BMW has a long list of accessories and it is of course very individual how to equip a car and what the budget allows. After discussing with sales people, and especially now that the car has been delivered and we have tested it, there are three things that I think need to be clarified to avoid misunderstandings. Many have mocked BMW in Sweden after reading a test with a test car priced at 537 600 SEK. Personally I settled for 400 000 SEK and still think it was on the high side.
Please note that the below is describing what is delivered in Sweden and may be different in other regions.
1. Bluetooth and USB are standard
BMW i3 equipped with Bluetooth as standard. The price list indicates ‘Bluetooth Professional + USB connection’ at 4 800 SEK and therefore creates great confusion. I understand that the professional package contains additional synchronization options (best that you ask BMW what’s included and not).
The car we ordered only has standard Bluetooth (NOT ‘Bluetooth Professional’) and yet has the following functionality:
- Connect car with up to four handsets
- Make and receive calls through the car’s hands free (with car microphone and speakers)
- Making call to contacts from your phone address book (names and numbers displayed on the large LCD screen and can be searched through the iDrive interface)
- Stream music from phone to car speakers
- Changing the streamed song through the iDrive interface (previous / next in a playlist)
USB I have not yet had time to test but there is a USB connector under the center armrest .
2. Rear Park Distance Control (PDC) is standard
When the car was ordered, I realized that Rear PDC sensors were only available as part of a ‘Parking Assistant Package’ at 9 400 SEK. The package also includes Reversing Assist camera, sensors front and rear and Park Assist (car will find space and park by itself) but I have never had a problem to park and thought it was an unnecessary luxury. Simple Rear PDC sensors had, however, been appreciated.
When the car has now been delivered, I realize that it comes with Rear PDC sensors as standard! It shows a clear graphics on the big screen and beeps when an object is near. Perfect! Poor though that BMW does not inform about it.
3. Heat pump only in cars without range extender (?)
As previously described we opted out of range extender for cost and performance reasons. However, it has puzzled me why BMW has not made an extra compartment below the small trunk. It would have been perfect for warning triangle and a shovel or similar.
I have now learned that this is where the heat pump has been placed that is standard in all Swedish i3. But if the heat pump is there, where is it placed in cars with a range extender? The answer is that it has no heat pump(!) At least not the same pump or with the same functionality.