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Would love it if someone could explain to me when I would use each of the different drive modes. I've been playing around with each mode and seeing how different it feels, but would love some expertise. I have the Premium RWD. Also - given that I have that car, what are my options for customization in the Personal mode?

Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!
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Basically when u flick the drive mode switch, it gives u different presets that changes how the gear shifts and, not sure about this, how the suspension responds as well!

Once u dive in the drive mode settings, what you are changing are your settings for the personal mode! Try out what steering settings best suit! As for the different drive modes, maybe someone can explain it further for u!

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After picking up car today my wife is saying wow steering is different when we stopped she changed setting but still not sure it is what she wants I gather it will take some playing around with options
Lots to learn with all the different settings
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you need the touring package to get this correct?

if you dont get it....you get the hydrolic steering?
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correct. the touring package includes the direct adaptive steering.
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Basically when u flick the drive mode switch, it gives u different presets that changes how the gear shifts and, not sure about this, how the suspension responds as well!

Once u dive in the drive mode settings, what you are changing are your settings for the personal mode! Try out what steering settings best suit! As for the different drive modes, maybe someone can explain it further for u!
It changes transmission shift points and adjusts the DAS steering. The suspension acts the same no matter what, there is no adjustable suspension on the Q50.
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correct. the touring package includes the direct adaptive steering.
does that mean if you dont get the touring package....you dont get that switch next to the shift lever?
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does that mean if you dont get the touring package....you dont get that switch next to the shift lever?
No, you still get the performance changes (transmission mapping/speed, accelerator resistance too I believe). The switch is on every car.
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The drive mode switch is on every Q50. All hybrids, and any gasser with Deluxe Touring have Direct Adaptive Steering (Steer by wire). Those cars can therefore allow personalization of settings. Personal Mode is just that, personalized. You go to the Drive Mode settings app and customize it. You can set whether the transmission is in standard or sport mode - sport raises the shift points so the car up- and down-shifts at higher rpm's. You can choose how "heavy" the steering wheel feels and also how responsive the steering is. You can also turn on or off Active Trace Control. ATC is a feature on many Infinitis that uses braking of the two inside wheels on a turn to help the car almost 'pivot' around a corner - basically it just makes cornering feel better.

Snow mode - retards throttle response, especially at low speeds. Helps minimize wheel spin when starting in slick conditions. For those of you who grew up driving manual cars in snow, I equate this to starting a car in second gear.

Eco mode - for cars equipped with the Eco pedal, will give a little force-feedback in the gas pedal to basically remind you that the pedal on the right is the one that costs you money. Eco mode will also keep the tranny in standard mode - and I'm not sure, but may make efforts to keep rpms down whenever possible.

Standard - your car will always start up in Standard mode. This seems to be a middle of the road setting. Standard transmission performance, medium 'weight' of the wheel and medium steering response.

Sport - tight, heavy wheel feel and sport transmission setting. As stated above, none of the settings, including sport, affect suspension at all. If your car has an S on the trunk, you have sport suspension. If it doesn't, you have normal suspension.

Personal - see above. Play with the settings to your heart's content.
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Thanks Sinecure. So if I have a Premium RWD with Nav only - my only options are Snow, Standard and Sport, correct? Even though it shows me Eco and Personal on my display?
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