What is Audi MMI? Is it worth it?

MMI refers to Audi’s excellent infotainment system that comes fitted as standard to all the German brand’s new cars from the A1 supermini to the R8 supercar.

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How does Audi MMI work?

Audi’s MMI system features a dashboard-mounted display that’s controlled using a selection of buttons, knobs and – on some cars – a touchpad on the centre console. It can be used to access a range of features, from the stereo to the sat nav.

Entry-level Audi models, such as the compact A1, feature a folding 6.5-inch screen while more upmarket models, including the all-new A5, feature a slicker free-standing unit. This larger seven-inch screen is paired with a 12.3-inch display – that Audi calls a Virtual Cockpit – ahead of the driver that replaces old-fashioned dials.

Most MMI systems are controlled using a touchpad and scroll wheel fitted in front of the gear lever. Some models, such as the TT and A3, feature a touchpad fitted to the wheel itself while older A1 and Q3 models mount the whole setup just below the CD player.

What features does Audi MMI offer?

Entry-level MMI systems don’t get sat nav as standard but do offer Bluetooth connectivity and radio functions. You can choose to upgrade these basic units with an SD-card-based navigation system either from new, or at a later date.

An upgraded MMI Navigation pack is also available that includes live traffic updates, 3D graphics, voice control and Google Maps compatibility – all displayed on a larger screen. An upgraded Tech pack fits a DAB digital radio, upgraded Bluetooth functions and a personal WiFi hotspot, too.

Audi’s headline MMI feature is the excellent Virtual Cockpit system. This second screen behind the steering wheel can display a range of features from digital dials to sat-nav directions in full colour and high definition.

Is MMI Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible?

Audi’s A3, A4, A5, Q2, Q7 and sporty TT models are offered with Apple CarPlay compatibility while Android Auto is available on the A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, Q2, Q5, Q7, TT and R8.

What does Audi MMI look like

We’ve put together detailed videos of the A1 and new A5’s MMI units to give you a better idea of exactly what a range of Audi’s systems are like to use.

Audi A1

Audi A5

What’s the future of Audi MMI?

Audi’s expected to fit its high-tech Virtual Cockpit to more cars in its range in coming years while the upcoming A8 replacement could be the first Audi to boast new gesture control features, similar to those fitted to the rival BMW 7 Series.

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