Interesting, I've never seen one with a controller on the dash...PeteA5,
Not sure how the spec will work in the US, but here in the UK, the basic car will come with a smaller screen as the MMI works through this, with the controller on the dash with the (standard) single CD or (optional) 6 CD player. If you want the full MMI (with the larger screen) then you have to go for the Sat Nav plus - nearly £2000 here. The controller then moves to between the seats, just in front of the arm rest. Would be interested to know the price in the US for the Sat Nav!
I agree, well if it makes you feel any better. I believe the ones that are hurting the most are the Germans. I completed the order of my U.S. spec A5 with every option available then I was shocked to learn that the same vehicle with all options(3.2 quattro) would cost a German double the price I paid!!!!....sad and shocking....Yep, the basic system has the controller in the dash - see the UK brochure pages 8, 18, and 23 for examples. All the other photos (and virtually every press car and UK dealer demonstrator) has the full satnav, so the controller moves to behind the gear shift.
Interesting to see the US price for satnav is so much lower than the UK - that's around £1200 for the same as we pay £2000 - some difference! I know we get ripped off with things like Apple's iPhone, but this really stretches the argument that it's mostly tax and that "things in the UK are more expensive to sell", which is the usual big-business line.