BMW X1 vs Mazda CX-5 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

The all-new VW Tiguan is bigger, classier and better equipped than the original. But is it better than BMW's X1 and Mazda's CX-5?...

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28 Nov 2015 09:20

Infotainment systems


BMW X1 vs Mazda CX-5 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

All X1's come with BMW's brilliant iDrive system, which is controlled using a big rotary dial positioned between the front seats. the 6.5in screen (pictured) comes as standard, as does sat-nav, a DAB radio and a USB socket. However, the optional Plus system (£1490) is worth considering; it brings a larger 8.8in screen and other handy features, including a head-up display.

Mazda CX-5

BMW X1 vs Mazda CX-5 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

The 7.0in screen is sited usefully high on the dashboard, so you don't need to divert your eyes far from the road to read it. You control it in much the same way as the BMW's (by using a rotary dial between the front seats), although Mazda's system isn't as intuitive and the screen isn't particularly bright, so it can be hard to read in sunshine. However, you can operate it by touch as well, which is useful when you're entering a destination, and you get sat-nav, Bluetooth and a DAB radio as standard.

Volkswagen Tiguan

BMW X1 vs Mazda CX-5 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

As you've probably guessed, SE Nav trim gets you sat-nav. You also get a responsive 8.0in colour touchscreen, along with a DAB radio and Bluetooth. Voice control will set you back an extra £185, while a more sophisticated Discover Nav Pro system is available for £1365. Our only real criticism is that, as with all touchscreens, hitting the icon you want requires some attention; not ideal when you're trying to drive.