The BMW 1 Series has a classy, minimalist interior, with top-notch quality of materials and some great tech. Its infotainment system, called iDrive, has lots of features, looks great and is easy to use, supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity through its 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen. There’s also a digital driver display of the same size behind the steering wheel instead of traditional dials. You can control things either via the screen or by using a rotary dial near the gear selector.
With the A-Class, eye-catching and high-tech is the name of the game, with its round, silver air vents and large display/touchscreen that appears to stretch across two-thirds of the dashboard.
The infotainment system – called MBUX – is easy to use and also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Once again, you can control the features by using either the touchscreen or a touchpad between the front seats. There’s an effective voice-control system as well – just say “Hey Mercedes” and tell the car what you want it to do.
Exact specifications vary from model to model, but in general the 1 Series and A-Class both feel luxurious and are well-stocked with features.