BMW was the first car maker to amalgamate all the infotainment functions into a series of on-screen menus operated via a rotary controller on the centre console, and its iDrive system remains the best. Only Audi’s MMI system comes close, while the touchscreen on the Jaguar XE or VW Passat are more fiddly to use on the move.
All 3 Series models come with Bluetooth and a DAB radio, plus an SOS emergency call feature. BMW Business sat-nav with a 6.5in screen mounted high on the dashboard is also standard, or you can upgrade to the BMW Professional system. This comes with a larger 8.8in screen, online services and live traffic information. No matter which system you have, Apple CarPlay can be added as an option for a reasonable price.
Other additions include voice activation, a digital TV tuner, and more powerful Harman Kardon audio system.