Why the Audi A8 dashboard can teach even the brilliant Mazda MX-5 a lesson

cropped-audiuk_011388.jpgJust what can the latest Mazda MX-5 learn from the Audi A8? A superlative sports car and benchmark limo, they both have a flat screen infotainment system in the middle of the dashboard.

The current trend for upright, stand alone screens that don’t sit flush with the dash continues apace – even though a 7-inch block of plastic totally ruins the ergonomics.

That’s especially true when it requires a lot of scrolling through menus to turn the screen off at night. Painful.

So at least Audi has got it right with the A8. Press one button and that useful but very ugly screen folds away neatly into the dash and is hidden out of sight.

Other manufacturers take note. We want high tech but like a huge TV in the living room, it looks better when not in view…