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When I purchased my manual EC, the only doubt I had in mind was how it would compare performance wise with my former 1.6 Turbo diesel manual ASX (Outlander Sport USA).
Now had my EC for ten months and the engine just seems to be getting better and better. The other day after negotiating a roundabout put my foot down on jointing a dual carriageway whilst in second gear and the car just took off with amazing acceleration, which came as a complete surprise. I was up through the gears to the speed limit (70mph) in a matter of seconds and quickly engaged 6th gear and enjoyed the ride. In the last few weeks, the performance seems to be improving on what I already thought was very good, considering its only 1.5 Litres engine. This performance appeared when in ECO Mode as well, which I always select.
More than pleased with the performance and the car in general.
 

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I've probably watched every YouTube review of the EC out there and a common theme among them is the power/performance compared to some mythical vehicle that goes from 0 to 60 just by thinking about it. The major criticism seemed to be that while it has plenty of torque to take off from a dead stop, and enough h.p. to be responsive in the lower gears, once you get it up to highway speeds, the acceleration becomes sluggish. Granted, most are reviewing the CVT and not the standard transmission, but in my experience,the CVT also has got plenty of power and cruising speeds.

When my wife got her Jeep Cherokee last year, I still had my Outlander. I didn't notice that much of a difference between the two. Now that I've had the EC for a few months, when I get behind the wheel of the Jeep, it feels like i'm driving a bread truck.
 

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My eclispe cross has only done 2700 klms so far and I concur that the pick up is great. The only mod I have done is replace the engine air filter with a K&N air filter and use 98 octane fuel.
 

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EC is a very agile car and it speed performance satisfies the user. At highway speeds between 120 km/h and 180 km/h car doesn't hesitate to give its power. However after 180 km/h it cannot handle the wind resistance so much and it barely goes over 200 km/h. Maybe shorter suspensions and some bodykit will improve the top speed but who knows :)

Also, at the first 10000 kms the engine doesn't give its full performance. For example, when you drive at 120 km/h on the highway with cruise control on, the car cannot keep its speed steady on hill climbs and the cruise control automatically goes off at about 110 km/h. I was surprised to see that because the car acted like a non-turbo engine. But after the first 10000 kms the hill climbs on highways wasn't a big deal for the engine :)

Enjoy your cars guys :)
 

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I have really like the engine performance on my EC. I didn't buy it as a "race car" or performance vehicle, just as an everyday winter vehicle and so far I have enjoyed the little boost the turbo can give while merging onto the interstate. My last 4 cyl SUV had much less power and get-up-and-go. This vehicle has been fun!
 

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To be honest, im happy with its performance. I have to not overtake anyone on the highway, and been up to 180kph. It just goes. However after 180 i believe its done its job. The funny part is ypu wpuld never need to drive this fast and wpuld lose license if you did, so its not an issue.
 

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Having driven my EC on the unrestricted German Autobahn, across the Alps into Italy back through Switzerland and on French Autoroutes as well as in the UK, I don't see any issues with power from the 1.5 litre engine/CVT gearbox combo in Auto mode. It's not the most fuel efficient car out there, but goes very well given the overall size and weight and an acceptable trade off.
 

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@52Traction I would love to be able to drive unrestricted. Sounds fun!
It was actually scary when it rained as the Germans (Audi, BMW, Merc drivers) simply didn't slow down for the conditions and were in some areas driving near blind through the heavy rain and spray.
 

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@52Traction I would love to be able to drive unrestricted. Sounds fun!
We were driving through Europe late last year on holiday and found motorway driving to be exhilarating. Austrian motorways have a 140kph speed limit which we initially stuck to but were being passed by locals. Turns out 150 is the unofficial practiced limit. Unfortunately, we were in a Skoda and not an EC.
 

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I suppose it's true the other drivers could make it scary. Especially if they aren't driving in a safe fashion. I didn't even think of that part. For instance the drivers in Orlando, Florida here in the US love to drive fast, tailgate and slam om their brakes. I know terrible drivers exist everywhere, obviously, but those were the most memorable and terrifying drives I have had in recent memory.
 

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We were driving through Europe late last year on holiday and found motorway driving to be exhilarating. Austrian motorways have a 140kph speed limit which we initially stuck to but were being passed by locals. Turns out 150 is the unofficial practiced limit. Unfortunately, we were in a Skoda and not an EC.
I think they rely on the percentage error rule. Police will fine you if your speed is 10% higher than the speed limit. In your case, you wouldn't be fined till 154 km/h.
 
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