2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 VW Jetta TDI: Easy Navi Views

April 20, 2011

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In some vehicles, particularly those with remote input devices, it is quite difficult to choose between the views of North Up and Heading Up to track your progess on the Navi screen. Not so, in our long-term 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

Our Jetta not only makes it easy to select from those two, it also gives you the option of a 3D view. I normally use North Up zoomed-out if I am far away from a distant destination, then zoom-in using Heading Up as I reach my target. I also use Heading Up locally.

Human Factors studies have shown that some people, especially the elderly, have trouble with spatial orientation when using North Up and must rotate the map display in their minds to make a turn.

And the 3D view (which in the Jetta seems to only display Heading Up) doesn't seem useful to me.
It just looks nice.

And you? Which view do you prefer when you use Navi?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~2,000 miles

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