How big is too big? 2025 VW Golf R’s tablet is huge

  • The 2025 VW Golf R is attracting some criticism
  • It mainly pertains to the size of the tablet’s screen
  • One car site branded it ‘preposterous’

Published on Jun 27, 2024 at 4:08 PM (UTC+4)
by Ben Thompson

Last updated on Jun 28, 2024 at 1:28 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

It’s often thought that the bigger the better, but does this apply to the 2025 VW Gold R’s tablet?

This new car has a huge infotainment system built into the dashboard.

Given that the last model’s screen was 10.2 inches, it takes some effort to outdo that.

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Will the big tablet go down well with drivers?

There are concerns that the screen’s size could prove off putting for potential buyers.

The Drive summarised its objections: “The problem is that the Golf R is, of course, intended to be a driver’s car. 

“Hate touchscreens? Here’s a bigger one that’s almost always in your line of sight.”

The objection is that the previous screen was ‘tucked’ into the dashboard, whereas this new update is sat ‘on top’ of it.

With an increased length of 3 inches – bringing the screen up to 12.9 inches – the screen is being criticised as ‘preposterous’.

What does the new tablet do?

The tablet has updated hardware and software, and works much like a smartphone.

Drivers can choose which items they want to be displayed along the top of the home screen, whilst the icons along the bottom are fixed by Volkswagen.

If people aren’t a fan of the new touchscreen, they can also go old school and not use it.

Or they could do what one man did when he went retro and updated the screen in his 2002 Toyota Landcruiser.

He altered it so that he could use Apple maps on there – albeit a blurrier version.

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Ben Thompson

Ben got his start in journalism at Kennedy News and Media, writing stories for national newspapers, websites and magazines. Now working as a freelancer, he divides his time between teaching at News Associates and writing for news sites on all subjects.