Originally Posted by jaehshim
I saw it in person out on the road around late afternoon 4~5PM. (not from a motor show with all bright lights on the ceiling)
From my view, it was wider and clearer (probably some resolution upgrade)
Previous (up to '11) I-drive screen used to be "embedded", and this one is "sticking out" of the dash, so it "feels" brighter than previous ones without all the surrounding bit of dash.
A lot of people say ipad sticking out, well the screen itself obviously was a lot thicker towards the bottom connecting to the dash.
I really can't say which is better, although i believe previous (upto '11 models) display looked better, flows well with overall dash design, and is somewhat more practical. Considering the new F30 interior design just being BMW (less fancy, more traditionall always), I am the one who believe E90 interior design was BETTER than this current one. This current one just looks cheaper with pretty much same design of layout but bigger buttons and display sticking out...and it is equivalent to 1 series interior...
I honestly can't say this was an "improvement" design, because i don't see any big improvement on this "stick out screen" display. Like many companies do, it's just a natrual change of design on new models (companies designing their screens from flip-up, embedded on top of the dash, put right in the middle of the dash, to sticking out displays)
+ 1 on the better design of the e90.
I do not get why so many people prefer the f30. I don't even think the f30 looks more luxurious.
Have you checked out the door panels on the f30? BMW skimpped on the leather. The leather insert on the inside of the door panel is about 1/4 of what is in on the e90. On the e90 the upper half of the doors are covered in leather, all the way to where the front speakers are. On the f30 just the area where your elbow rests up to about where the door handles are is covered in leather. The rest is cheap looking and feeling plastic.
I can't believe that they would do such a thing on a 50k car! Hell, the one I test drove was 57K and had this stupid red trim and stiching that made it look juvenile!
The position of the cup holders suck too! When driving a manual verison of the car you can expect to hit your knuckles against drinks when shifting. The cupholder has this cover thing that you have to put in your glove compartment to store, since it does not fit in the center storage area under your elbows. Really? I have to reach into my glove compartment every time to retrieve or store the cover? Silly design!