Preset Preview - 2011 BMW 528i Long-Term Road Test

2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test

2011 BMW 528i: Preset Preview

January 25, 2011


I was a little irked last night. As I've mentioned before, I like shuffling through songs on my iPhone. But the steering wheel in our 528i doesn't have a skip button. It has a scroll wheel, but the display still lists songs in alphabetical order -- not by what song is next in the shuffle. That forces me to reach over to the skip buttons on the far-right side of the center stack (it's right there in the picture above the number 8 preset button). Oh, the horror, I know. But I found something in the process that I think is pretty cool.

If you brush your fingertip across the preset buttons, the preset information shows up in the main display. In the picture, it's showing "Lithium." I like that. It's especially nice in a Long-Term test car, when there are plenty of people using the same vehicle. Like a lot of other cars, those presets can be programmed for either FM, AM or satellite -- regardless of what mode you might be using at the moment.

Now, if only I could work around this skip button for the iPhone...

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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