"excellent car but CNET reviewer is a bit misinformed"5.0 starson by jam0321
Pros: A perfect balance between track car and daily driver
Cons: BMW service centers are horrible to deal with and look for reasons to void warranties
Gas mileage is not great. I do mostly highway driving and get 19 mpg
Summary: CNET review described the optional M-double clutch transmission as SMG which is wrong. The M-DCT is basically gearboxes with individual clutches. When one gear is engaged, the next is selected and prepared to take the shift. This causes extremely fast shifts with no disruption in power from shift to shift. The old SMG gearbox was an electronically controlled manual gearbox. The computer did the clutch activation for you. Just be aware of this when you read the CNET review. The older SMG tranny that had mixed reviews is NOT the same as the M-DCT.