Audi MMI in-car infotainment review
Graphics and fast-working set-up make Audi MMI stand out against most systems
Audi’s system is not the most instinctive to use, and buyers will have to get their heads around the new layout. Yet once you’ve learned where everything is, it’s far easier.
As with BMW’s iDrive, its touchpad lets you write letters with your finger. This is much easier than using a QWERTY touchscreen, but on test it didn’t recognise the letters as quickly as the BMW. It also has a wheel with buttons for the main sections, and reprogrammable fast keys.
One of the nicer touches is the use of Google Earth for navigation, which gives much better detail. The sat-nav route was fast and easy to follow. The home screen is also very clear and there’s a good colour contrast. Audio quality gets harsh towards the top end, but generally it’s excellent.
Best in-car infotainment systems
- • Audi MMI
- • BMW iDrive
- • Ford SYNC 2
- • Jaguar InControl
- • Mazda MZD Connect
- • Mercedes COMAND
- • Nissan CONNECT
- • SEAT Full Link
- • Vauxhall IntelliLink
- • Volkswagen Discover
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- 1IntroductionWho makes the best in-car entertainment and sat-nav systems? Our top 10 includes verdicts on Audi, Ford and Vauxhall systems
- 2Audi MMI - currently readingGraphics and fast-working set-up make Audi MMI stand out against most systems
- 3BMW iDriveBMW's iDrive displays live pages, so you can go back into where you were without having to re-enter info
- 4Jaguar InControl TouchFrom the outset, the InControl system appears bright and sleek, but it's held back by sluggish responses to operator inputs
- 5Mazda MZD ConnectMazda system is impressively simple to use, with integrated internet radio apps giving an alternative to usual DAB
- 6Mercedes COMANDCOMAND interface seems dated, but you can get online by tethering your phone or connecting to a hotspot
- 7Nissan CONNECTNissan's infotainment system might feel dated and a bit basic, but it's easy to get your head around
- 8SEAT Full LinkSimple, clear and it works! SEAT's system gets an almost perfect score here, as it's intuitive and works quickly
- 9Vauxhall IntelliLinkVauxhall's infotainment system is far better than anything the manufacturer has offered before
- 10Ford SYNC 2Plenty of buttons mean the SYNC 2 system is confusing at a glance, but remembering voice commands makes it easier