Automatic Interior Venting - 2008 BMW X5 Long-Term Road Test

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2008 BMW X5 4.8i: Automatic Interior Venting

May 30, 2008

2008 BMW X5 - Brent Romans

I'm sure everybody has experienced the unpleasantness of getting into a parked car that's been sitting out on a hot summer day. For the X5, BMW offers an iDrive-based feature to help alleviate the unpleasantness.

You can program the X5 to turn on its climate control fan (to draw in fresh air) at a set time. For example: say you've gone shopping at the mall and know you'll be done about 5 p.m... You can set the fan to turn on at 4:35 p.m. so that the interior will be much cooler when you get back.

Though I wasn't able to fully test the effectiveness of the feature, it does indeed blow low-speed air through the vents when activated.

It occurred to me that this is a feature that only becomes possible when a car has a control interface as powerful as iDrive. It also occured to me that you're not exactly out of luck if your car doesn't have automatic venting -- just crack open the windows an inch.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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