2016 BMW 340i: Classically Clear Gauges
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on June 6, 2016
This is the gauge cluster on our 2016 BMW 340i. As you can see, it is quite simple. Some might say it looks boring. I think it's perfect.
BMW has been using this basic gauge design for decades and for good reason. It provides the basics — vehicle speed, engine speed, engine temperature and fuel level — and not much else. It forces you to concentrate on the important things instead of distracting you with secondary information.
This is a stark contrast to the setups in some of its competitors. They try to fit navigation screens, trip computers and various other information into roughly the same amount of space. The result looks more like a video game screen than an instrument panel.
With this design, you feel like you're operating an actual machine. It's a distinction that reinforces the idea that this is a true luxury car, not just a sedan stuffed with extra technology. Competitors should take notice.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 3,038 miles