Cars with wireless phone charging

No lead? No problem? Here are the cars with wireless phone charging pads to boost your battery whenever you drive

John Evans James Wilson
May 13, 2021

You’re in a hurry to drive somewhere, grab your phone with barely any charge in it, and halfway into the journey realise you forgot to bring its charging lead.

In-car wireless charging promises to put an end to this frustrating scenario, as increasing numbers of cars offer a wireless charging tray to boost your phone’s battery without any leads.

Naturally, you’ll have to have a compatible phone and case which supports such modern technology, and one that fits in the space provided. If in doubt on the size, check with the car manufacturer to get the dimensions of the charging pad.

Once seen as a luxury item in smartphones, wireless charging is now becoming a staple, just like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Car manufacturers were a little slower to embrace the technology, but you can find a wide range of cars with wireless charging trays, including used examples on BuyaCar.

Cars with wireless phone charging

Depending on the make and model, wireless charging may come as standard, as an optional extra or as part of an options pack. The result of which means you can pay anything from zero to a couple of thousand pounds for the privilege of charging your phone without a wire in your car.

Click on any manufacturer to jump to more details, or scroll down for more information on the technology.

Car brands offering in-car wireless phone charging:

Phones that work with in-car wireless charging

Working out which phones function with in-car wireless charging is made simpler because most companies use a single standard, known as Qi. This standard is used by all of the cars on this page, as well as popular phones from Samsung, Apple, LG and Sony.

Any phone that supports the Qi wireless charging standard should be compatible and this information is usually prominent in devices’ technical information.

Be sure to check that your phone fits in the car's charging tray, which could be an issue for larger phones in older cars.

     

    Wireless charging with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

    If you want to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which replicate your phone’s display on an in-car screen, enabling the legal use of some apps, then you’ll normally need to connect your phone with a wire.

    Wireless connectivity has been developed for these smartphone integration systems, which requires phones running the latest software, and often only newer cars. Your phone doesn't necessarily have to be charging to connect to Apple CarPlay or Android auto as the connection is established via Bluetooth and on-board Wi-Fi.

    How does wireless charging work?

    You may have a cordless appliance such as an electric toothbrush at home that sits on a charging plate without needing to be plugged directly into an electrical socket. The charging process it uses is called inductive charging whereby a magnetic field transfers the electrical energy from the charger to the motor’s battery, without any risk of electric shock.

    The wireless phone charger works the same way. Chargers and phones are certified to a single standard, known as Qi, by the Wireless Power Consortium, which includes phone manufacturers and car parts companies.

    The same technology is now starting to be used for much larger applications, as manufacturers are also considering wireless charging for electric cars.

     

    Who’s behind the technology?

    It’s a company called Qi. It has set the standard for wireless charging so that it’s compatible across devices, rather like Bluetooth works with multiple devices. Products must meet safety standards, including shutting down charging if an object is detected between the phone and charger; metal objects can overheat and cause burns.

      

    Car manufacturers offering wireless phone charging

    (compatible with the Qi standard)

    Depending on the make and model, wireless charging may come as standard, as an optional extra or as part of an options pack. The result of which means you can pay anything from zero to a couple of thousand pounds for the privilege of charging your phone without a wire in your car. 

    Manufacturer

    Models

    Audi

    A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q7, Q8, R8, TT

    BMW

    1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6

    Citroen

    C5 Aircross, Berlingo, C3 Aircross

    DS

    DS 7 Crossback

    Ford

    Edge, Focus

    Honda

    Civic

    Hyundai

    Tucson, i30, Ioniq, Santa Fe, Kona, Nexo

    Jeep

    Cherokee

    Kia

    Picanto, Optima, Sportage, Niro, Sorento, Stinger

    Lexus

    ES

    Mercedes

    A Class, B Class, E Class, S Class, GLE

    Mini

    Clubman, Countryman, Hatch

    Peugeot

    508, 3008, 5008

    Seat

    Arona, Ateca, Leon

    Skoda

    Octavia, Superb, Kodiaq, Karoq

    Toyota

    Camry, Prius

    Vauxhall

    Adam, Grandland X, Crossland X, Insignia

    Volkswagen

    Golf, Tiguan, Polo, T-Roc, ID.3, ID.4

    Volvo

    XC40

               

     

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