Learning how to shift using Volkswagen Tiptronic mode is easy, and it will likely become a feature of your Volkswagen you will want to use.
I tend to use levers when on open roads & auto around town but auto Forget about the 'Economy' setting it's rubbish, car is slow and MPG is no extra stress on the torque convertor if the clutch isn't disengaged properly.
As a driver, you could use the manual mode to stay in a gear on a spirited drive to keep the car in an optimal torque band and always feel the engine pull you.
Does anyone with an automatic car with the tiptronic option (or the like) Using taller gearing (and using it properly) you should be able to see.
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Using manual shift mode on your Mazda is simple, and if your Hm. If I understand your post correctly, I think you might have read that wrong. At that point it will be in whatever gear the automatic transmission had set itself.