Seat belt recievers in front seats are to low, hard to connect belts. Door sills by front seats are to high, which makes it hard to get in and out. Seat settings are not automatic, you can set the seat the way you want them,but you have to push 1 or 2 on the door to activate, this is going backward if you ask me. The last six cars I have had all had seat setting that happened automatic when getting in or out of the car. You need to get side view option as there is a blind spot when pulling into left lane, I have to be very careful, side mirror needs help. The 540 I is a good driving and handling car. This is my first BMW. always had top GM or Lincolns in the past. I guess all cars have some good and bad points.
Changed my 2015 528xi for new 2018 530xi. Improved handling, acceleration, steering, shifting, braking. This is what I feel BMW does best. Unfortunately, there are some serious negatives. The front seats are very uncomfortable. These are true bucket seats. There is a central depression in the seat bottom and the sides come up to hold you in place. However, they press on your hips and after an hour or so, can be annoying. I am 5'10, 180 pounds. There should be a choice of seating. In regards to the electronics, I have to say that the distance controls when parking are great, as they were in my previous car. Downside here is that there are too many sub menus, pull downs, too difficult to adjust things. Standard radio speakers just adequate, should be excellent at this price. Why the need to get the upgraded stereo? Sound was better in a Ford Fusion I recently rented. In my old car, there was a knob on the central dash to control heat/cold thru upper vents. On the new one, have to go to climate menu to adjust. I guess my main complaint regards the seating. Performance in driving excellent. One other comment, it has a tracking device that can be engaged to steer the car, as long as your hand is on the wheel. This does not work well. It appears to operate where there are clear lines on the road. However, on a turn, it wanders from one side of the land and then corrects to the other, requiring constant driver input.
The electronics are just like your phone! Ever notice how sometimes your phone has a mind of it's own? You reboot and it forgot your settings? It has no idea what you're saying? I doesn't always work? Welcome to the BMW version of your phone. The entertainment and voice recognition features range from competant to infuriating. Manage your expectations nice and low and you will be fine. I finally got a BMW "genius" at the dealership to go over it with me after arguing with the service tech who insisted I wasn't understanding the car. The genius confirmed that my car works "ass backward". It thinks there's a passenger when there isn't, doesn't think there's one when there is... nothing is consistent and all problems are intermittent. The center console. Not aligned correctly so you have to slam it to close it. Rear passenger side door does not always open when you unlock it. Sometimes it takes several tries of locking and unlocking to open the door. This can be a problem if you have children. Camera's flip on when you are parking and get near the curb... until they don't. Since you use them to judge distance... enjoy hitting the curb (I haven't yet but it;s just a matter of time). There are so many more issues ... dealer can't fix any of them. Don't buy this.