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      01-31-2013, 07:26 PM   #1
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DS mode vs Eco Pro/Comfort/Sport/Sport+

I've seen a couple of posts on this but none that have satisfactorily explained the differences.

So... what's the difference between putting the car in DS mode (shifter to the left) and putting it in Sport mode (button pushed up for sport). And what happens if you drive in both modes at the same time? Is there any further benefit or difference?

You can also shift into DS mode WHILE in any of the drive modes (EcoPro, Comfort, Sport, Sport+) What does DS mode in each of these modes?
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I've seen a couple of posts on this but none that have satisfactorily explained the differences.

So... what's the difference between putting the car in DS mode (shifter to the left) and putting it in Sport mode (button pushed up for sport). And what happens if you drive in both modes at the same time? Is there any further benefit or difference?

You can also shift into DS mode WHILE in any of the drive modes (EcoPro, Comfort, Sport, Sport+) What does DS mode in each of these modes?


DS mode does not change throttle mapping -- it only changes the transmission mapping AND defeats Auto-Start-Stop.

Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport modes all have a default transmission mapping (eco, normal, or sport) plus a throttle mapping.

EcoPro + DS vs EcoPro: Higher shiftpoints, no ASS.

Comfort + DS vs Comfort: Higher shift points, no ASS.

Sport + DS vs Sport: no ASS.



Defeating ASS is probably the most useful part of being in DS + Sport mode vs just Sport mode. In fact on the ActiveHybrid models it's the only way of forcing the engine on (we don't have an ASS defeat button).
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they do the same thing. the advantage of pushing the lever to the left is that you can shift to different gears with the actual lever and not only with the paddle shifters. if you only switch the button to put it in sport you can not use the gear shift to change the gears, you can only use the paddle shifters to change gears. so they do in fact get the job done in the same way.
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They don't do the same thing. Sport/Sport+ also change steering feel, which is something that DS does not, amongst other things.
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      01-31-2013, 08:13 PM   #5
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My impression is that the driving modes (EP, C, S, S+) alter the chassis, transmission, throttle, engine response, steering and exhaust behavior, as well as suspension dampeners.


The D/S mode pertains strictly to the transmission software.


This is my understanding, and hopefully someone can correct me if i am wrong.


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also, I am pretty sure pushing the lever to the left is the only way to engage manual gear selection. When it is in the default right position, the transmission automatically switches back to "D" after some time of moderate acceleration and/or moderate gear changes (not sure of exact parameters that control this)
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When it is in the default right position, the transmission automatically switches back to "D" after some time of moderate acceleration and/or moderate gear changes (not sure of exact parameters that control this)
I've found it even switches back to D mode after a certain time not using manual mode.

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also, I am pretty sure pushing the lever to the left is the only way to engage manual gear selection.
If you have the flappy paddles, you can manually override at any setting.
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