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Old 06-18-2014, 04:30 AM   #1
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Ok,

So I know it's a marketing ploy by Audi to offer "exclusive" features in certain models , such climate control cup holders, exclusive to the Q5 line.
And then there's the the virtual cockpit in the new TT :

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However, I wish they'd updated the "old style" MMI in the Q5 which looks like this :

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And swap it for the A3 touch MMI which looks like this:

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I just love the touch in the A3 and think that the joystick wheel is a step back in the Q5.
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Q5 uses the old A5/A4 platform from a 2007, and the new generation A3 2013
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Yes , understood, just wish they'd update it with the newer touch technology from the A3
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Yes , understood, just wish they'd update it with the newer touch technology from the A3
Simply because it is impossible to different hardware, different design ......
They should make a complete new center console
Then it should do the same in A4 and A5

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I would gladly pay money for the virtual display shown. Provided that it works reliably at -30 Celsius.

But if I had a minor gripe with the current MMI it is that the media connector is a) in the glove compartment not in the central console somewhere or even replacing one of the SD card slots.
b) isn't a standard USB ( ideally with the higher power availability to charge an Ipad)
and c) that there are not two USB ports.

Oh well....next time.
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Simply because it is impossible to different hardware, different design ......
They should make a complete new center console
Then it should do the same in A4 and A5
It's actually not impossible for them to do this (we're talking about German engineering here). Audi themselves say that they'll release exclusive features in certain models to make them "more attractive".
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It's actually not impossible for them to do this (we're talking about German engineering here). Audi themselves say that they'll release exclusive features in certain models to make them "more attractive".
I'm driving the Audi for more than 20 years and has never happened to Audi incorporate something from the new models in the old model
Maybe you can contact Audi Ingolstadt, who knows everything is possible
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Yes , understood, just wish they'd update it with the newer touch technology from the A3
And they likely will... for MY2016/2017 when the next-gen is released.
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And they likely will... for MY2016/2017 when the next-gen is released.
They almost have to - having non-touch at this point is just silly. My 2003 Accord had a nice touch screen with voice control. 10+ years later, to not have this in a luxury vehicle is just wrong.
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They almost have to - having non-touch at this point is just silly. My 2003 Accord had a nice touch screen with voice control. 10+ years later, to not have this in a luxury vehicle is just wrong.
My 2009 Odyssey had a terrible touchscreen, and the nav technology seemed even older than Audi's already-old system. Much prefer the Q5's system, other than I do miss being able to use voice to dial arbitrary numbers on the rare occasion I need to (unless I just haven't found how, looks like you can only call contacts via voice here).

And of course the "touch" MMI refers to the touchpad control and not an actual touchscreen, so if you liked directly touching the map, buttons, etc., then you still wouldn't get that here. But it should be more intuitive than the joystick, and adds handwriting recognition (not sure how "useful" that is in practice), not sure what else.

EDIT - The one nice thing about the Honda nav was that it was standard yearly DVD-based updates so you could update the nav (or not) each year instead of effectively never. That still seems pretty silly.
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