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Just bought my new Stepway petrol version but have found it to be underpowered it seems to struggle in overtaking, going up hills I have to drop down a gear. As I have never owned a car with a turbo before how do I know if it is working?
 

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Just bought my new Stepway petrol version but have found it to be underpowered it seems to struggle in overtaking, going up hills I have to drop down a gear. As I have never owned a car with a turbo before how do I know if it is working?
I have a logan TCE, I would suggest there may be a problem as mine even when it's 'chugging' in too a high a gear if I forget still manages to continue climb reasonably considering it's small engine.
I generally keep min in 3rd 30 and under, 4th up to over 50 etc... It doesn't like being in too high a gear.
Like Geraint said it's only 0.9, so in a higher gear the engine will struggle more than a 1.6 ford focus for example.
 

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Go back to the dealer and ask for a drive in a car with the same engine' it could be that your expectations were too high or the engine hasn't loosened up yet. This way you can put your mind at rest and find out if your engine does indeed have a fault.
 

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I have the diesel version and it took me some time to acclimatise to the turbo/gear ratio/throttle combination. I don't have any trouble now but my engine did bog down unexpectedly until I learnt how to keep it fizzing. As the engine runs in things do improve a lot so by the time you have covered 10,000 miles both you and the car "reach an understanding" is the best way I can put it. Its a downfall of little engines with big turbos, they have to be revved to get performance, and the power curve tends to be a bit peaky, these engines are not as drivable, forgiving or effective as the old sloggers but they are efficient.

IF when the engine is hot it wont pull from say 1500RPM then there could be something wrong.
 

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I have the diesel version and it took me some time to acclimatise to the turbo/gear ratio/throttle combination. I don't have any trouble now but my engine did bog down unexpectedly until I learnt how to keep it fizzing. As the engine runs in things do improve a lot so by the time you have covered 10,000 miles both you and the car "reach an understanding" is the best way I can put it. Its a downfall of little engines with big turbos, they have to be revved to get performance, and the power curve tends to be a bit peaky, these engines are not as drivable, forgiving or effective as the old sloggers but they are efficient.

IF when the engine is hot it wont pull from say 1500RPM then there could be something wrong.
The thing about the "old sloggers" was that they had a nice big heavy flywheel to even out any abuse or poor driving techniques. ! ;)
 

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Roger, absolutely right, the old engines didn't have much power so the power curve was pretty flat the result was most of them would pull from around 1000rpm and chew through fuel at an alarming rate when pushed. As you say those engines were in many ways easier to drive. The old rally cars, like the Escort RS (let's forget the Mexico! please . . ) were pretty flexible by comparison with some of the modern stuff. I had a rally prepared TR2 2.2ltr many years ago and you could pull away in top gear on a flat road and it would accelerate strongly to maximum speed beating most things from the lights in 4th!, it went a lot quicker if you used the gears, all 7 of them* fuel consumption was epic. Its not till you've ridden a bike with a smallish engine that you get a grip on power vs rpm - in my humble opinion, I used to ride a 250cc to London and back every day from Southend-on-sea, max rpm 11,500, rev band around 2,500 so to go anywhere quickly you needed all 6 gears and lots of rpm to keep it "on the cam".

*Overdrive on 2,3,4 and no overlaps so you could use all 7.
 

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Roger, absolutely right, the old engines didn't have much power so the power curve was pretty flat the result was most of them would pull from around 1000rpm and chew through fuel at an alarming rate when pushed. As you say those engines were in many ways easier to drive. The old rally cars, like the Escort RS (let's forget the Mexico! please . . ) were pretty flexible by comparison with some of the modern stuff. I had a rally prepared TR2 2.2ltr many years ago and you could pull away in top gear on a flat road and it would accelerate strongly to maximum speed beating most things from the lights in 4th!, it went a lot quicker if you used the gears, all 7 of them* fuel consumption was epic. Its not till you've ridden a bike with a smallish engine that you get a grip on power vs rpm - in my humble opinion, I used to ride a 250cc to London and back every day from Southend-on-sea, max rpm 11,500, rev band around 2,500 so to go anywhere quickly you needed all 6 gears and lots of rpm to keep it "on the cam".

*Overdrive on 2,3,4 and no overlaps so you could use all 7.
I know exactly what you mean. I had a 6 speed 250 cc 4 cylinder 16 valve Yamaha Zeal (grey import) revving @ 16500 that I used to ride every day from Dudley to Worcester and back every day. I wore that out after a couple of years and bought a Suzuki GS500E 2 cylinder air cooled, talk about chalk & cheese!!

As a side, I lived on Canvey Island in the '50's & '60's and used to travel to Ilford every day ! ;)
 

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As a side, I lived on Canvey Island in the '50's & '60's and used to travel to Ilford every day ! ;)

I bet that was hard showing your passport twice day! - Mrs H taught at Leighbeck in the 90's small world.
 

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As a side, I lived on Canvey Island in the '50's & '60's and used to travel to Ilford every day ! ;)

I bet that was hard showing your passport twice day! - Mrs H taught at Leighbeck in the 90's small world.
I went to Long Road Primary School from1950 and then Canvey County Secondary in Furtherwick Road from 1956 !

BTW Anniversary of the flood tonight ! ;)
 

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These newer cars with taller gearing combined with the nature of a 3-cylinder engine means it'll be very different to your Yaris.

My Yaris is a 1.3 (4-cylinder non turbo) and I can easily cruise around town speeds in 5th gear at 30mph and maximise fuel economy that way. I can go up steep hills in 4th where the Dacia would definitely need 3rd or even 2nd.

Our Dacia is the first car in our family that has this "new" driving style that makes you drive in lower gears to get better fuel economy so it took everyone a lot of getting used to. I test drove a new Corsa with a turbo diesel engine and found the gearing was very similar to the Dacia (I wanted to see if a new small engined diesel would behave like an old small engined diesel for comparison).

The turbo really kicks in at the mid range on the rpms, there is really nothing below 2,500rpm which is what makes it difficult to drive at first.

I always have trouble when I wanna accelerate from a roll and I'm going too fast for 1st gear but 2nd bogs down and judders... other than that its actually quite good when you consider such a small engine in a big car.

You'll be fine once you get used to changing gears more often - don't worry its normal.
 
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These newer cars with taller gearing combined with the nature of a 3-cylinder engine means it'll be very different to your Yaris.

My Yaris is a 1.3 (4-cylinder non turbo) and I can easily cruise around town speeds in 5th gear at 30mph and maximise fuel economy that way. I can go up steep hills in 4th where the Dacia would definitely need 3rd or even 2nd.

Our Dacia is the first car in our family that has this "new" driving style that makes you drive in lower gears to get better fuel economy so it took everyone a lot of getting used to. I test drove a new Corsa with a turbo diesel engine and found the gearing was very similar to the Dacia (I wanted to see if a new small engined diesel would behave like an old small engined diesel for comparison).

The turbo really kicks in at the mid range on the rpms, there is really nothing below 2,500rpm which is what makes it difficult to drive at first.

I always have trouble when I wanna accelerate from a roll and I'm going too fast for 1st gear but 2nd bogs down and judders... other than that its actually quite good when you consider such a small engine in a big car.

You'll be fine once you get used to changing gears more often - don't worry its normal.
I test drove the 0.9 Stepway got back to the dealers and ordered the 1.5dCi version, without a test drive, glad I did !! ;)
 

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These newer cars with taller gearing combined with the nature of a 3-cylinder engine means it'll be very different to your Yaris.

My Yaris is a 1.3 (4-cylinder non turbo) and I can easily cruise around town speeds in 5th gear at 30mph and maximise fuel economy that way. I can go up steep hills in 4th where the Dacia would definitely need 3rd or even 2nd.

Our Dacia is the first car in our family that has this "new" driving style that makes you drive in lower gears to get better fuel economy so it took everyone a lot of getting used to. I test drove a new Corsa with a turbo diesel engine and found the gearing was very similar to the Dacia (I wanted to see if a new small engined diesel would behave like an old small engined diesel for comparison).

The turbo really kicks in at the mid range on the rpms, there is really nothing below 2,500rpm which is what makes it difficult to drive at first.
I always have trouble when I wanna accelerate from a roll and I'm going too fast for 1st gear but 2nd bogs down and judders... other than that its actually quite good when you consider such a small engine in a big car.

You'll be fine once you get used to changing gears more often - don't worry its normal.
with you on the 1st to 2nd from roll... Slowing down ready to stop, then guaranteed the lights change every time.
Sorry to read about your poor logan and mum BTW , hope she wasn't too shaken up.
 
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