There is quite a bit to love about Audi’s newest MMI (Multi Media Interface) infotainment system. For starters, it incorporates a beautiful design. Audi has built-in its dual-screen shows in the identical trend on its higher echelon fashions (A6, A7, A8, Q7, Q8, E-Tron), and the result’s a contemporary, but inviting look. Other cheaper fashions will run the identical software program, however are restricted to the only display screen. Dual-screen layouts like this one have annoyed us earlier than. It’s at all times a guessing sport to determine what management is in what display screen, making the training curve simply that a lot steeper.
Audi improves on this by eradicating a lot of the guesswork. From the second the automotive is turned on, it’s instantly obvious that the underside 8.6-inch display screen is for local weather management, and the highest 10.1-inch display screen is for practically each different conventional infotainment management. Your music, navigation, settings and different objects are all discovered throughout the high display screen. Just like a smartphone or pill, the shows are customizable. The fundamental house display screen within the high show reveals rows of app tiles like an iPad, and you may transfer these round at your will. Similarly, the underside display screen has a single row of things on the high that may be moved round or dropped from fast entry at your discretion. It permits you to set the display screen as much as greatest suit your wants, which is a characteristic most trendy infotainment methods have.
The lack of bodily buttons for the local weather management system may very well be off-putting at first, however we rapidly grew to become accustomed to the controls. It makes use of a haptic suggestions system that gives a tangible click on feeling to your fingers whenever you press down on the display screen. The suggestions is akin to urgent a flowery, flat button. Of course, you too can flip this haptic suggestions system off and have it function like a standard telephone’s touchscreen. Both work splendidly, however the haptic characteristic cuts down on false touches, as it’s worthwhile to put stress on the display screen for it to register the enter.
Audi’s UX toes the road between stylish and fundamental. The backgrounds are deep, darkish blacks, which permit the massive icons to face out on the display screen for simple navigation by way of menus. Swiping round and flying by way of menus by no means induced any lag or stutters. It doesn’t really feel too far faraway from the expertise of contemporary pc know-how, which is one thing we are able to’t say for each infotainment system on the market.
Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are on supply, however CarPlay might be completed wirelessly when you so select. Android Auto is wired-only. Though, that is one automotive we’re much less more likely to be caught utilizing the smartphone apps for navigation. Audi makes discovering an tackle or focal point remarkably straightforward by way of voice or a sensible search operate (requires cell knowledge service). Plus, we’re large followers of the Google Earth-like navigation map views — it brings a degree of sophistication not seen in competing navigation methods. You may even reap the benefits of Audi’s high-tech graphics for the nav within the Digital Cockpit, encouraging us to depend on the native steering much more.
If a number of individuals shall be driving the automotive, Audi permits you to arrange profiles that may be personalized to particular infotainment layouts for that particular person. And lastly, maybe probably the most spectacular factor about this infotainment system is that it simply plain works. There aren’t any gimmicks like gesture controls or voice assistants. It does all the stuff we would like it to do, and the UX is executed in a simplistic sufficient method that it doesn’t turn out to be irritating.