Audi’s standard-fit Multi Media Interface (MMI) allows you to control most of the car’s major functions using a chunky rotary dial and a small collection of buttons located between the front seats. It’s a simple system to use, and some of the shortcut keys are raised, allowing you to find the one you want by touch.
The standard 5.8-inch display rises out of the top of the dashboard when you switch the system on and, because it’s so high, it’s easy to read without moving your eyes too far from the road. There are a variety of upgrades to choose from, including a Technology Package that brings more functionality including sat-nav, although a more basic navigation system is standard on Sport and S line trims.
Other key items, including a DAB radio and Bluetooth telephone connectivity, are standard across the range. They work well, too, with easy-to-use menus, decent radio reception and good basic integration with both Android and Apple smartphones. The standard stereo is easily good enough for most tastes, but an optional 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system is available for more discerning music lovers.
The standard kit compares favourably with rivals’. BMW’s system is excellent on many levels but given its ease of use and the quality of its integration, the Audi’s infotainment system is just as impressive.