All recent BMW models have had the Nav mounted high on the dashboar. There is a limit to how high it can be mounted without blocking the view of the road.
I maintain that the difference in the height of the iDrive screen on these models will make very little difference and you will have to take your focus off of the road ahead to see any of them. You can even see that in these pictures. Try focusing on the iDrive screen on any of them and you will have to divert your attention from the view out the windshield.
I agree that having the iDrive conroller on the console is preferable to and safer than a touchscreen.
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Last edited by captainaudio; 10-07-2012 at 02:05 PM.