2015 BMW M235i: Split Screen Gives You Options
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 25, 2015
As far as infotainment systems go, iDrive in our 2015 BMW M235i is one of the best (that is, if you're not counting Android Auto or Apple CarPlay). The controls are responsive and mostly intuitive, and you can use most features without taking your eyes off the road once you learn it.
One thing I like, and that I've yet to see replicated elsewhere, is the configuration that the display allows. Here's the screen showing the navigation alone:
Seems wide, right? This width allows you to split roughly one-third of the screen to display something else. Think of it like a picture-in-picture. I use a navigation display like a map, so I prefer having it orientated with north up. I also like seeing entertainment details; artist, track, and so on. With iDrive, I can get both.
You can set the split screen to show a variety of different things, from navigation to fuel economy to range information and so on.
You can even reverse the configuration like I prefer, putting entertainment on the left and navigation on the right.
Or you can set it in Uber Nav Mode, so there can be no doubt about your location.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor