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By September 2015, navigation will be a standard feature on every new BMW

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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xxxx 30 April 2015


Why all this rubbish about £2000 sat nav's as though that's the standard. Most Audi's standard systems are around £500, and people renew cars before paying for new mapping refreshes
sierra 30 April 2015

How much for the map updates?

£1395 for a sat-nav worth £150 tops, and the latter would come with lifetime map updates and live traffic.
scotty5 30 April 2015

The smallprint

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.