Auto 'box 'HOLD' switch - does it save fuel?

Does using the 'HOLD' switch on the Subaru Forester's auto gearbox reduce fuel consumption? And is there any downside to using it other than reduced acceleration?

Asked on 6 January 2014 by Anton2

Answered by Honest John
That should lock it in top gear, but obviously this will cause problems on an undulating road. Best only used on relatively flat motorways and dual carriageways.
Similar questions
I'm looking at possibly getting a new(er) car to replace my Mk2 Volkswagen Golf that averages at about 25mpg. I'm looking for an automatic that gets better mpg (at least 40+) for £2500 or less. Any suggestions?...
Why is fuel consumptions so bad in automatics, compared to the manual versions? It appears to be worse with Kia/Hyundai/Ford, most with dual clutch boxes. VAG group cars and BMWs seem to roughly match...
We are a family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers searching for a compact MPV. Prefer petrol automatic as we only do around 8000 miles a year. Thought about Peugeot 5008 but prefer Japanese reliability, but...
Related models
Good compromise between a station wagon and an SUV. Now available with 2.0 litre chain cam 'boxer' diesel engine.

Value my car

Save £75 on Warranty using code HJ75

with MotorEasy

Get a warranty quote

Save 12% on GAP Insurance

Use HJ21 to save on an ALA policy

See offer