BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Introduction

In the BMW 5 Series, interior design, functionality and comfort have reached an even higher level. The G30 is a pioneer in intuitive operation. The continually upgraded BMW iDrive system makes a range of fascinating new vehicle comfort and infotainment features available to both the driver and the passengers.

New features in the G30

The G30 is largely based on the G12 in regard to the displays and controls.

The following table compares the new features and changes to the displays and controls in G30 with those in the G12:

Control Elements

Features in common with G12

This product information only describes the differences to the G12. A detailed description of the following systems/functions can be found in the Technical Reference Manual "ST1501 G12 Complete Vehicle, Displays and Controls:

  • Instrument panel
  • Controller
  • Central Information Display
  • Gesture control
  • Driving experience switch

Overview of the interior

The following graphic provides an overview of the displays and controls of the G30:

Control Elements
Overview of cockpit of G30

  1. Instrument panel (KOMBI)
  2. Head‐Up Display (HUD)
  3. Central Information Display (CID)
  4. Intelligent Safety button
  5. Heating and air conditioning controls/radio operating unit
  6. Gear selector switch (GWS)
  7. Controller (CON)
  8. Driving experience switch
  9. Multifunction steering wheel

Controls in center console

The following graphic shows the controls in the center console of the G30:

Control Elements
G30 Controls in center console

  1. Gear selector switch (GWS)
  2. Controller (CON)
  3. Electromechanical parking brake
  4. Automatic Hold
  5. Surround view
  6. Park Distance Control (PDC)
  7. Driving experience switch
  8. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)


     Steering column switches

    In the G30, the turn signal/high beam switch and the wash/wipe switch immediately engage when operated. The one-touch signalling and headlight flasher continue to function as before. This measure wa

     Instrument Cluster

     Introduction, Display

    Introduction There is only one instrument cluster available with the launch of the G30. The instrument cluster has an 8.8" TFT display and therefore allows for situation-dependent display of informa



    History Historical overview of the BMW 5 Series E12 (1972-1981) E28 (1981-1987) E34 (1987-1995) E39 (1995-2003) E60/E61 (2003-2010) F10/F11 (2010-2016) G30 (SOP late 2016 as 2017 MY) Overview of system descriptions Many of the systems used are already known from the current BMW 7 Series G1

     Electric Active Roll Stabilization (EARS)

    System overview of electric active stabilization in the G30 Electric active roll stabilization front (EARSV) Front right vertical acceleration sensor Auxiliary battery in the engine compartment Rear right vertical acceleration sensor Vertical Dynamics Platform (VDP) Rear right power distribu

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