Has anyone tried driving any distance with the traction control off?
I attempted to come home this evening with the system off and barely made it past the first roundabout. Anything above a light touch of the accelerator on a bone dry road would cause a tyre to light up, and when I was merely kissing the pedal on damp surfaces - well, all **** broke loose.
It seems it's plain impractical to drive the car without driver aids, and given how easily and often the front tyres could be wound into a screech without even trying, I ponder how much of the car's day to day performance is being secretly dialled back by the traction system.
One of the first things I noticed about trips in the Fluence was the pronounced wheel hop when going over broken surfaces, or when inadvertently dropping the car into a pothole. It felt as though the tyre was instantly doubling its rotational speed the moment it found itself free of the surface, but until today I never had any idea just how much the car wants to spin its tyres!