Top 3 cars for the best infotainment systems
Infotainment systems are one of the latest buzzwords in the car business. The term has been coined from ‘information’ and ‘entertainment’, as our want and need for in-car gadgets have become ever more demanding.
Not so long ago the only item that came with cars would be a radio or even a tape player. Nowadays, with advancements in technology, our desire for complex and all-encompassing systems has put pressure on car manufacturers to create systems that not only provide entertainment but give the drive information too, hence the phrase infotainment was born.
From DAB radio to audio players, from sat nav to screen mirroring, the best systems will do all of this and much more at the touch of a button. If you’re looking to buy a new car, considering your infotainment options may just sway you from one manufacturer to the next.
Here’s three of the best systems on the market now.
Audi Virtual Cockpit
Audi first launched the Virtual Cockpit in the new TT. There are smartly designed touchpads, Google-based mapping, voice command actions, to name a few. The graphics are clear and concise, and with everything now in place, moving from one selection to another is both quick and easy. The connectivity feature will provide hotspot functionality, plus the traditional local traffic news. The hotspot is more powerful due to the robust antenna system.
You don’t expect anything less from BMW than something that’s smooth and sophisticated. iDrive delivers on these fronts perfectly. One thing BMW has done is learn from its mistakes, so this new technologically advanced system absolutely delivers. There’s a joystick/dial allowing easy navigation of the menus and BMW allow you to opt for a bigger screen, which is a must. It’s simple to use and easy to navigate. Voice command is fairly consistent and again allows for easy data entry. You can also split the screen into two sections so you can keep music on one side and navigation on the other if you so desire.
The new E-Class now has the updated and improved COMAND system, which has rectified the problems seen with the S-Class. Two crystal clear screens are beautifully displayed, one is for digital instruments and the other is for maps and music. The inclusion of Apple CarPlay (https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/carplay/) and Android Auto (https://www.android.com/auto/) easily splits the screens to keep the instrument cluster screen free. The maps and navigation system is easy to use and also uses internet connected results to help find local points of interest. General use of the menus is also easy to navigate through as a pop-up menu with important functions can be accessed easily and at any time, to allow for quick surfing should you need to. Mercedes will hopefully be rolling the new system out through all of their car ranges. To check, it’s always best to contact a Mercedes Dealership who will have the most up to date information on which models will have the latest technology installed.