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2008 BMW X5: iDrive Is Good at Something!!!

March 26, 2008

BMW X5 iPod on iDrive -- Photo by James Riswick

Find a person who likes iDrive and I'll show you 48 others who think it stinks. Although I've pretty much gotten the hang of it, that doesn't mean I like it. You can get the hang of cleaning toilets, too.

But this morning I've found something iDrive is good at, very good at actually. The iPod connection and control is probably the best I've come across. Although the iDrive and its menus are overly complicated for simpler tasks likechanging a radiopreset or stereo mode, they area good match for controlling an iPod's more complicated arrangement of playlists, albums and artists. They arealso accessed pretty quickly (some systems have annoying loading times) and you can also control it while driving, unlike our Scion.

The Scorsese video below is a small glimpse of how quick and easy this iPod connection is. And no, there is no excuse for having Avril Lavigneon theiPod artists list (I actually paused on it in disgrace), even if we do come from the same Canadian province.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 4,165 miles

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