Let me save you some money. Don't update. This is my 2nd VW w/Nav and just like the 2013 Passat, just use your phone and PRIMARY or get a much better (imo) Garmin that has FREE traffic and UPDATES. The issue I have with VW's nav system is, it's slow to react (you pass your turn sometimes before it says TURN. It can't always find where your going either. I've taken 4 road trips. That's why my 2019 Atlas SEL Premium has 9500 miles on it. From Detroit, went to WI, MA, TN and MS. That trip to MS was 2800 miles round trip (did some side trips in TN for the 2nd time) looking for homesteads. So, when my VWNet was still active, I used it to upload places we wanted to see. It found like 80, maybe 90% of where we wanted to go and even then, wasn't on the money. Sucks if you are in the middle of no where, have bad cell service and trying to find a address. I have a 2011 Town and Country. Not once have I updated it and it's pretty much on the mark and is faster in operation then the VW. And another reason. I've taken no less then 10 trips to Sturgeon Bay WI in the last 10/11 years. 57/42 from Green Bay to SB has been "redone" years ago. Even with the updates on my Garmin, it does not show the update and it's a MAJOR change. So, why would I spend $100+ bucks for a update that might do updates but not every thing? And for me, it's not changing anything where I travel so I don't bother. My phone is the MOST up to date and with google (or apple's) phone to car app, you get the LATEST right on your phone to your screen. So, spend your money on some mud flaps or other cool stuff and don't waist your money on the map updates.. This is my 4th VW, my 2nd with the wiz bang Fender sound system w/nav, etc. Don't trust or waist your money on the Nav system. IT SUCKS! (I really hope VW reads this) Just my 2 cents.so much for yearly updates then...2 years with no updates doesn't make sense. can updates (whenever it becomes available) be downloaded or dealer install? chose some random car at vw site and have to buy from dealer.
I keep a plugin Garmin GPS in my car center console. Ninety nine percent of the time I use Google Maps through CarPlay, since I have unlimited data. However, I find CarPlay connections a little sketchy sometimes. Recently, I was passing through Washington DC and got stuck on the interstate due to a major accident backed up for at least three exits. I got off and Google Maps kept on sending me back to the same area (and I was very distracted using the infotainment screen/voice commands) whereas.the Garmin easily rerouted my around the accident.
I don't know if it was Google Maps or my lesser experience with CarPlay.