I wanted to show the difference in the interior light to the cabin at eye level when the pano blind is back compared to closed, as it feels very different particularly as a passenger, (look at the back of the front passenger headrest and compare both of the pictures).
The marriage of the 220d Bluetec & 9G tronic gearbox is impressing so far. Although, the ‘start/ stop’ is IMO not the smartest on the planet as it is bit annoying when switching (even quickly) between Drive and Reverse it decides to stop and start between the change (making it look a bit like you’ve somehow stalled an automatic, then after finishing parking up and putting it into P it decides to keep idling! Cannot fault the smoothness of the gear changes though, honestly cannot tell what gear it is in unless looking at the screen. As for fuel economy we had done some research here so had an idea of what to expect, and with respect to the size, weight and automatic gearbox it’s remarkably good, circa 60mpg on an average ‘real world’ run should be easily achievable, if not bettered.
I am also not a fan of the stop/start system, feels very rough when it starts again, I have configured the individual mode in the dynamic settings, to switch off the stop/start, so when I get in the car, I switch it to individual mode, and the stop/start stays off continuously, it will remain in that mode for 4 hours, regardless of you switching the engine off. After 4 hours it will revert to the default comfort mode, switch it back to individual, and 4 hour process starts again.