2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test


2009 BMW 750i: Real-Time Traffic Right In Front of Your Face

May 26, 2009

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I have my complaints with our long-term 2009 BMW 750i's navigation system. Yes, it's quite easy to enter an address with iDrive version 2.0, but why can't it add "on the right" or "on the left" when it tells me, "your destination is ahead"? A basic Garmin Nuvi can do that... And, in a $90K car, shouldn't the computer's linguistic skills have advanced beyond directing me to the "one hundred ten freeway" as I approach the 110 fwy?

Still, while I had the 750i's nav system programmed for a restaurant on Friday evening, I happened upon a friendly feature. See the yellow warning icon? That means there's traffic on my route and I didn't have to look over to the nav screen to see it. Nor was conversation in the cabin interrupted by an audio warning.

Although, in this case, I didn't really need a warning. Note that the speedometer reads 0 mph -- because I was stopped in traffic.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 9,543 miles

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