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I was just wondering should there be any noticeable difference when I put the sport button on in the above mentioned car. The dealership told me that when activated, the button was supposed to increase throttle response and make the steering sharper. I don't notice any difference with the throttle response. I don't know whether this is due to the relatively low BHP. When the button is activated I notice a very slight change in the steering (is gets slightly heaver). Can anyone give me any advice on this please.

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It's a bit of a misnomer this button.
Increased throttle response - It changes the range of the throttle pedal - just means you don't have to floor the accelerator to achieve full throttle.
On my Zaf auto it makes it impossible to park without 'ramming speeeeeeed!'. It changes the shift pattern of the auto box too, letting the engine rev higher before shifting, and yes it does stiffen up the steering slightly.
Be nice if the dampers stiffened up and the car lowered itself a few mm , but no.
 

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Got 3 modes in the Juke , Eco / normal / sport , i just leave it on normal . I did laugh however the other night when watching the traffic cops on channel 5 chasing a Nissan Juke through Bradford / Leeds area it reached speeds of over 100 mph , the wife said , " maybe they've got the sport mode on ? , mind you I'm surprised it hasn't overturned on them corners " .
 

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Years ago my pal had a gas guzzling Granada. It had a button that he said "didn't do anything", until I pointed out that 'AC' was in fact Air Conditioning. MPG slightly improved with that light off.
 

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Sorry I wasn't clear, its a diesel, but if I floor it or just apply slight/medium acceleration in whatever gear (2nd for example), the rev counter does not respond any quicker in the slightest, even when the turbo kicks in. Do you think its because its quite a low BHP? I mean I had a Astra Elite 64 plate (165BHP) before this and that didn't have a sport button but it was like a f*ckin rocket in any gear once the turbo kicked in at around 2000 rpm. I just thought increased throttle response wouldn't automatically make it faster perse, but just cut down the lag you get when you accelerate with a diesel before the turbo kicks in.
 

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Sorry I wasn't clear, its a diesel, but if I floor it or just apply slight/medium acceleration in whatever gear (2nd for example), the rev counter does not respond any quicker in the slightest, even when the turbo kicks in. Do you think its because its quite a low BHP? I mean I had a Astra Elite 64 plate (165BHP) before this and that didn't have a sport button but it was like a f*ckin rocket in any gear once the turbo kicked in at around 2000 rpm. I just thought increased throttle response wouldn't automatically make it faster perse, but just cut down the lag you get when you accelerate with a diesel before the turbo kicks in.
The whisper quiet 1.6 Diesel engine is a different beast to your old 1.7 cdti , it's designed to be more smoother & quieter to drive with a more refined operation out on the open road.
 
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Sorry again, the 165BHP astra was the 2.0L turbo diesel. So should I not really notice the sport button supposed features on my new 134BHP diesel WITH the sport button?
 

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Sorry again, the 165BHP astra was the 2.0L turbo diesel. So should I not really notice the sport button supposed features on my new 134BHP diesel WITH the sport button?
Personally on a family workhorse such as a Astra diesel i just think the sport button is a bit of a gimmick , i mean really it's not a sports car . I tend to find these buttons not worth bothering with , it most certainly wouldn't be a deal breaker when looking to buy a car & as you've found out your old 165bhp 2.0 engine had more poke & didn't have the sport button fitted .
As for turbo lag , i haven't had that on my last few diesels.
 
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I was just wondering should there be any noticeable difference when I put the sport button on in the above mentioned car. The dealership told me that when activated, the button was supposed to increase throttle response and make the steering sharper. I don't notice any difference with the throttle response. I don't know whether this is due to the relatively low BHP. When the button is activated I notice a very slight change in the steering (is gets slightly heaver). Can anyone give me any advice on this please.

Thanks in advance Vauxhall owners.
As previously stated. The sports button only increases throttle response, tighterns up the steering. You do not gain extra bhp. Neither do I think generally speaking the 134 is a low powered engine. Ive had 2, 2.0cdtis. The 1.6 has plenty of kick. Not quite as much as the 2.0cdti. Alot smoother, quieter, economical. Especially when fully warm. It's also the least noisy diesel I've ever driven. The K is lighter, shorter, narrower than the J (not including door mirrors). Certainly improves handling.
 

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just cut down the lag you get when you accelerate with a diesel before the turbo kicks in.
Turbo lag is a mechanical limitation. It can be overcome but not without sacrifices. The sport button simply changes a few electronic perameteters
 

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I wrote this in another thread recently

All it does is change the map for the accelerator pedal to give the impression of quicker throttle response. Some cars it also stiffens the steering.

Basically when you put your foot flat to the floor you get full power but with sport mode you only need to have it approx halfway
 
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