When we first sat down in the 2009 Audi Q5 3.2 quattro Triptronic, we felt like were in an airplane cockpit. There were just way too many buttons, too much going on inside Audi’s new crossover. However, after we got ourselves situated and started messing around with the company’s new-generation MMI… we were blown away. We feel it’s safe to say that Audi is definitely the Apple of the auto industry. Every action performed on the MMI is displayed with a smooth animation in the high resolution 800 x 480 pixels LED backlit 7-inch screen.
Many of the functions are controlled via voice input or the new joystick control located on the center knob. The joystick can be moved in eight directions within the navigation map screen with high precision. For example, now you can easily navigate to a location on the screen and just point and click for directions. You can also choose between the conventional two-dimensional view and the new 3D image when viewing the map.
Other than that the MMI has an integral drive for video DVD playback and can also play music from CDs, SD cards, iPod and Bluetooth.
We’ll just say one thing – if you’re not the tech-savvy type – you’re going to completely hate everything about the MMI system.
2009 Audi Q5 Test-Drive Week (Interior):
– By: Stephen Calogera
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