2016 Chevrolet Volt: 5 Reasons You'll Like the MyLink System Interface
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 2, 2016
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen interface. It's the "MyLink" system that Chevy has been utilizing for a few years now. In the past, we were underwhelmed with MyLink, finding it slow and unresponsive at times. But our Volt has the latest iteration, and it has some appealing aspects. Here are five reasons why I think you'll like it.
1) Big screen size. The typical automotive touchscreens range from 4 to 8 inches in diagonal width. (Yes, go ahead and insert your cliched joke here.) When the screen is bigger, it allows the system's designers to make the virtual screen buttons bigger and easier to consistently press. There's more room to display maps and info, too. The 2016 Volt has an 8-inch screen compared to the previous generation's 7-inch screen. That may not sound like much of a difference, but it amounts to a lot more screen area because of math.
2) Smartphone integration. The newest version of MyLink includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. I've only tinkered with CarPlay on our Volt, but it's pleasingly easy to get up and running. Just plug in your phone using a cable and your phone's core functions plus a selection of third-party apps (that you might have on your phone) become available through the car.
3) Quick responses. This is a welcome improvement. I've been impressed by the touchscreen's response times. Press on a virtual button and the system responds crisply. There's no waiting or wondering whether your button press actually registered or not.
4) Simple menu interface. The newest MyLink interface design is pretty similar to what existed before, but it seems to me that it's a little easier to use. (Check out some pictures of our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's touchscreen here.) The main control icons (audio, phone, navigation, etc.) are always available at the top of the screen. Finger swipe movements move you through optional menus and the radio presets, and pinch and spread works on the navigation map.
5) Voice controls and media interface. Even if you don't have a smartphone, you can still use MyLink's integrated voice controls to operate various systems. I also like regular digital media player interface (for your older iPod, for example) for its quick file browsing and easily accessible functions.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 7,453 miles