Basic BMW Navigation Systems: CHAMP2, ENTRY, ENTRYNAV & ENAVEVO

Anastasiia Husieva
Nov 18, 2019


Basic BMW Navigation Systems: CHAMP2, ENTRY, ENTRYNAV & ENAVEVO


When buying a new BMW, you usually purchase not only a vehicle for transportation, but also a tech convenience that has limited or extended navigation & a certain degree of integration with your smartphone.

While setting up your future vehicle, you generally have 2–4 media packages to choose from (e.g. Media Package Business or Media Package Business Plus (only in Europe), Media Package Navigation Plus, Media Package Professional, etc.). The Media Package is a number of multimedia and technical features that you will get in your car, and the more it includes, the more expensive your BMW’s overall price is.

If there isn’t any particular option you would definitely like to have in your BMW though, the real difference that you should look into is not between the packages, but between navigation types and head units. If you already have a vehicle with basic iDrive, this blog will help you understand whether it’s worth upgrading to Navigation System Professional. If you’re only considering the purchase, after going through our material you will be able to choose the best set of options without missing out on important features.

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Types of BMW Navigation Systems

In order to check which navigation type your BMW is equipped with, go to a free VIN decoder, type in your VIN and look for S606A (Business Navigation), S6UNA (Navigation), S6UPA (Navigation Plus) or S609A (Navigation System Professional). These are the most common types installed on US- and Euro-spec cars.

What Is Business Navigation BMW Package?

The 606 option is only available in Europe and is an older version of 6UN & 6UP. 6UN & 6UP, though, are present in both American and European market.

Navigation / Navigation Plus / Business Navigation vs Professional Navigation

In general, Navigation, Navigation Plus & Business Navigation are lighter versions of pro nav. They have less advanced maps and are stripped of some multimedia features available in the pro version. Here you can see the most prominent differences:

  No navigation Navigation (S6UNA) / Business Navigation (S606A) Navigation Plus (S6UPA) Navigation System Professional
Maps 2D maps 2D maps 2D & 3D maps
Screen Size / Resolution No screen / 6.5” 6.5” 8.8” / 10.25” (only in G-Series with ENAVEVO) 8.8” / 10.25” / 12.5”
Internal memory Flash drive up to 32GB Flash drive up to 32GB HDD up to 200GB
Split screen ❌* ❌* ✔️ ✔️
Touch screen ✔️ ✔️
BMW Apps ✔️ (apart from CCC iDrive)
Playing videos ✔️

* Business Navigation split screen isn’t possible due to the small, 6.5” display size. But you can upgrade it with BimmerTech VividScreen designed for 3-series E90/91/92/93 & F30/31/34, 4-series F32/33/36, 5-series E60/61 and 6-Series E63/64. This BMW Business Navigation upgrade features an 8.8” 1280x480 display and can have split screen with ENTRYNAV head unit.

Further information will focus mostly on basic navigation systems and the types of head units they cover. If you have Navigation System Professional or just want to know more about it, read our blog post about BMW pro nav iDrive versions.

Please note that If you don’t consider the difference between BMW Business and Professional radio, there are usually 2 scenarios that can unfold after your purchase: 1) you will either regret paying up few thousands of dollars for features you never use or 2) you will start to frantically search Google for how to upgrade Business Navigation to Professional. If you don't want to experience either of the situations, educate yourself, set your priorities and choose accordingly.

Types of Head Units

When it comes to head units in general, they can be divided into 3 categories:

  1. BMW Live Cockpit Professional (the newest MGU head unit with ID7 interface)
  2. Navigation System Professional (CCC, CIC, NBT, NBT EVO ID4/ID5/ID6)
  3. Navigation / Navigation Plus / Business Navigation (MASK, CHAMP, CHAMP2, CIC-MID, ENTRY, ENTRYNAV, ENTRYNAV EVO)

We’re going to review the differences between the most advanced iDrives from the third category. Please mind that the number and types of features inherent to each specific head unit may vary due to a different configuration of each vehicle in each separate country. This is a generalized comparison which will help you to distinguish the systems.

  MASK / CHAMP CHAMP2 ENTRY ENTRYNAV ENAVEVO
Bluetooth • with option 644 or 633/639 hands-free calling • with option 644 or 633/639 or 6NH hands-free calling
• with 6VC = pairing up 2 phones
• with option 644 or 633/639 or 6NH hands-free calling
• with 6VC = pairing up 2 phones
• hands-free calling
• with Enhanced Bluetooth activated = pairing up 2 phones
• hands-free calling
• with Enhanced Bluetooth activated = pairing up 2 phones
Music

• with option 6FL plays MP3 files from a USB stick

•allows listening to music through an AUX port

• plays MP3 from CD/DVD discs
• with option 6FL/6NH, plays MP3 files from a USB stick
• allows listening to music through an AUX port
• with 6VC plays music from a phone via a USB port and Bluetooth streaming
• plays MP3 from CD/DVD discs
• with option 6FL/6NH, plays MP3 files from a USB stick
• allows listening to music through an AUX port
• with 6VC plays music from a phone via a USB port and Bluetooth streaming
• plays MP3 from CD/DVD discs
• with option 6FL/6NH, plays MP3 files from a USB stick
• with Enhanced Bluetooth activated, plays music from a phone via a USB port and Bluetooth streaming
• allows listening to music through an AUX port
• plays MP3 from CD/DVD discs
• with option 6FL/6NH, plays MP3 files from a USB stick
• with Enhanced Bluetooth activated, plays music from a phone via a USB port and Bluetooth streaming
• allows listening to music through an AUX port (if the car is equipped with it)
• streams wirelessly from the phone through Apple CarPlay if it’s activated
Voice Control N/A Not available from factory, but can be coded while retrofitting Combox for operating the phone N/A Available Available
Navigation (EUR) Can be with or without navigation Can be with or without navigation N/A Can be with or without navigation Can be with or without navigation
Navigation (US) N/A N/A N/A Can be with or without navigation Can be with or without navigation
CarPlay N/A Only aftermarket CarPlay MMI Prime* Only aftermarket CarPlay MMI Prime* Only aftermarket CarPlay MMI Prime* Available from factory *


* Original Apple CarPlay is available only in the latest Business iDrive — ENAVEVO. However, ENTRY, ENTRYNAV & CHAMP2 owners can benefit from an aftermarket solution: BimmerTech CarPlay MMI PLUS. It’s designed to work in vehicles with older iDrives and provides the same functionality as the original software as well as additional features (e.g. Android Auto, an extra USB port, etc.).

To know more about this hardware retrofit, head over to our material on how to get Apple CarPlay into 2016 or older vehicles.

Which Head Unit Is Your BMW Equipped with?

How to know if you have HU_ENTRYNAV or CHAMP 2 navigation? There are several ways to determine that:

1. By the map version

Each head unit with navigation has its line of maps with a specific name:

  • Motion for MASK2
  • Move for CHAMP2
  • Route for ENTRYNAV
  • Live for ENAVEVO


In order to check the map version, go to Navigation -> Settings -> Navigation system version

route map entrynav

The problem is that it’s relevant only if the iDrive is equipped with navigation and has flash memory to store maps. For other head units, it’s possible to verify approximately when each head unit was installed by years and models.

2. By model and year

Please keep in mind that this is not an exact method because some of the models were equipped with several types of head units at the same period of time. For instance, 2- & 3-Series F-models got CHAMP2 or ENTRY parallelly during the period of 2011–2014.

iDrive head unit Series/Model Timeframes
MASK 5-Series E60/E61 12/2003–2007
CHAMP 5-Series E60/E61 2008–05/2010
CHAMP2
1-Series F20/F21 06/2011–2014
2-Series F22/F23 11/2013–2014
3-Series F30/F31/F34/F80 2011–10/2014
5-Series F07/F10/F11/F12 2011–01/2014
X3 F25 2011–01/2014
CIC-MID
X5 E70 03/2007–06/2013
X6 E71 05/2008–08/2014
Entry
1-Series F20/F21 06/2011–2014
2-Series F22/F23 11/2013–07/2014
3-Series F30/F31/F34/F80 2011–10/2014
4-Series F32/F33/F36 07/2013–07/2015
X1 F48 2016–05/2016
X3 F25 02/2014–03/2015
X4 F26 04/2014–06/2016
i3 09/2013–2016
EntryNav
1-Series F20/F21 2013–02/2017
2-Series F22/F23 08/2014–02/2017
2-Series F45/F46 2014–02/2017
3-Series F30/F31/F34/F80 11/2014–02/2017
4-Series F32/F33/F36 08/2015–02/2017
X1 F48 02/2016–04/2017
X3 F25 04/2015–02/2017
X4 F26 07/2016–02/2017
EntryNav Evo (ENAVEVO)
1-Series F20/F21 03/2017–present
2-Series F22/F23 03/2017–present
2-Series F45/F46 03/2017–present
3-Series F30/F31/F34/F80 03/2017–present
3-Series G20 09/2018–present
5-Series G30/G31/G38 10/2016–present
6-Series G32 07/2017–present
7-Series G11/G12/G13 07/2016–present
8-Series G14/G15 09/2018–present
X2 F39 10/2017–present
X3 G01 11/2017–present
X4 F26 03/2017–03/2018
X5 G05 09/2018–present
Z4 G29 09/2018–present

3. From BimmerTech

If you want to know for sure which iDrive interface you have, click the banner below, specify your name/email/VIN and get a full report on your car that will include the head unit, i-Level (software version) and other features.

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Upgrading Navigation / Navigation Plus / BMW Navigation Business to Professional

If you’ve been thinking about whether it’s possible to jump, say, from CHAMP2 to NBT or from HU_ENTRYNAV to an NBT EVO retrofit, you’ve come to the right website because BimmerTech does this kind of upgrades, but only for F- & G-Series BMWs.

In order to replace your iDrive, your vehicle requires a total hardware upgrade meaning you would need to swap the screen (unless it’s 8.8” or 10.25” display), iDrive controller, head unit, wiring and additional modules. Please note that this upgrade has nothing to do with the BMW software update. Unlike the common misconception, a BMW update doesn’t switch the iDrives or add new functionalities. To learn more about this topic, review our blog post on BMW iDrive update.

The hardware upgrade may sound complicated, but, for instance, at BimmerTech, navigation retrofits are fully plug & play. If you would like to upgrade, say, to NBT EVO ID5/ID6, you will get all the iDrive auto parts necessary for a complete installation as well as detailed instructions for your specific BMW. So, the process is as DIY-friendly as possible.

NBT EVO ID5/ID6 is one of the most popular navigation retrofits, also being one of the latest BMW iDrives. It has many features that older head units don’t, like original CarPlay, Android Screen Mirroring, better sound quality, etc. If you want to know more about this product and its features, read our blog post about NBT EVO ID5/ID6 retrofit.

Our Navigation, Navigation Plus & Business Navigation review will help you decide whether it’s worth spending several thousands of dollars on a more advanced iDrive system while buying a new car, or whether you should think about upgrading your current vehicle. Either way you have all the information you need to set priorities and make up your mind. And if you have any questions about upgrades for your specific BMW, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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