AndrueC

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    Andrue
  • Toyota Model
    Corolla Hybrid
  • Toyota Year
    2019
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    Northamptonshire

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  1. I mean just normal EV operation. It doesn't bother me normally because it accelerates plenty fast enough anyway but if you first give the ICE a chance to wake up the acceleration is actually quite startling.
  2. One thing I've found with the 1.8 is that when leaving an urban area where you've been driving in EV mode if you want to maximise your get away you first need to have woken the ICE up. A little nudge with the accelerator pedal is enough, just so that the ICE is running when you want to go. If you just push the pedal down when in EV mode it takes a while to react and doesn't seem to react in the same way. I think that if the ICE is already running and you push the accelerator quite hard the battery is used to provide most of the initial torque the result is quite impressive acceleration. It's not something I do very often but just occasionally I like to make a point to an idiot tailgater who's been on my **** driving through a 30mph zone or at one roundabout I want to be sure I can get into the right hand lane on the exit.
  3. Having come from Honda and seen other systems I don't think Toyota are particularly behind the curve. I'm a computer programmer and have long disparaged 'hardware manufacturers' for the apparent disdain with which they view software. So far I'd say that Toyota's Entune is one of the better systems as is the general use and implementation of technology in the vehicle. At least it feels integrated whereas Honda's always felt a little bodged together (to say nothing of the horrendous issues early owners of their latest Jazz went through for six months).
  4. Still quite a lot more expensive than using a phone though 😕 To be clear I only have the Sat Nav because it came with the trim level I wanted. Given a choice I'd have preferred a slightly cheaper car. Go does the job but it's hardly class leading 😕
  5. Meh. Still not impressed with the dashboard MPG display. This time it was claiming 60mpg (woo hoo!) but after filling up it calculates to 55mpg (meh). Still far less accurate than any other car I've owned.
  6. Outdated in what sense? You should get annual updates at your service (or you can do it for yourself) for free for three years and then for as long as you care to pay for them. Admittedly using your phone is a far cheaper option.
  7. The head unit claims to support MirrorLink but I think that's Android only. You should be able to have the voice instructions come over the car's speakers at least - that's what I did with my Honda although I also played music over Bluetooth when using my phone for satellite navigation. If you want to listen to a different audio source it probably won't work.
  8. The Corolla does not yet support either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. As the first post says there is supposedly an update coming that will address this. For now you connect your phone as a generic Bluetooth device.
  9. I suppose it'd be nice but the system works well as it is. I only know of one bug (the audio has to be manually turned on and my iPod selected every time I start the car). I managed to register my system although it is a bit fiddly. It's not helped by the stupid on screen keyboard that Toyota gives us. Seriously - what numbnut makes the default mode 'letters and numbers only'? Typing an email address, a decent password and wifi key (or a postcode!) is torture. I don't think I can call that a bug but it's pretty damn' stupid. Lol, this appears to be an older version. And that at least has '.' and ','. The new version has nothing expect letters and numbers and space.
  10. It's fine getting in and out but I have noticed on very long journeys (a couple of hours or more) my left leg feels a bit numb after getting out. I never experienced that with the Jazz. I've tried raising the seat but aside from the difficulty of getting the steering wheel into position I can hut my head on the stupid grab handle above the window. I would think that anyone with issues of mobility should be careful of the new Corolla.
  11. Well based on what I'm seeing for the 1.8 (around 55mpg) I'd assume closer to 50 for the 2.0. But a lot depends on how and where it's driven. I've always been an efficient driver (minimal use of brakes, lifting off the power well in advance of junctions or lights) and until now have always achieved or even exceeded official figures. I have always wondered if my driving style would mean few benefits from a hybrid (because I just don't waste much energy in the first place so less to recover) and so far the gains seem fairly minimal. I'm getting better mpg than I got with the Jazz at this time of year but I was hoping to be averaging 60mpg. I know it's a slightly bigger car but it's not that much bigger. If I can average an annual mpg of 53 from a Jazz I'd hope for quite a bit better from a Corolla. I still love the car though 🙂
  12. I was driving tonight and noticed a couple of odd hybrids modes. One was 'battery powering the car, engine turning but not generating power'. Basically EV but with the engine turning. It did this at 60mph for about half a minute and then the engine stopped turning and it continued on full EV for a minute. This was on a flat section of road so what's with the engine turning? Engine was well up to temperature by then. Intrigued by that we made the HSD display full screen and noticed on a couple of occasions that it was showing power coming from the engine and battery whilst also charging the battery. That doesn't seem to make any sense to me. Given there are conversion losses I don't understand why it would ever operate in that mode. I can understand the battery helping the engine and the engine charging the battery whilst also providing power to to wheels but both charging the battery and powering the electric motor seems wrong.
  13. Fill until it clicks then round up to the next litre. Was back at my normal filling station today but not my 'preferred' pump. I'm still hoping for 60 mpg but have long felt that my efficient driving style would mean few gains. Hybrid technology is mostly about reclaiming wasted energy and if you don't waste much in the first place there are limited gains. Helping the engine run at ideal RPMs would be useful but the CVT allows that anyway. Right now my main concern is the crazy claimed MPG. I can accept a 10% improvement over my old Jazz but when the car is claiming 70 mpg and I'm calculating it as 53 mpg that's mad.
  14. I've noticed that as well and I think you're right. At low speed the electric motors can do the bulk of the work and you get all that torque. At higher speeds it's mostly the ICE and a 1.8 running Atkinson cycle isn't all that impressive. My previous car was a Jazz which switched to Atkinson mode at low RPMs and the difference was marked. I think the 1.8 Corolla hybrid can out accelerate the Jazz at low speed but at higher speed I think the Jazz' 1.3 operating in Otto mode is probably giving out almost as much power. The ride is better than the Jazz - it feels like a larger car and handles bumps far better. However one thing I have noticed is the space. My last three cars have been Jazzes and despite being slightly smaller they had way more space inside. I would happily take four adults with me on a long journey in a Jazz but in a Corolla I'd be a concerned about those in the back as the leg room is poor. Love the Corolla though 🙂