New iDrive System Review

3-Series | September 7th, 2008 by 14
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Our friend Jonathan Spira has just posted an exclusive review of the all new, redesigned, improved, you name it, iDrive system. As we mentioned several …

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Our friend Jonathan Spira has just posted an exclusive review of the all new, redesigned, improved, you name it, iDrive system. As we mentioned several times before, the new iDrive will be available on the 2009 BMW 1, 3 and 7 Series.

Just recently, we dedicated a full lengthy article on the new iDrive System and all the goodies that come with it. The article contains quite a lot of details as well and it’s a great read.

But until today, we haven’t had the opportunity to post a personal review of someone that actually spent some time playing with the iDrive and putting it to several tests. Jonathan was lucky to have this chance and he did a great job talking about the new features. On top of this, there are also two videos available showing the iDrive system in action.

I hope you will enjoy this and if you have any question for Jonathan, please feel free to leave a comment on the BMWCCA forum or here, he will respond to them promptly.


More after the jump


Full review, photos and videos here

The latest generation iDrive, however, is built on an entirely new platform, the CIC (Car Infotainment Computer) and is being manufactured by Becker, which currently makes the M-ASK (MMI Audio System Kontroller) iDrive system that is used in MOST-bus vehicles without “Professional” satellite navigation.
iPod menu
The latest version of iDrive not only addresses the shortcomings from earlier systems but adds significant new functionality and features. I recently had an opportunity to spend some time in a new 335d and 328i, both with the new iDrive and the difference is great.

The improvements are clear from the moment you start the car, thanks to the sharp, high-resolution display. The CIC comes with a hard drive that supports maps, contacts, music, and more and it starts up faster.

14 responses to “New iDrive System Review”

  1. David says:

    Jonatha, was the iDrive more responsive than the previous one? Could you tell the difference between the old one and the new hard drive based system? When it comes to access speed of course

  2. Steve says:


    Are you sure the X5 won’t see the new iDrive in October ’08? I’m in a position to have to buy a car, but I’m not buying the old iDrive. If the new 2009 X5 with new iDrive is comming in October ’08, I can hold off, otherwise, not…


  3. Horatiu B. says:

    @Steve: Absolutely positive Steve

  4. Steve says:

    That stinks. Due to an accident where I was hit by 2 other coliding cars in a great pool shot (i was on another road entirely, waiting at a light) sitting still, I have no choice but to get a new car.

    I’m “currently” in a Lexus GS AWD and am having trouble finding anything that excites me. The old iDrive bothers me, but the X5 is nice. I just plainly can’t wait more than 30 or so days, so if it’s not cmming in the first shipment, I’m out of this car.

    I assume they can’t be retrofit?

  5. David, no question that the CIC is much faster and responsive. I can´t provide 0-100 times for it of course but it not was quick but it also multitasked very well (we didn´t see any speed degradation whilst we were burning a CD onto the hard drive for example).

    To Steve, sorry, no retrofit possible. But the X5 does have the latest CCC iDrive and it is really good (my recently acquired 550i has the CCC of course as well and I am quite content with it).

    There´s always something newer coming out but if you need a car now, you won´t regret getting the current X5.

  6. David says:

    @Jonathan Spira: Thank you for the answers.

    Yes, i agree there is no point to just change a car for the heck of an iDrive system, but I do look forward to seeing the iDrive in other models as well.

    Steve, I would rather hold off for the X5 diesel :)

  7. Steve says:

    Unfortunately I must get a new car because my car is being totalled. It’s not my choice, nor will I have the ability to wait until March for an X5 with the new iDrive. I need a car.

    I’ve never owned a BMW and I’ve never seen a mid-year replacement system so significant by Lexus or another company.

    If the new iDrive doesn’t come out in the first production run from BMW (October 2008), I really don’t want to be kicking myself, I’d rather go with another car. It’s a shame, but think about those that would purchase a 1st run versus the 2nd run for 09’s. BMW would have been better off delaying the 2009 X5 until march 2009 completely.

  8. Jordan says:

    Does anybody know the exact date the new idrive come out on the X5?

  9. K B SANTOSH says:

    dear sir

    can i change the i drive for BmW 325 i with the new i drive which is in the new 325 i


  10. sandrar says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  11. Olaf says:

    I have the new I-drive system in my new 330i, it is really nice. I also got the factory I-pod interface, it plays everything except podcasts, they just don’t show up. Does anybody know a fix ??

  12. Stephanie P. Elliott says:

    I’m using iDrive and I’m far more than satisfied with it. No failures, fast processing and all in all convenience with every touch and command. iDrive is my advice for everyone!

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