VW - 1, Buick - 0 - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: VW - 1, Buick - 0

May 03, 2011


A few weeks back during the 2011 New York Auto Show, I got a sneak preview of Buick's new Intellilink technology package. It's a pretty slick looking -- and easy to use -- in-dash system for linking phone / nav / audio and more via app-like buttons. It's neat.

Unfortunately, Buick doesn't trust their drivers (well, GM in general doesn't) as to use the navigation you either have to pull over or do it via OnStar. Buick even had the nerve to say that having to pull over was one of the worst things about built-in nav and that they'd developed a solution!!

After the presentation, I reminded them that most of the Germans (and Honda / Acura ) have no problem allowing one to use the nav while moving. Our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta fits into the category of "cars for adults who like to make their own decisions." Click "OK" up there and you've got full control. Nothing's greyed out. No need to pull over.

Sorry, but if I pay for a car, I want it to work when I want it to work -- that includes nav and iPod control. I've said before that I'd buy the nav on any new vehicle I bought as the nav system is, generally, the easiest to use with an iPod (or a USB stick) and, well, they look cool. This wouldn't be the final decision maker if I were cross-shopping vehicles, but it certainly would be a check in the plus column of the VW. (Though to be fair, this system is not as pretty or as easy to use as some of the fully-integrated systems -- Sync, Intellilink -- out there.)

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor @ 2,500 miles

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