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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: VW Promises More Advanced Touchscreen Interface for 2016

July 8, 2015

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The touchscreen interface fitted to our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI has earned generally favorable comments so far. Travis Langness gave the audio system a thumbs-up review while Josh Jacquot noted how he liked the navigation interface. Mike Monticello did encounter a glitch a few months ago, but to my knowledge it hasn't reappeared.

Personally, I like the touchscreen. It's easy to reach and responds pretty quickly to inputs, but there's room for improvement. The screen is relatively small (5.8 inches) and doesn't have truly crisp, detailed graphics. Volkswagen plans to install a new touchscreen system for the 2016 GTI (and other models in the lineup) as well as add a big dollop of smartphone app integration.

A Volkswagen rep confirmed that the GTI will get VW's newest system, which is called "Modular Infotainment Platform," or MIB II. Volkswagen showed off this new system at CES earlier this year.

Full details about the system aren't available yet, but the most interesting aspect about MIB II will be the greatly enhanced smartphone app integration. VW says it will include MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Basically the hope is that with these features, the GTI (as well as other 2016 VWs) will display and operate much of what's on your phone without mucking it up with a proprietary interface (for more info, check out our primer article about CarPlay and Android Auto).

If you're thinking about buying a GTI and aren't fond of the 2015 model's touchscreen, it might be a good idea to wait for the 2016.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 11,914 miles

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