Date registered: Oct 2009
Vehicle: 2000 VW Golf Variant
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
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No, if you fully press the accelerator pedal with the transmission in neutral, the engine will rev to the highest speed unloaded, it wouldn't give you any indication on when to shift.
The tests I described are to determine whether the accelerator pedal fully opens the throttle and whether the throttle opens wide enough, because if not, the car will be slower than it should be.
I drive a similarly powered car (the 1980 200D, has the same horsepower but slightly lower torque) and in city driving I shift at around 2000-2500 rpm. That corresponds with the following shift points:
1 > 2 at 10 mph
2 > 3 at 20 mph
3 > 4 at 32 mph
When I'm accelerating to get onto the highway, I may shift at 50 mph from 3 > 4