Same here. With all those online reviews, actually the slim headlights and tail lights start to look good! Specially in white the car is attractive.The big grill trend has grown on me the moment I saw the i4 (with a number plate on).
No matter what we say and what flaws we find, it is a great looking car.
The last few days I even like the iX better. At least the exterior. The interior not so much, yet (?).
I’m not very old, and I think the classic analog bmw dash is perfection and question the need for everything to feel so digital and abstract only because it’s an EV. Electric motors date back over 100 years after all. But when you don’t need a tach and fuel gauge I guess it’s okay to do some changes. Some simple navigation things in the dash between the gauges were a healthy change.To be honest, I wouldn't mind driving my old one a little bit longer. It has been a real good car so far.
With the i40 I am excited about the electric drivetrain and some of the gadgets like HUD and comfort entry. I also like the new front and the overall changes of the exterior.
But maybe I am too old and grumpy for other things. I am still sceptical whether the big screens and digital instruments will really be an improvement, the old cockpit was almost perfect. And I will stay away from everything self driving, did not include any driving assistance. I have a hard time already when being co-driver with someone else.
I understand where you are coming from. Same for me, I get really bad tempered as a co driver and I consider my self an old fashioned petrol head. Nothing like some nice twirling roads, a very sporty and entertaining car, and me behind the steering wheel. Life can be so beautiful.And I will stay away from everything self driving, did not include any driving assistance. I have a hard time already when being co-driver with someone else.
That is a very reasonable view. But every new system comes with its own distractions and limits. So I try to use them only for assistance and not as an only means. Let's take park distance control for example. It's a tremendous help, but I still feel the need to check the terrain with my own eyes instead of relying fully on the sensors.I understand where you are coming from. Same for me, I get really bad tempered as a co driver and I consider my self an old fashioned petrol head. Nothing like some nice twirling roads, a very sporty and entertaining car, and me behind the steering wheel. Life can be so beautiful.
But then again I must be honest to myself. I do realise that all this equipment (my phone, people calling or messaging, navigating, virtual buttons, looking for charging stations, finding the best piece of music etc) and current trafic (crowded roads, high speed differences, trafic jams coming out of nowhere, emergency stops, pedestrians, bycicles, children) do not always go well together. Have you ever found yourself going over the white line while focussing on the real time trafic information and deciding on the best route home? I have.
That's the reason I ordered every option available to assist me. Just for safety reasons. Not because I do not prefer to drive myself. But because I know that nowadays it's so easy to get distracted, even for a split second. So I will take full control when driving up and down the curly roads of the Ardennes or the Alps. And I will activate all assistence available in busy trafic or while checking my navigation for the next supercharger.