2015 BMW M235i: Clever Secondary Turn-By-Turn Display
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on January 6, 2016
Like most everyone, my preferences for setting up a car's navigation system is 100 percent The Right Way To Do It. In our 2015 BMW M235i, that means map orientated to the north and muted audio turn-by-turn prompts.
Setting the map to north up (like how you'd use a real map) helps you understand the general location of things in a given area. If you know your destination is south, you can easily figure out the direction you should be driving. Muting turn-by-turn prompts forces you to pay more attention to where you're heading, meaning there's less of a chance you'll need to make a last-minute lane change that aggravates traffic behind.
This system does have drawbacks, but they vary with the sophistication of the navigation system. The biggest is the ability to reference turn-by-turn directions, as the map's north orientation can make quick screen checks slightly more difficult.
Fortunately, the M235i prompts turn-by-turn instructions on the bottom of the instrument cluster. It tells you which street to turn on, how far you are away from it, and which way to turn. Beneath is a small graphic indicating which lane to occupy.
This is simple, informative, and unobtrusive — the way it should be.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor