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VW’s Multifunction Display (or “Driver Information Display“) is where you can see everything your VW has to tell you about its condition.
Your VW Is Saying Something
Think of the Multifunction Display as a collection of messages about warnings (seldom) or information (always). It’s not where you adjust any settings, that’s for the Infotainment system, but rather where you can quickly see what’s going on in your VW.
You page through them using the controls on the steering wheel. See below:
Use the Left Page/Right Page button circled in blue above to cycle through the five Parent pages. Use the up/down button circled in orange above to move through the Child pages within any Parent page.
In some cases in Driving Data, the information available to display is more than the Parent/Child hierarchy can show, so Grandchild pages become available. Grandchild pages are cycled by pressing the OK button, circled in green in the illustration above.
Here are the five top-level Multifunction Display items (Parents), in order:
Driving Data is the most complex but the most useful of the Multifunction Display pages. It holds information like fuel economy (MPG), average speed, distance travelled, driving time, oil temperature, current speed, and more.
It has 9 child pages, and 4 of those have grandchildren. Here’s a dedicated post on Driving Data’s children and grandchildren.
Information displays for the navigation system (if equipped). When route guidance is active, turn arrows and proximity bars similar to the symbols shown in the navigation system are displayed.
If navigation is not equipped, it shows a 3D compass with the car image pointed in whatever direction it’s currently facing.
You guessed it! Audio page shows… what’s playing. How did you know?! Station display or station list in radio mode.
Information about the connected telephone.
Current warning and information messages.
This menu item only appears when warning or information messages are available. We’ve never seen any messages in it in the 2017 Alltrack test-ship. Zero, none, nada.
And That’s How You Pick Up What Your VW’s Putting Down
That’s the Driving Information Display, from a “10,000 foot view”. Later this week we’ll post about the Driving Data parent and its children and grandchildren. The rest don’t need much explanation, but Driving Data has more information than all the others combined, so it deserves its own post.
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My mom got a 2016 VW CC two weeks ago, and I drove it yesterday. It’s a 2.0T, not diesel or V6. Here are my impressions:
Quiet — wind noise and road noise are very low.
Frm ride — but not too firm, little body roll.
Awesome seats — not much lateral support, but easy to adjust to a comfortable driving position.
Good gauges and controls — speedometer, tach and gauges are amazingly well-lit. VW has been using these for several years now.
Good tilt/telescoping steering wheel — but the leather on the wheel itself is anything but grippy.
Engine — well, it’s a turbo four, it moves the car, but it’s not the smoothest. Downshifts can be dramatic.
Turbocharger — there’s a bit of turbo lag here.
So-so infotainment controls — the screen is a touch (no pun intended) laggy, and somewhat fussy regarding taps and touches on its surface.
Great trunk and trunk release (the VW badge is the trunk release) — there is little effort required to open the trunk and raise the lid.
High stepover height getting in the car — the sill is high, causing a bit of effort getting feet in the car.