Since Audi started offering in-car WiFi, its wireless provider of choice has been AT&T. However, beginning with the newly-facelifted Audi A4 and A5, the four-ringed brand is switching to Verizon Wireless.
We’re not sure why Audi made the switch to Verizon over AT&T, though we suspect it’s just a business deal and not performance-related. However, with the Audi A4 and A5’s new MIB3 infotainment system hardware, Audi had the chance to switch providers and it did.
The new MIB3 system consists of a processing unit that’s said to be ten times faster than the old MIB2 system. So it’s also possible that Verizon is going to soon be offering 5G connectivity and Audi made the switch, as its new, more powerful system can handle it. At least, we’re hoping that’s the case.
What’s nice to know is that the new Verizon connectivity in both the Audi A4 and A5 will cost no more than the previous AT&T WiFi. It also still comes with six months of connectivity when you buy the car, just as it always has. So if you’re looking to buy a new A4 or A5, you shouldn’t notice a difference at all, in either price or performance.
There’s not official word on when other Audi models get this new system but it’s likely just when they get their refreshes. We can see cars like the Audi A8 and Q8 getting it next, followed by cars like the A6/A7 and Q7.
This comes in addition to the rest of the facelift, which includes some new exterior styling and new interior technology. Not only do the Audi A4 and A5 get the new MIB3 system with Verizon connectivity, they also get the brand’s latest Touch Response MMI system. So the new A4 and A5, for a time, will be among the most high-tech cars Audi currently offers.