Why I would touch it- Display angled towards the driver, 3D maps, fast charging.
Why I wouldn’t touch it- Low visibility in sunlight, weak colour schemes.
Emerging at the tail-end is Honda’s Digipad infotainment system. It has been beaten by Toyota’s infotainment system by just a point. On offer is a 6.96-inch display that’s actually angled towards the driver and this, together with a high placement, means easy access.
However, the display is not all that bright and when combined with a dark colour scheme, it results in not very good visibility in the sunlight.
The buttons are located on the side but the quality of plastics is low rent and buttons feel small and fiddly. It comes with an HDMI input, a USB port as well as a dedicated fast charging USB port. There is a large amount of space between the gear lever and the input ports and this means, your wires won’t foul with the shift lever.
This latest version of the Digipad system also sees the addition of Android Auto and Apple Car Play but no phone mirroring. We didn’t find any major bugs with the system and, in fact, the entire team was suitably impressed with the voice control function.
One of the major features that the Honda system has is the option of 3D maps which works but has low resolution. The steering interface is simple to use but divided into two parts and that means you have to shift your left hand to move between the volume controls and the phone controls.
In the music quality test, we found that the Honda system scored 2.5/5 which is pretty much average. The bass is good but the clarity in the vocals as well as the instruments was average and we could just about discern the sounds of the transitions in the song when it was played.