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Jim Haywood
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Post by Jim Haywood » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:42 pm

Just bought s/h 2017 Niro 3 in Graphite Grey - 6000 miles on the clock. First experience of a hybrid - traded in much loved but costly (and not very environmentally friendly) Landrover Freelander 2 after six years ownership. Limited experience with the Niro so far but first impressions really good and very much enjoying driving it and getting to grips with the tech (Freelander was solid as a rock, powerful and go anywhere but pretty basic spec - rarely took it off road, so what was the real point? Always wanted a Landie, so that's out of the system now!). Handbook is daunting! Lane keep assist feature a wee bit odd at first but actually feels like it might be useful. Cruise control is a great feature as well. Economy good so far (60mpg on 120 mile run, compared with 40mpg life average for Freelander2). Haven't tried sports mode yet and not sure why/when this might be useful. Feel a bit like nervous new puppy owners (some say front of Niro has puppy dog appearance?). In process of buying boot liner and waterproof seat covers to keep things clean for the (inevitable) transport of "stuff" and winter (and summer) outdoor experiences! Looking forward to exploring the road ahead in what has to be a herald for the future of motoring.

gimball
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Post by gimball » Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:27 am

Sports mode is great for overtaking and when you need a quick start (e.g. slip roads for entering a motorway).

Eco mode is lazy and tries to save fuel while Sport mode cranks up both steering and acceleration to be immediate at the cost of fuel economy.

Try playing with it in safe situations - before you start a manoeuvre that would require some 'nippiness' turn it on and learn it's limits; might save your life some day.

Jim Haywood
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Post by Jim Haywood » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:19 pm

Thanks gimball - good advice. Just taken the Niro up and back to Norfolk - 320 mile round trip and averaged 63.5 mpg. Getting used to the various features (cruise control, lane keep assist) plus the sat nav. Will try out sports mode as you suggest. All good so far - really pleased with our Niro.

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