CCC is the first generation of iDrive found in BMW models up to 2007. CIC was the next generation of iDrive that you will find in BMWs from 2008 to present. CCC to CIC changes included a different display, faster processor and a redesigned controller. In 2012 BMW updated the CIC iDrive to CIC-HIGH. The update improved the processor speeds, memory, maps and hard drive capacity.
Bimmer owners will often ask us "What is the difference between CIC vs. CCC on a BMW?" This article will help you learn how to tell the difference between CCC and CIC navigation unit.
What's the difference between CIC and CCC?
A quick way to tell if you have BMW CCC or CIC is to look at the CD & DVD slots.
If you have two slots CD and DVD it means you have CCC.
If you have only one CD slot it means that you have the BMW CIC unit. In this case, the navigation maps are stored in an internal hard drive.
BMW CCC Navigation
Another way to tell if you have CCC is to look at your BMW navigation screen also called infotainment.
Does the screen look like the picture below?
This was the BMW CCC found on many BMW between 2000-2010. If you have CCC navigation you upgrade the maps by simply swapping out the DVD with one that has a newer map.
The BMW CCC unit does not allow you to enable DVD in motion. The reason is that is was not designed to play DVD in the first place.
There were two generations of CCC units installed BMWs: