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      11-28-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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Best XDrive ride: standard, or adaptive on "Comfort"?

We'll be ordering our second BMW fairly soon, and don't want to make a mistake on this:

Which delivers the most comfortable ride on an XDrive, the standard suspension? Or the adaptive suspension/DHP package set on the "COMFORT" setting?

I know this is a subjective area, but I'd really, really appreciate any thoughts you may have on this.

I've test driven a 328xi with the base/standard passive set-up. I thought it was great, especially compared to our 2011 E90 328xi. But . . . if the adaptive COMFORT setting is even better riding (our dealer has no DHP-equipped cars to try), I'd spring for that. I'd use the SPORT setting, too, but would primarily be interested in optimizing comfort with the adaptive's adaptiveness.
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      11-28-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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The Adaptive M Sport Suspension gives you both a softer/more compliant ride in Comfort mode (while still being by no means 'boat-like'); and it also gives you a firmer/sharper ride and handling when in Sport or Sport+ mode, so it improves on both ends
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      11-28-2012, 05:47 PM   #3
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I didn't get the adaptive, but in test drives I thought it did kick the standard settings in either direction - more plush in comfort and firmer in sport. So if you're looking for a more plush ride, the adaptive does deliver that in comfort mode. For my tastes, the more plush setting was not really necessary - I find the stock suspension quite comfortable already, and the plush setting was too marshmallowy for me.

The firmer "sport" setting seemed more to my liking when I wanted to really drive.

I bought my vehicle off the lot, but if I was ordering I'd be thinking hard about adding the adaptive.
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      11-28-2012, 08:39 PM   #4
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Coming from a 2010 e90 328i xdrive I can say without a doubt you need to go with the m adaptive suspension. There is a tremendous improvement in handling/comfort over the standard suspension. Drive them back to back and you will see. Even in comfort the ride feels way more controlled.
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      11-29-2012, 01:01 AM   #5
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As an aside, it wasn't an XDrive, but Motor Trend, on page 61 of its January issue, says that on COMFORT setting the 3 Series has more "gut jiggle" than the equiv Cadillac set on TOURING.

Gut jiggle? On COMFORT??
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      11-29-2012, 09:08 AM   #6

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if i had the option, id have definately gone for adaptive if i had the option. standard has to be the best of both worlds, adpative can be anything you want it to be
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