2009 Audi A4 Avant: The Three Faces of D.I.C.
September 13, 2010
There are actually far more than three faces of Audi's Driver Information Center, depending on how you set it up, but here are just three shots from our long-term Audi A4 Avant. These images show how effectively the D.I.C. is at displaying multiple forms of vehicle information on a diminutive 3-by-6-inch screen.
Let's take a quick tour of all the information that's provided:
Left Screen: This is my default setting, as I like the large digital speedometer along with the Sirius satellite station information (Classic Rewind in this case) and distance-to-empty number. Of course this screen also includes odometer, trip meter, transmission gear and outside temperature information. Pretty informative if you ask me.
Center Screen: This is a great screen for scrolling radio stations. With the information available right between the primary gauges, along with the steering-wheel-mounted thumbwheel, it's easy to browse stations without taking your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.
Right Screen: The telephone screen also works with the thumbwheel, making it easy to browse your phonebook, dialed calls, received calls, etc. Plenty of people think you should never make a phone call from behind the wheel, but Audi's interface is an example of how that argument doesn't hold up. It's just not a distracting (or dangerous) process folks.
Of course I haven't even touched on how effectively this screen coordinates navigation information or engine warnings or a dozen other uses. Fodder for another blog post I guess. In the meantime, suffice to say Audi's D.I.C. is the SH.IZ.LE.
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large @ 30,855 miles