Ford SYNC 2 in-car infotainment review
Plenty of buttons mean the SYNC 2 system is confusing at a glance, but remembering voice commands makes it easier
By dividing the home screen into four key sections – sat-nav, entertainment, climate and phone – Ford has made its SYNC 2 system very simple. However, jumping into the maps screen will find you buried in a sea of options scattered around the page.
Connectivity is Ford’s strong suit, with Bluetooth and two USB ports. It can also ‘tether’ your phone to make the car a hotspot or connect its Wi-Fi to an external hotspot.
The system’s let down by its performance. The touchscreen was slow to respond, as were screen-to-screen times, and scrolling through our entire playlist took among the longest of the cars tested. Overall the audio quality offered a good all-round sound, but again the screen let it down as it wasn’t very bright and the colours were a bit grey.
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 MMIGraphics 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 2 - currently readingPlenty of buttons mean the SYNC 2 system is confusing at a glance, but remembering voice commands makes it easier