Originally Posted by pokerface
Test drove a new x3 with the n20. Suitably impressed! It feels peppy and a lot more refined than the implementation in the f30. I think the n20/8hp sometimes get caught sleeping though - sometimes I feel it "lug" under the weight of the x3
Similar experience with an N20 F30 loaner I had for a couple of days and overall I'd stick to a big diesel in a flash.
Powerful, yes- but really has to make aggressive use of the box to get there. I found it jumping 2 gears and 4-5 thousand revs on kick down and also returning as low as 15mpg in the process.
By comparison my 30d has similar performance but it is so much more effortless and economical to boot.