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AndrueC last won the day on August 10 2021

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  1. Didn't to me either so I measured it more carefully - see revised figures 😉
  2. Floor to roofline at highest point - 780mm. Floor to highest normally usable point (the tonneau cover/shelf)- 510mm. The slope of the hatch reduces both of these the further back you go. It is sufficient for me to keep the following in mine: Electric golf trolley (folded) Two wheels. Two pairs of golf shoes. A shoebox of spare balls. Trolley bag and all clubs (driver taken out and laid down on floor otherwise the bag wouldn't fit). https://photos.app.goo.gl/FaHBBcAVDe8EvWrY6 Technically the boot is still not full but I couldn't get much else in it 🙂
  3. Maybe 🙂 I did go to primary school in Congleton (Blackfirs) but the family moved to Devon in 1973 when I was six.
  4. I leave it in normal mode all the time. I finesse the pedal at low speeds and if I want to go fast I mash the pedal to the floor. I don't need electronics to help with either of those 🙂
  5. I never get dinged for that because I don't use the brakes unless I'm stopping. That's what my old instructor(*) told me "Brakes are for stopping and correcting your mistakes". No matter how well designed it is the hybrid system cannot recover all the kinetic energy lost while braking so it's better not to have to brake in the first place. Another big advantage of this technique is that to do it successfully you have to develop excellent acceleration sense and road awareness, both of which will make you a safer driver. And if I do need my brakes I have the full force of them available to help. Someone who uses their brakes habitually might only have 'a bit more' available in an emergency situation. But what MyT chides me for is harsh acceleration, despite the fact I almost never push the ECO gauge into the PWR section. Given how slothfully the blue guide bar expects (and how dead the car feels in ECO mode) it's not so surprising. But for all that I'm a laid-back driver I refuse to accelerate like a one-legged dog that's been dead for a week. And anyway - I always thought close to wide-open-throttle was the most efficient way to accelerate. (*)Funnily enough I learnt to drive while living in Craig-Y-Don and my instructor was an ex-police officer.
  6. Yes, I think the Jazz has two spark plugs per cylinder plus can operate in either Atkinson or Otto modes depending what you ask of it. If you get your foot down it will move surprisingly well. My biggest gripe with my version was that it was a bit 'lumpy' around the 2k rpm point when it was switching modes. I did once drive the next iteration and it seemed like Honda had sorted that out but they'd also introduced an emulation of discrete gears at the top end for CVT. It seemed to give more power but I thought it was dishonest. Drivers should learn to embrace CVT not pretend it's something else.
  7. Yeah, I could've done 70/80 if I wanted but it would probably only reduce my journey time by a couple of minutes if that. What's the point? I'd had a day of golf (slightly poor score but it's them damn' greens at Hinksey) so I don't care. I only got a bit sporty at M40 J11 because I dislike ditherers. The speed limit is 50mph at the other side anyway.
  8. Only time I've really felt the lack of the 1.8 is pulling away from M40 J11 up to Middle Cheney. In my Jazz if I floored the accelerator I could be doing 100 mph at the three quarter point. The car would have an eager 'yeah! Let's do it!' feel belying its popular image as a lumbering old-fogey's car. The 1.8 starts to run out of steam and seems to top out at 90 mph. All the way up the hill it feels like it's out matched and it just unable to do what the driver wants. But hey - I don't often do that. Especially since working from home became permanent. If all you want is to get up to 60 (or even 70) on the dual carriageway it can do that well enough. But it's interesting how the the Jazz 1.3 can clearly wipe the floor with the Corolla's 1.8.
  9. Yeah, I'd forgotten how much push the battery can give. Also that rather nice whine you get as the motor spins up. I mean it's not the roar of a turbo but it's a nice 'Okay, I'm getting serious now' sound effect 😄
  10. It's definitely good to have a choice and Toyota offer the right one I feel. However you will never convince me that the 1.8 is 'underpowered' or noisy. I've just driven back home from Hinksey Golf course which entails a stint on the A34 then the M40 on a late Sunday afternoon and the car kept up perfectly well. Okay so I spent most of the time in lane one doing 60 but I moved out at a couple of junctions and always had ample power to accelerate up to lane two speeds. And at M40 J10 I was able to pass several slower vehicles and get onto the A43 with no stress. That was the only time I pushed the car into the PWR section of the eco gauge and even then only just. As usual the other drivers were fannying around trying to work out which lane to use and where they were - I just sailed through and past them because I knew what I was doing. Obviously the 1.8 is not 'as powerful' as the 2.0 but to suggest that the 1.8 is underpowered is silly. It has more power than a sensible driver normally needs and is more than adequate for British roads.
  11. Many of us have found out that dealers either don't check or don't understand the correct pressures. A lot of people who complain about road noise after purchasing a new vehicle discover that are over inflated.
  12. Why is it slower? My 1.8 can still reach the legal speed limits. And it only gets (slightly) noisy if the nut behind the wheel floors the accelerator - something which is rarely ever needed. The impact on most journey times of more power is minimal to non-existent. Who cares if you save one minute off a typical commute? And in rush hour you'd probably struggle to do that consistently due to the vagaries of congestion at one or both ends. You can make better progress through skill and finesse. Understanding how the traffic is flowing around you and timing your approaches to junctions. In my experience those are skills that the 'power users' tend to lack. Probably because the extra power on tap makes them lazy. But to fair 68.9mpg from a 2.0 version is very, very good. I'd be intrigued to know how you've managed that given that it would be uncommonly high even for a 1.8. The only time I've seen that or better was on very long journeys at a steady 60mph. Still - however you did achieve it we can be pretty certain that if you'd driven a 1.8 the same way on the same journey it would likely return a figure in the mid 70s 😉
  13. Maybe this article will help. In my limited experience wireless charging 'just works'. I have an S10 with a rubber cover and it has always charged when I put it on a wireless charger. That's actually how I've always charged it - I now regard inserting a cable as too much faff 🙂
  14. I have no complaints about the interior of my Corolla for sure. Nor the exterior actually but since I'm the driver I don't really care what outside looks like anyway. Apparently this confused the last salesman I spoke to as he couldn't understand why I didn't want to buy a C-HR because of the analogue dash. I tried pointing out to him that the dash was the part of the car I looked at the most but apparently he felt that I should be more concerned with the exterior look.
  15. Same with my Excel. The display I have is on the dash and shows three sets of concentric bars drawn around the front and rear sides of the vehicle that indicate proximity.
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