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Who velcroed the ipad to the dash.

MB did the same thing and it looks like the GPS/radio was an after thought.
 

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Who velcroed the ipad to the dash.

MB did the same thing and it looks like the GPS/radio was an after thought.
MB first came out with it about ~2014, then Audi & Mazda follow suit. Looks better than having a TV in a rolling cabinet look ala most BMW's.
Alas BMW has joined the club with their take on it now in the last picture below.

Q7 Interior the last 2 years:



Mazda 3:



BMW X1:
 

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The 2018 Q5 probably won't be available until next spring in North America.....and I need to see it and drive it at our local auto show in February before making a final decision.....but I'll likely purchase the new lighter weight Mexican-built version of the Q5 IF it's as fun to drive as our Q3.

Not to replace the Q3, but to add a little size for those longer trips we like to take....:cool:
 

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The 2018 Q5 probably won't be available until next spring in North America.....and I need to see it and drive it at our local auto show in February before making a final decision.....but I'll likely purchase the new lighter weight Mexican-built version of the Q5 IF it's as fun to drive as our Q3.

Not to replace the Q3, but to add a little size for those longer trips we like to take....:cool:
I know my wife wants to upsize after her usual 4+ years in the Q3 makes her bored, but I'd rather wait for the redesigned Q3 to come out being calling it one way or the other.

With the Q2 supposedly coming, Audi will take a page out of the BMW playbook & make the Q3 bigger ala the X3.
 

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The Q3 redesign will definitely be worth the wait, I'm sure your wife will be more than happy with it !
 

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I can't understand why all manufacturers are going the design of having the central screen permanently affixed and perched prominently, dare I say obtrusively, atop the dash. Perhaps it's the only way it can be made bigger. It just doesn't look integrated and appears a "tack-on".

One of the reasons I selected the Q3 is because the screen can be folded down (sorry NAR), neatly into the dash leaving a clean unobtrusive cabin, so you can focus on the driving (especially in the RS). My wife actually prefers not to drive with the screen up, I think she see's it as a distraction.

I'd hazard to guess that the MY18 Q3 interior is going to look very similar to the Q5 which looks very similar to the Q7! So get ready for a big fixed central screen.
 

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I can't understand why all manufacturers are going the design of having the central screen permanently affixed and perched prominently, dare I say obtrusively, atop the dash. Perhaps it's the only way it can be made bigger. It just doesn't look integrated and appears a "tack-on".

One of the reasons I selected the Q3 is because the screen can be folded down (sorry NAR), neatly into the dash leaving a clean unobtrusive cabin, so you can focus on the driving (especially in the RS). My wife actually prefers not to drive with the screen up, I think she see's it as a distraction.

I'd hazard to guess that the MY18 Q3 interior is going to look very similar to the Q5 which looks very similar to the Q7! So get ready for a big fixed central screen.
While I understand the critique of the MMI screen's position in current car fashion, in the US (most likely elsewhere) it most likely has to do following some mandate by the various National Transportation Administrators to provide backup safety & lessen distracted Driving.

Logically to the manufacturers, putting a screen right up to your face front & center essentially creates a big rear view mirror for backing up.

And with big fonts & icons makes them less legally liable than putting it back a few inches into the top of the dash.
As having it move up & down is even more problematic should it not pop up while you back up into someone in a parking lot (too many moving parts syndrome).

The screen off button solves any distraction complaints.

So erroring in the name of safety always win out over form.
 

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The 2018 Q5 probably won't be available until next spring in North America.....and I need to see it and drive it at our local auto show in February before making a final decision.....but I'll likely purchase the new lighter weight Mexican-built version of the Q5 IF it's as fun to drive as our Q3.

Not to replace the Q3, but to add a little size for those longer trips we like to take....:cool:
It WILL be - just wait. The Q5 will be as different to the current car as the new Q7 is to the old one - and it will go pretty good with 252 hp too ! As for the comments on the "stuck" on screen, blame BMW (and the DOT). The DOT requires a screen up for rear cameras - now almost all but standard in every car; the motorized versions are trouble prone, and BMW tested and made the stick on version 'acceptable' to their markets, so Audi and MB decided why not too ...

...and then there's the universal interface to smartphones to integrate into everyone's virtual dashes coming soon, so it won't matter much in another year or two.
 

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It WILL be - just wait. The Q5 will be as different to the current car as the new Q7 is to the old one - and it will go pretty good with 252 hp too!
Seriously, 252 hp....I may have to drive through the Mexican desert just to get one of the first new Q5s off the line....
 

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A trip to mexico doesn't sound too bad... but that blue looks amazing. Looks wet almost.
 
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