Many new cars now arise with the advantage of a agenda apparatus cluster, which replaces the alternation speedo and rev adverse with a configurable screen. The Audi Virtual Cockpit arrangement was one of the first, and it’s conceivably the best-known on the market. But if you’re in the dealership and the agent is suggesting you advancement to the system, should you booty their advice?
The Virtual Cockpit is a awning that fits altogether area accepted alternation dials would be. It’s a configurable arrangement that allows you to personalise the affectation to appearance the advice you appetite to see. There are affluence of layouts, and the arrangement shows added advice than acceptable dials. Depending on the archetypal and spec, it comes in sizes of either 10.25 inches or 12.3 inches beyond models including the A4, A5, A6, Q3 SUV and Q3 Sportback.
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The exact layouts can depend on the car you’re in, and how far it is up the Audi archetypal hierarchy, but all versions let you toggle amid several altered menus. You can accept it set up to appearance audio, buzz book and/or cruise computer information, as able-bodied as accepting the sat nav arise as a about full-screen display. Virtual Cockpit additionally allows you to change the sizes of the dials. If your car comes with Virtual Cockpit as standard, it can be configured to attending like acceptable dials if you prefer.
Virtual Cockpit isn’t a touchscreen; it’s controlled by buttons on the multifunction council wheel. The council caster is altered to the one in models that don’t accept the arrangement included, so it’s not account retrofitting Virtual Cockpit to an Audi that didn’t accept it installed from the factory.
It still feels like advanced software but the aboriginal adaptation of Virtual Cockpit appeared on the 2014 Audi TT and again a rebranded adaptation of it was acclimated in the Lamborghini Huracan. Early iterations suffered some tech glitches and weren’t consistently clear in ablaze sunlight, but the software has been bigger with bug fixes and accomplish to ensure the arrangement is arresting in all conditions. The accepted arrangement is abundant added reliable, so it’s account authoritative abiding the car you’re attractive at has the best abreast system.
The Audi Virtual Cockpit acclimated to be aloof for the company’s added big-ticket cars, including the Q5 and Q7, and S and RS models, but the technology is now trickling bottomward to the blow of the range, so that now alike the entry-level Audi A1 has the 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit. Although the accepted Audi A3 (the oldest archetypal in Audi’s range) doesn’t action it, best added Audis do.
Each cast in the VW Group now has its own agenda apparatus cluster, with brand-specific cartoon and functions, and, in some cases, hardly altered names. Volkswagen calls it the Active Info Affectation and SEAT calls it Agenda Cockpit, admitting Skoda follows Audi’s allotment convention.
Many added car manufacturers accept additionally developed their own systems; you can get a agenda apparatus array in assorted Mercedes, Peugeot, Kia, Renault and Volvo models, amid others.
Audi MMI is the company’s ‘multi-media interface’ system, which controls all of the media and infotainment functions. Area the Virtual Cockpit is fitted, the MMI arrangement works alongside it and gives you lots of advice and sat nav mapping on the axial screen. Depending on the car you have, this is usually controlled by a touchpad and annal caster army on the centre animate or the council wheel.
The Audi MMI arrangement is accordant with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto beyond best models.
Read our reviews of all the accepted Audi models for added information.