MMI and Muscle Memory - 2015 Audi A3 Long-Term Road Test

2015 Audi A3: MMI and Muscle Memory

July 6, 2015

2015 Audi A3

I drove our long-term 2012 Audi A8 quite a bit, and I remember struggling at first to get the hang of the Multi Media Interface (MMI) system. What would it be like now that I was in our 2015 Audi A3 for the first time?

No worries. Muscle memory kicked in, for the most part. My hand, more than my head, clicked into the control buttons for navigation, telephone, radio and media. The four-corner contextual buttons made sense this time around, which they did not three years ago.

There was a bit of a fail when I spun the central control knob in an effort to change the map scale. Since I use the BMW iDrive system daily, my brain apparently thought that motion would work in this system, too. I'll need more MMI time to override that reflex.

Here's a question for anyone out there who has both MMI- and iDrive-equipped vehicles in their personal fleet: Which system is more intuitive?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 13,174 miles

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