Compared to your average premium automobile, the 320d xDrive Touring might appear as a gadget-free option for the Amish in you. Especially our test car, which wasn't exactly an example of Bavarian cornucopia of contrivance. Still, having a second look we managed to find a decent amount of gadgets or wannabe gizmos which we didn't expect to discover.
The most in-your-face was the Hill Descent Control button. We didn't exactly catch what BMW engineers were cooking when they decided to include the system on this car. It works good with something like an X3 or X5, but remember, our test vehicle could almost leave the front bumper as a souvenir on the first try at mounting a higher-than-usual kerb. Still, it's nice that the system is there, but we feel it's mostly for bragging about it to your first-time passengers.
Another useful addition, although not exactly new on a BMW Touring, is the separate opening for the rear window, together with the luggage compartment cover. This is most useful when doing some not-so-hardcore shopping or some bozo has parked too close for your car's whole rear hatch to open.
Apart from some regular-to-be-found-in-premium cars options, another helpful feature for slobs were the automatic lights. Sure, it may seem like a snobbish gadget at first, but if you're a forgetful creature like some of us here at autoevolution.com, it does come in handy. Especially when entering poorly-lit tunnels at medium to high speed.
The rain sensor for the automatic wipers is a bit too much though, we consider, especially since the car does lack other common sense features. We believe that someone who is too lazy or too blind to turn its own windshield wipers on whenever it starts to rain may shouldn't drive in the first place. This feature might may sense if you live in the fish'n'chips and five o'clock tea country, but not in the rest of the world.Continue reading