The Giulia’s 8.8in colour screen is the biggest here. Frustratingly, although the screen is fairly high resolution, the on-screen graphics look a bit like a 1990s computer game. At least using the rotary controller to navigate the menus is simple. A DAB radio, a USB port and sat-nav are standard, although there’s no option to add Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
A 7.0in screen is supplied as standard (the 8.3in one pictured costs £1450). Both versions are considerably better than the Giulia’s. The menus are easier to navigate via the rotary controller, which looks remarkably like the Giulia’s, but operates more slickly. A DAB radio, Bluetooth, a USB connection, sat-nav and Apple CarPlay are included as standard. Upgrading to a Bang and Olufsen sound system costs £750.
Although the A4’s MMI infotainment system comes extremely close, BMW’s iDrive remains our favourite. The 3 Series gets a 6.5in screen as standard (the smallest here), but its menus are the easiest to follow and a DAB radio, Bluetooth, a USB connection and sat-nav are all standard. Adding Apple CarPlay to use your smartphone via the screen costs £235, while upgrading to the 8.8in screen (pictured) costs £900.
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