The Audi A1 is a premium car for young urbanites. It offers luxury-class infotainment and multimedia systems, which have been updated in a number of areas. Typically Audi, its components are modular to allow for a wide range of possible combinations.
The base configuration is the standard chorus radio. It has a CD player that can also read mp3 formats and GALA speed-dependent volume control. The chorus radio delivers its sound to four speakers.
The next step up is the brand new concert radio featuring a high-performance, dual-core processor. The operating logic follows the MMI principle from the large Audi model lines.
The fold-out on-board monitor – a 6.5-inch color display – is standard at this level. Also included are a CD player, an SD card reader, an AUX-IN connection and eight speakers. The concert radio integrates a triple tuner. The first tuner receives the signal; the second searches in the background for additional stations; and the third polls TMC messages.
Audi offers the optional connectivity package in conjunction with the concert radio. Navigation system preparation is its main attraction. The hardware is preinstalled, and the customer can activate the system at any time. An SDHC card with map data turns the radio into a navigation system. The connectivity package also includes a Bluetooth interface and the Audi music interface for the easy connection of a mobile player.
High-end media center: MMI navigation plus
The top of the line is MMI navigation plus: as a high-end media center, it is the benchmark in the compact vehicle class. It comprises four primary components – the main unit with a 60 gigabyte hard drive, the radio unit, the MMI control terminal and the color display.
Thanks to its high resolution, the fold-out 6.5-inch display delivers tack-sharp images. Graphics, including the cover art for the audio titles, are elegantly sculptured. The navigational map with many city models and points of interest is also three-dimensional.
A large rotary pushbutton is at the center of the MMI control unit. It can be rocked in four directions like a joystick, which makes many functions even more convenient. To both sides and above the central element are the volume controls, seven soft keys and eight hard keys. These provide fast access to the Vehicle, Tone, Radio, Media, Menu, Telephone, Navigation and Info functions. Sound flows from eight speakers.
The MMI navigation plus system can store 20 GB of music. It includes two SDHC card readers and uses a Bluetooth interface and the Audi music interface (AMI) to connect modern mobile media players very easily and conveniently. It has a drive for audio and video DVDs and intelligent voice control system that understands twelve languages. The driver can speak the entire destination address at once, and also control the main radio, media and telephone functions by voice.
The on-board monitor of the MMI navigation plus can also display Cyrillic, Chinese and Japanese characters. A later version will also offer Audi’s new online services, including Google Earth map images – just like in the Audi A8 luxury sedan.
Audi offers a number of additional modules for MMI navigation plus and the concert radio. These include a standard Bluetooth interface for convenient telephony and the transfer of music and video, a six-disc CD player and a tuner for DAB digital radio reception – a standard that is becoming increasingly attractive in light of the new data services, which integrate images and text. A Bluetooth cellular phone preparation connected to the car’s antenna makes it very convenient to use the phone.
Hi-fi fans can choose between two sound systems: the 180 watt Audi sound system with ten speakers and the Bose surround sound system. A ten-channel, 465 watt amplifier sends the sound to 14 speakers, including a subwoofer. The Bose surround sound system uses a special algorithm to play stereo signals as 5.1 surround sound. Its digital amplifier uses a microphone to analyze intrusive noises and adjusts music playback accordingly. And the distinctive illumination of the woofers of the Bose surround system are an visual highlight in the cabin.
From the concert radio up, Audi networks all of these systems using a so-called MOST bus, in which the controllers are arranged in a ring structure and communicate with one another via fiber-optic cables. The MOST bus, which was designed specifically for the transfer of media data, is another premier in the compact segment. The new electronics architecture is highly flexible and makes it possible to also retrofit complex add-ons such as navigation or Internet functions.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.