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By September 2015, navigation will be a standard feature on every new BMW
Doug Revolta Autocar
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29 April 2015

A satellite navigation system will come as standard on every new BMW from September 2015, the manufacturer has announced.

Every new BMW on sale from then will come with a 6.5in multimedia system with iDrive and Traffic Message Channel, along with other standard features such as BMW Emergency Call, DAB radio and Bluetooth.

The 2 Series Convertible and 2 Series Active Tourer will both get the equipment upgrade from July, and once the 1 Series and 2 Series Coupé get upgraded in September, every BMW car in the range will have sat-nav as standard.

Professional Navigation will be offered as the next step up from the standard navigation package and adds a larger 8.8in touchscreen with iDrive, as well as real-time traffic information and online features including smartphone integration to allow addresses to be sent from the phone to the car.

The cost of this upgrade has been reduced to £900 for the 1 Series and 2 Series, and £1395 for the 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, both of which also get a head-up display.

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29 April 2015
Satnav now, next they'll be fitting indicators across the range too!

29 April 2015
smarttony wrote:

Satnav now, next they'll be fitting indicators across the range too!

BMW indicators work fine. I think you're getting confused with Audi and Ford vehicles though.

29 April 2015
smarttony wrote:

Satnav now, next they'll be fitting indicators across the range too!

Arsehole.

30 April 2015
Winston Churchill wrote:
smarttony wrote:

Satnav now, next they'll be fitting indicators across the range too!

Arsehole.

Yes you are

29 April 2015
Why would I want free sat nav when it won't work as well as the app on the iphone? Keep it and lower the price of the car rather than add to it.

29 April 2015
Winston Churchill wrote:

Why would I want free sat nav when it won't work as well as the app on the iphone? Keep it and lower the price of the car rather than add to it.

You are probably in the minority. Certainly if you looked at 3 series sales before nav became standard, it was the most popular option. In addition, residuals of non sat nav cars are generally poorer - especially on larger models.

My wife certainly doesn't need sat nav. Her work and the school run are all within 2 miles from the house. But I suppose we could argue the same for other options which have now become standard. I've heard many a person moan that they do not need alloy wheels, rear electric windows, even power steering in the past but I bet they wouldn't live without them now!

29 April 2015
ewanmac76 wrote:
Winston Churchill wrote:

Why would I want free sat nav when it won't work as well as the app on the iphone? Keep it and lower the price of the car rather than add to it.

You are probably in the minority. Certainly if you looked at 3 series sales before nav became standard, it was the most popular option. In addition, residuals of non sat nav cars are generally poorer - especially on larger models.

My wife certainly doesn't need sat nav. Her work and the school run are all within 2 miles from the house. But I suppose we could argue the same for other options which have now become standard. I've heard many a person moan that they do not need alloy wheels, rear electric windows, even power steering in the past but I bet they wouldn't live without them now!

I'm not sure that residuals for cars without sat nav are any worse than those with it except for the cost of the unit itself. I certainly wouldn't pay more for it because the car manufacturers sat nabs are all so woeful and utterly excessively expensive. £2,000 for sat nav?! Hahaha.

30 April 2015
Wouldn't buy a car without one especially a voice controlled one that works well. Will be cheaper than adding it as an option so it's the manuafacturer that loses out.

30 April 2015
I was looking forward to such features as text to speech with my Focus. After half an hour of frustration I resorted to do what no man should ever have to do, and consult the handbook. I'm told to check latest compatibility chart. And this is where all this tech starts to unfold. There's only half a dozen phones on the entire planet these systems are fully compatible with. So when you've paid your £1350 for your smartphone upgrade on these BMW's, reckon on paying another £500 for a phone that integrates with it.

30 April 2015
£1395 for a sat-nav worth £150 tops, and the latter would come with lifetime map updates and live traffic.

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