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erkbiz 03-10-2013 12:23 PM

Preferred driving mode. Eco pro, Comfort, or Sport
Hi All,

Took delivery on my X3 28i, (my first BMW), about 500 miles ago. Still trying to figure out the different driving modes for urban driving mixed with some freeway.

I avoid eco pro using comfort mode on the city streets switching to sport when merging onto freeways and once settled in switching back to comfort.

I am thinking maybe I should just leave it in sport mode all the time but am unsure what this will do to my mileage.

I am curious about how others drive their cars. Do you use eco pro, comfort, or sport or, possibly, a combination switching while on the road.


Vortec4800 03-10-2013 12:27 PM

I generally use comfort, it gives a good mixture of go-fastedness without sacrificing the use of the last two gears. When the needle starts inching over to the E and I'm just going to work or something mundane I'll put it in Eco, usually to try and put off having to stop for gas for a little longer. If I'm feeling particularly frisky I'll put it into sport, mostly for the tightened suspension and steering. I only do that once the engine is good and warm.

hhgolf 03-10-2013 02:56 PM

Planning to order a MY2014 x3 2.8 without the dynamic handling package. I test drove a few '13s and could easily feel the sport suspension engage along with the more responsive throttle. Trouble is, for me in the hills around Pittsburgh, roads aren't always smooth where they are twisty and fun. Surrendering to this reality in comfort mode will be the plan. After all, it is a truck, not a sedan with Sport Line. Enjoy your ride!

Hardrada 03-10-2013 04:53 PM

Sport mode when driving by myself.
Comfort mode when there's passengers or on highway
Not really a huge fan of Eco mode, although I do like the concept, if I can ever get myself to get used to it.

I've tested the mpg between Sport and Comfort pretty extensively. Difference is about 3.5 mpg, all other things being equal.
Comfort to Eco mode gains about 1-2 mph depending on driving conditions.

I tried for a few weeks to train myself to use Comfort and Eco modes as much as possible, but I have to admit that after 6 weeks of usage, I'm pretty much going to Sport mode any time I can. Passengers tend to dislike the abrupt upshifts in Sport Mode, so sometimes I use DS mode when I want spirited performance when other people are in the car (DS mode has the aggressive upshifts similar to Sport mode, but with the lazy throttle response of Comfort mode)

kennyw 03-11-2013 05:24 AM

Comfort mode, can still manually shift with the paddle shifters when you want goes back to comfort mode after you return to normal driving. Great way to push the car a bit when you want to with some manual shifting without having to keep switching back and forth between modes or moving the shift lever over to manual.

George Allan 03-14-2013 06:16 PM

Mostly comfort mode but on the highway I use eco pro mode. Sport is fun but revs more and it uses more gas

ASG 03-15-2013 04:31 AM

I switch to sport/+ at more difficult freeway areas or when I have the road to myself and want to have some fun. I figure it's fine for the car to switch between modes whenever.

kjay80 03-15-2013 12:27 PM

can you change the mode during driving?
I always change at stop or parked.

ASG 03-15-2013 12:30 PM

I switch at any time, including driving. Rationale: the X3's computer is 2nd-guessing all my decisions. I might be hesitant to switch modes while cornering because the change in steering might be a bad idea, although it is fun to feel the change in steering due to a mode change once in a while...

lbjgh 03-15-2013 01:27 PM

Wow great topic.

I would love it if I was able to mix and match the short shifting characteristics of EcoPro mode with the throttle response of Sport mod.

I usually start off in Comfort and depending on my mood flip to either EcoPro or Sport. I don't often leave the car in Comfort.

Then you have to mix in the transmission DS mode... I actually like EcoPro + DS for moderate around town acceleration and Sport + DS for full on hooligan mode.

To be honest I'm not really happy with any of the modes and find myself farting around with the paddle shifters and DS mode all the time.

Just yesterday I thought to myself, "why doesn't BMW just let me decide what mode to use (be it EcoPro, Comfort or Sport mode) with my right foot?" What's so bloody hard with that? It works like a charm on my wife's Acura.

erkbiz 03-16-2013 05:02 AM

driving in Eco-Pro
Hello lbjgh,

Do you drive the 35i? I own the 28i. I try to drive in eco-pro mode from time to time and I think it is unsafe for urban driving because of poor acceleration. Unlike you, I tend to drive in comfort mode all the time. I will have to try eco-pro combined with DS.


j & j 03-16-2013 02:07 PM

Since we got the 28i instead of the 35i and I don't disable the auto stop, I only use Comfort and Sport. For fun, I'll use the paddle shifters to kick it up. We tried Eco just to be sure it worked, but we bought a BMW, not a Prius. We're still in break-in and I very pleased with our mileage, 26.2 and still increasing. Maybe when gas hits $5 a gallon, I'll use EcoMode more often.

lbjgh 03-16-2013 03:53 PM

I've got the 35i.

EcoPro mode can be deceptively quick if ya press the accelerator a little harder. I liken it to a startled cat... calm and quiet then springing into action. Maybe the extra power from the 35i makes up for the electronic sedatives. :rofl:

Originally Posted by erkbiz (Post 7447453)
Hello lbjgh,

Do you drive the 35i? I own the 28i. I try to drive in eco-pro mode from time to time and I think it is unsafe for urban driving because of poor acceleration. Unlike you, I tend to drive in comfort mode all the time. I will have to try eco-pro combined with DS.


bimmernut1 03-22-2013 09:03 PM

I'm either in Sport or Eco. Obviously the car starts in Comfort but I immediately switch to Sport and stay there until I line out by myself on the freeway then I switch to Eco. As soon as I come into any traffic, I put it back in Sport.

Actually, one of the screens will show you how many hours or minutes you spend in each mode.

From the main screen select Vehicle Info.
Then select EfficientDynamics.
Then select Consumption History.
The search symbol below that allows you to produce a bar graph of your driving habits from as little as 15 minutes to as much as 16 hours.

Not suprisingly I have lots of orange (sport mode) showing.

h0nest2 06-19-2015 08:12 AM

Sorry for the very basic question. When the display shows +3.5 during Eco Pro drive - what is the it comparing to? Is it comparing to comfort mode driving or sport mode driving?

The X Men 06-19-2015 11:13 AM


daniely30 06-19-2015 11:46 AM

In city i always do sport+, comfort on highway s. 2015 550i

farg 06-19-2015 12:46 PM

I have never used Eco. I find it annoying. Usually on Comfort and Sport when the mood hits me (often)

LycanNyc 06-27-2015 05:21 PM

I usually use EcoPro 98% of the time, especially on Highway paired up with Cruise Control and also in Traffic.
Since I have a nice stage1 tune, I don't need to switch into Sport/Sport+ since EcoPro and even Comfort have improved so much over stock.
I have Dynamic Handling pkg and I have Sport mode configured only to tighten Steering and i have Sport+ for the full excitement.
I have achieved about 60+ MPG on EcoPro driving so now will test how driving in Comfort for the next 5-10 tanks.

eeyore8 06-27-2015 05:42 PM

60 miles per gallon???? Prius gets 50 max.

LycanNyc 06-27-2015 05:52 PM


Originally Posted by eeyore8 (Post 9155525)
60 miles per gallon???? Prius gets 50 max.

There's a Blue Icon that tells you how many extra miles you have gained while driving EcoPro

02420X3 06-27-2015 09:08 PM

Sport 80%, Sport+ 15%, Comfort 5%.

2016 BMW X3 09-11-2015 06:29 PM

Finally got to try Eco Pro and Sport after having driven Comfort mode since purchasing my X3 about two weeks ago. Didn't really care for the Eco Pro on busy Interstate, but I'll give it more tries on less busy Interstate. I'll play with Sport whenever I feel I want some fun. Otherwise, it's mostly back to Comfort. I'll never drive in Eco Pro for inter-city, though. Can be dangerous.

LycanNyc 09-12-2015 12:59 AM

How much worse is EcoPro from Comfort? other than its suppose to be bigger gas saver

2016 BMW X3 09-12-2015 07:48 PM


Originally Posted by LycanNyc (Post 9283675)
How much worse is EcoPro from Comfort? other than its suppose to be bigger gas saver

The gas pedal becomes quite stiff and less responsive. You have to press it extra hard to increase speed. This is great for highways and Interstates that are not busy and in combination with cruise control. It's not so good on busy highways/Interstates when you need quicker response from your car, like when you need to pass slower cars.

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