New BMW 330e vs new Volvo S60: infotainment

By paying extra to get yourself a plug-in hybrid executive saloon, you stand to receive incredible fuel economy and cheaper BIK tax. Surely there’s a catch?...

BMW 3 Series infotainment

Infotainment

BMW 3 Series

BMW’s iDrive system is the best in the class.  You can use it as a touchscreen or by twisting and pressing a dial between the front seats (less distracting when you’re driving). Measuring just over 10.0in, the display is bigger and brighter than the S60’s, plus the operating system it displays is far more user-friendly. Android Auto isn’t available; Apple CarPlay is, but you have to pay to use it after the first 12 months.


Volvo S60 infotainment

Volvo S60

The S60’s system is operated by touchscreen only, so it’s quite distracting to use while driving.The fact that some of the icons are small doesn’t help. Volvo’s operating system isn’t the most intuitive, either. You have to pay £300 for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, or if you fork out £850, you get a bundle that includes the smartphone mirroring and a Harman Kardon sound system.


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