The SQ5’s MMI infotainment system is brilliant. Its 8.3in screen is mounted atop the dashboard, so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road for long, and the rotary controller interface is far less distracting to use on the move than a touchscreen. The system is responsive to commands and the graphics look sharp. To top it all off, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, allowing you to control your smartphone easily.
At 7.0in, the Macan’s touchscreen is on the small side, but it sure is bright enough. It isn’t quite as responsive as the SQ5’s, though, and its menus can be confusing. We also found some of the icons to be too small, although, as with the SQ5, physical shortcut buttons make it easier to hop between functions. Apple CarPlay is standard, but you can’t get Android Auto. You can at least get a range of apps to stream music.
The Velar’s main 10.0in screen, which is the upper of the two, looks sharp and you can tilt its angle to suit your height. Unfortunately, the small icons and absence of physical shortcut buttons can make it quite tricky to use, especially on bumpy roads. There’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, either, although you can download an app to your phone that gives you more basic smartphone mirroring.
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