Presenting the functions of nearly all assistance and communication systems, the Display comes with a main menu subdivided into four functions: Communication, Navigation, Entertainment, and Climate Control. Depending on the car's level of equipment, the driver is able to operate the sub-functions within each of these areas on different levels, using the Controller to select the individual function areas and navigate within the menus. And apart from the Controller, the driver also has the choice of voice entry with an enhanced communication dialogue as well as additional control functions all at his disposal.
Multifunction steering wheel with extra buttons for individual options
The multifunction steering wheel is a separate assistance system with its own independent functions: Various buttons arranged ergonomically on the steering wheel allow the driver to control and activate major functions as required. And in conjunction with iDrive he is also able to freely program two extra buttons as a special feature never seen before in the midrange segment.
Opening the door and starting the engine without an ignition key
With iDrive putting an end to the multitude of buttons and switches in the cockpit so typical of a conventional car, Comfort Access available as an option takes the place of a conventional ignition key: The straight-edged key referred to in this case as the 'ID sensor' allows the customer to access the car and start the engine without even having to hold the key in his hand. In conjunction with the Key Memory functions it serves furthermore to adjust the seat position, the mirrors, automatic air conditioning and even the radio station chosen in advance according to pre-programmed driver wishes, to name just some of its functions.
Infotainment systems carried over from the luxury performance class
The information and entertainment equipment featured by the new BMW 3Series comes straight from BMW's luxury performance range. As an example, the customer has the choice as an option of both the Business or Professional navigation systems, both based on DVD data. The optional Professional LOGIC7 HiFi system, in turn, offers audio quality with all surround sound features.
In conjunction with the telephone also available as an option, the driver is able to use all BMW Assist services in the interest of extra comfort and safety: the emergency call function, BMW breakdown assistance, BMW Info, traffic information, as well as mobility-related enquiry services.Published 19 January 2005