As car tech advances, more and more automobiles will be connected to a smart device like a tablet or smartphone. Many companies such as Volkswagen have realised this and are building apps around their cars, which will help the driver understand their car better. One such app that has recently come to India is by VW called Volkswagen Connect app. We took it out for a spin along with the VW Passat and this is what we could make of it.
Let’s start with the UI. The App is available on both iOS and Android. We used the Android version, which does not take too much space in the smartphone and has a very clean interface. Everything is placed nicely, including tabs and setting it up does not take much time. There is a tutorial available in the App too that takes you through the Apps features, if you are using it for the first time. We do recommend you run through it once so that you are familiar with the settings and features.
The UI is built of just three colours, Blue, Black and white, which keeps everything simple. Users will find things like Tank fuel level, battery voltage, mileage and much more on the app. You just need to connect the app to the VW cars console (or in some cases a wireless data plug) and you would be able to see all of this and more.
Ease of Use and features
We found the app to be quite convenient. It does not take a lot of the smartphones memory and one would not feel lost in it. Everything is pretty much self-explanatory and one can navigate through it with ease. Features like Trips enable the user to record all the journeys one has been on and there is statistics available here too. This even sorts it via day or night trips, so when turned on, every trip that you take in your Volkswagen car gets recorded for you to analyse.
With the app, users can also find the nearest VW service station and book appointments, as it has a map within too. You can also rate them as your favourite so the app knows which one to take you to next time you need your car to be serviced. Roadside assistance is a good addition, though we did not use it, nevertheless is something you can use easily in the city at the time of need.
VW wants you to drive safe and make your journey safer, which is why they added a section in the app called my challenges. Here the driver gets points by driving well. You can activate three challenges only at a time. These are fun challenges that make your drive a pleasurable one. Things like long distance driver, 100/200/300 KM drive challenge et al are available on it. Completing each gets you points on the app.
Parking space is another good feature in the app, that remembers where you parked your car. You can also share your parking position with other people. So that in case they want to pick up your car for you they would know exactly where to look. This worked well in open car parking spaces, however in the basement level 2 or 3 it was not super accurate.
All in all, the Volkswagen Connect app is a good software to have if you own a VW car. It will keep track of your car services and can keep your auto data within too. Challenges are a fun addition and best of all it is free to download.