2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Independent Upper and Lower Climate Control
November 12, 2014
I could explain at length to my mom about how the 2015 Ford Mustang's new independent rear suspension is cool. Trouble is, I suspect my car guy enthusiasm would quickly turn into a Charlie Brown "wa-wa-wa" talk for her. But how about a climate control system that lets you independently set the temperature of the upper vents from the lower ones? Now that's a feature my mom would like to know about. And our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo has it.
On most cars, whatever temperature you set on the automatic climate control is what you get coming out of the vents. That's still true for a dual-zone climate system, which just lets you vary the temperature for the driver and front passenger independently. But on BMWs, there's typically a dial with blue to red temperature markings that allows you to independently adjust the temperature of the upper vents from the main climate control setting as well.
So, if you want warm air applied to your feet but cooler air to your upper body, like my mom has asked for when riding in Edmunds test cars more than once, you can do it here.
On our Gran Turismo, that dial is between the center stack's main vents and below the central locking button. As for what's pictured above, I've got the main automatic climate control system set at 78 degrees but the upper vents blowing colder air as the dial is set to its furthest blue mark.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 17,467 miles