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  1. As low as 4c? Wow. That's a lot lower than I'd expect and makes me wonder if my A/C is working properly. The most I've ever felt coming from the vents is a chilly breeze. 4c should make me fear for frostbrite.
  2. The A/C system will only have one output temperature. The outside air temperature (or cabin if you're on recirculate) will impact the vent output temperature somewhat as it mixes with the A/C output but the vents can basically only blow air out at one of two temperatures: Ambient or whatever the compressor is capable of. The cabin temperature is regulated by switching the compressor on or off and adjusting the fan speed. This will eventually lead to the cabin temperature oscillating between <some value above> and <some value below> the actual target temperature. 'Lo' will just run the compressor forever so eventually the cabin will be down to whatever the A/C output is. I have noticed that modern cars don't seem to cool as aggressively. The first two A/C cars I had - Honda Civic then a Jazz - had an arctic blast coming out of the vents. But the cars I've owned over the last ten years seem quite lack-lustre. My guess is that modern efficiency demands mean they have small compressors and perhaps the A/C output isn't as cold. With my last couple of cars it was sometimes unclear if/when the A/C was actually blowing cold whereas the first two you'd be worried about getting frostbite.
  3. Possibly easier than explaining to their loved ones why they went through your windscreen. Or indeed easier than explaining to your loved ones why you were flattened when your passengers went through the windscreen. To be fair I can understand the request if the alarms are being triggered by luggage as mine have been once or twice but seat belts exist for a reason and I refuse to move the vehicle until everyone is wearing theirs.
  4. Oh now, hang on. Maintaining a database of the locations of potholes which after all don't move and using it to warn drivers is trivial. It's a minor extension of the basic feature set of any navigation system (potholes are just features of roads the same as junctions are). Being able to warn someone that they previously came into close contact with someone who has subsequently discovered they are infectious is a whole other undertaking. It requires telephones to do something they were never designed to do (measuring the distance between each other). It requires them to maintain a list of telephones that that they have come into 'close' contact with (something they'd never normally do). It requires some system to notify telephones of their historic close proximity to a suspect telephone. There are plenty of legitimate reasons for calling our government stupid (not just over track and trace and covering every government I've ever known which is all of them for the last forty years). But holding Waze up as an example is simply not valid. Waze isn't doing anything nearly as complicated as track and trace and is using your telephone exactly as it was always intended. Waze is basically a trivial application, that uses long established techniques. Track and trace apps are non-trivial and are on the cutting edge (probably beyond the cutting edge) of what current mobile telephones are capable of.
  5. You might notice a difference but think the ride quality is fine. Last Wednesday while picking up bags for my sister-in-law who had been on the HS2 'Rebel Trail' I drove up this lane. The low clearance caused a couple of scrapes on the underside when the wheels dropped into potholes but it wasn't a rough ride overall. Thankfully coming back we took a slightly less primitive route through The Lees but they were still low grade roads and the car was fine.
  6. One of the best bits of the higher level trim are the wheels. Has to be one of the best designs for any manufacturer, ever.
  7. The Honda Fit is called a Jazz in Europe because Fitta is a very rude word in Swedish.
  8. The 1.8's performance is fine for normal driving. I've never had any difficulty keeping up with people and rarely even push the car beyond 2,000rpm which is about where the battery starts to help out. There's some nice power even on the 1.8 if you get the battery involved but to my mind that's wasteful. I prefer to only use the battery at low rpms where it can do the most good. Some people like to accelerate hard (and often brake hard) and a hybrid will at least mitigate their worst excesses. But if it's good economy you're after then as with any vehicle moderate acceleration and avoiding using the brakes is the way to go.
  9. The amount of time spent in EV isn't relevant to the distance calculation. Average consumption = <distance travelled>/<Amount of fuel consumed> Remaining distance = <fuel left in tank>/<Average consumption> Time spent in EV is irrelevant for both those calculations (obviously it affects the result but is not, itself, considered). Another way of looking at this: Time spent in EV is just something that affects fuel consumption (as does wind, rain, temperature, driving style). There is no need to consider it when calculating values relating to fuel consumption. Fuel consumption 'is what it is'. Whether it is reduced by EV time or increased by a persistent head wind makes no difference when doing the maths :)
  10. Couldn't be bothered to fill up yesterday. Car says another 125 miles left in the tank which I think makes nigh-on 500 miles in total. Can't actually remember the last time I filled up but I think it was just before lock-down. So that's quite something. Three months between fill-ups.
  11. It actually looks pretty good to me. It's better quality than my old Jazz. It's not ultra-high definition but seems more than adequate. It sounds like your unit might be faulty. Perhaps the lens (under the blue Toyota badge) needs cleaning.
  12. If you're really interested in economy it's best to show the acceleration gauge in the dashboard. This will help you avoid wasting the battery by using it as a 'poor man's turbo' and also help you stay in EV for longer. You could also try to use the blue line to limit your acceleration but frankly life's too short. Also everything I've read says that you should accelerate 'smartly' for best efficiency whereas the blue line often wants very, very gentle acceleration.
  13. The feature seems okay when reversing into a spot. I haven't used it very often though. The only issues I had with it are that my normal spot at work is at the end of the row so I can't get into position to use it and it appears to be a bit crude in that it only cares whether it fits or not. It seems to make no attempt to position itself evenly between the other vehicles. The exact position it ends up at seems to depend on where you started the procedure from.
  14. It helps that since the virus hit I've not had to do any urban driving (not been into Banbury for three months!). This tank has been almost entirely 20 minute trips to golf courses and trips to Tesco on the way back from golf. Before the recent wet/cool spell the car was showing 69 and I thought I might get it to show 70 but sadly not. Maybe next tank since I should probably fill up tomorrow night. No chance of any long trips just yet either. My Dad is in North Wales so I'm still not allowed to visit him 😞
  15. My 2019 1.8 Hybrid Corolla is currently claiming 67 mpg. That's probably 64 mpg in measured pump to pump.