Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, which displays the main instruments digitally, is a fine piece of work, being adaptable and clear. But better still is the rest of the Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI), which combines a large central screen with a controller on the centre console. As yet, Audi has resisted the urge, to which BMW has succumbed, to make the screen touch sensitive.
With a control pad and its adorning buttons, however, it’s easy to navigate through the myriad systems. There’s a touchpad, too, which we used mostly for inputting addresses on the navigation, while the rotary dial can be turned, pressed or nudged to navigate through menus. It’s not quite as intuitive as BMW’S idrive system, but it’s secondbest in the industry.
Sensibly, Audi retains separate buttons and switches for operations such as the heating and ventilation system, heated seats and so on, and the whole caboodle is supplemented by steering wheel controls for major functions. It’s a bit of a button-fest compared to, say, a Volvo, but when it comes to functionality, we’ll take it.