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      01-16-2014, 12:08 PM   #12
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Drives: BMW F11 535i Touring
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Scotland, Highland Region

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Originally Posted by Tengocity View Post
Back on topic... have to agree, don't see that much point of kick down on these modern autos. They are intelligent enough to mostly interpret your needs pretty well without it, and I would rather use the paddles any situation where I think kick down would be of relevance.
I sense it is more for those who want to simply drive in 'D' and use the full auto mode, driven like that the fastest overtake is best served with a kick-down.

I don't use kick-down that often, far less in the 8-speed than in the days of the 5-speed. I'll use the paddles to give me the gear I want. But if I'm in lazy drive mode, I'll just kick-down for a fast overtake.

Must say I do like the option to be there, as it does have a definite and useful function.