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    My old ford focus 1.6 had no problems up steep hills but my new corsa 1.2 does.

    Now, I never used the gears in my focus because I didnt need to. Would putting the corsa in gear 2 help it up the hill?

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    for uphill you will want to have the revs higher, so if you're in 3rd drop it to 2nd. 1.6 has more power so it wouldn't struggle, 1.2 will struggle a bit

    depends on the steepness and ur speed vs gear the slower u are going the lower the gear will need to be selected smaller engine usally requires more acceleration aswell really. steep hills u made need keep the revs over 3500rpm anything less than 2000rpm and u will struggle unless ur in first gear.

    the car would be changing to a lower gear automatically if it needs to

    tejjy

    1.6 has more power so it wouldn't struggle, 1.2 will struggle a bit



    Engines vary hugely, one 1.2 engine can have far more power another.

    The Corsa 1.2 is fairly weak with only 115nm of torque but if you've bought the similar sized Peugeot 208 then it's 1.2 has nearly twice as much power at 205nm.

    A quick check suggests 1.2 Corsas from the last ten years are likely to be using the easytronic gearbox which is an automated manual.

    Given the way that type of automatic works it wouldn't be surprising if the Corsa were conservative in when they changed gear. I'd definitely give it a go in manual mode. You don't have anything to lose.

    Low gears for up and down hills.
    More power to get up the hill and engine breaking to help slow you down going down.

    Never driven an automatic properly so no idea on the gear options for an automatic.
    But if there is the option for low gears then I'd try it and see

    If you knock the gear stick to minus it will change down a gear.

    If you put your foot to the floor going up a hill does it not automatically drop down a gear anyway when it realises it doesn't have enough power? It should do really.

    MIDURIX

    If you knock the gear stick to minus it will change down a gear. If you … If you knock the gear stick to minus it will change down a gear. If you put your foot to the floor going up a hill does it not automatically drop down a gear anyway when it realises it doesn't have enough power? It should do really.



    ​its called kickdown--- floor the pedal and it changes down a gear had it in a mk3 cortina.

    You have gone down from a 1.6 to a 1.2, that a big difference. I noticed the difference from my 1.8 auto which I traded for a 1.6. The 1.8 had much faster acceleration and there was no struggle with any hills, it was like driving a race horse, I had to keep it in check so as to not speed. The 1.6 is a good, reliable, nippy car but doesn't have fast or steep acceleration.
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