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Changes are light for the 2008 Audi S6
MMI interface makes simple tasks complicated
Audi's MultiMedia Interface (MMI) was simple to use without consulting the manual
While the 2008 Audi S6 caters to the gadget-addled driver, the jury is still out on whether the MMI system is a benefit or a drawback.
The 2008 Audi S6 comes in "one loaded trim level," Edmunds reports, equipped with "19-inch wheels with performance tires...adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a sunroof," and more. Autoblog notes sports seats, the "integral head restraints," the three spoke leather-covered steering wheel, and shift paddles that are mounted to the steering wheel as key features.
When it comes to the Multi-Media Interface, or MMI, opinions diverged wildly. "The MMI control interface allows the driver and front passenger to operate entertainment, climate, communications and navigation functions," says Edmunds. The MMI is similar to the BMW iDrive system, they note, and thus, "there is a learning curve involved."
MyRide.com greatly dislikes the interface on the S6 and wishes Audi would drop this complicated system for simple buttons that make sense. Forbes Auto completely disagrees, stating, "Audi's MultiMedia (MMI) was simple to use without consulting the manual." TheCarConnection.com’s opinion of all such systems is fairly low—they include the Mercedes COMAND setup, too—but Audi’s system at least has redundant buttons that allow easier access to some secondary functions. The MMI interface also has a 7-inch monitor and comes standard with the S6, along with a Bose sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, and Sirius Satellite Radio.
Audi’s Advanced Parking system is a useful option. "A camera positioned above the rear license plate transmits live video of what lies directly beneath the car so you don't accidentally bump into anything," explains ForbesAutos, noting this feature is especially useful in a car as long as the Audi S6.
Despite several complaints about the MMI control, the 2008 Audi S6’s features are plentiful and, for the most part, enjoyable.