i DRIVE - WHAT IS IT?

Author: DEA Performance   Date Posted:14 February 2016 

IDrive - what is it? What does it do?

In this day and age many vehicles use “fly by wire” throttles.  In essence, this type of technology is dependent on a sensor measuring both the accelerator pedal pressure and position, which is then relayed via signals to your vehicle’s engine system.  This in turn results in acceleration.  Although this process itself seems simple enough there is however a noticeable delay between your foot pressuring the accelerator pedal and your actual vehicle accelerating.

Hello iDrive…………goodbye delay.

This is where the beauty of the iDrive steps in – pardon the pun.  The iDrive gives you the power to tune the signal from the accelerator pedal.  It has multiple inbuilt settings to cover a variety of driving styles including;

 

Eco Mode  As the name suggests this setting is designed for economy in mind by reducing the accelerator response time.  Also becomes useful when you are looking for a little more throttle control.

 

Ultimate Mode  This mode provides 9 levels of sensitivity that allows the driver greater control.  Select level 1 for a soft smooth acceleration upto level 9 for a quick and powerful increase in speed.  As the driver you control the setting level to suit your driving needs.

 

AC Mode.  Let the iDrive take over by automatically selecting the level of sensitivity.  The pressure you apply to the pedal will determine the level of sensitivity the iDrive applies.  Accelerating gently in traffic and the iDrive will automatically select a reduction on your throttle response.  Accelerate hard for overtaking and the iDrive applies an increase in throttle response.

Sounds good but what is it like in the real world?

We have been lucky enough to have tested it on three of our vehicles.  Here are some of the comments from our drivers of;

 

Ford FG XR 8

“…………EXCELLENT………..works really well…………overall much better response……..”  He has not yet tried the Eco Mode, finds the auto mode very impressive but has opted for the Ultimate Mode – switching between level 5 and 4.    When asked for an overall comment about the performance of his vehicle since the iDrive has been installed the response was simple but clear “…….sh*(& loads better”.

 

Ford PX MKII Ranger 3.2 Litre

“……………it’s good………….actually it’s impressive……….there is an overall improvement in the car performance………..have found it better than a performance chip.  Having tried all three modes he settled for Ultimate Mode on level 3.  He won’t touch the Eco Mode, rarely uses the AC Mode and finds most of the time his iDrive is set to Level 3 on Ultimate mode.  When asked has he tried level 9 on the Ultimate mode his response was quick “…………yeah didn’t like it………… too touchy for me………level 3 is great for me…….I don’t change it much from this setting.”  We can only wonder if he’d change to a 9 on Ultimate mode if a decked out Mazda BT50 pulled up alongside at the lights.

 

Toyota Hilux Kun 26 D4D 

“……….a much better response………have tried the different modes and have generally settled for Ultimate  Mode on level 8……… I find level 9 has too much of a response……. overtaking now is great………”  He was reluctant to mention it but he does switch to level 2 in Ultimate mode.  When asked why his response was “…..it’s for my passengers…… kids are fine in their kids seats but if I am on level 8 my other half not too impressed………”  We were too afraid to ask if he now prefers driving by himself.

 

One of our customers from Authentic Auto Detailing had an iDrive fitted to his Nissan D40 Navara 2.5 Litre and had these comments to share “…………. a MAJOR improvement in power…………amazed at taking off at the lights……….makes a big difference………..”  He has used all three modes but most of the time he finds the AC Mode suits his driving.  When asked if he has used a high setting in Ultimate mode his reply was “……… for a bit of fun and trying out I’ll use level 7 of the Ultimate Mode…………usually if over taking or at the lights”.

 

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