- Why the stop-start system can get on your nerves
- How it can pay to listen to the V60’s teachings on eco driving
- And what you are likely to end up paying at the pumps
The one system that doesn’t always integrate seamlessly with my driving is the auto stop-start. The vast majority of the time it works fine but there are a couple of scenarios when I find myself reaching for the off switch.
In slowly moving traffic the stop-start switches the engine off the moment I need to get the car rolling again. Solution here is to leave a big gap so I can keep the car moving all the time.
Trying to park up close, say to a wall, where I gently creep the car forward while listening to the beep of the parking sensor and looking to see how close I am, the stop-start can cut in as soon the car stops moving.
I then have to release the brake to start the engine, but unfortunately the car tends to leap forward as the engine starts. Not good when I am trying to gently coax the car forward. So I switch the system off for delicate parking manoeuvres.
That said, it certainly plays its part in keeping fuel bills in check. Thing is Volvo is not just providing systems to help cut diesel consumption, the company provides advice too.
The helpful tips are located away in the main menu under the ‘My Car’ section. A bit of scrolling and you arrive at the Drive-E menu that contains the ‘ECO driving guide’.
Here you will find a host of driving tips, most of which are based on common sense such as not accelerating like your life depends on it, etc. Hardly earth-shattering advice but it may provide some new ideas on how to improve your fuel consumption and save cash.
Long, steady journeys were where I managed the best fuel consumption, particularly sticking to around 60-70mph on dual carriageways. The best figure I saw was more than 47mpg, with 45-46mpg possible with a modicum of restraint in applying the throttle.
That's still a way off the official figure of 65mpg but even with very careful driving I think it would be really tricky to get into the 60mpgs. Still, at 45mpg that gives you a tank range of 664 miles with a cost to fill up of just over £80, given diesel costs a smidge over £1.20 on average.
Mileage: 11,465 miles Economy: 45.7mpg