Moonroof vs. Sunroof: What’s the Difference?

November 6th, 2018 by

Moonroof inside a BMW X5 showing sky and buildings

There isn’t a big difference between a sunroof and a moonroof, which is why the terms are often used interchangeably. Simply put, a sunroof is a panel made of glass or opaque material installed in the roof of a BMW car; it slides open or pops up to pull light and air into the interior. Technically, a moonroof is a type of sunroof; it’s a glass or tinted glass panel that slides between the roof of a vehicle and the headliner. Both are designed to make your San Marcos commutes more enjoyable.

What Are Panoramic Roof Systems?

There are many different types of sunroofs and moonroofs, including pop-up, spoiler, inbuilt, top-mount, solar, removable, electric, and electronic. One of the most common, however, is panoramic. You can find these roofs as optional add-ons for mainstream models or standard on many luxury cars. Panoramic roofs include multiple panels in the roof that are either operable or fixed. This allows front and rear passengers to open their panel for fresh air and sunlight — making them perfect for enjoying San Diego’s weather.

BMW Models with a Moonroof

Several BMW vehicles come standard with moonroofs — many of which are panoramic. Poway shoppers in search of a BMW model with a moonroof can choose from any of the following:

  • X4 — Panoramic moonroof with fully automatic, 2-piece glass panel, power slide and lift control, wind deflector, and power interior sunshade
  • X5 — Panoramic moonroof with fully automatic, 2-piece glass panel, power slide and lift control, wind deflector and power interior sunshade
  • X6 — 2-way power glass moonroof with “one-touch” operation and power interior sunshade
  • 3-Series Sports Wagon — Panoramic moonroof with fully automatic, 2-piece glass panels, power slide and lift control, wind deflector and power interior sunshade
  • 4-Series — 2-way power glass moonroof with “one-touch” operation and sliding interior sunshade
  • 5-Series — 2-way power glass moonroof with “one-touch” operation and power interior sunshade
  • 6-Series — Panoramic moonroof with 2-piece glass panel, power slide and lift control, wind deflector, and power interior sunshade
  • 7-Series — Panoramic moonroof with fully automatic, 2-piece glass panel, power slide and lift control, wind deflector, and power interior sunshade

Test Drive a BMW with a Moonroof in Escondido!

Get behind the wheel of a BMW with a power moonroof or panoramic roof and enjoy the breeze on the way to your favorite Carlsbad restaurantsContact us to schedule a test drive at BMW of Escondido, located near Carlsbad and Temecula. You can also compare the BMW lineup trunk space options, and don’t forget to browse our current vehicle specials for new lease and finance offers!

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