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Descending - Engine braking, and modern, small 3-cylinder engines

This falls into the “I might rent a small car on holiday (or maybe, even, drive all the way there in the Mini) and I’d prefer to know beforehand” category.

On long mountain road descents, normal speeds: 40-70mph, do small 3-cylinder engines provide sufficient resistance in 5th/6th to help stop brakes from cooking? Never driven down anything severe/long enough to find out.


Please excuse ignorance. Longest hills near me are done after 1.5 mins max.

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