BI-Automotive Media Center

The bi-automotive convinces Media Center as Navi, even if the route calculation could go faster.

The first contact with the Media Center bi-automotive (1200 euros) makes clear: its processing not match up RNS 510 to a factory system as the VW. The more coarse plastic surfaces and large buttons rather reminiscent of the small VW RNS 310 model. Our voltage increases us so with the ignition key rotation – which probably expected?

The VW emblem lights up

First of all the reassuring VW emblem, which appears during the boot process. And at the latest the clearly arranged main menu dispelled all concerns: in rows and the individual menu items present link, and thanks to high resolution HD TFT display, the whole looks then great.

Holds the operation with optics – radio, DVD player and navigation can be reached easily and without delays. The user can tap on the 7-inch touch screen or use the screwdriver on the edge of the housing and buttons – this is a well-known control scenario for diehard VW driver.

But Media Center is evident at the bi-automotive not every operating step right off the bat: there exists here, for example, no back button. Instead you have to type in the upper-left corner of the radio screen, to return to the main menu – a step which is not really understandable.

So that it will not get bored on the way, the Media Center has to offer a lot of facilities. So also a DVB-T tuner including antenna in the price is included except for a DVD video player and a Bluetooth hands-free kit. Supports A2DP Bluetooth module, can the user his music from the phone to the system stream. The Naviceiver also accepted the iPod.

Unfortunately, it has omitted the TMC receiver. This feature belongs to the dam bypass in 2010 in this device class but de rigueur. Especially if you want to be perceived as a genuine alternative to the factory Navi.

Pleasing quickly go the operation as well as the input of destination of the navigation by the hand. last but not least thanks to reasonable sized buttons. Also the navigation software originating from iGo interface is obvious in many parts. You can insert new objectives without much effort or create his own goals as POIs including logo. For such jobs, the system can often time – one namely exactly then when it comes to calculating the route.

Somewhat slow route calculation

With the best will, this breaks no speed record: an average system required to calculate a route between Stuttgart and Hamburg about 30 seconds – at the bi-automotive whopping 58 seconds. This is the lästigste nature of the system, together with the missing TMC receiver.

It is good that the map view with signposts, so the detailed display of motorway and highway signs, as well as a three-dimensional representation of the building waiting. Thus you can orient yourself to distinctive buildings.

The quality of the calculated route was also convincing, both known interurban routes: on our sophisticated Navi test track the Media Center by bi-automotive led us perfectly at all times.