In 2011, I was looking for a new car. I’d had a BMW that I’d loved (nearly to death), had replaced it with a Lexus that had a surprisingly small cabin. After I had a baby, I could barely wedge the carseat in the Lexus. Nor could I fit the stroller.
So car shopping for a small SUV, I went. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, so the BMW X5 was off my list (plus there weren’t any in stock in L.A.). I test drove a Lexus RX, a Mercedes, etc., etc., and I liked this one’s pickup. It handled like the cars of my youth, and that I liked about it.
So, the car drives well. That’s all I can say. I HATE the interior and MMI. My iPhone works sporadically. It started great, loading my contacts, making hands free calls, then it stopped working. My dealer has no idea how to fix it. My new iPhone works even less often. Dearler doesn’t have a clue. They told me to call Audi. So I did. Audi tells me, the MMI has problems. Years of problems of the type I’ve experienced. But hey, the car starts.
I live in LA and sit in a LOT of traffic. I don’t listen to radio, either terrestrial or satellite, but I love audiobooks and podcasts. It’s why I have the iPhone. I’d like to be able to use it.
So, you say, why not upload my tunes with the SDI card. Because I’ve never driven the car long enough for that to work. I have no idea how long the car would have to be on, but it’s never worked for me. Every time I turned on the car, it started at ground zero to load up the content. L.A. may be big, but it’s a bunch of quick short trips and it’s never loaded. I finally gave up, because, iPhone.
And the navigation. Seriously? It has worse navigation than other cars I’ve had. Have they considered borrowing a system from someone who knows what they’re doing. My previous car only uploaded California and Nevada in the navigation. This one cylcles through USA and Canada and Puerto Rico.
I promise you, I’m never driving that far — not in L.A. traffic.
I could go on with the MMI issues, but they sink the car for me.
But hey, remember it starts.