When our Kadjar first arrived, I said I was at odds with the EDC dual-clutch automatic gearbox’s idea of economical driving and that I’d go into more detail at a later date. That time has come.
What irks me is that the EDC ’box holds on to its revs for too long in each gear, at least for my liking. And what I like is to drive, on the whole, in a fuel-efficient and money-saving way. It’s so ingrained that if you get stuck behind me away from a set of lights, I can only apologise, because a key part of my eco-driving arsenal includes not accelerating away very quickly at all, using minimal throttle inputs and changing up very early.
Trouble is, if you’re pressing only lightly on the Kadjar’s accelerator, the gearbox assumes you don’t want to build speed and therefore don’t want to change up a gear. But I do. If left to its own devices, on a light throttle the ’box won’t change from first to second until 15mph, at which point the engine is spinning noisily at 2200rpm. But if you intervene manually, you can shift up at just 8mph – around 1200rpm – so that’s what I do, and ditto with the subsequent shifts.