2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Head-Up Display
April 1, 2014
I'm becoming a fan of head-up displays. Our 2014 Mazda3 has one that I like quite a bit. And the HUD on this new 2014 BMW 328i GT is pretty great, too.
They're similar in that both show speed, cruise control set speed and next-turn information if a navigation route is active. Mazda uses a single color for all of these elements while BMW uses at least three.
Both have similar settings for elevation and brightness in their respective iDrive controllers. Mazda doesn't call theirs iDrive, of course, but the knob and the on-screen HUD menu choices (including off, for certain colleagues that think I'm nuts) is strikingly similar.
The display surface itself is where the two really differ. The Mazda projects its info through a small aperture onto a thin plastic screen that flips up when the car is started. This BMW has a large dashtop opening that shines directly onto the windshield.
I'm not bothered by the Mazda approach, but the BMW layout works great, too.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,256 miles