iDrive is responsive and informative
While iDrive did prove frustrating in previous iterations of BMW, an added button pad in front of the control knob has gone a long way to making the telematics systems controls easier to navigate. While not intuitive at first, once the initial learning period is over, the system does prove useful. Using a series of clearly marked windows, it is easy to sort through all of the different screens, and know what is where. Never was there a hint of lag experienced, running with typical streamlined German efficiency.
The icing on the cake? The full owners manual is accessible through iDrive, making it easy to learn more about the functions of Active Hybrid 5. There is even instructional videos complete with voice over for those who don’t feel like straining their eyes.