2015 Audi A3: No Need for the Touchpad
December 23, 2014
One of the trick new features in our 2015 Audi A3 is a touchpad built into the control knob of the user interface, otherwise known as MMI in Audi speak. The touchpad allows you to draw numbers and letters when you're inputting an address instead of scrolling though the on-screen keyboard. It's a neat trick, but not all that useful.
The touchpad itself works just fine. It's relatively easy to draw up letters and numbers if you feel the urge. The problem is the standard way of inputting letters and numbers works even better. Just spin the dial and give it a push when you get to what you want. It's fast and easy, so much so that it makes the touchpad feel cumbersome and slow.
Ease of input is just one of the reasons why the touchpad exits (compatibility with other languages is another), but it's replacing an aspect of the system that worked just fine already. Maybe with more time the touchpad will prove to be useful in other ways. For now, though, it's just a neat feature that I don't use much.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor