First impressions upon driving off, the chassis communicates unmistakable firmness, but the crucial point here is that there is communication – so despite packing the car with digital technology, BMW kept a firm eye in maintaining the 3 Series as a driver’s car.
Those coming from an F30 will initially find the G20’s firm ride anywhere between jarring and uncompromising. Whilst its primary ride is respectable, the suspension’s priority in keeping the car glued to the tarmac also means that gentle undulations are more keenly felt than before.
It is when one takes the G20 further away from the urban traffic and plough on toward hills that the talents and philosophy of this chassis can be properly understood. After overcoming some initial uncertainty that encourages lesser drivers to back off, the G20 then indulges you to play with its astonishingly high lateral limits, giving you the confidence to push increasingly harder into each successive bend.