What is the Volkswagen MIB II infotainment system?

March 25th, 2016 by

VW MIB II Infotainment system and App-Connect benefits

We’ve already gone over how you can connect your phone to your infotainment system, but one of the most interesting new features of the 2016 model year is the range of VW MIB II Infotainment system and App-Connect benefits. Since the average driver is still sitting behind the wheel of a car that is 11 years old, upgrading to a model that has infotainment at all may be a leap in the right direction. Even if you are used to the benefits of modern features (rather than enjoying the retro sound of a tape deck), this new system is updated with all the freshest advantages for in-car entertainment and convenience.

What does MIB stand for and why do you want it?

The MIB II name stands for second-generation modular infotainment platform, although we’re not sure where the B in the acronym stems from either. Previous model years had a touchscreen system, but it wasn’t as responsive, the graphics were showing their age and it was time for an update. There are actually four total head units for the system, marking different sized screens or available features depending on the model and trim level chosen. These break down as follows:

Composition Color: This is the base-level system found in many models. It has a 5-inch resistive touchscreen and a 400 x 240 pixel display. Standard features include AUX-in, SD card slots, a USB interface, Bluetooth and a rearview camera.

Composition Media: This is the 6.3-inch capacitive screen (6.5-inch in Golf models) with an 800 x 480 pixel display. It adds on a proximity sensor for more intuitive use. The same features are present as found in the Composition color, but App-Connect features are added as well as SMS message capabilities, the ability to sync two phones at once, SiriusXM, HD Radio and a JPEG viewer.

Discover Media: This unit includes all the features of the other two units, but adds on 2.5D navigation, a one-shot voice destination, electric vehicle functions, destination prediction based on frequent routes, quick search and auto complete features and Car-Net Guide & Inform.

Discover Pro: This is found only in the 2016 VW e-Golf and includes an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen display. Additional features include point-of-interest entry, 3D SSD navigation, 10GB of Jukebox music storage, wireless connectivity, improved electric vehicle functions, a DVD drive and a drag-and-drop feature for navigation.

What is included in VW App-Connect?

For those who aren’t familiar with the brand, VW App-Connect is the name for the host of features which include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink integration. Though considered a part of the Car-Net Suite, these features do not require a paid subscription to use. Naturally, one of the main benefits of creating a system which can integrate with your smartphone systems is that using the infotainment system becomes as quick and intuitive as using your phone. You’ll be able to see and access your most frequent apps, including maps and your favorite radio options.

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Some supported apps include iHeart Radio, Stitcher, Spotify and Skype. In order to connect with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Volkswagen has finally also added a USB port to most models, which makes it easy to charge your mobile devices on the go without the need for a unique cable.

As you can see, there are a variety of benefits to the MIB II infotainment system, from a faster processor to more advanced features. We hope this post was helpful, and if you liked it please bookmark the Compass VW Blog as we’ll be updating here on more VW features.