Audi’s MMI infotainment system is among the best of its type on the market, perhaps second only to BMW’s iDrive. It uses a rotary controller by the gearlever – which acts as a convenient hand rest when operating the system – to control the menus. This makes operating it on the move much less distracting than some of the touchscreen designs. The menus are quite intuitive and the processing snappy.
The standard 7.0in screen is mounted high on the dashboard, with nice, clear graphics. Sat-nav is optional on the entry-level SE trim and standard on the rest of the range, but all models come with Bluetooth, two USB ports and a DAB radio. An upgraded version with a 8.3in screen, a writing pad for entering addresses and phone numbers, voice activation and a 10GB hard drive is on the options list.
Another screen in-between the instruments shows additional driver information, or you can opt for Virtual Cockpit. This converts the whole instrument binnacle into a 12.3in screen that displays everything from sat-nav maps to telephone contacts right in the driver’s line of sight, operated via the steering wheel-mounted controls. You can also order a head-up display to project, among other things, your speed and the current speed limit on the windscreen.