2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test


2009 BMW 750i: Widescreen Review

March 22, 2010

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Tromping around L.A. this weekend in the 2009 BMW 750i (flat-free), it's hard to deny that BMW has managed to resurrect the once maligned iDrive multimedia interface. Much of the credit goes to the standard display, a high-resolution widescreen monitor that shames nearly any other in-dash piece on the market today. And it's not just the acreage or near Cinemascope aspect ratio of the screen that makes it so effective. The crisp resolution paints sharp graphics with such authority, you can't help but have faith in such precision.

Compared to other smaller, low-def displays (such as in our LT Volvo XC60) the BMW's panoramic screen sits proudly, high in the dash. Its near hi-def images, whether it be maps or radio information, are so crystalline on the screen, that you say to yourself, "Well, look at how exact that is, it must be accurate..." The display, which uses a white-ish gray for roads, could actually use a little more color at the expense of cleanliness.

BMW Widescreen nav zoom.jpgUnlike other systems that categorize road type by color (black for surface streets, red for interstates, etc.), the BMW display keeps all roads white, making it more difficult to anticipate where freeways morph into surface streets. It does however, have excellent interstate markers, and the white street color with thin black borders allows it to break down complex interchanges with exceptional clarity. This large BMW screen is just a preview of things to come, as more of the dash itself is quickly headed towards customizable displays.

- Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 27,825 miles

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