Audi A6: Sat nav as standard

Standard system a little too basic

Audi, like most German manufacturers, isn't overly generous when it comes to standard equipment - especially on its entry-level models. Luckily the A6 S line is pretty well kitted out with nice extras such as half leather seats, a six CD autochanger and satellite navigation.

Unusually for an executive car, my A6 wasn't fitted with any optional extras when it was new. However, while sat nav may look good as a standard feature on paper, the system fitted to the A6 isn't what you'd call sophisticated.

It is a DVD based system, but it doesn't have a map display, so you need to rely on arrows on the small screen between the two main instrument dials. When you've got used to looking at a map, having to rely on arrows alone doesn't fill you with confidence!

No substitute

It is quick to plot a route, but compared to the newer Audi systems, which use a hard drive, it seems incredibly dated and not really in keeping with the rest of the A6's modern feeling interior.

I actually have my own Garmin sat nav unit. It's similar to the one Matt owns and although it's clearly not as neat as an in-car system, it's much easier to use. As with the Qashqai, going for a portable system (around £100) is also much cheaper than opting for the Audi integrated sat nav which would have cost more than £1200.

Current mileage: 27451

Average mpg: 34.2