2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test

2011 BMW 528i Video: Poorly Aging iPod Interface

November 02, 2010

The above is a video explaining why I'm no longer a fan of BMW's iPod interface, which I used to like in our '08 X5. Back then, I was quite pleased that iDrive was actually good at something ... but times change.

Now for comparison purposes, after the jump is a video about another iPod interface (I just randomly selected a so-equipped car from our current batch of test cars). The Buick Regal's is similar to GM's other nav-based iPod interface, but it has a weird redundant knob system rather than a touchscreen. Either way, I like those knobs for the same reason I initially like the BMW's, but it has a more logical menu set-up to boot.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 3,710 miles

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