MMI touch response performs its functions without a rotary/push-button control and touchpad. As a result, the center tunnel and instrument panel remain largely free of buttons and switches. The central element of the operating concept is the 10.1-inch touch display in black panel technology. When not in use, the screen blends almost invisibly into the high-gloss black surface of the instrument panel. When the system is started, the user interface featuring new, concise graphics appears. With a resolution of 1,540 x 720 pixels, the gently curved TFT screen provides very sharp images and high contrast, even when viewed from an angle. The display is used for controlling navigation, media and vehicle functions. The driver can click, swipe, zoom and scroll on it. The menu structure, including the search function, is intuitive and flat, like that of a modern smartphone. The arrangement of the tiles in the main menu and the direct access bar can be configured individually.
A second display on the console of the center tunnel is used to operate the air conditioning system and convenience features. The driver can save preferred functions as favorites. The display has an 8.6-inch diagonal and a screen resolution of 1,280 x 660 pixels. Since the driver’s wrist rests on the tiptronic’s gear selector knob, the display can be operated very comfortably. The driver can also enter text – either via an overlay keyboard, which is possible when the vehicle is stationary, or by innovative handwriting recognition which can recognize entire words in cursive handwriting as well as overlapping letters. Acoustic feedback is given for each recognized letter, so that the driver can always keep his or her eyes focused on the road.
The surface of both displays has a kind of anti-fingerprint coating. This makes it easy to wipe off fingerprints. There is also an anti-glare layer that refracts the reflected light. This makes reflections fuzzy, reducing their interference. The outermost layer is tempered, similar to the Gorilla glass used on various smartphones. It is very strong and extremely scratch-resistant.