What is the Volkswagen MIB II system and App-Connect

2016 VW models receive the MIB II system with App-Connect features

What is the Volkswagen MIB II system and App-Connect?

Smart shoppers are always looking for ways to get the best deal for their money, and one way to do this is to consider buying a used model rather than the newest option. For those comparing the 2015 model year, which likely has quite a few low-mileage options on the market, the big difference between these options and what you find in 2016 is going to center on technology. Many of the vehicles were recently redesigned, so engine options and appearances primarily remained the same, with notable exceptions for the 2016 VW Jetta and 2016 VW Passat. This being the case, you may have noticed one of the major upgrades is the MIB II infotainment system, but what is the Volkswagen MIB II system and App-Connect?

What is the difference between the first VW infotainment system and the MIB II?

Just last year Volkswagen models had the first-generation infotainment system, and like the first in anything it was becoming a bit outdated. It also had a proprietary port that required a separate plug to connect your smartphone. This wasn’t exactly convenient, so VW made some necessary changes.


MIB II stands for modular infotainment platform II, as it is the second-generation of the infotainment system. Notable changes include larger touchscreens that are more responsive thanks to improved processing power and have better graphics overall. The base unit in many models is a five-inch resistive touchscreen, which means that it requires pressure to work. The upgrades in many models are either 6.33 inches or 6.5 inches if it is part of the Golf family, plus the e-Golf has a special 8-inch touchscreen when you upgrade to the higher trim. These improves head units also have a capacitive surface, which have proximity sensors and swipe controls that require less pressure to operate.

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What is included with Volkswagen App-Connect?

It’s maybe too early to call them the dark ages of infotainment, as these times aren’t quite past, but just last year even VW only offered its own platform. Many brands are still presenting things this way, but things could be different. VW App-Connect represents this difference as it offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink to offer platforms that people are already familiar with.  If you have the appropriate app for your phone, this means you can plug it in to the new USB port, and operating the system will be much like using the phone operating system you’re already accustomed to, with the weather, GPS and music apps you already use every day.

It’s easy for us to describe the system because we see it, but the best way for you to know if it’s a worthy upgrade is to check it out for yourself. We hope this answered some of your questions, and we’ll talk more about connectivity in future posts. Stay tuned here at the Findlay North Volkswagen Blog for updates.