Advantages Improved idrive system compared to 2009
Disadvantages In the standard automatic mode, it was a bit laggy and sluggish
The car being reviewed here is the 2010 BMW 650i Convertible. The BMW 650i Convertible is BMW's guilty pleasure, especially when it is in Convertible form. This model year 2010 has some key interior cabin improvements over last year. Let's check them out, there's not a great deal of change compared to 2009 model year convertible. However a couple of cabin tech tweaks are welcome. First of all, there's the new idrive not the horrid old idrive I've hated since it hit the market, so that's a big improvement right there. In case your not familiar with it, the difference is you have a more logical up and down menu system, and each of those menu items will drill down into more options once you select it. Wide screen of course, not a touch screen..because first off the screen is so far back, it seems you need arms as long like an orangatang to touch the screen surface. Which brings us to the main menu including our media options. The single disc slot will play CDs or DVDs I could see right there on the label. You've also got something what they call the music collection yep thats the hard drive also new for 2010..and that allows you to rip from CDs ( not from USB drives by the way ) directly to the hard drive in the car which has about 12-13 Gigabytes of space in there, and of course you have external devices that refers to the optional USB AUX Jack behind the handbrake. Lastly theres HD standard radio on this car. The hard drive on this car is standard on this car. Other things are not though like the Logic 7 audio surround system that has 11 speakers..if you dont select that you get 8 speakers, and less sophisticastion on the audio setting. The Satnav rig has one of those 3D birds eye view,...which if you like that, thats fine...it doesn't have as much rendering of buildings or landmarks as the most recent Audi audio system does...but has outstanding graphics BMW has always been good on that. Bluetooth hands free is standard on this car, but if you really want to go the hot rod way you need to get the smart phone kit, which gives you a craddle tray to fit for the iphone and other select smart phones, which lets you dock the phone easily...the benefits are you are charging the phone all the time, its secure held in place, not flying around on the inside and it connects to an external antenna...for a better strength signal. For £ 75 I'll take three !In terms of driving assistance you've got base cruise control, but you can also get adaptive cruise control that maintains a gap between you and the next car in front, a bit pricey, but alot of people love it ! You also get an equivalent fighter cockpit style Head Up Display....that allows you to superimpose your nav, speed, street your on. I found it pretty handy..its bright and crisp. Big tick in the box for BMW on that one. And their's a night vision camera option that turns the screen on in black n white and look ahead, that will see things that the human eye can't based on infra-red and heat signatures. By the steering wheel the paddle shifters...
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