Dear Audi, your sat nav sucks!

Posted on 30th March 2012 in audi/ sat nav

Dear Audi,

You make lovely cars.

They are exceptionally lovely to look at and I’m assured that they also have great build quality, superior engineering, handling, safety etc etc


The sat nav sucks! It is only possible to put in part of the post code which really doesn’t help you to find places.

For example, at the weekend we wanted to get to Van Hages in Peterborough so we looked up the post code and put as much as we were allowed into the sat nav, which is PE1 4 – the sat nav did not recognise any of the remaining address so we set off to PE1 4 which as it turns out is a pretty big area!

The sat nav took us to here:


But where we actually needed to be was here:


The distance between the two places? Over 4 miles:


We actually had to pull over and find our way using the navigation system on our mobile phones! How ridiculous is that?

Please tell me there is something that can be done about this; an upgrade or something?



  • Reply Customercare123 30th March 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I have a tom tom sat nav on my iphone and its sheer rubbish – we got directed somewhere out in the countryside on tuesday – and took us over an hour to find our way out. Saying that its not the first time its happened – and listening to others it happens a lot over here – often can be directed and end up in the middle of a field.

  • Reply Julie Goucher 30th March 2012 at 6:42 pm

    We changed from a BMW to an Audi last Autumn and found the same as you, the sat nav facility poor. Hubby spoke to local Audi dealer who advise that all the Sat Nav for Audi do not allow complete postcode search and only model that does is the very latest all roader.

    We still have our Sat Nav from a year or two ago and updated the maps on that. (Our BMW had slightly better sat Nav built in) If you have an iPhone there is a free Sat Nav app which hubby recommends.

  • Reply Claire Hope 31st March 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Hmm… we had a few sat nav experiences recently whilst driving in Austria … like lemmings we disengaged our brains and turned off the motorway into the city centre because the box told us to… Not content with being stuck in traffic in the wrong direction for half an hour we did the same thing an hour later! I have decided I am not a fan, and am actually quite glad I don’t have one in my audi!

  • Reply Larna 31st March 2012 at 3:20 pm

    That’s ridiculous! Sat navs are useless without full postcode; otherwise you are just guessing! Think that would put me off an Audi personally. My boyfriend has a Honda and that can be updated by taking it to a main dealership, would that work?

  • Reply Jon cooper 3rd March 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I suggest that you read the Audi manual and use the device correctly. I have an Audi satnav and of course you can enter a full post code or a street address and you can then either be directed to the centre of the post code area or you can fine tune the destination location using a pointer on a map to within a few feet of where you want to go.
    I have had several satnavs in the past and the Audi, although not perfect, is by far the best I’ve used.

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 14th March 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you for your reply. Audi have confirmed that the full postcode cannot be entered.

      • Reply ParkerLewis 3rd July 2015 at 9:27 pm

        No CC, it depends on which car/sat nav model you have. Some Audi sat navs do allow full post code entry but sadly they are still poor compared to a Tom Tom at a fraction of the price. No house number function so you may well be a distance away from your intended destination. Clunky slow operation, is not a joy to use and why no touch screen for the high price. Not recommended.

  • Reply PUBUDU HEWAGE 21st July 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Audi Navigation in 2016 A5 is also completely bloody useless. Surprisingly in London also it gets roads and directions wrong. Never had an issue with typing a postcode, its just that it often doesn’t get the directions right.

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