I Like the Audio Interface - 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: I Like the Audio Interface

May 23, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

I find the audio interface in our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI very easy to use. The simple design and logical button layout makes navigating it a breeze. And I welcome the inherent element of customization this system offers.

Not all manufacturers utilize redundant controls on their radio head units. Volkswagen does. Change between bands, presets and radio stations along the dial via touchscreen, spin one of two knobs or press buttons on the steering wheel. It's your call. I happen to prefer using the knobs, but not exclusively. The option is something that appeals to me and is a feature on the Passat that deserves recognition.

The execution of the system is not perfect. There is occasionally a delay between press and response when using the touchscreen. Its buttons don't seem to have the same hesitation, which in my mind, almost makes it forgivable. Next time we take the car in for service, we'll ensure we have the most current software available, as perhaps this is a contributor.

Still on the whole, I've enjoyed my experience with this interface.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 7,866 miles

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