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A digital must-have

It is the numerous individually selectable equipment options that make an Audi special. According to Rainer Denninger, the Audi smartphone interface is therefore a must-have feature.

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Rainer Denninger getting into the car with a smartphone in his hand.
The Audi smartphone interface ensures seamless and stable connectivity between mobile phone and vehicle. Its flexibility and simplicity make it Rainer Denninger’s favourite feature.

Rainer Denninger drives a lot. But not kilometre-wise, not necessarily. It’s rather that Rainer Denninger has driven a lot of Audis over the past few decades. “I bought my first Audi from my brother for 100 marks. It was a white Audi 80.” At the time, he just wanted to have his own car. Born and raised in Ingolstadt, it had to be an Audi, of course. So, it was okay that it had a few flaws: “A bit of rust here, a few dents there – the boot lock was broken. But it didn’t matter back then.” There are more than 30 years between this Audi 80 and the current Audi A3 Sportback, which Denninger has been driving for some time now.

Audi A3 Sportback: Fuel consumption (combined*) in l/100 km: 7.5–4.2CO₂ emissions (combined*) in g/km: 170–111
Information on fuel/power consumption and CO₂ emissions with ranges depending on the selected equipment of the vehicle.
Only consumption and emission values according to WLTP and not according to NEDC are available for the vehicle.

Audi A3 Sportback: Fuel consumption (combined*) in l/100 km: 7.5–4.2CO₂ emissions (combined*) in g/km: 170–111
Information on fuel/power consumption and CO₂ emissions with ranges depending on the selected equipment of the vehicle.
Only consumption and emission values according to WLTP and not according to NEDC are available for the vehicle.

“The flexibility of the Audi smartphone interface is massively important to me.””

Rainer Denninger

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The Audi smartphone interface

The Audi smartphone interface connects the smartphone² with the car, bringing Apple CarPlay and Android on board. This allows access to content such as navigation, telephony, music and selected third-party apps³. Your own smartphone content is transferred wirelessly or via USB directly to the MMI display for a quick and convenient use via MMI or voice control.

It’s 33 years, to be exact. Rainer Denninger acted in various capacities at Audi during that time. After holding positions in Technical Development, Marketing and Human Resources, “today I’m a project manager in Corporate Citizenship. Together with my team, I am responsible for social and community involvement at the Audi production sites.” So, naturally, he has started to pay much more attention to the equipment of his own vehicle. One constant feature has become one of his favourites: the Audi smartphone interface. “I now attach great importance to an intuitive and clever smartphone integration. We share two cars at home, and it’s important to me that, no matter which one I want to drive, I’m instantly connected.”

The digital service that brings Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to an Audi vehicle is not new and has been available in many Audi models for some time now. “But I think it’s exciting to see that it’s getting better and more convenient with each generation of vehicles,” Denninger observes. He has used the system in several Audi models over the past few years himself. Today, he reveals, he is most excited about the inductive charging and wireless connectivity of his phone. Being greeted by the system and seeing his name in the display as soon as his phone is connected plays a minor role. To him, it’s more important that he can seamlessly mirror his music playlists from his smartphone on the display, or that he can have messages read out loud. “Especially when I switch cars, the direct pairing of my smartphone is pretty handy. This kind of flexibility and simplicity is massively important to me.”

Side view of the Audi A3 Sportback.

Customisable

The Audi smartphone interface is available for many other models in addition to the Audi A3 series. Moreover, the system can also be added to the configuration options at a later stage via Audi Functions on Demand⁴ in the form of a subscription model with different durations and under certain conditions.

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Audi A3 Sportback: Fuel consumption (combined*) in l/100 km: 7.5–4.2CO₂ emissions (combined*) in g/km: 170–111
Information on fuel/power consumption and CO₂ emissions with ranges depending on the selected equipment of the vehicle.
Only consumption and emission values according to WLTP and not according to NEDC are available for the vehicle.

Audi A3 Sportback: Fuel consumption (combined*) in l/100 km: 7.5–4.2CO₂ emissions (combined*) in g/km: 170–111
Information on fuel/power consumption and CO₂ emissions with ranges depending on the selected equipment of the vehicle.
Only consumption and emission values according to WLTP and not according to NEDC are available for the vehicle.

 

¹For information on compatible mobile phones and country availability please contact the Audi partner.
²Smartphone must meet the following requirements: for Apple devices an iPhone 6s as a minimum, latest iOS version recommended; for Android devices an Android 5.0 (Lollipop) as a minimum, latest Android version recommended, plus Android Auto app.
³Audi has no influence on which applications are displayed via the smartphone interface. The respective providers are responsible for the content and functions displayed within the apps.
⁴Available equipment may vary per vehicle model. Please log into myAudi to check individual availabilities.

¹For information on compatible mobile phones and country availability please contact the Audi partner.
²Smartphone must meet the following requirements: for Apple devices an iPhone 6s as a minimum, latest iOS version recommended; for Android devices an Android 5.0 (Lollipop) as a minimum, latest Android version recommended, plus Android Auto app.
³Audi has no influence on which applications are displayed via the smartphone interface. The respective providers are responsible for the content and functions displayed within the apps.
⁴Available equipment may vary per vehicle model. Please log into myAudi to check individual availabilities.