Today we're looking at the iDrive infotainment system in the 2018 BMW X3.
Now, this is version 6.0 and you'll find it across a lot of BMW models, including the next crossover down the X2 as well as the 4 series and the 7 series.
There's a couple different ways that you can operate I drive.
You can either just go ahead and touch the ten inch screen, you can use your voice or you can use a little rotary controller down here in the center console.
There is also an optional gesture control, this car doesn't have it, and frankly I'm okay with that.
The gesture control is a little gimmicky and it's not super reliable.
The home screen is divided up into six tiles here, and by and large it's easy to get to the information that you want.
Unless you're looking for something that's a tiny bit more obscure.
So I want to change the settings on my head up display.
So I have to go to my vehicle, idrive settings, scroll over to displays.
And then I get the heads up display, and then I have to click again to actually get into it.
So that's like four or five clicks and it really should be a lot easier.
The top of the rotary knob also functions as a touchpad, so I can just write in an address when I'm in the navigation.
So let's see.
I don't want to go to L.A., I want to go to Oakland.
There it is, Oakland baby, we are on our way home.
Apple CarPlay is available with the iDrive system, but it's an extra $300.
And sorry, Android users you are not gonna get Android Auto.
BMW says it has no plans to bring it to the iDrive system.
But here's the cool thing.
Apple car play is wireless, check it out.
There's Apple car play.
There's my phone.
There's no wire.
How cool is that?
But if you want to use the wi-fi hotspot you're going to have to plug in for Apple car play.
Because you can't use the wi-fi hotspot and wireless car play at the same time.
And there's only two USB ports.
So be prepared to fight for them.
Now when it comes to drivers' aids, it is really easy to configure them.
Just press this center console button here.
I can go down to configure individual, and here I can set my settings for frontal collision warning, lane departure warning, and blind spot detection.
But if I want adaptive cruise control, that's part of a $1,700 package, and this Car does not have it.
That's all we've got today for BMW's iDrive, I've got a full review of the 2018 BMW X3 right here on theroadshow.com.