Volkswagen’s infotainment system screens continue with an increase in screen size for the Golf SV, Touran and Passat Saloon and Estate models. In these models, the Composition Media and Discover Navigation systems are upgraded to the latest generation units with an eight-inch display screen, up from 6.5 inches previously. The Discover Navigation Pro unit now comes with a 9.2-inch display, increased from eight inches. All of these screens are color and feature touchscreen technology, bringing them in line with the systems first seen recently in the updated Golf range.
Passengers in many new Volkswagen cars can now use their smartphone as remote to switch between music tracks being played in the car, turn the volume up and do a host of other things. It also provides enertainment for back seat passengers.
Cars factory ordered after May 3 that have the latest Discover Navigation or Discover Navigation Pro infotainment systems included as standard, or as an option, will be compatible with Volkswagen’s innovative Media Control app.
The app gives passengers the power to choose the music that accompanies their journey, including playing tracks stored on their own smartphone through the car’s infotainment system. Whether they are sitting in the front or the back of the car they can adjust the system volume, as well as the speaker balance and fade, via a WLAN connection.
Media Control gives passengers access to many of the infotainment system’s features. From viewing the current position of the car to seeing how long the remaining journey will be, plus entering a destination into the navigation program, it is all covered.
Flicking between radio stations via the smartphone screen is now possible, and dialling a contact from the passenger’s smartphone will result, if selected, in the call being made via the speakers and microphone built-in to the car.
Putting control in the palm of front- or rear-seat passengers’ hands is another example of how Volkswagen is developing a suite of user-friendly systems via its Car-Net infotainment offering.
Ease of use of all elements of Car-Net is a cornerstone of Volkswagen’s connected car programme and Media Control opens up the power of the Discover Navigation and Discover Navigation Pro infotainment systems to everyone in the car.
Volkswagen’s Media Control app is compatible with smartphones and tablets that have Apple or Android operating systems and the WLAN connection to the car can be switched on or off at any time.
The Golf range has just been comprehensively updated with new bodywork and enhanced technology. Further technological updates have also arrived. The entry-level Golf S now has Front Assist fitted as standard for no extra cost to the customer.
Meanwhile the latest hybrid Golf GTE has extra driving modes in the form of ‘Battery Hold’ and ‘Battery Charge’. Battery Hold maintains the level of charge in the battery, for example so that the driver can use all-electric drive through a town to their final destination. Battery Charge increases the level of regenerative braking to more quickly replenish the car’s batteries on the move.