2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8L: MMI is OK

January 24, 2012


Audi's MMI infotainment interface has been one of my favorite systems of its kind. I prefer it to BMW's iDrive and definitely Mercedes-Benz' COMAND. But this latest iteration in our long-term A8 hasn't quite warmed me over.

First off, the placement. It's in front of the gear selector on the upslope of the center stack. At least for me, that's not ideal. I preferred it when it was directly in front of the armrest, allowing me to lazily flick the dial and buttons. The same goes for the gesture touchpad, which, as it's positioned requires you to rest your hand on the shifter.


I think Audi got it right with our departed A4 Avant. The positioning was just right, plus, there was more space between the bigger buttons. As a chronic music shuffler, the hard skip buttons were especially welcomed.

What do you think? A4 or A8?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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