Out test car had many faces and “mobile gadget” was one of them. No aspect in the vehicle was left to human operation alone. However, this isn’t one of those over-engineered or user unfriendly one, managing to keep a good balance from this point of view.
We’ll start with our favorite toy, the Adaptive Drive, which allows you to control both the powertrain and the adaptive suspension and active anti-roll bars. While in a BMW 1-Series such as system is just useful, in a car with 407 hp, this system is a real game changer, as it can truly convince you that you’ve bought two cars for the price of one.
Another optional feature that we really enjoyed was the panoramic view camera system, which made tight space parking a MINI-like job. Of course, the dimensions of the car still force you too look for a proper space, but once you’ve done that it’s all a child’s play.
The heated and ventilated front seats are there to support you whatever you’re after, the full-LED headlights bring you one step closer to being a feline when the sun sets and the head-up display is one of the most useful features you’ve ever seen.
The passenger can enjoy the BMW Apps and Internet to play, or, if she or he wants to help you, can switch to the Professional Navigation System. By the way, the iDrive is now friendlier than its predecessors, which means that all the vehicle’s functions are one fingertip away.
The creme de la creme in terms of non-driving features was clearly the Bang & Olufsen sound system, which manages to bring music deeper inside of you than a pair of headphones.Continue reading