Only a small minority of motorists can afford the luxury of having three cars in their garage, one each for their changing needs: comfort, agility or dynamic driving. There is however a single car which satisfies all three of these: the Audi Cross Coupé quattro.
Audi drive select makes it possible to preselect three highly individual configurations for the engine, gearbox and the magnetic ride shock absorbers. The result: a car that can be enjoyed in three completely different ways and that offers a huge potential in the field of efficiency.
The basic setting is "dynamic" mode. This is automatically activated every time the engine is started and generally meets the expectations that Audi drivers have of their car with respect to the dynamic yet comfortable driving feel that is typical of the brand.
"Sport" mode on the other hand gives the Cross Coupé an emphatically sporty feel. The shock absorbers have a firmer setting, the engine responds more spontaneously and the S tronic gearbox moves its shift points to a higher rpm range. Ideal conditions for active driving pleasure on winding roads.
Then again, if the driver selects "efficiency" mode on the MMI, the engine and S tronic gearbox respond more gently to commands from the accelerator pedal and shift paddles. This setting is perfectly suited to relaxed driving and at the same time opens up huge potential for effectively reducing fuel consumption and thus emissions. In efficiency mode, the air-conditioning system is switched off and is only reactivated if the driver so wishes. A completely new interpretation of the cruise control system also moves the vehicle with minimum fuel consumption, allowing the set speed to drop to a certain lower limit in favour of lower fuel consumption, for example on moderate uphill stretches on the motorway.
Efficiency mode also makes use of route data from the navigation system and reduces speed early to make driving as economical as possible by avoiding the need for heavy braking when approaching a tight bend or (in conjunction with adaptive cruise control) a vehicle driving ahead.
In this way, under normal operating conditions and combined with a forward-looking driving style, Audi drive select makes it possible to make fuel savings of more than 20 percent compared to dynamic mode.
The equipment, data and prices stated here refer to the model range offered for sale in Germany. Subject to amendment; errors and omissions excepted.