Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!





Did you get a great deal? Let us know in the Values & Prices Paid section!
Have you recently used your tax refund (or are you planning on using your tax refund) toward the payment of a new or used vehicle? Or, are you planning on using your tax refund toward any expenses related to your car?
If so, a reporter would like to talk to you. Please reach out to [email protected] by Friday, January 25 and the Edmunds PR team may connect you with the journalist.

Are you the parent of a generation Z child (born in the mid-1990s to the early 2000s)? Do you have differing opinions on the importance of buying a car, what types of vehicles you're interested in, or just how you view cars in general? If so, a reporter would like to speak with you and your child. Please reach out to [email protected] by Friday, January 25 and the Edmunds PR team may connect you with the journalist.

Clean Dashboard Design - 2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 9,975
edited May 2016 in BMW
image
Clean Dashboard Design - 2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test

This BMW 3 Series has a simplified dash layout that includes a unique set of programmable buttons.

Read the full story here


Comments

  • darexdarex Posts: 187
    Same "universal memory buttons" as found in every F-series BMW and MINI.
  • greg128greg128 Posts: 418
    My wife's new Malibu also has it.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 11,797
    I really like the newer BMW interior design; I never warmed up to the E9x interior; it moved away from the great BMW driver-centric cockpits in its predecessors. I prefer function without flash.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • darthbimmerdarthbimmer Posts: 606
    I like how these controls provide direct access to so many classic functions: climate mode, vent controls, fan speed, audio mode, volume, presets. Too many cars nowadays have gone too far in the name of "simplification" and hidden these functions behind multiple levels of menus in the integrated nav system. That is not simplification, that is just making it gratuitously hard to do things like change the fan speed.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 11,797

    I like how these controls provide direct access to so many classic functions: climate mode, vent controls, fan speed, audio mode, volume, presets. Too many cars nowadays have gone too far in the name of "simplification" and hidden these functions behind multiple levels of menus in the integrated nav system. That is not simplification, that is just making it gratuitously hard to do things like change the fan speed.

    I hate having to drill-down through touch-screen menus to access a function that could easily be handled by a button or knob. I really like "manual" HVAC and radio controls- particularly for volume and tuning.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • schen72schen72 Posts: 433

    I like how these controls provide direct access to so many classic functions: climate mode, vent controls, fan speed, audio mode, volume, presets. Too many cars nowadays have gone too far in the name of "simplification" and hidden these functions behind multiple levels of menus in the integrated nav system. That is not simplification, that is just making it gratuitously hard to do things like change the fan speed.

    I hate having to drill-down through touch-screen menus to access a function that could easily be handled by a button or knob. I really like "manual" HVAC and radio controls- particularly for volume and tuning.
    Interestingly, a couple years ago, auto journalists constantly derided any car with "cluttered" dashboards having too many buttons. Be careful what you wish for.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 11,797
    I didn't say I wanted a dashboard filled with buttons- I just prefer rotary knobs for ICE tuning and volume as well as a tactile method to deal with HVAC. I think the F3x and F2x dash layouts are just about perfect in that respect.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

Sign In or Register to comment.