Autocar - - ROAD TEST -

Our test car came equipped with Volk­swa­gen’s Com­po­si­tion Me­dia in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem as stan­dard. The 8.0in touch­screen in­cor­po­rated fea­tures such as: DAB ra­dio; Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity; voice recog­ni­tion and Ap­ple Carplay and Android Auto smart­phone mir­ror­ing (al­though you have to pay ex­tra for the lat­ter on en­try-grade cars). A fac­tory-in­stalled sat-nav sys­tem is avail­able higher up the trim range, but if you’re will­ing to use your own smart­phone data, the lack of one won’t prove too much of a prob­lem.

We had no qualms about the sys­tem’s func­tion­al­ity, ei­ther. The dis­play is clear and easy to read, and the touch­screen is re­spon­sive to touch and swipe ges­tures. Ded­i­cated short­cut ‘but­tons’ border the screen and make it that much eas­ier to nav­i­gate the sys­tem’s var­i­ous func­tions. They are far prefer­able to those units which are con­trolled ex­clu­sively through the touch­screen. Like­wise, it’s good to see Volk­swa­gen stick­ing with proper knobs for con­trol­ling the vol­ume and for scrolling.

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