At a Glance Cockpit BMW 650i

This overview of buttons, switches and displays is intended to familiarize you with your vehicle’s operating environment. The section will also assist you in becoming acquainted with the control concepts and options available for operating the various systems.

1 .Around the steering wheel: controls and displays

At a glance Cockpit BMW
1. Convertible: opening and closing rear window2. Convertible: opening and closing windows together3. Convertible: opening and closing rear windows4. Opening and closing front windows5. Adjusting exterior mirrors/Automatic curb monitor
6. turn signal7. button on8. Instrument cluster9. Windshield wipers10. Starting/stopping engine and
switching ignition on/off
11. Ignition lock12. Horn, entire surface13. Steering wheel heater14. Cruise control15. Releasing hood
16. Opening luggage compartment lid17. Head Up Display18. Parking lamps19. Instrument lighting

-> Press the switch beyond the resistance point: All windows open automatically. Pressing the switch again stops the opening movement. Briefly press button 1 again to deactivate the function. The LEDs go out.

A. Rear window

Rear window

1. Briefly press button 1:
The LEDs in button 1 and switch 2 light up for approx. 10 seconds.
2. Press switch 2:
> Down to the resistance point:
The rear window continues to open for as long as you hold down the switch. You can close the rear window in the same manner by pulling the switch.

> Press the switch beyond the resistance point: The rear window opens automatically. Pressing the switch again stops the opening movement.Briefly press button 1 again to deactivate the function. The LEDs go out. The rear window opens and closes automatically when you open or close the convertible top.

a. After switching off ignition

You can still operate the windows with the remote control removed or the ignition switched off for approx. 1 minute, as long as neither of the doors has been opened.

b. Pinch protection system

If the closing force exceeds a specific value as a window closes, the closing action is interrupted and the window reopens slightly. Despite the pinch protection system, inspect the window’s travel path prior to closing it, as the safety system might fail to detect certain kinds of obstructions, such as thin objects, and the window would continue closing. Do not install any accessories in the range of movement of the windows, otherwise the pinch protection system will be impaired. Convertible: the rear side windows and rear window are not equipped with a pinch protection system. Therefore, watch the rear side windows and the rear window during closing, otherwise injuries can occur.

c. Closing without pinch protection system

In case of danger from outside or if, for example,

ice on the window prevents normal closing, proceed as follows:
1. Pull the switch beyond the resistance point and hold. The pinch protection system is limited and the window opens slightly if the closing force exceeds a certain value.
2. Pull the switch beyond the resistance point and hold again within approx. 4 seconds. The window closes without the pinch protection system.

B. Mirrors

a. Exterior mirrors

The mirror on the passenger’s side is more curved than the driver’s mirror. Objects reflected in the mirror are closer than they appear. Do not estimate the distance of following traffic based on what you see in the mirrors; otherwise, there is an increased accident risk.<

Exterior mirrors

1 Adjusting
2 Switching to the other mirror or to the automatic curb monitor

b. Adjusting manually

You can also adjust the mirrors manually by pressing against the outer edges of their mirror glass.

To prevent the exterior mirrors from being damaged due to the width of the vehicle, always fold them in by hand before entering an automatic car wash.<

c. Automatic heating

Below a certain outdoor temperature, both exterior mirrors are automatically heated when the motor is running or the ignition is switched on.

Tilting down passenger-side mirror – automatic curb monitor



1. Slide switch into the driver’s side mirror
position, arrow 1.

2. Engage reverse gear or selector lever position R. The mirror glass tilts downward somewhat on the passenger’s side. This allows the driver to see the area immediately adjacent to the vehicle – such as a curb – when parking, etc


Slide switch into the passenger side mirror position, arrow 2.

Interior and exterior mirrors, automatic dimming feature

Interior and exterior mirrors automatic

This feature is controlled by two photocells in the inside rearview mirror. One is integrated within the mirror’s lens, while the other is located at an offset position on the rear of the mirror housing. For trouble-free operation, keep the photocells clean and do not cover the area between the interior rearview mirror and the windshield.

C. Turn signals/ headlamp flasher

Turn signals

1. High beams
2. Headlamp flasher
3. Turn signals

a. Using turn signals

Move the lever beyond the resistance point. To switch off manually, only press the lever to the resistance point.

b. Signaling briefly

Press the lever to the resistance point and hold it there as long as you wish to signal.

c. Triple turn signal activation

Press the lever to the resistance point; the turn signals flash three times.

D. High beams/ roadside parking lamps

High lamps

1 High beams
2 Headlamp flasher
3 Roadside parking lamps

a. Roadside parking lamps, left or right*

You also enjoy the option of lighting up just one side of your vehicle when parking:

b. Switching on

After parking the vehicle, press the lever up or down beyond the resistance point, arrow 3.

The roadside parking lamps drain the battery. Do not leave them switched on for long periods of time, otherwise it may no longer be possible to start the engine.<

c. Switching off

Briefly press the lever in the opposite direction up to the resistance point, arrow 3.

E. Check Control

The concept

The Check Control monitors functions in the vehicle and issues a message if there is a malfunction in the monitored systems. A Check Control message of this kind includes indicator or warning lamps in the instrument cluster, possibly an acoustic signal, and text messages at the bottom of the Control Display.

Indicator and warning lamps

Indicator Lamp

The indicator and warning lamps can light up in different combinations and colors.

This symbol means that a Check Control message has been generated. The symbol remains visible even if the Check Control message has been hidden after a short time

Explanatory text messages

Explanatory text messages

Text messages at the bottom edge of the Control Display explain the meaning of the indicator and warning lamps displayed.

Explanatory text m

You can display supplementary information regarding most Check Control messages, e.g. as to the cause of a malfunction and corresponding actions to be taken, see below. In urgent cases, this information will be shown as soon as the corresponding lamp lights up.


Displays in instrument cluster

To display the information, press the BC button in the turn signal lever. The following information is displayed in the specified order:

  • Cruising range
  • Average speed
  • Average fuel consumption

Cruising range

Displays the estimated cruising range available with the remaining fuel. The range is projected based on the driving style over the last 20 miles/ 30 km. Refuel as soon as possible once your cruising range falls below 30 miles/ 50 km, otherwise engine functions are not ensured and damage can occur.

Average speed

Periods with the vehicle parked and the engine switched off are not included in the calculations
of average speed. To reset the average speed: press the BC button in the turn signal lever for approx. 2 seconds.

Average fuel consumption

The average fuel consumption is calculated for the time during which the engine is running. To reset the average fuel consumption: press the BC button in the turn signal lever for approx. 2 seconds.

For different routes

You can display the average speed and average consumption for two different routes on the Control Display, refer to the following and to Trip computer.

G. Instrument cluster

Instrument cluster
1. Indicator lamps for turn signals2. Speedometer3 . Indicator and warning lamps4. Displays for active cruise control*5. Tachometer
6. Engine oil thermometer7. Display for
– Time/date
– Outside – temperature
– Indicator and warning lamps
– Speed for cruise contro
– Desired speed for active cruise
8. Display for
– Odometer and trip odometer
– Computer
– Date and remaining distance to be
driven for service requirements
– Automatic transmission
with Steptronic*
– SMG Sequential Manual
– Dynamic Driving – Control
– Check Control message present
9. Fuel gauge10. Resetting trip odometer

H. Start/Stop button

Start Stop button

Pressing the Start/Stop button switches the radio readiness or the ignition on and off. The engine is started when you press the Start/Stop button and depress the clutch if the car has manual transmission or the brake if the car has automatic transmission.

Radio readiness

Some electronic systems/consumers are ready for operation. The time and outside temperature are displayed in the instrument cluster. Radio readiness is automatically switched off:

  • when the remote control is removed fromthe ignition lock
  • with comfort access* by touching the sensitive surface on the door handle

I. Ignition lock

Inserting remote control into ignition lock


Insert the remote control as far as possible into the ignition lock. Radio readiness switches on. Some electronic systems/consumers are ready for operation.

Comfort access*

With comfort access, only insert the remotecontrol into the ignition lock in exceptional cases

Removing remote control from ignition lock

Do not pull the remote control out of the ignition lock using force, as otherwise damage may result. Before removing the remote control, first press it in as far as possible to release the locking device. The ignition is switched off if it was still switched on.

Automatic transmission

The remote control can only be removed when the selector lever is in position P: interlock.

J. Steering wheel


Do not adjust the steering wheel while the vehicle is moving. There is a risk of accident as the result of unexpected movement.

Steering wheelThe steering wheel can be adjusted in four directions. Storing the steering-wheel position, refer to Seat, mirror and steering wheel memory.

Easy entry/exit

To make it easier to enter and exit the vehicle, the steering wheel temporarily moves into the uppermost position.

Steering wheel heater*

Steering wheel heatePress the button. The indicator lamp in the button lights up when the steering wheel heater is switched on.

Programmable buttons on steeringYou can program the buttons individually. The setting is stored for the remote control currently in use.

K. Head-Up Display*

The concept

With the Head-Up Display, important information is projected into the driver’s field of view, e.g. navigation instructions. This enables you to absorb this information without looking away from the road.

Head Up Display 1
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Switching on/off

Press the button.

Switching onoff1 Navigation instructions
2 Display
-> Cruise contro
Active cruise control
3 Speed

BMW Night Vision*

BMW Night Vision is a driver assistance system that is designed to provide enhanced vision for certain objects at night. This can be especially helpful for detecting people and larger animals. When objects are detected, the driver may be able to take appropriate action sooner. For example, the driver may identify and detect the presence of persons or animals in the road ahead or off to the sides and can be more alert, slow down or stop, blow the horn etc. The driver can decide which actions are appropriate and then react accordingly.

A certain area in front of the vehicle is viewed by an infrared camera and a generated image is shown on the Control Display. The resulting thermal image shows the relative heat radiation of the objects present in the camera’s field of view. Warmer objects appear brighter and cooler objects appear darker. Contrast is dependent on the temperature difference between the objects and the background and on the amount of heat radiation of the object itself.

As a result, it is quite possible that a person is not continually recognizable as a person in shape, since the thermal radiation can be affected by different clothing which blocks heat loss. Objects with little temperature difference to the surrounding area, or little heat radiation are less noticeable, for example in cold weather. Any improvement in detection depends on many factors such as the object size and temperature compared to the surroundings, or other nearby objects, the visual recognition skills of the driver, weather conditions, and other factors.

Driving hints

With the system active, periodically but briefly, glance at the thermal image on the Control Display to notice objects that could be people or larger animals. The glance should be similar to glancing at the rear view mirror. Do not stare at the image for long periods while driving, as this will remove attention from the road. If you notice an object of interest ahead, be prepared to slow down or stop, blow the horn, or take other appropriate action.

System limits

The system is designed to supplement but not replace forward vision through the windshield. The driver is responsible for safe driving at night. BMW Night Vision is not designed to be used as a continuous viewing window for driving at night.

System limits

No system, no matter how sophisticated, can operate without limitations. BMW Night Vision operation is subject to physical and environmental limitations that will reduce the ability of the system to detect and display a clear thermal image.

Some of the situations in which these limitations can occur are:
-> on steep hilltops or depressions and in tight curves
-> in tunnels, as the contrast is inherently low
-> when the camera lens is dirty
-> in dense fog, heavy rain or snowfall 
-> when displaying very hot objects such as transformers, car exhausts etc.
-> when the image briefly freezes during normal system adjustment.

BMW Night Vision’s potential benefits can be limited by the driving style of the driver, the size and relative temperature of the detected objects, dirt or contamination on the camera lens, adverse weather like snow, rain or fog, and other factors not mentioned here.

It will always be the driver’s responsibility to drive at a speed and in a manner that recognizes potential hazards and adjust accordingly. BMW Night Vision is not a substitute or replacement for driver responsibility or for accommodating the visibility conditions and the traffic situation. The forward view illuminated by the headlamps must always be the basis for making safe driving decisions, otherwise a safety risk will result.

L. Parking lamps/low beams

Parking lamps low beams

0 Lights off and daytime running lamps*
1 Parking lamps and daytime running lamps*
2 Low beams
3 Automatic headlamp control, daytime running lamps* and Adaptive Head Light* 

Parking lamps

In switch position 1, the front, rear and side vehicle lighting is switched on. You can use the parking lamps for parking. The parking lamps drain the battery. Do not leave them switched on for long periods of time, otherwise it may no longer be possible to start the engine. It is preferable to switch on the roadside parking lamps on one side.

Low beams

The low beams light up when the light switch is in position 2 and the ignition is on. If the light switch remains in position 2, the exterior lamps are switched off automatically when the driver’s door is opened while the ignition is off. Switch on the parking lamps if required as described under Parking lamps.

Automatic headlamp control

In switch position 3, the system activates the low beams and switches them on or off in response to changes in ambient light conditions, for instance, in a tunnel, at dawn and dusk and in case of precipitation. Adaptive Head Light* is active. The LED next to the symbol is illuminated when the low beams are on. A blue sky with the sun low on the horizon can cause the lights to be switched on.

Pathway lighting

When you activate the headlamp flasher after parking the vehicle and switching off the lamps, the low beams will come on for a brief period. You can set the duration or deactivate the function via iDrive.

Daytime running lamps*

If desired, the light switch can remain in positions 0, 1 or 3. In positions 0 and 3 the exterior lighting is automatically switched off after the vehicle is switched off. In position 1 the parking lamps light up after the ignition is switched off. Switch on the parking lamps if required as described under Parking lamps.

M. Instrument lighting

Instrument lightings
You can control the lighting intensity by using the knurled wheel.

Interior lamps

Interior lampsControl of the interior lamps, footwell lamps, door entry lighting, courtesy lamps* and sill panel lighting* is automatic. With the courtesy lamps, LED lights are located in the door handles to illuminate the exterior area before the doors.

To protect the battery, all lamps in the vehicle are switched off approx. 15 minutes after radio readiness is switched off

Switching interior lamps on and off manually

Press button 1. If the interior lamps, footwell lamps, door entry lighting, courtesy lamps and sill panel lighting are to remain switched off continually, press the button for approx. 3 seconds.

Reading lamps

The reading lamps are beside the interior lamp: You can turn them on and off using buttons 2 located next to the lamps.

Fog lamps

Fog lamps

The parking lamps or low beams must be switched on for the fog lamps to operate. The green indicator lamp in the instrument cluster lights up when the fog lamps are switched on.

The fog lamps are switched off whenever the high beams are switched on. If the automatic headlamp control is activated, the low beams will come on automatically when you switch on the fog lamps

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