The Automatic Climate Control system in a 2010-5 Series BMW allows the driver to set and maintain a desired temperature inside the vehicle. It uses sensors to monitor the cabin temperature and adjusts the air conditioning and heating systems accordingly. The system may also feature separate temperature controls for the driver and passenger, and it may have the ability to automatically adjust fan speed, air distribution, and air flow direction. Overall, the Automatic Climate Control system helps to provide a comfortable and consistent interior environment for the occupants of the vehicle.
Automatic climate control
1 Air directed toward the windshield and side windows
2 Air for the upper body region
3 Air to footwell
4 Temperature, left side of passenger compartment
5 Manual air distribution, driver’s side
6 Defrosting windows and removing condensation
7 Manual air volume, switching off automatic climate control, residual heat utilization
8 AUTO program
9 Switching cooling function on and off manually
10 Temperature, right side of passenger compartment
11 Manual air distribution, front passenger side
12 Maximum cooling
13 AUC Automatic recirculated-air control/recirculated-air mode
14 LED for residual heat utilization and parkedcar ventilation system
15 Rear window defroster
16 Air grill for interior temperature sensor please keep clear and unobstructed
The current setting for the air distribution is displayed on the Control Display.
Comfortable interior climate
The AUTO program offers the optimum air distribution and air volume for virtually all conditions, refer to AUTO program below. Now you only need to select an interior temperature comfortable for you.
The following sections contain more detailed information on the available setting options. Most settings are stored for the remote control currently in use.
The AUTO program handles the adjustment of air volume and air distribution to the windshield and
side windows, in the direction of the upper body and in the footwell. It also adapts your instructions for the temperature to outside influences throughout the year. The cooling function is switched on along with the AUTO program. At the same time, a condensation sensor controls the program in such a way that window condensation is prevented as much as possible.
Intensity of the AUTO program
You can adjust the intensity of the AUTO program by repeatedly pressing the AUTO button. The respective current setting is briefly displayed on the Control Display when the button is pressed.
Select the intensity of the AUTO program:
- − Low
- − Medium
- − High
Set the desired temperature individually on the driver’s and front passenger side. The automatic climate control adjusts this temperature as quickly as possible at any time of year, if necessary with the maximum cooling or heating capacity, and then keeps it constant.
▶ When changing between different temperature settings in rapid succession, the automatic climate control does not have sufficient time to adjust the set temperature.
In the highest setting you activate the maximum heating output, regardless of the outside temperature.
Defrosting windows and removing condensation
Quickly remove ice and condensation from the windshield and front side windows. To do this, also switch on the cooling function.
Rear window defroster
The rear window defroster switches off after a while. Depending on the vehicle equipment, upper wires are used as an antenna and are not part of the rear window defroster.
Air volume, manual
You can adjust the air volume by turning. You can reactivate the automatic mode for the air volume
with the AUTO button. The air volume is reduced to save battery power. The display stays the same.
Air distribution, manual
You can route the air flowing out into the vehicle interior via various programs, separately for the driver’s and passenger’s side:
- Upper body region
- Upper body region and footwell
- Driver’s side: windows and footwell
Press the button repeatedly until the desired air distribution of the respective program is shown on the Control Display.
Switching cooling function on and off
The cooling function cools and dehumidifies the incoming air before also reheating it as required, according to the temperature setting. This function is only available when the engine is running. The cooling function helps to avoid condensation on the window surfaces or to quickly remove them.
Depending on the weather, the windshield may fog over briefly when the engine is started. The cooling function is also switched on with the AUTO program.
Maximally cooled air is obtained as quickly as possible at an outside temperature above approx. 327/
06 and with the engine running. At the lowest temperature, the automatic climate control switches into recirculated-air mode. The maximum air volume flows out of the vents for the upper body. Therefore, open these vents for maximum cooling.
AUC Automatic recirculated-air control/recirculated-air mode
You can respond to pollutants or unpleasant odors in the immediate environment by suspending the
supply of outside air. The system then recirculates the air currently within the vehicle. During
AUC operation, a sensor detects pollutants in the outside air and controls the shut-off automatically.
By pressing the button repeatedly, you can request three operating modes:
- LED off: outside air flows in continuously.
- Right LED on, AUC mode: the system detects pollutants in the outside air and shuts off the supply as needed.
- Left LED on, recirculated-air mode: the supply of outside air is permanently shut off.
⚠ Should the windows fog up in the recirculated-air mode, press the AUTO button or switch off the recirculated air mode and increase the air volume if necessary. The recirculated-air mode should not be used over an extended period of time, as the air quality inside the vehicle deteriorates continuously.
The heat stored in the engine is used to heat the passenger compartment, e.g., while stopped at a
school to pick up a child.
- Switch off the engine.
- Turn to the right, refer to arrow.
The function can be switched on when the following conditions are met:
- up to 15 minutes after switching off the engine
- with engine at operating temperature
- with sufficient battery voltage
- at an outside temperature below 777/256
You switch on the system again by pressing any button of the automatic climate control.
1 Thumbwheels to smoothly open and close vent outlets
2 Levers to change the vent outlet direction
⚠ Do not drop any foreign objects into the vent outlets, otherwise these could be catapulted outwards and lead to injuries.
Ventilation for cooling
Adjust the vent outlets to direct the flow of cool air in your direction, for instance, if the interior has become too warm, etc.
Set the vent outlets so that the air flows past you and is not directed straight at you.
Adjusting temperature in upper body region
- “Ventilation temperature”
Ventilation in rear
1 Thumbwheel to smoothly open and close vent outlets
2 Thumbwheel to adjust the temperature:
- Turn toward blue: colder
- Turn toward red: warmer
3 Levers to change the vent outlet direction
The microfilter removes dust and pollen from the incoming air. The activated-charcoal filter provides additional protection by filtering gaseous pollutants from the outside air. Your BMW center replaces this combined filter as a standard part of your scheduled maintenance.
Parked car ventilation
The parked car ventilation blows air into the passenger compartment to lower interior temperatures. It is ready to use in the parked car mode at any outside temperature. You can set two different times for the system to start. The parked car ventilation can also be switched on and off directly. It remains switched on for 30 minutes.
Since the system uses a substantial amount of electrical current, you should refrain from activating it twice in succession without allowing the battery to be recharged in normal operation between use.
The air emerges through the upper body region vent outlets in the instrument panel. These vent outlets must be open for the system to operate. The parked car ventilation is operated via iDrive.
Switching on and off directly
- “Activate parked-car vent.”
✓ The parked-car ventilation is switched on. The symbol on the display of the automatic climate control flashes.
Preselecting activation times
- “Activate Timer 1” or “Activate Timer 2”
- “Timer 1:” or “Timer 2:”
- Turn the controller: set the hours.
- Press the controller: the setting is accepted.
- Turn the controller: set the minutes.
- Press the controller: the setting is accepted.
The switch-on time is activated. The symbol on the display of the automatic climate control lights up. The symbol on the automatic climate control display flashes when the system has switched on.
▶ The respective system is switched on within the next 24 hours only. Please reactivated it after this time.