The refreshed Golf is the latest of VW’s US models to get updated infotainment. Christie Schweinsberg reports.

Volkswagen is updating infotainment systems in US models, with the Golf line-up the latest with better, faster touchscreens.

“We went from a 5-in. (13-cm) display for the entry-level radio to a 6.5-in. (17-cm) screen,” Golf US product manager Megan Garbis tells WardsAuto at a media event here for the car. “And then the mid (-grade models) and (those with) navigation go from 6.5 ins. to 8 ins. (20 cm).”

VW is stepping up touchscreen sizes to keep up with the “democratisation” of touchscreens, she jokes, as advanced technology is filtering down into relatively basic B- and C-segment cars in the US.

Screens in refreshed ’18 Golf models, on sale later this year in the US, also get higher resolution and respond faster thanks to a more powerful processor, she says.

Menu structures also are changed to be more intuitive and user-friendly, while different colour schemes indicate what part of the infotainment system is being used, such as audio, navigation or climate. This article first appeared in WardsAuto.

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