2016 BMW 340i: Optional Rear Sunshades are a Great Feature
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on June 2, 2016
Perhaps the $575 price tag is a bit steep, but the optional rear side sunshades on our 2016 BMW 340i are nevertheless a great feature. As much as my dogs love warming themselves in the sun on occasion, they can only do so for so long before getting too toasty and moving away.
Unfortunately, that's not an option when strapped into the back seat of a car during a road trip. Rear sunshades alleviate that problem. Of course, this also applies to children strapped into booster seats.
It's a feature we also took advantage of in the long-term Kia Sedona and although you can certainly utilize an aftermarket item of some sort (I have one for the pups when travelling in non-sunshade-equipped cars), I appreciate the seamless appearance and full window coverage provided by the factory shades. Even the rear quarter windows get perfectly fitted mini shades.
I should also note that they are especially helpful in the 3 Series since the back seat air vents aren't especially powerful.
James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor @ 3,395 miles