2009 Audi A4 Avant: MMI -- My Favorite Interface
August 27, 2010
Yesterday I posted about our long-term Camaro's high-quality audio system (relatively speaking, of course; it won't put Mark Levinson out of business or anything). That system also has a fully-functional graphic interface, impressive given it accomplishes this with a simple, non-navigation-capable, non-touchscreen display.
But if we're talking best graphic interface (versus the Camaro's very good, all things considered) then my vote goes to Audi's MMI.
I remember when I first used this system in an A8 several years ago. It was intuitive, so the learning curve was much gentler than some competing systems (cough-i-Drive-cough). But what really got me wasn't just MMI's ease of use but the slick animations and clear display templates. Somebody obviously put a lot of thought into the design.
There's no need for a cool, "swooshy" transition between audio information and navigation functions, but MMI has one. It's also got color coding for different functions, and the above graphic recreation of a physical set of buttons to skip tracks or play a song list randomly. Very cool.
Early indications suggest the new MyFord Touch system is better still, but I haven't had enough quality time with said system, so I'm reserving judgment. Hmm...a long-term 2011 Ford Explorer would probably resolve the issue, in case anyone at Ford is reading this...
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large