2009 Audi A4 Avant: Nice Touch
June 08, 2009
I used the navi system (for the first time) in the the A4 this weekend, and liked what I saw. Besides the MMI's relatively large screen, the smaller, central info panel gives navigation aid, as well. This is handy because you don't have to keep toggling between navi and audio on the large screen each time you want to change audio settings.
After leaving the driveway, the display begins giving instructions with orthogonal directions and a count-down bar when the turn approaches. The larger navi screen has a few tricks, too: As the car transitions from freeway to off ramp to street level, it automatically zooms in showing more detail as it's needed.
But as long as I had the little navi helper in the I.P. (and friendly navi lady alerting me), I left the larger screen on audio.
Thank you, Audi, for thinking ahead. Some navi systems are more trouble than they're worth, but this one has better execution and more flexibility than most.
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 14,365 miles