Audi’s MMI infotainment system, with its rotary controller and simple shortcut buttons, is so much easier (and arguably safer) to use on the move than rival touchscreen systems, such as the ones fitted to the Volvo XC60 and Jaguar F-Pace. Only the BMW X3’s infotainment iDrive system is similarly intuitive.
The high-up standard 7.0in screen has crisp, high-resolution graphics, making it easy to see when you’re navigating the menus. You don’t get sat-nav on all trims, as you do in the X3; you have move up to mid-spec Sport trim for that. You do, however, get smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android phones, which let’s you use selected phone apps, including the phones navigation mapping, through the screen.
A Technology Pack adds MMI Navigation Plus, which brings Google Maps with Streetview, on-board wifi and a larger 8.3in screen. You also get wireless phone charging and a 4G internet connection with this package.
The technology pack also comes with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. This replaces the standard instruments with a 12.3in display that you can configure in multiple ways to put lots of information, including navigation maps and phone contact lists, right in front of you.