5. I'm finding that now we're into the colder months, the climate control auto mode seems to want to send air to the windscreen only. It actually indicates windscreen and floor but mostly its windscreen. Is there a humidity sensor that governs this? I'm running with AC off, set at 22c and my windows are not fogged up for reference. The cabin temperature is fine except my feet are cold. If I manually select floor or face and floor, then I get warmth to my feet. If I manually select screen and floor, virtually no air is directed to the floor.
  6. Can you record the sound? That will help. My first thought is a broken exhaust mount or something like that but without hearing it, it will be hard to pinpoint.
  7. chrisgeary

    Help me improve my Hybrid MPG

    The discs look normal to me, consistent with other non-hybrid cars I've owned. I don't think using the handbrake will help, in fact the rear wheels have a lot more brake dust on them than the fronts. Is it the rears you are having trouble with?
  8. chrisgeary

    Help me improve my Hybrid MPG

    Yes indeedy, that's consistent with what I've seen on some of my journeys also 🙂
  9. chrisgeary

    How to dim the centre console?

    With the side/headlights on, press the dashboard button on the right, where you'd select between Odo, Trip A, B. With the lights on, you'll now see an extra option which is the dimmer. Press and hold to get the next level dimmer and so on. Once you've reach the lowest point, the next press/hold will take you back to maximum.
  10. chrisgeary

    How to dim the centre console?

    Ok, glad I'm not missing anything 🙂 Thanks!
  11. chrisgeary

    How to dim the centre console?

    I've found the dashboard dimmer, I can see how to adjust the brightness of the touchscreen but can the general centre console lights be adjusted? Couldn't find anything in the manual that covers this.
  12. chrisgeary

    2015 Tourer Boot Space

    194cm if you sit closer to the steering wheel might be doable, if it isn't a wide or tall package. At my normal driving position (I'm 6ft) and at the closest point of the tailgate (it's slightly curved), I could measure 183cm. At my passenger seat which is closer and from the middle of the tailgate, 194cm is fine.
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    Help me improve my Hybrid MPG

    I found pretty early on that I preferred eco mode (the button) as it makes throttle modulation much easier in the lower eco band. But yes, gliding (if thats the tech term for running on battery alone) seems easy enough if conditions permit.
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    Help me improve my Hybrid MPG

    I find accelerating just on battery takes too long, unless its slight or quite downhill. I typically accelerate to about 20mph on battery (so just under the mid eco point), then push it up to the top of eco to accelerate to 30 or 40mph with ICE help. Once there, if its flat enough, I can drop the throttle almost to nothing, let the EV light go on, and maintain speed with the throttle just below the mid ECO point. The car can often maintain speed just using battery alone, sometimes for a mile or two. Coast was really the wrong word, sorry. Also, I never use neutral. That would be counter productive. I accept that this will run down the battery, but it is balanced out by the need to occasionally use the ICE to bring the speed back up (if battery alone isn't quite enough to maintain speed) or if a slight hill presents itself. The ICE charges the battery back up, as does downhill runs and it all works itself out. I haven't tried just driving without car for the EV light coming on as a comparison, but it feels like I'm using less fuel this way and I like running through town without the ICE running - it just feels good that way.
  15. chrisgeary

    Help me improve my Hybrid MPG

    Lots of short journeys will hurt your long term MPG. Nothing you can do about that but you can relax knowing that you'll never have a clogged DPF to deal with. Your long term is around 52mpg which is respectable for your driving habits. Agree, no need to use B generally. I tried it once on a 20% descent and found it to be only of slight benefit. There is a lot to be potentially gained from accelerating to your chosen speed, then throttling right back until the EV light comes on, then coast along just under the mid ECO mark on battery. You can make a lot of gains that way (subject to enough charge in the battery, ICE up to temperature and the road conditions not requiring more load).