While some children may get their rear seat entertainment from looking out the window, for others the only surefire way to keep the kids from screaming is to strategically come prepared for a roadtrip armed with Disney’s finest DVDs. Which bathes the parents in a sea of serenity. Luckily the BMW 750Li delivers.
Two nine-inch screens are controlled by a dedicated iDrive located in the rear center console. As long as your kids are old enough (probably around 7 years old), they will be able to figure out how to cue up the entertainment source they desire from iDrive. They have the choice of choosing a movie, music, or even just looking at the navigation map, Jet Blue style. However, the DVD changer for video sources is tucked away above the glove compartment. So make sure all of the DVD s are loaded before heading out. It alleviates family tension.
There are headphone jacks, but we were treated to “Frozen” on heavy rotation during my daughter’s time in the car. The system is first class and is integrated into the vehicle so well it does not have a trace of “aftermarket afterthought” above. Bonus: There are also motorized rear seats with heat and massage, as well as separate HVAC controls. The RSE is so well-integrated, it becomes one of those times you wish you had a livery to take you around.
The only minor problem I had was the DVD changer was slow to react. It took some time to load and eject discs. Other than that, it is very cool to see an RSE controlled by iDrive that does not look like an afterthought. Now I just have to get my daughter back into the C-MAX for a long trip.