$57,000 BMW 435i has no Bluetooth and no navigation system
Bad news for BMW. The new 435i coupe just lost its first comparison test to an Audi S5. It didn’t lose in a close call either. Car and Driver liked better the Audi’s handling, engine, and pretty much all the other areas that BMW used to win comparos based on. One area that the BMW couldn’t even compete on was the navigation system and Bluetooth audio. You see, the $57,225 BMW didn’t have those things. Nor did it have a back-up camera. We honestly thought it was a law now that cars had to have back-up cameras. Maybe BMW got an exemption.
As the Car and Driver review pointed out, cars costing in the mid-teens (as in $17,000) now come with navigation and Bluetooth. You can’t get a 2014 Toyota Corolla that doesn’t have Bluetooth. What does BMW expect the affluent owners of its $57K cars to do? Stick a Walmart GPS to the windshield with a suction cup and drive around listening to commercials on FM radio?
This isn’t the first time we’ve been shocked by BMW prices for cars that are the same size as the new Corolla. In its last comparison of the BMW 335ix, Motor Trend’s test car had a price tag of $61,860. That made the car about $12,000 more expensive than the equivalent Lexus or Volvo. Ten grand here, ten grand there, and the next thing you know you’re talking real money as the saying goes.