Cutac wrote: ↑
13 Dec 2018, 17:06
I'm not sure I'm catching up. Why wouldn't you need the first gear? You mean the second is short enough and torque is high enough or what?
Hmm, VTS is not a big car to start with. How does the C30 feel to drive compared to the VTS?
That's it, the T5 has so much torque it will easily start in any of the first three gears.
It's very different to the VTS to drive, first impressions are that it is so very quiet at any speed and no crashing and rattling over poor road surfaces. In the VTS to make good progress one must be in the right gear to keep the revs above 4k RPM whereas the T5 will pull strongly almost from idle. I know that the high revving character of the VTS makes it fun, but it can get a bit wearing. In the T5 it is far easier to take an overtaking oppertunity that presents itself unexpectedly as most of the time it will just pick up without dropping a cog. I haven't had a chance to drive the T5 on any properly twisty roads to see what the roadholding/handling are like yet.
One aspect that is much better in the C4 is the fixed hub steering wheel making the cruise, trip computer and stereo controls fall to hand easily at all times. The T5 doesn't show the speed set on cruise and doesn't have a speed limiter another point to the C4. I also much prefer the digital speedo as it seems like guessing with the analogue dial.