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      03-07-2019, 12:06 AM   #32
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Drives: 2018 F80 M3 ED
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: MD/DC

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Originally Posted by magbarn View Post
Pretty much, a 2019 X2 xdrive28 was my last loaner and the hidden-Mini underneath all the dressing was apparent from the get go. The engine sounded louder and rougher in transverse form vs the longitudinal B48. The aisin transmission has nothing on the 8 speed ZF. It could also use some serious sound deadening. The ride was also very punishing. The extra $5000 for the X3 will be money well spent...
Perhaps. But I drove it back to back with a 5 series hybrid at BMWs itinerant autocross circus, and preferred it to the 5 for driving dynamics. It was faster too. The 5 had way too much body roll and belly fat.

Obviously you care more about comfort, and I donít. When I took one out as a loaner recently I drove the exact same route as my daily, and thought it could be a good daily runabout: quick, nimble and with acceptable ride comfort (!). The again Iím coming from an M3...

2018 F80 Santorini
2004 Z4 3.0
2014 X3 35i